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ILRI-DAAD PhD Scholarship Small Holder Pig Value Chain Project - Uganda

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to enhance the roles livestock play in pathways out of poverty in developing countries. ILRI is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a global research partnership of 15 centres working with many partners for a food-secure future.

ILRI has two main campuses in East Africa and other hubs in East, West and southern Africa and South, Southeast and East Asia. CGIAR is a global agricultural research partnership for a food-secure future. Its science is carried out by 15 research centres that are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations.

DAAD is a German Academic Exchange service which is a publicly funded, self-governing organization of the institutions of higher education in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic exchange as well as educational co-operation with developing countries through a variety of funding and scholarship programs.

ILRI Research Project:  Smallholder Pig Value Chain Development (SPVCD) in Uganda project

The Smallholder Pig Value Chains Development (SPVCD) in Uganda project seeks to transform subsistence-level pig-keeping into a viable, profitable business model increasing incomes, and thereby reducing poverty and enhancing food security, while preserving community natural resource systems. Its goal is to improve livelihoods, incomes and assets of smallholder pig producers, particularly women, in a sustainable manner, through increased productivity, reduced risk, and improved market access in pig value chains.

Graduate Fellowship Project Title:  Gender issues in trading and marketing of the pig value chain in Uganda.

The position

The gender component of the pig value chain in Uganda focuses on enhancing the participation and access to benefits of both women and men along the value chain nodes. The trading node is essential in the value chain because it generates income. However, in the Uganda value chain (like in other value chains) both formal and informal pig trading and marketing nodes seems to be dominated by men. The role of women has not been explored and the roles that gender issues play in affecting who is involved in what component of trading are unknown. This study addresses the following research questions: ‘who are involved in the trade and marketing node of the pig value chain and why?’ ‘What constraints do they face or opportunities?’ ‘Who are the informal and formal traders and why?’ What spaces exist for overcoming (gender-based) barriers to marketing and providing new trading opportunities?

The findings will be used to develop a strategy to ensure that women, along with the men, participate and benefit from the trading node of the value chain. The findings might also be useful for similar research undertaken in the other L&V value chains.


  • Undertake research within the Uganda value chain to address the research questions listed above.
  • Provide an overview of main gender issues in the L&F UG pig value chain.
  •  Develop a strategy for gender inclusiveness in the trading node of the value chain – in collaboration with the gender team; implement its main activities and assess their effectiveness for strategy refinement.
  • Collaborate with researchers doing a similar study in the other L&F value chains, whenever possible.
  • Produce at least 2 journal articles in collaboration with the gender team.

Essential Skills and Qualifications will include:

  • MA in a relevant field (gender, development, sociology, social sciences, etc.)
  • Experience working on gender issues in rural agriculture, food security and/or nutrition.
  • Passion about agricultural research for gender equitable development.
  • Qualitative and/or quantitative analytical skills and ability to think beyond basic descriptions of gender inequalities to discern underlying gender power relations
  • Good command of English language.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Desirable
  • Fieldwork experience at community level.
  • Work experience in Uganda or East Africa.

Terms of appointment: ILRI will offer a competitive stipend to cover living expenses in the project location(s). The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist and the university/academic supervisor.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit the following documents;

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the position, what you can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience.  The position title and reference number: PHDAGUG1/DAAD/05/2015 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter.
  • Curriculum Vitae without photograph; please use the europass CV template at
  • Certified copies of all university degree certificates.
  • Certified copies of all university transcripts.
  • At least temporary University admission letter including fee structure of respective course (original or certified copy only), or an official letter assuring admission. If this is not available by the closing date for application; please include with the application a commitment letter that you will have obtained this by 1st September 2015 as this is a mandatory requirement before commencing the fellowship program.
  • Ph.D. research proposal and a detailed work plan (10 to 15 pages); plagiarism will be checked! The proposal has to be in line with the above outlined ILRI’s research project.
  • Abstract of the proposal on one page (please include name and title of proposal).
  • Where applicable a recommendation letter by head of department indicating that you are a present or prospective member of staff and how you will be integrated into the staff development agenda of the university (original only).
  • Confirmation of study leave from your university (if applicable).
  • Confirmation of teaching release (university staff members only).

Applications: All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: by the deadline of 10th June 2015

The scholarships are only awarded to citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries (SSA

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