ACIDS is a One Health VIRTUAL CENTRE linking 5 southern African countries, and their academic and research
institutions, involved with infectious diseases of humans,
animals and ecosystems in smart partnership with  both centres of scientific excellence in industrialised countries and international research centres. Its headquarters is located at the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), in Morogoro, Tanzania.
Thanks to financial support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of
Canada, SACIDS has started an eco-health driven project entitled:
“Integrated Human and Animal Disease Control for Tanzanian Pastoralists
Facing Settlement”.
We seek to appoint, as soon as possible, a young
Undergraduate or MSc holder as An MPhil Stude
nt for a period of 2 years to undertake research supervised by Tanzanian and UK specialists. His/her primary research focus will be on the
following two objectives, but he/she will be expected to contribute to other project objectives:
To identify the effects of social, economic and environmental transformations on risks and vulnerabilities to infectious
diseases that affect food security among pastoralists in at least two Tanzanian health districts in different agro-
ecosystems (dry versus forest savannahs).
To develop and test multi-sectorial community
-based interventions to detect and control high
-burden infectious diseases identified under the first objective, and assess their implications on food security.
The successful candidate is expected to have the following profile:
Holder of BSc in Economics/ Agriculture Economics/MSc/MA
degree with an experience in Agricultural
Economics, Health Economics, Environmental Economics or Economics. The candidate should have an interest in the relationship between e
cohealth, economic activity and social life.
Be not more than 25 years old
Have skills in economic and statistical modelin.
For first degree holders having the required skills is
sufficient and expertise will be an added advantage
Have an interest in working with pastoral communities and be able to spend extended periods in Ngorongoro, Bagamoyo and Kibaha
Experience in ecohealth
will be an added advantage
Experience with vulnerability and/or impact analyses with a focus on gender and/or environmental factors
will also be an advantage
Should be fluent in both English and Kiswahili
Should have a few publicationsor have a potential to publish
Would be required to publish in high impact journals, as
well as publish or contribute to publications for the non-specialist audience/readership
Would be required to travel extensively within the
district, attend scientific meetings, and workshops within and outside the country
This MPhil studentship will be registered at Sokoine University of
Agriculture (SUA).
The successful candidate will be expected to
collaborate closely with other SACIDS sponsored research
apprentices especially the Post-Doctoral Fellow on the same project
and to play an active part in the activities of SACIDS Communities of
This is a full time research training position. Candidates who are
employed will need to produce evidence of employer release that will
enable the candidate, if selected, to devote at least 80% of their
work period to research on this project.
The stude
ntship will consist of an attractive stipend and funding for

Enquiries should be addressed to:
The Executive Director
SACIDS Secretariat at Sokoine University of
Agriculture P.O. Box 3297 Chuo Kikuu,SUA, Morogoro,
Tanzania E-mail:secretariat@sacids.org
Applications (CV,academic transcripts/certificates
and application letter) should be submitted via e-
mail to:The Director Research and  Postgraduate Studies
P.O. Box 3151, Sokoine University of
Agriculture Morogoro, Tanzania
E-mail:drpgs@suanet.ac.tz & applications@sacids.org
Deadline: 15th June 2014.

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