Research Officer I

Research Officer I

  • 23 Dec 2020
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Full-time
  • Animal and Human Health

The Position : The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Officer I to support the research portfolio of the animal and human health program, with emphasis on zoonosis and food safety work in various ways. The job holder will provide essential input to desk and field activities for a range of projects, enabling their implementation and completion.

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.

Main Responsibilities:
  • Plans, executes and coordinates field work activities within and outside Addis Ababa, according to the needs of different projects. These include, but not restricted to interviews, designs field work protocols, preparing and administering questionnaires, running focus group discussions, workshops and biological sampling;
  • Develops and conducts training of enumerators and field technicians on various data collection techniques including use of electronic systems such as ODK, and develops work-plans and budgets for field activities and field staff;
  • Coordinates project and stakeholder meetings, seminars, workshops and other learning events;
  • Undertakes literature reviews within the scope of different projects, and develops outputs from these, as required;
  • Manages datasets (surveys, secondary data) and conducts statistical analysis, processes and synthesizes secondary household and regional data as required by the team;
  • Contributes to development of peer reviewed publications and report writing, and managing of references, as part of ongoing and upcoming team projects;
  • Editing and/transcribing reports, manuscripts, proposals and other documents;
  • Supports the development of extension materials derived from project work (briefs, brochures);
  • Contributes to the development of materials in support of research proposal application;
  • Any other responsibilities that will be assigned by supervisor and or/management.
Academic and professional qualifications:

  • Master`s degree in agricultural sciences, veterinary medicine, epidemiology, human health or a related discipline will be mandatory
  • Three years work experience in relevant research projects, including both desk and field work activities.
  • Research communication skills or experience with communication and popularization of scientific outputs
  • Skills and experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods and analysis
  • Good command of at least one statistical software (STATA, R, or similar) and experience conducting statistical analyses
  • Proven experience on scientific writing (MSc thesis, publications, contribution to reports)
  • Collaborative skills, ability to work in multi-cultural teams, excellent oral and written communication skills (English)
  • Good command of written and spoken English
Duty Station:  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Job Grade:  HG 13

Monthly Base Salary:  Birr 24,599 (negotiable depending on salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment: This is a national position, initial appointment is for one year fixed term employment with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc. The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus in Addis Ababa. Dining and sports facilities are located on site.

Applications : Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number:  REF: RO /26/20  should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: by clicking on the " Apply Now " tab above before  23 December 2020.

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Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.
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