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ICRAF/ILRI vacancy: ICT Administrative Assistant (closing date 22 August 2014)

Vacancy Number: ICT-Admin/CS/08/14
Department: Corporate Services
Duration: 3 years’ Contract

ILRI and ICRAF seek to recruit an ICT Administrative Assistant to provide administrative support to the shared ICT Department and provide an interface between service providers, visitors and the ICT Department. The position is central to ensuring that administrative tasks are efficiently and effectively delivered to support delivery of ICT services. There is one position shared between ILRI Nairobi and ICRAF HQ on a 50/50 basis.

ILRI works to enhance the roles livestock play in pathways out of poverty in developing countries. ILRI is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium, a global research partnership of 15 centers working with many partners for a food-secure future. ILRI has two main campuses in East Africa and other hubs in West and southern Africa and South and Southeast Asia. www.ilri.org.

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is an independent research institution which generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods. As part of the Centre’s work to bring tree-based solutions to bear on poverty and environmental problems, researchers – working in close collaboration with partners – are developing new technologies, tools and policy recommendations for increased food security and ecosystem health. http://www.worldagroforestry.org

CGIAR is a global agricultural research partnership for a food-secure future. Its science is carried out by 15 research centres that are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. www.cgiar.org.

Responsibilities

  • Carry out standard administrative duties for the ICT Department in coordination with the administrator at the other Centre. This will include processing and follow up of procurements, payment requests, and travel arrangements for staff in the Department.
  • Keep contract and sign-off documents for contracted services and projects. Collate information required for contract review meetings.
  • Monitor the Department’s budget and follow up to ensure that costs are charged to the correct Cost Centre in a timely manner.
  • Serve as the first point of contact for service providers, suppliers and other partners and visitors and respond to their requests for information.
  • Maintain the log of equipment, books and other resources loaned to Staff.
  • Manage the corporate accounts for services obtained from telecommunication companies. This includes taking responsibility for activating/deactivating lines and services; verifying and paying monthly invoices, distributing itemized invoices to staff, reporting and following of problems on behalf of users and obtaining details on new services and special offers provided by the companies.
  • Work with the Helpdesk Technician to process the arrival of new staff and clearance of staff leaving the Centre, by following the set procedures.
  • Keep the relevant databases that are used to manage the operations of the Department up to date. These include the ICT equipment inventory, Recharge Pro and Equitrac (ILRI).
  • Administer bookings and recharges for ICT training rooms on the campus.
  • Organise meetings for the ICT Department and communicate the meeting details to those involved.
  • Inform the appropriate people whenever ICT services are unavailable and again when the service is restored, including when ICT staff are unavailable.
  • Assist in organising events, training, meetings and workshops, including identifying appropriate venues, making travel arrangements, accommodation bookings and hospitality for participants.
  • Assist in the training and mentoring of students attached to the ICT Department.
  • Organise the production of flyers, posters and other documents for the promotion and communication from the ICT Department.
  • Under the guidance of the ICT Customer Services manager, participate as required in ICT Customer services projects that are implemented by the ICT Customer Services team.

 Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with strong ICT knowledge acquired through training and one year experience in a similar environment or an equivalent Higher Diploma with two years’ experience.
  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) will be an advantage
  • Computer Applications and Customer service training

Terms of appointment:

This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) positions based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus and is for a 3 years’ contract period.

Job level and salary:

This position is job level 1C with a starting gross salary of KES66,173 per month. In addition to salary, ILRI offers Medical insurance for staff and dependents, Life insurance, Pension at 12.5% employers contribution, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days+ public holidays within ILRI’s National Recruited Staff Scheme.

How to apply:

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining 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 through our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ by 22 August 2014. The position title and reference number REF: ICT-Admin/CS /08/14 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

To find out more about ILRI, visit our websites at http://www.ilri.org

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ILRI vacancy: Liaison and Protocol Officer (closing date 22 August 2014)

Vacancy Number: LPO/P&OD/08/14
Department: People and Organizational Development
Duration: 3 years’ Contract

 ILRI seeks to recruit a Liaison and Protocol Officer to develop and maintain effective working relationship with government offices, diplomatic missions, international agencies and non-governmental organizations in Kenya in order to ensure the smooth running of ILRI’s operations in Kenya.

ILRI works to enhance the roles livestock play in pathways out of poverty in developing countries. ILRI is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium, a global research partnership of 15 centers working with many partners for a food-secure future. ILRI has two main campuses in East Africa and other hubs in West and southern Africa and South and Southeast Asia. www.ilri.org.

The Centre’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya, and research is conducted in 31 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We are supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and receive funding from over 50 different donors. CGIAR is a global agricultural research partnership for a food-secure future. Its science is carried out by 15 research centres that are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. www.cgiar.org.

The position: The Liaison and Protocol Officer will act as the link between ILRI and the Kenya Government Departments, namely: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Immigration Department, Kenya Revenue Authority and the Registrar of Motor Vehicles, handling documents and issues related to staff immigration and duty-free and tax provisions as per the Host Country Agreement for ILRI and its eligible staff. The officer will promote collaborative, client-focussed, quality and results-oriented approach consistent with ILRI regulations and rules and relevant host country statutes. The officer will work in close collaboration with various teams within ILRI, government counterparts and other resident and non-resident agencies to exchange information and ensure consistent and timely service delivery.

 Responsibilities:

  • Ensure international norms of diplomatic protocol are followed in line with the host country agreement.
  • Provide protocol services and advise the Institute and hosted organizations.
  • Provide assistance to expatriate staff, their dependants and official visitors to the Institute on matters of consular nature including travel, visas and re-entry permits and note verballes.
  • Maintain a professional relationship with Customs and Security Officials at the JKIA and provide assistance with arrival and / or departure formalities at JKIA.
  • Receive and manage motor vehicle registration, disposal, de-registration of all ILRI official vehicles and personal vehicles with diplomatic plates.
  • Coordinate and organize official government related ceremonies, such as official visits, and official social functions, such as receptions and luncheons.
  • Advise on policies and procedures and represent the Institute in according VIP facilities to ministers and other visiting dignitaries to the Institute.
  • Lead the Liaison function to ensure it responds effectively to the Institute’s needs and follows best practice.
  • Represent the Institute on a day to day basis in all activities requiring personal interaction with Protocol officers.
  • Advise and assist the Institute in maintaining good relationships with the Government Ministries, Foreign Missions and Agencies based in Kenya

Requirements

  • First degree in International relations or related field with at least 5 years relevant work experience in a comparable position.
  • Wide experience and knowledge of Government of Kenya operations particularly Ministry of Foreign Affairs and local legislation.
  • Ability to understand and relate to the changing relations and limitations of the space and latitude of working with governmental bureaucrats.
  • In-depth knowledge and skills in diplomatic and protocol issues.
  • Ability to work in cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary environments and international organizations is highly desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal relationship building skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English.
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications.
  • Good personal organizational skills, accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Highly effective multi-tasking skills, with ability to co-ordinate, prioritize and organize workload and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and uphold integrity of information.

Terms of appointment:

This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) positions based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus and is for a 3 years’ contract period.

Job level and salary:

This position is job level 3A with a starting gross salary of KES 225,639 per month. In addition to salary, ILRI offers Medical insurance for staff and dependents, Life insurance, Pension at 12.5% employers contribution, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days+ public holidays within ILRI’s National Recruited Staff Scheme.

How to apply:

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining 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 through our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ by 22 August 2014. The position title and reference number REF: LPO/P&OD/08/14 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

To find out more about ILRI, visit our websites at http://www.ilri.org

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ICARDA Vacancy: Programme Management Officer – External advert (Closing: 18 August 2014)

Vacancy Number: A/051/14
Institute: Department: International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
Duration: 3 years’ contract

The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) seeks to hire a Programme Management Officer for its Ethiopia office located at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Addis Ababa campus.

General: The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) is an international autonomous, non-profit, research organization temporarily based in Beirut, Lebanon supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ICARDA is committed to the improvement of livelihoods of the resource-poor in dry areas by enhancing food security and alleviating poverty through agricultural research, and the equitable use of natural resources. For more details: http://www.icarda.org 

Main Responsibilities: 

  • In consultation with Regional Coordinator,, oversees office administrative functions and directly supervises a number of office support staff including performance management, work planning and reviewing of job descriptions;
  • Participates in office management and staff meetings, serving as Secretary and ensuring follow-up on action items;
  • Provides leadership and management of all aspects of the administrative unit and ensures that office systems run efficiently and in a coordinated manner;
  • Reviews administrative functions, structures and procedure and makes recommendations for changes, and oversees their implementation;
  • Supports the Regional Coordinator and other research staff in recruitment and engagement of consultants;
  • Maintains updated staff/supervisor list and organizational chart;
  • Develops efficient filing systems and databases for print and electronic files/documents;
  • Coordinates receiving and assisting of visitors;
  • Coordinates local and international travel, meetings and workshop logistics and subsequently verifies related expense reports;
  • Coordinates purchase/ requisition and distribution of office furniture, equipment, stationery, and other office supplies;
  • Supports the preparation of local payment and consultant requests as necessary;
  • Manages office equipment such as the printer/copier and coordinating maintenance of offices, office furniture and standard equipment such as computers, printers, phones;
  • Reviews and drafts documents (e.g. concept papers, proposals and reports) to check conformity to agreed templates, and consistency with project objectives, work plans and/or milestones;
  • Progress report preparation and overall assistance to the Regional Coordinator , maintaining a tracking system to monitor milestones and status of deliverables in work plans, notify staff of impending due dates and assist in organizing/coordinating workshops/conferences, and assist visitors;
  • Assists Regional Coordinator and Accountant in the preparation of budgets, including budgets for overall office operations and individual projects/programs;
  • Works closely with ICARDA and ILRI Finance to ensure correct budget codes are communicated and used for charges, and that financial reports conform to ICARDA and donor/investor guidelines/formats. 

