ILRI Job Vacancy in Kenya: Post-doctoral Modeller/Research Associate
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is an independent international institute based in Nairobi, Kenya, and founded in 1994 by the merging of the International Livestock Centre for Africa and the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases. It is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research and focuses its research on building sustainable livestock pathways out of poverty in low-income countries.
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality science and capacity-building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development. ILRI works in Africa and Asia, with offices in East, West and southern Africa; South and Southeast Asia; and China.
ILRI is a non-profit-making and non-governmental organization with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, and a second principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It employs over 700 staff from about 40 countries. About 80 staff is recruited through international competitions and represents some 30 disciplines. Around 600 staff is nationally recruited, largely from Kenya and Ethiopia.
Job Position: Post-doctoral Modeller/Research Associate (closing 7 December 2010)
This project, funded by the NERC/ESRC/DfID Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation programme, addresses the issue of land use change in African dry lands through the analysis and modelling of rural household decision processes within evolving policy environments.
The post-holder’s role within the project will be to take primary responsibility for the organisation and analysis of data, and the construction of simulation models. They will also be required to engage effectively with both academic and non-specialist audiences within policy and other stakeholder networks.
UCL is the overall employer but the post is divided equally between (1) UCL, (2) the Institute of Zoology (both in central London) and (3) the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI, Nairobi, Kenya), and also involves collaboration with the fourth research partner the African Technology and Policy Studies network ATPS, also based in Nairobi.
The post will be primarily based in London but is expected to involve a total of 8 months’ residence in Kenya (over two years) with extensive travel to East Africa during the lifetime of the project.
Applicants must have a PhD in a quantitative subject area, preferably economics, ecology or statistics. The successful candidate will have strong data management and statistical skills, experience in computer programming and expertise in simulation modelling, ideally behavioural economic or ecological. Good knowledge of the economic theory of human behaviour and experience with African arid land ecology, pastoralist livelihoods and ecological theory is desirable.
A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.
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If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process please contact Katherine Homewood, [email protected], +44 20 7679 8633.