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Team Leader / Senior Agricultural Economist Job in Nairobi Kenya

Vacancy Number: TL/SAE/MK01/08/11 

Total salary & benefits package circa USD 130,000 (tax free*)

Base salary from USD 75,000 per annum plus benefits.

(dependent on qualifications and experience)

The Team Leader / Senior Agricultural Economist will lead a group of economists and other scientists within the Improving Markets Opportunities research team researching issues related to changing demand and market institutions in livestock products in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

The research utilizes multi-disciplinary tools from agricultural economics, agribusiness, innovation systems, and new institutional economics to elucidate the role of markets in promoting pro-poor growth.

Reporting to the Director of the Improving Market Opportunities Research Theme, the Team Leader will develop and implement a research programme in pro-poor development in collaboration with a range of local and international partners, focused on beyond-the-farm-gate elements of the livestock value chain, and manage day-to-day the team and donor-funded projects. 

Key areas of research are expected to include:
  • Quantitative analysis of livestock value chains to assess interventions that improve both farmer linkages to markets and the performance of the value chain itself, including outcomes for the poor
  • Assessment of changing domestic and export demand for livestock products from developing countries and consequent opportunities for smallholder producers, input and service providers and value chain actors
  • Identification of institutions and institutional interventions needed to enhance smallholder incomes and market access
  • Methodological development to support ILRI- and CG-wide markets research platforms.
  • A Ph.D. or equivalent in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Agribusiness, or related discipline
  • Proven analytical and research skills through a track record of scientific publications, policy documents and related correspondence.
  • Experience of working in developing countries, especially sub-Saharan Africa, with strong preference given to livestock-related experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, and strong interpersonal and partnership management skills
  • Strong English language skills, both written and spoken (proficiency in other languages is an advantage);
  • A passion for the generation of scientific knowledge that advances pro-poor development.
Person specifications 
  • Vision for advancing pro-poor development through knowledge generation;
  • Strong research management experience, including fund-raising and management of staff and project resources, and experience in private sector agribusiness is desirable.
  • Strong capabilities in econometric and other forms of quantitative analysis demonstrated in written outputs;
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: value chain analysis, supply chain modelling, agribusiness strategy, consumer demand analysis with focus on quality and safety, multi-sectoral modeling, and techniques from new institutional economics as applied in developing country environments;
Post location: The position is based at ILRI’s Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Extensive travel to other countries and regions will be required, particularly throughout Africa and South and Southeast Asia. 

Position level:
 The position is Scientist/Research Level 3, dependent on qualifications and experience. 

 ILRI offers a competitive international salary/benefits package. Base salary from USD 75,000 per annum. * Tax free but subject to compliance with the tax regulations of country of citizenship. 

Benefits: Include:
 pension, Life Insurance, International Medical Cover for staff and dependents, Education Allowance for dependent children, Housing Allowance, Relocation Allowance, Annual Home Leave Travel allowance, Annual Holiday Entitlement of 30 days + 11 public holidays. 

Applicants for any of the above positions should send a cover letter identifying the position for which they are applying, and explaining their interest, what they can bring to the job and indicating earliest availability.

They should also send a curriculum vitae 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 email: by 30th September, 2011.

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer. Suitably qualified women and developing country citizens are particularly encouraged to apply.

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