Dr. John N. Jeckoniah


Dr. John Jeckoniah
is the Lecturer in the Development Studies Institute. Before joining the Development Studies Institute, he worked with Kongwa District Council as a Community Development Officer and with Oxfam (GB) Programmes in Shinyanga as Programme Officer in the Tanzania Agricultural Scale up Programme (TASU). Dr. Jeckoniah has expertise on Gender and Rural Development, value chain and food security. His research interests are on gender issues, sexual behavior, value chain and HVI/AIDS.
He teaches various undergraduate courses;

Undergraduate courses:
  • Rural Production systems;
  • Food and Nutrition; and
  • Gender and Development
Postgraduate courses:
  • Contemporary Rural Development Issues
  • Political Economy of Rural Development
Dr. Jeckoniah has supervised a number of Undergraduate Special Projects and Postgraduate thesis. He has conducted research works and consultancies in different places in the country. He has authorized various academic paper published in different academic Journals ( both local and online journals).

Other responsibilities
• a member of DSI Postgraduate Students committee
• a member of DSI board
• a member of SUA senate ( Representing DSI)

PhD Rural Development, Sokoine University of Agriculture (2013)

M.A. Rural Development, Sokoine University of Agriculture (2007)

B.Sc. Home Economics and Human Nutrition, Sokoine University of Agriculture (2004)

Diploma in Diagnostic Radiography (DDR), MUCHS/UDSM (2000)


The impact of gender related factors on follow through of HIV treatment in Njombe District: Supported by M
EASURE Evaluation/USAIDThe impact of gender related factors on follow through of HIV treatment in Njombe District: Supported by MEASURE Evaluation/USAID


Baseline survey for sensitizing the community against HIV/AIDS, STIs, TB and Gender Based violence along new constructed roads in Mtwara, Ruvuma, Dodoma and Manyara: For Amref Health Africa August-September, 2015 (Consultant)

Monitoring and Evaluation of the DFID growth projects in Tanzania (January 2014 to 2017) (Consultant for BACAS/ITAD team) (Ongoing)

Identification of the most profitable value chain options for sustainable charcoal producers in Kilosa District: For Tanzania Forest Conservation Group. May-June, 2014 (Consultant)

End of Project evaluation: Combating community vulnerability to the cycle of draught and flooding in Dodoma Region. LWR-Tanzania: April-June, 2014 (Consultant)

Assessment of Brokerage Systems in MVIWATA markets in Tanzania October- November, 2011(Consultant)

Assessment of Business Development Services in MVIWATA markets in Tanzania. October- November, 2011(Consultant)

Researching Women Collective Actions in Oxfam Programmes (Shinyanga and Tanga regions). Phase I (March-June, 2010), Phase II (January – April, 2011) (Research Assistant)

Mid –Term External Evaluation of SEEP for SiSa VECO Program in Simanjiro and Same Districts (December 2010 February 20011) (Consultant and Assistant team leader)

Baseline Survey, Livelihood Analysis and Food Security Analysis In Chunya District, Mbeya Region (VECO Food Security Programme) (September – October, 2010) (Consultant)

Assessment of the Effectiveness of Extension services in Tanzania after implementation of ASDP. (Kongwa, Mpwapwa, Iringa Rural, Mvomero and Handeni districts). July, 2010 (Research Assistant)

Socio economic impact assessment of PASS (Private Agricultural Sector Support) in Tanzania, baseline study April – May, 2010 (Research Assistant & Data analyst)

Socio economic impact assessment of PASS (Private Agricultural Sector Support) in Tanzania, baseline study April – May, 2010 (Research Assistant & Data analyst)

End of project/Terminal evaluation of LIVING/PEMA II Livelihood diversification project for CARE Tanzania in Mvomero District, Morogoro (January, 2010) (Research Assistant)

Onion Value Chain Development for Simanjiro Distric, Manyara region (June 2009 – September 2009) For VECO Tanzania, Same programme. (Consultant)

Baseline survey for Sustainable Agriculture project for CARE International project in Morogoro rural District (June - July, 2009) (Research Assistant)

Assessment of Urban Food Insecurity Among Urban poor (Mwanza, Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Mbeya, Lindi and Mtwara) (August – October, 2008) (Research Assistant & Data analyst (BACAS)

Gender and HIV/AIDS mainstreaming into Oxfam program in Shinyanga (January – February, 2008) (Co-Consultant/team member)
Sub sector mapping and selection for Oxfam program in Shinyanga (March, 2008) (Co-Consultant/team member)

Value chain analysis and development for rice and local chicken in Oxfam program in Shinyanga region (March, 2008) (Co-Consultant/team member)

End of project evaluation (Matomondo food security - World Vision Mpwapwa APD, Mpwapwa District (May 2007). (Co-Consultant/team member)

Overseas Development Institute (ODI)/CARE International (Morogoro). Assessing the contribution of Participatory Forest Management (PFM) into poverty reduction. Korogwe District (January-February, 2007) (Co-Consultant/team member)

Improving the nutritional quality of street foods to better meet the micronutrient needs of urban populations for UNICEF (Dar es Salaam) July –August 2005 (Research Assistant)

Carbon mitigation through land use, land-use change and forestry projects – a closing window of opportunity for poverty alleviation, (Assessment of aforestation projects) (Kongwa, Mpwapwa and Kilosa Districts) March –May 2005 (Research Assistant)

