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Staff appointments April – July 2018

Nationally recruited staff (NRS) — Kenya

 Christine MutisyaChristine Mutisya was appointed research assistant in the Animal and Human Health program in April 2018. She is responsible for providing laboratory technical support for the Rift Valley fever vaccine trial in Kapiti and ILRI. She previously worked as a junior consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Food Program and as graduate research intern at ILRI working for the malignant catarrhal fever virus trial. She has also worked in different capacities at the Kenya Medical Research Institute and in One Health projects. She holds a BSc in crop production and horticulture science.

Jessica OnyangoJessica Onyango joined ILRI Finance department as accountant attached to the Biosciences/CGIAR research programs unit in May 2018. She was previously working with World Vision Kenya as a project financial analyst (similar to grants accountant). Prior to that, she had served in a similar position with Malteser International. Owing to her wide experience in non-governmental organizations, she is highly skilled in financial accounting, subrecipients management, grant monitoring and budgeting. Onyango holds a BA in Economics from Moi University Eldoret and is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya.

Nelson KipchirchirNelson Kipchirchir joined ILRI in April 2018 as research assistant–Kapiti in the Animal Biosciences program. Prior to this, he worked as a graduate intern in the Zoonoses in Livestock in Kenya (ZooLinK) project, based in Western Kenya, whose aim is to develop an effective surveillance program for infectious diseases that are shared between livestock and humans. In this new position, he will be assisting in a field study on Rift Valley fever virus being conducted at the Kapiti Plains ranch. Kipchirchir holds a bachelor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Nairobi.

John JumaJohn Juma was appointed research associate–Bioinformatics at the Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA)-ILRI Hub. Prior to this appointment, Juma was a bioinformatician/Linux systems administrator at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). Previously, he was a bioinformatician at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Nairobi, Kenya. He has a life science background in biochemistry and molecular biology and an interest in next-generation sequencing (NGS). In this position, his main role will be to provide high-quality ‘-omics’ data analyses and interpretation of results cutting across various projects and supporting bioinformatics capacity building at the BecA-ILRI Hub.

Sarah KasyokaSarah Kasyoka joined ILRI in June 2018 as communications and knowledge management specialist for the Sustainable Livestock Systems (SLS) program. She brings on board a decade-long career in the areas of communications, advocacy, knowledge management, capacity building and program coordination. She has previously worked for Save the Children International, Helen Keller International, Safaricom and the International Potato Center. She has a BA in psychology and marketing from United States International University (USIU-Africa) and a MA in public relations (strategic communications) from Ball State University in the United States.

Judy KimaniJudy Kimani joined ILRI in July 2018 as communications and knowledge management specialist in the Policies, Institutions and Livelihoods program. She has over 10 years work experience in various capacities in development communications, corporate communications as well as media. Her skills and experience span across developing and implementing communication strategies, article writing and editing, website content generation and maintenance, branding, social media campaigns, graphic design, video and photography as well as organizing stakeholder events. Prior to joining ILRI, she worked in various capacities in both the county and national government sectors of Kenya. She holds a MSc in organizational development from United States International University Africa (USIU) and a BA Communications from Daystar University.

Josiah NjeruJosiah Njeru joined the Animal and Human Health program as research assistant in the Rift Valley fever project. He has extensive industry experience in clinical diagnostics and has most recently been working as molecular applications specialist at Caroga Diagnostics/Cepheid EU and previously at Pathcare Medical Laboratories. He holds a BSc in biomedical science and technology (Egerton University) and is currently pursuing an MSc in molecular biology and bioinformatics at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. His research interests are in infectious diseases; diagnostic biomarkers discovery, and development and evaluation of rapid diagnostic tools.

Benedict KaraniBenedict Karani has joined the ILRI Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH) team in the Livestock Genetics program as research assistant where he is responsible for processing livestock samples for genetic analysis and diagnostics and preparation of next-generation sequencing (NGS) libraries. He previously worked as research trainee at the US Army Medical Research Directorate in the viral haemorrhagic fever laboratories for two years, where he gained vast knowledge and experience in both molecular and serological diagnostics. He holds a BSc in microbiology from the University of Kabianga.

Catherine NyokabiCatherine Nyokabi has joined ILRI in the Animal Bioscience program as housekeeper–Kapiti. She was previously working at the International Organization for Immigration (IOM) as a chef. Catherine is a diploma holder in catering and accommodation management from the Technical University of Kenya.

 

Nationally recruited staff (NRS)— Ethiopia

Tariku YohannesTariku Yohannes has been appointed as program accountant in Sustainable Livestock Systems (SLS) Program of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) effective  April 2018.  He holds MSc degree in Accounting and Finance from Addis Ababa University in 2017, BA degree in Accounting and Finance from Alpha University College in 2011 and Diploma in Human Resources Management from Addis Ababa University School of Commerce in 2004. Before joining ILRI, he was working as Accountant in ICARDA Ethiopia.

Meaza Wudeneh Meaza Wudeneh has been appointed as accountant in Finance unit, ILRI effective May 2018.  She holds BA degree in Accounting from Addis Ababa University in 2013 and Bachelor of Education in Chemistry from Dilla University in 2005. Before joining ILRI, she was working as Accountant at British Embassy.

 

 

Andarg AssefaAndarg Assefa has been appointed as technical assistant in Livestock Genetics Program effective  June 2018.  He holds Diploma in General Electronics from Debre Markos Technical Skill School in 2012.  Before he was appointed, he was working as a temporary Technical Assistant in the Poultry Farm at ILRI.

 

Tsion IssayasTsion Issayas has been appointed as publishing services manager in Communications and Knowledge Management effective July 2018.  She holds MSc degree in Journalism and Communication and BA degree in English from Addis Ababa University.  Before joining ILRI, she was working as Country Communications Manager at Management Sciences for Health (MSH).

 

Getachew BeyoroGetachew Beyoro has been appointed as program manager in Feed and Forage Development Program effective July 2018.  He holds MSc degree in Strategic Management from United States International University-Africa in 2006, Certified International Project Manager (CIPM),  from American Academy of Project Management Institute in 2015, completed four Masters level courses in Leadership and Organizational Development offered by Azusa Pacific University in 2002 and 2003, BSc degree  in Chemistry with combined minor in Mathematics and Physics in 1995.  Before joining ILRI, he was working as Youth Livelihoods and Self Employment Specialist at Education Development Center, USAID Projects.

Tariku TsegayeTariku Tsegaye has been appointed as web systems specialist in Communications and Knowledge Management effective July 2018.  He holds MSc degree in Information Science from Addis Ababa University in 2014 and BSc degree in Computer Science from Hawassa University in 2007.  Before joining ILRI, he was working as Freelancer at Android Developer Company.

 

Eskedar TilahunEskedar Tilahun has been appointed as administrative officer in Administration effective July 2018.  She holds Project Management Certificate as a Certified Development Project Manager from Institute of Project Management for Development, USA in 2016, Master of Business Administration degree from Central University, New Mexico in 2015, BSc degree in Library & Information Science from Addis Ababa University in 2006 and Diploma in Secretarial Science and Office Management from Addis Ababa University Commercial School in 1999.  Before she was appointed, she was working as a temporary Administrative Officer in Administration.

Mahlet KassahunMahlet Kassahun has been appointed as CKM support services assistant in Communications and Knowledge Management effective July 2018.  She holds Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing, Advertisement and Accounting from University of Mysore, India in 2007, Business Statistics and Business Legislation Certificate from University of Mysore, India in 2006 and Industrial Resource Certificate from University of Mysore, India in 2004.  Before joining ILRI, she was working as a temporary Administrative Assistant in ILRI.

Internationally recruited staff (IRS)

Albin HübscherAlbin Hübscher joined ILRI in July 2018 as interim director–Corporate Services.

He has broad international experience in both the private and the non-profit sectors. Hübscher previously worked for the CGIAR System Organization/System Management Office (former Consortium Office–CGIAR Secretariat) as the chief finance officer / head of finance from 2015 until May 2018 in France. He worked for the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) as deputy director general, Corporate Services from 2007–2015. He started his international career in 1978 in Nairobi with Ciba, and before he joined CIAT in 2007, he was responsible for seed business development in Asia including merger and acquisitions (M&A) in China. Hübscher is from Switzerland.

Lillian WambuaLillian Wambua was appointed postdoctoral fellow–diagnostic assays in July 2018 in the Animal and Human Health program. Her research focus is development of innovative low-cost, field-deployable diagnostic interventions for surveillance and control of diseases. She will contribute towards diagnosis of zoonotic infections and development of a platform for the detection of multiple zoonoses in the ZooLink project. Most recently, Wambua worked in icipe, leading a United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded project on diagnostic approaches for surveillance of illegal bushmeat and zoonotic diseases. She was also previously involved in developing penside diagnostic assays for Napier stunt and Napier smut diseases. She holds PhD in genetics and management of biological resources (Universita’ degli Studi della Tuscia, Italy), MRes in advanced genetic analysis (Leeds University, United Kingdom) and a BSc in biomedical science and technology (Egerton University, Kenya). She is a fellow of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and is Kenyan.

