Ilri PHD Graduate Fellowship: Cost Effectiveness of Interventions Aimed at Reducing Antibiotic Use in Semi-Intensive Poultry Farms job at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Vacancy title:
Ilri PHD Graduate Fellowship: Cost Effectiveness of Interventions Aimed at Reducing Antibiotic Use in Semi-Intensive Poultry Farms

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources , Category: Accounting & Finance ]

Jobs at:

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Deadline of this Job:
05 May 2022  

Duty Station:
Within Kenya , Nairobi , East Africa

Date Posted: Thursday, April 21, 2022 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed

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About the position
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens global health, economic and food security with low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) being disproportionately affected. Antimicrobial misuse and overuse is the major driver of emergence and selection of antimicrobial resistant bacteria. Poultry production in Kenya is common and increasing in intensity. This intensification favours the increased use of antimicrobials for growth promotion, prophylaxis and treatment.
Global, regional and national AMR plans have been developed and highlight numerous action areas to reduce AMR and preserve the efficacy of existing drugs and revolve around optimised or prudent use and prevent transmission. However, particularly in LMICs there is little to no information on the cost and/or effectiveness of the intervention to reduce antimicrobial use and the burden of AMR on farms. This PhD aims to address various knowledge gaps by 1) evaluating on-farm poultry production practices to determine behaviours that drive antimicrobial use (AMU) and how these contribute to the selection of AMR; and 2) design and test interventions to reduce AMU; and 3) analyse the costs and benefits of the tested interventions. To answer the various research questions, the candidate will utilise field epidemiology, statistical and economic modelling techniques.

Responsibilities of the fellow:
• Map the socio-economic context of antimicrobial use among semi-intensive poultry farmers in Kenya.
• Design and implement an on-farm trial to investigate the efficacy of interventions aimed at reducing antimicrobial use in study farms.
• Quantify and model antimicrobial use and drivers of use in the study farms.
• Model the economic impacts of tested interventions on farmers’ profits and greater societal benefits.
• Write scientific papers and conference presentations on the results from the PhD studies.
• Communicate findings to relevant stakeholders (government, extension officers, farmers, etc.).
• Provide supervision and guidance to field support staff and research assistants.

Minimum requirements for the ideal candidate:
• MSc in Agricultural Economics, Veterinary Science, Animal Science, or Veterinary Public Health.
• Previous research experience in field intervention trials, economic evaluations, and/or qualitative research methodologies is desirable.
• An understanding of antimicrobial resistance, veterinary systems, gender science and the sustainable development goals is advantageous.
• Experience in handling diverse datasets, data processing and statistical software such as R, SPSS, Stata, Matlab or Python.
• Ability to jointly work in a multi-national, multi-disciplinary team of scientists and technicians.
• Ability to supervise and guide research assistants and junior graduate students e.g., Bachelor or Masters level.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Based in Kenya full-time throughout the PhD programme with short research stays at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Location: ILRI – Kenya, with frequent in-country field travel and some travel abroad for fulfilment of PhD requirements at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Duration: 3 Years

Job Experience: No Requirements

Work Hours: 8

Level of Education:
Postgraduate Degree

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Job Info
Job Category: Accounting/ Finance jobs in Kenya
Job Type: Full-time
Deadline of this Job: 05 May 2022
Duty Station: Nairobi
Posted: 22-04-2022
No of Jobs: 1
Start Publishing: 22-04-2022
Stop Publishing (Put date of 2030): 22-04-2065
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