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Arab Spatial launches Food Security Blog

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A great collection of 4 inaugural stories of the new Arab Food Security Blog launched today to become an integral part of the Arab Spatial platform. With this valuable addition, the online atlas becomes not just a unique open-access information tool on development and food security in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, but a real forum for discussion, learning, and knowledge-sharing.

I trust that readers of this blog will be inspired by the opportunities at hand by joining forces with other stakeholders, different networks, at national and regional level, and I sincerely hope that the Near East will soon have new success stories to share with the rest of the world. 

- Gerda Verburg, Chair of the Committee on Food Security (CFS) and Ambassador of the Netherlands to the UN’s Rome-based Agencies

The fight against hunger cannot be won alone

by Gerda Verburg, Committee on Food Security (CFS) Chair and Ambassador of the Netherlands to the UN’s Rome-based Agencies

Going regional for food security

by Nadim Khouri, Deputy Executive Secretary at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA)

Overcoming the triple burden of malnutrition in the MENA region

By Shenggen Fan, Director General of International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Finding a road to stability in the Arab region

by Mahmoud Solh, Director General of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

 

Visit Arab Spatial and read the full Arab Food Security Blog>>

 

The Arab Spatial (www.arabspatioal.org) open-access database and interactive mapping tool was co-launched by PIM and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in February 2013 and updated in January 2014. Arab Spatial includes over 200 indicators of development covering the 22 coun­tries that are members of the Arab League. Data are included on food availability, access, and nutritional out­comes, with added information on the macroeconomy, developments in key sectors and governance, population, access to services, poverty, health, and external shocks and interventions.

Arab Spatial makes available online and in an interactive format high-quality data to support policymaking on food and agriculture in a region that is highly exposed to a variety of potential shocks and vulnerable to their impact.

ILRI Graduate Field Research Fellowship: Call for Applications for PhD Fellow in Rangeland Governance (closing date: 30 November 2014)

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Project: Community-Based Rangeland Management in East Africa: NRM, Land Tenure and Land Use Planning Dimensions
Location: Field based: Ethiopia and/or Kenya and/or Tanzania
Duration: Ten to fifteen months

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI, www.ilri.org) works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality livestock science, communications and capacity building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development. ILRI is one of 15 Centres of the CGIAR Consortium, a global agricultural research partnership for a food-secure future. www.cgiar.org.

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is interested in deepening knowledge on community-based approaches to rangeland management in dryland developing country settings. Much of the thinking around community-based natural resource management (NRM) in developing countries, and many of the models for it, are based on management of local, village-level resources such as a community forest. Applying such models in dryland settings has often proven challenging in that pastoralist and dryland farming and livelihood systems tend to take place over much larger areas than farming systems in humid climates. In dryland contexts the relevant scale for management may be more at a landscape or rangeland level.

It is also important that natural resource and environmental management is, by nature, a process that occurs at multiple levels. The multi-level nature of NRM is also particularly pertinent for extensive dryland systems where, for instance, pastoralist management of rangelands at different levels intersects and overlaps in complex ways with administrative boundaries at different levels and with jurisdictions that tend to be based on permanent settlements rather than on pastoral ranges. The importance of livestock corridors is a case in point. Livestock corridors exist at multiple levels from the local up to the national and even international, and are crucial both for coping with highly variable climate and for engaging in livestock markets.

A related challenge concerns the intersection in pastoralist and rangeland settings of systems and approaches for NRM with land tenure and land use planning. The “paradox of pastoral land tenure” is the notion that formalization of property institutions may be necessary to protect pastoralist production from competing land uses but may at the same time undermine the spatial and social flexibility that are intrinsic and essential characteristics of resource use patterns for pastoralists.

A fellowship will be provided to a PhD student to carry out field research on these topics in Kenya and/or Ethiopia and/or Tanzania.

Purpose

The successful candidate will carry out doctoral dissertation field research that contributes to the following overall purpose:

  • To analyze the institutional, political and management challenges and dynamics of NRM in developing country rangeland settings, and to identify concepts and principles for the development of appropriate NRM, land tenure and land use planning policies and frameworks.

Indicative Scope of Research Issues and Questions

The successful proposal, in pursuing the above objectives, will address one or more of the following research issues and questions:

  • What kinds of governance structures and processes can effectively address the challenges of multi-level planning and governance in East African rangeland settings?
  • How do existing land tenure and land use planning frameworks facilitate or constrain community-based rangeland management?
  • What have been the successes and challenges of attempts to secure livestock corridors in East Africa?
  • How can external agents (government, civil society, donor agencies) promoting rangeland management in pastoralist settings conceive of the policy and program design choices that exist for relating with traditional and community institutions?
  • How might land use planning frameworks in rangeland settings be informed by systems-based methods and approaches?

