ILRI PhD Graduate Fellowships - Supporting Interventions to Improve Food Safety in Ethiopia

ILRI PhD Graduate Fellowships - Supporting Interventions to Improve Food Safety in Ethiopia

  • The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a PhD student to undertake research on supporting interventions to improve food safety in Ethiopia.

  • 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 centers dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices in East, South and Southern Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa.

  • The One Health Research, Education and Outreach Centre in Africa (OHRECA) at ILRI, seeks to improve the health of humans, animals and ecosystems through capacity development, strengthening of local, regional and global networks and provision of evidence-based policy advice on One Health in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • The centre has four thematic areas: control of neglected tropical zoonotic diseases, emerging infectious diseases, food safety and informal markets, and prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance.

    About the position:

  • Foodborne diseases have a health burden comparable to malaria, HIV-AIDs or tuberculosis. Around 98% of this burden falls on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The economic cost is over $100 billion USD a year.

  • The riskiest foods from a health perspective are also the most nutritious: milk, eggs, fish, meat and fresh vegetables. These fresh foods are mostly sold through the informal sector comprising markets, small shops, street vendors and providers of ready to eat foods.

  • Only recently is the health and economic burden of foodborne disease in LMICs starting to emerge. This evidence has stimulated a number of donors to invest in interventions to improve the safety of food in informal markets.

  • Projects follow different approaches but often involve some are all of the following: introduction of new technologies; improvement of infrastructure; modernisation of retail; training of value chain actors; training of household food managers; improving legislation and regulation; greater enforcement of standards; provision of information to consumers; tackling specific hazards such as pork tapeworm.

  • ILRI is leading a project in Ethiopia and Burkina Faso to investigate the potential for consumer-demand to improve food safety. This involves increasing
    consumer demand for and knowledge of safe food, enabling food vendors to respond to this demand, and ensuring public sector support.

    Project title: Supporting interventions to improve food safety in Ethiopia

    Key responsibilities:

    This graduate fellowship aims at answering the following questions;

  • What is the range of food safety interventions in the informal sector and what is the evidence-base for the selection in Ethiopia?

  • How does the specific intervention affect the level of contamination in food?

  • What are the implications of the intervention for public health?

    Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree with a minimum average of 60% in all areas of assessment in a relevant area to the proposed research project.

  • 1st Class or 2nd class (upper division) Bachelors degree.

    Experience & Skills:

  • Ability to write and speak English.

  • Ability to speak Amharic is a strong advantage.

  • Previous experience of undertaking research.

  • Experience of food safety, public health, epidemiology, evaluation,

  • An understanding of food systems.

  • Previous research experience in food systems and food safety.

  • Previous experience of food systems fieldwork.

  • Knowledge/experience of risk analysis.

  • Ability to work for weeks/months in developing countries.

    Personal Attributes:

  • Able to, under guidance, complete independent work successfully.

  • Able to work in transdisciplinary project.

  • East African nationals are encouraged to apply.

  • Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    Duration: 3 years.

    Terms of appointment and stipend

  • This is an appointment for 3 years. Start date will be agreed with the selected candidate, but ideally from April, 2021.


  • ILRI will offer a monthly stipend to cover living expenses in the project location, medical insurance, and cover research expenses and university fees.

  • The successful applicant will be expected to register at an Ethiopian university.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; ILRI PhD Graduate Fellowships - Supporting Interventions to Improve Food Safety in Ethiopia

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