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ILRI vacancy:Post-doctoral Scientist – Economics of Climate …

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Post-doctoral Scientist (Economics of Climate Services), to support a USAID funded project on Climate Services for Africa. The project is implemented by the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) which is a Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) research program. The position seeks to improve methodology and strengthen quantitative evidence to guide investments in climate services across Africa. Climate variability and change place significant stress on food production and availability in Africa and threaten its economic development. ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia. The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases. www.ilri.org1

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2016, an operating budget of about USD 83 million. A member of the CGIAR Consortium working for a food-secure future, ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and offices in other countries in East, West and Southern Africa and in South, Southeast and East Asia. www.cgiar.org2

CCAFS is a strategic collaboration between the CGIAR and Future Earth that seeks to promote a food-secure world through the provision of science-based efforts that support sustainable agriculture and enhance livelihoods while adapting to climate change and conserving natural resources.

East and West Africa are among the five CCAFS implementing regions and the CCAFS East Africa Program is based at ILRI in Nairobi. https://ccafs.cgiar.org/3

Responsibilities:

  • Develop tools and methods for ex-ante evaluation of the expected economic benefits from alternate investments in Climate Information Services (CIS) in Africa at local, national and multi-country levels, with emphasis on agriculture and food security;
  • Lead economic studies and policy analysis of current and potential climate services investment for agriculture and food security in countries of shared priority for CCAFS and African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC);
  • Provide strategic guidance for investments in CIS for agriculture and food security, including those through ClimDev-Africa;
  • Support collaboration and coordination among ACPC, CCAFS and their partners;
  • Participate in international, regional, and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions;
  • Provide inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on investing in climate services for agriculture and food security, and in support of science-policy links in Africa;
  • Assist in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars on the economic value of climate services for agriculture and food security in Africa;
  • Contributes to the preparation of materials and technical documentation for collaboration programmes and projects; and
  • Performs other related duties and administrative tasks, as agreed by the CCAFS Flagship Leader on Climate Information Services and Climate-Informed Safety Nets and the ACPC Coordinator, necessary for the final delivery of relevant ACPC services.

Requirements:

  • PhD in economics, agricultural economics, or closely related discipline obtained not more than 3 years ago;
  • Experience in economic valuation of climate services or closely related aspects of information or risk management;
  • Demonstrated expertise in economic valuation methods applied to information;
  • Publication record demonstrating innovative and practical contributions to academic and/or applied literature on economic valuation of climate or closely related information;
  • Familiarity with agricultural systems, climate institutions and initiatives, and climate-related agricultural risks in Africa;
  • Strong organisational skills and demonstrated ability to deliver successful project outcomes (both independently and as part of a team), prioritizing and organizing own work as required;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to develop good working relationships with colleagues and institutional stakeholders;
  • Willingness to travel and collaborate with partner institutions;
  • Excellent communication skills in english (written and oral), with demonstrated ability to communicate complex information to a range of audiences in a clear and inspiring manner.

Post location: The position will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Position level: Post-doctoral level.

Duration: The position is on a 2 years fixed term contract.

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes medical insurance, life insurance and allowances for: education, housing, home leave, and annual Discount Holidays © holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

Applications:

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining their interest in the position, what they can bring to the role 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 the Director, People and Organizational Development. The position title and reference number: ECS/CCAFS/02/2016 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com4 by 16 March 2016. 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. To find out more about ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org5

To find out more about working at ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org/ilricrowd/6

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ILRI vacancy: Computing Systems Analyst (Closing date: 15 …

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Computing Systems Analyst to analyze, develop and implement systems to ensure ILRI s research computing infrastructure satisfies the needs of scientists, uses up-to-date technologies and achieves international standards for data sharing, archiving and management.

ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia. The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases. www.ilri.org1

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2015, an operating budget of about USD 83 million. A member of the CGIAR Consortium working for a food-secure future, ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and offices in other countries in East, West and Southern Africa and in South, Southeast and East Asia. www.cgiar.org2

The Position

This is an international Computing Systems Analyst position whose purpose is to strategically lead research computing at ILRI, reporting to the Head of the Research Methods Group (RMG) and the Program Leader for Animal Biosciences.

