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ILRI-DAAD PhD Scholarship Policy, Value Chains, Livelihoods (Closing date: 31 January 2017)

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 position

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).

Key responsibilities:

  • 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

 Requirements:

  • 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

Application requirements:

  • 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.

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/

Suitably qualified women and citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries, with experience of working internationally, are particularly encouraged to apply.


ILRI-DAAD PhD Scholarship Livestock Genetics (Closing date: 31 January 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Graduate Fellow to compare the susceptibility of lymphocytes from tolerant and susceptible cattle to infection and transformation by T. parva parasites.

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

DAAD is a German Academic Exchange service which is a publicly funded, self-governing organization of the institutions of higher education in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic exchange as well as educational co-operation with developing countries through a variety of funding and scholarship programs.

ILRI Research Project: Genetics of tolerance to Theileria parva infection in Bos indicus cattle

Graduate fellowship project title: Determination of differences between susceptible and tolerant cattle through in vitro analysis of infection and proliferation of infected lymphocytes.

The position:

We have observed a profound ability of cattle derived from a Boran sire to tolerate exposure to T. parva in an endemic area, and are currently engaged in determining the gene(s) responsible for mediating this tolerance through genomic analysis.  This project will adopt an alternative/supplementary approach by comparing the susceptibility of lymphocytes from tolerant and susceptible cattle to infection and transformation by T. parva parasites.  Identification of candidate molecules involved in mediating tolerance will then facilitate the genomic analysis.  Conversely, if the genomic approach identifies a strong candidate gene, the same analyses can be used to validate the candidate gene(s).  The project will be extended to molecular epidemiology studies of additional cattle populations to determine the distribution of the responsible gene(s) in populations of known susceptibility to T. parva.

Key responsibilities:

The student will be responsible for

  • Establishing in vitro infection and proliferation assays
  • Comparing lymphocytes from tolerant and susceptible cattle
  • Identifying candidate molecules involved in mediating the tolerant phenotype
  • Liaising with the scientists involved in the genomic approach to facilitate complementary activities

Requirements:

  • BVSc or BSc and MSc in relevant discipline
  • Good writing skills demonstrated through research reports and journal publications
  • An effective and energetic team player with the ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environment
  • Excellent oral communication and writing skills in English. Knowledge of Swahili will be an added advantage
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task and meet tight deadlines

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:                     Kenya

Duration:                     3 years

Application requirements:

  • 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/LG/13/2017 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.

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/

Suitably qualified women and citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries, with experience of working internationally, are particularly encouraged to apply.


ILRI-DAAD PhD Scholarship Feeds and Forages (closing date: 31 January 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Graduate Fellow to build on ILRI’s research on the use of systematic methods for supporting decision making on feeding strategies among smallholder farmers.

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

DAAD is a German Academic Exchange service which is a publicly funded, self-governing organization of the institutions of higher education in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic exchange as well as educational co-operation with developing countries through a variety of funding and scholarship programs.

ILRI Research Project: Improved livelihoods through sustainable intensification and diversification of market oriented crop-livestock systems in southern Malawi.

Graduate fellowship project title: Enhancement of participatory decision support tools to support improved feeding strategies by smallholder farmers in Malawi and beyond.

Background:

The PhD project will investigate use, outputs and outcomes of application of ILRI developed tools (www. ilri.org/feast) for rapid assessment of feed resources and for prioritization and ranking of feed interventions. The PhD project will add to the feed tool work at ILRI twofold: first, it will assess the actual impact that application of FEAST has on decision making by farmers and other relevant actors; second, it will add an economic-based component allowing the design and proposition of least cost rations.

This will contribute to increased production and productivity in livestock value chains and to higher economic benefit from engagement in livestock value chains through reduced feed costs relative to farm gate prices for animal produce.

The position:

The PhD position will sit within an ongoing EU funded project. The successful candidate will build on ILRI’s research on the use of systematic methods for supporting decision making on feeding strategies among smallholder farmers. At the core of this research is the FEAST tool which is a rapid decision support tool for characterizing feed constraints and guiding workable interventions. FEAST has been applied extensively across the developing world and continues to be enhanced. In this project the emphasis will be upon (1) assessing the effectiveness of FEAST in improving decision making by farmers and (2) improving economic evaluation of potential feed interventions.

The PhD programme will be integrated into a new cross CG (ILRI and ICRISAT) EU Project in Malawi ICRISAT and into the Livestock CRP.

Key responsibilities:

The overall goal of the project will be to: contribute to value chain analysis, prioritization of interventions and establishment of ex ante assessments for economic return of interventions.

This will be achieved by:

  • Design and implementation of an impact assessment approach to evaluate the impact of FEAST on farmer decision making and intervention strategies
  • Application of FEAST in field sites across Malawi
  • Development of simple partial budgeting approaches to assess the economic viability of proposed interventions emerging from the FEAST process

Requirements:

  • MSc or equivalent in Animal Nutrition
  • Skills in farm-level partial budgeting
  • Good writing skills demonstrated through research reports and journal publications
  • An effective and energetic team player with the ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environment
  • Excellent oral communication and writing skills in English. Knowledge of Swahili will be an added advantage
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task and meet tight deadlines

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:                     Southern Africa (Zimbabwe or Malawi)

Duration:                     3 years

Application requirements:

  • 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/FF/09/2017 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.

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/

Suitably qualified women and citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries, with experience of working internationally, are particularly encouraged to apply.


ILRI-DAAD PhD Scholarship Animal and Human Health (Closing date: 31 January 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Graduate Fellow to create an agent-based simulation of livestock disease spread in Uganda that can act as a decision-support system to government officials and veterinaries in case of an outbreak and when defining policy.

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

DAAD is a German Academic Exchange service which is a publicly funded, self-governing organization of the institutions of higher education in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic exchange as well as educational co-operation with developing countries through a variety of funding and scholarship programs.

ILRI Research Project: Animal Health Flagship

Graduate fellowship project title: Agent-Based Simulation modeling for the study of emerging disease threats and outbreaks: A case study of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Uganda.

Background:

The proposed study responds to cluster of activities 1 and 2 of the animal health flagship (Assessment/Prioritization and herd health).  But it also impacts on clusters 3 and 4 of the animal health flagship with specific inputs on availability of animal health data and using available technologies to improve health and food safety.  The project also promotes sustainable interventions by making approaches, tools and processes available for targeted interventions.