Identifying the Most Vulnerable Children (MVC) and design/prepare community based safety nets, in Kongwa District. For AFRICARE (Dodoma): August-September, 2005 (Research Assistant)


Jeckoniah, J.N., Paul, D. (2015). Access to Social Media and Sexual Behaviour among Secondary School Students: A Case of Selected Secondary Schools in Morogoro, Tanzania. International Journal of Education and Research 3(1) 377-390

Masanja, M. M., Msuya, J. M., Jeckoniah, J. N. (2015). Acceptability, Sources and Types of Sex Education Messages Received by Young People in Rural Areas: A Case of Maswa District, Tanzania. Journal of Culture, Society and Development (5) 27-34

Jeckoniah, J.N., Mfalila, K. (2014). The Impact of Peer Based HIV/AIDS Education on Students Sexual Behaviour: A Case of Sokoine University of Agriculture, Journal of continuing Education and Extension 5(1) 460-475

Jeckoniah, J.N. (2013). Knowledge and Perceived risk of HIV/AIDS among University students in Tanzania. Kivukoni Journal Vol 1 (2) 2013 Pp 121-138

Jeckoniah, J., Mdoe, N., Nombo, C. (2013). Mapping Gender Roles and Relations along Onion Value Chain in Tanzania. International Journal of Asian Social Science. January, 3(2) 2013 pp 523-541

E G Kimaro, J G Lyimo-Macha and J. N. Jeckoniah (2013). Gender roles in small holder dairy farming: pertinent issues on access and control over dairy farming resources in Arumeru district, Tanzania. Livestock Research for Rural Development 25 (5) 8 pp 82-92

Jeckoniah, J., Nombo, C., Mdoe, N. (2012). Women Empowerment in Agricultural Value Chains: Voices from Onion Growers in Northern Tanzania. Research on Humanities and Social Sciences Vol 2, No.8, Pp 54-60

Jeckoniah, J., Nombo, C., Mdoe, N. (2012). Determinants of Women Empowerment in Onion Value Chains: A Case of Simanjiro District in Tanzania. Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development Vol 2, No.8, Pp 54-60

John Jeckoniah, Carolyne Nombo and Ntengua Mdoe (2012). Socio-Economic Status and Women Empowerment in Rural Tanzania. A case of Onion Value Chain Development in Simanjiro District(Accepted for Publication in the Tanzania Journal of Development Studies Vol.12 No. 2, 2012)

Jeckoniah, J.N. Mwageni, E.A., Kayunze, K.A. (2009). When Knowledge is not enough: Sexual behaviour among University students in Tanzania. Journal of African Affairs Volume 25 (2) 2009 Pp 59-82


Jeckoniah, J.N. and Nkanda, J. (2013). The Determinant of Student Cheating in Examination: A Case of Selected Secondary Schools in Morogoro Municipality: Uongozi Journal (Submitted December, 2014)

C.I. Nombo and J.N. Jeckoniah (2011). Gender and Development: A Compendium for Undergraduate Students. Karjamer Print Technology, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Pp 123

Training workshops ( short courses)/seminars and conferences attended

7th – 8th July, 2015 (Dar es Salaam). SACIDS/SUA: Capacity building and Leadership management in Research teams

18th – 23rd May, 2015 (Lusaka-Zambia). HIC-ICI Postdoctoral capacity building

12-15th May, 2015. (Accra- Ghana) Consultative workshop for UniBRAIN on Youth engagement in Agriculture: by FARA. (Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa)

11th-13th February, 2015 (Morogoro). University Teaching and Learning Improvement Programme (UTILP)

11th to 21st November, 2013 (Helsinki- Finland) 2nd Nordic Conference for Development Research

19th-30th, 2013 (Nairobi - Kenya) Gender Mainstreaming in Natural Resources Management, population Dynamics and social vulnerability and protection

8th -13th January, 2013. Multivariate Data analysis for Ecological Studies ICE-SUA, Morogoro

November, 2012 (Dar es Salaam- Tanzania), Developing Development Studies for junior University Academic Staff (3rd Round)

22nd November- 7th December 2012 (Addis Ababa - Ethiopia) Research Methodology Training for PhD Students

14th to 18th May 2012 Jyväskylä University – Finland, Developing Development Studies for junior University Academic Staff (2nd Round)

10- 17th – 21st November, 2011 (Lusaka- Zambia), Developing Development Studies for junior University Academic Staff (1st Round

11. 23rd Nov-4th Dec 2009 (Kibaha). Participatory Research Methods, Organized by REPOA

12. 19th 30th October 2009 (Dar es Salaam). Regional training on Gender and Macro 8.11 Economics policy planning and budgeting, Organized by TGNP

13 9th -20th June, 2008 (Arusha). Course on Value chain Development (VCD), by Match Maker Associates Ltd and Management Foundation Ltd

Sokoine University of Agriculture
Development Studies Institute,
P.O.Box .3024 Morogoro, Tanzania.
Telephone Office: +255 0234645, 023 2603511-4, Ext 3102; Fax: +255 0232604646
Mobile: 0754 63 22 89, 0784 63 22 89/ 0715 632 289
Emails: jjeckoniah@yahoo.co.uk

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