Requirements:

Education:

  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Programme Management or related field. 

Experience:

  • At least 5 years relevant experience in programme management working in international research/development or similar organizations.

Skills:

  • Professional training / certification in project management an advantage.
  • Required for this job (communication, report writing, computer and electronic media skills etc.)
  • Knowledge of administrative/financial management of donor funded projects/programs;
  • Experienced in developing and managing work plans, results-based budgets and monitoring and reporting progress and reviewing proposals;
  • Fluency in oral and written English
  • Experience in coordinating programmes with numerous partners;
  • Team player with good communication and coordination skills;
  • Attention to detail is essential;

Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Position level: 3A.

Minimum Base salary: Birr 27,556 per month (Negotiable, depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment: Initial appointment is for a three years, renewable appointment based on performance and funding availability. ICARDA offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits in line with ILRI salary applicable for its Nationally Recruited Staff. ICARDA is an international and equal opportunity organization and believes that diversity of its staff contributes to excellence.

The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus on the outskirts of Addis Ababa.  Dining and sports facilities are located on site.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: A/051/2014 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 18 August 2014. 

To find more about ICARDA, visit our Website at www.icarda.org.

To find out more about working at ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org/ilricrowd/

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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ILRI Vacancy: Administrative Assistant – External advert (Closing, 18 August 2014)

Vacancy Number: A/050/14

Program:Animal Science and Sustainable Productivity (ASSP)

Duration: 3 years’ contract

General:  The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality livestock science, communications and capacity building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development. ILRI has campuses in Kenya (headquarters) and Ethiopia, with other offices located in Africa (Botswana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda) as well as Asia (China, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka). 

The Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING) program comprises three research for development projects supported by the United States Agency for International Development as part of the U.S. government’s Feed the Future initiative. Through action research and development partnerships, Africa RISING will create opportunities for smallholder farm households to move out of hunger and poverty through sustainable intensified farming systems that improve food, nutrition, and income security, particularly for women and children, and conserve or enhance the natural resource base. 

The position: ILRI seeks a qualified Administrative Assistant to provide Program administrative support in Ethiopia for activities within the LiveGene initiative. The job-holder will also provide support to other Programs as required under the Integrated Science portfolio.

Specific Duties:

  • Manage, review and respond to the internal and external communication flow – drafting correspondence and responding to queries.
  • Maintaining and updating of collaborators’ address lists and preparing distribution of materials to regions or in response to specific inquiries.
  • Recording monthly attendance of full time consultants and temporary staff
  • Preparing consultant, graduate fellow and temporary staff contracts and handling payment requests accordingly
  • Organizing induction programs for newly employed staff and arranging office setup/ICT equipment
  • Follow up with project partners and consultants on their reports/deliverable, prepare payment requests for consultants/partners,  and ensure  completion of payment transfer
  • Managing procurement, maintaining assets database and coordinating service and maintenance of all assets
  • Maintaining proper filling and other office management systems
  • Liaising with Finance, Supply Chain, Housing and Catering, Transport Pool, Physical Plant Units to obtain service and goods required
  • Managing vehicles (maintenance, daily allocation, updating mileage records, insurance renewals, etc.)
  • Managing travel (ticketing, hotels, visas, airport transfers and travel authorization process) for staff and students.
  • Coordinating arrangements for conferences and workshops both locally and internationally and providing secretarial, logistical and financial administration during the activity.
  • Liaising with Project Leaders and partners to organize logistics of visits to project sites and being generally responsible for the administrative aspects of such arrangements,
  • Other admin duties proposed by the Scientist and Program Management Officer

Minimum Requirements

Educational:

  • Diploma in Business Administration, Management or other relevant field of study.

Work Experience:

  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience.

Core Competencies and Skills:

  • Conversant to Microsoft office tools and other basic computer skills,
  • Be able to work independently with minimal supervision,
  • Participate as a team member in accomplishment of duties.
  • Possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills,
  • Good judgment and a high level of respect for confidentiality.
  • Strong ability to co-ordinate, prioritize and organize workload; take initiative and work under pressure.
  • Highly effective planning, organizational and multi-tasking skills with a positive attitude and strong administrative service orientation.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Excellent spoken and written English.

Duty Station: Addis Ababa. 

Job level:        1C.

Monthly Base Salary: Birr 7,461 (Negotiable, depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment:  This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is fixed term for three years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc.

The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus on the outskirts of Addis Ababa.  Dining and sports facilities are located on site. 

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: REF: A/050/14 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 18 August 2014.

To find out more about ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org

To find out more about working at ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org/ilricrowd/

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. 

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CIP Vacancy: Research Assistant IV – External advert (Closing: 15 August 2014)

Vacancy Number: A/049/14
Institute: International Potato Center (CIP)
Duration: Three years’ contract

The International Potato Center – Ethiopia (CIP) seeks to recruit a Research Assistant IV to its SASHA II project which is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia office. 

The Center: The International Potato Center (CIP) is an international non-profit agricultural research organization with a global mandate to conduct research on potatoes, sweet potatoes, Andean root and tuber crops, and sustainable management of natural resources. CIP’s vision is to contribute from its areas of expertise to the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in particular those goals that relate to poverty, hunger, child and maternal mortality, and sustainable development. CIP has its headquarters in Lima, Peru with staff and activities in locations across Africa, Asia and Latin America. CIP is a member of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research, a network of 15 research centers mostly located in the developing world and supported by more than 60 donor members.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement participatory trials and demonstrations for appropriate small-scale irrigation technologies for vine multiplication and off season root production;
  • Validation of low-cost, on-farm seed preservation and seed quality maintenance, including net tunnels and the “Triple S” root based vine multiplication method under different agro-ecologies and socio-economic conditions
  • Support the adaptation, testing and implementation of appropriate sweet potato QDS assurance Provide training (in collaboration with national partners) to extension providers in: the production of quality sweet potato planting material (i.e. bed preparation, planting regime, integrated pest and disease management, QDS protocols); ensuring that gender aspects are considered and incorporated into the training.
  • Actively participate in the SPHI community of practice for sweet potato seed systems for exchange of experience and technical debate
  • Coordinate with partner organizations on the production quality sweet potato planting material (pre-basic, foundation material and subsequent generations and contribute to the establishment of decentralized sweet potato seed production schemes;
  • Contribute to the establishment and strengthening of functional, cost effective sweet potato seed and root value chains
  • Conduct monitoring & evaluation activities to provide timely feedback on project implementation
  • Identify any emerging bottlenecks to successful implementation of activities and work with national research partner institutions and private sector to address those constraints.
  • Attend in-country meetings with partners on a regular basis.
  • Document and present findings in conferences and journals
  • Contribute to the development of new project ideas and proposals
  • Support and collaborate with other CIP sweet potato initiatives in Ethiopia
  • Prepare brief bi-weekly updates for CIP and project quarterly reports on a timely basis

Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent knowledge of data management and statistical software programs
  • Demonstrated success in working with multi-disciplinary teams and partnerships in research or project implementation;
  • Excellent social skills, collaborative style, and ability to multi-task effectively;
  • Proactive, innovative and creative attitudes;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English are required.
  • Willingness to travel within the country
  • Ability to write scientific publications

Education and Experience:

  • At least a relevant Master of Science degree or a relevant BSc degree plus a relevant post graduate qualification
  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience

Duty Station: Hawassa

Grade: 2D 

Minimum Base: Birr 19,078 (Negotiable, depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment:  This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is fixed term for three years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc.

The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus on the outskirts of Addis Ababa.  Dining and sports facilities are located on site. 

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: REF: A/049/14 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 15 August 2014. We do not encourage CVs and credentials to be mailed to our postal address.

To find more about CIP, visit our Website at http://www.cip.cgiar.org

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. 

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ILRI Vacancy: Environmental, Occupational Health and Safety Officer – External advert (Closing, 15 August 2014)

Vacancy Number: A/048/14
Department: People and Organizational Development
Duration: 3 years’ contract

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an Environmental, Occupational Health and Safety Officer who will be a member of the People and Organizational Development team in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

General:  The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality livestock science, communications and capacity building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development. ILRI is one of 15 research centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ILRI has campuses in Kenya (headquarters) and Ethiopia, with other offices located in other regions of Africa (Mali, Mozambique, and Nigeria) as well as in South Asia (India, Sri Lanka), Southeast Asia (Laos, Thailand, Vietnam) and East Asia (China).  www.ilri.org.