Responsibilities

  • Design and lead implementation of the strategy for research computing infrastructure, applications and services, keeping up-to-date with changes and advances relevant to ILRI s research activities.
  • Take the lead in maintaining and further development of secure and robust systems to support research data storage, processing, display and distribution; in liaison with ILRI s ICT team.
  • Communicate with researchers concerning updates, opportunities, requirements and changes made to the research-computing systems; in liaison with ILRI s ICT team.
  • Develop more effective ways of using and configuring applications and make them available for use across the ILRI campuses; in liaison with ILRI s ICT team.
  • Maintain and develop robust systems for backup of user and application data on the research-computing platform.
  • Provide infrastructure and systems support to spatial and non-spatial data management systems at ILRI.
  • Manage the installation, configuration and maintenance of scientific applications on the research-computing platform.
  • Mentor and assist Bioscience Directorate & Biosciences East and Central Africa (BecA-ILRI) team members with hardware and software for sequencing data capture, processing, storage and analysis.
  • Manage the Research Computing Systems team within RMG.

Requirements

  • An MSc in Computer Science or Computer Information Systems or a BSc with comparable experience.
  • At least 5 years relevant experience managing *nix systems.
  • Significant experience in management of high-performance computing cluster environments, including design and development of systems.
  • Significant experience in a scientific-computing environment, preferably bioinformatics applied research preferable.
  • Experience in the provisioning and management of virtual machines.
  • Experience with scripting for automation, batch processing, etc.
  • Knowledge of relational databases and database-driven applications.
  • Experience working in an international research environment.

Post location: The position is based at ILRI s Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

Position level: The position level is 4A.

Duration: 3 years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued funding.

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes 15% Pension, Medical insurance, Life insurance and allowances for: Education, Housing, Relocation, Home leave, Annual Discount Holidays © holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae with full details of current remuneration: a list of publications and names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate s professional qualifications and work experience should be included in the curriculum vitae. The position title and reference number: CSA/10/2015 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: Computing Systems Analyst3 by 15 November 2015. We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Mamma Mia, The Hobbit and Alex Garland’s The Beach among the top triggers for booking a holiday, infographic reveals

  • 27% said that movies and books inspire them to go on holiday, survey said
  • Nearly a quarter (24%) say going through illness or a large event is a cause
  • 70% have one specific moment which causes them to book a break

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It appears that Mamma Mia doesn’t just have the power to prompt a singalong – it’s also a major trigger for booking a holiday, an infographic reveals. The Hobbit movies also give people wanderlust, it claims – along with Alex Garland’s The Beach. The infographic was drawn up from survey results that also showed that going through a major life event leads to a holiday.

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It appears Mamma Mia not only has to power to get viewers dancing, but also is the top trigger for spontaneous Discount Holidays © holiday bookings

In total 17 per cent said the movie Mammia Mia would prompt a spontaneous hotel booking

The survey, by Leger Holidays, found that 70 per cent of travellers have one specific moment which causes them to put down money on a holiday. Over a quarter (27 per cent) cited movies and books as the main cause for this. Whether it is the lure of the Mediterranean, the likes of Meryl Streep dancing in the street or the storyline of friends visiting the Greek island, Mamma Mia is the movie that is most likely to prompt a Discount Holidays © holiday booking.

In total 17 per cent said this film alone would cause a booking, with the rolling scenery from The Hobbit coming closely behind (16 per cent). Literary inspiration came most strongly from The Beach by Alex Garland, with 29 per cent saying it inspired them to have their own Thailand holiday. Social media also has a large part to play when it comes to planning a trip, with 17 per cent booking a Discount Holidays © holiday after seeing online updates from friends and family.

The rolling New Zealand scenery from The Hobbit movies was also a trigger with 16 per cent saying it influenced them to secure a trip abroad

Literary inspiration was topped by The Beach by Alex Garland, with 29 per cent saying it inspired them to have their own Thailand holiday.

Pictured is Leonardo DiCaprio starring in the film adaptation of the book

One of the biggest influences in preventing a Discount Holidays © holiday is stress at work.

Almost a third of respondents (28 per cent) admitted this had held them back in the past.

Leger’s managing director, Ian Henry, said: ‘It’s fascinating to see that there’s a real trend in impulse buying in the Discount Holidays © holiday market, and identifying the single moment that triggers us to book a holiday.

‘We wanted to find out exactly what it is that influences that moment and coin a phrase that people start to use in regular conversation when talking about their Discount Holidays © holiday habits.

‘Interestingly, stress at work seems to be a barrier for booking holidays.’

Social media also has a large part to play when it comes to planning a trip, with 17 per cent booking a Discount Holidays © holiday after seeing online updates from friends and family