Key responsibilities:

The graduate fellow will work together with ILRI Uganda team under the CRP Livestock program to implement activities related to his PhD. The goal of the research is to create an agent-based simulation of livestock disease spread in Uganda that can act as a decision-support system to government officials and veterinaries in case of an outbreak and when defining policy. The underlying model should be adaptive in the sense that it will be able to analyze a situation as defined by input data provided from the situation in the field and run simulations with different sets of mitigation measures to find promising solution approaches. A later version of the model might even be able to change the parameters of the mitigation measures and arrive at statistical measures of the likelihood of combinations of mitigation measures with concrete parameters succeeding at stopping the outbreak. Such a tool will be useful in the direct response to an outbreak as well as in evaluating the potential long-term policies that could be adopted to reduce the likelihood of outbreaks and the efficiency with which they are resolved.

Specific Objectives of the Study

  • Review relevant literature on existing methods used in the study and investigation of ASF spread under different conditions in Uganda. This will include reviewing the various mitigation measures for ASF in the Ugandan context and reviewing relevant literature about efficiency and effectiveness of the existing control mitigation measures (scientific and traditional strategies).
  • Design a baseline agent-based model that addresses the loopholes of the strategies used in investigating disease spread and disease control. The loopholes include inefficiency, lack of decision support and possible errors arising from human delays and reporting.
  • Develop a software simulation platform based on the above agent-based model for the study and investigation of disease spread and disease control in Uganda.
  • Utilize indirect inference and ex-post techniques for validation and run the simulation software multiple times with various data for verification purposes of the agent-based simulation model.
  • Integrate the study with current schemes available at the National Livestock Resources Research Institute (NALIRRI) of Uganda for the detection and mitigation of livestock disease.

Requirements:

  • Degree in Computer Sciences/Mathematics, MSc in bioinformatics, biological/veterinary sciences
  • Strong in statistical analysis, modeling
  • Proficient in English
  • Good writing skills demonstrated through research reports and journal publications.
  • An effective and energetic team player with the ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environment
  • Excellent oral communication and writing skills in English. Knowledge of Swahili will be an added advantage
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task and meet tight deadlines

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:                     Uganda

Duration:                     3 years

Application requirements:

  • 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/AHH/11/2017 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.

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/

Suitably qualified women and citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries, with experience of working internationally, are particularly encouraged to apply.


ILRI-DAAD PhD Scholarship Animal and Human Health (Closing date: 31 January 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Graduate Fellow to undertake an assessment of the health risks associated with the consumption of raw milk by children in poor households in peri-urban settlements in Nairobi.

The International Livestock Research Institute (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

DAAD is a German Academic Exchange service which is a publicly funded, self-governing organization of the institutions of higher education in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic exchange as well as educational co-operation with developing countries through a variety of funding and scholarship programs.

ILRI Research Project:  MoreMilk: making the most of milk

Graduate fellowship project title: Raw milk and children’s health: a risk assessment of the contribution of raw milk to the diets and the health of children in peri-urban settlements in Nairobi

Background:

This PhD position will sit under the Agriculture for Nutrition and Health CRP, Food Safety flagship. This CRP works on investigating the links between agriculture, including livestock production, and human health and nutrition. Specifically, the project will provide evidence of direct use under the “Safe Fresh Foods” cluster of activities, that aims at generating knowledge and evidence on technological and institutional innovations for mitigating food safety risks and engaging on a policy dialogue to build awareness of opportunities in informal markets. The PhD position will focus on health risks and benefits associated with the informal dairy sector, and as such, provide useful information to guide policy makers and influence food safety and food security policies.

The position:

The PhD position will undertake an assessment of the health risks associated with the consumption of raw milk by children in poor households in peri-urban settlements in Nairobi. The candidate will participate in field work activities to gather data from milk vendors and consumers, with emphasis in children and will also engage on laboratory activities around the safety and quality of raw milk. The candidate will also be expected to engage with stakeholders at various levels, and actively engaging in the various research communication activities. The PhD will work alongside researchers with longstanding experience and from various disciplines, and will benefit from exposure to a broad set of activities.

Key responsibilities:

  • Development of research tools to be used in the field
  • Coordination and participation in data gathering activities, as well as data management and analysis
  • Participation in laboratory activities
  • Engaging in communication activities and stakeholder interactions
  • Participation in publication activities, including preparing peer-reviewed publications as first author
  • Interact with other researchers and partners in the project
  • Engagement in other relevant activities organized by the institute.

Requirements:

  • A BSc in a relevant discipline (Food science, veterinary medicine, medicine, or related)
  • A MSc in a related topic (e.g. public health, epidemiology, public health nutrition)
  • Previous research experience, especially in developing countries, will be an advantage
  • Proficiency in English
  • Able to work independently and highly motivated
  • Able and keen to engage in different research related activities

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:                               Kenya
Duration:                              3 years

Application requirements:

  • 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/AHH/15/2017 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.

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/

Suitably qualified women and citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries, with experience of working internationally, are particularly encouraged to apply.


ILRI-DAAD PhD Scholarship Animal and Human Health (Closing date: 31 January 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Graduate Fellow to evaluate the performance of trader-based interventions in the milk sector in Tanzania, Kenya and India, and to assess under what market and policy conditions these programs can be scaled up and sustained for the benefit of poor consumers

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

DAAD is a German Academic Exchange service which is a publicly funded, self-governing organization of the institutions of higher education in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic exchange as well as educational co-operation with developing countries through a variety of funding and scholarship programs.

ILRI Research Project: MoreMilk: making the most of milk

Graduate fellowship project title: “Light-touch” interventions in the dairy value chain to improve food safety and health outcomes: assessing scale and sustainability.

Background:

This PhD position will sit under the Agriculture for Nutrition and Health CRP, Food Safety flagship. This CRP works on investigating the links between agriculture, including livestock production, and human health and nutrition. Specifically, the project will provide evidence of direct use under the “Safe Fresh Foods” cluster of activities, that aims at generating knowledge and evidence on technological and institutional innovations for mitigating food safety risks and engaging on a policy dialogue to build awareness of opportunities in informal markets. The PhD position will investigate the success and failure stories of various food safety initiatives in three different countries, to identify the keys to success, scale and sustainability. It will provide useful information to guide policy makers and influence food safety and food security policies in the dairy sector.

The Position:

The PhD position is to be carried out in the context of a project led by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in cooperation with other partners such as the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). This project seeks to evaluate the performance of trader-based interventions in the milk sector in Tanzania, Kenya and India, and to assess under what market and policy conditions these programs can be scaled up and sustained for the benefit of poor consumers. In broad terms, the PhD dissertation will provide original theoretical and empirical work contributing to our knowledge of informal market governance. Possible areas to explore include the political-economical drivers of informality; sector- versus chain-level approaches to market governance and reform; and theories of systemic change. In addition, it is expected that the PhD student will contribute specifically to the study of trader-based interventions in the milk market of the selected countries. The position is open to a wide range of disciplinary lenses within the social sciences including economics, sociology and public health. Methodologically, the project can draw on a number of qualitative and quantitative approaches, including systems mapping, value chain analysis, microeconomics, experimental or semi-experimental approaches, ethnography, focus groups or participant observation, among others.

