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ILRI Vacancy: Program Accountant – (Closing date: 28 October 2014)

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Vacancy Number:  A/057/14

Department:  Animal Science for Sustainable Productivity Program (ASSP)

Duration:  Two years

The position: ILRI seeks a qualified Program Accountant to provide financial and budgetary support to staff in Animal Sciences for Sustainable Productivity Program (ASSP).

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

Specific Duties:

Proposal development – Budget development

  • Provides advice on project costing’s to staff toward development of proposal budgets;
  • Prepares proposal budgets for review by Programme Management Officer and Project Leaders or budget holders;
  • Support annual budget preparation by working with PMO;
  • Uploads project budget to the Sun System or other system used by ILRI.

Financial Accounting, Project Management and Donor reporting:

  • Prepares all projects’ payment requests for sub-grantees in collaboration with PMO and Project Leaders;
  • Follows up with finance to ensure timely payments to sub-grantees and ensures transfer advices are shared with partners in a timely manner;
  • Ensures project partners’ financial returns are submitted within set timelines. Reviews advance requests and financial returns by partners with reference to contractual obligations and partner financial obligations with liquidation effected in SUN;
  • Develops and maintains appropriate databases to ensure project financial management is done to meet various program financial demands;
  • Preparing detailed monthly, quarterly and annual internal financial reports as requested by PMO highlighting issues on over/under expenditure and adjustment of wrong postings in the system and also to facilitate monitoring and tracking of project finances, and decision making by Project leaders;
  • Maintains proper financial and non-financial project records of projects both in electronic (soft) and hard copies;
  • Prepares donor financial reports/statements in collaboration with PMO, Project Leaders and Finance department and maintains appropriate compliance donor reporting databases;
  • Computes project accruals annually and during project close outs and ensures they are captured in the system;
  • Ensures that all full costing recovery items are captured in the appropriate project;
  • Raises invoices and follows up reimbursements and transfer advices from partners/donors;
  • Leads project specific audit and supports external/internal audit as may be found necessary.

Project Settlements Reports, Travel Expense Reports, Travel Authorizations, Requisitions, Petty-Cash Replenish:

  • Reviews Project Settlement Reports, Petty Cash Replenish, Travel Expense Reports, Travel Authorizations (TAs) and Payment Request;
  • Following up project and travel advance settlements with staff and consultants to close outstanding accounts in short period of time.

Consultancy Management support

  • Providing assistance to the Programme Management Officer, Administrative Assistants and Project Leaders in the financial aspects of management of consultancies.

Minimum Requirements

Educational:

  • BA degree in Accounting or related field

 

Work Experience:

Training:

  • Professional training in Grants Management and Project Management are advantageous.
  • Intermediate to advanced computer literacy, including spreadsheets and accounting software

Skills:

  • Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision, but also participates as a team member in accomplishment of duties.
  • Possesses excellent interpersonal and communication skills, good judgment and a high level of respect for confidentiality.
  • Strong ability to co-ordinate, prioritize and organize workload; takes initiative and work under pressure.
  • Highly effective planning, organizational and multi-tasking skills with a positive attitude and strong accounting service orientation.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Excellent spoken and written English.
  • Commitment to ILRI’s mission and core values

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 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/057/14 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 28 October 2014.

 

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

 

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

 

 

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

 

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Kenya campus lunch menu – Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Below please find today’s lunch menu for Nairobi campus – Thursday, October 16, 2014

Minestrone soup – Kshs 70.00

Braised Liver with Leeks & Celery

Ugali

African Indigenous Vegetables

Kshs 300/= Arosto

Turmeric Rice

Stewed Pea and Carrots

Kshs 300/= Grilled Tender Fillet Steak

Rosemary Roasted Potato Wedges in Skin

Fried French Bean in Pomodoro

Kshs 300/= Other Food Items:-

Ugali @ Kshs 40/=

Rice @ Kshs  40/=

Green Market Vegetables @ Kshs 30/= Vegetarian:

Mexican Kidney Beans

Chapatti

Vegetables

Kshs 130/= Fruit Salad @ Kshs  80/=

Assorted Vegetable Salads @  Kshs 80/=

Vegetable Sushi  @  Kshs 350/=

Mixed Sushi  @  Kshs 450/=

Chicken Shawarma Assorted Sauces

And Salads  @ Kshs  300/=

Three Salmon Sushi  or Rolls @  Kshs 250/=

Six Avocado Rolls @ Kshs 200/=

Mary Atieno | Conferencing Administrator

P.O.Box 30709, Nairobi, Kenya | Tel: +254 20 422 3343

Email: m.atieno@cgiar.org

ILRI Vacancy: Technical Assistant (Closing date – 27 October 2014

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Vacancy Number:  A/056/14

Department:  Feed and Forages Bioscience

Duration:  Two years

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Technical Assistant who will be a member of the Feed and Forages Bioscience Program in Addis Ababa.

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

Responsibilities:

The Technical Assistant participates and assists in forage seed regeneration activities including:

  • Maintains forage plots weed free and labeled and harvest seeds;
  • Records field observation and characterization data and prepares update sheets;
  • Takes herbarium specimens;
  • Monitors plants for pests and diseases in greenhouses and field and takes remedial action;
  • Supervises daily labour for field activities;
  • Waters and takes care of plants in greenhouses and screen houses;
  • Assists with pre-germination, planting and maintaining forage seedlings in the screen house;
  • Assists with plant sampling and processing for germplasm health activities;
  • Assists in seed processing and packing;
  • Keeps the field, greenhouse and screenhouse areas clean and tidy;
  • Assists in general implementation of forage research activities at the site.Measurable goals:After training the technical assistant should be able to handle all field, screenhouse and greenhouse activities following standard operation procedures.

