ILRI – OWSD PhD Fellowship: Pathways between livestock and human nutrition: collating the evidence on assumptions (closing date: 25 May 2018)

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.

The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) is an international non-profit organization based at the offices of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), in Trieste, Italy. The OWSD provides research training, career development and networking opportunities for women scientists throughout the developing world at different stages in their careers. For more information regarding this particular fellowship, please visit

ILRI is collaborating with OWSD by offering up to 5 PhD fellowships in 2018 to women through a co-funding arrangement. ILRI through its capacity development  portfolio will provide an opportunity for successful candidates (non- Kenyan nationals) from the following countries to undertake quality research-for-development (R4D); access ILRI’s cutting edge research facilities and receive mentorship from ILRI scientists and partners.

The Position:

The graduate fellow will work together with ILRI scientists to assess existing evidence, and identify gaps, on the various pathways between livestock and nutrition, following a theory of change methodology. The outcome of the evaluation will guide research priorities.

Main Project Title: Menu of nutrition-sensitive interventions to increase availability, affordability, access and utilization of animal source foods

Graduate fellow’s Research Title: Pathways between livestock and human nutrition: collating the evidence on assumptions

ILRI Program: Policy Institutions and Livelihoods

CGIAR Research Program: Livestock

Responsibilities of the fellow

  • Literature review
  • Field data collection, quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Data analysis and write-up towards peer-reviewed journal publications
  • Give regular project updates

Requirements for the ideal candidate

  • Have MSc degree in human nutrition or related field;
  • Must have expertise in gender and M&E
  • Ability to independently plan for and implement data collection
  • Must have experience quantitative analysis
  • Have experience in writing up reports and briefs
  • Ability to use MS Office tools
  • Be an effective and energetic team player with the ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environment
  • Can work independently, multi-task and meet tight deadlines

Location: Kenya

Terms of appointment and stipend: Both ILRI and OWSD will offer a competitive stipend to cover living expenses in the project location, medical cover, air ticket, research expenses and tuition fees. The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist and the university/academic supervisor.

Interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  1. Scanned copies of all university degree certificates and transcripts indicating, indicating all courses and grades
  2. A cover letter explaining your interest in the scholarship position, what you can bring to ILRI. The graduate fellowship project title clearly indicated in the subject line of the letter. The letter should also indicate amongst other details whether you are applying as a full time or sandwich candidate.  If sandwich candidate, please provide proof of university PhD admission.
  3. Detailed Curriculum Vitae
  4. PhD research abstract
  5. Reference letters (from three senior scientists familiar with your work) using the recommended format provided here.
  6. Passport with scanned copy of the bio page (page that displays applicant’s personal information).

Applications should be made to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal on or before 25 May 2018. The position title 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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ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.