Key responsibilities:

  • Participate in the development of research tools to be used in the field
  • Coordination and participation in data gathering activities, as well as data management and analysis.
  • Engaging in communication activities and stakeholder interactions
  • Participation in publication activities, including preparing peer-reviewed publications as first author
  • Interact with other researchers and partners in the project
  • Engagement in other relevant activities organized by the institute.

Requirements:

  • A BSc in a relevant discipline (Economics, Social sciences, or related)
  • A MSc in a related topic (e.g. public health, epidemiology, health or agriculture economics)
  • Preference will be given to candidates that can demonstrate an interdisciplinary, cross-methods expertise
  • Previous research experience, especially in developing countries, will be an advantage.
  • Proficiency in English
  • Preference will be given to Tanzanian candidates
  • Able and keen to engage in different research related activities
  • Able to work independently and highly motivated

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, Kenya and India
Duration:                     3 years

Application requirements:

  • 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/AHH/14/2017 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.

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/

Suitably qualified women and citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries, with experience of working internationally, are particularly encouraged to apply.


ILRI-DAAD PhD Scholarship Animal and Human Health (Closing date: 31 January 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Graduate Fellow to research the safety of traditional dairy products and develop recommendations for improving safety and quality.

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

DAAD is a German Academic Exchange service which is a publicly funded, self-governing organization of the institutions of higher education in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic exchange as well as educational co-operation with developing countries through a variety of funding and scholarship programs.

ILRI Research Project: Safe Food fair Project

Graduate fellowship project title: Analysis of adulterants, physicochemical and microbiological quality and shelf stability of local butter along the value chain in Jimma town and central highlands of Ethiopia

Background:

The Graduate Fellow will research on the safety of traditional dairy products and develop recommendations for improving safety and quality. This is relevant to CRP A4NH flagship on food safety which seeks to assess the risk of food sold in informal markets and develops strategies to improve food safety, farmer and value chain actor livelihood, and nutrition. The research will build on earlier work we did in Ethiopia which found that traditional processing of milk reduced the risk of food poisoning 200-fold (Makita et al., 2012). Traditional food products are widely consumed in Ethiopia and have enormous potential to contribute to nutrition but also to development of unique, authentic, and delicious foods that can allow poor farmers to penetrate more rewarding markets. Under the Safe Food, Fair Food project we have identified improving local fermentation techniques a key intervention to upgrading value chains and reducing risk of foodborne disease (Grace et al., 2010). This proposal will a) generate evidence on risks associated with local butter, and b) develop recommendations for interventions to improve safety and quality. It will help fill an identified gap in A4NH, that is coverage of food technology and processing. As butter is processed by women it will benefit their livelihoods.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop tools and protocols for data collection
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative field research including biological sampling; laboratory testing; data analysis
  • Production of PhD thesis; 2 peer-reviewed papers, research brief, training manuals for farmers

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:                     ILRI Ethiopia
Duration:                     3 years

Application requirements:

  • 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
  • Completed PhD course work and affiliated to a University

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/AHH/02/2017 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.

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/

Suitably qualified women and citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries, with experience of working internationally, are particularly encouraged to apply.


ILRI-DAAD PhD Scholarship Animal and Human Health (Closing date: 31 January 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Graduate Fellow to study the epidemiology of respiratory pig diseases and their impacts on productivity

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

DAAD is a German Academic Exchange service which is a publicly funded, self-governing organization of the institutions of higher education in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic exchange as well as educational co-operation with developing countries through a variety of funding and scholarship programs.

ILRI Research Project: Animal Health Flagship

Graduate fellowship project title: Towards improved herd health in the smallholder pig systems in Uganda

Background:

The proposed study responds to cluster of activities 1 and 2 of the animal health flagship (Assessment/Prioritization and herd health).  But it also impacts on clusters 3 and 4 of the animal health flagship with specific inputs on availability of animal health data and using available technologies to improve health and food safety in the pig value chains in Uganda.  The project also promotes sustainable interventions by making approaches, tools and processes available for targeted interventions.

Key responsibilities:

The graduate fellow will work together with ILRI Uganda office under the CRP Livestock program to implement activities related to his PhD. The overall objective of the project is to study the epidemiology of respiratory pig diseases and their impacts on productivity. The specific objectives are: (1) Comprehensively assess disease burdens in domestic pigs by more accurately defining the microbiologic etiology of these syndromes; as well as assess the risk factors the occurrence of the diseases; (2) Assess the impact of pig keeping types/management (including housing) on productivity (pig health and feeding) by recording costs and income;  (3) Assess the cost, benefits, and cost-effectiveness of available control strategies to reduce disease risk and disease burden; and (4) Provide advice to decision-makers on the soundness of anticipated course of actions against the identified diseases and identify the factors preventing the adoption of cost-effective strategies by various stakeholders.

Requirements:

  • Degree in Veterinary Medicine, MSc in veterinary sciences, biology or animal production;
  • Experience in clinical practices especially in pigs;
  • Experience in data management and statistical analysis (STATA package);
  • Proficient in English.
  • Good writing skills demonstrated through research reports and journal publications.
  • An effective and energetic team player with the ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environment.
  • Excellent oral communication and writing skills in English. Knowledge of Swahili will be an added advantage.
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task and meet tight deadlines.

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:                     Uganda
Duration:                     3 years

Application requirements:

  • 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/AHH/10/2017 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.

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/

Suitably qualified women and citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries, with experience of working internationally, are particularly encouraged to apply.


ILRI Vacancy: Field Coordinator – Turkana County (closing date: 8 February 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Field Coordinator for Turkana County, Feed the Future (FtF) – Accelerated Value Chain Development – Livestock Component (AVCD-LC) to contribute to coordination of field activities in collaboration with partners including county governments and other USAID funded projects under the Partnership for Resilience and Economic Growth (PREG).

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

The position.

