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Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher in Climate-smart Dairy in East Africa

Lancaster Environment Centre
Salary:   £33,518 to £38,832
Closing Date:   Sunday 12 August 2018
Reference:  A2354

Across East Africa, dairy represents the most important end-market for livestock production engaging a significant share of the rural workforce. Currently, the development of Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) is a top priority for East Africa governments and donors, and the livestock sector is a promising target given their high GHG emissions profiles and important contribution to incomes and food security. The project “Greening Livestock: Incentive-based interventions for reducing the impact of livestock in East Africa” will provide evidence that can be used by both public or private sector organizations and platforms to identify appropriate mechanism and incentives to encourage small-scale livestock producers to adopt climate-smart agricultural (CSA) practices that simultaneously enhance their productivity. The project is funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and implemented by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) with support from Lancaster University. The project is structured into two components: (1) Baseline and identification of promising CSA interventions; (2) Social and institutional analyses to identify appropriate interventions to promote the uptake of CSA; which have collected abundant data.

Lancaster University seeks to recruit a researcher for 1 year to conduct a quantitative analysis of opportunities of climate change mitigation within the Tanzanian and Kenyan dairy sectors for the Greening livestock project. The analyses will consider national, and district-level dairy policies and development plans managed by government and development agencies. The researcher should have experience conducting modelling studies (participatory scenario building, dynamic simulation, optimisation) that use development targets (milk production goals, farm productivity targets and revenue projections), climate change mitigation criteria, for targeted populations and actors (e.g. farmers associations, small-scale industry, large-scale industry), and different sources of financing.

You will hold a PhD in an appropriate area (e.g. Agricultural Science, Environmental Sciences, or Agricultural Economics), will have research expertise in agricultural systems and some experience of project management. You will be self-motivated, collaborative and hold strong communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work independently is essential.

Informal inquiries may be directed to Prof. Mariana Rufino, m.rufino1@lancaster.ac.uk and to Dr George Schoneveld, g.schoneveld@cgiar.org

LEC offers a highly inclusive and stimulating environment for career development. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research.

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