PhD Graduate Fellowship for the CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

  • Nairobi, Kenya

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a PhD Graduate Fellow for the CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Political incentives and international obligations around the 2016 Paris Agreement have created a situation in which national governments must report progress on adaptation and mitigation to the UNFCCC on a regular basis.  Many governments in sub-Saharan Africa have submitted (Intended) Nationally Determined Contributions, or (I)NDCs, specifying their adaptation and mitigation targets along with activities to be implemented to achieve them. There is considerable demand from many countries for scientifically-based information that can be used to help prioritize adaptation and mitigation actions that can be implemented in pursuit of their NDCs. The interface between scientific knowledge production and policy processes has significant implications for international reporting as well as for national and subnational prioritization and climate change intervention strategies. The countries of East Africa are at different stages in this process, and to facilitate the next NDC cycle, identifying “good practice” around the mechanisms by which the science-policy interface can be effectively bridged is extremely important.

The International Livestock Research Institute’s (ILRI) mission is to improve food and nutritional security and to reduce poverty in middle and low-income countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock (better lives through livestock). Through its capacity development approach, ILRI purposes to equip a critical mass of individuals and organizations with the skills to design, implement and maintain appropriate livestock research and development initiatives. ILRI works through partnerships with other CG centres, international organizations, national institutions and programs, higher education institutions, private sector and others. For more information on ILRI, please visit

The Position:

This project seeks to recruit an ambitious PhD researcher to analyse and compare science-policy engagement practices and processes concerning climate change adaptation and mitigation in the region’s diverse livestock systems across three East African countries. The candidate should expect to analyse existing policy frameworks and dynamics, barriers and enabling factors for integrating climate change research into policies and strategies, efficacy of science communication and engagement strategies, and transformation of scientific inputs through their integration into policy processes.

ILRI Program: Sustainable Livestock Systems

Responsibilities of the fellow

  • To determine the existing policy frameworks for climate change within the east African countries;
  • To determine the efficacy of science communication and engagement strategies within the project;
  • To collect, compile and analyse data;
  • To communicate the gained findings to project team and other stakeholders;
  • Write scientific papers and prepare conference/workshop presentations describing results and their implications;
  • Develop new concepts and ideas for further research;
  • Make presentations at meetings as may be required

Requirements for the ideal candidate

  • Should have MSc in qualitative social sciences (such as science and technology studies, geography, sociology or political science); 
  • Should already be enrolled in an accredited PhD programme and prepared to begin fieldwork soon; 
  • Should be conversant with UNFCCC processes in developing countries;
  • Must have some knowledge of the adaptation and mitigation literature in lower-income countries;
  • Experience in handling of diverse datasets, data processing and statistical software such as R, SPSS, Matlab or python;
  • Ability to work in a multinational team of scientists and technicians from other disciplines;
  • Have excellent communication skills.

Location: ILRI, Kenya

Duration: 3 years

Terms of appointment and stipend: ILRI will offer a competitive stipend to cover living expenses in the project location, medical cover, air ticket, and research expenses. The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist and the university/academic supervisor.

Applications should be made to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal on or before 21st October 2018. The position title and reference number SLS/PhD GF/03/2018 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.


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