Livestock Scientist

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Livestock scientist to contribute to development of scalable technological and social innovations for climate-smart agriculture in West Africa. The position holder will be responsible for conducting research, mainly in West Africa within the CCAFS Programme.

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.

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.

The position

ILRI seeks to recruit a scientist with expertise on livestock production in agro-sylvo-pastoral systems in the developing world. The successful candidate should have a solid background in livestock production, an understanding of smallholder livestock systems and experience in applying action research methods.

  • Multi-stakeholders engagement to inventory promising climate-smart crop-livestock-agroforestry practices in West Africa;
  • Participatory design, testing and monitoring of on-farm livestock related interventions within the context of climate-smart agriculture;
  • Assessment of the socio-economic and institutional conditions of adoption of incremental climate smart crop-livestock-tree technological options;
  • Developing tools, approaches and guidelines for climate smart agriculture and local adaptation and investment planning;
  • Publishing the results of research in high quality peer-reviewed international journals and in other media;
  • Working with research and development partners in West Africa and supervision of students.


  • Applicants are required to have PhD in livestock production or related discipline with at least 3 years of relevant post-doctoral experience
  • Experience in conducting animal production research in sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Sound understanding of livestock production issues and livestock-related adaptation strategies in response to climate change in developing countries;
  • Good understanding of innovation systems approach to engage multi-stakeholders and experience in using participatory research methods in smallholder farming systems;
  • A systems perspective especially related to intensification of mixed crop-livestock systems in Africa;
  • Demonstrated capability of conducting field-based animal experimentation in agro-sylvo-pastoral systems;
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills;
  • Strong track record of publishing in peer reviewed publications;
  • Willingness to travel internationally and to rural areas of Africa;
  • Proven skills to work in multidisciplinary teams and to obtain positive results from working in diverse partnerships;
  • Proficiency in English and French will be an advantage.

Post location: The position is based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso .

Position level: Scientist/Research level 4C, dependent on qualifications and experience.

Duration: 3 years with possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued funding.

Salary and Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive international and salary and benefits package which includes 15% Pension, Medical insurance, Life insurance and allowances for: Education, Housing, Relocation, Home leave, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

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

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV 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. The position title and reference number should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter. Reference number: REF: LSE/ 01/15

All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: by 14 February 2015.

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ILRI is an equal opportunity employer