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ILRI Vacancy: Program Leader – Policy Trade and Value Chains (open until filled)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Senior Economist and Program Leader within its Integrated Sciences Division to lead ILRI’s evolving and expanding portfolio of research in Policy, Trade and Value Chains. The program leader will lead team members with expertise in devising tailored tools and methods for policy monitoring, policy evaluation, and value chains analysis. The research objective of the Policy, Trade and Value chains program is to understand how public policies on one hand and institutions and organizations created by market stakeholders on the other hand, impact on the performance of domestic and international agrifood value chains, with a strong focus on livestock products.

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

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

Responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage a geographically-dispersed international team of economists, social scientists, and modelers addressing a range of research on livestock policy, trade and value chain development in developing countries;
  • Lead the conceptual development of analytical frameworks, methods and tools for the study of livestock product markets, value chains, trade regimes, and regulatory and investment policy environments relevant to livestock development. Such work includes action-oriented piloting of value chain interventions and strategies;
  • Build collaborations with relevant institutions and organizations internationally and nationally to conduct and deliver World class research;
  • Coordinate the Policy, Trade and Value Chains program with ILRI’s participation in the CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs);
  • Policy research and evidence-based advocacy;
  • Participate in ILRI management, particularly in achieving co-ordination with other programs and in provision of economics and other social science support to multi-disciplinary initiatives;
  • Support development projects led by NGOs and other development partners to ensure use of best practice value chain interventions, and to generate objective evidence from piloting those interventions;
  • Conduct and support the communication and promotion of research products and processes;
  • Develop proposals to raise resources to support new research addressing the policy, trade and value chain program agenda.

Requirements:

  • A passion for the generation of scientific knowledge that advances pro-poor development;
  • A PhD in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Agribusiness or other Social Science with application to agriculture or rural development, with a minimum of 8 years of experience post-PhD;
  • A proven research record reflecting experience in research design, quantitative and qualitative analytic methods and producing peer-reviewed outputs;
  • Experience in managing a multi-disciplinary and multi-national team of researchers and development practitioners, and in the associated human resource and financial management;
  • Demonstrated strong experience with analysis of smallholder value chain performance, sector and trade modeling, returns on investment, consumer demand, and access to markets and services;
  • Understanding of outcome-oriented research design and implementation with pro-poor and gender orientation, including communication and advocacy strategy development;
  • Strong econometric and/or mathematical modeling skills, and the ability to apply them in pro-poor development research;
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver multi-disciplinary research outputs and to initiate and manage cross-disciplinary research activities;
  • Familiarity with aspects of livestock production and marketing, crop-livestock systems, and rural market institutions and services in developing countries;
  • Strong English language skills, both written and spoken (proficiency in other languages is an advantage);
  • Willingness and ability to travel frequently, sometimes to rural areas in developing countries.

Post location: The position is based at ILRI’s Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Extensive travel to other countries and regions will be required.

Position level:The position is Scientist/Research Level 3 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.

Applications:Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae: a list of publications and names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience should be included in the curriculum vitae. The position title and reference number: PL/PTVC/04/2014 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter.

All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com. Screening of applications will start on 1 May 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

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

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

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

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ILRI vacancy: Postdoctoral Veterinary Immunologist (Closing date: 11 May 2014)

The International Livestock Research institute (ILRI) is seeking to recruit a highly motivated postdoctoral veterinary immunologist who will play a crucial role in a project on African Swine fever vaccine development combined with leading the development of a program on porcine immunology as it relates to antigen identification and evaluation of novel vaccines at ILRI. This will make use of the new ILRI enhanced BSL2 level experimental pig unit and adjacent modern laboratories, including virus isolation facilities at ILRI. The project is funded by the German Ministry for Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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

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

Key responsibilities:

  • Identification of novel candidate ASFV antigens based on binding of peptides to expressed porcine SLA sequences identified in collaboration with Danish collaborators. This will involve application of the output of the predictive software NetMHC Pan trained using SLA/peptide binding data to identify potential novel T cell antigens in the ASFV genome;
  • Experimental infection of pigs with candidate viral vectored vaccine antigens and East African ASFV isolates and evaluation of immunogenicity including, antibody responses and T cell activation by gamma interferon ELISPOT;
  • Develop antigen presentation assays for assessment of T cell responses in vaccinated or infected animals based on immortalized autologous fibroblasts;
  • Manipulation of East African ASFV to create attenuated viruses that can be used for dissection of T cell responses and screening of synthetic libraries using ELISPOT assays;
  • Screening of a synthetic library peptide library derived from conserved ASFV genes with T cells induced by infection of pigs with ASFV.

