• Job Opportunities at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) - 2 Positions

  • Posted on: 30 November, 2017 Deadline: 29 December, 2017
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  • The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to enhance the roles livestock play in pathways out of poverty in developing countries. ILRI is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a global research partnership of 15 centres working with many partners for a food-secure future. ILRI has two main campuses in East Africa and other hubs in East, West and southern Africa and South, Southeast and East Asia. www.ilri.org CGIAR is a global agricultural research partnership for a food-secure future. Its science is carried out by15 research centres that are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. www.cgiar.org

    Research Associate

     

    Job description

    The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Associate to support sustainable livelihood options for dryland populations. The successful applicant will play a central role in supporting, managing, and implementing the research operations of the team. The candidate will also support team scientists with data analysis and writing to exploit the rich existing data and contribute to writing scientific papers.

    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

    This position will be part of the Index Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) team as it works to support sustainable livelihood options for dryland populations. The team’s original research for development agenda focused on mitigating the negative effects of drought on pastoralists by developing and scaling index insurance for pastoralists in the Horn of Africa. The IBLI team has recently added “improving access to information from and in remote, data-scarce, pastoral regions” as a second development agenda. Currently, efforts associated with this new agenda rely on collecting local information, processing those data, often by cleaning and integrating them with additional sources of data, and then disseminating the information (e.g., to policy makers, pastoralist).

    Responsibilities

    • Provide research and analytical support to project scientist and contribute to research papers
    • Engage with stakeholders and policy makers to present our findings and further our agenda
    • Write research reports summarizing and analysing data
    • Contribute to the team’s research for development agenda (research design and strategy, survey instruments, sampling frame, survey implementation strategy, enumerator training, data collection and analysis
    • Oversee management of project data: data cleaning, data inventory and storage, data analysis
    • Writing and updating survey data code books that fully describe the research and survey design, data collection methods, cleaning and inventory processes
    • Contribute to communication, dissemination of research findings which should include participation in meetings and workshops, giving periodic presentations to participating institutions, and communicating to policy makers through web and popular media

    Requirements

    • A Master’s degree in Economics, Development Economics, and Agriculture Economics, Statistics or other related discipline
    • At least 3 years of relevant experience in research for development
    • Minimum 2 years of experience in quantitative and qualitative household level socio-economic data collection and analysis; experience must involve field worked survey implementation as well as data analysis and report writing
    • Experience with statistical packages (R, SPSS, STATA)
    • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft packages
    • Excellent communications skills and ability to engage well with stakeholders
    • Experience in presenting and reporting on research outputs
    • Experience working in the field in remote locations

    Terms of Appointment

    This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus. It is open to Kenyan nationals only. The position is on a 3-year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

    Job Level

    This position is at job level 2D 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.

    Post-Doctoral Scientist - Sustainable Livestock Systems

     

    Job description

    The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Post-Doctoral Scientist - Sustainable Livestock Systems to develop and implement a range of activities aimed at developing evidence around the impacts of public and market based development interventions and support the improvement of and scaling out of a crowdsourcing platform.

    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

    This position will be part of the Index Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) team as it works to support sustainable livelihood options for dryland populations. The team’s original research for development agenda focused on mitigating the negative effects of drought on pastoralists by developing and scaling index insurance for pastoralists in the Horn of Africa. The IBLI team has recently added “improving access to information from and in remote, data-scarce regions” as a second development agenda. Currently, efforts associated with this new agenda rely on exploiting new technologies, particularly those afforded by increased use of and access too mobile phone networks, to collect high resolution local information more cost effectively, processing those data applying machine-learning technics and others data application innovations, often by integrating them with additional sources of data, and then packing the information in a range of suitable formats for widespread information (e.g., to policy makers, pastoralist, commercial service providers).

    The postdoc filling this position will support ongoing projects in both agendas and work with our team as we identify new opportunities to address information scarcities. Key activities include the following.

    • The postdoc will help to develop and implement a range of activities aimed at developing evidence around the impacts of public and market based development interventions, including cash transfers, IBLI, and graduation programs.
    • The postdoc will support the improvement of and scaling out of a crowdsourcing platform that currently collects information on livestock markets. Scaling includes improving the usability of the platform, scaling it out to new markets, and piloting the collection of other types of data (e.g., waterpoint and rangeland conditions, disease outbreaks, incidence of cattle rustling).
    • Furthermore, the postdoc must have an enthusiasm for working with ICT solutions for development, a keen interest in the data collected by the platform to lead research drawing on the data, and the skills to engage with partner organizations to develop a sustainable model for the platform.
    • The postdoc will also support activities related to the IBLI agenda, which include but are not restricted to supporting our agenda of improving the sustainability of the business models used by IBLI underwriters in the region, and efforts to better understand the constraints faced by pastoralists in the Horn of Africa.
    • The position is a research and implementation position, which means that the individual filling the position will be expected to develop research ideas, help to implement them, and publish scholarly articles as well as communication outputs targeting non-academic partners. Furthermore, ILRI’s research for development approach necessitates engaging with local stakeholders and policy makers.

    Responsibilities

    • Lead and contribute to the design and implementation of experiments and targeted surveys to generate relevant data for impact assessments, hypothesis-testing, participatory engagement, and other analysis required for supporting, refining or expanding the agenda.
    • Lead and co-author papers for peer-reviewed publication and support the broader dissemination of the message through research and policy briefs and other outreach materials
    • Contribute to the development of successful grant proposals related to the team and broader program agenda
    • Contribute to strengthening existing partnerships and building new and innovative partnerships for research and development
    • Supervise research associates as required
    • Work with pastoralists, their representations and other key stakeholders to improve uptake of some of the technologies/innovations developed under this program
      Contribute to the geographical expansion of the IBLI program, develop its stream of complementary services and related research, and help leverage and assess digital and mobile technology for improved service provision in the drylands

    Requirements

    • A PhD in Agricultural Economics, Development Economics, Public Policy or any related field requiring a high degree of skill in quantitative analysis
    • At least 4 years of experience working in the field of development
    • Track record writing academic journal articles
    • Strong statistics background with experience using statistics packages
    • Experience working in Africa and willingness to travel throughout Africa and work in difficult field environments

    Additional Preferred Skills

    Experience using big data approaches to classification, android application development and SQL database management
    Competency in a language widely spoken in Africa other than English

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

    Position level: Post-doctoral level.

    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 medical insurance, life insurance and allowances for: education, housing, home leave, and annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

    Method of Application

    Use the link(s) / email(s) below to apply on company website.

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