Job Purpose:

To establish and maintain a viable EOHS and research compliance programs at ILRI Ethiopia by implementing procedures in line with regulatory requirements, internationally recognized best practices. To ensure ILRI Ethiopia:  Administration, research projects and hosted institutions do not create adverse impacts on the environment, health and safety of employees. Administration, research projects and hosted institutions maintain compliance to regulatory requirements in Ethiopia, international best practices and ILRI policy guidelines.

Key Duties & responsibilities: 

  • Pest Control: Coordinate periodic pest treatment at ILRI Ethiopia premises.
  • Kitchen Hygiene: Coordinate implementation of Kitchen hygiene plan to ensure compliance to food safety regulatory requirements and safety of food at ILRI Ethiopia Addis Ababa campus. 
  • Waste Management: Oversee implementation of ILRI Ethiopia waste management plan and Ensure compliance with current legislation in the transportation, handling and disposal of waste;
  • Risk Assessment: Coordinate risk assessment for Administration departments, projects in Integrated Sciences, Biosciences and various work areas in ILRI Ethiopia and ensure that hazards are clearly and adequately identified, documented and controlled.
  • First Aid Management: Coordinate communication and implementation of ILRI first aid guideline policy to all staff at ILRI Ethiopia.
  • Fire Safety Management: Coordinate communication and Implementation of Fire safety guideline policy at ILRI Addis Campus. 
  • Incident / accident Management: Coordinate communication and implementation of ILRI accident, incident guideline policy to all staff at ILRI Ethiopia
  • Occupational Health Service:
    • Develop with assistance of the Designated Health Practitioner (DHP) an occupational health program for ILRI Addis Ababa and manage the program to ensure screening and monitoring of health conditions to minimize the risks associated with potential workplace hazards
    • Coordinate in consultation with Compensation and Benefits units pre and post-employment medical examinations
    • Coordinate management with involvement of POD of sick leave and safe return to work programs
    • Develops and presents programs promoting employee health/wellness
    • Coordinate periodic medical examinations for all employees
    • Prepare quarterly reports of the occupational health status of ILRI staff.
  • Personal Protective Equipment: Coordinate provision of information, training and instruction for employees to ensure effective selection and use of PPE .
  • Emergency Response: Coordinate implementation of Institutional emergency response plan for ILRI Addis Ababa campus and ensure yearly drills. 
  • Liaison:
    • Liaise with regulatory agencies and other external stakeholders to ensure that EOHS practices are up to date.
    • Proactively identify emerging EOHS related issues including regulatory requirements.
  • Contractor’s Safety:
    • Develop and review contractor management guidelines
    • Provide EOHS induction training to all external contractors before starting work on ILRI premises.
    • Monitor and ensure contractor’s compliance to ILRI contractor safety guidelines
  • Audits and Inspections:
    • Liaise with respective managers, schedule for internal audits and monitor corrective actions on deficient findings for completion and effectiveness, providing gap closure assistance.
    • Coordinate statutory external audits and monitor corrective actions on deficient findings for completion and effectiveness, providing gap closure assistance.
  • Safety Committees: Coordinate activities of ILRI Ethiopia safety committees to ensure compliance with the relevant regulatory requirements and ILRI Safety policy
  • EOHS Training: Ensure training and refresher training to maintain compliance and Respond to current health and safety issues and develop training/awareness
  • Research Compliance:
    • Coordinate implementation of Biological Materials Management procedure at ILRI Ethiopia.
    • Coordinate a quarterly inventory and audit of all biological materials with the Principal Investigators
    • Coordinate application of permits for Shipping of Biological Materials and research.
    • Manage and review program requirements associated with infectious/bio-hazardous material shipping requirements, serving as a technical resource, and developing training
    • Ensure all research projects at ILRI Ethiopia meet research compliance policy requirements. 

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS AND COMPETENCE:
Education: 

  • Bachelor of Science degree (MSC Preferred) in medical field (e.g Nursing, Clinical officer etc) biochemistry, industrial hygiene, environmental science, or related field required with training in Occupational Safety and Health.

Experience:

  • 5 years relevant work experience

Training:

  • Bio safety and Bio security, EOHS auditing and certification training in EOHS

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Ability to prioritize substantial demands for protective measures and safety needs,
  • Strong customer service orientation that establishes a good working relationship with customers, with the attitude of wanting to support people to take caution in advance.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and demonstrate the ability to organize own workload and set priorities,
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, service users, staff at all levels,
  • Commitment to high quality service and continuous improvement in health and safety, environmental well being,
  • Flexibility in demanding situations,
  • Good communication and networking skills,
  • Ability to work within a team or independently,
  • Ability to work in a systematic and organized manner, with high level of accuracy and attention as necessary
  • Advanced computing skills including knowledge of word-processing, spreadsheets, database management and MS-PowerPoint, etc.

Duty Station: Addis Ababa

Grade:  3A 
Minimum Base: Birr 24,376 (Negotiable, depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)
Terms of appointment:  This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is for three years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc. The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus on the outskirts of Addis Ababa.  Dining and sports facilities are located on site. 

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: REF: A/048/14 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 15 August 2014.

To find out more about ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org

To find out more about working at ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org/ilricrowd/

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. 

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ILRI vacancy:Research Technician, GHG (closing date 7 August 2014)

Vacancy Number: RT/GHG/07/14
Department: Livestock Systems and the Evironment (LSE)
Duration: 1 year fixed term contract

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Technician to support research within the Livestock GHG measurement and mitigation project. S/he will provide support for the investigation of the enteric and manurial greenhouse gas emissions from livestock.

ILRI works to enhance the roles livestock play in pathways out of poverty in developing countries. ILRI is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium, a global research partnership of 15 centers working with many partners for a food-secure future. ILRI has two main campuses in East Africa and other hubs in West and southern Africa and South and Southeast Asia. www.ilri.org.

The Centre’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya, and research is conducted in 31 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We are supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and receive funding from over 50 different donors.

CGIAR is a global agricultural research partnership for a food-secure future. Its science is carried out by 15 research centres that are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. www.cgiar.org.

Responsibilities

  • To provide support in animal research trials;
  • To collect biological samples from livestock in experimental trials, under the guidance of senior project staff;
  • To assist with data input and processing;
  • To assist with writing of project reports;
  • To maintain relationships with different stakeholders including farmers and farmer groups, suppliers and ILRI ancillary staff, in order to facilitate the efficient prosecution of research trials;
  • Conduct basic laboratory nutritional analysis (under supervision (after appropriate training);
  • Organise and contribute to capacity building through relevant supportive training to Higher Degree (Research) students;
  • Other such duties as deemed consistent with the position by supervisors.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science (Animal Production), or equivalent, from a recognized university;
  • 2 years of experience in a related role;
  • Demonstrated experience and ability in participation and contributing to conduct of applied research trials involving ruminants;
  • Demonstrated ability to work constructively and collegially with technical and scientific staff and students;
  • Demonstrated experience with using computer software for data analysis (such as SAS, SPSS,STATA and GENSTAT).
  • Demonstrated experience in writing project reports and training manuals;
  • Demonstrated experience and ability in cattle husbandry;
  • Ability to work with interdisciplinary teams of scientists students and partners;
  • Ability to communicate with different stakeholder groups;
  • Understanding of the livestock production Kenya;
  • Strong English & Kiswahili language skills, both written and spoken;
  • Willingness to travel;
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision;
  • Ability to work under pressure and deadlines.

Terms of appointment:

This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) positions based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus and is for a 1 Year fixed Term contract.

Job level and salary:

This position is job level 2B with a starting salary of KES 78,025 per month. In addition to salary, ILRI offers Medical insurance for staff and dependents, Life insurance, Pension at 12.5% employers contribution, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days+ public holidays within ILRI’s National Recruited Staff Scheme.

How to apply:

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining 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 Human Resources Director through our recruitment portal:http://ilri.simplicant.com/ before 7 August 2014. The position title and reference number REF: RT/ GHG /07/14 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

To find out more about ILRI, visit our websites at http://www.ilri.org

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ILRI vacancy: Database Specialist-BecA Temporary (closing date 6 August 2014)

Vacancy Number: DS/BecA/08/14
Department: Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA)
Duration: Temporary position – 3 months

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a database specialist within BecA-ILRI Hub for a 3 months position to allow data associated with the project to be stored and made available to researchers within BecA and collaborators in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Australia, and the USA.http://hub.africabiosciences.org

ILRI works to enhance the roles livestock play in pathways out of poverty in developing countries. ILRI is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium, a global research partnership of 15 centres working with many partners for a food-secure future. ILRI has two main campuses in East Africa and other hubs in West and southern Africa and South and Southeast Asia. www.ilri.org .

The Centre’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya, and research is conducted in 31 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We are supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and receive funding from over 50 different donors.

CGIAR is a global agricultural research partnership for a food-secure future. Its science is carried out by 15 research centres that are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. www.cgiar.org.

