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ILRI Vacancy: Post-Doctoral Fellow- Gender sensitive ruminant breeding in East Africa (closing date 27 May 2016)

Are you a gender specialist interested in integrating gender in technical research?  Would you like to join a passionate and results-focused team working to improve food security and reduce poverty? The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit two post-doctoral fellows funded by CGIAR to help integrate gender in technical work disseminating livestock breed and forage interventions. One post-doctoral fellow will conduct research for ruminant breeding in East Africa. This person will work directly with livestock breeding and gender teams to develop gender-sensitive methodologies and approaches and to explore gender components in livestock breeding in East Africa.

ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food Security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia. The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals’ alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases. www.ilri.org

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2016, an operating budget of about USD 83 million. A member of the CGIAR Consortium working for a food-secure future, ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and offices in other countries in East, West and Southern Africa and in South, Southeast and East Asia. www.cgiar.org

Responsibilities:

  • The PDF will contribute to knowledge generation and synthesis of documented information at both national and regional levels on differential control, roles and preferences of men and women in relation to Small Ruminants (SR) management, and breeding related practices
  • The PDF will be involved participatory activities with pastoral communities and innovation platform meetings working closely with the genetics and gender research teams, to integrate gender in work related to animal management for improved productivity, and to  identify gendered constraints and opportunities in SR husbandry and management that would inform the design of a gender sensitive SR breeding program for the pastoral production systems of Kenya as part of the livestock value chain development
  • The PDF is expected to publish research findings in peer reviewed journals and contribute to the dissemination of results and provision of feedback to communities targeted

Requirements

  • A PhD and up to 3 years’ experience in any of the following disciplines: Development Studies, Social Sciences, Gender studies and other relevant disciplines
  • Training in Gender and Development. Additional training in any of the following field would be desirable: Animal production or Animal breeding, Communication, Economics, and Agribusiness.
  • Experience in writing, reviewing and synthesizing information from different sources
  • Experience in working in a developing country possibly in East Africa
  • Excellent writing skills in English and proven capacity to write well-structured documents
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team and to respect given timelines
  • Good gender analytical skills and experience of using packages for socio-economic data analysis (eg SPSS,STATA, NVIVO)
  • Ability to work independently, under pressure without compromising the quality of deliverables
  • Willingness to travel frequently and interact with communities in rural areas of Kenya
  • Possess a strong sense of responsibility and accountability

Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya

Position level: Post-doctoral level.

Duration: The position is on a 2 years fixed term contract.

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes medical insurance, life insurance and allowances for: education, housing, home leave, and annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

Applications:

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining their interest in the position, what they can bring to the role and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ before 27 May, 2016.   The position title and reference number PDF-G/Bios/04/2016 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

To find out more about ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org


ILRI Vacancy: Post-Doctoral Fellow- Gender analysis in forage research (closing date 27 May 2016)

Are you a gender specialist interested in integrating gender in technical research?  Would you like to join a passionate and results-focused team working to improve food security and reduce poverty? The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit two post-doctoral fellows funded by CGIAR to help integrate gender in technical work disseminating livestock breed and forage interventions. One post-doctoral fellow position will conduct gender analysis in forage research. The aim of this position is to improve food and nutritional security and to reduce poverty in developing countries. It will do this through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock—ensuring better lives through livestock.

ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia. The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals’ alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases. www.ilri.org

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2016, an operating budget of about USD 83 million. A member of the CGIAR Consortium working for a food-secure future, ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and offices in other countries in East, West and Southern Africa and in South, Southeast and East Asia. www.cgiar.org

Responsibilities:

Provide a gender lens to on-going research as part of a team working on forage use and impact:

  • Analyze survey data for gender preferences of crops and varieties of livestock farmers in sites where feed shortages have been identified in Kenya and Ethiopia
  • Collection of household level data in those sites to determine the gender dimensions of forage uptake and dissemination
  • Assess impact of gendered uptake and dissemination of forage seed on gender-differentiated access to forages and forage choices
  • Adapt, advance and test methods developed in the crop sector for their suitability to determine gendered demand for forage species

