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ILRI vacancy: Research Project Coordinator-Rangeland Health (closing date: 16 July 2019)

The Position: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a ‘Research Project Coordinator – Rangeland Health.

General: The International Livestock Research Institute (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 centers 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.

Job Purpose: The Research Project Coordinator – Rangeland Health will coordinate implementation of community land management from a ‘One Health’ perspective with project collaborators and partners from government and local communities, leading to improved health of rangelands, animals, and people.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the ‘rangeland health’ component of a large-scale, ‘One Health’ research and development project, focused on improving the health of people, livestock, and the land;
  • Coordinate implementation pastoral community land management according to demonstrated and documented approaches, in multiple sites in 3 countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia);
  • Train partners and communities in implementing rangeland management, including participatory monitoring of rangeland condition;
  • Supervise collection and management of primary field data and secondary data pertaining to pastoral community land management, including both social and biophysical data;
  • Analyze data to document rangeland restoration successes and challenges;
  • Work closely with development partners (especially government), and pastoral communities to maintain relationships and forge effective multi-stakeholder collaboration;
  • Contribute to resource mobilization, including proposal development;
  • Oversee project logistics related to fieldworks and other activities as relevant;
  • Communication of research results to partners, including pastoral communities.

Minimum Requirements:


  • A PhD in Agriculture, Rural Development or related field, or a similar master’s degree with exceptional relevant work experience.


  • Excellent skills in statistical analysis;
  • Proficiency in appropriate digital technologies;
  • Excellent management and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to operate independently, with strong critical decision-making skills;
  • Pro-active and detailed-oriented personality, who can operate as part of a multidisciplinary team.


  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience for PhD holders, or 9 years of relevant experience for master’s


  • Demonstrated experience in conducting research on land management with pastoralists;
  • Extensive knowledge on community rangeland management through participatory methods;
  • Experience in supervising collection of field data through surveys and/or technical measurements;
  • Sufficient experience with supervision and coordination of field activities to oversee work in several sites in 3 countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia) simultaneously;
  • Experience in facilitating, communicating with, and managing partners — especially government agents and members of pastoral communities;
  • Excellent communication skills both orally and written in English and Amharic (Somali and/or Afaan Oromo);
  • Willingness to travel and work in difficult field conditions as necessary.


  • Direct experience with ‘One Health’ approaches — which seek to improve the health of people, livestock, and the land, through integrated actions;
  • Experience in implementing community rangeland management with herding communities, or managing development projects or programs that include community rangeland management approaches;
  • Experience in conducting monitoring of rangeland condition in response to community management through field data, participatory methods, and remote sensing;
  • Experience in conducting research on gender dynamics in pastoral communities;

Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Job Grade:    HG16

Monthly Base Salary: Birr 50,801 (Negotiable depending on salary history of the candidate).

Terms of appointment:  This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is 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: RPC-RH/29/19 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: by clicking on the “Apply Now” tab above before 16 July 2019.

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Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. 

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