ILRI also manages the Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) Hub at ILRI, the centre for excellence in modern plant and animal biology in Africa. BecA is an initiative developed within the framework of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)/ African Union African Biosciences initiative. It consists of a Hub based on the ILRI campus in Nairobi, Kenya and a network of regional nodes and other affiliated laboratories and organizations throughout the region. The BecA Hub facilities are world class, including a range of molecular, plant transformation, and genomics laboratories and equipment (e.g. 454 and Illumina next generation sequencing, Biosafety level 3 laboratory, plant growth facilities). The Hub hosts and conducts research in crop, microbe and livestock areas where new developments in science offer promise to address previously intractable problems constraining Africa’s development.  Capacity building is a major goal of all activities. The scope covers agriculture and food security and their intersections with human health and nutrition, and the sustainable use of Africa’s natural resources.  Further information is available at http://hub.africabiosciences.org

BecA requires several databases containing data associated with the CAAREA project to be consolidated.   The CAAREA project is a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional project focused on the reduction of the impact of aflatoxin on east African consumers and farmers. Aflatoxin is a mycotoxin produced by various species of fungi which often infest maize pre- and post-harvest.

The project has two major components each producing different as well as similar sets of data. There are several databases associated with different types of data from field and laboratory components of the project which would better suit the needs of the team if they were more seamlessly integrated. The goal of the this work is to provide a single portal to allow collaborators to query and obtain reports from the different datasets joined by key fields, while still maintaining single versions that are well backed up. It is envisaged that an overarching data system be built to manage and secure these data sets with respect to confidentiality, integrity and availability.

Responsibilities

  • Review existing datasets, workflows and investigate a suitable website to act as a gateway or house the databases on a single server.
  • Provide the project team with a framework for the final database system.
  • Build system, Overall data table construction, construct data dictionary and deploy and test database.
  • Present system to project team for alpha testing.
  • Present final product to research team.

Requirements

  • Msc/BSc degrees in Information Systems, Database Management, Computer Science or related discipline.
  • Significant (or > 2 years) experience in designing and using relational databases and relational databases servers (e.g. MySQL).
  • Experience in software development an advantage.
  • Knowledge and experience of Linux operative system is an advantage.
  • Experience on the use of desktop programming languages (e.g., Visual Basic, Delphi) for the development of data-driven applications.
  • Knowledge and experience of C++ or Java languages is an advantage.
  • Experience in the design and development of applications for mobile devices (e.g., PDAs, Android) is desirable
  • Ability to communicate effectively, work independently and work productively in a multidisciplinary, multicultural team;
  • Strong English language skills, both written and spoken.

Terms of Appointment

  • This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position for a period of three months.

Job level and salary

This position is job Grade 2C Level 2, with a starting gross salary of KES100,118 per month within ILRI’s National Recruited Staff Scheme.

Location: The position will be based at the ILRI campus in Nairobi, Kenya.

How to Apply:

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining 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 through our recruitment portal:http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 6th August 2014. The position title and reference number REF: DB/BecA/08/14 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

To find out more about ILRI and the BecA-ILRI Hub, visit our websites at http://www.ilri.org and http://hub.africabiosciences.org

 

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

 

 


ILRI Vacancy: Audio Visual Technician – External advert (Closing, 1 August 2014)

Vacancy Number: A/046/14
Department: Administration – Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Duration: 3 years’ contract

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an Audio Visual Technician who will be a member of ICT team under Administration in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

General: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality livestock science, communications and capacity building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development. ILRI is one of 15 centres supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ILRI has campuses in Kenya (headquarters) and Ethiopia, with other offices located in other regions of Africa (Mali, Mozambique, and Nigeria) as well as in South Asia (India, Sri Lanka), Southeast Asia (Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam) and East Asia (China).  www.ilri.org.

Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of the ICT Site Manager, the major duties and responsibilities of the incumbent are outlined as follows:

  • Ensure that audio visual conferencing equipment is in good working condition. These are Projectors, Mixers, DIS system, Screens, Microphones, Speakers, Cameras, Amplifiers, associated desktop computers and laptops.
  • Managing and Setting up of PA system during meetings and functions and ensuring recording of meetings as required e.g. FMC as well as having them posted on the intranet as required.
  • Develop the annual preventive maintenance schedule for all AV equipment and meeting rooms and handle/facilitate the exercise.
  • Manage the Centre’s Computer Lab and ensure that equipment is in usable condition at all times.
  • Proactively develop contacts with other institutions with similar AV equipment and activities to ensure that the Centre maintains a state of the art AV equipment and practices.
  • Provide quarterly reports on e.g. Equipment and platform utilization.
  • Gather feedback on conferencing services quality from participants and opportunities to improve – Share and implement in liaison with other key staff.
  • Setup and Operate the DIS system as per the different meeting room arrangements upon clients’ request.
  • Carrying out orientation for new staff and prepare induction materials for user reference.
  • Provide “tips of the week” that will help staff run and participate in meetings efficiently.
  • Supervise students that are on attachment to the ICT Department.
  • Keep the helpdesk status up-to-date and communicate regularly with the requester to keep them informed of the status. Close the call as soon as the service has been delivered to the satisfaction of the customer.
  • Support virtual meetings and collaboration spaces (WebEx, gtalk, Skype, ustream and any others) used by the Centre to enhance meetings between staff or with partners whatever their location.
  • Conduct regular training and awareness sessions on use of available communication equipment and tools.
  • Participate as required in projects that are implemented by the ICT Customer Services team.
  • Be available to provide required support for meetings held out of office hours.
  • Provide basic ICT support to meeting participants and escalating to relevant ICT staff tasks that he/she cannot handle.

Requirements:

Education:

  • First degree in relevant field of study. 

Experience:

  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience. 

Skills and Competencies:

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong customer service orientation that establishes a good working relationship with customers, with the attitude of wanting to assist people and pass-on their knowledge and experience to others.
  • Ability to provide technical support for the conferencing systems, support both physical and virtual meeting needs of the center.
  • Advanced proficiency in the core applications used at the Centre.
  • Ability to work under high pressure to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English.

Duty Station:    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Position level:   2A.

Minimum Base salary:

  • Birr 9,326 per month (Negotiable, depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment:  This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position; initial appointment is for three years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc. The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. Dining and sports facilities are located on site. 

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: REF: A/046/14 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com on or before 1 August 2014.

To find out more about ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org

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Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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ILRI Vacancy: Project Coordinator – mNutrition (closing date 31 July 2014)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Project Coordinator to enhance ILRI’s contribution to the mNutrition project, which will be aligned with ILRI’s efforts in the CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (www.a4nh.cgiar.org) & Livestock and Fish (http://livestockfish.cgiar.org/)

The assignment will involve working with all consortium partners and local content providers to manage and coordinate various project activities including quality assurance (QA) procedures. He / she will specifically provide advice and guidance on mNutrition project’s quality assurance systems and their implementation, adhering to the agreed criteria. The QA aspect of the project focuses on the quality of health and agricultural messages generated, to ensure that they have the right content, are grounded on right scientific evidence, suited to the right target groups and are in the right style and vocabulary.

ILRI works to enhance the roles livestock play in pathways out of poverty in developing countries. ILRI has two main campuses in East Africa and other hubs in West and southern Africa and South and Southeast Asia. www.ilri.org. ILRI is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a global agricultural research partnership for a food-secure future. Its science is carried out by 15 research centres that are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. www.cgiar.org.

ILRI is part of a DFID/GSMA funded mNutritionGlobal Content Partner consortium that includes CAB International (lead partner), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), OXFAM, and the British Medical Journal (BMJ). The consortium will lead the in-country development of the nutrition content framework and work with local partners to develop relevant mNutrition services. The ultimate goal of the mNutrition Initiative is to contribute to improving nutrition and food security of the poor, especially women, by harnessing the power of mobile technologies to improve access to information on nutrition-specific behaviors as well as nutrition-sensitive health and agricultural practices. The initiative plans to reach at least 3 million beneficiaries across 10 Sub-Saharan African and 4 Asian countries in 3 years.

Key Responsibilities

To manage the validation/review process for a designated portfolio of health and agricultural messages, including collaborative and internal reviews. This will include:

Project Management and Coordination

  • Co-ordinate and collate the development of technical content by ILRI scientists.
  • Develop and manage multiple partnerships both local and regional.
  • Establish productive working relationships with a wide range of organizations and people, including external bodies.
  • Defining the project schedules and timescales and liaising with partners to ensure documents are prepared in accordance with the agreed schedules and timescales.
  • Carry out the initial scrutiny of project documentation to ensure that it meets established criteria.
  • Preparation of background materials on the mNutrition quality assurance (QA) process.
  • In consultation with relevant (internal and external) technical experts, provide advice and guidance on the preparation of documentation, interpretation of the consortium’s QA procedures.
  • Work with consortium partners to develop and apply a QA framework for the mNutrition project as well as a process ongoing quality assessment of mNutrition content.
  • Conduct random and scheduled checks of local content providers ‘work in progress’.

Communication and service delivery

  • Provide excellent service to all stakeholders working within the project by being responsive and effectively dealing with any queries/issues.
  • Providing accurate and up to date advice and guidance as well as identifying and proposing solutions to issues.
  • Help disseminate knowledge and insights gains, as well as tools and methodologies across the mNutrition project and ILRI’s CRPs.
  • Maintaining records of the QA process and keeping these updates on relevant mNutrition databases.

