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CIP Vacancy: Filing Clerks (2) – (Closing date: 02 May 2015)

The International Potato Center – Ethiopia (CIP) seeks to recruit two Filing Clerks who will be members of CIP for its regional programs in Ethiopia.

The Center: The International Potato Centre (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:

  • Assists in managing financial matters and for partner offices and financial review and follow up;
  • Assists in checking documentation of transactions, authorization of payments, in compiling monthly financial report;
  • Assists in timely payment of travel claims, utilities, material purchases, office supplies and transport for sub grantees;
  • Assist timesheet and vehicle performance report
    Scanning and document photocopy and preparation for settlement;
  • To deliver to sign documents ,purchase request, Bid analysis and financial document of partners with PI and Authorized person;
  • Assists the junior accountant in organizing workshops;
  • Performs any other task as required.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Integrity and capacity to keep information confidentially;
  • Good skills in MS Excel;
  • 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.
  • Communication skill in English language,
  • Good organization skills,
  • For the Tigray position – excellent Tigregna language skill (oral and written).

Education:

  • High school completed plus certificate in Bookkeeping / Accounting from Technical & Vocational school

Experience:  

  • At least 2 years relevant work experience.

Duty Station: Tigray Region – will be based at Mekele.

SNNP Region – will be based at Hawassa.

Grade:  1B.

Minimum Base: Birr 5,596 (Negotiable, depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate).

Terms of appointment: This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) positions, initial appointment is fixed term for one year 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 in 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, duty station and reference number for the position 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 02 May 2015.

To find more about CIP, visit our Website at www.cip.cgiar.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: Accountant – Partnership – (Closing date: 02 May 2015)

The International Potato Center – Ethiopia (CIP) seeks to recruit Accountant-Partnership who will be a member of CIP at its office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The Center: The International Potato Centre (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:

  • Maintains and updates a data base of all partners/sub grantees by Donor which includes the allocation and periodic reporting deadlines normally 10 days after the end of each quarter;
  • Follows up with partners on timely submission of periodic financial reports and communicates to the Office and Finance Manager on issues requiring attention;
  • Receives financial liquidation and validates documents, ensuring that the expenses reported are approved in partnership the agreements, they comply with the respective donor/ILRI/CIP and partner rules and regulations;
  • Ensures that documents are legal and complete, validates the financial detailed and summary reports, correctness of opening balances, expenditure for the period and the ending balances;
  • Validates the budget versus actual expenditure report and correctness of exchange rates use.
  • Reconciles the transactions in OCS with the partner reports;
  • Maintains an up-to-date record of all in kind contribution for each partner on a monthly basis;
  • In close coordination with CIP Addis Ababa, contributes to the preparation of financial reports and other reports as required;
  • Responds to queries from internal units or staff members, assists in clearing queries for Audits.

Asset Control

  • In coordination with the Admin Assistant and Junior Accountants with the Regions, Coordinates semi- annual inventory of assets;
  • For the Addis office in coordination with the Admin Assistant conducts checking of stock movements and ensures that the stock/ bin cards are up to date and in agreement with the physical inventory;
  • Ensures that all assets are tagged and are recorded in the fixed assets registers on a monthly basis. Reconciles the register with the procurement documents in the office. Reports any discrepancies to the Office and Finance Manager;
  • Performs any other duties as assigned by the Country programme Manager and Office and Finance Manager.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Demonstrated integrity and capacity to keep confidential information
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Very organized and methodical
  • Self-starter, initiative and sound problem-solving capacity
  • Ability to present data and financial reports
  • Good planning and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated constant attention to detail
  • Demonstrated capacity to question one’s work, seek continual improvement in the services, systems or one’s knowledge
  • Flexible and enjoys challenges
  • Superior problem solving skill
  • Experience with a computerized financial systems
  • Interest for agricultural research for development or development work
  • Must be an IT literate in use of Microsoft packages and conversant with ERP application software such as Agresso Business World used for financial management and integration systems.

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration from a recognized university or college. Completion of ACCA or equivalent is a plus.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years relevant work experience post qualification in part of an International NGO or an International organization.

Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Grade: 2C 

Minimum Base: Birr 14,839 (Negotiable, depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment: This is Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) positions, initial appointment is fixed term for one year 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 in 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, duty station and reference number for the position 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 02 May 2015.

To find more about CIP, visit our Website at www.cip.cgiar.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: People & Organizational Development Officer – Compensation and Benefits (Closing date: 10 April 2015)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a People & Organizational Development Officer to assist with the implementation of compensation and benefits programs, policies, and interventions that result in competitive levels of pay, attracting new talents, reward to all employees consistently and in line with P&OD and ILRI Strategy.

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

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

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage staff Compensation and Benefits schemes including Medical Care and Evacuation, Group Life and Accident Insurances and Pension/Retirement plans.
  • Participate in the various P&OD projects such as salary and benefits reviews and policy reviews.
  • Manage payroll administration in full compliance with statutory and Institute’s requirements.
  • Provide professional advice and guidance to Compensation and Benefits inquiries from Managers, Budget holders and staff.
  • Provide accurate and comprehensive C&B induction to new staff.
  • Generate accurate and timely Compensation and Benefits reports and analyses.
  • Proactively monitor and ensure statutory compliance of all applicable labour laws and other regulatory requirements.
  • Play a key role in handling staff welfare issues.
  • Oversee special events for staff by coordinating committees and schedules and staying within budget.
  • Coordinate Compensation and Benefits processes for hosted institutions.
  • Oversee separation processes for staff exiting the institution.

 Requirements

  • A University degree in Human Resources Management or equivalent.
  • A Post-Graduate/Higher diploma in Human Resources Management.
  • 5 years’ experience in Compensation & Benefits administration, of which two years in supervisory position. Experience in an International Organizational/multi-cultural set-up will be an added advantage.
  • In-depth understanding of local labour laws and compensation and benefits practices.
  • Ability to work well with and within diverse teams.
  • Ability to effectively communicate in English both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work in a systematic and organized manner with high level of accuracy and attention to detail in composing, typing, and proof reading materials.
  • Must be able to handle confidential Institute data and employee information with complete discretion.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Creativity and proven skills in developing and implementing new models and approaches.
  • Ability to work under pressure and be able to meet tight deadlines with minimum supervision.

Terms of Appointment

This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus. It is open to Kenyan nationals only. The position is on a 3-year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Job level and salary

This position is job level 3A. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; pension, medical and other insurances for ILRI’s Nationally Recruited Staff.

