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ILRI Vacancy: Post-Doctoral Fellow- Gender analysis in forage research

Are you a gender specialist interested in integrating gender in technical research?  Would you like to join a passionate and results-focused team working to improve food security and reduce poverty? The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit two post-doctoral fellows funded by CGIAR to help integrate gender in technical work disseminating livestock breed and forage interventions. One post-doctoral fellow position will conduct gender analysis in forage research. The aim of this position is to improve food and nutritional security and to reduce poverty in developing countries. It will do this through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock—ensuring better lives through livestock.

ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia. The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals’ alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases.

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2016, an operating budget of about USD 83 million. A member of the CGIAR Consortium working for a food-secure future, ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and offices in other countries in East, West and Southern Africa and in South, Southeast and East Asia.


Provide a gender lens to on-going research as part of a team working on forage use and impact:

Analyze survey data for gender preferences of crops and varieties of livestock farmers in sites where feed shortages have been identified in Kenya and Ethiopia

Collection of household level data in those sites to determine the gender dimensions of forage uptake and dissemination

Assess impact of gendered uptake and dissemination of forage seed on gender-differentiated access to forages and forage choices

Adapt, advance and test methods developed in the crop sector for their suitability to determine gendered demand for forage species


A PhD and up to 3 years’ experience in any of the following disciplines: Development Studies, Social Sciences, Gender Studies and other relevant disciplines

Training in Gender and Development. Additional training in any of the following field would be desirable: Plant Breeding, Communication

Experience in writing, reviewing and synthesizing information from different sources

Experience in working in a developing country possibly in East Africa

Excellent writing skills in English and proven capacity to write well-structured documents

Good communication skills

Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team and to respect given timelines

Good gender analytical skills and experience of using packages for socio-economic data analysis (eg SPSS,STATA, NVIVO)

Ability to work independently, under pressure without compromising the quality of deliverables

Team player and ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams

Willingness to travel frequently and interact with communities in rural areas of Kenya and Ethiopia

Possess a strong sense of responsibility and accountability

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

Position level: Post-doctoral level.

Duration: The position is on a 2 years fixed term contract.


Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining 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 ILRI's recruitment portal before 27 May, 2016.   The position title and reference number PDF-G/LGI/04/2016 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

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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