Kibrom AbayKibrom Abay joined the Sustainable Livestock Systems (SLS) program as postdoctoral fellow in July 2018. He will be working with the Index-based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) team. Kibrom’s research interest lies at the intersection of agricultural, behavioural and development economics. Most of his research involves applied econometrics and policy evaluation methods. He is an expert in impact evaluation methods and has recently worked on measurements in household surveys and related data collection tools. He holds Msc and PhD degrees in economics from the University of Copenhagen. Kibrom has published papers in field and general economics journals and he is from Ethiopia.

Job Postings

Dear colleagues,

Below are job postings for vacancies at ILRI. Please click the links to view details and share them widely.

  1. The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Scientist – Gender, Livestock and Environment to contribute to the research agenda linking environmental and social dimensions livestock, especially in terms of climate change adaptation and mitigation.

ILRI vacancy: Scientist -Gender and Environment (closing date: 13 May 2018)

  1. The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Farm House Keeper to manage day-to-day Kapiti farm house including catering, cleaning services offered at the farm house and ensure a clean, comfortable and safe accommodation for ILRI and hosted institution guests.

ILRI vacancy: Farm House Keeper(closing date: 27 April 2018)

  1. The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Assistant to support laboratory activities including analysis of biological samples, development of reports, and supervision of graduate fellows attached to the projects in which the assistant is assigned to in the Animal and Human Health program.

ILRI vacancy: Research Assistant (closing date: 20 April 2018)

Kind regards,

ILRI Staff Appointments/Moves: September- December 2017

Nationally recruited staff (NRS) appointment – Nairobi

Geoffrey Kiarie MuiruriGeoffrey Kiarie Muiruri joined International Livestock Research Institution (ILRI) in October as Program accountant. He was formerly working at Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development which is a policy research institute owned by Egerton University, where he served as the Project Accountant. In his career, he has supported organisations to set up strong internal control systems, create and maintain project financial databases, provide financial information to program leaders/managers and ensure overall compliance to donor regulations. He has vast experience managing donors’ funds such as USAID, Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, and World Bank.

Geoffrey holds a B. Com (Finance and Accounting) from Strathmore University, a Certified Public Accountant, CPA (K) and is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).

Gordon Avagalwa MavisiGordon Mavisi joined ILRI as Driver based in the Nairobi county in the Accelerated value chain development (AVCD) program effective October 2017. With over 20 Years’ experience in commercial driving, Gordon was previously working with US Embassy Defense Attaché office, Shreeji Enterprises, Alpine Coolers, African Line Transport and Logistics and Info track Research and Logistics. He is a recipient of Federal Bureau of Investigation Coin (FBI) and Eagle award Certificates.

He holds certificates in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, Basic First Aid, Defensive driving, Basic vehicle mechanics.

Omar Ibrahim HusseinHussein Omar Ibrahim was appointed as Driver in AVCD program based in Wajir county. Born to a pastoralist family in northern Kenya, Hussein obtained his Certificate of Secondary Education in Wajir the attained his driving licence. He has previously worked as an institutional driver at the Shibli Integrated Academy, a private primary school and later served as a casual driver for the AVCD program. He has also worked as an enumerator for the Islamic Relief, as polling clerk during the 2005 constitutional referendum of Kenya.

 

Peter Lopem EwalanPeter Lopem was appointed as Driver in AVCD program based in Turkana county. He has experience working in various Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs) in and outside

Turkana County. He holds He holds certificates in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, Driving Basic Tyre maintenance and defensive

 

Ahmed Jillo WocheJillo Ahmed Woche joined ILRI as a Driver based in Marsabit county, in the AVCD program.  He has vast experience within Marsabit county and its environs. He holds certificates in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education and driving.

 

Queenreese Oluochwas appointed as Animal Technician-Large Animal Unit effective November 2017. Prior to this, he was working at the Queereenuse Pacho OluochUniversity of Nairobi, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences and at Jesmo Agrovet Limited- Kajiado

He holds a Diploma in Management-Purchasing and Supply Management from Kenya Institute of Management, Certificates in Animal Health and Production; Artificial Insemination and Fertility Management from -AHITI and Certificate in Information Communication Technology Enabled Services-Business Process Outsourcing (ITES-BPO) from University of Nairobi.

He is a registered Veterinary technician with Kenya Veterinary Board (KVB) and a Member of Kenya Veterinary Paraprofessional Association (KVPA)

Dorothy Akinyi OnyangoDorothy Onyango joined the ILRI-BecA Hub as Capacity building research associate in November 2017. Her role is to provide high-level, comprehensive technical support and bench supervision to scientists and research fellows conducting a wide range of crop and livestock-related research projects, support research fellows and scientists in stock management and requisition of reagents, supplies and equipment. Dorothy is a Plant Geneticist/Breeder with 5 years research experience in different research organizations including International Rice Research Institute in The Philippines, where she worked in collaboration with Africa Rice to develop high yielding iron toxicity tolerant rice hybrids for cultivation in lowland areas of Africa and South East Asia. Previously, Dorothy worked as a corn breeder with Pioneer in developing highland maize hybrids for Kenya and with International Potato Center in improving production systems of farmers in western Kenya under Humid tropics.

Mercy ChepngetichMercy Chepngetich was appointed as Research Associate – Statistics under BecA-ILRI Hub’s Integrated Genotyping Service and Support (IGSS) platform. Her key role is to analyze and interpret statistical data derived from IGSS platform and use DArTdb LIMS for efficient data management.

Mercy also interacts with IGSS clients and contributes in providing technical backstopping in statistical data analysis and interpretation, maintaining quality controls of the IGSS data, managing work-plans, planning work conducted by IGSS research associates in dry lab supervision of IGSS activities in the platform. Prior to joining the BecA-ILRI Hub, Mercy worked at Jomo Kenyatta university of Agriculture & Technology (J.K.U.A.T) and Machakos University as a part-time Lecturer in the department of Statistics and Actuarial science. She holds a MSc degree in Applied Statistics and BSc. in Mathematics and Computer Science from J.K.U.A.T She also went through a rigorous seven months training in DArTseq GBS Technology at DArT in Canberra, Australia.

Elijah Chege MwauraElijah Mwaura joined BecA as the Program Accountant effective December 2017. Prior to joining BecA, Elijah served as an Accountant supporting BecA-ILRI-hub and Biosciences program within the Finance department.  He has over six years’ experience in finance and accounting and holds a B. Com degree in Finance and Banking from Egerton University. He is a Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK)  

 

Nationally recruited staff (NRS) appointment – Addis Ababa

 Meron AmehaMeron Ameha was appointed as Zebu Club Coordinator in Housing, Catering and Conference Services unit effective November 2017.  Meron holds BA degree in Marketing management from Unity University and Diploma in Marketing and Salesmanship from Unity University College. Prior to joining ILRI, she was working as Recreation Manager at Hilton Hotel.

 

 

Menilik ChanyalewMenilik Chanyalew moved to Feed and Forage Development Program as Program Accountant effective November 2017.  Menilik holds a MSc degree in Accounting and Finance from Addis Ababa University and BA degree in Accounting from Addis Ababa University. Prior to this appointment, he was working as Accountant in ILRI’s Finance department.

 

 

Rahel AbiyRahel Abiy was appointed as Administrative Assistant in Sustainable Livestock Systems Program effective November 2017.  Rahel holds BA degree in Foreign Languages and Literature from Addis Ababa University. Prior to this, she was working on temporary basis as Administrative Assistant in ILRI.

 

 

 Ermias HabteErmias Habte has been appointed as Research Officer in Feed and Forage Development Program effective December 2017. Ermias holds PhD degree in Plant Genetics from Cologne University, Germany, MSc degree in Plant Breeding from Alemaya University and BSc degree in Plant Science from Hawassa University.   Previously, he was working as Research and Community Service Vice Dean at Ambo University College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences.

 

Betreab SolomonBetreab Solomon was appointed as ICT Customer Services Technician in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) effective December. Betreab holds a BSc degree in Computer Sciences from HilCoe School of Computer Science and Technology. Before joining ILRI, he was working as Information Technology Support at British Embassy.

 

 

Internationally recruited staff (IRS) appointments

Perle Latre De LatePerle Latre de Late was appointed as a Post-doctoral fellow-Cell Biologist in the Livestock Genetics program, Animal Biosciences in September 2017. Her role is to conduct research on cattle disease, East Cost Fever disease. Currently the aim of her study is to determine the mechanism of tolerance to T Parva in cattle, understanding the mechanism of tolerance that may reveal new insights into how best to control or prevent East Coast fever.

A French citizen, originally from Gabon, Perle studied in France obtaining her PhD in molecular and cellular biology, MSc (2) in Biology and therapeutic of functions from the University of Paris XI and BSc and MSc (1) in cell biology and physiology from University of sciences and technologies of Lille.