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/ before 10 April 2015. The position title and reference number CB/ P&OD/03/2015 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/

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

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ILRI Vacancy: Information Systems Coordinator (Closing date: 10 April 2015)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an Information Systems Coordinator in People and Organizational Development Directorate (P&OD) to support and develop ILRI’s Human Resources (HR) systems. The jobholder will play a key role in the transition of the various HR systems into the fully integrated Enterprise Resource Planning system – Agresso Business World. Once the ERP is implemented, the jobholder shall be expected to continuously scan for improvements and learning that enhance the usage of the system and use this to build internal capacity of users on a continuous basis, offering solutions to present and emerging user needs.

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 to keep their animals alive and productive, to increase and sustain overall productivity, find profitable markets for their products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases. www.ilri.org

 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

 Responsibilities

a) Systems administration

  • Manage business systems such as the e-learning, recruitment, and performance management systems.
  • In liaison with the users, lead in ensuring accuracy of the information coming out of the P&OD business systems.
  • Provide training to P&OD directorate staff in the use of the business systems to ensure a continuous presence of a skilled user base.
  • Work with the ICT Department to ensure all regional, country and project offices have access to the P&OD business systems and are able to use them.
  • Ensure all required P&OD systems documentation; including training materials, are available and up-to-date.
  • Manage the P&OD pages on website/intranet to ensure this is up to date.

b) System development and upgrades

  • In charge of providing guidance regarding existing and new P&OD technical system requirements.
  • Lead development of desired extensions to existing P&OD business systems to make them more effective for use at ILRI.
  • Develop customized reports for the P&OD business systems to aid management decision making.
  • Provide technical advice and assistance to P&OD staff on developing and making the best use of the business systems.
  • Implement appropriate local solutions where necessary and ensure that they can be used to update central business systems.
  • Research into finding more effective ways of using and configuring systems that can then be rolled out across the campuses or posted to the intranet and communicated to staff for their use.
  • Keeping up-to-date with changes and advancements in ICT and upgrades to Agresso Business World and recommending improvements to the deployed business systems to take advantage of the advancements.
  • Continuous study of P&OD and related business processes and recommending ways of using ICT to improve them.
  • Work directly with the system vendors/providers as needed for troubleshooting and evaluation of P&OD technology solutions.

c) Disaster recovery and support

  • Support in the implementation and management of the ILRI Agresso Business World client and other P&OD business systems user roles, security and system backups.
  • Ensure that disaster recovery and business continuity plans are developed and implemented for all the business systems being managed.
  • Carry out regular risk assessments and implement mechanisms to mitigate the identified risks. This will include regular reviews with Business Managers and ICT supervisors of access rights and critical systems definitions.

 Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in an ICT database, Management Information Systems (MIS) and business systems environment with at least 3 years supporting ERP and other MIS and
  • Relevant training in ERP and other business systems.
  • Training in Agresso, MS SQL database preferably MSDBA certification, Object oriented programming in environments such as MS Visual studio, Web development (ASP, JSP, JavaScript, CSS and (X) HTML5) and standard report Writers.
  • Additional advantage for those with Agresso and Excellerator reporting skills.

Other competencies

  • Well organized to manage projects in several locations.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to pass on information clearly to users and to grasp difficulties perceived by users.
  • 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.
  • Excellent technical knowledge of computer applications and systems, including Agresso, MS SQL, and languages and environments such as Visual Studio, asp, JSP, net, Java.
  • Good logical diagnostic skills and ability to exercise good judgment in the resolution of problems.
  • Ability to multi-task in dealing with several different problems at a time.
  • Ability to work under high pressure, meet deadlines, monitor and follow-up on pending matters under minimum supervision.
  • Ability to communicate fluently in written and verbal English.
  • Ability to engage in collaborative relationships with all team members, internal customers and external customers.
  • Must be able to handle confidential information.

Terms of Appointment

This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus. It is open to Kenyan nationals only. The position is on a 3-year contract renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Job level and salary

This position is job level 2D. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; pension, medical and other insurances for ILRI’s Nationally Recruited Staff.

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  before 10 April 2015. The position title and reference number: ISC/P&OD/03/2015 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

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

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ILRI Vacancy: Research Associate-IITA (Closing date: 6 April 2015)

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Associate on behalf of International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

A member of the CGIAR Consortium (www.cgiar.org) 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.

ILRI hosts the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Nairobi. IITA (www.iita.org) with its headquarters in Ibadan, Nigeria, works with partners throughout Africa and beyond to reduce producer and consumer risks, enhance crop quality and productivity, and generate wealth from agriculture.

Responsibilities

  • Contribute to support on two on-going projects;
    • GIZ project which aims at developing, testing and transferring a ‘Virus Induced Gene Silencing (VIGS)’ system for cassava to IITA-Nairobi.
    • BMGF funded project which works to address solutions to cassava brown streak disease (CBSD).
  • Work with a post-doctoral scientist on Ribonucleic acid (RNA) Sequencing experiments for gene discovery from various sources of tolerance to CBSD.
  • Work with a post-doctoral scientist to establish a VIGS system for cassava to validate candidate genes.
  • Conduct virus diagnostics including both end-point and quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
  • Support validation of SNP markers associated with quantitative trait loci (QTL) for CBSD tolerance and marker-assisted breeding activities.

Requirements

  • MSc in Biochemistry, biotechnology or related field.
  • At least three to five years of practical experience in a research laboratory.
  • Experience with growing plants in under glasshouse conditions and in the field would be an advantage.
  • The incumbent should have experience with general molecular biology techniques as well as RT-PCR diagnostics, in vitro culture and recombinant DNA techniques.
  • He/she should be able to record and present results and compile reports to a high standard.
  • He/she should have experience with laboratory management.
  • The person must be willing to travel to European labs for capacity building purposes, and be willing to engage in capacity development through training courses.
  • Experience with general molecular biology techniques as well as RT-PCR diagnostics, in vitro culture and recombinant DNA techniques.Terms of appointment: This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus. It is open to Kenyan nationals only. The position is for a 3 years fixed term period.

Job level and salary: This position is job level 2D and the successful candidate will be awarded a competitive salary and benefits package.

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/ before 6 April 2015. The position title and reference number; RA/IITA /03/15 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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CIP-Ethiopia Vacancy: Driver (2) – (Closing date – 6 April 2015)

The International Potato Center – Ethiopia (CIP) seeks to recruit two Drivers to its Amhara and Oromia regional programs.

