Driver and Field Officer at Global Animal Health Tanzania (Washington State University ) October, 2021

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Driver and Field Officer Global Animal Health Tanzania

Position Title: Driver and Field Officer

This position is for a driver and field officer based at Global Animal Health Tanzania (GAHT), Arusha in collaboration with EcoHealth Alliance. The position will support the activities of the Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) project. The CCHF project aims to investigate evidence of and risk factors for CCHF virus in people, livestock and wildlife in northern Tanzania. Research activities include data collection across Arusha Region and Serengeti National Park.

Qualifications and Attributes

  • Class C Tanzanian motor vehicle license
  • Vocational Education Training Authority (VETA) Trade Motor Driver certificate required
  • Track-record of safe operation of motor vehicles required
  • Possession of advanced drivers course certificate of the National Institute of Transport (NIT) is an added advantage
  • Possession of vehicle maintenance certificate from NIT or VETA is an added advantage
  • Hardworking, dependable and excellent time keeping
  • Able to work well as part of a team with diverse skills and backgrounds
  • Able to interact comfortably with study participants from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Willingness to be flexible in job role and assist other field team members in varied aspects of fieldwork
  • Willingness to participate in early morning and evening duties Experience
  • Extensive off-road driving experience required
  • Knowledge of the geography of the Serengeti National Park and Arusha Region required
  • Good knowledge of automotive maintenance procedures and mechanical skills (engine diagnostics and servicing, basic DC auto-electric, proficiency in use of routine vehicle maintenance equipment such as hi-lift jack, spanner, socket set and pipe wrench, puncture repairs, body and suspension maintenance, navigation including map reading and GPS skills) required
  • Experience restraining cattle required
  • Experience of field working in remote areas preferred
  • Experience in health-related research and data collection preferred
  • Experience in working in international research teams preferred


  • Fluency in verbal Maasai essential
  • Proficiency in written and verbal Swahili essential
  • Proficiency in written and verbal English preferred


Work under the supervision of the Study Coordinator in a field study. This position will involve remote work throughout Arusha Region and Serengeti National Park, with some travel to Kilimanjaro Region. Extended periods with overnight stays in lodgings in Serengeti National Park will be required. Overnight stays in lodgings or camping near to study villages in Arusha Region will be required Monday to Friday, with occasional possible changes to this work pattern. Weekly travel from study areas to Arusha Town will be required. Travel to and from Moshi will also be needed to coordinate with project staff based at KCRI. Duties include but are not limited to the following day-to-day activities:

  • Safely transport field team between study areas
  • Store and transport study data, supplies, biological samples between study areas and partner institutions
  • Drive responsibly and obey Tanzania traffic regulations
  • Ensure timely vehicle servicing and high level of care and maintenance of project vehicles
  • Maintain vehicle maintenance records for the vehicle and record journeys in vehicle logbook
  • Complete minor vehicle repairs in the field
  • Liaise with the study coordinator and principal investigators regarding proper authorised usage of the project vehicles
  • Provide transport to support project logistics (e.g. provision of equipment/supplies, equipment repairs, in-country travel of project members/principal investigators/visitors, transportation of specimens, etc.)
  • Assist with field research activities that will involve spending considerable periods of time in remote field conditions
  • Describe the study to potential participants and answer questions about the study
  • Assist with data collection and transport as guided by the study coordinator and other project team members

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being assigned to this position. This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties.

Remuneration and Terms

  • Attractive salary
  • 12 months contract renewable; probation period of 3 months

Applications must include each of the following to be considered

  • Signed letter of application
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume including mailing address, contact telephone number(s), and e-mail address
  • Three letters of reference along with names and telephone numbers of the three referees who may be contacted by us in confidence
  • Photocopies of certificates and drivers license
Your application should reach the undersigned as soon as possible but no later than November 2nd 2021

Attn: Godfrey Kassanga
Global Animal Health Tanzania
Ngorongoro Tourism Center,
6th Floor PO Box 1642,
ARUSHA OR via email at:

The deadline for submitting the application is 02 November 2021.

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