 Jean-Baka Domelevo EntfellnerJean-Baka Domelevo Entfellner was appointed as a Scientist – Bioinformatics in the BecA-ILRI Hub in September 2017, to lead the bioinformatics platform. He is responsible for providing expertise to scientists and fellows in the computational analysis of their “omics” data (phenotypic or genomic) as well as designing and implementing capacity building activities in bioinformatics.

Prior to this appointment, Jean-Baka was a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the university of the Western Cape (Cape Town, South Africa), and a postdoctoral fellow with the South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI) since 2012. As a postdoctoral fellow, Jean-Baka worked for the NIH-funded H3ABioNet project, part of the broader H3Africa initiative (Human Heredity and Health in Africa).

With a formal education in computer science, mathematics and signal processing, Jean-Baka took a one-year sabbatical in 2006-2007 to lecture in Niamey (Niger) and Yaoundé (Cameroon), in the framework, a project aimed at developing higher education and research capacity in mathematics and computer science in Africa. Back in France, he conducted his PhD studies in Montpellier under the supervision of Prof. Olivier Gascuel, on a topic combining phylogenetics and statistical modelling of protein families.

He is also the bioinformatician for the DTRA/CBEP project on the whole-genome sequencing of African Swine Fever Virus.

Originally from Paris, France, Jean-Baka is an alumnus of the prestigious École Normale Supérieure (ENS Cachan, France). Prior to his PhD (University of Montpellier, France), he obtained a BSc and an MSc in computer science from the University of Rennes (France) and a BA in English studies from the University of Rennes (France), and an MA in English studies from the University of Montpellier (France).

Anna Lacasta MarinAnna Lacasta-Marin was promoted to Scientist in the Animal and Human Health program, Animal Biosciences. She was previously a Post-doctoral fellow in the Vaccines Platform since October 2013, during which she was involved in development of subunit vaccines against East Coast fever where she developed new vaccine approaches based on the p67C antigen, implemented new nanotechnology designs and as a result improved the antigen making it more efficient in generating an immune response. This technology can now be applied with other antigens to fight other diseases. Anna was also involved in the development of vaccines against African swine fever by means of attenuated viruses. Both diseases are major constraints in Africa and Anna’s efforts in the vaccinology field were very helpful in both cases. In the new position Anna is going to continue working in the vaccinology field and opening new avenues for collaborations and synergies.

Kristina RoeselKristina Roesel was appointed as Post-doctoral fellow, Animal and Human Health.  She initially joined ILRI in 2011 as a graduate fellow during the final synthesis activities of the BMZ/GIZ funded, ILRI-led Safe Food, Fair Food project. For the period 2012 – 2016 she was jointly appointed by Freie Universität Berlin and ILRI as the coordinator of the second phase of the Safe Food, Fair Food project. Kristina is a German citizen and holds a DVM and a PhD of Biomedical Sciences of Freie Universität Berlin. Prior to her veterinary studies, she obtained a degree as a foreign language correspondent and volunteered in a forest conservation project in Malawi using participatory methods in tackling the human-elephant conflict. Until today she is active in African elephant habitat conservation in Malawi and Kenya. As a student she worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Parasitology and Tropical Veterinary Medicine at FUB, supporting field work on emerging tropical vector-borne livestock diseases in Europe and parasitological surveys in West Africa. Particular interests include research on the epidemiology of diseases at the interface of livestock, wildlife and human health, parasitology, working with students well as North-South and South-South technology and knowledge transfer.

 Sonal Prabhulal HensonSonal Henson joined ILRI as Scientist-Bioinformatics in December 2017. She will be responsible for developing data analysis strategies relevant to gene discovery, immuno-informatics and genotyping for Animal and Human Health research program. She has over 10 years of experience in a range of bioinformatics areas. She holds a PhD in Bioinformatics from University of Pretoria, South Africa, BSc. in Computational Biology from University of Warwick, UK, an MSc. in Bioinformatics from University of Leicester, UK. She was a Postdoctoral research fellow at ILRI, KEMRI-Welcome Trust and ICIPE, studying the genomes of various organisms using high throughput sequencing data.

Peter Martin Ferdinand EmmrichPeter Emmrich was appointed as Postdoctoral Scientist at the BecA-ILRI Hub in December 2017. He is working on the improvement of Grass pea for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa which is a highly drought- and flooding-tolerant pulse crop  cultivated widely in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Bangladesh and India and has been part of human diets for over 8000 years. However, the crop produces a toxin, beta-ODAP, that can cause paralysis after prolonged consumption during times of malnutrition. Peter’s work aims to develop safe, high-yielding and locally adapted varieties of grass pea for food and feed. This work follows on from Peter’s PhD and one-year Post-doctoral studies at the John Innes Centre in the UK, a strategic partner of BecA-ILRI.

Peter is originally from Leipzig in Germany, but moved to Cambridge, UK for university. Besides his scientific work, Peter is a co-founder of the medical development NGO Doctors for Madagascar and a trustee of the UK branch.

Tribute for Emaelaf Kebede

Emaelaf Kebede plants a treeOn Friday 6 October 2017 ILRI lost a valued staff member and a splendid colleague and friend to many. Emaelaf Kebede lost a battle with a serious illness that day, dying with so much more to offer the world.

Emaelaf was a man with a ready smile and a warm embrace. He was always curious about people and life, always there to help with a friendly word, or just to listen to others. A solid, dependable, upright colleague, he never sought the limelight but rather took on professional challenges with uncommon dignity and grace as well as talent. He was a fair and good-humoured man who genuinely cared about people and about doing the right thing. Quiet and diligent, he was a virtual ‘rock’ at ILRI, always standing for ILRI and its mission to relieve world poverty and hunger as well as for its many individual staff members.
Emaelaf was a proud father, always doing his utmost to give his two sons a bright future. He kept his struggles with his illness private, not wishing to impose his ordeal on others. Maybe he wished for people to remember him as he had been, in his prime. For his colleagues at ILRI, he succeeded. We’ll remember a man who never failed each morning to ask us about our own health, disregarding his own failing health.

Remembering that, honouring that, extraordinary generosity gives us daily pause, a daily opportunity to cherish the little kindness and other traits that made him so special.

Emaelaf is badly missed at ILRI. Never forgotten.

ILRI Staff Appointments/Moves: May – August 2017

Nationally recruited staff (NRS) appointment – Nairobi

Peter Mativo joined ILRI’s Corporate Services directorate, Finance department as Finance Manager in June 2017 attached to Biosciences and CRP’s. He was formerly with Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation where he served as Finance & Operations Manager. Prior to that, he worked for CARE as Finance & Grants Coordinator. Through working with international development organizations, he has supported finance and operation teams by equipping them with necessary skills to manage awards and providing leadership in ensuring efficient and effective utilization of financial and administrative resources. He has wide experience in the areas of; financial accounting, budgeting, contracts/partnership management, donor reporting, cash flow management and staff capacity building. Earlier in his career, he worked for Kenindia Assurance Co. Ltd, Safaricom Limited and other private sector organizations. He holds an MBA, Finance from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology, BCOM, Accounting from University of Nairobi and is a Certified Public Accountant, CPA (K). He is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).

 

Maurice Karani has moved to Zoo Link suite of projects as a Research Assistant effective July 2017 in the Biosciences Directorate and will be based in Busia, Western Kenya. His main role will include collection of biological samples in households, slaughterhouses and livestock markets as well general coordination of field activities. He is a veterinarian by profession and holds a BvetMed from the University of Nairobi. Prior to this appointment, Murungi was a research Assistant with the Urban Zoo project at ILRI working on mapping of livestock and livestock source products value chains as well focusing on understanding the problem of pathogen emergence and the role of urbanization in the emergence of zoonotic pathogens in Nairobi.

 

Patrick Muinde was appointed as Research Assistant in the Zoo Link suite of projects in the Biosciences directorate effective July 2017 and will be based in Busia, Western Kenya. Patrick holds a BvetMed from the University of Nairobi and currently pursuing an MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of London. Patrick will be supporting research work in this project whose aim is to enable the Kenyan government develop an effective and integrated surveillance program for 14 selected zoonotic diseases. Prior to this  appointment, Patrick was working as a Research Assistant in the Urban-Zoo project at ILRI, Nairobi for the 99 household and Value chain components for Epidemiology, Ecology and Socio-economics of Disease Emergence in Nairobi since May 2014. This project focused on the role of urbanization in the emergence of zoonotic pathogens and how the supply of livestock and their products from urban, peri-urban and other regions is contributing to the introduction and emergence of these pathogens.

Kelvin Momanyi was appointed as Research Assistant in the Zoo Link suite of projects in the Biosciences directorate in July 2017.His role is to provide technical research support in the surveillance of zoonotic diseases in Western Kenya with a focus on the One Health approach, public scientific communication and stakeholder interaction. Kelvin is a research veterinarian with over 4 years professional and research experience in One health, Veterinary medicine and public science communication. He was the recipient of the Young Veterinarian of the year 2016/17 conferred by the Kenya Veterinary Association. His previous research has been on the evaluation of the implementation of One Health in Kenya and exploring one health and cancer in human and dogs in Nairobi. Kelvin holds a BvetMed from the University of Nairobi and has just completed his MSc in One Health from the University of Edinburg, awaiting graduation in December 2017.