Requirements

  • A PhD and up to 3 years’ experience in any of the following disciplines: Development Studies, Social Sciences, Gender Studies and other relevant disciplines
  • Training in Gender and Development. Additional training in any of the following field would be desirable: Plant Breeding, Communication
  • Experience in writing, reviewing and synthesizing information from different sources
  • Experience in working in a developing country possibly in East Africa
  • Excellent writing skills in English and proven capacity to write well-structured documents
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team and to respect given timelines
  • Good gender analytical skills and experience of using packages for socio-economic data analysis (eg SPSS,STATA, NVIVO)
  • Ability to work independently, under pressure without compromising the quality of deliverables
  • Team player and ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Willingness to travel frequently and interact with communities in rural areas of Kenya and Ethiopia
  • Possess a strong sense of responsibility and accountability

Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya

Position level: Post-doctoral level.

Duration: The position is on a 2 years fixed term contract.

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes medical insurance, life insurance and allowances for: education, housing, home leave, and annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

Applications:

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining their interest in the position, what they can bring to the role and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ before 27 May, 2016.   The position title and reference number PDF-G/LGI/04/2016 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

To find out more about ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org


ILRI Vacancy: Post-Doctoral Scientist – Feed and Forages Biosciences (closing date 15 May 2016)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Post-doctoral Scientist for its Feed & Forage Biosciences program, a new research program established to build capacity in upstream research on feeds and forages. The program aims to take advantage of opportunities afforded by recent scientific developments in genomics and related sciences, together with the extensive collection of genetic resources held in ILRI’s forage genebank.

ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia. The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals’ alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases. www.ilri.org

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of approximately 700 and in 2016, an operating budget of around USD 83 million. A member of the CGIAR Consortium working for a food-secure future, ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and offices in other countries in East, West and Southern Africa and in South, Southeast and East Asia. www.cgiar.org

Responsibilities:

The role will contribute to the team working in the area of forage genetic resource evaluation and exploitation, more specifically to carry out research related to gene discovery and genomics assisted improvement of Napier grass. Activities will include:

  • Mining genomic databases and publications of related grass species for candidate genes and gene variants associated with target traits.
  • RNA sequencing to generate a comprehensive unigene collection as a mapping reference for differential gene expression analysis. These data will also be utilized to extract polymorphisms existing between genotypes.
  • Initial development of GBS-derived markers which, together with gene-based SSR and SNP markers developed from the RNA-seq results will be used to begin genotyping accessions.

Requirements:

  • A PhD and up to 3 years’ experience in plant molecular biology/molecular breeding or a related discipline. Specific knowledge in the area of improvement of tropical and sub-tropical forages would be considered an advantage.
  • Experience in interrogating genomic databases and the design of molecular markers, preferably with expertise in Genomic Selection or Genotyping by Sequencing technologies.
  • Excellent communication skills in English (both written and oral), with demonstrated ability to communicate complex information to a range of audiences in a clear and confident manner.
  • Strong organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to deliver successful project outcomes (both independently and within a team environment), taking initiative, being proactive at problem solving and prioritizing and organizing your own work as required.

Post location: The position will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Position level: Post-doctoral level.

Duration: The position is on a 2 years fixed term contract.

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes medical insurance, life insurance and allowances for: education, housing, home leave, and annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

Applications:

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining their interest in the position, what they can bring to the role and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ before 15 May, 2016.   The position title and reference number: F&F/Bios/04/2016 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

To find out more about ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org

To find out more about working at ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org/ilricrowd/

 ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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ILRI vacancy: Senior scientist, Lead Plant Breeder (closing date: 8 April 2016)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an experienced Lead Plant Breeder with solid practical experience in public and/or private sector setting. The position shall lead and manage a range of activities under the newly established Integrated Genotyping Service and Support (IGSS) at the Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) Hub.

ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia. The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals’ alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases. www.ilri.org

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2016, an operating budget of about USD 83 million. A member of the CGIAR Consortium working for a food-secure future, ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and offices in other countries in East, West and Southern Africa and in South, Southeast and East Asia. www.cgiar.org

ILRI also manages the Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) Hub, a shared research and biosciences platform. BecA is an initiative developed within the framework of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)/African Union African Biosciences initiative. It consists of a Hub based on the ILRI campus in Nairobi, Kenya and a network of regional nodes and other affiliated laboratories and organizations throughout the region. The BecA Hub is a modern, state of the art biosciences facility, a suite of shared platforms established for research, capacity building and research related services in support of African and international agricultural scientists. The BecA Hub facilities are world class, with a range of advanced molecular biology, immunology, diagnostics, crop research, genomics laboratories and bioinformatics platform all equipped with an up-to-date suite of specialized bioscience equipment (e.g. Illumina MiSeq sequencer, ultra high performance liquid chromatography with mass spectrometer (UHPLC-MS), atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS) and specialized facilities (e.g. Biosafety level 3 laboratory, plant growth facilities). The Hub hosts and conducts research in crop, microbe and livestock areas where new developments in science offer promise to address previously intractable problems constraining Africa’s development. Capacity building is a major goal of all activities. The scope covers agriculture and food security and their intersections with human health and nutrition, and the sustainable use of Africa’s natural resources. Further information is available athttp://hub.africabiosciences.org/

Responsibilities

  • Work in collaboration with the DArT team (www.diversityarrays.com) to deliver on the IGSS project, which aims to increase the effectiveness of cultivar development in Africa by applying genomic data. These activities include efficient and effective driving of cultivar development through molecular breeding simulation, decision support tools, biometric and bioinformatics analyses using appropriate software packages (SAS, Genstat, R…)
  • Partner and collaborate with African NARS breeders and other breeders (in the CGIAR system) to develop the IGSS service offering that responds to needs for efficiency and precision in cultivar development. Service offers include development of a product profile, implementation of the developed cultivar development pipeline for key traits across various crops, development of accurate phenotyping methodologies of a wide range of agronomic quantitative and qualitative traits across various crops, and application of double haploid and other rapid crop improvement technologies.
  • Serve as a liaison between the genotyping and bioinformatics service provider (IGSS/DArT) and the plant breeding user community.
  • Contribute to the application of genomics tools to support cultivar development or elite germplasm characterization with a focus on traits of importance in African agriculture.
  • Contribute to building the capacity in African NARS focusing on strategies to modernize strong breeding programs.
  • Participate in resource mobilization activities including donor relations and proposal development.

Requirements

  • Ph.D. degree in plant breeding and/or related  disciplines;
  • At least 5-7 years post-doctoral experience;
  • Significant background in quantitative and/or statistical genetics;
  • Significant experience working as a plant breeder in a cultivar development program routinely using molecular marker data and modern IT tools;
  • Strong interest in and commitment to African agricultural research and development;
  • Ability to work well as part of multidisciplinary teams and to travel, including for training in Australia.

Post location: The position is based at ILRI’s Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

Position level: The position level is 5A.

Duration: 3 years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued funding.

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes 15% Pension, Medical insurance, Life insurance and allowances for: Education, Housing, Relocation, Home leave, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development. The position title and reference number LPD/BecA/02/2016 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com by 8 April 2016.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

To find out more about ILRI visit our websites at http://www.ilri.org

To find out more about working at ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org/ilricrowd/

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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ILRI vacancy:Post-doctoral Scientist – Economics of Climate Services (closing date: 30 March 2016)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Post-doctoral Scientist (Economics of Climate Services), to support a USAID funded project on Climate Services for Africa. The project is implemented by the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) which is a Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) research program. The position seeks to improve methodology and strengthen quantitative evidence to guide investments in climate services across Africa. Climate variability and change place significant stress on food production and availability in Africa and threaten its economic development.

ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia. The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals’ alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases. www.ilri.org

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2016, an operating budget of about USD 83 million. A member of the CGIAR Consortium working for a food-secure future, ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and offices in other countries in East, West and Southern Africa and in South, Southeast and East Asia. www.cgiar.org

CCAFS is a strategic collaboration between the CGIAR and Future Earth that seeks to promote a food-secure world through the provision of science-based efforts that support sustainable agriculture and enhance livelihoods while adapting to climate change and conserving natural resources. East and West Africa are among the five CCAFS implementing regions and the CCAFS East Africa Program is based at ILRI in Nairobi. https://ccafs.cgiar.org/

Responsibilities:

