Intern-Research Officer at Ifakara Health Institute (IHI)

Job Title: Intern-Research Officer – (1 Post)

Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), The Institute has provided an Internship opportunity for the job position of Research Officer. The details for this job opportunity can be found below.

Reports to: Project leader

Work Station: Dar es Salaam

Apply By: December 17, 2023

Institute Overview

Ifakara  Health  Institute  (IHI)  is  a  leading  research  organization  in  Africa  with  a  strong  track  record  in  developing,  testing,  and  validating  innovations  for  health.  Driven  by  a  core  strategic  mandate  for  research,  training  and  services,  the  Institute’s  work  now  spans  a  wide  spectrum,  covering  biomedical  and  ecological  sciences,  intervention  studies,  health-systems  research,  service  delivery  and  policy translation.

Position Summary

Ifakara  seeks  a  qualified  Research  Officer  to  fill  an  internship  position.  The  intern  will  work  closely  with  the  rabies  project  staff  and  will  be  supporting,  managing,  and  overseeing  rabies  surveillance  activities,  including  contact  tracing,  integrated  bite  case  management  (IBCM)  implementation  with  other  stakeholders,  data  cleaning  and  analysis,  and  liaising  with  government  stakeholders  in  planning  and implementing rabies control activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist and perform contact tracing of rabies cases and exposures.
  • Assist cleaning and analyses rabies datasets.
  • Assist supporting  the  team  in  the  review  of  IBCM  data  and  rabies  samples  collected  by  veterinarians  or  livestock  field  officers  across  the  study  sites,  and  address  queries  from  the  data  management team, and monitors to ensure data accuracy and integrity.
  • Assist in  the  development  and  updating  of  study  documents,  including  protocols  and  standard  operating procedures (SOPs), to maintain compliance with evolving research standards.
  • Assist Conduct all activities  in a professional  and  ethical  manner,  upholding  the  highest  standards  of accountability and integrity.
  • Assist preparing, presenting, and publishing research papers based on research outcomes.
  • Assist additional  duties assigned   by  the  project  leader  or  research  management  team  to  support the overall success of the project. 

Academic Qualification

  • BVM or BSC degree in either Biology, Laboratory Science, Ecology, Zoology/Wildlife etc or data related discipline from a reputable institute.
  • Proficiency in the use of Excel, Access, Ms Word and similar applications will be a plus.
  • Proven experience of performing compilation and data entry into DHIS2 or any databases.

Professional Experience

  • A minimum of 1-year research experience with demonstrated analytical skills is required, along  with proficiency in statistical analysis software such as R or Python.

Skills and Competencies

  • Self-motivated and highly focused attitude to work.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Physical fitness.
  • Adhere to IHI core values (Transparency, Responsibility, Integrity, Respect and Initiative).
  • Proficient in prioritizing tasks and effectively planning project timelines.
  • Capable of leading meetings and resolving conflicts while making informed decisions.
  • Skilled in minimizing conflicts and providing performance reviews and feedback.
  • Demonstrates a strong work ethic, consistently striving for excellence.


An attractive and competitive remuneration package will be offered to successful candidates as per IHI  package.

Equal Opportunity

IHI  is  an  equal  opportunity  employer.  We  prohibit  intentional  biases  or  discrimination  and  harassment  of  any  kind  at  the  workplace  and  during  recruitment.  All  employment  decisions  are  based  solely  on  job  requirements  and  individual  qualifications,  and  our  recruitment  process  is  governed  by  the  labor  laws  of  Tanzania.

Mode of Application

All  candidates  who  meet  the  above  job  requirements  should  send  their  application  letters  together  with  their  detailed  curriculum  vitae  (CVs)  showing  contact  addresses  including  email,  telephone/cell  phone  numbers and copies of academic and professional certificates to the email address below.

The  deadline  for  this  application  is  23:59  hours  on  Sunday,  December  17th   2023 . All  e-mail   application  subject  lines  should  include Research   Officer  –  REF  DAR.  Only  shortlisted applicants   will be contacted for an interview.

Human Resources Manager


 #5 Ifakara Street Plot 463 Mikocheni

P.O. Box 78,373

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Email: