ILRI – DAAD PhD Graduate Fellowship (Climate Smart Interventions)

ILRI – DAAD PhD Graduate fellowship: Climate Smart Interventions to improve fodder quality and quantity

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) In-Country/In-Region Scholarships Programme seeks to recruit a PhD graduate fellow to undertake a research study on Climate Smart Interventions to improve fodder quality and quantity.

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.

DAAD is a German Academic Exchange service which is a publicly funded, self-governing organization of the institutions of higher education in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic exchange as well as educational co-operation with developing countries through a variety of funding and scholarship programs.

The Position:

The potential candidate will carry out an agronomic experiment focusing on specific – sustainable and easy to achieve – interventions to improve fodder yields and fodder quality.

The experiment will be linked and fully complementary to an existing animal feeding trial and evaluate additional options that aim at not only improving yields but also at reducing negative environmental consequences and the improvement of overall soil fertility.

ILRI Program: Sustainable Livestock Systems

Main ILRI Project Title: In situ assessment of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from two livestock systems in East Africa – determining current status and quantifying mitigation options

Graduate fellows project title: Climate Smart Interventions to improve fodder quality and quantity

CGIAR Research Program (CRP) linkage: Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

Key responsibilities:

  • Carrying out in-situ measurements of GHG emissions from five different forage trials and replicates on ILRI Nairobi farm.
  • Measurements include GHG emissions, soil fertility, forage yields and forage quality.
  • Statistically analyze the results and publish these in peer-reviewed journals.
  • To contribute and synthesize the knowledge into follow-up experiments as well as to assist in transferring the gained knowledge into practice.


  • MSc in agronomy, agricultural sciences, environmental sciences or related disciplines
  • Experience with GHG emission measurement in the field is a must
  • Statistical skills such as experience with Microsoft Excel is expected, other knowledge in statistical software’s such as R or python is beneficial
  • Excellent English skills in oral and written form
  • An effective and energetic team player with the ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task and meet tight deadlines.
  • The applicant must be a citizen of a country in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The Master’s degree must have been completed less than six years ago at the time of application

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Duration of contract: The period for this project/fellowship will be 3 years, commencing September 2018

Terms of appointment and stipend: ILRI will offer a competitive stipend to cover living expenses in the project location. The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist and the university/academic supervisor.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  1. A cover letter explaining your interest in the scholarship position, what you can bring to ILRI. The graduate fellowship project title and reference number should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter
  2. Names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience
  3. Signed curriculum vitae scanned in PDF: please use the Europass CV template available on (
  4. Certified scanned copies of all university degree certificates
  5. Certified scanned PDF copies of all university transcripts
  6. A temporary admission letter including fee structure of respective course or an official letter assuring admission (scanned PDF copy). This will be provided to you in soft by your institution upon shortlisting. If this is not available by the closing date for application; please include with the application a commitment letter that you will have obtained this by 1st September 2018 as this is a mandatory requirement before commencing the fellowship program
  7. PhD research proposal including a work plan (10 to 15 pages); plagiarism tests will be checked! The proposal has to be in line with the above outlined ILRI’s research project
  8. One page abstract of the proposal (please include name and title of proposal)
  9. Confirmation of study leave from your institution or university/ Confirmation of teaching release (if applicable; scanned PDF copy)

Applications should be made to the Director, People and Organizational Development by CLICKING HERE before 11th February 2018. The position title and reference number REF: SLS/PHD/04/2018 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the 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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ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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Updated: January 27, 2018 — 8:22 am