The Livestock Systems Innovation Lab based at the University of Florida is looking for a new deputy director to serve in a 12-month, fixed term appointment.

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems, which is funded through USAID and Bill & Melinda Gates, aims to improve livestock production in eight countries in order to improve the nutrition, health, livelihoods and incomes of the poor. The Livestock Systems Innovation Lab manages and supports research projects in three broad geographic regions: East Africa (Ethiopia, Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda), West Africa (Burkina Faso and Niger), and Asia (Cambodia and Nepal) in Feed the Future countries.

The deputy director is responsible for day-to-day management of the technical and administrative duties of the core staff team, and supports the Director in the strategic development and implementation of the research and capacity building program. Overall responsibilities include providing support to sub-awardees, management, coordination and or oversight of sub-awardee research projects, communication of project results and successes, compliance with fiscal, ethical and technical guidelines, effective administrative and financial oversight, and monitoring and evaluation of activities, results, and impacts, as well as environmental mitigation activities.

Suitable candidates will hold a doctorate (or foreign equivalent) in animal sciences, veterinary medicine or a subject relevant to international livestock development and nutrition, relevant technical expertise, and program management competency related to using sustainable production of animal-source foods to improve nutrition and economic status of small-scale farmers with a particular emphasis on improvements for women and children.

Preferred qualities include an understanding of Monitoring and Evaluation, and Environmental Monitoring and Mitigation in USAID-funded projects, the ability to speak and/or write in French or a language of the target regions and experience in program management of livestock-related projects funded by USAID and or the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This position is available June 21 and will be filled as soon thereafter as an acceptable applicant is available.

The head of the search committee is Geoffrey E. Dahl, 352-392-1981,

Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit:

  • Application
  • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information (including email addresses) for three (3) individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts