ILRI Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Addis Ababa - Ethiopia

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a post-doctoral research fellow to lead work that explores possible future livestock development pathways in three focus countries (Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya).

The work will involve engaging with key stakeholders in participatory futuring exercises, helping prioritise good-bet livestock adaptation and mitigation options in relevant livestock systems, and helping to build capacity in decision support, planning and investment at the national level in each country


  • Lead research to identify the key future drivers influencing livestock systems in the three focus countries, through participatory processes involving key stakeholders, country leadership, and partner institutions, and explore alternative livestock development pathways that align with national objectives;
  • Use mixed qualitative / quantitative methods to add detail to the scenario narratives, so that the effects of alternative livestock development pathways on local contexts can be analysed with respect to water and feed resources, gender issues, and food security and nutritional outcomes;
  • Thoroughly document the research and its results, and contribute to the development of on-line scenario training materials that can be used by different groups of stakeholders;
  • Communicate findings to stakeholders (ministry staff, livestock extension officers, donors)
  • Write scientific papers and prepare conference presentations and other communication products on the key results.
  • Coordinate PCSL project activities in Ethiopia, including supervision of PhD and MSc students.


  • PhD in an appropriate discipline such as systems modelling, environmental sciences or geography, with a
    working knowledge of agricultural or livestock science.
  • Experience with scenarios science and knowledge of climate change adaptation and mitigation desirable.
  • Strong practical and facilitation skills, focusing on participatory processes and co-production of knowledge.
  • Experience in research for development in Africa, especially East Africa, would be a significant advantage.
  • The ability to effectively communicate in a multicultural context, present findings to diverse audiences, and support facilitation of multi-stakeholder workshops
  • The ability to collaborate with scientists and technicians from other disciplines (biogeochemistry, agricultural sciences, environmental sciences, veterinary medicine etc.) in an interdisciplinary and multicultural team

  • Post location: The position will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

  • 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.


  • 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‚Äôs professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal on or before 25 August 2018 The position title and reference number: PD/CLS/07/2018 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

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