IMPORTANT NOTE: Notwithstanding this guidance, the successful proposal will be one that integrates the above purpose and questions with the PhD student’s own research objectives and agenda in a thoughtful way. Proposals that simply paraphrase and repackage the above purpose and research questions will not be rated highly.

Research Site(s)

ILRI has ongoing projects and partnerships around rangeland management at a number of sites in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania each of which involves elements of research, stakeholder engagement, and development interventions. The primary site(s) for this PhD dissertation research will be at one or more of these locations, the exact choice of which will be negotiated between ILRI, the successful candidate, and his/her thesis committee.

See attachment for a brief description of some of the possible sites/case studies.

Other Practical Information

This fellowship will contribute to ILRI’s research within the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems. It will build on current ILRI research that unpacks, documents and analyzes land use in rangeland settings, community-based approaches to rangeland management, and landscape level management.

The Research Program on Dryland Systems is committed to using systems approaches that go beyond individual components and that treat systems holistically. Innovative partnerships and appropriate policies are seen as key to achieving its aims. The successful proposal will be one that is compatible with this philosophy. Also, ILRI will help connect the student to key government, civil society and community partners, and applicants for this fellowship are encouraged to work collaboratively with these partners.

The field research should last between ten and fifteen months and should begin no later than October 2015.

This fellowship will cover only field research expenses in Kenya, Ethiopia and/or Tanzania. It is assumed that the successful candidate will have his or her tuition and living expenses covered from some other source such as a scholarship. Funds may be used for living expenses in Kenya/Ethiopia/Tanzania but not for stipend or salary for the student. Candidates will submit a budget as a part of their application to this fellowship; once a successful candidate is chosen, however, ILRI may ask for modifications to the budget.

Requirements and Qualifications

The candidate should:

  • Be enrolled or accepted in a PhD program in a recognized university in a discipline such as Natural Resources Management, Environmental Studies, International Development Studies, Rural Development or similar discipline.
  • Be fully fluent in English with excellent writing skills
  • Have no health or other restrictions that would prevent them from carrying our field research in rural East Africa.
  • Experience in one or more of the following would be an asset: rangeland management, rural development in African settings, land use planning, community-based approaches to research and development.

Applicants need not have completed all university requirements for commencing field research (coursework, oral/comprehensive exams, etc.) at the time of application, but these should have been completed and the student admitted to PhD candidacy by the time of starting the research.

How to Apply: All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com by the deadline of 30 November 2014. The following documents should be included in the online application:

  • A cover letter. The cover letter should describe the candidate’s interests in and qualifications for carrying out the research, referring to his/her CV as necessary. It should also describe at what stage the candidate has reached in his/her PhD program (i.e., course work completed? Comprehensive/oral exams completed?)
  • A CV including three references with contact information, one of whom should be the candidate’s academic supervisor
  • A research proposal, maximum 10 pages doubles spaced, including:
    • An abstract (max. 250 words)
    • Background on the key issues
    • Purpose and objectives
    • Proposed methodology
    • Tentative schedule of field activities including other milestones in the PhD program such as actual/anticipated date for completing coursework and for completing comprehensive/oral exams, etc.
    • Expected results and potential use of results
    • Budget for anticipated field expenses of up to USD 22,500. This may include one round trip airfare to East Africa from the candidate’s university base.
    • As the final choice of research site(s) will be negotiated between ILRI, the successful candidate, and his/her thesis committee, the candidate may decide whether and how much background on the particular research site(s) to include in the proposal.
  • A reference letter from the candidate’s academic supervisor indicating that he/she has read the candidate’s research proposal, his/her endorsement of the candidate’s application to this fellowship, and any other remarks on the candidate’s suitability and capacity for carrying out the research. (The other two references will be contacted by ILRI during the assessment of applications.)
  • Transcripts of the candidate’s most recent degree program.

After a successful candidate is chosen, ILRI, the candidate and his/her thesis committee will together make a decision on the research site(s), after which the proposal can be developed further.

Applicants can expect to be notified by 15 December 2014.

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. Suitably qualified women and citizens of developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply.