As part of a larger USAID-funded agriculture development program ILRI is leading a project to accelerate the impact of livestock market interventions on household incomes, with the goal to reduce poverty and hunger in five counties in Northern Kenya (Garissa, Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana and Wajir).  The focus is on taking successful interventions to scale to achieve broad impact on agricultural incomes and nutrition, through delivering several outputs. Firstly, facilitating respective counties and other actors/stakeholders to create supportive policy environment and legislative frameworks to enhance market performance and create awareness on how actors (pastoralists, traders etc.) can benefit from these frameworks, including advocating for further changes in policies and legislation to address emerging challenges, in addition to enhancing market vibrancy by promoting entrepreneurial skills among women and youth and linking them to appropriate financial institutions as well as increasing availability and use of market information systems.  Secondly, enhancing livestock value chain through improvement in the availability of and access to fodder and forage, through supporting the respective counties to develop appropriate policies and legislation in rangeland management, improved surveillance and control of diseases for increased livestock production and trade, promotion of Public Private Partnership (PPP) model in animal health care delivery and enhancement of productivity through better herd management aimed at equipping pastoralists with hands-on skills and knowledge in selection and breeding; and Thirdly, improving accesses to diverse and quality food and change in nutrition related behavior.

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate field activities aimed at increasing pastoralist livestock productivity and market linkages (through increased access to inputs and services as well as uptake of productivity enhancing technologies), working closely with development partners and the Turkana county government ministry/department.
  • Establish and manage stakeholder relationships that improve the ability of the team to achieve the agreed outputs and outcomes.
  • Ensure timely and appropriate implementation of project activities.
  • Support project monitoring activities.
  • Undertake preparation of regular reports on project field activities

Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Livestock Production, Animal Health, Development Studies, Project Management or Rangeland Ecology/ Management with experience in implementing development projects OR a Bachelor’s degree in one of the following areas with a minimum of 5 years’ experience implementing development projects.
  • Field experience in implementation of livestock development projects in the Kenyan ASALs – especially in the area of livestock husbandry, animal health, livestock production and farmer/pastoralists’ market linkages.
  • Demonstrated experience working in collaborative development projects involving multiple partners and including good understanding of both National and County Government programs and processes under the State Department of Livestock.
  • Demonstrated experience in coordination of field activities and supervision of field staff.
  • Proven experience in program management and monitoring & evaluation.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Good interpersonal, facilitation and communication skills especially to diverse audience and targets.
  • Ability to work in multi-cultural environment and foster teamwork.
  • Ability to work with limited supervision and to take initiatives.

Terms of Appointment

This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based in Turkana County. It is open to Kenyan nationals only. The position is on a 1.5 year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Job Level

This position is job level 2D, and ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; pension, medical and other insurances for ILRI’s Nationally Recruited Staff.

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 by clicking on the “Apply Now” tab above before 8 February, 2017. The position title and reference number REF: FC/01/2017 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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: Head, Communications and Knowledge Management (closing date: 25 February 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Head, Communications and Knowledge Management (CKM) to manage and lead ILRI’s communications and knowledge management work to deliver on ILRI’s mission.

The Communications and Knowledge Management team at ILRI provides central leadership in knowledge sharing, communication and information facilities and expertise to ILRI researchers, the organization and its partners. Activities are intended to enhance ILRI’s effectiveness and outcomes through four main activities:

  • Communicate evidence for wider influence – by engaging with and influencing decision-makers and other audiences;
  • Translate science-based practices into impact – by communicating research outputs into potential development outcomes, get knowledge into use;
  • Link and connect people and knowledge to enrich collaboration, learning, interaction and exchange;
  • Access, organize and manage, document, publish, communicate and disseminate research knowledge, information and data, products and outputs for wide accessibility and use.

This is an important institutional role leading diverse efforts to help achieve ILRI’s strategic influencing, capacity development and science uptake objectives. The CKM team works across ILRI, contributing to institutional and project activities, spanning public awareness, advocacy, publishing, knowledge sharing, engagement and facilitation. The team presently comprises 20 individuals based in Addis Ababa and Nairobi, with associated project communications specialists embedded into different research programs and projects.

The ideal candidate brings a wide expertise and ability to guide a multi-faceted team as well as depth in any of the substantive areas falling within the terms of reference.

The International Livestock Research Institute (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

Responsibilities

The Head of Communications and Knowledge Management is expected to provide strategic and operational leadership in all the team’s delivery areas listed below. Depending on the specific profile of the selected candidate, he or she would provide specialised inputs at institutional and project levels.

  • Leading, planning and managing CKM functions and teams
  • Managing relations with media; organizing campaigns and public influencing activities
  • Publishing, communicating and disseminating ILRI’s multimedia research outputs
  • Generating and communicating corporate news and products
  • Building and supporting advocacy coalitions on the roles of livestock in sustainable development
  • Supporting collaboration platforms and support for ILRI and partner teams and projects
  • Designing, facilitating and supporting events, workshops and conferences
  • Providing support to internal communications
  • Delivering open access platforms and publishing
  • Engaging through social media
  • Managing ILRI’s web and digital platforms and tools

Requirements

  • Master’s degree in a relevant subject area.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in research or science communication, information/knowledge management, public awareness or publishing, ideally in an international development context.
  • Experienced manager with strong skills in budgeting and financial management, engaging with communications ‘clients’ and partners, and delivering products and services in busy and time-pressed environments.
  • Demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of communications and knowledge management strategies.
  • Experience in leading communications and knowledge management initiatives at an organisational level and engaging with multidisciplinary teams to understand their specific needs.
  • Experience in guiding, managing and developing teams in diverse locations and in a multicultural environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal as well as written and oral communication skills with the ability to develop and manage relations effectively with both internal and external stakeholders.

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

Position level: The position level is 5B.

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 expressing 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 by clicking on the “Apply Now” tab above before 25 February 2017. The position title and reference number IP/HCKM/01/2017 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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: Research Associate – Pastoralism and Rangelands – Internal Advert (Closing date: 28 January 2017)

The position: ILRI is recruiting a Research Associate who will work as a member of the Sustainable Livestock Systems Program contributing to its research, capacity building, and policy-influencing activities in rangelands and pastoral areas of Ethiopia and elsewhere, under the supervision of a Senior Scientist. This will include contributing to the undertaking of a baseline survey in pastoral areas of Ethiopia; developing activities on land governance, land use planning and pastoralism with state and non-state actors; and with various international partners contributing to the coordination of the International Land Coalition’s Rangelands Initiative (global component). The global component seeks to influence global discourse on land issues to be more inclusive of pastoral issues, improve the capacity of international and national members to engage on pastoral land issues, and to mobilize and develop activities in collaboration with partners including government, to improve resource/land governance and land use planning in rangelands.  The position will be based at ILRI Ethiopia involving frequent travel to pastoral areas in Ethiopia and occasional international travel.

General: 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. 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 (Mali, Mozambique and Nigeria) and in South Asia (India and Sri Lanka), Southeast Asia (Laos, Thailand and Vietnam) and East Asia (China). www.ilri.org.

