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International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) PhD Graduate Fellowship 2019

The International Livestock Research Institute ILRI in collaboration with BMGF/DFID seeks to recruit a PhD Graduate Fellow to undertake research in Urban Food Markets in Africa. The fellowship will be situated within an ILRI led project and the successful candidate will be admitted at Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

Application Deadline: 15th April 2019

To be Taken at: The student is expected to spend half of the time at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and half of the time with ILRI in Burkina and/or Nairobi.

About the Award: This project uses risk-based approaches and generates evidence on the burden of foodborne diseases (FBD) and management options that are feasible for improved supply chain management in poultry and vegetables value chains. It develops and tests novel, but simple and practical approaches to improving food safety, building on interventions to support consumer demand for safe food, trader ability to deliver it, and regulator capacity to support it (the so-called pull-push approach).

The research will address both push (capacity of regulators and value chain actors) and pull (consumer demand) mechanisms. It develops methods, tools and approaches that will enable stakeholders in Burkina Faso to identify and apply appropriate behaviour changes strategies, testing their responses and impacts in the value chains of poultry meat and vegetables.

Project title: Evaluation of change in knowledge, attitude and practices of food chain actors in vegetables & poultry systems in Burkina Faso

Promotors: Prof Dr. Emely de Vet (chair consumption & healthy lifestyles) and Prof. Dr. Ruerd Ruben (chair impact assessment in food systems, development economics group)

Local superviser: Centre d’Analyse des l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles (CAPES, Dr. Daniel Kaboré) and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI, Dr. Delia Grace)

Type: PhD, Fellowship


  • National from a French-speaking country, preferably from Burkina Faso, or other Francophone African countries.
  • Relevant MSc degree in social sciences (economics, extension, innovation, psychology) from an acknowledged university.
  • Interest for food systems, agriculture and health; knowledge of poultry and vegetable sectors is an asset; demonstrable affinity with research on food safety.
  • Knowledge and Experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods for data collection (surveys, experiments, modelling, observations, sampling) and data analysis (impact assessment; behavioural change).
  • Proven ability to work in interdisciplinary teams and interest in working within an impact-oriented action research program.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English, especially regarding academic writing and presentations.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: ILRI will offer competitive stipend to cover living expenses in the project location/s, medical cover, air ticket and research costs. The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist, another project leads and university /academic supervisor. The fellowship will cover tuition costs at the fellow’s university of admission.


  • Isolation of RVF virus from fresh and bio-banked samples
  • Extraction of nucleic acids from isolated viruses
  • High throughput whole genome sequencing of the isolated viruses using Illumina and Oxford Nanopore technologies
  • Bioinformatic analysis of the sequence data and genetic characterization of the circulating virus strains
  • Using the genetic data generated to perform transmission dynamics analysis and produce risk maps

Duration of Programme:  3 years

How to Apply: Applications should be made to the Director, People and Organizational Development through ILRI’s recruitment portal on or before 15 April, 2019. The position title and reference number PhD WUR/ILRI AHH/GF/01/2019 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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