Post Doctoral Scientist in conflict, peacebuilding, and natural resource management

  • Nairobi, Kenya or Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Sustainable Livestock Systems Program (LSE)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a post-doctoral researcher with strong experience in conflict resolution, transformation and peacebuilding to research how natural resource management approaches – such as participatory rangeland management (PRM) – contribute to peacebuilding. This will include socially differentiated analysis of how social variables of gender, age, education, ethnicity, etc. affect people’s experiences.

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 position:

This position will have two aspects. Most immediately, it will engage with ILRI’s work on participatory rangeland management (PRM) with analysis and outputs that will strengthen the peacebuilding dimensions of PRM. Secondly and more broadly, this position will contribute to developing ILRI’s agenda for peacebuilding in African drylands.

It is anticipated that a framework of analysis will need to be established, and then used to review current NRM interventions to understand how NRM has contributed to peace (or not). This review will be used to develop NRM approaches, including PRM tailored interventions for application in situations where there are NRM-related conflicts to build peace. A guideline on PRM for peacebuilding will be developed, together with training materials and training of PRM implementers carried out as part of a broader PRM capacity building process in partnership with Inter Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD). The initial empirical work will be undertaken with local partners implementing PRM in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. The work will link with a complimentary study on the role of NRM interventions and more specifically ‘conventions locale’ in Mali.

Key Responsibilities

  • Co-develop (with NRM implementing partners and supporting researchers) a framework of analysis for understanding if and how NRM has contributed to peace (or conflict), with a strong focus on women and youth.
  • Using the analysis framework study the linkages between PRM (and potentially other NRM approaches) and conflict  in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania, and identify what elements of these approaches can contribute to peacebuilding and how.
  • Drawing from the analysis results co-develop and strengthen PRM interventions to target peacebuilding more deliberately. Pilot these approaches in current ILRI-supported PRM locations and/or with NGO partners.
  • Co-develop a practitioners’ manual on PRM for peacebuilding, training materials and undertake training.
  • Develop indicators and a framework for further analysing the impact of NRM on peace.
  • Share results at conferences, meetings or other as appropriate.
  • More broadly contribute to building capacities on good governance and institution building in NRM/PRM application and communities.
  • Develop peacebuilding agenda as a part of ILRI’s Sustainable Livestock Systems programme’s dryland portfolio, including contributing to grant proposals and writing at least one peer-reviewed publication.
  • Undertake other supporting activities as agreed.


  • PhD in conflict transformation, resolution and/or peacebuilding or related social science field
  • Experience in applying conflict and peace principles to natural resource management
  • Experience working in Africa
  • Experience in participatory research, gender and social inclusion.
  • Strong qualitative analysis skills
  • Knowledge and skills in training and developing training materials and guidelines
  • Conversational French is a plus in the long-term

Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya or Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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 28 June 2024. The position title and reference number: SLS/1406/2024 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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