The Center: The International Potato Centre (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:

  • Undertakes driving assignments of vehicles as and when assigned by his/her supervisor;
  • Operates, maintains and cleans assigned vehicles with care and reports any damage and/or suspected fault immediately to his/her supervisor;
  • Responsible for safe transport of staff, guests and materials assigned to him/her;
  • Ensures that the vehicle is kept overnight in a secure location and that the vehicle key is handed over to the supervisor, unless explicitly agreed on otherwise by the supervisor;
  • Records and maintains the transport log-book for any vehicles assigned to him/her;
  • Responsible for the vehicles and all tools, equipment and spare parts on the vehicle assigned to him/her;
  • Liaises with his/her supervisor to ensure that routine service and maintenance is undertaken timely;
  • Carries out errands and performs as required.

Education and Experience:

  • Completion of secondary education;
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience and safe driving record.

Training:

  • Training on automotive with good  practical background is advantageous

Skills and Competencies:

  • Valid driving license for land cruisers;
  • For the Oromia position – excellent Oromiffa language skill (oral and written);
  • Good working knowledge of written and spoken English is essential.

Duty Stations:  Amhara Region – will be based at Bahir Dar city;

Oromia Region – will be based Hawassa.

PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICANTS NEED TO SPECIFY THE REGION THEY ARE APPLYING FOR AND THE APPLICATIONS WHICH DON’T HAVE THIS INFORMATION WILL BE DISREGARDED.

Grade: 1B

Minimum Base: Birr 5,596 (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 one year 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/015/15 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 06 April 2015.

To find more about CIP, visit our Website at http://www.cip.cgiar.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-Ethiopia Vacancy: Research Associates (2) – (Closing date: 6 April 2015)

The International Potato Center – Ethiopia (CIP) seeks to recruit two Research Associates to its Tigray and SNNPR regional programs in Ethiopia.

The Center: The International Potato Centre (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:

  • Liaises with sub-grantees and partners;
  • Ensures the successful and cost-effective implementation of project activities;
  • Organizes and follows up on out-scaling activities which involves procurement and distribution of planting material;
  • Manages project funds in accordance with approved budgets and facilitates payment requests;
  • Contributes to the timely preparation of project Action Plans, Budgets and Progress Reports;
  • Contributes to the development of Concept Notes and Proposals;
  • Provides technical backstopping to partner organizations;
  • Plans and executes field activities, including well designed research, crop cuts, seed multiplication and post-harvest activities;
  • In coordination with partner organizations, plans and organizes field and promotional activities;
  • Contributes to the enhancement of seed and ware value chains of both crops;
  • Facilitates the establishment of technically and economically viable Seed Producer Cooperatives;
  • Identifies training needs, prepares, plans and implements relevant training courses and workshops;
  • Contributes to project M&E activities and report writing;
  • Identifies, documents and shares best practices and innovations;
  • Performs other duties as required.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Team worker with staff management experience;
  • Problem solving skills and strong result-orientation;
  • Proven negotiation and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Capacity to work under pressure with minimum supervision;
  • Excellent English (oral and written);
  • Fully computer literate;
  • For the Tigray position – excellent Tigregna language skill (oral and written).

Education:

  • Master of Science degree in Agriculture (Horticulture) or first degree plus a relevant post graduate qualification.

Experience:

  • At least 3 years of work experience in agriculture/agricultural development programs involving GO and NGO stakeholders;
  • Solid work experience with potato and/or sweetpotato agronomy and seed production;
  • Previous work experience with NGOs or the private sectors a strong plus.

 

Duty Stations:  Tigray Region – will be based at Mekele city;

SNNP Region – will be based at Hawassa city;

PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICANTS NEED TO SPECIFY THE REGION THEY ARE APPLYING FOR AND THE APPLICATIONS WHICH DON’T HAVE THIS INFORMATION WILL BE DISREGARDED.

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 one year 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/014/15 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 06 April 2015.

To find more about CIP, visit our Website at http://www.cip.cgiar.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 Consultancy: Proposed pilot study – mPig project (closing date: 31 March 2015)

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a consultant within the mPig project to set up the technology required to conduct the proposed pilot study, e.g. a database with content, and the technological means to send out and receive text messages to/from a targeted group of people.

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 2015, 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

The position:

ILRI identified the pig sector in Uganda as one of nine livestock systems worldwide where research investments are most likely to make a major difference to the livelihoods and diets of poor people. Since 2012 CGIAR Research Programs (CRP) Livestock and Fish (L&F) and Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) have been conducting research on the performance of the pig value chain, and the challenges and opportunities for enhancing the pork sector. The mPig project will support CRP L&F by piloting innovative methods to disseminate demanded information to pig value chain actors, to increase pig growth and reproductive performance on farm, improve market access for poor value chain actors, and ultimately improve food security through increased pork production. It supports CRP A4NH through applications on pig zoonoses, production of safe pork, and improved human nutrition. The research will directly build on work by CRP L&F and A4NH targeting pro-poor smallholder pig value chains in Uganda and funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, Irish Aid, and BMZ (through the Safe Food Fair Food project). The project will link farmers, traders, butchers and consumers to the information platform. These collaborations greatly enhance the probability of success and ultimate development impact.

In particular the consultant is expected to set up the technology required to conduct the proposed pilot study, e.g. a database with content, and the technological means to send out and receive text messages to/from a targeted group of people.

The main process and product outputs:

1st phase: preparatory work

The content (developed by ILRI and VSF) will be provided in simple MS office programs such as Excel and Word. The data will then be fed into a web-based application. This application must eventually be linked to a local or international mobile gateway provider from where text messages will be sent out to the end users or where messages can be received from end users.

Activities: (10 days)

  • Scoping and cost comparison of application providers
  • Scoping and cost comparison of test message providers

Deliverables:

  • report on scoping and cost comparing of software and sms providers suitable for mPig project in Uganda (including recommendation on which providers to use) – by 30th April 2015

2nd phase: calculation of sms traffic for different scenarios

There are different scenarios of how end users could possibly communicate with the mPig platform (i.e. disease outbreak alerts, group communication, FAQs etc.)

Activities: (2 days)

  • calculations for the different scenarios and numbers of subscribers to be able to do decide on the mode of delivery for the mPig pilot and to assess the numbers of pilot trial participants for the planning of the randomized-controlled trial

Deliverables:

  • brief summary on results – by 30 April 2015

3rd phase: system development

Once the content is developed by the ILRI/VSF working group (by June 2015), the consultant will start developing the application and get involved in the field pre-tests (approximately 50 work days). Therefore, this section including specifics on activities and deliverables will be completed by end of May 2015.

