Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research



General: The Africa-based, globally networked International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) helps to reduce poverty, hunger and environmental degradation by enhancing animal agriculture in developing countries. ILRI positions its work at the dynamic interface of poverty alleviation and sustainable livestock livelihoods. Our staff work in partnerships and alliances with hundreds of organisations in developed and developing countries, including some of the finest universities and research institutions in the world. ILRI’s headquarters are in Nairobi, Kenya, with a second principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Our staff are also based in 7 partner institutions in other parts of Africa, in Asia and Latin America. We employ more than 700 staff from about 40 countries and are one of 15 centres around the world sponsored by the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

The position: ILRI seeks to recruit an Animal Health Economist for its Livestock Market Opportunities Theme. The position will contribute to on-going and new research on (a) the economic and livelihoods impacts of animal diseases, particularly in the development and application of new methods and approaches; (b) the impact of SPS measures on international trade, comparative advantage, and market access for smallholder livestock producers; and (c) institutional aspects of veterinary services in developing countries. The proposed candidate would work closely with a multidisciplinary team of economists, epidemiologists, and veterinarians in various project sites in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

Location: ILRI Headquarters , Nairobi, Kenya with travel to Africa and Asia.

The successful candidate will have:
• A Ph.D. in either Agricultural Economics, Economics, or other social science with application to agriculture, with a minimum of 5 years of experience post-Ph.D.;
• Strong capabilities in econometric, multi-market modeling, computable general equilibrium modeling, and other forms of quantitative analysis as demonstrated in appropriate written outputs;
• Familiarity with quantitative epidemiological models and/or risk analysis approaches and their application in developing countries would be an advantage;
• Experience in the institutional analysis of public and private sector actors, particularly in developing countries;
• Experience in working in multi-cultural teams, in a developing country setting and other experience with analysis of issues related to livestock;
• Familiarity with participatory approaches and innovations systems approaches would be an advantage, as would familiarity with the application of GIS tools.
• Strong English language skills, both written and spoken, with a demonstrated record of publications in professional outlets. Proficiency in other languages (e.g. French) would be an advantage;
• A willingness to travel frequently, sometimes to rural areas in developing countries.

Terms of appointment: This is a fixed term appointment for three years. ILRI offers a competitive international remuneration package paid in US dollars.

Applications: Applicants should send a cover letter indicating earliest availability, curriculum vitae and the names and addresses (including telephone, fax and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Human Resources Manager, ILRI, P.O. Box 30709-00100, Nairobi Kenya; Telephone 254-20-4223000; Fax 254-20-4223001; email: The name and reference number of the position for which the application is made should be clearly marked on the envelopes of mailed, or on the fax or email applications. Screening of applications will begin on 29 May 2008 and will continue until the post is filled.

To find more about ILRI, visit our Website at
ILRI is an equal opportunity employer and is keen to further diversify its staff in terms of both gender and nationality.

Qualified women and professionals from developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply.

Animal Health Economist
International Livestock Research Institute
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Last Date: May 29, 2008


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