Monday, June 27, 2011


Vacancy Number: RO/PGI/IBLI/06/11
Department: Index-Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI)
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: two years with the possibility of renewal

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality livestock science, communications and capacity building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development. ILRI is one of 15 centres supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ILRI has campuses in Kenya (headquarters) and Ethiopia, with other offices located in other regions of Africa (Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria) as well as in South Asia (India, Sri Lanka), Southeast Asia (Laos, Thailand, Vietnam) and East Asia (China).
This position would be part of the team developing, piloting, assessing the impact of, and scaling-up index-based livestock insurance (IBLI) products.  A comprehensive pilot has already been launched in Marsabit district of Northern Kenya and research into its implementation in Southern Ethiopia has already begun (see,   The successful applicant will play a central role in managing and coordinating the research operations for the team.  The IBLI project conducts two large annual household surveys in Northern Kenya and Southern Ethiopia and several other specialized modules throughout the year.  It also utilizes a suite of remotely sensed data.  This position involves coordinating and supervising the implementation of these surveys and will be expected to contribute to survey and research design as well as data analysis  This position also entails overseeing data cleaning and storage, writing reports based on analyzed data and contributing to research papers.

  • Contribute to the design of the IBLI research for development agenda (survey instruments, implementation strategy, implementation, data collection and analysis).
  • Oversee management of project data: data cleaning and storage, data inventory, data analysis, data mapping.
  • Prepare comprehensive survey codebooks that fully describe the survey design, data collection methods, cleaning and inventory process.
  • Prepare research reports analyzing and summarizing data.
  • Communicate and disseminate research findings which should include participation in meetings and workshops, giving periodic presentations to participating institutions, and communicating to policy makers through web and popular media.
  • Contribute to help strengthen existing partnerships and build new and innovative research partnerships.


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