Career Opportunity: The International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT) seeks applications for a Science officer

Closing date extended to 15 January 2015. The International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT) seeks applications for a Science officer, CCAFS West Africa based at ICRISAT Bamako – Mali.

Closing date extended to 15 January 2015. The International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT) seeks applications for a Science officer, CCAFS West Africa based at ICRISAT Bamako – Mali.

CCAFS aims to address the increasing challenge of global warming and declining food security on agricultural practices, policies and measures through a strategic collaboration between CGIAR and Future Earth. CCAFS brings together the world’s best researchers in agricultural science, climate science, environmental and social sciences to identify and address the most important interactions, synergies and trade-offs between climate change and agriculture. CCAFS is structured around four closely inter-linked global research flagships: Climate-smart agricultural practices; Climate information services and climate-informed safety nets; Low-emissions agricultural development; and Policies and institutions for climate-resilient food systems. The Program is focusing on five regions: South-East Asia, South Asia, Latin America, East Africa and West Africa. For more information visit

The incumbent will report to CCAFS Regional Program Leader (RPL), and  will be a member of the ICRISAT multi-disciplinary team.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Handling administrative tasks for the CCAFS regional program for West Africa, especially with regards to the development and advancement of partnerships;
  • Monitoring budget implementation and fund disbursement according to contracts with partners;
  • Monitoring the execution of CCAFS research activities with partners in the sub‐region;
  • Developing the CCAFS West Africa yearly work plan and budget;
  • Liaising with other CCAFS science officers for specific CCAFS-WA contributions to CCAFS global level initiatives;
  • Reviewing reports and project-related documentation from partners;
  • Synthesizing knowledge and contributing to strategic research of interest to CCAFS within own areas of expertise;
  • Handling logistics for and actively participating in workshops, meetings and capacity‐building activities;
  • Fund raising through development of research projects in collaboration where possible, with partners;
  • Representing CCAFS (and the Regional Program Leader) in national, regional and international meetings, and helping to develop and maintain collaborative relationships;

Required Qualifications and Skills:

  • PhD in agricultural science, environmental science, or related discipline with 3-5 years post-doctoral experience;
  • Relevant work experience in program/project management/administration, including planning and monitoring of project execution;
  • Good skills on participatory action research and smallholder farming systems in West Africa, climate related risks, and the use of research to achieving development outcomes;
  • Excellent communication skills in French and English;
  • Demonstrated excellent writing skills, and ability to write synthesis reports as well as to publish in peer reviewed international journals;
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks with diverse multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.

How to apply

Applicants should apply on or before 15 January 2015, with a letter of motivation, latest Curriculum Vitae, and names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable of the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience. All applications will be acknowledged, however only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Please  CLICK HERE to submit your application.

The Reward:

This is an internationally recruited staff position with an attractive and competitive salary and benefits package payable in US dollars. The contract will be initially for a period of two years and extendable depending on performance of the incumbent and funding availability. An attractive compensation will be offered to the right candidate.

ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer and is especially interested in increasing the participation of women on its staff.

Photo taken during interviews with farmers in Mali by Peter Caiser.

Post-doctoral Scientist: Gender equality in livestock value chain development


Closing date: 30 December – The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Post-doctoral fellow who will be a key contributor to and significantly increase gender expertise in the CGIAR Research Programs on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and Livestock and Fish (L&F) through research on social contexts and structural and normative conditions affecting opportunities for increasing gender equality in livestock value chain development in East Africa, with attention to reducing risk for women due to climate change and reducing emissions through making dairy production more efficient.

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.


  • Design and implement a comparative study on the social contexts, structural and normative conditions affecting opportunities for increasing gender equality in East Africa dairy value chains
  • Work in partnership with the East Africa Dairy Development project (EADD) to establish participatory research that enables both rigorous social science and feedback to EADD.
  • Work with the CCAFS East Africa Dairy Project, including the upcoming Dairy NAMA (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions) project.
  • Promote information sharing across projects and use lessons from this work to inform the work in the L&F Tanzania dairy value chain and possibly other L&F value chains; to inform gender research in all of CCAFS contributing centers.
  • Produce at least two journal articles, two policy briefs and other communications to support the use of research results for development outcomes.
  • Participate as a team member of CCAFS and L&F in annual program development.
  • Contribute to fundraising to expand social science gender work on value chain development.


  • PhD in Rural Sociology, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, Social Psychology, Gender Studies, International Development, Agricultural Economics, Geography or related field.
  • Training in gender relations and social change, research for development, knowledge of livestock value chains and East Africa desirable.
  • 1-2 years of relevant experience in similar role.
  • Able to work independently and to meet deadlines.
  • Appreciate importance of working in a multi-disciplinary team and able to do so
  • Good partnership skills.
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written, in English. Knowledge of another language is an advantage.
  • Ability and willingness to travel in the field within East Africa, sometime up to 2 weeks at once.

Location: The position is based at ILRI’s Headquarters, in Nairobi, Kenya.

Duration: 2 years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued funding.

Position level: This is job is a Post-doctoral Scientist level.

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive international and salary and benefits package which includes Medical insurance, Life insurance and allowances for: Education, Housing, Home leave, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

*Benefits are tax free subject to compliance with tax regulations of country of citizenship.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae: a list of publications and names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience should be included in the curriculum vitae. The position title and reference number: PD /LSE/11/14 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 30 December 2014.

Who are we?

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2014, an operating budget of about USD83 million. 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 and in South, Southeast and East Asia.

Photo: Akram Ali (CARE)

Biochar Production Using the Traditional Earth-mound Slow Pyrolysis System with Rice Husk

The following images are from a field research held in Ekxang village of Vientiane Province, Lao PDR from December 2013 to July 2, 2014 funded by the Center for Global Food Security at Purdue University with grant money provided by the United States Agency of International Development and administered by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center supervised under the directives of the International Water Management Institute in Lao PDR and in collaboration with faculty and staff at the Department of Engineering in Water Resources at the National University of Lao PDR, local level governmental authorities and smallholder farmers in Ekxang village,IMG_0867 Vientiane Province, Laos. IMG_0715 IMG_0716 IMG_0717IMG_0719 IMG_0720 IMG_0721 IMG_20140320_162801 IMG_20140320_162806 IMG_0728 IMG_0729 IMG_0730 IMG_0731 IMG_0732 IMG_0733 IMG_0737 IMG_0738 IMG_0741 IMG_0742 IMG_0743 IMG_0744 IMG_0739IMG_0737 2014-03-21 14.41.26 2014-04-09 13.57.18 2014-04-09 14.01.46 2014-04-11 11.04.14 2014-04-09 13.57.03 2014-03-21 14.41.322014-03-30 14.44.27IMG_0867

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