Essential Skills and Qualifications will include:

  • Degree in Veterinary Medicine;
  • PhD in Veterinary Vaccinology/Immunology;
  • Record of publication in international refereed journals;
  • Experience in analysis of software for analyzing molecular data;
  • Experience in sampling and experimental infection of pigs and porcine viral diseases will be an advantage but is not essential.

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

Duration: 24 months with a possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued funding.

Position level: Postdoctoral fellow

Benefits: Base salary from USD 35,000 per annum depending on skills and experience. ILRI offers a competitive international remuneration and benefits package which includes: Medical insurance for staff and dependents, life insurance, education allowance for children, Housing allowance, Relocation Allowance, Annual Home leave, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days +public holidays.

Benefits and salary are tax free. Subject to compliance with tax regulations of country of citizenship

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae: a list of publications and names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience should be included in the curriculum vitae. The position title and reference number: PL/PTVC/04/2014 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter.

All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com on or before 11 May 2014.

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

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

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ILRI vacancy: Research Assistant IV – Potato Breeding in CIP (closing date 11 April 2014)

Vacancy Number: A/020/2014
International Potato Centre (CIP-Ethiopia)
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Duration: 2 years with the possibility of renewal

The International Potato Center – Ethiopia (CIP) seeks to recruit a Research Assistant IV – Potato Breeding to its CIP-SSA Breeding Program which is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia office.

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.

The Region: CIP Sub-Saharan Africa main regional office is in Nairobi, Kenya. However, the region is served by a diverse team of scientists based throughout East, South and West Africa, and supported by CIP scientists based elsewhere in the world. Potato and sweet potato are growing rapidly in importance in the region. Many technological and institutional challenges remain to be resolved at the country and regional level in order for the crops to contribute to their full potential as a vehicle for Africans to reach the MDGs.

Key Responsibilities:
The Research Assistant IV – Potato Breeding will be based in Addis Ababa and will be a member of the CIP-Ethiopia team. He/she will provide technical support to the CIP-SSA potato breeding program. The Research Assistant IV – Potato Breeding will be in-charge of implementing potato breeding activities: crossing, tuber family generation, clonal selection and evaluation both under field and screen house, organize the production of in-vitro and minitubers as requested by public and private partner institutions, and maintenance of progenitors and working collections. He/she should be committed to using research for development in a complex cooperative environment of research and development partners and work in close collaboration with national researchers and research system. The work may require travels within Ethiopia to federal and regional research stations and farmers field.

  • Assists in breeding of high yielding, stress tolerant, nutrient dense potato cultivars to the resource-poor farmers in SSA, in active collaboration with the existing research systems in Ethiopia;
  • Conducts the development and execution of screen-house and field-based research to develop potato populations and advanced clones through clonal breeding;
  • Assists in the designing and implement crossing block, tuber family generation, clonal selection and field experiments including nursery and trial planting material preparation, and management.
  • Assists in selecting best families and clones from different types of crosses, improves population, conducts across location trials and maintain progenitors and breeding stocks;
  • Distributes germplasm to partners and maintain record of distribution in the region;
  • Analyses data using appropriate software, prepare field book using data collector, stacks data and imports into CIP data management system;
  • Supports national program staff and students in field trial management, data management and analysis;
  • Document of germplasm evaluation, publication of research findings and prepare report;
  • Perform other duties as required

 

Skills and Competencies

  • Applied knowledge in crop breeding and genetics, experimental design, crossing, screen house nursery and field trial management;
  • Excellent knowledge of data management and statistical software programs;
  • Experience or good knowledge of working screen house, tissue-culture laboratories, aeroponics or hydroponics in terms of construction, technical maintenance and crop management;
  • Demonstrated success in working with multi-disciplinary teams and partnerships in research or project implementation;
  • Excellent social skills, collaborative style, and ability to multi-task effectively;
  • Proactive, innovative and creative attitudes;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English are required;
  • Willingness to travel within the country;
  • Ability to write scientific publications;

Education and Experience:

  • At least a relevant Master of Science degree or a relevant BSc degree plus a relevant post graduate qualification
  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience in crop improvement research preferably with clonally propagated crops or potatoes

Duty Station: Addis Ababa

Grade: 2D

Minimum Base: Birr 15,262 (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/020/14 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com on or before 11 April 2014. We do not encourage CVs and credentials to be mailed to our postal address.

