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POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW – SOIL AND MANURE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct agronomic, livestock productivity and greenhouse gas (GHG) measurements for different land use systems in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to allow the quantification of system-specific GHG fluxes, detect emission hotspots, and subsequently to develop reliable mitigation options;
  • Manage and maintain laboratory and field facilities, specifically automatic soil GHG flux chambers, laser absorption spectrometers included in various setups (e.g., manure incubation chambers, soil flux chambers, etc.) to quantify GHG emissions from soil, vegetation, and manure;
  • Conduct laboratory-scale mesocosm parameterisation experiments to allow direct comparison of GHG emission potentials from manures and soils for different environmental conditions and management and intervention testing;
  • Conduct lab and field experiements to assess nutrient losses (C, N, P) from livestock manure;
  • Co-supervise PhD and Msc students and guide research technicians;
  • Conduct quality control and quality assurance of the collected data;
  • Write scientific papers and prepare conference/workshop presentations describing results and their implications for productivity, GHG and nutrient management; and contribute to other communication products (research briefs, policy briefs, stakeholder meetings etc.);
  • Develop innovative concepts and ideas for further research (including proposal writing) to address environmental aspects of agricultural productions systems that do not compromise food security.

Requirements

  • PhD in nutrient cycling in agroecosystems, agronomy, geo-ecology, environmental sciences, soil science, or related fields
  • Considerable practical knowledge of techniques and experience with equipment used in the measurement of GHG emissions from terrestrial ecosystems
  • Knowledge of chemical analysis of environmental samples (soil and plant analysis) is an asset
  • Ability to effectively manage, visualize and analyze (statistics) large datasets using standard programming languages (i.e., R, python etc.)
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • Proven track record of scientific writing as first and/or corresponding author
  • Knowledge on agricultural production systems in developing and/or developed countries is an asset

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER

(NOTE: Average minimum salary 200K working as a Project Manager, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Consultant, Financial Advisor, Technical adviso. Massive 2021 recruitment conducted by Government, Counties, NGOs, UN, UNDP, World Bank, international development community, UNESCO, WHO, USAID. Get the details click here)

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct research and analysis related to the monitoring and evaluation of the One Health Initiative
  • Collaborate on quantitative and qualitative data analysis and literature reviews; draft reports, academic publications, and briefs; deliver presentations on topics related to One Health, zoonoses, food safety, AMR, nutrition, gender, and evaluation of complex programs
  • Contribute to research outputs for publication outlets both within the CGIAR, and for peer-reviewed journals within the wider scientific community, on topics of relevance to the One Health Initiative
  • Communicate research to a broad spectrum of stakeholders (researchers, academics, donors, policy makers, local partners).
  • Critically review work plans and deliverables and work closely with partners to document OH Initiative progress towards key CGIAR performance indicators and the achievement of milestones and outcomes
  • Assist initiative management, researchers and initiative partners to incorporate theory of change approaches in research planning and reporting, which may include but is not limited to defining outputs, identifying outcomes, and assessing influence and capturing processes of change
  • Assist in reporting on Initiative activities.
  • May assist in supervising or coordinating the work of Research support staff
  • Support or manage external evaluations and ensure that they run according to plan and are delivered on time
  1. Ensure evaluators have access to all relevant program documents and relevant stakeholders
  2. Facilitate involvement of other staff in the evaluation and provide regular updates
  3. Provide and collate feedback on the evaluation plan and interim and final deliverables
  4. Resolve problems or identify others who can resolve them, as needed
  5. Manage consultants, on occasion, to develop evidence outputs such as synthesis products. This may include writing requests for proposals, reviewing contract applications, monitoring contract milestones and overall project progress, and reviewing of deliverables.
  • Support the OH initiative Leads in following governance principles set by CGIAR
  1. Assist with the preparation of agendas and materials for meetings between Initiative leadership and CGIAR management.
  2. Document decisions and action items in meeting summaries, make them accessible in a timely manner, and monitor progress towards action items to ensure that appropriate follow-up is taken.
  • Build and maintain relationships with geographically dispersed research, research support, communications, and finance staff to implement program activities, and, on occasion, to develop new activities
  • Organize workshops and events, including developing agendas, inviting presenters and participants, overseeing meeting logistics and multimedia presentations, and preparing written summaries
  • Manage internal communications across the OH Initiative, including maintaining online content management systems so that files are organized and accessible in collaboration with communication and knowledge management colleagues at ILRI

Requirements

  • PhD in One Health, Food Systems, M&E, Public Health, Food Safety or related areas
  • Demonstrated at least 5 years’ experience in managing projects with multiple partners and substantial budget, preferably in an international research environment
  • Emerging track record on M&E, food systems and One Health
  • Substantial experience in applying research methodologies and processes
  • Familiarity with food, nutrition, agricultural, public health and/or rural development issues in low- and middle-income countries
  • Demonstrated experience in interacting with stakeholders (donors, governments, non-governmental organizations, and research organizations), preferably in an international environment
  • Fluency in written and spoken English; excellent writing and editing skills
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrated experience working in a multi-cultural team environment
  • Ability to interact and communicate with diverse audiences
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment; excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability and willingness to travel nationally and internationally as necessary.

RESEARCH OFFICER II – PARTICIPATORY TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT FOR FOOD SYSTEM MITIGATION FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

Responsibilities 

  • Contributing to a conceptual framework for applying the living lab approach to food system transformation research.
  • Facilitating a process of structural development of the living lab, considering power imbalances, gender transformation and inclusiveness. 
  • Develop a living lab profile considering participation and food system mitigation.
  • Stakeholder mapping and profiles developed. 
  • Identification of innovative tools for capacity building and leadership, such as mentoring and coaching and people2people training, training on funding acquisition and proposal development. 
  • Incorporate gender transformative agenda in the living lab approach in consultation with Mitigate+ gender experts.
  • Research on food system and mitigation aspects related to food system.
  • Assisting and facilitating participatory living lab organizational development, stakeholder integration and development of research agendas with PAR approaches.
  • Identifying funding sources for living lab to support innovation cases.
  • Synthesis of lessons learned in living lab. 

Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in social sciences, development studies or equivalent experience.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ work experience
  • Background in food systems studies, social research, participation, climate change and mitigation, innovation.
  • Solid training on both quantitative and qualitative approaches.
  • Extensive experience with quantitative survey design.
  • Strong experience with conducting participatory research, stakeholder mapping and stakeholder engagement in Kenyan context.
  • Experience in data analysis and interpretation for both basic quantitative and qualitative analysis.
  • Extensive experience with use of software like R or STATA for quantitative data analysis, limited experience with NVIVO is a plus.
  • Strong aptitude at interpreting, synthesizing and communicating the results of data analysis to various types of audience.
  • General experience in food systems studies, social research, gender research, climate change and mitigation, innovation studies.
  • Possibility to extend contract pending excellent performance evaluation.
  • Good communication and networking skills.
  • Either based in Rift Valley or with sound work experience in Nandi County.
  • Fluency in English and Swahili, and preferably also Kalenjin.
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