Research award: Livestock Vaccine Innovation Fund

Deadline: September 6, 2017

Please note that all applications must be submitted online.

This particular research award is only open to Kenyan nationals.

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 Vaccine Innovation Fund (LVIF) is an initiative developed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Affairs Canada, and IDRC. It represents a joint investment of CA$57 million over five years to support the development, production, and commercialization of innovative vaccines against livestock diseases (including poultry) in sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia. Through partnerships, the LVIF supports the development of vaccines that are affordable and available to livestock smallholders. The Fund targets key livestock diseases that have the most impact on both women and men livestock smallholders.

LVIF is looking for a research award recipient to conduct research in one or more countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia on one of the following topics:

  • Gender and livestock vaccines;
  • Training approaches by different actors on the use and administration of livestock vaccines;
  • The involvement of the private-public sectors in the livestock vaccines value chain;
  • The policy and regulatory framework in relation to biotechnology-derived livestock vaccines and their perception by different actors (e.g. civil society, populations, private sector stakeholders, etc.);
  • The political and economic frameworks of countries within a regional and/or sub-regional structure (e.g. the Economic Community of West African States, East Africa Community, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, etc.).

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 2018 call page and for this particular position, you must be a Kenyan national.

Candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • 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.
  • Your proposed research must focus on a developing country in Sub-Saharan Africa, South or South East Asia.
  • Work experience and/or graduate training in one of the following areas: animal health, livestock production, agri-business, etc.
  • A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree is an asset
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; and
  • Field experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, South or South East Asia is an asset.

Language requirements:

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

This position is located at IDRC’s Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa, located in Nairobi, Kenya.


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