Research Officer – Livestock Genetics

Website International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)


The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Officer to support the livestock breeds and genetics components, interacting closely with Livestock Genetics program and the One-CGIAR initiative Sustainable Animal Productivity for Livelihoods, Nutrition and Gender (SAPLING).

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 position will take the lead in planning, co-ordination and implementation of research activities aimed at increasing livestock productivity within low- and middle-income countries. Specific initial projects include on-station trials of dairy cattle performance in Kenya; on-farm participatory research relating to breed improvement and artificial insemination of pigs and beef-cattle in East Africa and Vietnam.

Key Responsibilities

  • Defining research questions and approaches
  • Leading the development of participatory research (survey) tools than are quantitative, and input into those that are qualitative
  • Leading the development of data collection tools (usually ODK based, but also API)
  • Leading survey implementation / data collection, including training and supervision of field-staff, and ensurance of data quality
  • Data management and undertaking advanced data analysis using varied statistical approaches, as well as synthesis and reporting
  • Development of recommendations from evidence bases / findings
  • Lead the writing of project reports, briefs, journals papers and other outputs
  • Lead development of capacity building material suitable for different audiences and communication means
  • Capacity development of internal and external stakeholders
  • Supervision of field staff, students, and consultants
  • Partnership establishment and maintenance, both internally and externally
  • Facilitating project implementation through ensuring research compliance, work-planning, procurement, and management of financial and physical resources
  • Development of new ideas, methodological approaches, tools, practices and procedures, for use within projects
  • Making recommendations on new or improved procedures or policies to facilitate research


  • MSc in a topic related to livestock production, animal breeding, agricultural and / or rural development, agricultural development economics, agricultural value chains, or similar.
  • At-least 5 years relevant work experience resulting in demonstration of the skills listed below
  • Good general knowledge of livestock production systems in developing countries, and R4D approaches to strengthen these. Knowledge of pig and beef cattle production systems in developing countries an advantage, particularly knowledge related to breeding and artificial insemination.
  • Demonstrated experience in analysis of data relevant to quantifying livestock production (yield) or productivity, and / or of economics related to livestock systems in developing countries.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading the design and implementation of participatory surveys, with livestock keepers and other livestock value chain actors, that are quantitative, preference also for qualitative.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading the analysis, synthesis and reporting of data collected from quantitative participatory surveys or other livestock related experiments, preference also for qualitative.
  • Demonstrated strong statistical analysis skills, including the use R or other similar statistical analysis software.
  • Preferred experience in developing (coding) tools for data-capture, such as in ODK.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high-quality written material in English, such as project reports, briefs, and journal paper, targeting differences audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to make own decisions within the project scope.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and within a team.
  • Strong problem-solving ability, including ability to consider multiple variable and potential consequences of different actions.
  • Excellent communication skills with internal and external stakeholders, including ability to communicate specialist knowledge.
  • Ability to establish, and maintain, relationships with key stakeholders, both internal and external.

Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya

Terms of Appointment

This position is at job level HG 14. The position is a 3-year fixed term contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; pension, medical and other insurances

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing 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 by clicking on the “Apply Now” tab above before 24 June 2022. The position title and reference number REF: RO-LG/479/2022 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.

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