Research award: Livestock Health 2019

Deadline: September 5, 2018

Please note that all applications must be submitted online.

IDRC is one of the world’s leaders in generating new knowledge to meet global challenges. We offer a number of research awards providing a unique opportunity to enhance research skills and gain a fresh perspective on crucial development issues. These one‐year, paid, in‐house programs of training and mentorship allow award holders to pursue their research goals and work in one of IDRC’s dynamic program or division teams.

The Livestock Health program aims to improve food and economic security for smallholder farmers in the developing world through research on vaccines that target key livestock diseases; provide alternatives to antimicrobial use; and are more accessible and affordable to smallholders. Livestock Health includes the Livestock Vaccine Innovation Fund (LVIF) & InnoVet AMR.

LVIF is a $57 million initiative developed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Affairs Canada, and IDRC to support the development, production, and commercialization of innovative vaccines against livestock diseases (including poultry) in sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia.

InnoVet AMR is a new $27 million partnership between IDRC and the UK’s Department of Health and Social Care to fund research on veterinary innovations aimed at reducing antimicrobial use in livestock and aquaculture production in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Possible topics of research projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • The policy and regulatory framework in relation to biotechnology-derived livestock and aquaculture vaccines or innovations and their perception by various actors (e.g. civil society, populations, private sector stakeholders, etc.);
  • The opportunities and challenges of political economies as they relate to livestock and aquaculture vaccine research and markets in LMICs;
  • Gender and livestock or aquaculture vaccines;
  • Training and awareness approaches for enhanced deployment and adoption of livestock or aquaculture vaccines and/or inadequate use of AMR by smallholders in LMICs;
  • The challenges and opportunities of preventing the inappropriate use of antimicrobials in livestock and aquaculture;
  • Comparative challenges and opportunities in AMR (either across various LMICs or various  agricultural systems, such as smallholder vs. semi-intensive);
  • Identification of sustainable solutions to curb the central drivers of antimicrobials that is informed by the significant geographic variation and local operating contexts of LMIC farming systems;
  • Innovations in incentivizing private sector participation in livestock or aquaculture vaccines value chains.

The proposed research must focus on a LMIC in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, or South America.

The successful candidate will allocate 50% of his/her time for a research project relating to the above themes under the guidance of a senior program specialist. The awardee will be expected to prepare a research plan, provide progress updates throughout the year, and present the research findings at the end of the year. The remaining time will be spent contributing to program operations, which may include synthesizing and disseminating project outcomes and results; participating in program and project development, monitoring, and evaluation; supporting program communications and research dissemination activities; and preparing internal and external reports.

Applicants should clearly outline their qualifications for this position, and explain how this opportunity will advance their career goals.

Who can apply?

To be eligible, you must meet the requirements stated in the IDRC Research Awards 2019 call page

Candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Be enrolled in, or have recently completed, a graduate program in biology, biotechnology, animal health, livestock production, agriculture, agriculture economics, rural development, or veterinary science;
  • Demonstrated interest in international development and research for development;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; and
  • Field experience in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, or South America is an asset.

The award may be part of an academic requirement. Please note that postdoctoral candidates, or those who have already completed a PhD or Postdoc, should not apply.

Language requirements:

  • Proficiency in English
  • Proficiency or intermediate French is an asset

This position is located at IDRC’s head office in Ottawa, Canada.

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