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ILRI Research Fellowship: Call for Applications for Research Fellows in Valuation of the Impacts of Management of Rangelands for Forage Production in Pastoral Systems (closing date 15 June 2016)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is offering a research fellowship as a part of the “Enhancing the value of ecosystem services in pastoral systems” research program.  The program has already worked with stakeholders at the two research sites to identify preferred management options for rangeland natural resources, and is now starting work to model the possible impacts of these options on ecosystem services.

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. http://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. http://www.cgiar.org

Background

Rangeland resources are numerous but the ecosystems are fragile requiring appropriate management strategies to ensure sustainable productivity.  ILRI’s research program on “Enhancing the value of ecosystem services in pastoral systems” will conduct an analysis of available practices, of their potential impacts on water, biodiversity and forage, and of the potential tradeoffs among them could help to identify best bet practices.  The ecosystem services provided by rangelands tend to be grossly undervalued by policymakers and other decision-makers, and the potential economic contribution of management of those services underestimated.  Economic valuation of the contribution of effective rangeland management to livestock productivity is one strategy for helping such stakeholders understand the importance of these ecosystem services and their potential contribution to economic development.  Incorporating such analyses into local and watershed-level decision-making could improve decision-making and management to enhance ecosystem services from rangelands.  Furthermore, this screening will contribute substantially to the knowledge of pastoral livelihoods and ecosystems in Africa, and the diverse interactions between human uses and the natural environment.

Activities that are a part of the overall research program include:

  1. implement an ecosystem services inventory in rangeland areas in the Tana River County, Kenya, and Yatenga Province, Burkina Faso;
  2. identify changes in their distribution over a twenty year period;
  3.  identify the best practices that can enhance delivery of these ecosystems and the factors that are influencing their implementation;
  4.  use scenario analysis to assess the potential of different practices for improving livelihoods and restoring degraded lands in the study areas. The program will also investigate interactions of ecosystem services related to forage and to water in extensive livestock systems.

Tasks will include:

  • The fellow will investigate approaches to economic valuation of the effects of some of these preferred management options on pasture resources and ultimately on livestock productivity.  The fellow’s research will aim to strike a balance that results in reliable and valid research results while also producing analyses useful for policymakers in a timely way.
  • The fellow will work closely with the ecologists and modelers in the research program, adding an economic layer of analysis to the modeling and scenario work.  The fellow will also produce a report that presents his/her analysis.
  • This fellowship will be ideal for a Masters student thesis research.  PhD students can also be considered, provided the required deadlines can be met.

Requirements and Qualifications

The ideal candidate should:

  • Be currently enrolled in a Masters or PhD program in a recognized university in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Environmental Economics or a related discipline.
  • Expect to complete all required coursework no later than 31 July 2016.
  • Be prepared to begin work on the project no later than 15 September 2016.
  • Have no health or other restrictions that would prevent them from carrying our field research in rural African settings.
  • Fluency in spoken English, and excellent English language writing skills. Fluency in French will be an added advantage, but is not required.

 Location: Nairobi, Kenya

 Duration:  Six months

Terms of appointment:

The successful applicant will receive a monthly stipend equivalent to USD 1,500 per month for up to six months, as well as end-of-fellowship honorarium of USD 2,000 upon delivery of the final report.  The fellow will be based at ILRI’s headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.  The fellowship will also involve field trips to the Kenyan and Burkinabe research sites.  ILRI will provide travel and field research expenses as necessary.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit the following documents;

  • A cover letter describing the candidate’s interests in and qualifications for carrying out the research, referring to his/her CV as necessary, and highlighting any relevant qualifications.
  • A CV including three references with contact information
  • An academic writing sample (course paper, master’s thesis chapter, etc.)

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

All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 15 June 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.

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer. Suitably qualified women and citizens of developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply.


CIP Vacancy: Research Assistant II – Potato Breeding – EXTERNAL (Closing date: 14 June 2016)

The International Potato Center – Ethiopia (CIP) seeks to recruit a Research Assistant II – Potato Breeding position to its Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Breeding Program who will also be a member of CIP Ethiopia Office.