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Closure of road leading to ILRI Kenya housing units: October 21–24, 2014

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Please be notified that we shall be closing the road around housing units for 4-days to enable us do some final works. The parts affected are from House 12 to House 13 and also from House 19 to the Catering parking (hence to Houses 21 to 28). The closure is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 to Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 (11.00am to 3.00pm daily)

The road shall be closed totally from 11.00am to 3.00pm each day. During the closure no vehicle shall be let through. Please ensure that the vehicles to be used during the closure window are parked appropriately.

We regret the inconveniences that may be caused. See the site map below for the exact road sections that shall be closed.

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Wanjawa, W. B. | Engineering MC

Email: B.Wanjawa@cgiar.org

ILRI call for applications: PhD Fellows in Climate Change Adaptation Policy (closing date: 15 November 2014)

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Project: Multi-level analysis of the science-policy-practice interface in climate change adaptation in East and West Africa
Location: 2 positions (one in Ethiopia and the other one in Senegal)
Duration: Three years

Background: With the increased urgency of adaptation to climate change in the agricultural sector, there is more and more experimentation with how to bring scientific insights into national policy discussions. Emerging science-policy interface platforms vary in their forms, but they all aim to be mechanisms to shorten the distance between the co-production of cutting edge applied science and scientifically informed policies that are equitable and effective. However, how and why such modes of science-policy interface work within the political economy of adaptation remains poorly understood.

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is offering two 3-year PhD fellowships, one each for research in Ethiopia and Senegal. Each fellow will analyze the social dynamics of formulation and implementation of climate adaptation policy in one of these two countries. In particular, we are interested to examine how scientific information is (or is not) integrated into policy processes focused on or relevant to climate adaptation in the agricultural sector. More specifically, the research fellows will be charged with empirical analyses of policy formation and implementation processes, treating them as complex interactions between a wide variety of stakeholders, including global policy and research actors, donor agencies, national policymakers, government ministries and their staff at various levels, civil society stakeholders, sub-national political actors, and the pastoralists/ agropastoralists whose lives are ultimately affected by policies.

The two PhD fellows will be expected and assisted to interact with each other in order to foster comparability and capitalize on synergies between the studies. Both studies should approach two key dimensions of the topic.

First, both PhD fellows are expected to analyze extant national policy environments — the array of policies affecting rural livelihoods practice and climate change adaptation, including the synergistic and antagonistic interplay among those policies — and the influence those policy environments have pastoral and agropastoral systems in their respective field sites. Thus, while some particular policy or other may merit close investigation, the emphasis here is on the interplay among policies. Analysis of policy environments also includes examination of the linkages both upward (to supra-national dynamics such as changing scientific knowledge, global political pressures and changing donor priorities) and downward (to spaces where policy implementation occurs and affects the day-to-day practice of agropastoralism). This analysis might involve, for example, examination of the factors that have influenced the development of existing policies and the political spaces that exist for different stakeholders to engage in dialogue on and to influence policy choices around climate change adaptation and mitigation and agricultural development in general.

Second, the PhD fellows should analyze the real-time dynamics of national science-policy interface platforms, focusing on how scientific information is delivered, received, and drawn upon in the shaping of policies. This part of the study might use, for instance, a multi-sited ethnography approach to analysing how various stakeholders relate to and within the platforms/alliances. We expect to encounter examples of multiple ways that science is drawn upon in policy formulation and implementation processes, including both positive and negative examples.

These fellowship are deliberately designed as interdisciplinary social science projects with a strong qualitative emphasis, and we invite applicants from a broad array of social science backgrounds, including, but not limited to: human geography, political science, anthropology, science and technology studies, natural resource management, etc.

These fellowships are a part of the Policy and Governance theme within the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) program and will benefit from ILRI’s and CCAFS’ institutional support and access to existing science-policy platforms, as well as CCAFS’ local benchmark sites in both countries.

Terms of appointment: The successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of USD 33,000 per year for up to three years, as well as USD 22,500 for field research expenses. Over and above this amount for field research expenses, ILRI will also cover travel expenses for participation in meetings with ILRI staff and between the two fellows, as necessary.

In addition to their university-based academic supervisors, fellows will also receive substantive input from the commissioning ILRI social scientists. Through this collaboration, fellows are expected to produce peer-reviewed articles and policy briefs, as well as PhD dissertations.

