Research Officer – Livestock Genetics

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Officer to provide technical support to varied projects within the ILRI Livestock Genetics program.

Key Responsibilities

This position will provide technical support to a number of projects including:

The Livestock CRP country priority initiatives in Uganda (MorePork) and Vietnam (Li-chan), the Uganda Pig Genetics project, and the SLICK dairy cattle project in terms of:

Development and implementation of surveys, both quantitative and qualitative
Data analysis, synthesis and reporting
Development of training material, such as that which will be used by livestock keepers or livestock extension officers
Supporting the production of varied communication products (inclusive of blogs, videos, reports etc.) for varied audiences (in collaboration with ILRI’s communications team) – Ensuring research compliance for the varied activities being undertaken
Co-ordinating the implementation of activities with our project team members and partners
2.  This position will also support resource mobilisation efforts by performing literature reviews and synthesising information around a specific topic or livestock value chain, amongst others


Master’s degree in a topic related to agricultural and / or rural development, agricultural development economics, agricultural value chains, livestock production, or related field.
Three years in a related or similar position
General knowledge of livestock production systems in developing countries, and R4D approaches to strengthen these
Experience in the design and implementation of participatory surveys, preferably both quantitative and qualitative.
Experience in designing surveys focused on evaluating the impact of interventions an advantage.
Experience in analysis, synthesis and reporting of data collected from participatory surveys, preferably both quantitative and qualitative
Demonstrated ability to produce high-quality written material in English is essential
Demonstrated ability to work both independently and within a team
Ability to perform desk (literature) reviews on varied topics and produce synthesis reports from these
Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya

Terms of Appointment

This position is at job level HG 13. The position is a One 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


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About International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for better and more sustainable use of livestock. ILRI is a CGIAR research centre - part of a global research partnership for a food-secure future