The Center: The International Potato Centre (CIP) is an international non-profit agricultural research organization with a global mandate to conduct research on potatoes, sweet potatoes, Andean root and tuber crops, and sustainable management of natural resources. CIP’s vision is to contribute from its areas of expertise to the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in particular those goals that relate to poverty, hunger, child and maternal mortality, and sustainable development. CIP has its headquarters in Lima, Peru with staff and activities in locations across Africa, Asia and Latin America. CIP is a member of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research, a network of 15 research centers mostly located in the developing world and supported by more than 60 donor members.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Focus of work in this position lies on greenhouses;
  • Assists in planting material preparation and maintaining progenitors and breeding stocks,
  • Assists in the implementation of crossing block and tuber family generation including nursery
  • Conducts planting of greenhouse multiplication, plant and crop management, harvest, storage in DLS and cold store
  • Handles planting materials produced in the tissue culture laboratory for aeroponics, hydroponics and acclimatization in the greenhouse
  • Documentation and data collection, as indicated by CIP potato breeder and CIP Research Associate;
  • Supervises permanent Holetta Agricultural Research Centre (HARC) staff and casual workers involved in CIP potato breeding work, documents presences and absences and assists the CIP Research Associate in making relevant payments;
  • Prepares germplasm for distribution to partners and farmers;
  • Liaises with HARC staff and management;
  • Performs other duties as required

Education:

  • At least a relevant college Diploma or BSc degree in Breeding or related field

Experience:

  • At least 5 years for college diploma or 2 years of relevant work experience for BSc holders in greenhouse and field trials
  • Breeding and potato trialing work experience a strong plus

Skills:

  • Applied knowledge in experimental design and field trial management;
  • Experience of working in screen house, nursery, aeroponics or hydroponics in terms of crop management;
  • Collaborative style and ability to multi- task effectively;
  • Proactive and creative attitudes;
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in English are required;

Duty Station:  Holetta Agricultural Research Center (HARC), Ethiopia

Grade: 2B

Minimum Base: Birr 12,536 (Negotiable depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate).

Terms of appointment:  These are Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) positions, initial appointment is fixed term for one year for both positions with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and respective reference number: REF: RA/022/16 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/ on or before 14 June 2016.

To find more about CIP, visit our Website at http://www.cip.cgiar.org

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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CIP Vacancy: Research Assistant II – Potato Breeding – EXTERNAL – (Closing date: 14 June 2016)

The International Potato Center – Ethiopia (CIP) seeks to recruit a Research Assistant II – Potato Breeding position to its Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Breeding Program who will also be a member of CIP Ethiopia Office.

The Center: The International Potato Centre (CIP) is an international non-profit agricultural research organization with a global mandate to conduct research on potatoes, sweet potatoes, Andean root and tuber crops, and sustainable management of natural resources. CIP’s vision is to contribute from its areas of expertise to the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in particular those goals that relate to poverty, hunger, child and maternal mortality, and sustainable development. CIP has its headquarters in Lima, Peru with staff and activities in locations across Africa, Asia and Latin America. CIP is a member of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research, a network of 15 research centers mostly located in the developing world and supported by more than 60 donor members.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Focus of work in this position lies on field experiments;
  • Assists in planting material preparation and maintaining progenitors and breeding stocks,
  • Conducts planting of field experiments, plant and crop management, harvest, storage in DLS and cold store
  • Documentation and data collection, as indicated by CIP potato breeder and CIP Research Associate;
  • Supervises permanent HARC staff and casual workers involved in CIP potato breeding work, documents presences and absences and assists the CIP Research Associate in making relevant payments;
  • Prepares germplasm for distribution to partners and farmers;
  • Liaises with Holetta Agricultural Research Centre (HARC) staff and management;
  • Supports national program staff and students in field trial management;
  • Performs other duties as required

Education:

  • At least a relevant college Diploma or BSc degree in Breeding or related field

Experience:

  • At least 5 years for college diploma or 2 years of relevant work experience for BSc holders in greenhouse and field trials
  • Breeding and potato trialing work experience a strong plus 

Skills:

  • Applied knowledge in experimental design and field trial management;
  • Experience of working in screen house, nursery, aeroponics or hydroponics in terms of crop management;
  • Collaborative style and ability to multi- task effectively;
  • Proactive and creative attitudes;
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in English are required;

Duty Station:  Holetta Agricultural Research Center (HARC), Ethiopia

Grade: 2B

Minimum Base:  Birr 12,536 (Negotiable depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate).

Terms of appointment:  These are Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) positions, initial appointment is fixed term for one year for both positions with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and respective reference number: REF: RA/021/16 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/ on or before 14 June 2016.

To find more about CIP, visit our Website at http://www.cip.cgiar.org

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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