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

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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ILRI Vacancy: Communications and Knowledge Management Specialist (Closing, 13 April 2014)

Vacancy Number: CKM/LGI/03/14
Department: LGII/LSE
Duration: 2 years renewable contract

ILRI seeks to recruit Communications and Knowledge Management Specialist to develop communications materials and organize communications and knowledge sharing activities of the work, outputs and outcomes of two research programs of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI): Livelihoods, Gender and Impact (LGI) and Livestock Systems and the Environment (LSE). He/she will also provide communications-related support as needed to the ILRI focal points serving the CGIAR research programs on climate change and on dryland systems. This person will also work within a newly restructured ILRI communications and knowledge management (CKM) team which includes other communications and knowledge management staff similarly embedded in ILRI’s programs and regions as well as experts working across the institute. The communications and knowledge management specialist will manage all kinds of communications work for these two research programs while also focusing on writing and editing work of a public nature that helps influence decisions and enhance the uptake of research products.

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

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

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

Responsibilities

  •          Write, edit, illustrate, design, format and oversee production of a stream of public materials generated by the research programs, including regular news and feature blog articles and more occasional research reports, policy briefs, brochures, science posters and multimedia products;
  •          Populate program-specific blog sites with content, engaging with the readers of these blogs and with responders to social media content generated by the programs;
  •          Help disseminate the programs’ messages and materials through ILRI’s publishing, knowledge sharing and social media channels as well as more widely as needed;
  •          Update LGI and LSE content on relevant pages of ILRI’s main website and other relevant web portals;
  •          Develop program-related materials, such as summaries of research projects, updates of research progress, staff profiles, feature articles and success stories;
  •          Document meetings and workshops and manage the uploading of all relevant materials online;
  •          Compile, draft and summarize internal reports as needed;
  •          Help the programs’ researchers/team leaders work with media e.g. organize journalist interviews and staff profiles, and disseminate key messages;
  •          Ensure that research publications and other outputs are deposited and indexed in ILRI’s repository and contribute information as needed for ILRI’s online calendar of events and contacts systems
  •          Identify, track and report on a set of performance indicators for communications work in the two research programs;
  •          Keep track of the online footprint and media mentions of LGI, LSE and the ILRI focal points serving the CGIAR research programs on climate change and on dryland systems work and amplify these where appropriate;
  •          Contribute to the ILRI-wide communications and KM community of practice, participate in CKM learning, reviewing and planning activities and ensure that these activities follow ILRI standards and agreed channels;
  •          Perform any other related duties as assigned by the team leader from time to time.

Requirements

  •          Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, advertising or related field, Master’s degree communications or related field will be add advantage;
  •          At least five years of progressively advanced experience in relevant communications work with a focus on writing, editing, proofreading and design of materials for print and web;
  •          Experience and expertise in the following areas is also required:

o    Expertise in graphic arts computer programs

o    Experience in database management

o    Experience in managing media relations

o    Experience in technical / scientific writing and editing

o    Experience in international or development oriented organizations

o    Experience using social media

  •          Outstanding written, and excellent verbal, English;
  •          Skilled in mainstream computer programs, especially Microsoft Office applications;
  •          Sharp analytical, organizational and documentation skills;
  •          Keen attention to detail;
  •          Ability to work well both independently and within teams;
  •          Flexible, willing to grow professionally, learn new skills;
  •          Can meet tight deadlines without compromising quality.

Terms of appointment:

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

Job level and salary:

This position is job level 2D with a starting salary of KES143,917 per month. In addition to salary, ILRI offers Medical insurance for staff and dependents, Life insurance, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days+ public holidays within ILRI’s National Recruited Staff Scheme.

How to apply:

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Human Resources Director through: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ before 13 April 2014. The position title and reference number REF: CKM/LGI/03/14 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

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

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ILRI Vacancy: Diagnostics Platform Manager (closing, 9 April 2014)

Vacancy Number: DPM/BECA/03/14
Department: BecA
Duration: 2 years

ILRI seeks to recruit a Diagnostics Platform Manager. This is a new position and the focus will be on establishing a platform for the development, validation and application of molecular diagnostics tools with a focus on animal and plant viruses that create major constraints in African agriculture. This is a nationally recruited staff position reporting to the Technology Manager of the BecA-ILRI Hub. The successful candidate will lead technology applications and have considerable experience working the National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) on research and technology projects in east and central Africa.

