MSc Fellowship in Uganda - Livestock Characteristics in Typical Farming Systems in Uganda

MSc Fellowship in Uganda - Livestock Characteristics in Typical Farming Systems in Uganda

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit two MSc students for interdisciplinary natural and social science research under a BMZ-funded project entitled “Programme for Climate-Smart Livestock (PCSL)”.

The Project focuses on increasing the three main pillars of climate-smart agriculture: (1) increased agricultural productivity, (2) mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, and (3) adaptation of livestock systems to climate change.

One aim of the project is to characterize and baseline mixed crop-livestock systems to identify potentials and constraints for climate smart agriculture.

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 position will investigate livestock characteristics in agricultural production systems with a major focus on ruminants (small and large) and aims at collecting a suite of data required for establishing accurate Tier 2 GHG emissions baselines across different agroecological zones for the duration of one year.

A standardized protocol that was already successfully applied in Kenya and Tanzania will be followed, following its adaptation to the regional context.

Scope of the MSc assignment

The MSc students will directly contribute to Activity A1 “Setting up GHG emissions baselines and performance indicators for adaptation interventions” of the project entitled “Programme for Climate-Smart Livestock (PCSL)”.

Activity A1 aims particularly at characterizing livestock systems in terms of productivity and its environmental footprint by generating accurate Tier 2 GHG emissions baselines.

This is necessary first step towards establishing and evaluating mitigation options from livestock production while also providing pathways to enhancing the productivity and sustainability of livestock systems.

The MSc students will contribute to this by undertaking the following research activities:

  • Categorize the livestock production systems currently used in the dry Afar region as well as in the highlands around Debre Berhan (size of available pastures, household size, number and type of animals etc.).
  • Gather livestock production-related data (i.e. liveweight gain, milk production), activity data such as distance travelled and feedstuff-related data (i.e., plant cover, chemical composition of feeds and forages) to enable better estimation of year-long energy expenditure as well as feed availability and quality.
  • Perform behavioral observations including feeding behavior, diet composition and activity pattern of target animals.
  • Carry out household surveys to derive important changes in farm activities over the course of one year.
  • Collate and analyze
    the collected data under supervision of ILRI supervisors.

    Qualifications and skills

    The ideal candidate for either of the position will have:

  • Obtained an honors Bachelor’s degree in animal production or animal (ruminant) nutrition.
  • Is enrolled in an accredited MSc program in an Ethiopian university and be near completion of coursework.
  • Experience in East Africa and/or with agricultural production systems in developing countries.
  • Willingness to work extended hours in field, flexibility and a high degree of independence if required.
  • Familiarity with statistical software such as SPSS or R. In-depth knowledge of Microsoft
  • Excel for data entry and common practices of data quality control and data quality assurance.
  • Ability to supervise and train research assistants and provide necessary advice.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Ability to converse in Amharic or a local language is a major asset.
  • Ability to effectively communicate in a multicultural context, present findings to diverse audiences, and support facilitation of multi-stakeholder workshops.
  • Good ability to integrate into an international interdisciplinary team of researcher and practitioners and ability to collaborate with social scientists in a multidisciplinary project.

    Terms of appointment:

    ILRI will offer a competitive stipend to cover living expenses in the project location, medical insurance and cover research expenses. The fellowship will NOT cover tuition or any other university fees.

    The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist and the university/academic supervisor. The ideal candidate will be able to develop a full proposal under guidance of the university supervisor and the ILRI Mazingira Centre supervisor. It is anticipated that fieldwork will begin in July/August 2019.

    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 through our recruitment portal on or before 28th February, 2019.

    The position title and reference number REF: SLS/MSC PCSL ETH GF/02/2019 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

    For more information and job application details, see; MSc Fellowship in Uganda - Livestock Characteristics in Typical Farming Systems in Uganda

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