Final Products

Phase 1: report on scoping and cost comparing of software and sms providers suitable for mPig project in Uganda (including recommendation on which providers to use) – by 30th April 2015

Phase 2: brief summary on results of cost calculations for different scenarios of message delivery and numbers of subscribers – by 15th May 2015

Phase 3: ready to use web-based SMS application for the pilot study – by 31 December 2015

Payments:

On submission of deliverable and invoice.

Essential Skills and Qualifications will include:

  • Diploma in IT or comparable professional experience;
  • Five year working experience in relevant field
  • good proficiency in English (writing and speaking);
  • flexible and communicative

Post location: Uganda

Duration: From 1 April 2015 to 31 December 2015 with a maximum number of 62 working days.

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. The position title and reference number  REF: MPIG/CONS/02/2015 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com by 31 March 2015.

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/

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CIMMYT Vacancy: Project Manager (Closing date: 30 March 2015)

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) seeks to recruit a Project Manager for its Wheat Seed & Surveillance Project in Ethiopia. The staff will be a member of CIMMYT at its office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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.

Main duties & responsibilities:

The purpose of Project Manager position is to support project leader to facilitate informed decision making and effective project management.

  • Supports Project Leader to facilitate informed decision making and effective project management,
  • Drafts, consolidates and edits technical reports and new proposals in collaboration with team members and Project partners.
  • Monitors project budget in close collaboration with project leader and accountant,
  • Collects, collates and maintains databases of M&E information, project results, milestones and deliverables from Project partners
  • Ensures appropriate project budget upload and revision, based on project work plans
  • Extracts project budgets on a monthly basis and provide feedback to project leaders; review transactions for appropriate charging and identify problems
  • Adjusts budgets between project members for effective use of resources
  • Assists in procurement and management of project assets, inventory and other resources
  • Reviews financial reports prepared by accounting and reconcile
  • Subcontracting: Execute subcontracts ensuring full compliance to established policies and processes implemented by the IP Unit
  • Distributes information to project team,
  • Archives project information into CIMMYT’s Research Management System,
  • Measures and monitors the ongoing project activities,
  • Monitors the project variables (cost, effort, scope, etc.) against the project management plan and the project performance baseline,
  • Summarizes and follow up on reports that come in from project members; prepare technical reports as needed,
  • Identifies corrective actions to address issues and risks properly,
  • Manages change control in the project: Influence the factors that could circumvent integrated change control so only approved changes are implemented,
  • Conducts knowledge capture and document lessons learned,
  • Monitors and reports on utilization of budget and commitments accurately and in a timely manner to facilitate informed decision making. This includes: ensure appropriate project budget upload and revision, based on work-plan; extract project budget on a monthly basis and provide feedback to project leader; review transactions and detect problems, and obtain Project Leader’s review and endorsement for capital purchases,
  • Monitors and evaluates contributions by team members to facilitate performance management and appraisals,
  • Ensures effective deployment resources,
  • Reviews reports prepared by accounting and reconcile,
  • Executes and monitors subcontracts ensuring full compliance to established policy and process,
  • Oversees the procurement and management of assets, inventory and other resources,
  • Performs other duties as directed by supervisors.

Research Management System (RMS):

  • Manages directory structure and Project documentation in the RMS,
  • Manages Project details in the RMS; inform other units in case they change,
  • Assists Project Leader and Members in developing and uploading Project Schedule and work plan,
  • Assists Project Members in the SMART formulation of Deliverables and Outputs,
  • Advises Project members on how to upload data and information in the RMS,
  • Manages access privileges in consultation with Project Leader and Program Director,
  • Assists Project Leader in closing out projects including knowledge capture and lessons learned,
  • Organizes Project workshops; develop minutes, reports or conclusions, and follow-up on decisions related to Project.

Minimum Requirements and Desirable Skills:

Education:

  • Masters’ degree in Agricultural Economics, Economics or related fields,                                 

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in a national/International Organizations
  • Experience in the management of agricultural R&D projects; basic working knowledge / understanding of agriculture and agricultural sciences
  • Experience in proposal development.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Advanced knowledge of relevant administrative and/or operating protocols and policies of the function
  • Possess basic managerial competence
  • Proficiency in English, with excellent written / oral communication, presentation, and negotiation skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite and advanced internet skills
  • High level of cultural sensitivity to understand the needs of all staff and partners. High level of responsibility and discretion and ability work under pressure. Effective team leadership                   

Training:

  • Project Management Software (MS Project, PMP or similar) – PMP Certification.

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: This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is fixed term 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 in 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/009/15 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 30 March 2015.

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

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

 

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ICARDA Vacancy: National Project Coordinator – (Closing date: 25 March 2015)

The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) seeks to hire a National Project Coordinator based at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, who will be a member of ICARDA-Ethiopia team.

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

Key Responsibilities:

The National Project Coordinator is expected to coordinate the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) funded ‘small ruminant value chain project to be implemented in five regions Amhara (Menz and Abergelle), Oromia (Borana and Horro), Tigrai (Atsbi and Abergelle), South (Doyogena) Somali (Shinile) of Ethiopia.

  • Over all coordination (both technical and financial) of IFAD funded project on small ruminant value chain to be implemented in five regions Amhara (Menz and Abergelle), Oromia (Borana and Horro), Tigrai (Atsbi and Abergelle) South (Doyogena) Somali (Shinile) of Ethiopia;
  • Planning and implementing research activities according to annual Livestock and Fish program plan of work and budget;
  • Actively contributes to the development of business models to improve sheep and goat Value Chain performance;
  • Initiates and supports producers’ collective action for input and service supply and marketing and innovation platforms at district level;
  • Reports writing, publication of flyers, scientific articles in peer reviewed journals and manuals;
  • Training of farmers, researchers and extension personnel;
  • Organizing field days and workshops related to the project;
  • Liaises between ICARDA scientists and partners with regards to the implementation of the project;
  • Provides back stopping to National Agriculture Research Systems (NARS)
  • Supervises graduate students.

Minimum Requirement:

Education:

  •  PhD in Agricultural Economics, Animal Science or related fields

Experience:

  • At least five years of relevant experience

Skills:

  • On-farm research on technology generation and validations; data collections, analyses, interpretations and publications;
  • Statistical software applications and skills in computer applications;
  • Training of farmers, researchers and extension personnel.