Jackline Chepkoech joined ILRI in July 2017 as Research Associate under the Integrated Genotyping Service and Support (IGSS) in the BecA-ILRI hub. Her main is to provide technical advice on crop and livestock samples collection, storage, DNA extraction and shipment of DNA samples to BecA. She will also be involved in laboratory bench work operations specifically DNA extraction and processing to produce genotypic marker data using DArTdb laboratory Information Management system. She was previously on an internship program at the BecA-ILRI hub.  She holds a BSc in Biomedical Technology from The University of Nairobi and has gone through a one year training on genomics laboratory technical skills and basic data analysis at Diversity Arrays Technology (DArT), Australia.

 

Moses Githaiga Nderitu joined ILRI in July 2017 as Research Associate in IGSS in the BecA-ILRI hub. He will work in collaboration with Diversity Arrays Technology (DArT) (www.diversityarrays.com) information technology team to establish and maintain the IT infrastructure of the IGSS platform under the co-management of the BecA-ILRI hub and DArT. This will include installation and maintenance of KDDart (http://www.kddart.org/), development of KDDart, development/adoption of new algorithms for various aspects of IGSS operations and providing downstream bioinformatics analysis. Prior to joining ILRI, he worked at Dewcis Solutions Ltd as a Java developer and also did internship with KEMRI Wellcome Trust. He holds a BSc degree in Computer Science from  Egerton University and has undergone a one-year intensive training in DArTseq GBS Technology at DArT, Australia.

Festus Cheruiyot Soy joined ILRI as the Facilities Engineer in August 2017 in the Engineering department. He holds a BSc. in Construction Management from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and currently pursuing an MBA at Kenyatta University. Festus has more than ten years’ experience in Building and Construction works. Prior to joining ILRI, he previously worked for World Vision as a Building and Construction Engineer and Regent Management Limited as a Construction Project Manager.

 

Nehemiah G Kimani joined ILRI’s Finance department as Finance Officer – Integrated Sciences (IS) in August 2017. He will be working with the Finance Manager IS in providing efficient quality service in the field of finance and administration to Integrated Sciences program. He holds a BCom, Finance degree from The Catholic University of East Africa, is a CPA (K) and currently pursuing an MBA in Strategic Management from United States International University Africa (USIU). He has a combined progressive experience of over 12 years’ in Audit, Accounting and Financial Management. This includes but not limited to preparation of final accounts, finance and management reports; developing and implementing cash management strategies; compliance, budgets preparation and monitoring; Inventory management; cost control, Audit and investigations among others. He previously worked for Autosterile EA Ltd, Hygrotech (EA) Ltd both as Assistant Finance Manager and Mudamba & Associates as an Audit Senior.

 

Nationally recruited staff (NRS) appointments – Addis Ababa

Bedasa Eba has been appointed as Research Associate – Pastoralism and Rangeland in Sustainable Livestock Systems program effective 8 May 2017.  Bedasa holds a MSc degree in Rangeland Ecology and Management, BSc degree in Rangeland and Wild Life Science and BA degree in Economics from Haramaya University, Mekelle University respectively.  Before joining ILRI, he was working as Associate Researcher and Coordinator of National Research Program Rangeland Management at Yabello Pastoral and Dry land Agriculture Research Center.

 

Bereket Hailu has been appointed as Service Coordinator in Administration department effective 19 June 2017.  Bereket holds MA degree in Human Resources Management from Addis Ababa University in 2013 and BSc degree in Management Information System from MicroLink Information Technology College in 2010. Before joining ILRI, he was working as Outlet (Restaurant) Manager at Sheraton Addis.

 

 

 

Nationally recruited staff (NRS) appointments – Burkina Faso

Abdou Rasmane Bagagnan has been appointed as Research Assistant, ILRI Burkina Faso effective 1 June 2017.  Rasmane is a Burkinabe and obtained his MSc from University Banjul, The Gambia under the WASCAL (West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use) MSc scholarship programme. His thesis was on climate change education. His Bachelor degree was in Economics from University of Ouagadougou. Rasmane’s contract from CIFOR started on and it is for a duration of 1 year. The contract is renewable subject to performance and fund availability. Rasmane was previously an intern in ILRI during which period he was introduced to ILRI project sites and participated in the field activities.

Internationally recruited staff (IRS) appointments

Jacob Mignouna was appointed as the Director of the BecA-ILRI Hub effective May 2017. A plant molecular breeder and geneticist by training, Mignouna brings to the BecA-ILRI Hub a wealth of experience in leading research and managing donors’ investments in agricultural research for development spanning Africa, Europe and USA. He  has previously served as the director for technical operations at the African Agricultural Technology Foundation and most recently as a senior program officer and senior regional advisor for West Africa at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, USA.

 

Dawit Solomon joined ILRI in May 2017, as the Regional Program leader for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), East Africa. He has over 20 years of experience in capacity- building, research, international project development, implementation and engagement experience in sustainable agriculture, integrated environment and ecosystem rehabilitation and management, food and nutrition security, climate-change mitigation, adaptation and resilience. He holds a PhD in Geoecology/Soil Sciences from the University of Bayreuth in Germany, and also has a parallel post-doctoral training in biogeochemistry, biogeochemical cycling, environmental sciences and sustainable agriculture, from the University of Bayreuth and Cornell University in the USA.

 

Helen Altshul moved to the Livestock CRP from July 2017 as Performance and Partnerships Manager. Based at ILRI Nairobi, Helen will be leading the implementation of the program’s results-based management framework, including monitoring & evaluation and continuing to develop use of the Theory of Change. At the same time, she will be working to strengthen the partnership skills of Livestock CRP flagship and country teams, while supporting in overall management. Helen was previously in the  BecA-ILRI Hub where she was working for the past two years as a Development Partnerships Specialist, providing strategic and operational advice on the negotiation, establishment and maintenance of effective partnerships, supporting resource mobilization for research-for-development projects, assisting with strategy development and donor relationship management, supporting program and project level monitoring and evaluation. Helen is a dual UK/US citizen with 23 years of international experience in research and development. She has designed, led, implemented and monitored project activities funded by Australian, EU, UK, UN and US donor agencies and managed programs of up to $40 million per year and staff teams of up to 300 people in multiple countries, including fragile states (Somalia and South Sudan). Helen has been resident in Nairobi since 2000 where prior to joining ILRI, she worked for the International NGOs Adeso, Farm Africa and Christian Aid in various senior management and leadership positions. Since 2015 she has also acted as an Independent Assessor for the annual Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards.

 

Boleslaw Stawicki was appointed as Head of Business Development    in the Institutional Planning and Partnerships    department effective August 2017. He brings more than ten years of international experience in the fields of business development, strategy development and partnerships. He has worked at the nexus of the private sector, not-for-profit organisations as well as diplomacy in institutions such as Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund, hosted byAGRA and the Swedish Trade Council. His most recent engagement is with the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund, hosted by AGRA, where he successfully managed the program with a special focus on business development and partnerships. Boleslaw holds a Global  Executive MBA  from INSEAD, MSc, International Business and Management from Manchester Business School United Kingdom and BA in Italian with International Studies; Warwick University. Boleslaw is from Sweden.

 

Christian Keambou Tiambo was appointed as Post-Doctoral Fellow, Livestock Genetics/ Genomics in the BecA-ILRI hub effective July 2017. He is a PhD Degree holder in Animal Breeding and Genetics Improvement. He also holds a post-graduate diploma in eco-parasitology with focus on the determinants of the transmission of parasitic zoonosis between animal and humans.  He is an Alumni of the Agricultural Genetic Engineering Research Institute (AGERI) of the Arab Republic of Egypt where he was trained in Biosafety and GMO Detection. He is holder of a Certificate on Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standard (LEGS) jointly issued by the Feinstein International Center and the Tufts University, and in that quality serves as LEGS trainer for the Central African region. Christian is also an alumni of the BecA-ILRI Hub’s Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund fellowship program, he steers the Local Chicken Community of Practice hosted by BecA-ILRI Practice hosted by BecA-ILRI Hub. He is a Cameroonian citizen.

Karl M. Rich joined ILRI-Hanoi in August 2017 as a Principal Scientist in the Policies, Institutions & Livelihoods (PIL) program.  His work at ILRI will provide research leadership in the development of analytical frameworks and methodological tools for measuring the impact of livestock policy, investments and research. He has twenty years of experience as an agricultural economist and quantitative modelling expert. His research applies systems approaches and quantitative methods in the areas of animal health, agribusiness and marketing chains, and agricultural and livestock policy in the developing world. He has previously worked at ILRI Headquarters in Nairobi, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington and New Delhi, the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and Lincoln University in New Zealand. Rich, a U.S. citizen, has graduate degrees (PhD, MSc) in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Xinzheng Jia joined in ILRI in August 2017 as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow-Bioinformatics in Livestock Genetics program and is based in China. His responsibilities will include using integrated bioinformatics technology for livestock genetic and genomic research and contributing to the scientific quality of the research within the global livestock genetics program. He did his PhD research in molecular genetics and breeding at South China Agricultural University. He has experiences on genetic variation and functional genomics in poultry and other domestic animals. Xinzheng is a Chinese citizen

 

 

 

Loyce Mbwaya

 

 

ILRI Staff Appointments/Moves: January – April 2017

Nationally recruited staff (NRS) appointment – Nairobi

Eric Kamau joined International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) – World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) as ICT Project Manager in the Information, Communication and Technology department in January 2017. He has over 7 years’ experience in project management, change management, process re-engineering, business analysis, staff optimization & innovations/ideas management in various sectors including financial services, insurance and Internet service provider. He has a BSc in Computer Science, certified PRINCE2 Practitioner, Certified Business Analyst, ITILV3Expert and currently pursuing MSc Information Systems at United States International University (USIU), Kenya.

 

Nationally recruited staff (NRS) appointments – Addis Ababa

Alemayehu Ayeligne has been appointed as Driver in Africa RISING Project effective January 2017.  Alemayehu holds BA degree in Economics from Bahir Dar University and Diploma in Auto-mechanics from Alpha Higher Institute of Distance Studies. Prior to joining ILRI Africa Rising Project, he was working as a Driver at ILRI LIVES Project at Amhara Regional Office until December 2016

 

Nizam Husen was been appointed as Research AssociateNatural Resources Management and Institutions in Sustainable Livestock Systems Program (SLS) effective January 2017. Nizam holds MSc in Agricultural Economics from University of Hohenheim, Germany and a BSc in Agricultural Economics from Jimma University, Ethiopia. Before joining ILRI, he was working as Research Assistant at University of Hohenheim, Germany.

 

Menilik Chanyalew has been appointed as Accountant-Research in Finance department effective January 2017. Menilik holds an MSc degree in Accounting and Finance, a BA degree in Accounting from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Before joining ILRI, he was working as Consultant for CNFA/USAID funded Projects and UN Office of Project Service (UNOPS), Ethiopia.

 

Chalachew Degie has been appointed as Accountant in Finance department in February 2017.  Chalachew holds MBA in Business Administration from Bahir Dar University, BA degree in Accounting from Alpha Distance Learning University and a Diploma in Accounting from Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia. Prior to joining ILRI, he was working as Junior Accountant in the International Potato Center (CIP) Ethiopia.

 

Abbay Fikru joined ILRI as ICT Customer Service Technician in Information Communication Technology (ICT) department in February 2017. Abbay holds a BSc degree in ICT from Admas University College, Ethiopia and Diploma in Information Technology (IT) from Queens’ College, Ethiopia. Formerly, he was working as Senior IT Expert at MIDROC Ethiopia Project Office (MEPO), Ethiopia.

 

Fiseha Sisay was appointed as Executive Chef in Housing, Catering and Conference Service Unit effective April 2017. Fisseha holds BA degree in Management from Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia, Diploma in Accounting from Zegha Business College, Diploma in Food & Nutrition from Entoto Technical and Vocational School and Certificate in Food Preparation, Hotel Supervisory from Catering and Tourism Training Institute (CTTI). Before joining ILRI, he was working as Executive Chef at Golden Tulip Hotel Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

 

Abiy Degefe was appointed as an Accountant in Finance department effective April 2017. Abiy is ACCA qualified and holds a BA degree and Diploma in Accounting from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Before joining ILRI, he was working as Senior Finance Officer at Concern Worldwide Ethiopia Office.

 

 

Gebrehiwot Hailemariam joined ILRI as a Monitoring & Evaluation Associate/Data Manager effective April 2017 in Africa RISING Project. Gebrehiwot holds an MSc degree in Agricultural Economics from Alemaya University, Postgraduate Diploma in Rural Extension & Teaching from Larenstein, the Netherlands and a BSc degree in Plant Science from Alemaya University of Agriculture. Before joining ILRI, he was working as Project Coordinator at International Potato Center (CIP) Ethiopia.

 

 

Nationally recruited staff (NRS) appointment – Vietnam

Chi Nguyen joined ILRI in March 2017 as the Regional Communications Officer for East and Southeast Asia. She will be based in Hanoi, Vietnam. Prior to joining ILRI, Chi worked as a communications and documentation specialist for FHI360 in Vietnam and communications officer for Centre for Sustainable Rural Development. Having solid background in journalism and communication, she has developed a number of strategic communication framework and products for these organizations. Chi holds a Bachelor of Culture and Linguistics from the National University of Hanoi.

 

 

Internationally recruited staff (IRS) appointments

Birhanu Lenjiso was appointed as a Post-Doctoral Fellow – Gender Analysis in Forage Research in the Policies, Institutions & Livelihoods program (PIL). He has over 10 years of teaching and research experience. He has taught sociology, gender and research courses at Ambo University, Ethiopia for six years. He has also served as chief academic program officer, coordinator of Center for Gender Initiatives (CGI) and head of the department of sociology and social works. He has also worked for ILRI as a research consultant. His research areas include land policy, smallholder agriculture, value chains, nutrition, and food security with strong focus on gender issues. He has published numerous works on the impact of agricultural development policies in international and national peer-reviewed journals. He has a PhD in Social Sciences from Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands an MA in Sociology and BA in Sociology and Social Anthropology from Addis Ababa University. Birhanu is Ethiopian and will be based in Nairobi.

Juliet Kariuki was appointed as a Post-Doctoral Fellow, Gender with the Accelerated value chain Development program (AVCD), livestock breeding component in January 2017. She completed her PhD in Agricultural Sciences under the Division of Social and Institutional Change in Agricultural Development, at the University of Hohenheim. She holds a MA degree in Environment, Culture and Society and a BA degree in Sociology. Her doctoral research focused on understanding the social dimensions of payments for ecosystem service schemes in Kenya with a focus on gender and governance. She also has experience in conducting qualitative and quantitative research on pastoralists’ vulnerability to climate change in arid and semi-arid lands and in understanding marketing and intra- household dynamics of poor men and women in livestock-dependent households from Africa. Juliet’s position is on a joint appointment with the University of Hohenheim and will mainly be based in Nairobi. Juliet is a Kenyan citizen.

Meki Muktar joined ILRI in January 2017 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Feed and Forage development program to work on forage genetics/genomics. He has an MSc in plant pathology from Haramaya University, Ethiopia and the second MSc on plant nematology from Ghent University, Belgium. His BSc is on plant science from Hawassa University, Ethiopia. He has worked as a plant pathologist in regional agricultural research institutes in Ethiopia as well as plant molecular genetics, such as on marker assisted breeding, QTL mapping, candidate genes and genome wide association mapping to detect genes/QTLs governing resistance to diseases in plants and diagnostic DNA markers associated or linked with resistance. He has also worked at the MaxPlanck institute and at Potato Germplasm Enhancement Laboratory, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Japan. He has a PhD on crop molecular genetics from MaxPlanck Institute for plant breeding research, Cologne Germany. Meki is an Ethiopian national.

Nicoline de Haan joined ILRI in February 2017 as Senior Scientist, Gender in the PIL program. Nicoline brings to the job extensive experience integrating social science and gender within research projects, both as leader and team member. She is a rural sociologist by training, and got her PhD researching the role of social capital within livestock projects. She has worked with and led multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams in Asia and Africa. Recently as core theme leader on gender, poverty, and institution for the CRP WLE, and before that she led the global socio-economics unit for animal health at FAO. Her main interest in this job is to use her expertise and experiences in integrating the needs and demands of the end-users (women and smallholders) to help shape the strategic research work on livestock to increase its development impact. Having spent most of her career understanding the underlying dynamics, decisions, and interactions influencing the status quo and how, working with fellow scientists, these can be changed for more equitable development, she is looking forward to working with ILRI’s scientists on this. Nicoline is from the Netherlands.

Ilona Viktoria Gluecks joined ILRI in April 2017 as the Research Facility Manager within the Biosciences directorate. Her responsibilities will include the overall performance of the ILRI and KAPITI animal facilities and leading their transition to becoming fully fit-for-purpose. She is a veterinarian with key expertise in livestock husbandry and production as well as the development of multi-donor multi-sector programmes to support food and nutrition security and livelihoods especially in the arid and semi-arid lands in the Greater Horn of Africa. Ilona is a German citizen but has lived in East Africa since 1999. She holds a PhD in the epidemiology of diseases in camels from the Freie University, Berlin, Germany and her passion and focus lies in the development of the livestock sector in general and the camel sector in particular.

Habibar Rahman joined ILRI as Regional Representative for South Asia beginning April 2017.  Rahman was previously Deputy Director General (Animal Sciences), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi.  He has a B.V.Sc. & A.H. from Assam Agricultural University, M.V.Sc. from Punjab Agricultural University and PhD in Microbiology and Public Health from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, India. He pursued his post-doctoral training at the Robert Koch Institute, Germany and University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA.   Rahman’s career includes senior roles in the ICAR-National Institute of Veterinary Epidemiology & Disease Informatics (NIVEDI), the ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Gangtok and Shillong and he was Head of the Division, Veterinary Public Health, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareilly.  Rahman has over 30 years global research experience covering many aspects of veterinary science, especially the role of animal health for improved productivity. He has a substantial publication record, has supervised many students and received a number of national awards. Habibar is from India.

