ILRI vacancy: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Participatory livestock technology development and assessment (closing date: 25 August 2018)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a post-doctoral research fellow to lead work on participatory technology development and assessment that will be practically impactful as well as theoretically informed. The research covers Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya.

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;

Under the 2016 Paris Agreement, national governments in East Africa have developed Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), targets for climate change mitigation and adaptation actions. Agriculture is a priority sector in all of these countries, with livestock being an important sub-sector due to its importance in livelihoods, farming systems and nutritional security. Furthermore, livestock are responsible for the vast majority of GHG emissions within the agricultural sector, making them a priority for achieving mitigation targets.

However, the development and implementation of effective adaptation and mitigation practices requires the development of solution spaces that meet a wide variety of needs, from household livelihoods, environmental quality to international environmental targets.  The position will be based in Kampala, Uganda with travel to Ethiopia and Kenya.  It contributes to the Program on Climate Smart Livestock (PCSL), which falls under the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).


  • Lead research that canvasses various livestock systems for promising endogenous adaptation practice and dynamics
  • Design, implement, monitor and analyse participatory field experiments, in coordination with biophysical researchers on the team
  • Contribute to scaling out and scaling up of most promising practices
  • Contribute to the development of practical protocols for analysing trade-offs between social and biophysical outcomes. These protocols should be designed for use by 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 Uganda, including supervision of PhD and MSc students.


  • PhD in social sciences (geography, anthropology, innovation studies, rural sociology, etc.), but working knowledge of agricultural, livestock and/or environmental sciences. Knowledge of climate change adaptation and/or mitigation would be a considerable advantage
  • Strong practical and theoretical skills, focusing on participatory processes and co-production of knowledge in agriculture.
  • 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 Kampala, Uganda

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’s 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/PLT/07/2018 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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