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

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

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

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

Responsibilities

  •          Contribute to the establishment of a diagnostics platform for the detection of crops and animal diseases;
  •          Conduct advanced molecular biology experiments focusing on the detection and quantification of animal and crops pathogens;
  •          Perform detailed data analysis and interpretation;
  •          Manage sample collections and repository for the all diagnostics activities;
  •          Manage the acquisition and/or preparation of all reagents as part of the resources available for use in the platform;
  •          Establish and curate databases containing overall project data and all available resources;
  •          Ensure that laboratory facilities are well-stocked and resourced, including ordering and managing laboratory supplies;
  •          Ensure observation of good laboratory practice including drafting risk assessments and monitoring of platform users’ activities;
  •          Manages and organizes laboratory projects;
  •          Ensure good laboratory practices including proper maintenance of laboratory equipment and proper documentation of all procedures and data
  •          Create and update standard operating procedures (SOPs);
  •          Carry out routine tasks using established SOPs the detection of plant and animal pathogens
  •          Responsible for organizing and maintaining laboratory and platform inventory;
  •          Contribute to capacity building at the BecA hub or at the NARS by training and supervising partners on the application of the assays developed on the diagnostics platform, for use in their research under the BecA initiative (visiting scientists, students and other BecA-ILRI hub users).
  •          Keep up to date with technical developments, especially simple, cost-effective and robust diagnostic assays for rapid screening of plant and animal pathogens;
  •          Conduct induction and periodical training of laboratory members and partners in country and possibly overseas;
  •          Coordinate permit acquisition with the institute’s health and safety office;
  •          Serve as liaison with other platforms and users;
  •          Contribute to resource mobilization efforts of BecA-ILRI hub;
  •          Contribute in writing peer reviewed articles.

Requirements

  •          MSc degree in biological sciences or related field
  •          At least ten years’ relevant experience in leading technology applications, laboratory management and operating a research service unit
  •          Experience working with NARS on research and technology projects
  •          Knowledge of next-generation sequencing strategies and methods with experience working with molecular diagnostics of plant or animal diseases
  •          Experience and understanding of the following areas is required:

o    molecular biology methods and research

o    genomics tools and their applications to address a wide range of issues

o    acquisition and dissemination of novel molecular tools and technologies;

o    bioinformatics;

  •          Ability to adapt new technology and methods to enhance program effectiveness;
  •          Knowledge of quality assurance and laboratory health and safety procedures;
  •          Ability to organize and coordinate technical activities of a research platform;
  •          Excellent people and organisational skills
  •          Strong English language skills, both written and spoken;
  •          Computer literacy in MS Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is essential;

Terms of appointment:

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

Job level and salary:

An attractive salary and benefits package is on offer for the candidate meeting all requirements. In addition to salary, ILRI offers Medical insurance for staff and dependents, Life insurance, Pension at 12.5% employers contribution, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days+ public holidays within ILRI’s National Recruited Staff Scheme.

How to apply:

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Human Resources Officer through: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ before 9 April 2014. The position title and reference number REF: DPM/BECA/03/14 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

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

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ILRI Vacancy: Capacity Development Impact Narrative Consultant (closing, 5 April 2014)

Vacancy Number: INC/CapDev/03/14
Department: CapDev
Duration: 3 month’s

Capacity Development has long been a central element – and one of the great achievements of – ILRI over the past several decades.  Highly relevant to national capacity needs and a major contributor to achieving positive outcomes from research, an estimated 80 000 professionals have received training from CGIAR since its inception, over 4000 at ILRI alone; and according to some estimates, the CGIAR spends nearly a fifth of its funding on formal and informal training.  Such training has been an essential tool for expanding and strengthening ILRI’s network of collaborators.  However, capacity development at ILRI goes much beyond training (as a stand-alone activity). Capacity development occurs at many levels other than knowledge and skills transfer at the individual level. It embraces organizations, sectors, institutions and cultures.

On the occasion of ILRI’s 40th anniversary ILRI seeks to recruit a Capacity Development Impact Narrative Consultant who will support the development of a Capacity Development narrative to be showcased at various celebrative events as planned. The post-holder will also use the opportunity to promote alumni engagement, and communications through working closely with the ILRI alumni fellows and CapDev staff to build an enduring and positive relationship.

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

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

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

Responsibilities

The scope of work will evolve depending on a number of factors but will mainly include the following activities;

  • Working on an existing CapDev alumni database and helping find out where the alumni are and what they are doing now and compile a report on the same.
  • Proactively driving the search for other alumni who may not be captured on the existing database and engaging them as appropriate.
  • Looking at and search for academic papers produced by the alumni and prepare some case studies / success stories.
  • Design, execute, analyze and evaluate a questionnaire aimed at obtaining feedback from ILRI graduate fellow alumni.
  • Actively promoting open lines of communication between alumni and ILRI especially those who will be invited to various events including preparing, editing and disseminating regular correspondence.
  • Serve as a dynamic person to contribute to the development of a capacity development narrative based on the work of alumni and other ILRI capacity development initiatives.
  • Act as a main contact person by providing guidance and feedback to CapDev, senior ILRI managers and the task force that’s working on various activities/events aimed at showcasing ILRI @40
  • Other tasks and duties as required and/or assigned by the supervisor.

Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in communication, Business, Public Relations, or Marketing or a related area;
  • At least 5-10 years relevant work experience is required;
  • Experience of producing quality publications suitable for large audiences – print, online and multimedia;
  • High level of computer literacy, accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Excellent organizational skills and communication skills;
  • Excellent writing skills – candidates are requested to submit two writing samples / publications as part of the application process;
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills and the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals through email and in person;
  • Highly effective at networking and at securing information and expertise;
  • Highly proactive and consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

Terms of appointment:
This is position is for a 3 month’s consultancy contract period.

How to apply:

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining their interest in the position, and what they can bring to the job. They should also specify fees to be charged for the consultancy in Kenya shillings per month. Applicants must also attach/upload two samples of own writing/publication and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Human Resources Director through  http://ilri.simplicant.com/ before 5 April, 2014. The position title and reference number REF: INC/CapDev/03/14 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

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

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

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ILRI vacancies: Principal Scientists “Livestock genetics and informatics” (three positions, open until filled)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit three outstanding research scientists to join its newly formed global livestock genetics program.

Reporting to the leader of LiveGene, the global livestock genetics program, the individuals appointed will each have an outstanding international profile in their relevant fields. They will have a strong record of significant publications, a demonstrated ability to generate research income and a demonstrated ability to work in complex and dispersed networks of international collaborators. Experience of research in the developing world is desirable but not essential and evidence of research that has been translated into impact is important. The positions require strong leadership skills as well as innovative and creative science. Appointments will be at senior or principal scientist level depending on skills and experience. Flexible institutional arrangements such as joint appointments may be considered for these positions.

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

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

The LiveGene program of ILRI is an exciting new approach to livestock genetic improvement in developing countries. It integrates research on targeting, on molecular and reproductive technologies, and on genetic evaluation, breeding and delivery systems to bring improved productivity, on significant scale, to the world’s poor livestock keepers. Past attempts to deliver livestock genetic improvement in the developing world have often suffered from attempts to implement inappropriate developed-world approaches. We seek individuals familiar with existing systems but able to develop innovative approaches adapted to the complex realities of developing-world settings.

ILRI has state-of-the-art human capital and material support available through laboratory tools such as high-throughput genotyping and next-generation sequencing, informatics systems, and a livestock genomics platform; the first-class laboratory facilities at ILRI’s campus in Nairobi, Kenya, are shared with a wide range of African and international scientists as part of the BecA-ILRI Biosciences Hub (http://hub.africabiosciences.org/). ILRI also has excellent access to social, environmental and agri-economic information on livestock systems. The LiveGene program will work closely with networks of regional and global partnerships. The program is structured to allow high levels of support, integration and complementarity across its resources while recognizing that different livestock systems present very different challenges. Further information on ILRI is available at www.ilri.org.

1.    Senior (Bio) informatician

Data management and integration is central to the work of the global livestock genetics program. There is a significant component of conventional bioinformatics, but the remit of this post extends to other aspects of computational analysis of biological problems. This includes integration and management of many data types including spatial, phenotyping, modeling, sequence data and sample meta-data. We seek a talented individual to take overall responsibility for the management and integration of data and where appropriate to develop novel methods for data exchange and visualization. A solid background in bioinformatics is essential, but a significantly broader perspective is also required.

Post location: ILRI Nairobi campus.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Liaise with senior project and program managers to coordinate and manage informatics requirements and opportunities;
  • Contribute to existing research projects and build independent research activities in informatics related to livestock genetics research;
  • Be responsible for ensuring maintenance of the LiveGene program’s collaborative networks and human and hardware capability to perform cutting-edge data analysis and visualization;
  • Be an inspiring and effective leader of a diverse and enthusiastic group;
  • Develop and implement a vision of informatics research and support at ILRI;
  • Ensure integration of informatics into the research and research planning process at ILRI;
  • Proactively establish and build strong relations with a range of local, regional and international partner institutes based on mutual trust and support;
  • Be responsible for the quality of scientific research and project management within the global livestock genetics program (bio) informatics team.

Minimum Qualifications:

Doctoral degree (PhD) in bioinformatics or in biological sciences research driven by computational analyses, with at least 5 years post PhD experience.

Essential Skills:

  • Familiarity with bioinformatics, particularly the use and analysis of high-throughput sequencing data generated by a range of platforms;
  • Familiarity with approaches to achieve data integration, interoperability and visualization;
  • Experience in a supervisory role;
  • Familiarity with Linux & Unix platforms and computational pipelines;
  • Experience with high-performance clusters;
  • Experience in scripting and programming;
  • Experience with relational databases;
  • Excellent record of scientific publications and fundraising;
  • Demonstrated excellence as a manager of a team of professionals in a research organization;
  • Proven success in initiating and managing multi-stakeholder and international research projects;
  • Excellent written and spoken English;
  • Experience in managing capacity building activities.