Requirements

  • University degree in Business Administration, Communications, ICT, Nutrition, Social Sciences, or other related fields.
  • At least 5 years relevant work experience, with some previous experience of project quality assurance systems and procedures (preferably in the ICT/mobile or nutrition sectors).
  • Experience of working in various aspects of nutrition and/or agricultural systems in at least two or more developing countries.
  • Project management experience in a large organisation (either in private sector or development).
  • Experience of working with multiple internal and external partners in multiple countries.
  • High level written skills, obtained through report writing and the ability to receive, understand and convey information in a clear and accurate manner adjusting the content of the information to suit the needs of different audiences.
  • Experience of giving customers a positive and satisfactory service by responding to and dealing with enquiries, providing accurate and up to date advice and guidance and identifying and proposing solutions to new issues.
  • Experience of establishing productive working relationships with a wide range of organizations and people, including external bodies, and of working as part of a team.
  • Excellent attention to detail and the ability to maintain work of high quality.
  • Commitment to and understanding of equality and diversity issues within a diverse and multicultural environment (A/I).
  • Willingness to travel to other countries where the project will mostly focus its efforts i.e. Uganda, Tanzania and India.

Other competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage multiple partnerships.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment with interdisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to develop and facilitate processes and systems related to QA.
  • Strong English language skills, both written and spoken.

Terms of appointment:

This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) positions based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus and is for a 2 years’ contract period.

Job level and salary:

This position is job level 3A with a starting salary of KES181,317 per month. In addition ILRI currently offers medical insurance for staff and dependents, Life insurance, Pension at 12.5% employers contribution, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days+ public holidays within ILRI’s National Recruited Staff Scheme.

Applicants: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining 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 through: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ before 31 July 2014. The position title and reference number REF: PC/CapDev/07/14should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

To find out more about ILRI, visit our websites at http://www.ilri.org

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Suitably qualified women and citizens of developing countries, with experience of working internationally, are particularly encouraged to apply.


ILRI vacancy: Postdoctoral Fellow – Participatory Action Research (closing date 3 August 2014)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Postdoctoral Fellow to support the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) participatory research activities across East Africa, including coordination of the flagships research activities in the region with CGIAR centres.

ILRI works to enhance the roles livestock play in pathways out of poverty in developing countries. ILRI is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a global research partnership of 15 centres working with many partners for a food-secure future. ILRI has two main campuses in East Africa and other hubs in East, West and Southern Africa and South, Southeast and East Asia. www.ilri.org.

CCAFS is a strategic collaboration between the CGIAR and Future Earth that seeks to promote a food-secure world through the provision of science-based efforts that support sustainable agriculture and enhance livelihoods while adapting to climate change and conserving natural resources. East Africa is one of five CCAFS implementing regions. The CCAFS East Africa Program is based at ILRI in Nairobi and the regional activities are carried out in 4 countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda).

Responsibilities:

  • Collect, analyse and synthesize indigenous knowledge in agriculture for six CCAFS sites and integrate with scientific forecasting to improve their utility for farmer decision making;
  • Test models of local adaptation planning that integrate new crop and livestock breeds and provide plausible scenarios for advancing these models for the national adaptation plans (NAPs) in East Africa;
  • Lead and coordinate synthesis of gaps and lessons emerging from climate smart models for climate change adaptation in agriculture across East Africa;
  • Conduct baseline surveys and impact assessment to demonstrate the value of climate smart interventions for rural communities in East Africa;
  • Reporting, and documentation of PAR work, including guiding the review of PAR scientific reports, supporting scientific writing and publications from the PAR projects in peer reviewed journals;
  • Engage research and development partners in developing innovative participatory action research (PAR) initiatives across the learning sites in East Africa, including management of contracts and grants for participatory research (PAR) projects;
  • Support the coordination and implementation of CCAFS Flagship research projects led by CGIAR Centres and other scientists in East Africa;
  • Contribute to fundraising for the regional program and specifically for expanding models of climate smart villages to landscapes in select districts and provinces across East Africa; and
  • Representing the regional program in national, regional and international workshops and conferences, and contributing to other communication products for knowledge sharing.

Requirements:

  • PhD in agricultural sciences, natural resources management, or related discipline;
  • At least two years of experience in implementing participatory action research activities in developing countries;
  • An understanding of smallholder farming systems in East Africa, climate related risks, and the role of research for development processes;
  • Demonstrated strong analytical and excellent writing skills, and ability to publish in peer reviewed international journals;
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks with diverse multidisciplinary and multicultural teams;
  • Evidence of excellent communication skills, values information sharing; and
  • A sense of creativity, and willingness to travel throughout East Africa.

Post location: The position is based at ILRI’s Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

Position level:Post-doctoral Scientist (4A).

Duration: 2 years fixed term contract.

Terms of appointment: ILRI offers a competitive international remuneration and benefits package which includes: Medical insurance for staff and dependents, Life insurance, Education allowance for children, Housing allowance, Baggage allowance, Home leave, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days+public holidays.

*Benefits are tax free subject to compliance with tax regulations of country of citizenship.

Applications:Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae: a list of publications and names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience should be included in the curriculum vitae. The position title and reference number: PDPAR/CCAFS/07/2014 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter.

All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com by 3 August 2014.

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ILRI vacancy: Development Partnerships Specialist (closing date 3 August 2014)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Development Partnerships Specialist who will ensure effective management of the diverse adoption partners to deliver development results through adoption of bioscience innovations under the Africa Agricultural Productivity Partnership. The position holder will be responsible for managing the performance of adoption partners working in research-for-development project teams. This is anticipated to include private sector (e.g. Cereal Millers Association of Kenya for the Aflatoxin Project), civil society (e.g. GAIN and Farm Inputs Promotions (Africa) for the Aflatoxin and Amaranth projects), local government (e.g. Busia County in Kenya and Busia and Tororo districts in Uganda for the African Swine Fever Project), national agencies (e.g. national veterinary services for the PPR project) and other regional programs (e.g. Bio-Innovate Program).

ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia. The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals’ alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases. www.ilri.org

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2014, an operating budget of about USD83 million. A member of the CGIAR Consortium working for a food-secure future, ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and offices in other countries in East, West and Southern Africa and in South, Southeast and East Asia. www.cgiar.org

ILRI leads the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish, leads a component of a CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health on the prevention and control of agriculture-associated diseases, and contributes to six other CGIAR research programs. Staff members work in integrated sciences and biosciences programs that develop and deliver science-based practices, provide scientific evidence for decision-making and develop capacities of livestock-sector stakeholders. With the African Union/New Partnership for Africa’s Development Planning and Coordination Agency, ILRI also hosts and manages the Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA)-ILRI Hub.

ILRI also manages the Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) Hub at ILRI, the centre for excellence in modern plant and animal biology in Africa. BecA is an initiative developed within the framework of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)/ African Union African Biosciences initiative. It consists of a Hub based on the ILRI campus in Nairobi, Kenya and a network of regional nodes and other affiliated laboratories and organizations throughout the region. The BecA Hub facilities are world class, including a range of molecular, plant transformation, and genomics laboratories and equipment (e.g. 454 and Illumina next generation sequencing, Biosafety level 3 laboratory, plant growth facilities). The Hub hosts and conducts research in crop, microbe and livestock areas where new developments in science offer promise to address previously intractable problems constraining Africa’s development. Capacity building is a major goal of all activities. The scope covers agriculture and food security and their intersections with human health and nutrition, and the sustainable use of Africa’s natural resources. Further information is available at http://hub.africabiosciences.org/

The Development Partnerships Specialist will work closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning scientist to oversee and quality assure processes for project-level monitoring, data analysis and reporting to support effective Results Based Management by adoption partners as integral members of each research-for-development team. S/he will liaise with and support short term advisers working with BecA-ILRI Hub to strengthen brokering and negotiation of partnerships, impact assessment and systems analysis as well as performance management.

This position will uphold relevant CGIAR, ILRI and Australia Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) policies including child protection, gender, disability and fraud and corruption control. S/he will complement the work of BecA Director and BecA Partnership Coordinator to support the day-to-day management of the project implementation by each principal investigator.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist the BecA Director to manage delivery by adoption partners to enable early adoption of bioscience innovations in East and Central Africa.
  • Provide strategic and operational advice to the Partnership Management Committee (PMC) on delivery of development results.
  • Provide strategic and operational advice to the BecA Director and the Partnership Coordinator on the negotiation, establishment and maintenance of effective adoption partnerships.
  • Work with principal investigators for each research-for-development project to plan, report and seek PMC approval on work plans, reports and coordination of all technical inputs and resources, personnel and project assets in up to 5 projects.
  • Ensure cross-cutting issues (e.g. child protection, fraud control, prevention of corruption, environmental management) are integrated into planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of research-for-development projects.
  • Support each project team and its partners to comply with the DFAT Child Protection Policy including support to prepare a child protection strategy during inception of each project, supervision of compliance and reporting of performance against the policy.
  • Work closely with the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist to oversee and quality assure processes for project-level monitoring, data analysis and reporting to support effective Results Based Management by adoption partners as integral members of each research-for-development team.
  • Complement the work of the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist by ensuring that performance management feedback is provided to adoption partners and related stakeholders and that this feedback is reflected in changes to annual plans, implementation approaches and field delivery.
  • Provide oversight of adoption partner engagement in the regular cycle of planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, reflection and learning.
  • Mentor and coach research partners and adoption partners in their roles as change agents.
  • Support BecA to (a) identify local adoption partners to support early adoption of bioscience innovations in East and Central Africa; (b) coordinate with complementary donor-funded activities in the region; and (c) communicate development results and benefits resulting from BecA innovations.
  • Participate in annual reflection workshops and other communication and learning processes at the request of the BecA Director.
  • Actively align the management of BecA-ILRI Hub’s adoption partnership program with Bio-Innovate program to facilitate delivery of generated innovations to the end users.

