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ILRI vacancy: Research Assistant – Rangeland Management (closing date: 24 July, 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Assistant to conduct field research and lead community engagement on community-based rangeland management, land tenure, and climate change adaptation in pastoralist settings in the Sustainable livestock systems (SLS).

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa.


  • To liaise with community organizations, county government and other county and local stakeholders
    • Manage the project’s partnerships with community organizations
    • Assist in organizing field trials of rangeland management methods
  • To conduct social science field research on varied approaches to supporting and strengthening institutions and governance for community rangeland management.  This will involve:
    • Engaging with leadership of community range management organizations, community members, and staff of NGOs and government agencies
    • Conducting focus groups and interviews
    • Identifying and obtaining data from existing sources
    • Analyzing documentation
  • To assist in developing and testing a research protocol/decision-support tool for assessing land tenure and institutional dimensions for resource management and climate change adaptation in pastoralist settings
  • Assisting with project logistics related to fieldwork and other activities as necessary
  • Report writing


  • Master’s degree in Natural Resources Management, Environmental Studies, International Development Studies, Political Science, Rural Development or similar discipline
  • At least two years post-Masters experience
  • Demonstrated and extensive experience in participatory approaches, community engagement, and facilitation
  • Experience working in, and demonstrated knowledge of, pastoralist/rangeland settings
  • Experience with qualitative and participatory approaches to research and analysis
  • Experience working on natural resource governance and management issues in rangeland settings
  • Experience in working with agricultural development projects or programs
  • Fluent in English and Ki-Swahili
  • Fluency in Maa and/or Somali would be an added advantage
  • Excellent English language writing skills

Terms of Appointment

This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus. It is open to Kenyan nationals only. The position is on a 6 Months fixed term basis.

Job Level

This position is job level 2C, and ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes pension, medical and other insurances for ILRI’s Nationally Recruited Staff.

How to apply: Applicants should send CV , cover letter and writing sample (a chapter from Master’s thesis, a published journal paper, some other report, etc.) explaining their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal on or before 24 July, 2017. The position title and reference number REF: RA/SLS/07/2017 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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