Location:         Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with frequent travel to research sites.

Grade: 3B

Minimum Base: Birr 34,128 (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 in 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/013/15 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 25 March 2015.

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/

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CIMMYT Vacancy – Senior Administrative Assistant (Closing date: 20 March 2015)

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) seeks to recruit a Senior Administrative Assistant who will be member of CIMMYT Ethiopia office in Addis Ababa.

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.

Main duties & responsibilities:

The purpose of Senior Administrative Assistant position is to provide administrative and accounting support to the CIMMYT Addis Ababa office under the supervision of the Country Representative.

A.  Administrative Support

  • Drafts routine correspondence and follows up day-to-day matters relating to office operations,
  • Handles telephone calls and attends to them appropriately,
  • Maintains filing and other office systems,
  • Prepares and distributes messages by fax/e-mail,
  • Creates and proofreads all work for accuracy and conformity before signature,
  • Handles travel requests, authorization and prepares travel expense reports,
  • Assists in organizing workshops, meetings and conferences
  • Takes minutes of meetings,
  • Prepares and manages schedules for the supervisor and team members, taking appointments, scheduling meetings with other programs, offices and visitors,
  • Assists team members in preparing presentations, arranging bookings and liaising with different Departments for seminars,
  • Keeps attendance records for the CIMMYT staff and submits records to the Human Resources Office,
  • Handles procurement and inventory of assets,
  • Follows up to ensure timely submission of financial reports,
  • Assists in staff travel itineraries, tickets, visas and accommodation,
  • Assists the Country Liaison Officer in daily duties as required.

B.   Accounting Support

  • Assist in financial accounting of CIMMYT Addis Ababa office.
  • Produces monthly financial reports with accompanying data
  • Performs monthly reconciliations
  • Ensures financial ethics and accountability of all CIMMYT Addis staff
  • Prepare and review of financial statements
  • Maintaining of proper books of accounts
  • Prepare invoices and credit memos
  • Print and mail vendor checks and balance related statements
  • Assist in the day to day financial activities of the office
  • Performs other duties as directed by supervisors.

Minimum Requirements and Desirable Skills:

Education:

  • Degree in Business Administration or College Diploma in Secretarial Science and Office Management.

Experience:

  • 2 (Two) years of relevant work experience for degree holders or 5 (Five) years for diploma holders

Skills and competencies: 

  • Solid composition, grammar and proofreading skills with the ability to compose correspondence in English;
  • Attention to detail and ability to follow through to closure;
  • Ability to handle & prioritize multiple tasks with minimal supervision;
  • Ability to work within a team in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Ability to handle confidential matters;
  • Thorough knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, and data entry, as well the Internet.
  • Must be fluent in spoken and written English
  • Should have the ability to work under pressure

Duty Station: Addis Ababa

Grade: 2A

Minimum Base: Birr 9,326 (Negotiable, depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate).

Terms of appointment:  These are Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) positions, initial appointment is fixed term 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.

 

ApplicationsApplicants 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/011/15 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 20 March 2015.

 

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

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ICRAF Vacancy: Junior Accountant – (Closing date – 18 March 2015)

The Position: The World Agroforestry Centre seeks to recruit a Junior Accountant who will provide support for finance related activities of ICRAF-Ethiopia Country office.

General: The World Agroforestry Centre (also known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry-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. The Centre’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya, and research is conducted in more than 30 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. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website: www.worldagroforestry.org.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensures monthly finance reports are prepared in a timely manner (Project Imprest Returns-PIR and Bank Reconciliations);
  • Maintains advances payment to staff ensuring staff advances are liquidated on time;
  • Prepares bank payment vouchers and pay after approval with appropriate support documents;
  • Prepares cash payment vouchers and pay after approval with appropriate support documents;
  • Prepares cash receipts for all collection;
  • Maintains inventory control and Assets Financial records;
  • Prepares monthly bank and cash reconciliation;
  • Organizes and maintain files;
  • Provides administrative support within the office as needed;
  • Performs any other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Integrity and capacity to keep information confidentially;
  • good skills in MS Excel;
  • 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.

Education:

  • Diploma or BA degree in Accounting/Finance or in related field.

Experience:

  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience
  • Good understanding of budgeting and financial management procedures with good knowledge of accounting software – use of Agresso Business World is desirable.

Duty Station: Addis Ababa

Grade: 2A

Minimum Base: Birr 9,326 (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 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/012/15 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 March 2015.

To find more about ICRAF, visit our Website at www.worldagroforestry.org..

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ILRI Consultancy: mNutrition Project country coordination consultant (closing date: 13 March 2015)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an mNutrition Project country coordination consultant for Uganda to provide project management and coordination support to the contracted Local Content Partner for good quality nutrition content aggregation and publishing. The assignment includes building strong institutional relationships between the project and different stakeholders involved in the project – Government, UN, NGOs, Universities.

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 2015, 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

mNutrition Project:
ILRI is part of a consortium implementing an mNutrition Project with the objective to develop and scale-up the delivery of agriculture and health nutrition messages through mobile phone platforms. The project aims to reach at least 3 million people with services in a total of 14 countries, including 10 countries in Africa (Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia) and 4 countries in South Asia (Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar).
In the consortium, ILRI is leading in-country project activities for Uganda. This includes engagement with the main nutrition stakeholders in the country as a first step towards building effective partnerships required to guide the development and implementation of relevant mNutrition content and services, aligned with national nutrition priorities. The mNutrition Project offers an excellent opportunity for all nutrition stakeholders who are united in the country SUN platform to engage with mobile service providers and harness their expertise and reach to strengthen the implementation of the country’s nutrition strategy and action plan.

The position:
The objective of this assignment is to provide project management and coordination support to the contracted Local Content Partner for good quality nutrition content aggregation and publishing. The assignment includes building strong institutional relationships between the project and different stakeholders involved in the project – government, UN, NGOs, Universities.