  • Develop tools and methods for ex-ante evaluation of the expected economic benefits from alternate investments in Climate Information Services (CIS) in Africa at local, national and multi-country levels, with emphasis on agriculture and food security;
  • Lead economic studies and policy analysis of current and potential climate services investment for agriculture and food security in countries of shared priority for CCAFS and African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC);
  • Provide strategic guidance for investments in CIS for agriculture and food security, including those through ClimDev-Africa;
  • Support collaboration and coordination among ACPC, CCAFS and their partners;
  • Participate in international, regional, and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions;
  • Provide inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on investing in climate services for agriculture and food security, and in support of science-policy links in Africa;
  • Assist in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars on the economic value of climate services for agriculture and food security in Africa;
  • Contributes to the preparation of materials and technical documentation for collaboration programmes and projects; and
  • Performs other related duties and administrative tasks, as agreed by the CCAFS Flagship Leader on Climate Information Services and Climate-Informed Safety Nets and the ACPC Coordinator, necessary for the final delivery of relevant ACPC services.

Requirements:

  • PhD in economics, agricultural economics, or closely related discipline obtained not more than 3 years ago;
  • Experience in economic valuation of climate services or closely related aspects of information or risk management;
  • Demonstrated expertise in economic valuation methods applied to information;
  • Publication record demonstrating innovative and practical contributions to academic and/or applied literature on economic valuation of climate or closely related information;
  • Familiarity with agricultural systems, climate institutions and initiatives, and climate-related agricultural risks in Africa;
  • Strong organisational skills and demonstrated ability to deliver successful project outcomes (both independently and as part of a team), prioritizing and organizing own work as required;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to develop good working relationships with colleagues and institutional stakeholders;
  • Willingness to travel and collaborate with partner institutions;
  • Excellent communication skills in english (written and oral), with demonstrated ability to communicate complex information to a range of audiences in a clear and inspiring manner.

Post location: The position will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Position level: Post-doctoral level.

Duration: The position is on a 2 years fixed term contract.

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes medical insurance, life insurance and allowances for: education, housing, home leave, and annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

Applications:

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining their interest in the position, what they can bring to the role and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development. The position title and reference number: ECS/CCAFS/02/2016 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com by 30 March 2016.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

To find out more about ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org

To find out more about working at ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org/ilricrowd/

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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ILRI Consultancy: Capacity Development Consultancy to Implement FEAST Training Assessment

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a consultant to implement FEAST training assessment; which will further enhance ILRI’s contribution to the capacity development and learning aspects of several of its CGIAR Research Programs (CRP) and programs.

ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia. The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases. www.ilri.org

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2016 an annual operating budget of USD 83 million. A member of the CGIAR Consortium working for a food-secure future, ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and offices in other countries in East, West and Southern Africa and in South, Southeast and East Asia. www.cgiar.org

Consultancy to Implement FEAST Training Assessment

The Feed Assessment Tool (FEAST) is a simple, participatory approach to introducing feed interventions which ensures that the right conversation takes place between feed experts and livestock keepers to develop better feeding strategies. FEAST was initially developed as collaboration between ILRI and CIAT. The tool has evolved over the past 7 years and has been improved extensively through use in real situations across the developing world. The tool has attracted a lot of interest and is being used in over a dozen countries.

To enhance the effectiveness of FEAST as a method for introducing promising feed interventions, a series of training materials were produced by ILRI and partners through the Humidtropics Programme. These materials include 12 training modules (complete with detailed lesson plans), 60 videos, 5 scenario-based interactive exercises and over 200 review and assessment questions.  These materials were recently made available publically on http://learning.ilri.org/course/detail/1 and on a dedicated ‘offline player’ for regions without good internet connectivity.

In the current project we will road-test the new training materials in different modes and assess the extent to which the use of FEAST influences feed enhancement approaches and the knowledge of those involved in applying the approaches. This will be achieved by tracking use of the tool in a systematic study in Kenya and applying simple before and after assessments of knowledge and practices of users to assess the utility of FEAST and associated learning materials.

We seek a dynamic consultant with suitable experience to implement the study.

Responsibilities

  • Refining a simple participant survey to assess knowledge, attitudes and practices of FEAST trainers.
  • Supporting trainers as they complete online and face-to-face FEAST training.
  • Applying a post-hoc assessment of the impact of FEAST on knowledge, attitudes and practices of trainers through a repeat participant survey.
  • Collating data from participant surveys and producing a report on changes in knowledge, attitudes and practices.