Main duties & responsibilities:

  • Contributing to the design and implementation of a Baseline Survey for a national pastoral project, including development of household survey questionnaire, arranging fieldwork logistics, technical oversight of survey consultancy firm, and contributing to analysis and write-up of results.
  • Contributing to the development of a study on issues related to land governance and/or land use planning in rangelands-pastoral areas, potentially in Ethiopia, Tanzania and India.
  • Assisting the ILRI staff member responsible for the coordination of the International Land Coalition Rangelands Initiative (global component) including the development of material for a website, the writing of reviews, articles and reports; communication with and development of collaborative activities with ILC members and partners; development of new strategies and activities towards making rangelands more secure for local users.
  • Contributes to publications and presentation of results.
  • Builds capacity and provide practical trainings to partners as appropriate.

 Minimum Requirements:

Education:
  • Masters in rangelands, drylands, anthropology, sociology, geography, environment, agriculture or similar.
Training:
  • Participatory and research tools.

Experience:

  • At least three years’ experience of research in rangelands, pastoralism, land governance and/or land use planning including participatory approaches and surveys for national/international organizations.
  • Experience of working in pastoral areas of Ethiopia, with some international experience preferred.
  • Proven experience of working on gender issues and social inclusion in research.

Required and Desirable Skills:

  • Excellent communication and writing skills for different audiences (academic, government, NGOs, public, social media), in written and spoken Amharic, English (French/Spanish and/or knowledge of languages spoken in Ethiopia pastoral areas would be an advantage).
  • Strong motivation and long-term interest in pastoral development, natural resource management and land issues.
  • An innovative and strategic thinker, who enjoys working with different state and non-state actors.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to work under pressure.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural partnerships

 Skills:

  • Knowledge of rangelands, drylands, NRM, land governance and land use planning; good communication skills (written and spoken) in English, Amharic (and French/Spanish would be an advantage); ability to engage/communicate with different sets of actors; surveys; participatory research tools; ability to work with minimal supervision in a multi-disciplinary team; familiarity with social media and website development an advantage.                 

Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with frequent travel to pastoral areas of Ethiopia – Afar, Somali, Oromiya, SNNPR; occasional travel to India and Tanzania.

 Job level:   2D.

 Monthly Base Salary: Birr 21,367 (Negotiable depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment: This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position and the appointment is a fixed term for one 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.

 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: RA/02/17 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 28 January 2017.

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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ILRI Vacancy: Animal Technician – Small Animal Unit(closing date: 3 February 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an Animal Technician to provide assistance to the Small (and if required the Large Animal Unit).

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 2017, an operating budget of about USD83 million. ILRI is a CGIAR research centre 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

  • Feeding and watering animals;
  • Breeding small animals (mice, rats and rabbits)
  • Cleaning of the animal facilities;
  • Maintaining general cleaning of the animals unit
  • Keeping records for birth, animals that have been weaned, deaths;
  • Assist in collection of samples;
  • Assist researcher during experiments as defined in protocols;
  • Report animal health matters of concern and activities within defined areas;
  • Assist during routine dipping, treatment and vaccinations of all the animals;
  • Collect animals from external sources.

Requirements

  • A certificate in Animal Health
  • At least 2 years relevant working experience in a research set up or similar environment
  • Ability to communicate in English and Kiswahili
  • Basic Computer knowledge in animal record keeping
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Terms of Appointment

  • This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus.

Job Level

This position is at job level 1B and open to Kenyan nationals only.   ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; pension, medical and other insurances for ILRI’s Nationally Recruited Staff.

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 through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 03 February 2017. The position title and reference number REF: AH/SAU/01/2017 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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: Animal Technician – Large Animal Unit (closing date: 3 February 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an Animal Technician to provide assistance to the Large Animal Unit at the Institute.

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

  • Feeding and watering animals;
  • Cleaning of the animal facilities;
  • Maintaining general cleaning of the animals unit
  • Keeping records for birth, animals that have been weaned, deaths;
  • Assist in collection of samples;
  • Assist researcher during experiments as defined in protocols;
  • Report animal health matters of concern and activities within defined areas;
  • Assist during routine dipping, treatment and vaccinations of all the animals;
  • Collect animals from external sources.

Requirements

  • A certificate in Animal Health
  • At least 2 years relevant working experience in a research set up or similar environment
  • Ability to communicate in English and Kiswahili
  • Basic Computer knowledge in animal record keeping
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Terms of Appointment

  • This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus.

Job Level

This position is at job level 1B and open to Kenyan nationals only.   ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; pension, medical and other insurances for ILRI’s Nationally Recruited Staff.

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 through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 03 February 2017. The position title and reference number REF: AH/LAU/01/2017 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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/

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ILRI Vacancy: Post Doc – Molecular Biology/Virology (closing date: 17 February 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Post-Doctoral Fellow – molecular biology/virology to assist in generating new vaccine candidates for African swine fever using gene editing and reverse genetics.

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 2017, an operating budget of about USD83 million. ILRI is a CGIAR research centre 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:

The Animal and Human Health research program in the Bioscience directorate at ILRI has an exciting position for a post-doctoral scientist in molecular biology / virology who will be a key member of a team working on the swine disease African swine fever (ASF), which is caused by the DNA virus ASFV. The goal of the team is to develop an attenuated vaccine for the control of ASF. We seek a scientist with a solid experience in molecular biology and virology, and preferably also in vaccinology, to join a new project with partners and collaborators from the USA and Germany. The successful candidate will be involved in developing new attenuated vaccine candidates using the CRISPR-Cas technology and synthetic biology approaches for the same. In a second funding phase (after the first 2 years), vaccine candidates will be tested for immune responses, safety and protection in animals.

Responsibilities:

  • To establish the CRISPR-Cas technology for gene editing of African swine fever virus and host cells
  • Participate in the development of a reverse genetics system for synthetic ASF viral genomes
  • Make stable transfected cell lines
  • Test vaccine candidates in vitro for growth kinetics and other traits
  • Design/perform animal experiments for assessing immunogenicity/safety of modified viral vaccine candidates (only phase II, dependent on further funding)
  • Supervision of a 6 months fellow / technician
  • Writing of publications

Requirements:

  • PhD in Biological Sciences
  • Track record of publications as first author (new PhD’s may not have published their work yet).
  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience prior attaining the PhD.

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

Position level: Post-doctoral level

Duration: The position is on a 2 year fixed term contract with the possibility of 2 more years subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

 

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 expressing 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/ on or before 12 February 2017. The position title and reference number: PD/MBV/01/2017 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. Those who had applied for the

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

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ILRI Vacancy: Communications and Knowledge Sharing Specialist (closing date: 17 February 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Communications and Knowledge Sharing Specialist to work across the Africa RISING (Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation) Program and support the component projects, each of which has its own dedicated communications staff.