The main process and product outputs:
To achieve the objective above, the consultant will:
1. Build and maintain effective relationships with government and stakeholders in support of the initiative, ensuring communication of project activities, results, lessons etc.
2. Coordinate recruitment/identification of in-country partner responsible for production of local nutrition content
3. Coordinate training of local content partner
4. Monitor progress of continent aggregation and publishing by the local content partner
5. Provide additional support to GSMA and MNOs involved in the initiative as required

The expected results of this consultancy are:
1. Contribute to cross-organisational learning and sharing through representation of the project in the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) business network, national Nutrition Technical Working Group (NTWG)
2. Local content partner recruited and trained on content development
3. Local content partner producing content for mobile
Monitoring and Progress Controls
• Develop country content framework and facilitate present in relevant nutrition forum for validation
• Identify and assess a local content development partner organization
• Provide logistical and management support during technical launch workshop Identify, recruit and assess local content partner
• Support content partners to produce health and nutrition content
• Provide support and progress monitoring to local content partner

Payments: Payment will be made monthly on confirmation of days spent on the project

Essential Skills and Qualifications will include:
• Master degree, or PhD in nutrition, public health, development and other related fields
• A minimum of 5 years professional experience in health related work including academia
• Proficient in English, spoken and written. Ability to write reports and make presentations
• Post qualification experience in managing health and nutrition projects at the national level
• Excellent analytical and report writing skills
• Diplomatic and an effective communicator
• Experience of establishing strong working relationships with partners at national level
Post location: Uganda
Duration: 21 months (6 days/ month) with a maximum number of 126 days.

Applications:
Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae, 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 PCC/CONS/02/2015 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 13 March 2015.

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ILRI Vacancy: Research Officer (Closing date: 15 March 2015)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Officer to manage implementation of field data collection for the range of surveys the project team implements; oversee preparation of logistics of field data collection and supervise enumerator training, financial records and reports, organize and maintain collected data. The incumbent will study IBLI and its pastoral economy by analysing collected data to deepen and expand IBLI’s research portfolio on pastoral economy in arid areas and support implementation of IBLI and Kenya Livestock Insurance Project (KLIP) product pilots.

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 to keep their animals alive and productive, to increase and sustain overall productivity, find profitable markets for their 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 2015, 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)

Responsibilities
• Oversee implementation of field data collection, including preparing field logistics and budgets; procuring field activity tools; recruiting and training enumerators; supervising field team and implementation process.
• Contribute to development and revision of socio-economic field data collection tools.
• Contribute to cleaning, organizing, maintaining, and analyzing the collected field data.
• Provide research and analytical support to project scientists and contribute to research papers.
• Write research reports summarizing and analyzing data.
• Support IBLI team in coordinating with its research and implementation partners for extension, capacity building, sales and indemnity payout activities.

Requirements
• A Masters’ Degree in Agricultural Economics, Sociology or Natural Resource Management.
• At least 5 years of experience of leading implementation of medium-scale (300+ households) socio-economic household panel surveys in field, including preparing logistics; recruiting and training enumerators; developing sample frame; and implementing and supervising the surveys.
• Experience of managing project cycle, including communicating and coordinating with multidisciplinary teams, enumerators, commercial partners, and local stakeholders; preparing budgets and keeping and reporting financial records for field activities; prepare plans and logistics before field activities and report on implementations of field activities; maintaining and procure electronic files and data and many assets for field activities such as laptops, smart phones, and GPS machines.
• At least 5 years of field-oriented research experience in pastoralist areas.
• Experience with statistical software such as STATA.
• Experience with computer-assisted personal interviewing software such as surveybe and GIS software is added advantage.

Terms of appointment: This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus. It is open to Kenyan nationals only. The position is on a 3-year contract renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Salary: ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; pension, medical and other insurances for ILRI’s Nationally Recruited Staff.

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/ before 15 March 2015. The position title and reference number RO/02/2015 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

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ILRI Vacancy: Administrative Assistant -Internal Advert (Closing date: 4 March 2015)

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT – PTVC (AA-PTVC/02/2015)

Internal Advert

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an Administrative Assistant to provide administrative support and office management to the Policy, Trade and Value Chain Program and primarily to CRP2.

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2015, an operating budget of about USD83 million. A member of the CGIAR Consortium (www.cgiar.org) 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.

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 to keep their animals alive and productive, to increase and sustain overall productivity, find profitable markets for their products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases. www.ilri.org

Responsibilities:

  1. Planning and Scheduling
  • Co-coordinating local and international travel, meetings, workshops and conference logistics and verifying related hotel, housing, catering expense reports etc.
  • Prepare payment and consultant requests as necessary including assisting in project budget tracking.
  • Liaise with ICT to ensure that meeting rooms are set up with proper gadgets in advance for international calls.
  • Liaise with staff to ensure that their passports and visas are valid for travel.
  1. Documentation
  • Maintaining up-to-date hard copy and electronic filing systems
  • Maintain a database of consultant contracts and CVs.
  • When called upon, take dictation or record the minutes of meetings.
  1. Reception
  • Receiving and assisting visitors/project partners.
  • Setting appointments, monitoring E-mail and following-up requests from staff on administrative and information technology matters.
  1. Office Administration
  •  Providing secretarial support services to management and other staff: word processing, drafting of routine correspondence, report formatting, and when necessary, assist the Communications Specialist in preparation of graphics for presentations at meetings and conferences.
  • Attend meetings with service providing departments (i.e. Engineering, Housing and Catering, Procurement) to familiarize self with new products and /or changes.
  • Maintain logs of administrative requests, issue weekly reminders on uncompleted administrative tasks and identify bottle necks to timely support.
  • Coordinate the maintenance of office equipment.
  • Requisition, receive and store the office stationery ensuring that basic supplies are always available.
  • Supervise the Office Assistants to ensure smooth running of offices.

Requirements

  • Diploma in Business administration, Secretarial Studies, Office Management or a related field; a degree in Business administration will be an added advantage.
  • A minimum of 3 years recent experience in an administrative role;
  • Experience in an NGO or international organization environment will be an added advantage;
  • Proven ability to respond to multiple demands and set priorities;
  • Proficient in following up issues and resolution;
  • Proficient in taking notes and minutes;
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English;
  • Proficiency in database applications and MS Office suite.

Terms of appointment: This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus. It is open to Kenyan nationals only. The position is on a 3-year contract renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Job level and salary: This position is job level 1C with a starting salary of KES 51,967 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/ before 4 March 2015. The position title and reference number   AA-PTVC/02/2015 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

This job is eligible for internal candidates only.

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ILRI Vacancy: Junior Informatician – (Closing date: 5 March 2015)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) ILRI seeks to recruit a Junior Informatician who will be a member the African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) team in Animal Biosciences Program, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

General: 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.

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 (Mali, Mozambique and Nigeria) and in South Asia (India and Sri Lanka), Southeast Asia (Laos, Thailand and Vietnam) and East Asia (China). www.ilri.org.

