Research Associate I – Farmer-led Adaptation and Participatory Action Research 2024

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Nandi


Research Associate I – Farmer-led Adaptation and Participatory Action Research

Location: Kapsabet, Nandi County

Employment Type: Full-time

Program: Sustainable Livestock Systems Program (LSE)

Organization: Sustainable Livestock Systems Program (LSE)

Introduction to ILRI:

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is on the lookout for a dedicated Research Associate I to join its team on a temporary basis. The incumbent will play a pivotal role in supporting participatory action research and farmer-led scaling for climate change technologies. This position entails contributing to the planning, coordination, and execution of research activities aligned with the participatory action research and farmer-led scaling project plan.

About ILRI:

ILRI’s mission is to enhance food security, nutrition, and poverty reduction in developing countries through research aimed at the efficient, safe, and sustainable utilization of livestock. As the sole animal agriculture research center among the 11 CGIAR research centers, ILRI focuses entirely on addressing the needs of the developing world. With regional or country offices and projects spanning various regions of Africa and Asia, ILRI is at the forefront of driving positive change. For more information, visit ILRI’s website.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Assist with Site Identification and Pioneer Farmer Selection:
    • Collaborate in the identification of suitable sites and pioneer farmers.
  2. Project Activity Organization and Facilitation:
    • Organize and facilitate project activities, including farmer field days.
  3. Data Collection Support:
    • Assist in conducting various data collection activities, such as household surveys, semi-structured interviews, and workshops.
  4. Partnership Maintenance:
    • Maintain partnerships with local leadership, county extension officers, and project partners.
  5. Reporting and Documentation:
    • Prepare activity reports and assist in data analysis.
    • Maintain up-to-date filing systems and provide regular updates to the supervisor.
  6. Transcription and Translation:
    • Transcribe and translate interviews as required.
  7. Travel and Additional Duties:
    • Undertake frequent travel to farms, often located at a considerable distance from main roads.
    • Perform any other relevant duties assigned by the supervisor.


  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 1 year of experience in social sciences, development studies, extension, or related fields.
  • Alternatively, a diploma in a relevant field with three years of relevant experience.
  • Strong background in social research, climate change adaptation, and interdisciplinary understanding of social and basic bio-physical sciences.
  • Proficiency in qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Experience in participatory research and stakeholder engagement in rural contexts.
  • Familiarity with data analysis tools such as NVIVO, R, or STATA is advantageous.
  • Excellent communication and networking skills.
  • Fluent in English and Swahili, with a preference for proficiency in Kalenjin.
  • Based in Rift Valley with substantial work experience in Nandi and Bomet Counties.

Terms of Appointment:

This position is at job level HG 10 and is exclusively open to Kenyan nationals. It is a temporary position for a duration of 6 months.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV via the “Apply Now” tab BELOW before 5 June 2024. Please ensure to include the position title and reference number (REF: SLS/1420/2024) in the subject line of the cover letter. Provide the names and contact details of three referees familiar with your professional qualifications and work experience.

ILRI Recruitment Process:

We appreciate the interest of all applicants in joining ILRI; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted due to the high volume of applications. ILRI does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process and does not request information regarding applicants’ bank accounts.




Diverse and Inclusive Workplace: ILRI is committed to attracting and retaining top talent from diverse backgrounds. We are an equal opportunity employer striving to create an inclusive environment for all employees

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