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 2017, an operating budget of about USD83 million. ILRI is a CGIAR research centre 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

The Africa RISING Communications and Knowledge Sharing Specialist will seek to generate and draw value from the collective program-wide activities, supporting learning and exchange, developing specialist strategic partnerships, and helping to guide and channel knowledge generated through the program for widest application and use.

Responsibilities

  • Give strategic leadership to communications and knowledge sharing across the Program
  • Design and facilitate innovative communications support to help achieve the Program’s scaling and dissemination objectives
  • Produce synthetic knowledge and communications products for the Program as a whole
  • Link up with strategic partners and supporting effective engagement
  • Lead program-level external communications and awareness , media relations, etc
  • Act as a communications point of contact for USAID; ensuring that Program and project outputs reach vital USAID audiences
  • Convene and support Program-level learning and science events
  • Support and guide Program-level communities of practice
  • Work with the various communications people in the projects to ensure consistent and complementary approaches and products
  • Support other program-level activities and engagements as needed.
  • Maintain close links with the wider Communications and Knowledge Management groups of the partners, and the donor, to ensure that all communications activities align with Feed the Future, USAID, CGIAR goals and requirements.
  • Participate in a Community of Practice of all Communication Specialists in ILRI

Requirements

  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline e.g. communications, agriculture, development, journalism, development communications, innovation systems, ICT or development
  • 7 years’ experience in research or development communications or related areas
  • Strong outcome focus on ways that knowledge and communications contribute to the Program’s goals to get research into use
  • Good knowledge and practical experience of different approaches and ways to take research to end users, with partners
  • Expertise with ICT and media applications and tools in rural innovation and knowledge systems
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently in a small team and across different locations
  • Strong record of innovation, creativity and problem solving
  • Excellent interpersonal and team interaction skills and capacities, ideally in multicultural environments
  • High digital literacy: standard office applications, virtual sharing and collaboration platforms, social media and publishing.

Post location: The position is based at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Position level: The position level is 4C

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 through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 17 February 2017. The position title and reference number:  CKSS/01/2017 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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/

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ILRI Vacancy: ICT Endpoint Officer – Internal Advert (Closing date: 24 January 2017)

The Position: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an ICT Endpoint Officer who will be a member of Information and Communication Technology team in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

General: 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 animal 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. 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 (Mali, Mozambique and Nigeria) and in South Asia (India and Sri Lanka), Southeast Asia (Laos, Thailand and Vietnam) and East Asia (China). www.ilri.org.

Job Purpose:

The ICT Endpoint Officer maintains, monitors and supports systems in a global environment.  The incumbent in this role works on multiple projects as a project team member or a team lead and performs troubleshooting for moderately complex hardware, operating system software and network problems.

ADMINISTRATION:

    • Manages user access to, systems, servers, and files;
    • Administers the set-up of new profiles, creates and updates access permissions and maintains user accounts;
    • Installs, configures and maintains system hardware and software components;
    • Maintains tracking and configuration documentation and plans;
    • Determines if inactive accounts should be deleted;
    • Administers Storage Area Network (SAN).

PERFORMANCE MONITORING:

    • Prepares performance and control reports;
    • Performs capacity workload modeling and availability analysis for a variety of platforms and environment;
    • Monitors system-operating capacity in terms of disk space, tape storage, memory and CPU utilization;
    • Determines the required course of action to improve performance and escalates when appropriate;
    • Develops, maintains, recommends, documents and supports tools and backend utilities to provide capacity planning management.

COMPUTER OPERATIONS:

    • Operates computer hardware systems and related peripheral equipment;
    • Monitors systems on a 24×7 schedule;
    • Analyzes job processes and recommends improvements;
    • Performs maintenance procedures;
    • Validates input and output data for completeness and accuracy;
    • Analyzes job processes and recommends improvements;
    • Reviews historical data for trend analysis.

PRODUCTION SUPPORT:

    • Provides Level 2 production support;
    • Troubleshoots escalated problems by analyzing root causes and evaluating multiple options;
    • Researches, analyzes and implements software or hardware changes to rectify any problems;
    • Seeks technical assistance or escalates problem, when necessary.

MAINTENANCE:

    • Performs routine maintenance tasks for infrastructure systems such as backups, patch management and hot fixes;
    • Monitors health of systems and provides appropriate recommendations, when required.

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENTS:

  • Analyzes and reports on operational metrics to understand performance and to ensure success in process improvements.

SECURITY:

  • Works with IT Security, where needed, in investigations and/or audits of systems;
  • Analyzes audit trails to detect systematic security violations;
  • Reports security issues when appropriate;
  • Adheres to security requirements.

SERVICE LEVEL AGREEMENTS (SLAs):

  • Monitors production, outputs, and services to ensure that SLA’s, and other quality metrics, are being met.

BUSINESS CONTINUITY:

    • Administers archival activities such as installing, upgrading, configuring, and scheduling and monitoring, jobs;
    • Performs data image archiving;
    • Performs off-site storage procedures;
    • Verifies that system backups run successfully.

POLICIES, PROCEDURES, AND STANDARDS:

    • Adheres to policies, procedures and standards.

PROJECT PLANNING:

    • Leads short-term project planning efforts with team members.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:

    • Works with systems engineers to understand technical requirements.

RESEARCH AND EVALUATION:

    • Assists in the evaluation of future technologies and makes recommendations.

DOCUMENTATION/USER GUIDES:

    • Documents new or modified functions, modules and test activities/results according to specified guidelines and on selected media.

COMMUNICATIONS/CONSULTATION:

    • Supports and participates in the formal reporting of project status.

TESTING:

    • Develops test cases and files;
    • Conducts testing to ensure requirements are met;
    • Validates test results;
    • Provides feedback on test results.

Academic and professional qualifications:

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science or related field
  • Certifications appropriate to the platforms being administered

Experience:

  • At least five years of relevant work experience.
  • Requires strong knowledge and experience with multiple system environments, servers, and storage devices.

Skills:

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.

Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Grade: 2C

Minimum Base Salary:  Birr 16,619 (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 for three years 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 reference number: REF: IEO/01/2017 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 24 January 2017.

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/

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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ILRI Vacancy: Director Biosciences East and Central Africa-ILRI Hub (closing date: 21 January 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a dynamic director to lead a highly successful BecA-ILRI Hub, aimed at increasing the contributions of biotechnology to Africa’s agriculture development through research and capacity building.

The ideal candidate will be a citizen of an African country, has strong biotechnology credentials, worked in and for Africa, be a credible and influential leader and have extensive networks throughout the African continent. S/he will have excellent research management and capacity building skills and a track record of securing large scale funding for capacity building and research.