Main duties & responsibilities:

The holder of this position will be tasked in development of different software and systems that will be used in the ACGG project and also assist in field sample collection. He/She will also conduct trainings within the campuses and in the field on the developed systems and solutions. In addition the position holder will assist in capacity building of the different partners in the project. He/She will liaise with different projects and teams who will be conducting sampling activities to ensure that their sampling needs in terms of hardware and software requirements are met.

  • Develops in-house systems that will be used in the project and by different projects;
  • Preparation of sampling kits and liaises with project teams to ensure their sampling requirements are met;
  • Maintains sample collection and tracking systems;
  • Ensures different databases and datasets that support the various systems are up to date;
  • Data management of project data as collected by the different projects;
  • Ensures that all systems, databases and datasets are backed up on a regular basis and the backups are working;
  • Liaises with project teams to ensure that their sampling systems are running ok and are usable in a field setting;
  • Training of partners and project teams in the developed systems and softwares;
  • Field travel to train sampling teams on the developed solutions and ensure that the systems are usable in the field.

Minimum Requirement:

Education:
  • A minimum of BSc degree in Computer Science or Information Technology or a related field.

Experience:

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in development of information systems

Skills:

  • Strong database skills. A strong background of database design, development and management
  • Knowledge of SQL is preferred. Ability to manipulate data in a SQL based database is desired.
  • Concrete programming skills is desired. Ability to develop systems and maintain existing systems is a must
  • Knowledge and experience of programming and scripting languages is desired. Knowledge of PHP, Perl, Python or Java will be an added advantage
  • Experience in management of information systems will be added advantage
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work in a large multicultural team is highly desired

Duty Station:               Addis Ababa.

Job level:                      2C.

Monthly Base Salary: Birr 14,839 (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.

ApplicationsApplicants 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/008/15 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 5 March 2015.

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

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ILRI Vacancy: Research Associate – Socio-economist (Closing date: 5 March 2015)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) ILRI seeks to recruit a Research Associate – Socio-Economist to contribute to the implementation of the African Chicken Genetic Gains Program (ACGGP) in terms of socio-economics and gender analyses in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Nigeria:

General: 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.

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 (Mali, Mozambique and Nigeria) and in South Asia (India and Sri Lanka), Southeast Asia (Laos, Thailand and Vietnam) and East Asia (China). http://www.ilri.org.

Main duties & responsibilities:

  • Contributes to the implementation of ACGG, an on-going research for development program in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Nigeria, particularly in relation to understanding socio-economics and gender aspects;
  • Collaborates with the ACGG team on the design and implementation of field surveys and other socio-economic research activities;
  • Compiles, analyzes and rigorously document primary and secondary socioeconomic data sets;
  • Contributes in developing research reports, journal articles and policy briefs;
  • Contributes to the guidance, support and monitoring of the National Agricultural System (NARS) partners in the planning and execution of ACGG research activities;
  • Pro-actively contribute and develop his/her skills in a team environment and take increasing responsibilities in all of the above;
  • Other reasonable duties that may be assigned by supervisor.

Minimum Requirement:

Education:

  • MSc degree from a recognized university in agricultural economics, agricultural development economics, development economics, resource economics, or any other related field in applied economics.
  • Experience in gender analyses as well as working in projects geared towards women empowerment

Experience:

  • At least two years of demonstrated experience in:

(i)         Designing and implementing surveys in rural settings (preferably household and market surveys)

(ii)       Management and analysis of large socioeconomic datasets using standard statistical and econometric software (preferably SPSS and/or STATA)

Skills:

A combination of good analytical, writing and field work skills; scientific rigor, initiative, ability to work both independently and as part of a team; gender mainstreaming and development good English (oral & written), computer skills and willingness to travel to Tanzania and Nigeria.

Duty Station:               Addis Ababa.

Job level:                      2D.

Monthly Base Salary: 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/007/15 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 5 March 2015.

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

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ILRI Consultancy: mNutrition Training Content Delivery Trainer (closing date: 20 February 2015)

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an mHealth/mAgri Content Delivery Trainer to join a training team in delivering mNutrition and mAgri content training under the Capacity Development Unit.

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. http://www.ilri.org www.ilri.org.

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2015, 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

mNutririon Project:

The GSM Association (GSMA), in partnership with DFID, has developed the mNutrition Initiative to develop and scale-up the delivery of nutrition messages through agriculture and health mobile phone platforms. The project aims to reach at least 3 million people with services in a total of 14 countries, including 10 countries in Africa (Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia) and 4 countries in South Asia (4 out of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and / or Myanmar). ILRI has been appointed in consortium with GAIN, BMJ, OXFAM and CABI to lead the training of nutrition and agri content teams in the various countries.

The position:

ILRI seeks to recruit an mHealth/mAgri Content Delivery Trainer to support the training team in delivering ILRI output on training local content partners on nutrition and agri content development including quality assurance processes.

The consultancy assignment is for twelve months and max. 60 working days and involves working closely with ILRI’s mNutrition Project Officer and consortium members based in different parts of the world.

The overall objective of this assignment is to train and capacitate mNutrition and mAgriculture content development teams on editorial best practices to ensure the teams develop good quality content that is ready for use in mobile platform.

The training modules are on:

  1. Principles of information for public – health and agriculture
  2. Producing information for public – writing
  3. Producing information for public – editing
  4. Producing information for public – process
  5. Use of nutrition and agri knowledge bank
  6. Quality assurance

The main process and product outputs:

The consultant will meet the objective above working in close collaboration with the project quality assurance officer and in consultation with the training modules content development team.

The following are the specific activities to produce the expected deliverable by the consultant:

  1. Review content training modules by analyzing the following:
    1. Course content
    2. Methodology
    3. Impact and effectiveness
  2. Attend training to familiarize with training modules
  3. Conduct training to all 14 local content partner institutions in 12 countries.

The expected results of this consultancy are:

  1. Produce final draft of improved modules
  2. Conduct training on already developed nutrition and agri content curriculum
  3. Produce a training report for all individual trainings and a consolidated report for all trainings.

Payments:

  • Within four weeks from day of signing contract, 10% payment will be made upon satisfactory submission of reviewed/improved modules on course content, methodology, impact and effectiveness
  • Subsequent three 30% tranche payments will be made upon training and reporting of four countries per tranche.

Essential Skills and Qualifications will include:

The consultant should have experience in producing nutrition and or agri content for mobile platform. S/he should have proven experiences with health and nutrition and or agri projects.

