Post-Doctoral scientist – Epidemiology

  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Animal and Human Health

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Post-Doctoral Scientist to lead the implementation of epidemiological studies proposed under Work Package 4 of TAHSSL II project which aims to develop and test a feasible, testable and scalable CBPP control program in a pastoral community. He/she work with a team of scientists from the project as well as key actors from the public and private sectors that are responsible for delivering CBPP control options in the target areas. He/she will therefore provide critical linkages between research and development communities.

The International Livestock Research Institute (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 or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa.

Key responsibilities:

  • Conduct desk studies to document available CBPP control options and identify barriers that hinder the deployment of a successful CBPP control program in a pastoral setting considering socio-economic, policy and other infrastructural challenges
  • Develop and validate a dynamic model that simulates CBPP transmission dynamics in a pastoral production system and use it to examine competing control measures that can be used to control the disease
  • Lead the implementation of a CBPP control program in a pastoral production system in northern Kenya, with appropriate monitoring and evaluation tools that can be used to assess process and impact indicators
  • Coordinate the implementation of cost/benefit analyses on competing CBPP control measures to aid the prioritization of interventions that can be promoted for use in the CBPP control program
  • Manage the data collected during the implementation of CBPP control program and use these to develop the project progress reports, journal manuscripts and scientific conference presentations
  • Contribute to the development of proposals and resource mobilization efforts


  • PhD on infectious diseases or related field
  • Good analytical skills, particularly on statistical and mathematical modelling.
  • Relevant experience in research activities
  • Good writing skills demonstrable through journal publications or technical reports.

Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya

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 26 March 2023. The position title and reference number: AAH/902/2023 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

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