Yaojing Yue was appointed as Post-Doctoral Fellow – Livestock Genetics in the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH) program in April 2017.Yue holds a PhD in Animal Genetics, Breeding and Reproduction Science from Gansu Agriculture University in China, MSc in Animal Genetics, Breeding and Reproduction Science from Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and BSc in Biology technology from Shandong Agriculture University, China. Before joining ILRI, he was working as an Associate Professor at Lanzhou Institute of Husbandry and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Yue is from China

Nasser K. Yao has been appointed as Scientist Molecular Plant Breeder at the BecA-ILRI Hub. Yao joined the BecA-ILRI hub as Post-Doctoral Scientist, Plant Molecular Breeder in October 2013. At BecA, Yao’s main responsibility is centered on the utilization of modern breeding tools focusing primarily on high-throughput genotyping applications to support breeders, scientists and breeding programs in Africa. Yao is responsible for the overall molecular breeding efforts at the institute through the molecular breeding platform. Prior to joining BecA-ILRI hub, Yao was the Principal Rice breeder at CNRA, the Ivorian National Centre for Agricultural Research and previously a Research Fellow at Research Associate and Consultant working on the Nested Associated Mapping and the Rice Challenge Initiatives projects at the AfricaRice Center. Yao holds a PhD degree in Genetics and Molecular Plant Breeding from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He also studied Genetics & Plant Breeding in his MSc and BSc at the Félix Houphouet-Boigny University of Abidjan-Cocody, Côte d’Ivoire, his home country.

Update on 2016 performance reviews and setting of 2017 performance agreements

Dear colleagues,

I would like to thank all staff and supervisors who have completed their 2016 performance reviews to date. Well done!

Performance management remains a priority for ILRI and the reviews are essential to facilitate staff developmental processes and increments for 2017. I therefore urge all staff to take ownership in finalizing 2016 performance reviews as you continue to receive support from your respective supervisors.

Phase I: 2016 Performance reviews update

The compliance status is as follows:

Category Compliance status Performance reviews that are fully completed by both staff and supervisors 44% Performance reviews submitted to supervisors and awaiting their approvals 28% Performance reviews in progress by staff and yet to be submitted to supervisors 18% Staff who have not started their performance reviews 10%

All staff and supervisors are reminded to undertake the relevant actions in order to complete the performance reviews.

If you are eligible to complete 2016 performance reviews and you have not received a link or if you require any assistance with the system, contact the staff listed at the end of this email.

Deadline for submission: The deadline for submitting 2016 performance reviews is still 28th February 2017 and only staff who will have completed their reviews by this date will be considered for salary increments.

Phase II: Setting of 2017 Performance Agreements

It’s now time to set your 2017 performance agreements and as you embark on this important task I would like to bring the information below to your attention:

· Email notifications with a link to set 2017 performance agreements are only being sent to staff once they have completed 2016 performance reviews and approvals obtained from their supervisors. Those who have already completed their reviews as per the compliance status above will receive the notifications this week.

· When setting the KRAs, staff should link them to ILRI’s Critical Success Factors in order to foster corporate alignment and accountability to meet institutional objectives. The Critical Success Factors are already pre-loaded into the Peformax system. ILRI Managers will be required to take the lead in guiding their staff members to ensure proper alignment of unit/team and individual KRAs with the Critical Success Factors.

· The minimum number of KRAs that a staff can set is three (3) and the maximum is seven (7).

· In addition to the KRAs, staff will identify performance development plans for 2017 that will inform the training needs for the year.

· Once staff have completed setting performance agreements, 1st and 2nd level supervisors will review and approve to complete this process.

New features/ modifications in the system

Based on feedback from the previous year’s assessment of the performance management system and also based on institutional requirements, the following new feature/modifications have been developed on ILRI’s performance management system:

Feature Description 1. Second level supervisor In order to develop greater institutional cohesion, the immediate supervisors as well as the second level supervisors will both be involved in the performance management process through the online system. The second level supervisor provides indirect supervision to a staff and significantly contributes to them meeting their performance objectives.

The 2nd level supervisor in this process is expected to provide quality control by reviewing of the performance agreements, ensuring that Key Result Areas (KRAs) are assigned appropriately, performance expectations are consistent, and review ratings are also assigned accurately.

Steps for the 2nd level supervisor

· Receive an email notification from Peformax

· Review a staff member’s performance agreement and undertake the following actions:

1. Provide final approval for the performance agreement.

2. If there are issues to be addressed revert either to the 1st level supervisor. Once issues are addressed, then complete the performance agreement process by providing approval.

Note: Staff who report to Directors will only have a 1st level supervisor with no 2nd level supervisor. 2. Guidelines on benchmarking scientist performance document Research staff who are graded at post- doctoral to principal scientist level are expected to refer to the guidelines on benchmarking scientist performance, (launched in December 2016), as they set their 2017 performance agreements. The guidelines document is available on the top right of the peformax system and the P&OD microsite. 3. Performance Development Plan The performance development plan section has been modified and now consists of 2 drop down lists that provide categories and sub categories of development needs which staff can choose from. In the event a desired category is not in the list, an “Other (please specify)” option is available.

Once a category is chosen, staff members are expected to input details of their development need in the text box provided.

Support

For support and guidance please contact People & Organizational Development for clarification as follows:

Nairobi & Regions

Emily Kerandi – e.kerandi

Jeremiah Musili – j.musili

Joseph Njoroge – j.w.njoroge

Addis

Getachew Wudu- g.wudu

Tadios Tekalign- t.tekalign

Belachew Zeyede- b.zeyede

Finally, on behalf of the People & Organizational Development Directorate I wish to thank you all once again for the support and cooperation on this key institutional organizational development initiative.

Best wishes,

Stella Kiwango | Director People and Organizational Development

 

 

 

 

Update on the Compensation and Benefits Project

Dear colleagues,

As you may recall, the Director General gave an overview of the purpose and progress of the Compensation and Benefits project in his town hall address in November 2016.

We thank the many staff members who have so far availed themselves in the various sessions held to support the development of the technical and behavioral competencies for both research and support functions as well as development of job families and career paths for support functions, which were part of Phase 1 of the project. While attendance to the sessions has not always been to the desired optimal level in every session, we encourage those who shall be called upon in future, to attend and contribute.

During the year 2017, we shall embark on Phase 2 of the project, which is anticipated to run up to October 2017 and shall entail socialization of the competency framework/job family model, standardization of ILRI job descriptions, the development of a new Job Evaluation system, a compensation and benefits market survey as well as development of the Employee Value Proposition (EVP). These inputs shall inform the review of the ILRI Human Resources Policy Manual.

Thanking you once again for your continued support to the success of this important organizational development project.

With best regards,

Stella Kiwango | Director People and Organizational Development

 

ILRI job postings – 17 Jan 2017

Dear colleagues,

Below are two links for new job postings. Please click on them and circulate the jobs widely.

1. The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Communications and Knowledge Sharing Specialist to work across the Africa RISING (Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation) Program and support the component projects, each of which has its own dedicated communications staff.

ILRI Vacancy: Communications and Knowledge Sharing Specialist (closing date: 17 February 2017)

2. The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Post-Doctoral Fellow – molecular biology/virology to assist in generating new vaccine candidates for African swine fever using gene editing and reverse genetics.

ILRI Vacancy: Post Doc – Molecular Biology/Virology (closing date: 17 February 2017)

Regards,

Beatrice Anyona | People and Organizational Development-Resourcing

 

Staff Appointments Sept-Dec 2016

ILRI NRS Staff appointments, Nairobi: September – December 2016

Esther Ndirangu joined International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in the Internal Audit unit as an Internal Audit Clerk, effective November 2016. Her role is to provide support to internal auditors, facilitate logistics, risk management meetings and other office operations as well as ensuring accurate and complete full cost recovery and cost allocation. She holds a B.Com degree, Finance major from Strathmore University.Esther Wairimu Ndirangu

 

 

 

Zipporah Kakungu was appointed as Finance Officer (support units) in Corporate Services effective November 2016. She is responsible for preparation and analysis of monthly support units’ reports, timely payments to staff and suppliers and monthly costing and billing of all services among others. Prior to this appointment, she was an accountant supporting BecA and Biosciences.  She has over six years’ experience in finance and Zipporah Kakungu - treasury accountantaccounting and holds a B.Com degree in Finance from the University of Nairobi. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of ICPAK. Currently, she is finalizing her project in MSc, Finance and Investments at the University of Nairobi.