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 USD83 million. ILRI is a CGIAR research centre 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 BecA-ILRI Hub is an initiative developed by ILRI and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) of the African Union (AU) and supported financially by a group of key international donors.  The BecA-ILRI Hub’s mission is to mobilize science for Africa’s agricultural development by supporting research conducted by scientists in Africa for Africa, and empowering African institutions to harness biotechnology innovation for national and regional impact. The mission of the BecA-ILRI Hub is supported by ILRI and other CGIAR Centers (IITA, CIP, IRRI, CIMMYT) undertaking research and capacity development at the Hub.

Facilities available at the BecA-ILRI Hub are world class, including a range of molecular, plant transformation, and genomics laboratories and equipment (next generation sequencing, biosafety level 3 laboratories and plant transformation facilities). The Hub hosts and, through its national and international partners, conducts research on crop, microbe and livestock — areas where new developments in biotechnology offer opportunities to address problems constraining Africa’s agricultural development.  Capacity building is a major goal of all activities and at any given there are about 100 research fellows (senior scientists, and MSc and PhD candidates) embedded at the Hub.

The BecA-ILRI Hub’s activities mainly cover countries in eastern and central Africa (Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, Republic of Congo, São Tome and Principe, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda) and are extending to other sub-regions in Africa.

The position:

The Director will ensure that the BecA-ILRI hub remains relevant and positioned to contribute to Africa’s agriculture development through advanced biotechnology research and capacity development. S/he will lead continuous updating of the business plan and be responsible for its execution. The incumbent will also ensure efficient and effective management of the Hub and adequate resourcing.

Responsibilities

  • Ensure that the BecA-ILRI hub remains relevant and positioned to contribute to Africa’s agriculture development through advanced biotechnology research and capacity development
  • Ensure delivery of high-quality scientific capacity development aligned with the Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action (CPA) agenda of applying biosciences research and development to help achieve the goals of AU/CAADP, and those of ILRI and other CGIAR centres
  • Lead the staff of the BecA-ILRI Hub effectively
  • Lead resource mobilization activities including donor relations and proposal development, in collaboration with the Biosciences Directorate science leaders and other CGIAR Centers
  • Build strong synergies between the BecA-ILRI Hub and other entities, including the CGIAR, that facilitate access to and conduct scientific research at the Hub’s platforms
  • Partner with ILRI Biosciences and other CGIAR Centers in creating joint opportunities with African partners for the application of biosciences to improve Africa’s agri-food systems
  • Serve as a member of ILRI’s Biosciences Leadership Team and on the Institute Management Committee

Requirements

  • PhD in biological sciences or related field
  • Demonstrated leadership skills with a minimum of 10 years relevant work experience in research or application of biotechnology in Africa
  • Experience in developing and integrating new technologies within and across biotechnology platforms
  • Demonstrated experience in formal and informal networking and successful development of partnerships with a wide range of research and development institutions
  • Demonstrated ability to build partnerships with development donors and to mobilize resources
  • Proven skills in the development and management of capacity development programs to support the application of biosciences to agricultural development challenges
  • Record of working in multicultural settings and outstanding management, mentoring and people skills
  • An established record of research achievements, including a strong record of scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Excellent oral and written communication capabilities and interpersonal skills. Fluency in English is required and working knowledge of French would be an advantage

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

Position within ILRI: The director will be a member of the Senior Leadership Team of the Biosciences Directorate and a member of the Institute Management Committee.

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 through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 21 January 2017. The position title and reference number:  D/BecA /11/2016 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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/

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ILRI Vacancy: Consultancy – Research Finance Unit (Closing date: 23 December 2016)

The Position: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Consultant who will work as Accountant – Research Finance Unit, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

General: 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.

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 (Mali, Mozambique and Nigeria) and in South Asia (India and Sri Lanka), Southeast Asia (Laos, Thailand and Vietnam) and East Asia (China). www.ilri.org. 

Terms of Reference:

The following are the deliverables that are expected from the consultant during the period.   In discussion with the consultant the deliverables will be tied to performance indicators. This will be then be part of the agreement and will also be tied with the consultancy fee.

1) Disbursements

  • Verify the payments requests received do have sufficient/appropriate supporting evidence, are mathematically correct, authentic, comply with policy and procedures.
  • Analyses and assigns appropriate and applicable account codes, cost center codes, project codes and prepare transactions for data entry.
  • Inputs transactions into the computer system from the documents earlier prepared and generating transaction listings, which serve as payment vouchers for verification, posting and approval.
  • Process payments within 4 working days after the receipt of the request.
  • Record the completion of the request in outlook task.

2) Travel and work advance processing and liquidation

  • Verify the travel authorization submitted is correct, approved and comply with ILRI travel policy requirements.
  • Prepare advance payments within 4 working days after the receipt of the travel authorization.
  • Analyses staff accounts for the staff working in the projects assigned to her/him.
  • Process advance liquidation or expense recording within 5 working days after the receipt of the original invoices and relevant documents by verifying the supporting documents presented are appropriate, sufficient and in line with ILRI’s travel policy.

3) Management of credit suppliers

  • Follow up the collection of invoices from credit suppliers within 5 working days after the receipt of the goods or services.
  • Perform matching of the invoice with the PO and GRN.
  • Follow up processing of payments to suppliers within the credit period.

4) Petty cash management

  • Verify the summary and the supporting documents presented for petty cash replenishment are sufficient and appropriate.
  • Replenish petty cash within 4 working days after the receipt of the petty cash summary report and supporting documents.
  • Conduct periodic petty cash verification through quarterly cash count and reconciliation.

5) Custody of unused cheque

  • Acts as a dual custodian of the Institute’s unused cheque.
  • Countersigns against cheque withdrawals and deposits into the safe.

Minimum Requirement:

Education:
  • BA degree in Accounting

Experience:

  • 5 years’ relevant experience working in a finance related environment.
  • Work experience at least in part in an international NGO or an international organization

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Good computer skills.

Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Duration of Contract: 3 months.  The Consultant is expected to be present during the official working hours of ILRI.

Monthly Consultancy Fee: Birr 20,000.00.

Terms of appointment:  This is a Consultancy position for a period of three months.

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/48/16 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 23 December 2016.

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

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ILRI Vacancy – Consultancy – General Accounting Finance Unit (Closing date: 23 December 2016)

The Position: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Consultant who will work as Accountant – General Accounting Finance Unit, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

General: 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.

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 (Mali, Mozambique and Nigeria) and in South Asia (India and Sri Lanka), Southeast Asia (Laos, Thailand and Vietnam) and East Asia (China). www.ilri.org.

Terms of Reference:

The following are the deliverables that are expected from the consultant during the period.   In discussion with the consultant the deliverables will be tied to performance indicators. This will be then be part of the agreement and will also be tied with the consultancy fee.

