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ILRI vacancy: Scientist – Livestock and Environment, Ethiopia

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. ILRI now seeks to expand work with a particular focus in Ethiopia in the broad area of livestock and environment by appointing a Scientist – Livestock and Environment. The Scientist will be responsible for leadership of a number of ongoing livestock and environment projects within the context of the CGIAR Research Programme on Land, Water and Ecosystems (WLE) and the CGIAR Research Programme on Humidtropics. In addition the Scientist will be encouraged to expand work on livestock and the environment in Ethiopia particularly considering future livestock intensification scenarios, their requirements for feed, their impacts on land use, and their implications for crop and tree production.Responsibilities:
  • Managing upcoming projects in the area of livestock and the environment.
  • Developing ideas and expanding the livestock-environment programme (especially livestock and water, soil and land use) in ILRI with a particular focus on Ethiopia.
  • Assisting in resource mobilization.
  • Forging links and collaborative research with scientists across the CGIAR to strengthen ILRI’s presence in the CGIAR Research Programmes WLE and Humidtropics.
  • Developing collaborative links to national research partners and development agencies.
  • Publishing the results of research in journals and contributing to other communication products.
Requirements:
  • PhD in livestock science, environmental science or an associated discipline with an emphasis on agricultural systems approaches.
  • 5 – 7 years of post doctoral experience.
  • Familiarity with aspects of livestock production systems in developing countries.
  • Sound understanding of livestock-environment interactions in developing countries.
  • An understanding of farming systems concepts and landscape implications of farm level practices.
  • Proven success in analysis of agricultural systems, having experience in collection of primary data and survey design in developing countries.
  • Demonstrated skills in quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
  • Good publications record with strong written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams in developing countries.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage technical teams at research sites.
  • Strong English language skills, both written and spoken.
  • Willingness to travel frequently, often to rural areas in developing countries.
Position level:The position is level 2 Scientist level within ILRI’s Livestock Systems and Environment Programme.Post location:The position will be based in ILRI’s Principal Campus in Addis Ababa with significant travel outside Ethiopia.Duration:3 years with the possibility of renewal contingent upon individual performance and funding.Terms of appointment:ILRI offers a competitive international and salary and benefits package which includes 15% Pension – Medical insurance – Life insurance –and allowances for: – Education – Housing – Relocation – Home leave – Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.*Benefits and salary are tax free subject to compliance with tax regulations of country of citizenship.Applications:Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae which includes a list of publications and the names and addresses (including telephone, fax and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience. The position title and reference number: REF: SLE/LSE/06/2013 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter.All applications to be submitted online here on or before 8 August 2013.
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