Requirements:

  • Advanced degree in Education, Communication, Business Administration, Social Sciences, or other related fields.
  • At least 3 years exposure in the disciplinary area, e.g., instructional design  / learning systems / education & training  / social science – with experience working in developing countries.
  • Familiarity with aspects of livestock production, and/or agricultural systems in developing countries a plus.
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills. Facilitation, presentation, and/or publication experience a plus.

Post location: Home based, with possible travel to Kenya.

Duration: 25-30 days spread over a 4 month period.

How to apply:  Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and also specifying fees charged for the consultancy USD/day. Applications should also include names of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience. The position title and reference number: IDS/CDU/01/2016 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter.

All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com by screening of applications will start on 15 February 2016 until the position is filled.

To find out more about ILRI visit our websites at http://www.ilri.org

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ILRI MSc Research Fellowship – Ethiopia – call for applications

ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia. The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases. www.ilri.org

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2015 an annual operating budget of USD 83 million. A member of the CGIAR Consortium working for a food-secure future, ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and offices in other countries in East, West and Southern Africa and in South, Southeast and East Asia. www.cgiar.org

Rangeland resources are numerous although ecosystems in pastoral areas require effective management strategies to achieve sustainable productivity.  ILRI’s research project Enhancing the value of ecosystem services in pastoral systems (EVESPS) works with local and national stakeholders to assess available land management practices, model their impacts on water and forage yields, and use potential tradeoffs among them to help identify challenges and opportunities in land management.  Incorporating such analyses into local and watershed-level decision-making could contribute to minimizing negative environmental impacts and enhancing flows of ecosystem services from rangelands.  Furthermore, these analyses will contribute substantially to the knowledge on the benefits supplied by pastoral ecosystems in Africa.

The EVESPS project includes a significant hydrological modeling component, expected to be conducted using existing parameterizations for the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) for Tana River basin in Kenya and the White Volta basin in Burkina Faso. ILRI is offering a research fellowship with the EVESPS project to support and contribute to the hydrological modeling efforts, with primary emphasis on the site in Burkina Faso.

The position: The fellow (MSc student or similar) is expected to contribute directly to the project, and to produce their MSc thesis based on information generated through the project. Specifically, the student selected will be responsible for several important steps in refining existing hydrological model configurations for the study basins. These activities will contribute directly to project analyses and indirectly to land planning processes at local and watershed scales.

Key responsibilities:

  • Use existing hydrological model configurations to conduct initial simulations.
  • With our partners (CGIAR, university, and NGO colleagues), assess and obtain available model initialization datasets likely to improve model performance, as well as available model evaluation datasets likely to improve model performance.
  • Assess model fit in relation to evaluation datasets and initialization datasets.
  • Use sensitivity analysis and other methods to strategically assess and adjust parameter settings.
  • Alter model parameters to reflect changes in land management, specifically modifications to existing water flows and grazing management systems. The changes to management assessed are provided by local, regional, and national stakeholders, and model results will help inform planning processes at both local and watershed scales.
  • Design and carry out a thesis project of the student’s interest that is complementary to the work outlined above.
  • Prepare a report summarizing the outcomes of initialization improvements and evaluation efforts, and analyzing the response of water flows among the various scenarios describing change in land management.

Requirements:

  • Be a current student at MSc (or equivalent degree level) in hydrology, ecology, Earth sciences, natural resources or similar field;
  • Able to use this assignment to complete an academic requirement of the MSc degree;
  • Having completed course work requirements of an MSc programme in one of the above fields before starting work at ILRI is a plus;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of SWAT or other hydrological models, or alternatively, under advisement of a professor or researcher experienced with SWAT or hydrological modeling;
  • A team player with excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ability to interact effectively in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.​

Desirable  qualifications

  • Previous experience or knowledge on pastoral and agro-pastoral farming and herding in West and East Africa.
  • Previous experience or knowledge on rangeland ecology, forage modeling, soil science, community-based management, and environmental policy analysis.
  • Working or better knowledge of French and Swahili.

Terms of appointment and stipend:

The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist and the student’s university supervisor, and will have the opportunity to interact with scientists at other universities, CGIAR centres, and NGOs, to further develop her/his research programme.

ILRI will provide the fellow an allowance of US$1500/month to support personal expenses as well as an end-of-fellowship honorarium of US$2,000 upon timely completion of the fellowship tasks. Additionally, ILRI will meet the costs of research related travel, as well as insurance.