Skills Required:

  • Basic knowledge of plant propagation or seed production
  • Good communication skills in English
  • Good interpersonal relationships

Personal qualities required 

  • Careful
  • Accurate
  • Reliable and honest
  • Punctual

Education:

  • 10th and 12th grade complete minimum and College Diploma preferred

Experience:

  • 5 (Five) years for grade 10th and 12th completed or 2 (Two) years practical experience in plant propagation or seed production
  • On the job training will be provided

Special requirements:

  • The job requires work on weekends with day off during week days.

Duty Station: Addis Ababa

Grade: 1C

Minimum Base:          Birr 6,529 (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/056/14 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 27 October 2014.

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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Innovation platforms to enhance participation in rainwater management in Ethiopia

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 ILRI/Apollo Habtamu).

Activities conducted as part of NBDC innovation platform work in Fogera (photo credit: ILRI/Apollo Habtamu).

This paper draws lessons from two years of work with ‘innovation platforms’ that were established by the Nile Basin Development Challenge (NBDC) program in an attempt to strengthen landscape-level rainwater management in Ethiopia. The NDBC’s work included the use of an innovation fund to support pilot interventions.

This paper particularly reviews questions of political economy and equity in platform activities and examines decision-making processes, the roles and level of influence of different platform members, the nature of platform-community relations and the extent to which different groups are benefiting.

The information presented in this working paper was gathered from a mixture of sources: interviews conducted with platform members; observation of meetings and activities by NBDC staff; official minutes of platform meetings and other associated events (e.g. training sessions) and informal discussions between NBDC staff and platform members.

This paper is the latest of a ‘research for development (R4D)’ series of working papers developed by the Challenge Program for Water and Food (CPWF).

Read the working paper ‘Innovation Platforms to Enhance Participation in Rainwater Management: Lessons from The Nile Basin Development Challenge with a Particular Focus on Political Economy and Equity Issues‘.

Discover the rest of the CPWF’s R4D working paper series.


Use of Dropbox by the CGIAR

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Currently, there are over 4,700 cgiar.org accounts signed-up with Dropbox, only 307 accounts of which are paid. Some of these belong to ILRI but we do not currently know which: please notify the ICT Helpdesk if you are using Dropbox for work. The adoption of Dropbox is growing exponentially. Over 255,954+ files were added in the last 28 days.

Note

  1.  This may be an avoidable expense given that the CGIAR has the right to UNLIMITED storage on Google Drive AT NO COST. Please contact ICT Services if you need help getting set up with this
  2. If you continue using Dropbox please consider using the paid version and be aware of potential security problems with the free version (see http://www.cnet.com/news/hackers-hold-7-million-dropbox-passwords-ransom/).

 

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Egyptian fish retailers use role-playing to boost their confidence and get their rights

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Women fish retailers in Egypt are often forced to pay unofficial fees for their roadside market stalls. An interactive theatre project has helped boost the confidence and ability of these women to lobby their local government for retail licenses to protect their safety and rights as workers.

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The project is part of the Improving Employment and Income through Development of Egypt’s Aquaculture Sector project, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

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Filed under: Africa, Aquaculture, CRP37, Egypt, Fish, Gender, Middle East, North Africa, Value Chains, Women, WorldFish

ILRI Ethiopia campus internet improvement

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We would like to inform you that we have managed to get EthioTelecom to address the root cause of the very slow internet service we have been experiencing, after few months of back and forth with them. We hope this resolution will work for long period of time and help improve service in the campus. We have been monitoring the situation for about 24 hours and we have noticed a tremendous improvement, may it keep working like this.

We will be discussing more with EthioTelecom on how to ensure future problems get be addressed in the shortest time possible.

Thanking you all for your understanding of the situation.

Biruk Debebe | ICT Infrastructure Specialist

Email: b.debebe@cgiar.org

International Day of Rural Women

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International Day of Rural Women

October 15 is the UN International Day of Rural Women. This day, which was first established in 2008 recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.”

Women farmers typically achieve yields 20-30% lower than men due to unequal access to productive resources and services, yet closing this gender gap could reduce the number of malnourished people by 12-17% (Source: Farming First)

Gender inequity plays a special role within agriculture, as women are often pivotal to ensure household food security. Yet they are often not given access to resources or have little decision- making power.

Gender, poverty and institutions

Improving equity therefore, means allowing the men and women affected by development to have a say in how resources are used. It also means helping decision makers to guarantee policies promote fair access to agriculture and natural resources. Gender, poverty, and institutions are therefore interlinked, and cannot be dealt with independently.

WLE’s gender research identifies where, when and how women can gain equitable access to water, land and other natural resources. WLE’s vision of sustainable agriculture rests on the premise that enhancing the decision-making power of women over natural resources can improve agriculture production, enable household food security and ensure long-term sustainability.

 

Click here to download our brief on equity and gender

Follow the conversation on twitter hashtag #ruralwomen

Related resources:

Gender @AgEco: A collection of blog posts showcasing the discourse on gender and equity across WLE’s research activities

CGIAR Celebrates International Rural Women’s Day: CGIAR is committed to promoting cross-cutting research to benefit rural women and integrating gender into research activities through its research programs.

Infographic: Africa’s Agricultural Potential: A new infographic from Farming First and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) focuses on the many ways in which Africa can address hunger and malnutrition while boosting livelihoods and promoting inclusive growth sustainably. 

 

The post International Day of Rural Women appeared first on Water, Land and Ecosystems.

ILRI Ethiopia courier message

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“I received a parcel or mail labeled under the name of Kosmowski Frederic. I am asking your cooperation in notifying the addressee to come and collect the parcel from mail room or contact ext. 2117.”

Thank you,

Aster

Email: A.Agize@cgiar.org

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