Requirements and qualifications

The ideal candidates should:

  • Be enrolled or accepted in a PhD program in a recognized university in a discipline such as anthropology, human geography, natural resources management, international development studies, political science, science and technology studies.
  • Be prepared to begin field research no later than 1 October 2015.
  • Have no health or other restrictions that would prevent them from carrying out field research in rural Ethiopia/Senegal.
  • Have extensive knowledge of the climate change adaptation literature
  • Have excellent English speaking and writing skills and strong motivation to produce peer-reviewed publications
  • For Senegal only, have at least functional fluency in French

Helpful qualities

  • Familiarity with or past experience in the relevant countries, particularly government and policy contexts
  • Capacities with relevant national languages of Ethiopia (Amharic, Oromiffa) or Senegal (Wolof, Fulfulde)

Applicants need not have completed all university requirements for commencing field research (coursework, oral/comprehensive exams, etc.) at the time of application. However, the student should have advanced to PhD candidacy by the time of starting the fellowship, which should be no later than 1 August 2015. Fieldwork must start by 1 October 2015.

How to apply: All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com by the deadline of 15 November 2014. The following documents should be included in the online application:

  • A cover letter describing the candidate’s interests in and qualifications for carrying out the research, referring to his/her CV as necessary. It should also describe at what stage the candidate has reached in his/her PhD program (i.e., course work completed? Comprehensive/oral exams completed?). The cover letter should indicate clearly which of the two countries the candidate is interested in.
  • A CV including three references with contact information, one of whom should be the candidate’s academic supervisor
  • An academic writing sample, preferably in English (course paper, master’s thesis chapter, etc.)

The above materials will be evaluated and a select number of candidates will then be asked to submit letters of support from referees, academic transcripts, and a short proposal outlining the research design. Candidates should also expect to have Skype interviews prior to final selection.

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. Suitably qualified women and citizens of developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply.

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ILRI vacancy: Research Technician – Vaccine Biosciences (closing date: 31 October 2014)

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International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Technician to focus on recombinant antibody technologies. S/he will be part of a group that comprises of senior technicians within the Vaccine Biosciences Department.

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 2014, an operating budget of about USD83 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:

  • Purification and processing of bovine B cells from cattle undergoing infection and during vaccine trials.
  • Screening of phage libraries and work with recombinant antibodies.
  • Coordinate with the lab manager and ILRI engineering to ensure that laboratories and equipment are in good working order.
  • Follow good laboratory practices and assist in laboratory trainings.
  • Conduct other research activities as directed by the principal investigator/leader.

Requirements:

  • Applicants are required to have a Bachelor degree in immunology or related field. A masters will be an advantage.
  • At least 3 years of work experience.
  • Good theoretical background in immunology and molecular biology
  • Knowledge and experience in molecular techniques such as PCR, cloning, sequencing, protein purification and cell cultures work will be an added advantage.
  • Candidate should have strong written and spoken English.
  • Excellent organizational and problem solving skills.
  • Computer literacy in MS Office.

Terms of appointment: This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus and is for a two year contract period; renewable subject to availability of funds and individual performance. Salary and benefits will be in line with those provided by ILRI.

Job level and salary: This position is job grade 2C with a starting gross salary of KES 125,148 per month. In addition ILRI currently offers medical insurance for staff and dependents, Life insurance, Pension at 12.5% employers contribution, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days+ public holidays within ILRI’s National Recruited Staff Scheme.

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. All applications should be submitted through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com by    31 October 2014.

The position title and reference number REF: RT/VB/10/14 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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/

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Misplaced recording device and a notebook

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Pablo Alarcon misplaced a voice recorder and a writing note book during his visit in Kenya last week.

Please help us reach out the other campus users if you have not seen it.

Thank you,

Dr Stella G. Kiambi- Wanyeki| Graduate Fellow, Urban Zoonoses Project

Email: s.kiambi@cgiar.org

Analyzing power dynamics in innovation platforms for natural resource management

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Skilful facilitation is needed to overcome difficult power relationships (photo credit: ILRI/Alfred Ombati)

Innovation systems thinking is increasingly influencing approaches to sustainable agricultural development in developing world contexts. This represents a shift away from technology transfer towards recognition that agricultural change entails complex interactions among multiple actors and a range of technical, social and institutional factors.

One option for practically applying innovation systems thinking involves the establishment of innovation platforms (IPs). Such platforms are designed to bring together a variety of different stakeholders to exchange knowledge and resources and take action to solve common problems. Yet relatively little is known about how IPs operate in practice, particularly how power dynamics influence platform processes.

This paper focuses on a research-for-development project in the Ethiopian highlands which established three IPs for improved natural resource management. The ‘power cube’ is used to retrospectively analyse the spaces, forms and levels of power within these platforms and the impact on platform processes and resulting interventions. The overall aim is to highlight the importance of power issues in order to better assess the strengths and limitations of IPs as a model for inclusive innovation.