Duration: 5 months, starting between March and April 2016

Location: Ethiopia (Addis Ababa) or remotely from the student’s university (negotiable)

How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit the following documents;

  • A Curriculum Vitae including three references with contact information.
  • A cover letter describing the candidate’s interests in and qualifications for carrying out the research, referring to the candidate’s Curriculum Vitae as fitting, and highlighting any particularly relevant qualifications. The position title and reference number: HM/01/2016 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter.

The above materials will be evaluated and a select number of candidates will be invited to interview and asked to submit letters of support from referees and academic transcripts.

All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com screening of applications will start on 5th February 2016 until the position is filled.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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ILRI vacancy: Computing Systems Analyst

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Computing Systems Analyst to analyze, develop and implement systems to ensure ILRI’s research computing infrastructure satisfies the needs of scientists, uses up-to-date technologies and achieves international standards for data sharing, archiving and management.

 ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia. The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals’ alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases. www.ilri.org

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2015, an operating budget of about USD 83 million. A member of the CGIAR Consortium working for a food-secure future, ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and offices in other countries in East, West and Southern Africa and in South, Southeast and East Asia. www.cgiar.org

The Position

This is an international Computing Systems Analyst position whose purpose is to strategically lead research computing at ILRI, reporting to the Head of the Research Methods Group (RMG) and the Program Leader for Animal Biosciences.

Responsibilities

  • Design and lead implementation of the strategy for research computing infrastructure, applications and services, keeping up-to-date with changes and advances relevant to ILRI’s research activities.
  • Take the lead in maintaining and further development of secure and robust systems to support research data storage, processing, display and distribution; in liaison with ILRI’s ICT team.
  • Communicate with researchers concerning updates, opportunities, requirements and changes made to the research-computing systems; in liaison with ILRI’s ICT team.
  • Develop more effective ways of using and configuring applications and make them available for use across the ILRI campuses; in liaison with ILRI’s ICT team.
  • Maintain and develop robust systems for backup of user and application data on the research-computing platform.
  • Provide infrastructure and systems support to spatial and non-spatial data management systems at ILRI.
  • Manage the installation, configuration and maintenance of scientific applications on the research-computing platform.
  • Mentor and assist Bioscience Directorate & Biosciences East and Central Africa (BecA-ILRI) team members with hardware and software for sequencing data capture, processing, storage and analysis.
  • Manage the “Research Computing – Systems” team within RMG.

Requirements

  • An MSc in Computer Science or Computer Information Systems or a BSc with comparable experience.
  • At least 5 years relevant experience managing *nix systems.
  • Significant experience in management of high-performance computing cluster environments, including design and development of systems.
  • Significant experience in a scientific-computing environment, preferably bioinformatics – applied research preferable.
  • Experience in the provisioning and management of virtual machines.
  • Experience with scripting for automation, batch processing, etc.
  • Knowledge of relational databases and database-driven applications.
  • Experience working in an international research environment.

Post location: The position is based at ILRI’s Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

Position level: The position level is 4A.

Duration: 3 years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued funding.

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes 15% Pension, Medical insurance, Life insurance and allowances for: Education, Housing, Relocation, Home leave, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae with full details of current remuneration: a list of publications and names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience should be included in the curriculum vitae. The position title and reference number: CSA/10/2015 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter.

All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: Computing Systems Analyst Screening of applications will start on 19 February 2016, until the position is filled

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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ILRI vacancy: Research scientist – Livestock Genetics/Genomics – Re-advertisement

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Scientist – Livestock Genetics/Genomics to build the biosciences research capacity of scientists and graduate students in the east and central Africa region, in particular to support the many regional researchers who come to the BecA-ILRI Hub to conduct their own agricultural biosciences research projects.

ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia. The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals’ alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases. www.ilri.org

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2015, an operating budget of about USD 83 million. A member of the CGIAR Consortium working for a food-secure future, ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and offices in other countries in East, West and Southern Africa and in South, Southeast and East Asia. www.cgiar.org

ILRI also manages the Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) Hub, a shared research and biosciences platform. BecA is an initiative developed within the framework of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)/African Union African Biosciences initiative. It consists of a Hub based on the ILRI campus in Nairobi, Kenya and a network of regional nodes and other affiliated laboratories and organizations throughout the region. The BecA Hub is a modern, state of the art biosciences facility, a suite of shared platforms established for research, capacity building and research related services in support of African and international agricultural scientists. The BecA Hub facilities are world class, with a range of advanced molecular biology, immunology, diagnostics, crop research, genomics laboratories and bioinformatics platform all equipped with an up-to-date suite of specialized bioscience equipment (e.g. Illumina MiSeq sequencer, ultra high performance liquid chromatography with mass spectrometer (UHPLC-MS), atomic absorption spectrometry(AAS) and specialized facilities (e.g. Biosafety level 3 laboratory, plant growth facilities). The Hub hosts and conducts research in crop, microbe and livestock areas where new developments in science offer promise to address previously intractable problems constraining Africa’s development. Capacity building is a major goal of all activities. The scope covers agriculture and food security and their intersections with human health and nutrition, and the sustainable use of Africa’s natural resources. Further information is available at http://hub.africabiosciences.org/

Responsibilities

  • Plan and execute experiments in livestock genetics using advanced genomics and bioinformatics tools.
  • Use existing and develop novel methodologies for the characterization of livestock genotypes.
  • Interact and plan experiments with relevant partners and reseachers.
  • Contribute to building the research capacity of scientists and postgraduate students from regional National Agricultural Research institutes and universities.
  • Contribute to the development of new research proposals and mobilize funds for further research.
  • Publish research results in high quality peer-reviewed international journals.
  • Develop and foster close relationships and linkages with key institutions to enhance regional livestock biosciences research capacity.
  • Actively promote the BecA-ILRI Hub within the region and beyond.

Requirements

  • PhD in a subject directly related to livestock genetics/genomics.
  • At least 3-5 years highly productive post-doctoral experience in livestock genetics/genomics.
  • Experience with DNA/RNA sequencing technologies and high volume data analysis is essential.
  • Experience in teamwork/ management of technicians in a multicultural environment.
  • Experience in resource mobilization.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to maintain excellent working relations with project leaders, scientists and technical staff.
  • Strong technical science writing and communication skills.

Post location: The position is based in ILRI Nairobi, Kenya.

Position level: Scientist Level 1, 4C dependent on qualifications and experience.

Duration: 3 years fixed term with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued funding.

 Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes 15% Pension, Medical insurance, Life insurance and allowances for: Education, Housing, Relocation, Home leave, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development. The position title and reference number REF: RS/BecA/ 08/2015 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com . The position is open until filled.

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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Improving lives and livelihoods through improved livestock health

Min piglets in BeijingLivestock offer powerful pathways out of poverty for an estimated 750 million poor farmers in South Asia and Africa in addition to providing food, nutritional and economic security. Most poor farmers relying on livestock for their livelihoods could gain additional benefits from helping to meet the dramatic and on-going increases in demand for animal-source foods that is occurring in developing countries, particularly India, China and other emerging economies. While many constraints impede the development of livestock agriculture in poor nations, the three key biological inputs for increasing livestock productivity remain what are known as the ‘three pillars of animal production’: improved livestock feed, genetics and health.

ILRI focuses on health, specifically on those diseases that reduce animal productivity or kill livestock outright as well as animal diseases transmitted to people. In many developing countries, livestock diseases regularly kill as much as 25% of young animals alone. When disease outbreaks reach epidemic or pandemic proportions, typically by striking naïve animal populations or by exposing animals to new variants of existing pathogens, mortality rates can reach 100%. In addition to these costs, trans-boundary livestock diseases can prevent or abruptly stop international trade in animals and their products, devastating livestock-based economies and severely contracting the capacity of poor nations to meet regional demand for meat, milk and eggs. Furthermore, some 60% of human diseases originate in animals, with many of the human illnesses caused due to contamination of foods by pathogens associated with livestock.The better control of pathogens of livestock and the livestock and human diseases they cause are high priorities.

While vaccines remain the most cost-effective medical and veterinary interventions for controlling disease, opportunities also exist for improving animal health by improving existing veterinary services and access by poor livestock keepers to those services, increasing awareness in poor communities and policy making circles of disease and food safety issues and implementing bio-security and control measures to reduce livestock disease risks.

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