  1. Maintain computerized fixed asset records.
  • Vouches all fixed asset movement documents for completeness, authenticity & authority. Analyses & assigns appropriate asset category codes and custodian PFN.
  • Costs, creates & journalizes fixed asset purchases in to the OCS Asset Register.
  • Journalizes assets disposals & adjusts fixed asset register.
  • Up-dates fixed asset register for all transfers made among custodians & assets returned to store.
  • Reconciles monthly asset register with that of the General Ledger and resolve differences

2) Process Housing and Mileage charges

  • Vouches the monthly internal billing documents for completeness and accuracy and resolves irregularities with concerned Service Units.
  • Assigns appropriate codes and journalize the transactions.
  • Follow-up the timely receipts of the accounting returns from the Units to ensures that recharges are processed in their respective months

3) Invoicing and follow-up of collections

  • Upon receipt of official request from Service Units or Cost Centers, prepares invoice for services rendered or reimbursement expenses incurred by ILRI on behalf of other organizations.
  • Monitors collection of the claims and provides concerned Cost Centers with receivables status report for further follow-up.

4) VAT Refund Claim

  • Analyse the VAT sub-ledger and prepare account schedule.
  • Ensure invoices and cash receipts from vendors are collected on time and makes ready the VAT refund claim files for submission to the Inland Revenue Authority together with the copies of the relevant documents.
  • Submits the claim files to the Inland Revenue Authority and follows up on outstanding issues.
  • Collects the refund from the authority and liaises with the National Bank of Ethiopia for cheque clearance.

5) Process Cost Allocation and Recharges

  • Vouches the monthly internal billing documents for completeness and accuracy and resolves irregularities with concerned Service Units.
  • Assigns appropriate codes and journalize the transactions
  • Follow-up the timely receipts of the accounting returns from the Units to ensure that recharges are processed in their respective months.
  • Update the space distribution master data based on the information obtained from the engineering and facilities unit.
  • Based on the updated office space list journalize the transactions for posting.

Minimum Requirement:

Education:
  •  BA degree in Accounting

Experience:

  •  5 years’ relevant experience working in a finance related environment.
  • Work experience at least in part in an international NGO or an international organization

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Good computer skills.

Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Duration of Contract: 6 months. The Consultant is expected to be present during the official working hours of ILRI.

Monthly Base Salary: Birr 20,000.00.

Terms of appointment:  This is a Consultancy position for a period of six months.

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/47/16 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 23 December 2016.

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Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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ILRI MSc Fellowship: IFAD Greening Livestock Project GF/TZ/12/004 16 (closing date: 15 January 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit one MSc student for interdisciplinary natural and social science research under an IFAD-funded project entitled “Greening livestock: incentive-based climate-smart agriculture interventions for reducing the climate impact of livestock in East Africa”. The Project focuses on identifying the conditions that enable and constrain East African dairy producers in adopting climate smart agriculture practices. The current position will categorize existing manure management practices in Tanzania using farmer surveys, and work towards developing district-wide estimates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from livestock manure as well as identify potential mitigation practices that also improve dairy production in smallholder systems. The student is expected to work within a coherent conceptual and methodological framework, to be developed in conjunction with ILRI supervisors.

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 USD83 million. ILRI is a CGIAR research centre, 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

Background

Dietary changes and growing populations in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are leading to major increases in demand for livestock products. In East Africa, livestock is a major source of rural income and food security. Livestock production provides between 40 and 55% of household incomes and 26% of protein intake in diets. Across East Africa, livestock production is predominantly managed by smallholder farmers with dairy representing the most important end-market. In mixed crop-livestock systems, half of the agricultural workforce is employed in livestock production; in extensive dryland livestock systems this figure exceeds 90%. Thus, growth in demand for livestock products is an important opportunity to improve incomes for smallholder livestock producers.

In low income countries, such as those in East Africa, however livestock is a major source of GHG emissions. It is estimated that livestock-related GHG emissions represent over 80% of total agriculture emissions and 12% of total anthropogenic emissions. The increasing growth in demand for livestock products is an urgent concern as this in turn could result in increased GHG emissions. Implementing mechanisms to remunerate smallholders to increase productivity while reducing GHG emissions intensities requires national policy support and engagement of the private sector. Currently, the development of Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) is increasingly prioritized by East African governments and donors, and the livestock sector is a promising target given their high emissions contributions and vital role in household incomes and food security. However, the lack of reliable estimates on GHG emissions associated to different practices and productivity levels for different systems is a barrier to the implementation of LEDS. The Project aims to generate evidence that can be used by both public or private sector organizations and platforms to identify appropriate incentive mechanisms and in the implementation, monitoring, reporting and verification for LEDS that include the livestock sector. Because of the potential to sequester carbon and the need to address land degradation in the region, this effort will be supported by land rehabilitation initiatives and investments in improved forest management practices.

Scope of the MSc assignment

The MSc student will directly contribute to Component 1 of the Project entitled “Baseline and identification of promising Climate Smart Agriculture interventions”. Component 1 aims to identify viable interventions to mitigate GHG emissions while also enhancing the productivity and sustainability of dairy production systems. The MSc student will contribute to this by undertaking the following research activities:

  • Categorize the manure management systems currently used in Tanzania and using existing emission factors (EF) of the different systems, estimate the baseline emissions from manure for the country.
  • Analysis of smallholder manure management practices by conducting surveys and focus group discussions, with emphasis on identifying social, technical, and economic barriers to adoption of best climate smart practices faced by different types of smallholders.
  • Identification of socially and economically viable options that take into account the identified barriers to adoption and estimation of the mitigation value of these options.

Qualifications and skills

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Obtained an honors Bachelor’s degree in geography, agriculture, natural resource studies or other relevant biophysical science discipline.
  • Enrolled in an accredited MSc program and be near completion of coursework.
  • Experience in East Africa and/or with smallholder dairy production systems in developing countries.
  • Strong conceptual skills for comparative cross-scale political economy research.
  • Familiarity with statistical software such as SPSS or R.
  • Ability to supervise and train research assistants and provide necessary quality control.
  • Excellent written and spoken English. Ability to converse in Kiswahili is a major asset.
  • Ability to effectively communicate in a multicultural context, present findings to diverse audiences, and support facilitation of multi-stakeholder workshops.
  • Ability to collaborate with social scientists in an interdisciplinary team project.

The MSc fellowship offers a one year stipend and operating budget, but will not cover coursework, university fees, etc. The ideal candidate will be able to develop a full proposal and begin fieldwork by March 2017.

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 through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 15 January 2017. The position title and reference number REF: GF/TZ/12004 16 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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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