Findings suggest that while IPs may achieve some short-term success in creating spaces for wider participation in decision-making processes, they may be significantly influenced by forms of power which may not always be visible or easily challenged.

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ILRI to host the food safety in dairy development – Stakeholder Consultation Workshop East Africa

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The Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP), hosted by the World Bank, will be holding an East Africa Stakeholder Consultation Workshop at ILRI Campus, Nairobi, 3-4 November 2014. The workshop will serve as a platform to discuss challenges and opportunities to leverage food safety in the rapidly evolving dairy industries in East African Countries.

More details and agenda for the workshop can be read here .

Places are limited, but if you are interested to attend please send an email to GFSP @ gfsp@worldbank.org with your name and departmental affiliation.

Silvia Alonso | Postdoctoral scientist

Email: s.alonso@cgiar.org

 

 

Successful Volta and Niger Focal Region Expressions of Interest

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We are pleased to announce that, after a rigorous review of the 50 Expressions of Interests (EOIs) that were submitted for the WLE Volta and Niger Focal Region research-for-development program, we have completed the selection of finalists who will be invited to a writeshop. Details of the writeshop will be announced on Monday, October 20th.

Successful candidates will be contacted in the upcoming days. If they do not receive an email by Thursday, October 23, please email the WLE Global Research Coordinator – Nathanial Matthews at: n.matthews [at] cgiar.org

Supporting investment decisions in water and land management across the rural-urban continuum in the Volta – Niger focal region led by International Water Management Institute (IWMI

Enhancing sustainable ecosystems services for smallholder farmers in the Northern and Afram plains regions of Ghana through an integrated BHUNGROO based research program led by Conservation Alliance International

Realising the full biomass potential of mixed livestock-crop systems in rapidly changing Sahelian agro-ecological landscapes led by International Livestock Research Institute

Giving ‘latecomers’ a head start: Reorienting agricultural water management interventions to improve livelihoods of women and youths led by Ghana Irrigation Development Authority

Improving livelihoods in landscapes in the Volta Basin through strengthening farmer-led approaches to ecosystem-based management led by International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Managing water infrastructure for equity and ecosystems led by CIRAD (Centre de coopération Internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement)

The post Successful Volta and Niger Focal Region Expressions of Interest appeared first on Water, Land and Ecosystems.

CIP Vacancy: Project Assistant – (Closing date: 30 October 2014)

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The International Potato Center – Ethiopia (CIP) seeks to recruit a Project Assistant to its Ethiopia Office which is based in Addis Ababa.

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:

  • Assists the Project Coordinator in managing and overseeing the implementation of project activities including procurement and logistics;
  • Studies and document adoption & dissemination processes of new technologies with emphasis on nutritional behaviour changes;
  • Establishes strong collaborative links and communication channels with partners and project stakeholders;
  • In consultation and with guidance from CIP’s Value Chain and Impact Assessment Specialist (VC/IA), strengthen/streamline potato and sweetpotato seed and ware value chains and identify opportunities for value addition;
  • Develops and implement strategies to strengthen business skills of Farmer Cooperatives and seek opportunities for increased private sector involvement;
  • Documents and publishes research findings;
  • Provides and arranges training of staff of public and private partner institutions;
  • Contributes to the development of new project ideas and proposals;
  • Performs other assignments related to project objectives.

Education:

  • MSc in Development Economics/Environmental Economics/Social Sciences.

Work Experience:

  • At least 2 years in a research for development context, of which at least 1 year in working in international research/development or similar organizations;
  • Experience in value chain analyses and impact assessment is required;
  • Project management experience is a plus. Competencies and Skills:

 

  • Expertise in quantitative and qualitative socio-economic assessment methodologies and Result Based Management methodologies,
  • Driving license is a plus.

 

Duty Station: Addis Ababa

Grade: 3A

Minimum Base: Birr 27, 556 (Negotiable, depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment:  This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is fixed term for 1 year 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.

The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. Dining and sports facilities are located on site. 

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 reference number: REF: A/058/14 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 30 October 2014. We do not encourage CVs and credentials to be mailed to our postal address.

