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ILRI vacancy: LIVESTOCK EXPERT– (closing 31 January 2014)

Vacancy Number: A/004/2014
Program/Project: ASSP/Livestock and Irrigation Value-Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project
Duration: Two years contract
General:  The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality livestock science, communications and capacity building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development. ILRI is one of 15 centres supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ILRI has campuses in Kenya (headquarters) and Ethiopia, with other offices located in other regions of Africa (Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria) as well as in South Asia (India, Sri Lanka), Southeast Asia (Laos, Thailand, Vietnam) and East Asia (China). For more information, please visit
The Livestock and Irrigation Value-Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project is an initiative designed by ILRI, IWMI (the International Water Management Institute) and their Ethiopian partners to enhance income and gender equitable wealth creation for smallholders and other value chain actors through increased and sustained market off-take of high-value livestock and irrigated crop commodities. It will design and implement interventions to improve market orientation of semi-commercial farmers for enhanced competitiveness, sustainability and equity in value chains in four regions of Ethiopia.
The positions: ILRI is recruiting Livestock Expert position who will be based in Addis Ababa and who will be a member of the LIVES Project in ILRI-Ethiopia.

  • Provides support to regional and zonal staff on market oriented livestock development.
  • Facilitates interactions among the researchers across the four Regions to make their work more effective, fostering collaboration and synergies where possible.
  • Works closely with senior staff to ensure that research and development priorities from the value chain perspective are appropriately reflected and integrated at value chain level;
  • Identifies and agrees with the relevant project and partner staff across the four Regions, their roles in implementing the work plan each year, including specific deliverables and their timing and prepare a consolidated annual program of work and budget to support the agreed activities;
  • Develops and manages strategic partnerships and research collaborations that improve the ability of the team to achieve the agreed outputs and outcomes and coordinate linkages for livestock research with ILRI’s CRP 3.7;
  • Be responsible for developing a livestock research and development plan based on livestock value chain problems and opportunities, in consultation with project staff and partners;
  • Monitors progress in implementing the activities and delivering outputs, and prepares an annual progress report using an agreed upon format;
  • Be responsible for synthesizing and publishing livestock research and development results;
  • Builds capacity and knowledge of service providers in approaches and livestock value chain interventions through formal training courses and on the job trainings;
  • Organizes national livestock value chain learning events with national and international partners
  • Contributes scientific and technical inputs to specific components of the value chain research according to competency and experience;
  • Supervises graduate students at MSc/PhD levels;
  • Contributes to new external knowledge on livestock value chain interventions.

•    A PhD degree in livestock sciences

•    At least 10 years’ experience in livestock research and development
•    Experience in capacity building
•    At least 5 -7 years post-doctoral experience, especially as it relates to the design, implementation and communication of applied livestock research


  • Broad knowledge of agriculture
  • Understanding of value chain concepts
  • Good analytical and English writing skills
  • Good communication and partnership skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Proven record in leading and documenting diagnostic, action or impact research in livestock
  • Proven record in technical assistance and capacity development
  • Proven skills in team building and developing partnerships with national and international R&D actors and private sector
  • Proven ability to work in and facilitate a multi-institutional environment;

Duty Station:  Addis Abeba
Job level
•    This position is job Grade 3C.
Monthly Base Salary:     Base salary of Birr 29,675 (Negotiable, depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)
Terms of appointment:  This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI’s Addis Ababa campus.  Initial appointment is fixed term for two years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc.
The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus on the outskirts of Addis Ababa.  Dining and sports facilities are located on site.
Applicants should send a cover letter and CV (3 pages maximum) explaining their interest in the position, including relevant documents and testimonials and the names and addresses (telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience. Applications should be sent to the Human Resources Office, ILRI, P.O. Box 5689, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Telephone: (251-11)-617-20-00; Fax (251-11) 646 46-45. The name and reference number of the position for which the application is made (A/004/2014), should be clearly marked on the envelopes if mailed or fax applications.  Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Closing date:    January 31, 2014.
ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.
Qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.
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Post date: 17/01/2014

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