2.    Quantitative Geneticist: Dairy Cattle

Improved dairy productivity is a major opportunity to enhance the incomes of small- and medium-scale livestock keepers, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Genetic factors have been identified as a critical limiting factor to achieving this. The challenges to achieving this potential involve difficulty in identifying the match between desirable characteristics and farming systems, as well as limitations in recording, delivery and breeding systems. We seek a talented scientist to provide the core quantitative genetics underlying a major new thrust at ILRI aimed at sustainably addressing these shortcomings at scale.  This scientist will work with several complex and innovative programs and will maintain productive links with the targeting and genomics activities within ILRI’s global livestock genetics program to ensure impacts over both the medium and longer terms.

Post location: ILRI Nairobi campus, but significant regional travel is likely to be required.

3.    Quantitative Geneticist: Poultry

Almost every poor farm household in the tropics has some chickens in low-input–low-output scavenging systems. Significant opportunities for improved poultry productivity exist. Achieving this will require carefully considered changes to poultry production systems and genetics, with the likely benefits including increased availability of high-quality protein for the poor, particularly women and children.

We seek a talented scientist with knowledge of poultry systems to provide the core quantitative genetics underlying a major new thrust at ILRI on improving productivity in smallholder poultry production under a range of husbandry systems for significant numbers of poor farmers, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

Post location: ILRI campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with significant regional travel likely to be required.

Key Responsibilities for Geneticists: Dairy Cattle and Poultry

  • Developing and testing innovative approaches to livestock genetic improvement that can deliver substantial improvements to poor farmers in low-input environments;
  • Developing, maintaining and supporting genetic and genomic evaluation systems for collaborating national and regional breeding programs;
  • Developing a portfolio of research grants;
  • Communicating the results of research through many communication channels, including publications, conferences, contributing to policy and technical briefs and making presentations to key stakeholders and interest groups;
  • Developing and strengthening collaborations with key research partners;
  • Supporting capacity strengthening in national and regional breeding programs;
  • Maintaining close links with the tropical dairy/poultry industries;
  • Maintaining close links with the more upstream activities within ILRI’s global livestock genetics program, so as to use new knowledge in the characterization, breeding and/or delivery of improved dairy and/or poultry genetics.

Minimum Qualifications

PhD in quantitative genetics/animal breeding with at least 10 years post-PhD experience.

Essential Skills:

  • Strong expertise in advanced quantitative genetics, including the capture and use of complex, phenotypic, socio-economic and molecular data;
  • Broad understanding of the design and optimization of breeding programs, especially in support of commercial systems;
  • Strong understanding of the range of genetic interventions for improved livelihoods and increased food security;
  • Ability to think beyond conventional practice to develop innovative solutions appropriate to specific livestock systems;
  • Excellent record of scientific publications and mobilizing resources;
  • Demonstrated excellence as a manager of a team of professionals;
  • Proven success in initiating and managing multi-stakeholder and international research projects;
  • Excellent written and spoken English; knowledge of French would be an advantage;
  • Experience in capacity building.

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive salary with attractive benefits package, which includes 15% pension in addition to medical insurance, life insurance and allowances for child education, housing, relocation and home leave and an annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

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

Applications

Applicants for any of the above positions should send a cover letter identifying the position for which they are applying, and explaining their interest, what they can bring to the job and indicating earliest availability. They should also send curriculum vitae and the names, addresses and contacts (including telephone and email) of three referees knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience.

All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com. Screening of applications will start on 20 April 2014 and continue until the positions are filled.

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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ILRI Vacancy: ICT Business Data Manager (closing, 4 April 2014)

Vacancy Number: BDM/ICT/03/14
Department: ICT
Duration: 2 years

ILRI seeks to recruit an ICT Business Data Manager to carry out data manipulation for the ILRI’s business systems, specifically the new Agresso Business World, from the One Corporate System (OCS) project. The jobholder will be responsible collating the data, data migration and import into the business system and offers continued support on data related aspects including reporting. Candidates with Agresso Business World experience will be given preference.

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

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

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

Responsibilities

  • Assist in implementing the Agresso Business World (ABW) system for ILRI as part of the One Corporate System project (OCS);
  • Work with the process experts to guide them on how to capture and map data and ensure all regional, country and project offices manage their data to the agreed standards;
  • Ensuring that the data collected is clean and matches the agreed standards and coding. Maps the data in the data load templates and corrects issues encountered during data importation;
  • Use data load templates and web services to load batches of data into the system;
  • Analyse data flow maps, identify missing data and analyse the correctness and quality of the data;
  • Analyse logs and error alerts to determine if incorrect data is the cause of incomplete processes and assist the users to correct the data being used in the system;
  • Write scripts (SQL, XML, web services) to for data integration and reporting;
  • Provide and generate ad-hoc reports as per user requests;
  • Follow change management processes to document all changes to data and data management processes;
  • Communicate with all staff concerning updates and changes made to the data;
  • Keep up-to-date with changes and advancements in ICT data management and in particular ABW and make suggestions for improvements in data management.