Requirements:

  • Relevant degree-level qualifications in agricultural development, international development practice, project management or agricultural economics.
  • At least 5 years’ varied experience in a leadership role on multidisciplinary teams delivering rural development results in complex project management environments of East or Central Africa.
  • At least 10 years’ experience working with adoption partners (e.g. private sector, civil society, local government and national agencies) to plan, implement, monitor and manage rural development projects in East or Central Africa.
  • At least 5 years’ experience with operational use of project finance management, monitoring and management systems (including procurement) at field level.
  • Experience in strengthening organisational level strategic planning, budget, performance management processes.
  • Experience in negotiating and communicating with private sector enterprises and farmers, government officials, community leaders and civil society agencies.
  • Experience in community-based initiatives and projects that support vulnerable groups, such as women and youth
  • Understanding of contemporary rural development theory, research-for-development concepts and practical performance management.
  • An understanding of change management in the context of rural adoption and diffusion.
  • Understanding of the integration of cross-cutting themes into program activities.
  • An understanding of aid effectiveness (e.g. general knowledge of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, the Accra Agenda for Action and the Busan Partnership For Effective Development Cooperation).

Post location: The position is based at ILRI’s Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya with extensive travel to other countries.

Position level: This is job is grade 5A, equivalent to Senior Research level.

Duration:3 years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued funding.

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive international and salary and benefits package which includes 15% Pension, Medical insurance, Life insurance and allowances for: Education, Housing, Relocation, Home leave, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

*Benefits are tax free subject to compliance with tax regulations of country of citizenship.

Applications:Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae: a list of publications and names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience should be included in the curriculum vitae. The position title and reference number: DPS/BECA/07/2014 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter.

All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com by 3 August 2014.

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ILRI is an equal opportunity employer. Suitably qualified women and citizens of developing countries, with experience of working internationally, are particularly encouraged to apply.

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ILRI Vacancy: Junior Accountant – (Closing, 17 July 2014)

Vacancy Number: A/045/14
Department: Finance
Duration: 2 years’ contract

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Junior Accountant who will be a member of Finance team under Administration in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

General: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality livestock science, communications and capacity building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development. ILRI is one of 15 centres supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ILRI has campuses in Kenya (headquarters) and Ethiopia, with other offices located in other regions of Africa (Mali, Mozambique, and Nigeria) as well as in South Asia (India, Sri Lanka), Southeast Asia (Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam) and East Asia (China).  http://www.ilri.org.

Responsibilities:

In accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and under the direct supervision of the Country Finance Manager, the major duties and responsibilities of the incumbent are outlined as follows:

•    Ensures timely collection of deposit slips / credit advices from the bank for all cash and cheque deposits / collections, every afternoon,
•    Receives cheques on behalf of the institute against  receipts and deposits to bank on a timely manner when clients require receipts,
•    Prepares, analyses/processes collection vouchers by assigning proper accounts, cost center and donor codes,
•    Ensures the proper custody of unused cheques, receipt vouchers and cancelled cheques and maintains proper memorandum book,
•    Makes sure that circulation of cheques for signatories are handled timely and safely,
•    Maintains files for bank records, hosted institutes and other stakeholders including correspondence with internal and external clients,
•    Performs initial verification for completeness of all financial documents submitted to the units and informs the customer the missing information at the time of accepting the document,
•    Assigns tasks to the responsible finance staff using the Microsoft outlook and prepares weekly report that shows the status of the task and the performance of each,
•    Provides secretarial and administrative services to the finance section,

Requirements:
Education:
•    Diploma or BA degree in Accounting/Finance Or in related field.

Experience:
•    At least 2 years of relevant work experience.

Skills and Competencies:
•    Integrity and capacity to keep information confidentially
•    Good computer skills
•    Ability to organize assigned duties and respect deadlines
•    Ability to organize one’s paperwork and archives efficiently
•    Ability to establish and maintain good relations with a wide array of personalities both within and outside the organization

Duty Station:    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Position level:   2A.
Minimum Base salary:
•    Birr 9,326 per month (Negotiable, depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment:  This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is for two years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc.  The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus on the outskirts of Addis Ababa.  Dining and sports facilities are located on site.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: REF: A/045/14 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com on or before 17 July 2014.

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ILRI vacancy: Postdoctoral Scientist – Feed and Forage Biosciences Programme (closing date 23 July 2014)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a postdoctoral scientist to be part of a team working with forage genetic resources conservation and use, cover activities related to germplasm health and post-entry quarantine of forage germplasm.

ILRI works to enhance the roles livestock play in pathways out of poverty in developing countries. ILRI is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a global research partnership of 15 centres working with many partners for a food-secure future. ILRI has two main campuses in East Africa and other hubs in East, West and Southern Africa and South, Southeast and East Asia. www.ilri.org.

CGIAR is a global agricultural research partnership for a food-secure future. Its science is carried out by 15 research centres that are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. www.cgiar.org.

Responsibilities:

  • Identify and research extent of major seed borne virus diseases in the collection in ILRI;
  • Develop and modify diagnostic tests for virus and phytoplasma in forages including use of molecular tools;
  • Establish field and greenhouse procedures for elimination of virus and phytoplasma diseases from the collection;
  • Manage quality control for seed health testing and post-entry screening in the project;
  • Train technicians and technical assistants in virus diagnostics and routine procedures for plant management to eliminate diseases.

Requirements:

  • PhD in virology or molecular plant pathology(PhD must have been attained within the last 3 years);
  • Experience in ELISA, TBIA, dot blot, NASH/LAMP and molecular diagnsotics, production of antibodies and quality control of diagnostic methods;
  • Trained in Plant health diagnostics;
  • Skills in Virus diagnostics
  • Excellent attention to details and logical approach to scientific problem solving;
  • Strong English language and writing skills;
  • Ability to work independently, to be proactive, to take initiative, and to work within a team setting;
  • Strong computer skills including database management information systems for storing germplasm health data, MS Excel.

Post location: The position is based at ILRI’s campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Position level:Post-doctoral Scientist (4A).

Duration: 2 years fixed term contract.

Terms of appointment: ILRI offers a competitive international remuneration and benefits package which includes:  Medical insurance for staff and dependents, Life insurance, Education allowance for children,Housing allowance, Baggage Allowance, Home leave,Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days+public holidays.

*Benefits are tax free subject to compliance with tax regulations of country of citizenship.

Applications:Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae: a list of publications and names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience should be included in the curriculum vitae. The position title and reference number: PD/FFBP/05/2014 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter.

All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com by 23 July 2014.

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CIMMYT Vacancy: National Wheat Seed Project Coordinator (Closing: 16 July 2014)

Vacancy Number: A/044/14
Institute: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
Duration: Two years’ contract

The position: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is recruiting a National Wheat Seed Project Coordinator based in Addis Ababa, who will be a member of the CIMMYT team.

General:The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is an autonomous, non- profit making, international scientific organization operating under the aegis of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). More specifically its mission is to encourage, support and undertake activities to improve the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of maize and wheat systems in the interest of the resource poor in developing countries.

Purpose of the Position:

The purpose of recruiting the National Wheat Seed Project coordinator is technology generation and dissemination and capacity building.

Main Responsibilities:

  • In consultation with the senior scientist of CIMMYT Global Wheat Program, EIAR thematic focal persons, regional focal persons, and other partners in the USAID – WHEAT SEED project, plan and implement fast track variety release, demonstration and polarization, accelerated seed multiplication and scaling up of rust resistant wheat varieties,
  • Closely works with national and regional development partners (Research institutes,  Bureau of Agriculture, Seed growers, Farmers Union,  NGOs and wheat growing farmers) for the joint implementation of seed multiplication and scaling up of  rust resistant wheat varieties in 51 woredas of Oromia, Amhara, SNNPR and Tigray regions,
  • Provides leadership and technical assistance to research centres for fast track variety development and release of high yielding rust resistant wheat varieties through importation, introduction, hybridization and selection,
  • Conducts periodic consultation and/or planning workshops for stakeholders in consultation with thematic and regional focal persons and monitor the progress and implementation of the project activities at various levels,
  • Builds capacity of wheat research centres, seed growers, development agents,  and  model farmers and service providers through in-service and on job trainings,
  • In consultation with the CIMMYT Global wheat Program senior scientist, national  and regional  research coordinators and other stakeholders,  conducts research to develop and fast track high yielding and rust resistant wheat varieties,
  • Be responsible for supervising the whole team including thematic area focal persons (4) and regional focal person representatives (4) *,
  • Be responsible for coordinating the four components of the WHEAT SEED project:  Fast track variety testing and Pre-release seed multiplication, Accelerated seed multiplication: Demonstration and scaling up of improved wheat varieties and Improve linkages of durum wheat farmers with agro-industries and reporting to CIMMYT Global Wheat Program,
  • Prepares technical and financial reports for the senior scientist that needs to be reviewed and submitted to the donors,
  • Liaises with donors and donor representatives for the smooth implementation and success of the project,
  • Represents the senior scientist on issues related to seed project,
  • Participates in project development for sustainable wheat research and development in the country.

