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.
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.
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 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.
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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.
Interested and qualified? Go to International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) career website on ilri.simplicant.com to apply