PhD Graduate Fellowship: Cross Scale Political Economy

  • ILRI Nairobi or Addis Campus
  • Full-time
  • CapDev
  • ilr-98015

PhD Graduate Fellowship: Cross Scale Political Economy

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a PhD Graduate Fellow in Cross Scale Political Economy to analyse how adaptive capacity in East African livestock systems is socially differentiated and cross-scale dynamics affect the outcomes of adaptation interventions.

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 centers dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional of country offices in East, South and Southern Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org

The Position:

Climate change adaptation in East African livestock systems will require significant transformations, both in animal keeping techniques as well as economic and political organization. In adaptation research, much attention is given to household technical practices, but much less attention is given to creation of enabling institutional environments through social change. Still less attention has been given to climate change adaptation as an inherently contested and political process which will play out through existing aspects of social differentiation. As climate adaptation moves from conceptual discussion points to practical interventions and investments, more research is needed into how current institutional environments enable and/or constrain effective transformations as well as how household, sectoral and national policy dynamics interact. The objective of this PhD project is to analyse how adaptive capacity in East African livestock systems is socially differentiated and cross-scale dynamics affect the outcomes of adaptation interventions.

Responsibilities

  • Analyse current policy environments and political economies in the livestock sector
  • Analyse cross-scale interactions in adaptation processes in the livestock sector
  • Analyse how social differentiation affects adaptive capacity and how it will be affected by adaptation interventions
  • Analyse the institutional conditions and barriers for scaling out of adaptation practices

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in political economy, new institutional economics, economic geography, economic anthropology or a related field.  
  • Extensive knowledge of the social science literature on climate change adaptation
  • Strong practical and theoretical skills in analysing cross-scale institutional dynamics to facilitate change, preferably in agriculture
  • Experience with East African livestock systems is a significant advantage
  • Applicants should already be enrolled in an accredited PhD programme

Location: ILRI, Kenya or Ethiopia

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 tickets, and research expenses. The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist and the university/academic supervisor. This stipend will not cover tuition or any other university fees.

Applications: Applications should be made to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 15 November 2018. The position title and reference number SLS/PhD GF/03/2018 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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