Requirements:

Education:

  • Minimum of Masters in Wheat Breeding/pathology,  or Agronomy/seed technology

Experience:

  • At least 10 years’ experience in wheat research and/or development
  • Experience in capacity building
  • At least 5 years of experience in project management

Skills:

  • Broad knowledge of  host pathogen interactions of wheat to rust pathogen and the wheat seed system in Ethiopia
  • Understanding the wheat (bread and durum wheat) value chain in Ethiopia
  • Good analytical and English writing skills
  • Good communication and partnership skills
  • Good interpersonal skills

Duty Station:           Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Position level:         3C.

Minimum Base salary:

  • Birr 37,094 per month (Negotiable, depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment: Initial appointment is for a two years, renewable appointment based on performance and funding availability.  CIMMYT offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits in line with ILRI salary applicable for its Nationally Recruited Staff. CIMMYT is an international and equal opportunity organization and believes that diversity of its staff contributes to excellence.

The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus on the outskirts of Addis Ababa.  Dining and sports facilities are located on site.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: A/044/2014 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal:http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 16 July 2014.

To find more about CIMMYT, visit our Website at www.cimmyt.org.

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CIMMYT Vacancy: Research Assistant IV – Global Maize Program (Closing: 14 July 2014)

Vacancy Number: A/043/14
Institute: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
Duration: Two years’ contract

The position: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is recruiting a Research Assistant IV based in Addis Ababa, who will be a member of the CIMMYT team.

General:The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is an autonomous, non- profit making, international scientific organization operating under the aegis of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). More specifically its mission is to encourage, support and undertake activities to improve the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of maize and wheat systems in the interest of the resource poor in developing countries.

Purpose of the Position:

The Research Assistant will provide technical support to the CIMMYT-Global Maize Program (GMP) in Ethiopia. He/she will work as a member of CIMMYT-GMP in Ethiopia, and will contribute to the development and deployment of high-yielding, stress tolerant, quality protein and bio fortified maize germplasm in the country. The position will be based at Ambo Highland Maize Breeding Program of CIMMYT in Ethiopia, and will involve frequent travel to Nutritious Maize for Ethiopia (NuME) project sites in Amhara, Oromia, South and Tigray regions. The candidate, in collaboration with various partners (seed producers, national agricultural research and extension systems, universities, NGOs, private sectors, etc) and with farmers, will contribute to the effective implementation of NuME project.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Assists in breeding, dissemination and seed production of high yielding, stress tolerant, quality protein maize (QPM) and Pro-vitamin A enriched maize cultivars to the resource-poor farmers in Ethiopia, in active collaboration with the existing research, extension and seed systems in the country,
  • Assists in the development and execution of field-based research to develop QPM germplasm through pedigree breeding,
  • Assists in the designing and implementation of field experiments including nursery and trial seed preparation, and management,
  • Assists in selecting best genotypes, form different types of crosses, improves population, conduct across location trials,
  • Analysis data using Restricted Maximum Likelihood (REML) and R-analysis system of Integrated Management Information System (IMIS)/Field book program, stacks data and import into Maize Finder,
  • Supports national program staff and national universities in field trial management, data management and analysis,
  • Builds capacity and provide practical trainings to national programs and national universities on Field book program, field trials and field measurements,
  • Frequent local travel (and some occasional international travel, based on need) will be required.

Required and Desirable Skills for the Position Include:

  • Applied knowledge in maize breeding, experimental design, nursery and field trial management and data analyses,
  • Good knowledge and rich experience in all features of Field book program from seed preparation to data import to Maize Finder,
  • Good communication skills in written and spoken English,
  • Strong self-motivation and innovative skills,
  • Demonstrated good communication and organizational skills and ability to work under pressure, Demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural partnerships.

Requirements:

Education:

  • MSc or BSc in Plant Breeding, Plant Science or Crop Production

Experience:

  • At least 2 years for MSc and 5 years for BSc with relevant experience in a national/International Organizations

Training:

  • Any training related to Breeding, field book, statistics, and database development considered highly desirable

Skills:

  • Proper use of field book, maize breeding, statistics, databases, good communication skills (written and spoken) in English, ability to work with minimal supervision in a multi-disciplinary team.

Duty Station:           Ambo, Ethiopia

Position level:         2D.

Minimum Base salary:

  • Birr 19,078 per month (Negotiable, depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment: Initial appointment is for a two years, renewable appointment based on performance and funding availability.  CIMMYT offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits in line with ILRI salary applicable for its Nationally Recruited Staff. CIMMYT is an international and equal opportunity organization and believes that diversity of its staff contributes to excellence.

 

The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus on the outskirts of Addis Ababa.  Dining and sports facilities are located on site.

 

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: A/043/2014 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal:http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before14 July 2014.

 

To find more about CIMMYT, visit our Website at www.cimmyt.org.

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ILRI Vacancy: Facilities Technician (closing, 15 July 2014)

Vacancy Number: FT/CS/07/14
Department: Corporate Services
Duration: 2 years’ contract

ILRI seeks to recruit a Facilities Technician to carry out measurements, draft drawings and prepare bills of quantities (BoQs) for various works within the Campus.

ILRI works to enhance the roles livestock play in pathways out of poverty in developing countries. ILRI is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium, a global research partnership of 15 centres working with many partners for a food-secure future. ILRI has two main campuses in East Africa and other hubs in West and southern Africa and South and Southeast Asia. www.ilri.org.

The Centre’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya, and research is conducted in 31 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We are supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and receive funding from over 50 different donors.

CGIAR is a global agricultural research partnership for a food-secure future. Its science is carried out by 15 research centres that are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. www.cgiar.org.

Responsibilities

  • Drafting of Drawings in ArchiCAD and AutoCAD and preparation of BoQs for building renovations and other maintenance works
  • Facilitate contractors’ site visits, projects inspection and supervision to ensure compliance with building standards, quality assurance, cost control and adherence to timelines
  • Ensure safety standards are adhered to during projects and maintenance works
  • Carrying out duties of the Facilities Maintenance Supervisor in his/her absence e.g. raising PRFs, Payment Certificates, Completion Certificates among others
  • Providing clients, Facilities Supervisor and TSM with progress updates
  • Closing of completed jobs in the Computer Aided Facilities Management Software

 Requirements

  • Diploma in Civil Engineering or Construction Management or Quantity Surveying with minimum 3 years working experience
  • Project supervision experience and basic project management skills
  • Knowledge and experience in use of AutoCAD and ArchiCAD drawing software
  • Knowledge and experience in measurement and development of bills of quantities
  • Knowledge on basic computer software packages
  • Eligibility for or Registration/Membership with BORAQS, IEK or ERB
  • Basic knowledge in environmental occupational health and safety policies and procedures

Terms of appointment:

This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) positions based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus and is for a 2 years’ contract period.

Job level and salary:

This position is job level 2B with a starting salary of KES 72,581 per month. In addition ILRI currently offers medical insurance for staff and dependents, Life insurance, Pension at 12.5% employers contribution, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays within ILRI’s National Recruited Staff Scheme.

How to apply:

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining 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 Human Resources Director through our recruitment portal:http://ilri.simplicant.com/ before 15July 2014. The position title and reference number REF: FT/CS/07/14 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

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ILRI Vacancy: Research Technician-CCAFS (closing, 15 July 2014)

Vacancy Number: RT/LSE/07/14
Department: Livestock Systems and Environment
Duration: 2 years’ contract

ILRI seeks to recruit a Research Technician to support the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) East Africa Program, and working closely with other CCAFS staff in different locations and partners at different levels.

ILRI works to enhance the roles livestock play in pathways out of poverty in developing countries. ILRI is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium, a global research partnership of 15 centers working with many partners for a food-secure future. ILRI has two main campuses in East Africa and other hubs in West and southern Africa and South and Southeast Asia. www.ilri.org.

The Centre’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya, and research is conducted in 31 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We are supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and receive funding from over 50 different donors. CGIAR is a global agricultural research partnership for a food-secure future. Its science is carried out by 15 research centres that are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. http://www.cgiar.org.

