MSc Graduate Fellowship – Syndromic Surveillance of Rift Valley Fever in Northern Kenya at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) – May 2024

MSc Graduate Fellowship – Syndromic Surveillance of Rift Valley Fever in Northern Kenya

  • The student will implement a project on syndromic surveillance of RVF in livestock. S/he will work with a group of pastoralists to investigate the occurrence patterns and causes of periodic abortions  in livestock. Utilising participatory epidemiology, the student will  detect and map these events, while also collecting  standard epidemiological data and appropriate samples for laboratory investigation of infectious agents that cause these events. During fieldwork, the student will use the available rapid tests for preliminary screening of the collected blood and serum samples. Subsequently, additional laboratory analyses of the samples will be conducted at ILRI Nairobi for confirmatory diagnosis. At the end of the study, the student will analyse the sensitivity and specificity of the diagnostic tests used in the field in the detection of RVF infections in livestock.

Key responsibilities:

The MSc fellow to be recruited into the project will:

  • Develop an MSc research proposal in line with the admission requirements of the university.
  • Develop a protocol for collecting biological samples required for diagnosis of the causes of abortion in livestock.
  • Process the samples mentioned above for a preliminary analysis of the samples using rapid test.
  • Process the samples collected for storage and transportation to our laboratories in ILRI Nairobi for confirmatory diagosis.
  • Collect epidemiological data that can be used to analyse the incidence and spatial distribution of abortion cases in livestock.
  • Analyze the obtained results and prepare a thesis and at least one journal publication.

Requirements:

The ideal candidate should:

  • Have registered in a recognized university and is currently pursuing an MSc in either One Health, veterinary epidemiology, animal health, molecular biology or related field.
  • Have completed their course work and is ready to begin the research component of their study.
  • Possess working experience in working in the field, especially in pastoral production systems.
  • Possess working knowledge of MS Office applications.
  • Demonstrate good understanding of data handling techniques, analysis, especially involving use of statistical packages such as STATA, R or Python.
  • Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.

Submit Your Application

All applications MUST include the following (applications not containing these documents will not be considered):

  • a cover letter addressed to Capacity Development Manager, ILRI, expressing interest in the fellowship position and the motivation. The position title and reference number (REF: ILRI MSc GF/AHH/07/2024) should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.
  • CV, including names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience.
  • academic qualification certificates/transcripts.

Applications must be submitted by clicking on the tab “APPLY NOW” on or before 20th May 2024.

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job 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 by clicking on the “Apply Now” tab above before 20 May 2024. The position title and reference number REF: AA-IRRI/05/2024 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter. (Administrative Associate I)

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Interested and qualified? Go to International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) on ilri.simplicant.com to apply