 

 

Leonard Kirui joined ILRI as Research Associate in the ReSAKSS program in November 2016. Prior to joining ILRI, Kirui worked at the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPLeonard Kipkemoi KiruiRA), as a Research Assistant in the Productive Sector Division. He holds a MSc degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Egerton University, Kenya and a BSc Degree in Agricultural Economics and Resource Management from Moi University, Kenya.

 

 

 

Stephen Oloo joined ILRI in December 2016 as a Spatial Data Analyst in the Livestock Systems and Environment (LSE) program. His key role is to model the spatial distribution of livestock, livestock products and factors that influence the spatial distribution of livestock. Stephen joins ILRI from KEMRI-Wellcome TrusStephen Oloot Research Program where he worked as a spatial analyst in the Malaria INFORM project. Stephen has a BSc degree in Geospatial Engineering from the University of Nairobi.

 

 

 

ILRI NRS staff appointments, Vietnam: September – December 2016

My Hanh Le was appointed as an Administrative Assistant in the ILRI Vietnam office effective September 2016. Prior to this appointment, she was an intern in ILRI in Administration. In her new position she will be assisting the Office Manager to ensure and maintain effectiveness of the office’s operations. She holds a BA degree in International Economics from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam.Hanh My Le

 

 

 

ILRI NRS staff appointments, Addis Ababa, September – December 2016

Kumlachew Geremew has been appointed as National Coordinator in Animal Biosciences Program, African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) Project effective October 2016.  Kumlachew holds a MSc degree in Public Health, Debre Markos College of Health Sciences, Ethiopia, MA   degree in Sociology, Indira Gandhi, National Open University, New Delhi, India  and BA degree in Management and Public Administration from Addis Ababa University. Prior to joining ILRI, he was working as Program Officer with Pact International, Ethiopia.Kumlachw Geremew

 

 

 

Welansa Belayneh has been appointed as Transport Coordinator in Supply Chain unit effective December 2016.  She holds a BSc degree in Automotive Technology from Nazareth Technical College and Diploma in Marketing Management from Addis Ababa University School of Commerce. Before joining ILRI, she was working as a Transport Clerk at World Health Organization, Ethiopia.Welansa Belayneh

 

 

 

Abeba Zenebe joined ILRI as Accountant in Finance unit effective December 2016. She a holds BA degree in Accounting and Finance from Addis Ababa University. Before joining ILRI, she was working as Senior Finance Officer at Pact International, Ethiopia.Abeba Zenebe

 

 

 

ILRI IRS staff appointments: September – December 2016

Phil Sambati joined ILRI as an Instructional Design Specialist in the Capacity Development unit in September 2016. Phil’s role will support a number of projects and flagships of the Livestock CRP, and will bring to bear experience and knowledge around learning psychology, blended and online learning and educational technology as well as other complementary skills such as graphic Philip Sambatidesign and user experience design and information architecture.

Phil’s background is in teaching and ICT, and has worked in adult education for nearly 20 years in one form or another which has included a lot of time in the classroom as well as systems administration, web development, cloud computing, e-learning authoring, mobile learning tools and applications development. He holds an MSc in technology enhanced education, blended learning and online learning pedagogy and design. Phil is from Britain.

 

Nathan Jensen was appointed as Scientist in the Livestock Systems and Environment program within the IBLI unit in November 2016.  His research deals with poverty reduction and resilience, with a focus on resilience, social protection, financial tools, and innovative approaches to data collection.

PrioNathaniel Jensenr to joining ILRI, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali from 2005-2007.  He then worked with agro-pastoralists in Bolivia while pursuing a Masters in Agriculture and Applied Economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  From Missouri, he moved to Cornell University as an IGERT fellow in Food Systems and Poverty Reduction and completed his PhD in Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University in 2014, during which he worked closely with the IBLI team as a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University. Nathan is from the USA.

 

Barbara Bamanya joined ILRI’s Accelerated Value Chains Development Program (AVCD) as a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist in November 2016. Spanning a 20 year career as a M & E specialist, Barbara previously worked with AGRA as a Senior M&E officer for seven years where she joined after serving Zambia’s Ministry of Finance and National Planning in Lusaka for almost three years, leading monitoring and evaluation for the public expenditure, financial management and accountability reforms program. Her other experience as a M & E specialist was with Barbara Gawheza Bamanyathe United Nations Development Program (UNDP), in Nairobi, Kenya, EU Micro projects’ program in Uganda and the Ugandan Government. Barbara holds a Master of Science degree in Social Work from Goteborg University (Sweden) and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Social Administration from Makerere University (Uganda). Barbara is a Ugandan citizen.Barbara Bamanya joined ILRI’s Accelerated Value Chains Development Program (AVCD) as a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist in November 2016. Spanning a 20 year career as a M & E specialist, Barbara previously worked with AGRA as a Senior M&E officer for seven years where she joined after serving Zambia’s Ministry of Finance and National Planning in Lusaka for almost three years, leading monitoring and evaluation for the public expenditure, financial management and accountability reforms program. Her other experience as a M & E specialist was with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), in Nairobi, Kenya, EU Micro projects’ program in Uganda and the Ugandan Government. Barbara holds a Master of Science degree in Social Work from Goteborg University (Sweden) and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Social Administration from Makerere University (Uganda). Barbara is a Ugandan citizen.

 

Loyce Mbwaya | People and Organizational Development

Introducing Dr. Asnake Fikre – ICRISAT-Ethiopia

ICRISAT-Ethiopia is pleased to introduce Dr. Asnake Fikre, who has joined our team effective Dec. 19th, 2016 as researcher; Chick pea breeder and Seed System Specialist. Dr Asnake is not new to most of you as he was the Director of Crops Research at the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) working with various CG centers in multiple initiatives.

He has served thasnakee Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research for more than 17 years as a breeder of legumes/chickpea, lentil and grasspea/based at Debre Zeit Agricultural Research Center.  He has worked with different team/local and global partners. Dr. Asnake was able to release more than 12 superior chickpea and lentil varieties along with production packages. These technologies have been well adapted by farming communities and changed the productivity and production volume more than double just in a decade. There was significant associated income levels generated from those technologies.

Dr Asnake has also served at different levels of research leadership in different capacities including national chickpea and lentil project leader, Debre Zeit Research Center director, crops research directorate director, Agri-Quality, food and nutrition directorate director to mention some. He has led different bilateral projects including Tropical Legumes (TLI and TLII), Feed the Future (FtF), Grasspea projects. He is also member of different professional societies, and lead the crop science society of Ethiopia for four years. Dr Asnake also served the research system at large taking different national and international steering /committee membership.

Please join us welcoming Dr Asnake and provide him with the necessary support he may require during his transition period. Currently, he is sitting in Bonga B/g and you can reach him on ILRI’s Ext. # 2541 and ICRISAT’s direct tel. nos. 011-646 2541

 

Tigist Abrham

Program Assistant, ICRISAT-Ethiopia

 

 

2017 HR4U leave calendars are now active

Dear Colleagues

The 2017 Calendars are now active and accessible on HR4U.

Please remember that leave for 2016 must be applied separately from 2017 leave.

If you face any difficulties, please do let us know.

Many thanks

Wachira Jane | People and Organizational Development
International Livestock Research Institute |ilri.org
Box 30709, Nairobi 00100, Kenya

Tel: +254 20 4223220| Skype: godsangel2

Email: j.wachira

 

Introducing Roland Mugumya

roland-mRoland Mugumya joined the ILRI Livelihoods, Gender and Impact (LGI) Program on 15th November 2016 as a Research Technician under the East African Dairy Development (EADD) project. He will be based in Uganda.

He has more than 5 years’ experience in monitoring and evaluation (M&E), gained both locally and with the East and Central African region. Previously, he worked as the Monitoring, Evaluation and Communications Coordinator with the Centre for Development Innovation, and as a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer at the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in East and Central Africa (ASARECA).

Roland holds a dual International Master of Science degree in Rural Development from Ghent University of Belgium and Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Makerere University. He has experience in conducting surveys, project management, monitoring and evaluation and value chain development.

Please join me in welcoming Roland to the ILRI family.

Simon Turere | Program Management Officer

2016 performance reviews and setting of 2017 performance agreements

Dear colleagues,

As announced by the Director General during the town hall held on 11th November 2016, it is time for 2016 staff performance reviews. This is an opportunity for supervisors to engage staff in a dialogue about how well they performed during the year and to discuss goals for the coming year.

We thank and commend the staff members who completed the process of setting their 2016 performance agreements. Well done!

Just like the 2015 performance reviews, we will use the Peformax system to conduct the 2016 reviews and in setting 2017 performance agreements. The performance review links from peformax will be released to eligible staff in batches.

1. Timelines

We will have two phases in this process that will end on 28th February 2017.

(i) Phase I: 2016 performance reviews, will commence on 18th November 2016; and

(ii) Phase II: Setting of 2017 performance agreements, will commence on 16 January 2017.

We would like to urge all staff and supervisors to adhere to the deadline as stated.

2. Phase I: 2016 Performance reviews

The following activities will take place in phase I:

Activity Description 1. Self-assessment · This has been reintroduced in the 2016 reviews and focuses on Key Result Areas (KRAs) and behavioral competencies.