CCAFS addresses the increasing challenge of global warming on agriculture and food security through a strategic collaboration between the CGIAR and Future Earth. CCAFS seeks to promote a food-secure world through the provision of science-based efforts that support sustainable agriculture and enhance livelihoods while adapting to climate change and conserving natural resources and environmental services. East Africa is one of five CCAFS implementing regions. The CCAFS East Africa Program is based at ILRI in Nairobi and the regional activities are carried out in 4 countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda).

 Key Responsibilities

  • Supporting national, regional and global policy engagement processes. This will include:

-Coordinating the process of identifying priority actions for Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) in CCAFS EA focus countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda), working with the Climate Change focal Ministries and Departments, and the Ministries of Agriculture in the different countries;

₋ Organizing, coordinating and documenting (with support from the communications team) CCAFS related policy engagement events in key national, regional and international forums related to climate change and agriculture. These include the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA), Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advise (SBSTA) and Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC);

₋Developing concepts and organizing side events and national delegation briefing sessions alongside key events such as AMCEN, SBSTA and COP, identifying and reaching out to suitable speakers and presenters for the events, working with the communications team to ensure the events are well documented and publicised;

₋ Offer technical support to the development of the Regional Learning Partnership (RLP) knowledge sharing platform to ensure suitable and high quality content on climate change, agriculture and food security.

  • Coordinate capacity building and training initiatives for CCAFS EA program including:

₋   Supporting the development and design of training and learning events on climate change and agriculture in the region including writing the concepts, identifying and reaching out to suitable partners and participants and documenting the technical aspects of the events such as CCAFS analogous tools, farmer-to-farmer exchange visits and policy makers and practitioners learning events;

₋   Support identification of suitable CCAFS regional partners to participate in the different training and learning events being organized by the global CCAFS themes;

₋  Collaborate with the other CCAFS regions and themes and partners to organize scientific conferences, workshops and learning events.

  • Support program management including monitoring and documentation of technical activities:

₋  Support the annual work planning and annual technical reporting through the CCAFS online Planning and Reporting platform (P&R);

₋  Support technical documentation of CCAFS activities including writing, reviewing and sharing workshop reports;

₋  Keeping track of partnership engagements and major outcomes through technical interim and annual reports.

 Requirements

  •  A Masters’ degree in agricultural, social or environmental sciences, development practice and related fields;
  • An understanding of and experience with key issues related to governance, climate change, agriculture, livelihoods, and food security in East Africa;
  • At least three (3) years’ work experience in a partnership engagement; environment in an international or development organization;
  • Ability to connect with a wide range of key partners or actors at local, national and regional levels such as policy makers, private sector, researchers, and NGO;
  • Good communication and knowledge management skills;
  • Good interaction skills with a high – level of problem solving ability;
  • Work experience in East Africa and ability to work independently.

Terms of appointment:

This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus and is for a 2 year fixed term contract period.

Job level and salary:

This position is job level 2C with a starting salary of KES 116,417 per month. In addition ILRI currently offers medical insurance for staff and dependents, Life insurance, Pension at 12.5% employers contribution, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days+ public holidays within ILRI’s National Recruited Staff Scheme.

How to apply:

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining 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 Human Resources Director through our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ before 15 July 2014. The position title and reference number REF: RT/LSE/07/14 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

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ILRI MSc Research Fellowship – call for applications: Animal Production / Biostatistics (closing date 11 July 2014 or until suitable candidate is selected)

Project: Sustainable small ruminant breeding programs for “climate smart villages”
Location: Kenya (Nairobi)
Duration: 6 months, starting between July and August 2014

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI, www.ilri.org) works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality livestock science, communications and capacity building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development. Part of the CGIAR Consortium (www.cgiar.org),

A collaborative action is proposed that uses the strengths and experiences in action research for improved small ruminant production and capacity development of ILRI, and a national university (JKUAT), working with CCAFS and their partners on the ground to efficiently and sustainably increase the production of meat and milk from small ruminants, and improve incomes of small-holder farmers within the “climate smart villages” of Lower Nyando. The overall objective of the project titled is to sustainably improve livelihoods of small-holder farmers in Nyando by increasing their incomes and food security through sustained uptake of improved SR breeding programs under changing climatic conditions.

The position: The (MSc student) is expected to contribute to the project and produce their MSc thesis based on information generated through the project as part of the project outputs. In addition, the student selected will carry out a review of existing literature, and contribute to a baseline and monitoring study on small ruminant production. The data and information generated will be used to identify key factors and the inter-relationships between factors that affect productivity of small ruminants in the small-holder systems.

Key responsibilities:

  • Review relevant and recent literature on production of small ruminants (sheep and goats) in small holder systems; and sustainable breeding programs in developing countries
  • Work with his/her ILRI & University supervisors to choose and develop most effective conceptual framework, and to identify options that could be of relevance to the small-holder climate smart farming systems.
  • Contribute in devising survey methods adapted to the local field context in order to collect data from stakeholders to inform proposed breeding program
  • Travel to the field to test the survey instruments, implement data collection together with local project partners, and gather quantitative and qualitative information through focus groups and semi-structured interviews of project stakeholders in the field
  • Analyze the data collected using multiple regression analyses so as to test simplified models linking all the elements under study;
  • Write up research results in a format suitable for publication as an MSc Thesis or university field report, and possibly a case study article or a scientific journal article.

Requirements:

  • Be a current student at MSc (or equivalent degree level) in animal production, animal genetics and breeding or bio-statistics;
  • Use this assignment to complete an academic requirement of the MSc degree (final thesis, field study report, sabbatical activity report, etc.);
  • Having completed course work requirements of an MSc programme in one of the above fields before starting work at ILRI is a plus;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of using statistical tools and software for research, alternatively, genuine interest to learn about using statistical packages a plus;
  • A team player with excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ability to interact effectively in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.

Terms of appointment and stipend:

The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI Animal Genetics and breeding scientist, and a university supervisor –also an expert animal genetic scientist from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology (JKUAT). While at ILRI Headquarters in Nairobi, he/she will also have access to many other ILRI researchers so as to further develop his/her research.

The student is expected to cater for their own accommodation and ILRI will provide an allowance of US$ 500/month to support personal expenses. Additionally, ILRI will meet the costs of research related travel, as well as insurance.

Applications: All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com by the deadline of 11 July 2014 or until a suitable candidate is selected.

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer. Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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ICARDA Vacancy: Research Officer I – (closing: 07 July 2014)

Vacancy Number: A/042/14
Institute: International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
Duration: Two years’ contract

The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) seeks to hire a Research Officer I for its Ethiopia office located at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Addis Ababa campus.

The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) is an international autonomous, non-profit, research organization temporarily based in Beirut, Lebanon supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ICARDA is committed to the improvement of livelihoods of the resource-poor in dry areas by enhancing food security and alleviating poverty through agricultural research, and the equitable use of natural resources. For more details: http://www.icarda.org

Purpose of the Position:

The Research Officer will support ICARDA agricultural market economist based in Ethiopia, and this will strengthen the market value chain research which is implemented in both the Sheep Value Chain which ICARDA is leading under the Livestock and Fish CRP and the market research conducted in the DS-CRP of North Africa and West Asia region.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Implements farm household, market and consumer surveys and collects and manages secondary data,
  • Conducts regular field visits to supervise data collection and follows-up with partners,
  • Data entry, cleaning and management of survey data,
  • Locates, assembles and analyzes secondary data relevant for social, economic and policy research,
  • Conducts econometric analysis of data using STATA or other standard statistical software,
  • Assists in managing and updating existing socioeconomic databases on stakeholder agricultural market and strategies in dry land agricultural systems,
  • Conducts literature reviews and assist in preparing strategy documents, research reports and policy briefs to strengthen research and publication efforts,
  • Participates in the development of communication materials to enhance the impact of strategic social, economic and policy research in different regions,
  • Establishes and maintains contacts with collaborating organizations and partners
  • Assists in organizing project and stakeholders meetings,
  • Develops work-plans and budgets for subcontractors and collaborators,
  • Any other duties and miscellaneous tasks as required and as assigned.

Requirements:
Education:
•    M.Sc in agricultural economics or related fields from a recognized university

Experience:
•    At least 5 years’ experience in agricultural research.

Skills:
•    Strong quantitative skills in econometrics and marketing research,
•    Practical experience in field surveys and analysis of farm household and market survey data,
•    Good understanding of rural economy, markets, value chains and agricultural in the Ethiopia and in the region,
•    Ability to prioritize and organize work efficiently and independently,
•    Fluency in written and spoken English,
•    Excellent skills in using STATA, SPSS and/or any other standard econometric software,
•    Good computer literacy with Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel and Outlook, PowerPoint and/or Access.

Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Position level: 3A.

Minimum Base salary:    
•    Birr 27,556 per month (Negotiable, depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment: Initial appointment is for a two years, renewable appointment based on performance and funding availability.  ICARDA offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits in line with ILRI salary applicable for its Nationally Recruited Staff. ICARDA is an international and equal opportunity organization and believes that diversity of its staff contributes to excellence.

The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus on the outskirts of Addis Ababa.  Dining and sports facilities are located on site.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: A/042/14 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 07 July 2014.

To find more about ICARDA, visit our Website at http://www.icarda.org.
To find out more about working at ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org/ilricrowd/

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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