“Developing the insurance product was the easy part. The tweaking, monitoring, and adapting – that has been much more complicated.” This, in essence, was what Cornell development economist Christopher Barrett informed us as we began discussing our upcoming Kenya research trip with him. He was right. Since the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) formulated Index-Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) ten years ago, the product has been lauded as a strategy to prevent drought-induced livestock losses among Kenyan and Ethiopian pastoralists. By combining satellite observations of forage conditions with longitudinal livestock mortality rates, it calculates clients’ seasonal payouts. While by and large successful – and already showing evidence of positive impactson pastoralists’ wellbeings – the rollout of IBLI has faced numerous challenges, as Takaful Insurance of Africa, IBLI’s current private sector partner, can attest.
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Dairy cow in Tanga, Tanzania (photo credit: ILRI/Paul Karaimu).As a vegetarian, my occupation as a livestock scientist might come as an odd choice. But here’s the thing: Livestock science isn’t about promoting meat eating; it’s about investigating better ways of farming meat so we don’t harm the environment in the process.
‘Global projections show that rising incomes are only expected to increase the demand for meat. I don’t think that has to be a bad thing.
‘The question for me is not whether we produce or eat meat — but how we do it. And lab-grown meat, which has recently grabbed global headlines, is not the only way.
‘Some key reasons farmers keep animals, especially in developing countries, are so they can earn better incomes, have better prospects for their families, and produce manure to fertilize their farms. Eating meat regularly is often not an option. Milk, eggs and other dairy products, however, contribute toward a more nutritious diet.
‘There’s a tool that was developed to support governments, NGOs and extension workers as they guide farmers through complex decisions, so they can earn better incomes, put more food on the table and protect the environment at the same time. Called CLEANED, it gives best-bet options for making the most of limited resources in specific contexts and circumstances. . . .
‘The biggest lesson from our pilot research is that every farm is different, and farmers need to consider their own resources before taking new interventions into account. . . .
‘The tool, then, helps to throw light on recommendations and solutions. . . .’What CLEANED helps us do is to look at the potential of a farm from different angles. That’s what being a livestock scientists is about: helping people make the best choices — including whether or not to eat meat.
Read the whole article by Jessica Mukiri: Local context is everything: It’s how animals are produced that’s important, Medium, 14 Mar 2018.
The Comprehensive Livestock Environmental Assessment for Improved Nutrition, a Secured Environment and Sustainable Development along Livestock and Fish Value Chains (CLEANED) Excel tool is a rapid ex-ante environmental impact assessment tool that allows users to explore multiple impacts of developing livestock value chains. It models the impact of changes in the livestock production systems and value chains along several pathways on land use, productivity, economics, water impacts, greenhouse gas emissions and soil health.
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Program Accountant to provide financial support to the Program ranging from monitoring grant spending, reviewing all charges posted to the projects to be accurate and timely, managing Partner spending, posting expenses and reversals as needed, preparation of Financial Reports, assisting in processing payments among other duties.
ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org
1. Financial Accounting, project management and donor reporting
- Develop and maintain appropriate databases to ensure project financial management is done to meet various program financial demands
- Prepare all projects payment requests for sub-grantees in collaboration with Project Manager (PM) and Project Leaders
- Follow up with finance to ensure timely payments to sub-grantees and ensure transfer advices are shared with partners
- Ensure project partners’ financial returns are submitted. Review advance requests and financial returns by partners with reference to contractual obligations and partner financial obligations liquidation effected in the One Corporate System (OCS)
- Prepare detailed monthly, quarterly and annual internal financial reports as requested by PM 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
- Maintain proper financial and project records of projects both soft and hard.
- Prepare donor financial reports/statement in collaboration with PM, Project Leaders and Finance department and maintain appropriate compliance donor reporting databases
- Compute project accruals annually and during project close outs and ensure they are captured in the system
- Raise invoices & follow up reimbursements and transfer advices from partners/donors
- Lead project specific audit and support external/internal audit as may be found necessary
- Support annual budget preparation by working with PM
2. Proposal development- budget development
- Participate in meetings during proposal development
- Provide advise especially in unit costs etc. towards development of proposal budgets
- Prepare proposal budgets for review by PM and Project Leader
- Upload project budgets to the OCS System.
3. Project settlements reports, travel expense reports, travel authorizations (TAs), requisitions
- Review Project Settlements Reports, Travel Expense Reports and TAs
- Review of all Terms of References for Program staff and consultants before approval by project leaders. Ensure that all support documents have been attached /provided for
- Bachelor of Commerce (Finance option)
- Master of Business Administration (Finance option) will be an added advantage.
- Full accounting qualifications CPA (K) or ACCA
- Experience with projects Accounting
- Minimum of three years of relevant working experience
- Good personal organizational skills, accuracy and attention to detail
- Good communication and interpersonal skills
- Highly effective multi-tasking skills, with ability to coordinate, prioritize and organize workload and meet deadlines
Terms of Appointment
These are Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position; based at Nairobi, Kenya and open to Kenyan nationals only.
The position is on a 3-year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.
This position is job level 2c Level 2, 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 expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 28 March 2018. The position title and reference number REF: PA/AHH/03/18 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.
ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.
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/
ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.