Additionally, the consultant should have:

  • Master degree, or PhD in development and other related fields
  • A minimum of 5 years professional experience in education and training preferably in nutrition or agricultural writing and editing for public (non-academic)
  • Proficient in English, spoken and written. Ability to write reports and make presentations
  • Demonstrated solid experience on designing and developing and delivering curriculum/module
  • Excellent writing , communication and presentation skills in English
  • Knowledge and understanding on health, nutrition and agriculture
  • Proven record of having worked in training initiatives at national level

Post location: Home-based with frequent skype/phone/email communications as necessary. ILRI will directly meet any travel and accommodation costs related to delivering the trainings.

Duration: 12 months (March 2015 – April 2016) with a maximum number of 60 days.

Applications:

Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae, 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 GCDS/CONS/02/2015 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 20 February 2015.

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ILRI positions in Asia – Returning Experts Programme (open until filled)

The ‘Returning Experts Programme’, implemented by the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), offers two International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) positions for returning Asian experts who have studied at German universities and would like to participate in an interesting international field of work. These ILRI positions will be based in Hanoi, Vietnam, but the work/project will be conducted in various parts of the region (East and Southeast Asia). ILRI plays a central role in the development and implementation of the CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) in Southeast Asia, particularly the CRPs Humidtropics and Livestock and Fish, which have on-going projects in the region.

Employment number: 3851
Position: Livestock Feed and Fodder Resources Specialist (m/f)
Feed and fodder resources play an integral role in the smallholder crop-livestock systems that are intensifying at a rapid but differentiated pace across the region. In the Humidtropics CGIAR Research Program, feed and fodder resources are one part of the crop/tree/livestock systems for which the program is developing integrated solutions in Vietnam, Lao PDR, Cambodia and China. In the Livestock and Fish CGIAR Research Program, the focus is on pig value chains in Vietnam and on feed resources for small market-oriented producers.

Roles and Responsibilities
1) Establish feed/fodder resource demand-supply scenarios for livestock value chains and systems;
2) Apply tools for prioritizing feed/fodder interventions on and off-farm;
3) Conduct research and pilot test integrated options for optimizing feed/fodder resources among smallholder producers;
4) Support the development of feed markets and decentralized small-scale feed processing business opportunities.

Requirements for eligibility
1) PhD in animal nutrition/animal production/feed and forage production;
2) Ability to work in a multicultural, multinational and multidisciplinary environment;
3) Willingness and ability to travel;
4) Ability to plan and undertake research projects either independently or as part of a multidisciplinary team;
5) Proficiency in written and spoken English is important, and ability to communicate in Vietnamese is a plus.

Employment number: 3840
Position: Agriculture Waste Management Specialist (m/f)
Management of livestock waste plays an integral role in the smallholder crop-livestock systems that are intensifying at a rapid but differentiated pace across the region. ILRI’s focus is on pig value chains in Vietnam, and on improving productivity while managing the environmental and health risks around pig production.

Roles and Responsibilities
1) Assess smallholder pig systems for challenges and opportunities in managing waste;
2) Develop and apply tools for prioritizing waste management interventions on and off-farm;
3) Conduct research and pilot test integrated options for livestock waste management;
4) Prepare reports and scientific papers on these subjects;
5) Facilitate the research partnership with relevant national partners working on agricultural environment and livestock research.

Requirements for eligibility
1) PhD or MSc in relevant livestock, agriculture or environmental science;
2) Experience in environmental research and modelling in developing countries;
3) Experience in working in multidisciplinary teams, particularly around livestock system intensification and biomass optimization;
4) Can work with smallholder producers in development countries;
5) Must have documented publications, preferably in international peer-reviewed journals;
6) Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential, and ability to communicate in Vietnamese is a plus.
For further details about the job and application procedure, please follow this link and send your CV, cover letter and earliest availability with the employment number via email to return@cimonline.de


ILRI Vacancy: Scientist-Remote Sensing (Closing 10 March 2015)

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Scientist-Remote Sensing to contribute to a growing research agenda around remote sensing and ecological modelling for rangeland management applications. The successful candidate will make important contributions to broader, interdisciplinary research for developing sustainable strategies, tools and policies to increase the resilience of pastoral and agro-pastoral livelihoods to hazards like adverse weather conditions and climate change, market fluctuations and insecurity. The position will be  within a team that is  known for developing and implementing index-based livestock insurance (IBLI) as a risk-management tool for pastoralists (www.ilri.org/ibli), but is currently broadening its agenda to leverage the use of remotely sensed data to a greater range of innovative applications in support of rangeland management and productivity.

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 2015, 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

Responsibilities

  • Undertake research to assess and improve the remotely-sensed forage scarcity indices used for the Index-Based Livestock Insurance program.
  • Provide remote-sensing support to the IBLI program through contributions to contract design and index updates, and (geographical) data analysis.
  • Lead analysis aiming to analyze and ground-truth remotely-sensed data with the aim of increasing the precision and value of applications using satellite-based measures of forage availability and quality as key inputs.
  • Contribute to an interdisciplinary and applied research program investigating the link between climate change, rangeland productivity and livelihood impact.
  • Undertake research seeking to apply remote sensing tools and data to the development of useful innovations targeted at rangeland monitoring and management.
  • Support the capacity building of non-technical partners to improve their understanding of remote sensing and index design (e.g. manuals, e-learning activities).
  • Work with pastoralists, their representatives and other key stakeholders to improve uptake of some of the technologies/innovations developed under this program.
  • Support and lead the writing of journal articles and proposals on the above topics.
  • Supervise PhD and MSc students on the above topics.

Requirements

  • A PhD in spatial ecology, geography, or similar field obtained through a thesis with a strong focus on remote sensing methods applied to rangeland ecology.
  • 2-4 years postdoctoral experience.
  • Demonstrated experience applying remote sensing methods to interdisciplinary research spanning social and biophysical sciences.
  • A sound knowledge of rangeland ecological research in pastoral/agropastoral systems in developing countries, with a minimum of two years of experience in performing ecological research in this field.
  • Strong statistical skills, including designing field data collection protocols and analyzing data that vary over space and time.
  • Programming skills (e.g. IDL, R) and proven ability to be able to process large data amounts such as satellite image time series.
  • Good peer-reviewed publication record.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and the ability to communicate with diverse audiences.
  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, and experience working in developing countries.

Post location: Nairobi, Kenya.

Position level: The position is Scientist/Research Level 1, dependent on qualifications and experience.

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

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive international 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.

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. The position title and reference number REF: SRS/LSE/ 02/15 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com by 10 March 2015.

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