The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Graduate Fellow to ILRI seeks to recruit a Graduate Fellow to work within the ILRI‐led CGIAR Research Program on Livestock Agri-food Systems that aims to transform smallholder and pastoral production systems.
ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org
ILRI Research Project: Enhancing milk quality and consumption for improved income and nutrition in Rwanda
Graduate fellowship project title: Economic analysis of milk quality certification in Rwanda
The Fellow will contribute to Feed the Future’s Livestock Systems Innovation Lab project on enhancing milk quality and consumption for improved income and nutrition in Rwanda. Over the next three years, the project will: 1) evaluate the impact of a nutrition education intervention on ASF consumption and nutrition outcomes among children 6-23 months of age and pregnant and lactating women, 2) assess and enhance performance and capacity of dairy cooperatives to improve market access for smallholder milk producers, and 3) evaluate the costs and benefits to value chain agents of supplying milk that meets the Seal of Quality (SOQ) standards. The Fellow will undertake research specifically on objective (3).
- Evaluate the costs and benefits of SOQ accruing to dairy value chain actors including individual milk producers, cooperatives, and milk processors
- Estimate the influence of SOQ costs on milk production
- Conduct an economic impact assessment of the SOQ technologies on the dairy value chain and the distributional impact of the cost and benefits on the different nodes of the value chain
- Must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in any of the following: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics or Economics, with at least an Upper second-class honours
- Must have obtained a Master’s degree in either Economics or Agricultural Economics
- Must have completed their last degree less than 6 years ago at the time of application
- Must be a national of a Sub-Saharan African country. Rwandan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Excellent written and spoken English
- Good interpersonal, facilitation and communication skills
- Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and foster teamwork
Terms of appointment: ILRI will offer a competitive stipend to cover living expenses in the project location(s). The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist and the university/academic supervisor.
Location: Tanzania or Uganda or Rwanda
Duration: 3 years
- The last university degree must have been completed less than six years ago at the time of application
- Applicants should be citizens of a country in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Must be a holder of a Master’s degree qualification with at least above average results
How to apply:
Interested applicants should submit the following documents:
- A cover letter explaining your interest in the scholarship position, what you can bring to ILRI. The graduate fellowship project title and reference number: DAAD/PVCL/03/2017 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter
- Names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience
- Signed curriculum vitae scanned in PDF; please use the Europass CV template available on (http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu)
- Certified scanned copies of all university degree certificates
- Certified scanned PDF copies of all university transcripts
- A temporary admission letter including fee structure of respective course or an official letter assuring admission (scanned PDF copy). This will be provided to you in soft by your institution upon shortlisting. If this is not available by the closing date for application; please include with the application a commitment letter that you will have obtained this by 1st September 2017 as this is a mandatory requirement before commencing the fellowship program
- PhD research proposal including a detailed work plan (10 to 15 pages); plagiarism tests will be checked! The proposal has to be in line with the above outlined ILRI’s research project
- Abstract of the proposal on one page (please include name and title of proposal)
- Where applicable a recommendation letter by the head of department indicating that you are a present or prospective member of staff and how you will be integrated into the staff development agenda of the university (original only)
- Confirmation of study leave from your university (if applicable; scanned PDF copy)
- Confirmation of teaching release (university staff members only; scanned PDF copy)
All applications to be submitted online through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 31 January 2017.
We thank all applicants for their interest in 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.
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Suitably qualified women and citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries, with experience of working internationally, are particularly encouraged to apply.