International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) – Post Doctoral Fellow – Farming Systems Analysis.

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The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Post-Doctoral Scientist to conduct analyses of farm-level datasets, in order to evaluate various agronomic, livestock, and livelihood interventions; ground-truth these in participatory research; provide strategic inputs to project design and evaluation.

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. www.ilri.org

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct analysis and reporting of datasets obtained using the RHoMIS tools
  • Conduct targeted analyses as required for in-depth evaluation of R4D projects (e.g., AfricaRISING; ESSA; SI-MFS)
  • Conduct high-level research based on international datasets, evaluating trends in R4D interventions and development outcomes
  • Publication of the results of the research in peer-reviewed international journals
  • Develop replicable methods for appraisal of issues relating to dimensions of farm systems such as agro-ecological and/or food security
  • Develop partnerships with international and national research and development organisations
  • Contribute to the development of proposals and resource mobilization efforts
  • Perform any other related duties as may be required


  • PhD in farming systems research, agronomy with social science elements or relevant discipline
  • Two to four years of completing PhD
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills
  • Strong data handling skills (e.g., competence in R)
  • Participatory and mixed method research
  • Track record of publishing peer-reviewed articles
  • Extensive work experience in lower- and middle-income countries of Africa, Asia or Latin America
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills

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 our recruitment portal by clicking on the “Apply Now” tab above before 4 August 2022. The position title and reference number: SLS/511/2022 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

To find out more about ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer



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