ILRI Vacancy: Research Associate – Pastoralism and Rangelands – External Advert (Closing date: 10 February 2017)

The position: ILRI is recruiting a Research Associate who will work as a member of the Sustainable Livestock Systems Program contributing to its research, capacity building, and policy-influencing activities in rangelands and pastoral areas of Ethiopia and elsewhere, under the supervision of a Senior Scientist. This will include contributing to the undertaking of a baseline survey in pastoral areas of Ethiopia; developing activities on land governance, land use planning and pastoralism with state and non-state actors; and with various international partners contributing to the coordination of the International Land Coalition’s Rangelands Initiative (global component). The global component seeks to influence global discourse on land issues to be more inclusive of pastoral issues, improve the capacity of international and national members to engage on pastoral land issues, and to mobilize and develop activities in collaboration with partners including government, to improve resource/land governance and land use planning in rangelands.  The position will be based at ILRI Ethiopia involving frequent travel to pastoral areas in Ethiopia and occasional international travel.

General: 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. 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 (Mali, Mozambique and Nigeria) and in South Asia (India and Sri Lanka), Southeast Asia (Laos, Thailand and Vietnam) and East Asia (China).

Main duties & responsibilities:

  • Contributing to the design and implementation of a Baseline Survey for a national pastoral project, including development of household survey questionnaire, arranging fieldwork logistics, technical oversight of survey consultancy firm, and contributing to analysis and write-up of results.
  • Contributing to the development of a study on issues related to land governance and/or land use planning in rangelands-pastoral areas, potentially in Ethiopia, Tanzania and India.
  • Assisting the ILRI staff member responsible for the coordination of the International Land Coalition Rangelands Initiative (global component) including the development of material for a website, the writing of reviews, articles and reports; communication with and development of collaborative activities with ILC members and partners; development of new strategies and activities towards making rangelands more secure for local users.
  • Contributes to publications and presentation of results.
  • Builds capacity and provide practical trainings to partners as appropriate.

 Minimum Requirements:

  • Masters in rangelands, drylands, anthropology, sociology, geography, environment, agriculture or similar.
  • Participatory and research tools.


  • At least three years’ experience of research in rangelands, pastoralism, land governance and/or land use planning including participatory approaches and surveys for national/international organizations.
  • Experience of working in pastoral areas of Ethiopia, with some international experience preferred.
  • Proven experience of working on gender issues and social inclusion in research.

Required and Desirable Skills:

  • Excellent communication and writing skills for different audiences (academic, government, NGOs, public, social media), in written and spoken Amharic, English (French/Spanish and/or knowledge of languages spoken in Ethiopia pastoral areas would be an advantage).
  • Strong motivation and long-term interest in pastoral development, natural resource management and land issues.
  • An innovative and strategic thinker, who enjoys working with different state and non-state actors.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to work under pressure.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural partnerships


  • Knowledge of rangelands, drylands, NRM, land governance and land use planning; good communication skills (written and spoken) in English, Amharic (and French/Spanish would be an advantage); ability to engage/communicate with different sets of actors; surveys; participatory research tools; ability to work with minimal supervision in a multi-disciplinary team; familiarity with social media and website development an advantage.                 

Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with frequent travel to pastoral areas of Ethiopia – Afar, Somali, Oromiya, SNNPR; occasional travel to India and Tanzania.

 Job level:   2D.

 Monthly Base Salary: Birr 21,367 (Negotiable depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment: This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position and the appointment is a fixed term for one year 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 in Addis Ababa. Dining and sports facilities are located on site

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: REF: RA/02/17 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: on or before 10 February 2017.

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Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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