Field Coordinator
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Field Coordinator


Field Coordinator

IITA- Tanzania



Field Coordinator

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on behalf of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) invites applications for the position of Field Coordinator. The Field Coordinator will work within the ILRI-Tanzania office to coordinate two projects: (i) the CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Livestock project titled ‘Agri-entrepreneurship, technology uptake and inclusive dairy development in Tanzania’ (Maziwa Zaidi Phase 2) and (ii) ‘Women in Business: chicken seed dissemination in Tanzania and Ethiopia’. 

Maziwa Zaidi is consolidating research to date and translating it into a pilot integrated package of interventions targeting agribusiness development along the dairy value chain and uptake of innovations at farm level. The innovations will comprise various bundled feed, health, genetics technologies that can be profitably leveraged by strengthened agribusinesses. The project will generate evidence to catalyse investments for inclusive and sustainable development of the dairy value chain in Tanzania. Time allocation for this component of the work is 60%.

The Women in Business: chicken seed dissemination in Tanzania and Ethiopia (WIB)’ funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO). The project will develop, promote and test women-led chicken businesses with the goal of promoting the economic empowerment of young women and improving the food and nutrition security of their households. High-quality chicken seed for dissemination will be sourced from private seed multiplication partners. Time allocation for this component of the work is 40% 

Duty Station: The position will be based at the IITA Regional Hub for Eastern Africa in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Criteria for Success / Qualifications

  • A degree in agri-entrepreneurship, statistics, economics, agricultural sciences, project management or rural development
  • At least 5 years work experience, most of which should have spent be in a research environment
  • Field experience in livestock (preferably dairy and/or poultry) R4D in Tanzania – especially in linking farmers to markets and for inputs and services
  • Experience with implementation of gender-responsive interventions
  • Experience with supervising/coordinating collection, storage and analysis of data related to agricultural households and associated value chains
  • Proven experience with project planning, management and monitoring & evaluation.
  • Problem solving skills
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English


For each component, the successful candidate will help with implementation of field activities as follows:

  • Coordinate field activities geared towards improving the performance of agribusinesses in the dairy and chicken value chains (with a focus on women and youth), working closely with partners at local and national level
  • Ensure all contracts with partners set up, project sites and participants are identified, and project is introduced in the implementation sites, and contacts at local and national level are maintained
  • Conduct initial situational assessment and thereafter lead implementation of monitoring, learning and evaluation, with a gender focus
  • Pro-actively engage with emerging constraints and opportunities faced by project participants and partners
  • Lead preparation of communication and knowledge sharing products from field activities
  • Establish and manage client and stakeholder relationships that improve the ability of the team to achieve the agreed outputs and outcomes
  • Maintain work plans for both projects and ensuring all project activities are implemented on time and efficiently
  • Verify and analyse the accuracy of data and information used or generated by partners; resolve any discrepancies or problems.
  • Pro-actively engage with emerging constraints and opportunities faced by project participants and partners to ensure the project components progress in a timely manner
  • Prepare records of activities for each component and ensure the timely processing and delivery of required reports
  • Propose ideas to the project team for improving the implementation of the project based on experience on the ground
  • Contribute to publishing the results of research

General information:

The duration of contract for the position is two years with possibility of renewal.

This is a nationally recruited position and IITA offers a competitive remuneration package,


Applications including curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, telephone number, email address, and names and addresses of two referees should be sent to the Country Representative, IITA-Tanzania, Plot No. 25, Mwenge – Coca-Cola Road, Mikocheni Industrial Area P.O. Box 34441, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania or by email to

Applicants are requested to please indicate the reference number for the position as indicated on the heading of the announcement in your application as well as on the subject of your email if sending by email. If sending by post or hand delivery, please indicate the reference number on your application as well as on the left-hand side of your envelope.

Please note that any applications without the reference number indicated will be automatically disqualified.
Closing date: Two weeks from the date of advertisement appearing in the newspaper.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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  • Location: Dar es Salaaam, Tanzania
  • Job Title: Field Coordinator
  • Application Deadline: 2019-07-24
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