Post-Doctoral Scientist-Value Chain Impact Assessment Modeler

  • Dakar, Senegal
  • Policy Institutions and Livelihoods

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Post-Doctoral scientist to apply system dynamics modelling techniques through the use of participatory processes that co-construct ex-ante impact assessment models of climate-smart livestock value chains in an interdisciplinary team of social science and biosciences researchers.  This position will be under the Accelerating Impacts of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa (AICCRA) project.

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 centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa.

The Accelerating Impacts of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa (AICCRA) project. AICCRA is a three-year initiative funded by the World Bank and implemented in six sub-Saharan African countries. In Senegal, AICCRA is implemented by CIAT, ICRISAT, and ILRI with the aim of increasing access for agriculture research and extension service providers in Africa to knowledge, technologies, and decision-making tools relevant to enhancing the resilience of agriculture and food systems in the face of climate change. The project aims to implement the sub-regional component of AICCRA in West Africa through building multi-actor partnerships of existing scientific and educational networks and centers in order to achieve outcomes through engaging with individual partners at country level. Specifically, this project will enhance the capacity of national and regional public institutions and private sector (e.g., input providers, ICT companies, agri-businesses, media) to develop delivery models for climate services and for CSA knowledge, approaches and tools to support climate smart value chains harnessing intra-regional and south-south synergies.


The post-doctoral scientist will work in a large multidisciplinary team supporting in value chain modelling and system dynamics tools to support the development and implementation of climate-smart interventions in livestock value chains, using a range of cutting-edge participatory processes and modeling platforms pioneered at ILRI over the past decade to engage in model building processes with stakeholders, conduct scenario analysis, and support the trialing of identified technologies.  More specifically the Post-doctoral scientist will.

  • Lead the prioritization process of prospective climate-smart value chains through the collection of primary and secondary data
  • Implement protocols for the delivery of participatory group model building sessions to develop system dynamics models of selected climate-smart livestock value chains and intervention options.
  • Use developed models to conduct “what-if” scenarios of prospective climate smart intervention options, liaising closely with stakeholder groups and assisting partners in the trialing and implementation of recommended policy options.
  • Dissemination of project outputs through the generation of working papers and peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Collaborate closely with research partners in planning and carrying out research.


  • PhD in Applied empirical modelling of natural systems, including agricultural/livestock economics, system dynamics, or geography, is required
  • At least two (2) years of experience in the development and application of system dynamics models in the context of agricultural/livestock value chains and/or natural systems.
  • Expert knowledge of system dynamics techniques and software (Stella and/or Vensim). Please note: candidates without this knowledge will NOT be considered;
  • Experience in conducting both qualitative and quantitative value chain assessments of agriculture/livestock in developing countries, including survey design and administration, value chain analysis, and quantitative scenario testing through system modeling techniques.
  • Application and/or knowledge of participatory approaches to develop system dynamics models of agricultural/livestock value chains, including the use of group or mediated model building techniques with agricultural/livestock value chain stakeholders in developing countries
  • A record of publication in high-quality, peer-reviewed international journals.
  • Hands-on field experience in the developing world, particularly in difficult environments.
  • Willingness to spend significant time in field conditions in rural Senegal.
  • A working knowledge (or better) of French is highly desirable, and/or local languages to support fieldwork in Senegal.
  • Experience in the development of web-based interfaces for dissemination of systems models.
  • Knowledge of R and/or Python (preferred);

Post location: The position will be based in Dakar, Senegal

Terms of Appointment

This is position is at job level HG 16 and it is open to both national and international applicants. The position is a two (2) year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; medical and other insurances.

Applications: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the role and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal by clicking on the "Apply Now" tab above before 20 May 2021. The position title and reference number: PD/04/2021 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the high 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.

Qualified women applicants are encouraged to apply

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