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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ILRI Vacancy: Capacity Development Associate – (Closing date: 29 October 2014)

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The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Capacity Development Associate who will be a member of the Capacity Development team based at the ILRI campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

General: ILRI works to enhance the roles livestock play in pathways out of poverty in developing countries. ILRI is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a global research partnership of 15 centres working with many partners for a food-secure future, see: www.cgiar.org.  ILRI has two main campuses in Kenya (headquarters) and in Ethiopia, with other offices located in other regions of Africa (Mali, Mozambique, and Nigeria) as well as in South Asia (India, Sri Lanka), Southeast Asia (Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam) and East Asia (China).  Learn more here: www.ilri.org.

Key duties & responsibilities:

The assignment “Capacity Development Associate for the Small Ruminant’s value chain in Ethiopia” involves working closely with ICARDA’s value chain coordinator in Ethiopia and ILRI’s Global Capacity Development Specialist based in Kenya, research leaders and research-for-development partners to promote LAF activities (‘more milk, meat and fish, by and for the poor’) through a range of capacity development activities, including:

  • Supporting the mapping, identification and assessment of potential capacity development service providers at the national and local level to co-deliver activities to strengthen innovation (uptake) capacities, and to encourage small and medium sized enterprise development;
  • Refining (organizational) Capacity assessment methodology, piloting and conducting assessments with key partner organizations in five (5) Ethiopian regions, leading to the design of sustainable capacity development strategies and the creation of (learning, training) interventions based on in-depth training needs assessments methodologies;
  • Following up and assisting in the development of a gender capacity development strategy including for (and with) specific organizations;
  • Supporting the implementation of multi stakeholder platforms, including support in setting up and facilitation and documentation of progress of such platforms, and contribution to related research activities.Responsibilities:

 

  • Supports the program researchers with the identification of capacity development service providers, conduct of capacity assessment and developing of capacity development strategies and activities;
  • Works with Capacity Development, Gender Specialists and program scientists to develop and apply tools and methods for an ongoing assessment of program capacity development needs, as well as the impact of capacity development interventions on the overall program objectives;
  • Helps to develop in-depth training needs assessments methodologies, prepare blended-learning training materials based on proven adult learning techniques (including ADDIE, Rapid Course Development, and Adult Learning Theory), using appropriate design, content and technologies adapted to the context of actors in the five project sites;
  • Supports partners in setting up and facilitating multiple stakeholder platforms, as well as in the delivery of materials as needed (including assistance in coordinating and organizing training sessions, and delivering training programs as needed);
  • Contributes to research activities around capacity development topics;
  • Develops partnerships with selected capacity development actors to achieve the program objectives;
  • Supports the development, testing and monitoring of sustainable capacity development strategies for various regions where LAF operates;
  • Helps document and disseminate learning insights gained, and develops “stories from the field” for communication and outreach purposes and contributes to preparation of research reports, briefs and other products/materials for website content and publication;
  • Any other related task as assigned by the ICARDA’s value chain coordinator in Ethiopia and ILRI’s Global Capacity Development Specialist based in Kenya.

Position Level, Location and Terms of appointment: This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) for a fixed term one year contract period, with the possibility of extension. The position will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  There will be a brief induction period at ILRI’s headquarters in Nairobi prior to taking up the post at the duty station.  In addition, level 3B, minimum base salary will be Birr 34,128 (Negotiable, depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate). ILRI offers medical insurance for staff and dependents, life insurance, pension at 12.5% employer’s contribution, annual holiday entitlement of 30 days+ public holidays within ILRI’s National Recruited Staff Scheme.

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS AND COMPETENCE:

  • Advanced degree or Master’s degree in Organizational Development, Sustainable Development, Gender, Social Development or other relevant field or a relevant first degree plus a relevant post graduate professional qualification in organizational development, institutional change, rural development, sustainable development;
  • At least five years of experience conducting capacity assessments with and for organizations in developing countries, designing strategies, and undertaking Capacity Development initiatives, especially training oriented;
  • Proven knowledge about different training methodologies and tools; she/he has experience with facilitating trainings at the national and local levels and has experience with adult learning, engagement skills, curriculum development competences;
  • A proven skill-set in the development of learning courses, dissemination of learning products, training and technical assistance materials, needs assessments, and other capacity development products;
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills;
  • Experience as trainer-facilitator; strong facilitation and presentation skills;
  • Familiarity with rural agricultural value chain development and approaches, preferably on livestock production in developing countries;
  • Excellent judgment, strategic thinking and the ability to manage risk and competing priorities and meet deadlines;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude and demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexity;
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and/or publication experience a plus.

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 reference number: REF: A/059/14 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 29 October 2014.

 

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

 

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

 

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