Form Five Selection 2024


The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on behalf of WorldFish invites applications for Four positions: Project Manager, Senior Research Analyst and Research Analyst (2 positions)


WorldFish is an international nonprofit research and innovation institution that creates, advances, and translates aquaticHfoodBsystems science into scalable solutions. We envision an inclusive world of healthy, well-nourished people and a sustainable blue planet, now and in the future. Our mission is to end hunger and advance progress on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals through science and innovation to transform food, land, and water systems with aquatic foods for healthier people and the planet.

For over 45-years, WorldFish’s data, evidence, and insights have shaped practices, policies, and investments to end hunger and advance sustainable development in low- and middle-income countries. We have a global presence across 20 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific, with 460 staff of 30 nationalities deployed where the most significant sustainable development challenges can be addressed through holistic aquatic food systems solutions. Embedded in local, national, and international partnerships, our work sets agendas, builds capacities, and supports decision-making for climate action, food and nutrition security, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, blue economy, One Health, and AgriTech, integrating gender, youth, and social inclusion.

A core element of the 2030 WorldFish Research and Innovation Strategy: Aquatic Foods for Healthy People and Planet is focused on building the resilience of aquatic food systems to shocks, which is critical during this time of climate, ecological and economic crisis.

WorldFish is part of CGIAR, the world’s largest agricultural research and innovation network. For more information, please visit


IITA-TZ-2024 – WorldFish-004 -NRS- Zanzibar – Unguja


Position Background (short summary of the job)

The Project Manager for the Asia-Africa BlueTech Superhighway represents the AABS Project at the country level. This role provides leadership in the strategic development and management of the AABS portfolio in country, engagement with new and existing partners, fostering collaborations with national and local partners and serves as the WorldFish contact for the AABS project to the donor (FCDO and BPF).

In collaboration with the AABS Project Lead and the WorldFish country office, the Project Manager coordinates the AABS country operations. The incumbent will regularly engage with other WorldFish country leadership and Headquarter staff.

The Project Manager provides research contributions to the AABS country program in alignment with personal expertise and experience.

Duty Station: The position will be based in Unguja, Zanzibar.

Education Qualification and Certification

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline such as fisheries, aquaculture, aquatic resources management, international development, environmental science, or related fields, with a minimum of 7 years’ experience in leading research projects.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) or similar qualification.
  • Proficiency in English and Swahili.

Skills, Experience and Knowledge (required to perform this job)


  • Effective stakeholder engagement and conflict management.
  • People and team management, promoting diversity and inclusion and fostering staff wellbeing.
  • Excellent communication skills for different audiences.

Physical Requirements:

  • Regular travel within the country, broader region and globally as required.
  • Regular office attendance, encouraging strong attendance across the wider team.

Desirable Skills/Experience (Nice-to-have to perform this job)

  • Skills in program management, personnel management, and interdisciplinary team leadership.
  • Track record of building partnerships with diverse stakeholders, including senior decision-makers and donor agencies.
  • Understanding of marine and coastal resources and food system challenges in Tanzania.

Key Responsibilities

Country Project Management and Implementation:

  • Lead the management of the AABS project in the country across all work packages, knowledge management and communications, actively contributing to work planning, budgeting, partner engagement and implementation, ensuring it aligns with FCDO’s Blue Planet Fund and COAST priorities.
  • Ensure strong linkages between the country project and the overall global program, providing necessary data, reports, and inputs to ensure alignment, knowledge sharing and timely delivery.
  • Oversee the delivery, monitoring, and reporting of the project in Tanzania and ensure that the country-level activities feed into the program outcome and MEL system.
  • Support country-based scientist and sub-partners to ensure work is implemented in a coordinated way across technical areas.
  • Efficiently manage resources, ensuring adequate human, financial, and material assets to ensure timely and quality project implementation.
  • Take overall responsibility for the project management process, including implementation, budgeting, risk management, data management, and financial reporting.

Representation, Engagement

  • Develop and manage relationships with the donor (FCDO), the government, and local stakeholders, effectively representing WorldFish’s interests.
  • Stay informed about donor and government priorities, country plans and initiatives, and adjust accordingly to ensure alignment with AABS objectives.
  • Coordinate WF’s engagement with other BPF and FCDO programs to ensure alignment and knowledge sharing.
  • Represent AABS at national, and when required, regional and global forums on project management related issues.
  • Collaborate with AABS staff and partners to align research projects with national priorities, BPF strategies and FCDO’s goals.
  • Guide the dissemination and uptake of research findings through stakeholder engagement and through coordination with communication teams.

Budget Management

  • Support development of the budget across technical areas, guiding budget inputs.
  • Monitor the financial position of the country project and ensure alignment with the overall program budget.


  • Undertake other tasks as appropriate, as discussed with the supervisor and WorldFish leadership.


General information:

The duration of the contract for all the four positions is two years renewable subject to performance and availability of funds. These are nationally recruited position and IITA offers a competitive remuneration package.

The application pack should include an application letter, copies of certificates, and a curriculum vitae which contains a telephone number, email address, and contact details of two referees. Applications should be sent by email to [email protected] and addressed to:

The Country Representative, IITA-Tanzania,

Plot No. 25, Mwenge – Coca-Cola Road,

Mikocheni Industrial Area,

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Applicants are requested to include the reference number for the position (as indicated on the heading of the announcement) in the subject of their application letter, as well as in the subject of their email. Please note that any applications without the reference number indicated will be automatically disqualified.

Closing date for applications: Friday 24th May 2024. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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