ILRI vacancy: Post-Doctoral Fellow – Social Differentiation and Climate Change (Closing date: 3 August 2022)

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The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Post-Doctoral Scientist to provide scientific contributions to gender and youth components of projects that aim to improve understanding of social dynamics in livestock systems and climate change and gender responsive scaling of climate smart technologies and practices.

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.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop, design and coordinate a research project
  • Design a conceptual, theoretically robust framework
  • Develop research instruments
  • Conduct fieldwork and manage field teams
  • Conduct and analyse qualitative and/or quantitative social data and publish findings
  • Develop and contribute to the writing of scientific publications and outputs such as peer reviewed journal articles and policy briefs
  • Contribute to the development of proposals and resource mobilization efforts
  • Perform any other related duties as may be required


  • PhD in social science (geography, anthropology, sociology, youth studies or other relevant discipline) with an emphasis on gender and/or youth
  • Two to four years of completing PhD
  • Familiarity with gender and agriculture/livestock system issues and challenges in East African contexts; knowledge of youth issues is preferred
  • Background in drylands and pastoral contexts is a plus
  • Strong analytical skills – either qualitative or quantitative, both preferred
  • Prior experience managing field teams
  • Strong publication record, commensurate with career level
  • Ability to bridge theoretical rigor and applied significance
  • Capacity to work independently
  • Very good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively in teams and with partners from diverse backgrounds, nationalities, and scientific disciplines
  • Strong written and spoken English skills, knowledge of French would be good, knowledge of African languages a bonus
  • Willingness to travel to rural areas to supervise and manage fieldwork

Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya

Terms of Appointment

This is position is at job level HG 16 and it is open to both national and international applicants. The position is a two (2) year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; medical and other insurances.

Applications: 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 the recruitment portal before 3 August 2022. The position title and reference number: REF: SLS/504 /2021 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 high 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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