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Job Type:International NGO


Fields of Education: A PhD and up to 3 years’ experience in any of the following disciplines


Organization: International livestock research institute


Salary : competitive salary and benefits package which includes medical insurance, life insurance and




Application Dead line:2016-05-27




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 will conduct research for ruminant breeding in East Africa. This person will work directly with livestock breeding and gender teams to develop gender-sensitive methodologies and approaches and to explore gender components in livestock breeding in East Africa.

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.


  • The PDF will contribute to knowledge generation and synthesis of documented information at both national and regional levels on differential control, roles and preferences of men and women in relation to Small Ruminants (SR) management, and breeding related practices
  • The PDF will be involved participatory activities with pastoral communities and innovation platform meetings working closely with the genetics and gender research teams, to integrate gender in work related to animal management for improved productivity, and to  identify gendered constraints and opportunities in SR husbandry and management that would inform the design of a gender sensitive SR breeding program for the pastoral production systems of Kenya as part of the livestock value chain development
  • The PDF is expected to publish research findings in peer reviewed journals and contribute to the dissemination of results and provision of feedback to communities targeted.


  • 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: Animal production or Animal breeding, Communication, Economics, and Agribusiness.
  • 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
  • Willingness to travel frequently and interact with communities in rural areas of Kenya
  • 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.

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 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 our recruitment portal 27 May, 2016.   The position title and reference number PDF-G/Bios/04/2016 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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