Research Fellow – PhD Studies Control of Rift Valley Fever

  • Kampala, Uganda
  • Full-time
  • Bioversity International


On behalf of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Bioversity International is now seeking for a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Fellow.

Both ILRI and Bioversity International are CGIAR Research Centres.

For further information on ILRI, consult the website at:


Under the supervision of the ILRI Scientist, the Research Fellow will contribute to the project Socio-economic research on Rift Valley Fever.

The overall objective of the PhD research is to determine ex-ante social and economic impact of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) control options in livestock production systems in selected sites in Uganda.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop tools and protocols to assess factors that determine RVF exposure at the community level, and current knowledge, perceptions and practices on RVF control within selected livestock production systems and value chains
  • Collect field data together with survey teams
  • Conduct participatory group model building workshops using System Dynamics (SD) principles and techniques
  • Build SD models to assess the impact of RVF on livestock production and trade and their ex-ante impact of various control options on livelihoods, given contextual drivers of disease
  • Conduct Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) with relevant stakeholder groups to assess constraints to uptake of various control options
  • Curate data collected for storage in a publicly accessible repository
  • Thesis and publications write-up

Qualifications and competencies

  • MSc degree in Agricultural Economics or Economics
  • Extensive knowledge on livestock production systems and value chains in Uganda
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively in rural areas to conduct fieldwork
  • Ability and willingness to work in large multidisciplinary teams
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills in English
  • Excellent data management skills
  • Proficiency in data analysis and modelling software such as STATA, R, STELLA, etc.
  • Experience working in livestock value chains and production systems, will be an added advantage
  • Successful applicant will be expected to secure university admission to a PhD program within 3 months


Terms and conditions: The initial contract is for a period of 2 years and is renewable based on performance and availability of funds. The offer has a competitive stipend and covers living expenses in the project location/s, medical cover for self and eligible dependants, travel insurance, travel and research costs. The fellowship covers tuition costs at the fellow’s university of admission.

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining 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 by clicking on the "Apply Now" tab above before 28 October 2019. Please note that in the application you are required to provide the contact details (address, telephone number and e-mail address) of at least three referees, which Bioversity will contact for short listed applicants

Bioversity International is an equal opportunity employer and strives for staff diversity.


[1] Bioversity International is a CGIAR Research Centre. For further information on Bioversity International, consult the website at


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