ILRI Research Fellowship: ECVPH joint residency in low- and middle-income countries (Closing date: 30 November 2020)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a research fellow to work in the ECVPH joint residency – Veterinary public health in LMICs and Europe.

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.

About the position:

This position is offered in the context of the European College of Veterinary Public Health (ECVPH) residency. The fellow will be required to apply for an ECVPH residency, jointly supervised by ILRI and University of Bern. The fellow will be hosted by the Animal and Human Health Program at ILRI for 12 months, and for 2-3 additional years at the University of Bern.

Project title:  ECVPH joint residency – Veterinary public health in LMICs and Europe

Key responsibilities:

During his/her stay at ILRI, s/he will support a range of research projects within the veterinary public health domain. A detailed plan of activities will be developed upon arrival at ILRI and revised every 3 months to accommodate changes in the ongoing projects. The nature of the work will depend on the projects that s/he will effectively support, but these are likely to include:

  • UrbanMarkets: pull-push project: value chain mapping (poultry and vegetable value chains) in Ethiopia.
  • TARTARE project: estimation of foodborne related health burden.

The fellow will be assigned specific responsibilities within each of the projects. These will include:

  • Supporting design of research projects.
  • Design and implement field work activities and, at times, supervising teams of junior staff.
  • Data analysis and report/publication writing including from past projects.
  • Work with national and international partners towards the achievement of the project objectives.
  • Give seminars and presentations within ILRI as agreed.
  • Support, within his/her capacities, the capacity development of junior research staff in the program.
  • Deliver in all pre-agreed deliverables based on the plan of activities developed at the beginning of the fellowship

Position Requirements:

  1. Individuals Interested in starting an ECVPH residency.
  2. Degree in Veterinary Medicine from a European University (in line with ECVPH requirements).
  3. At least one year involved in veterinary public health activities after obtaining DVM (i.e. internship, work, voluntary work,…)
  4. An MSc in epidemiology, public health or a related discipline would be an advantage.
  5. Evidence of relevant experience in research would be an advantage.
  6. Strong quantitative skills would be an advantage

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Duration: 12 months

Terms of appointment and stipend:

  • The project will provide accommodation within ILRI Campus, Addis Ababa.
  • A monthly stipend to cover living expenses.
  • Medical insurance for the fellowship duration.

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, addressing it to the Head of Capacity Development, ILRI. In the letter the applicant should specify their suitability for the fellowship and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience. Applications must be submitted through our recruitment portal on or before 30 November 2020. The position title and reference number REF: RF-ECVPH/ILRI/AHH/04/2020 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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