Requirements

  • First Degree in Computer Science or equivalent;
  • A minimum of 5 years’ work experience is required, most of which should involve managing data;
  • Training in data management and scripting;
  • ITIL foundation certification is required;
  • Microsoft Certified Solution Developer certification;
  • Prior training in Customer service support will be useful;
  • Well organised thus able 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 knowledge of scripting tools for data manipulation;
  • Excellent technical knowledge of database platforms e.g. MS SQL Server, MySQL;
  • Good logical diagnostic skills and ability to exercise good judgement 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.

Terms of appointment:

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

Job level and salary:

This position is job level 2D with a starting salary of KES143, 917 per month.  The benefits package 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 Human Resources Director through: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ before 4 April 2014. The position title and reference number REF: BDM/ICT/03/14 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer
 


ILRI Vacancy: Audio Visual Technician (closing, 4 April 2014)

Vacancy Number: AV/ICT/3/14
Department: ICT
Duration: 2 years

ILRI seeks to recruit an Audio Visual Technician to provide Audio Visual support for all meetings (Physical and Virtual) on campus as well as regional offices when required.

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

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

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

Responsibilities

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

Requirements

  • A college diploma in ICT;
  • Training in Audio Visual operations;
  • At least 2yrs of experience in a similar or almost similar environment;
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong customer service orientation that establishes a good working relationship with customers, with the attitude of wanting to assist people and pass-on their knowledge and experience to others;
  • Organized, dynamic self-starter;
  • Good logical diagnostic skills and ability to exercise good judgment in the resolution of problems;
  • Ability to multi-task in dealing with several different tasks at the same time;
  • Proficiency in the applications used at ILRI e.g MS Office Suite;
  • Ability to meet deadlines, monitor and follow-up on pending matters under minimum supervision;
  • Ability to work under high pressure;
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English.

Terms of appointment:

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

Job level and salary:

This position is job level 2A with a starting salary of KES71, 479 per month.  The benefits package 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 Human Resources Director through: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ before 4 April 2014. The position title and reference number REF: AV/ICT/3/14 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

 


ILRI Vacancy: ICT Business Systems Administrator (closing, 4 April 2014)

Vacancy Number: BSA/ICT/03/14
Department: ICT
Duration: 2 years

ILRI seeks to recruit an ICT Business Systems Administrator to manage and administer ILRI’s business systems, specifically the new Agresso Business World, from the One Corporate System (OCS) project. The job holder will  be responsible for user roles and rights to access the system, alerts and workflows implemented within the business system. Candidates with Agresso Business World experience will be given preference.

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

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

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

Responsibilities

  • Assist in implementing the Agresso Business World (ABW) system for ILRI as part of the Once Corporate System project (OCS);
  • Manage and administer the Agresso Business World (OCS) system and integration to other business systems in use at ILRI;
  • Take responsibility for managing roles and user access to the business system as well as administrating workflows, alerts and the process queues;
  • Manage and administer the MS SQL databases that are used by the business systems
  • Provide training to staff in the use of the business systems;
  • Ensure all required documentation; including user and ILRI procedure manuals are available and up-to-date;
  • Liaise with partners, service providers and suppliers to troubleshoot and resolve problems with the systems and to implement their service and maintenance contracts;
  • Ensure that disaster recovery plans are in place, tested and monitored for all the systems being managed;
  • Follow change management processes to document all changes to live servers and applications;
  • Carry out regular risk assessments and implement mechanisms to mitigate the identified risks. This will include monthly reviews with business unit and ICT supervisors of access rights, operator and ledger definitions and the chart of accounts;
  • Work with other ICT staff to ensure all regional, country and project offices have access to business systems and are able to use them;
  • Communicate with all staff concerning updates and changes made to the systems;

Requirements

  • First Degree in Computer Science or equivalent;
  • A minimum of 5 years’ work experience is required, most of which should involve managing data;
  • Training in Agresso Business World or similar ERP products is an advantage.
  • MS SQL server, database management and scripting experience is also required;
  • ITIL foundation certification is required;
  • Microsoft Certified Solution Developer;
  • Prior training in customer service support will be useful;
  • Well organised thus able 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 database platforms e.g. MS SQL Server, MySQL;
  • Excellent technical knowledge of administering Business Enterprise Systems;
  • Good logical diagnostic skills and ability to exercise good judgement 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.

