APOPO Head of Research and Innovation Jobs in Tanzania

APOPO Head of Research and Innovation Jobs in Tanzania

APOPO, a non-profit organization renowned for its innovative solutions in the fields of Mine Detection Rat (MDR) and tuberculosis detection, is seeking a highly motivated and experienced individual to join our team as the Head of Research and Innovation. This position presents a unique opportunity to contribute to our mission of saving lives and improving the well-being of communities worldwide.

About the role

As the Head of Research and Innovation, you will play a pivotal role in developing and advancing APOPO’s Research and Innovation department in alignment with the strategic goals of the organization. You will spearhead the design, execution, and analysis of research studies, with a focus on developing APOPO’s applications in animal scent detection. Additionally, you will be responsible for building research capacity, publishing and communicating research findings, securing financial support, and ensuring compliance with APOPO’s mission, vision, core values, and ethical standards.

Whilst the Research and Innovation Department carries out scientific studies in novel applications for scent detection animals as well as improving operational programs, we are not a purely academically oriented organization. Instead, we are developing applied products through the use of sound scientific methods. Therefore, understanding scientific methods and principles is a must while also being able to develop products with a focus on delivering them to operations.


  • Develop APOPO’s Research department to support Innovative applications of our detection animals.

  • Design, conduct, and analyze research studies and operational trials to advance APOPO’s standing as a center of excellence in animal scent detection.

  • Build capacity by guiding and mentoring a team of dedicated researchers.

  • Publish and communicate APOPO’s research findings, and present at relevant conferences and events.

  • Secure financial support for research activities by writing grant proposals and donor liaisons, and oversee financial records and reporting.

  • Actively contribute as a member of the management
    team, collaborating on strategic initiatives and decision-making processes.

  • Oversee the monitoring and evaluation of programs within your department.

  • Ensure strict adherence to APOPO’s mission, vision, core values, and ethical standards.


    To be considered for the position of Head of Research and Innovation, we expect candidates to have the following qualifications and skills:

  • PhD in a relevant field with proven experience in scientific study design, monitoring and evaluation of research, obtaining grants, and mentoring of researchers up to a post-graduate level.

  • Fluent in both written and spoken English.

  • Knowledge of animal training, animal behavior, and/or scent detection is a plus.

  • Detail-oriented with a hands-on approach to research.

  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to inspire and motivate a team.

  • Excellent planning and organizational abilities.

  • Willingness to travel as required.

  • Experience working with and leading inter-cultural teams is a plus.

    And the following experience:

  • 5-10 years of experience in research and development with a proven track record of developing research-to-market applications.

  • Experience conducting research in an industry sector is a plus.

  • A proven track record in leading research teams.

  • Experience in securing research funding and grant management.

  • Proficiency in writing and publishing scientific articles and effectively communicating research findings.

  • Previous experience working in non-profit organizations, particularly in low- to lower-middle-income countries, is an asset.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; APOPO Head of Research and Innovation Jobs in Tanzania

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