Terms of appointment:

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

Job level and salary:

This position is job level 2D with a starting salary of KES154, 917 per month.  The benefits package 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 Human Resources Director through: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ before 4 April 2014. The position title and reference number REF: BSA/ICT/03/14 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer


ILRI Vacancy – EXTERNAL – Procurement & Logistics Assistant (closing: 11 April 2014)

Vacancy Number: A/019/14
Department: Corporate Services / Supply Chain
Duration: 2 years

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Procurement & Logistics Assistant who will be a member of the Supply Chain team under Corporate Services Division in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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

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

Responsibilities:

The Procurement & Logistics Assistant sources whatever the business requires and searches for better deals. Engage with suppliers, government offices i.e. Inland Revenue and custom authority and transit agents for the smooth clearance of shipment from abroad. It needs to be cost effective while also dealing with other factors such as sustainability, risk management and ethical issues.

  • Assists the Procurement Officer in the purchases of goods and services required by the Institute, locally or overseas, following the Institute’s established Procurement policies, procedures and guideline;
  • Registers all incoming requisitions and updates status report on procurement for inclusion and circulation in the status report;
  • Prepares transport documentation accompanying dispatches such as packing lists, waybills and loading details to accompany shipment;
  • Prepares periodic procurement/shipping updates and circulates to the supply chain unit;
  • Plans and organizes the day-to-day local purchase activities ahead of time including review and assignments of work to the Local Purchase. Local purchases include, but are not limited to, animal feed, stationery, cafeteria supplies, sanitary supplies, fuel supplies, pharmaceutical products, lab./field supplies, construction materials, uniforms & protective wear, tools and spare parts and pest control services;
  • Handles purchase requisitions from ILRI cost centers; and obtains ‘competitive’ quotations from suppliers in order to determine the most favorable prices, product quality, timely delivery, payment terms and other conditions of supply;
  • Prepares quotation analysis charts for local and oversea purchase to be reviewed by the Procurement Officer and approved by requesting cost centers;
  • Raises purchase orders for approval by the supervisor; and checks purchase order for accuracy and completeness including allocation of account/cost center/project codes;
  • Ensures that all government and other documentation required for purchase is processed promptly and accurately and followed up to ensure that unnecessary delays are not experienced;
  • Follows-up and keep supervisor as well as concerned requestors informed of the status of outstanding purchase orders periodically as appropriate;
  • Arranges transportation of purchased goods to ILRI premises in Addis Ababa as per purchase requisitions;
  • Maintains appropriate purchase records, documentation and relevant information about suitable local suppliers, price list and catalogues in the data base for reference by interested persons/units;
  • Collects documents for items received at the Airport from Airport cargo or the shipping agents and obtain duty-free authorization;
  • Ensures that all required government documentation is processed promptly and accurately and followed up properly so that unnecessary delays can be avoided;
  • Follows-up with the clearing agents and expedite delivery of imports by air/sea freight;
  • Expedites prompt clearance of delicate and perishable goods or arrange for temporary cold-storage if necessary;
  • Maintains proper record to show the current status of all goods awaiting clearance and report to the Supervisor on daily basis;
  • Compiles up-to-date information on rules and regulations relating to clearing, forwarding and associated tariffs including inland transportation (e.g Djibouti-Addis);
  • Exercises good judgment about driving safety; and reviews, on weekly basis, the reasonableness of daily mileage covered by vehicles assigned to Procurement on the bases of properly maintained vehicle-logbooks;
  • Performs any other duties related to Procurement including clearance of imported goods as assigned by the supervisor; and also deputizes for the Procurement Officer when on leave or mission.

Skills and Competencies

  • Good knowledge of supply sources
  • Good organization skills
  • Ability to plan and co-ordinate routine operations
  • Ability to negotiate prices to the advantages of the Institute
  • Rigorous approach to duties
  • Ability to use PCs
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and other documentation
  • Licensed to drive light vehicles
  • Sound judgment and initiative

Personal qualities required

  • Sound interpersonal communication and good personal organization
  • Ability to pay close attention to small ability to exercise good judgment and initiative in dealing with issues arising in the duties being performed
  • Integrity, honesty and confidentiality
  • Ability to cope with pressure

Education and Experience:

  • At least a higher education/professional diploma in Procurement and Supplies Management from a recognized college
  • Five years’ relevant work experience

Duty Station: Addis Ababa

Grade: 2A

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

Terms of appointment:  This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is fixed term for 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.

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/019/14 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com  on or before 11 April 2014.  We do not encourage CVs and credentials to be mailed to our postal address.

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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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