· Each staff will be expected to assess their performance against the 2016 KRAs as well as behavioral competencies. 2. 360o feedback · This has been reintroduced in the 2016 reviews and focuses only on behavioral competencies.

· Each staff will nominate 3 assessors, who will be approved by the supervisor before they provide feedback. When identifying an assessor, staff should select persons who they have closely worked with.

· The assessors will review the staff and rate them on the behavioral competencies.

· Once staff receive a notification that 2 out of the 3 assessors have provided feedback, then submission of the performance review to the supervisor can take place. 3. Manager review · This will be the final step after staff have completed a self-assessment and 360o feedback has been submitted by the assessors.

· The supervisors will hold performance discussions with staff and agree on the ratings for KRAs and behavioral competencies.

· The supervisors will sign off the performance review and the process will be complete.

3. Phase II: Setting of 2017 performance agreements

We will commence setting of 2017 performance agreements on 16th January 2017. This will be after updating the Peformax system with staff changes due to the new programs that shall be effected in the same month.

The following should be noted when setting 2017 performance agreements:

· 2017 performance agreements will ONLY be set once 2016 performance reviews have been done and signed off by respective supervisors.

· Staff will receive an email notifying them to set their 2017 performance agreements.

· When setting the KRAs, staff should link them to ILRI’s Critical Success Factors in order to foster corporate alignment and accountability to meet institutional objectives. The Critical Success Factors are already pre-loaded into the Peformax system. ILRI Managers will be required to take the lead in guiding their staff members to ensure proper alignment of unit/team and individual KRAs with the Critical Success Factors.

· The minimum number of KRAs that a staff can set will be three (3) and the maximum will be seven (7).

· In addition to the KRAs, staff will also identify performance development plans (PDPs) for 2017 that will inform the training needs for the year.

· Once performance agreements have been set, the supervisors will review them and sign off to complete this process.

4. Staff categories and actions required

Category Action required 1. Existing staff who have completed their 2016 performance agreements · Undertake activities listed in phase I and thereafter phase II. 2. Existing staff who have not completed their 2016 performance agreements.

This includes those who joined as new staff between January and July 2016 · Complete 2016 performance agreements and the supervisors will sign off.

· Undertake activities listed in phase I and thereafter phase II. 3. Supervisors who have not signed off 2016 performance agreements for their staff · Sign off the 2016 performance agreements to enable staff undertake activities in phase I and thereafter phase II. 4. New staff who joined from August 2016 · No action required in relation to 2016 performance reviews.

· Undertake phase II activities.

5. Performance management refresher training sessions

P&OD will be conducting refresher trainings during the performance review period. We shall share doodle links in a separate email to enable you identify suitable dates to attend these trainings.

6. Compliance

In accordance with the decisions made by the IMC, performance management is a crucial strategic process that the institution has invested in considerably and the input provided from the reviews are important in various human resource processes such as: contract renewal, promotions, application to any posted internal job vacancies, group and individual performance development/learning opportunities and institutional salary increments where appropriate.

Consequently, staff who do not complete their performance reviews as per institutional deadlines will not be eligible for these developmental processes and opportunities as input from their reviews will not be available.

7. Support

For support and guidance, please contact the following in the People & Organizational Development Directorate:

Nairobi & Regions

Emily Kerandi- e.kerandi ext 3203

Jeremiah Musili- j.musili ext 3520

Joseph Njoroge- j.w.njoroge ext 3275

Addis Ababa

Getachew Wudu- g.wudu ext 2176

Tadios Tekalign- t.tekalign ext 2177

Belachew Zeyede- b.zeyede ext 2174

With best wishes and renewed thanks for your support and cooperation in the implementation of this key institutional organizational development initiative.

Best regards,

Stella Kiwango | Director, People and Organizational Development

 

National staff appointments: Nairobi, June – September 2016

Leah JLeah Joyce Symekheroyce Symekher joined the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) as the Capacity Development Officer in the CapDev Unit in June 2016. She will manage the fellowship program, undertake capacity development for ILRI projects and partners.  Leah joins ILRI after 10 years’ professional experience in instruction, training & development and research. Previously she worked at the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission, Institute of Economic Affairs, Kyambogo
University – Kampala, Uganda serving at various capacities. Before joining ILRI, Leah worked with Equity Bank as the training manager in the Agency Department. She holds a B.ED, Science from Egerton University and M.ED, curriculum studies from the University of Nairobi.

GertrudGertrude Munee Mutuae Mutua was appointed as Procurement Officer in June 2016. Prior to joining ILRI, she was working in  similar capacity with International Rescue Committee. She has 5 years’ experience in procurement. Gertrude holds a BSc in supply chain management from the University of Nairobi and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supplies (MCIPS).

Sarah Ndungu was appointed as Office Assistant in the Food Safety and Zoonoses program in JunSarah Nyamunya Ndung'ue 2016. Prior to joining ILRI, she was working with African Agricultural Technology Foundation, Kenya (AATF) as a Library Assistant/ Data entry clerk. She also worked withthe International Potato Centre (CIP), as a Library Assistant.  Sarah holds a Diploma in Library and Information Sciences from Inoorero University.

Paul Mutuo joined ILRI as a laboratory technician in Mazingira Centre’s GHG laboratory in July 2016. His main role is to analyze greenhouse gas samples, calculate greenhouse gas fluxes, perform preliminary data analysis, data management and perform installatPaul Munyao Mutuoions as well as maintenance of measuring equipment. Prior to this appointment Mutuo was working with World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) as a field and laboratory technician (GC laboratory) for over eight years doing similar work. He holds a diploma in computers studies from Kenya Technical University.

Maria Kinyi joined ILRI as an ICT Business Systems Analyst effective August 2016. She will be working with users and stakeholders to gather business requirements for ILRI’s BusineMaria Waithera Kinyiss Systems. She will also be involved in building business processes and transforming business requirements into operational systems using the organizational software platforms. She has more than 8 years’ experience in business systems and process documentations garnered from Equity Bank Limited and Telkom Kenya. She is also an expert in System security in the context of risk assessment, vulnerability assessment and defense planning. She holds a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. She is a professional member of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA and Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)

Abdi Jama joined the Accelerated Value Chain Development Program (AVCD) as a Driver effecAbdi Jamative August, 2016.  Prior to this appointment, Abdi was a driver/cleaner in the ILRI’s transport department since 2008. He holds a certificate in automotive mechanical engineering and defensive driving. He is also a member of the Automobile Association of Kenya.

Denis Mwangi joined the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) as a research assistant under the Integrated Genotyping Support and Service (IGSS) platform in the Bec

Denis Muiruri Mwangi

A-hub, in September 2016. He will be part of the team responsible for providing genotypoic and informatic support services to crop and livestock improvement programs in Africa. He holds a BSc in Biotechnology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).

Boniface Muganda joined ILRI as Research Assistant-System and Database Admin under the Integrated Genotyping Service and Support (IGSS) at BecA-ILRI hub. He will work in collaboration with the Diversity Arrays Technology (DArT Pty Ltd, CanberrBoniface Mugandaa, Australia) (www.diversityarrays.com) IT team to establish and maintain the IT infrastructure of the IGSS platform under the co-management of the BecA-ILRI hub and DArT. He will also be actively involved in running of the IGSS platform and genomic data analysis. He has undergone one-year intensive training in DArTseq GBS Technology at DArT. Previously, he worked as Database Specialist at BecA-ILRI where he implemented the Riceblast Database System. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Nairobi. He has also undertaken training course in Bioinformatics from University of California, San Diego.

Samuel Muoria joined ILRI as Research Assistant under the Integrated Genotyping Service and Support (IGSS) at BecA-ILRI hub. He will work in collaboration with the Diversity Samuel Muoria Ng'ang'aArrays Technology (DArT Pty Ltd, Canberra, Australia. Previously, Samuel worked on various research programs like Tissue culture for propagation of disease free priority crops like Cassava, Napier Grass, Vanilla among others. He has also conducted plant and animal diagnostics using serological techniques such as ELISA, development of animal vaccines and Biosafety techniques and safe handling of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) at the Kenya Medical Research Institute. He holds a BSc  in Microbiology and Biotechnology from University of Nairobi.

Martin Ngunjiri Kanyeki joined ILRI in September 2016 as Research Assistant under the InteMartin Ngunjiri Kanyekigrated Genotyping Service and Support (IGSS) at the BecA-ILRI hub. His main role will be offering technical advice on sample collection, storage, DNA extraction and shipment of DNA samples to BecA. He will also be involved in laboratory bench work operations specifically DNA extraction and processing to produce genotypic marker data using DArTdb laboratory Information Management system. He will use DArT customized data analysis tools to produce a marker report that will be the backbone of providing technical support to IGSS clients and increasing efficiency of breeding programs.  He previously worked as an intern fellow at Kenya Medical Research Institute, Centre for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases Control Research (KEMRI-CIPDCR). He holds a BSc in Medical Biotechnology from Maseno University.  He has undergone one year training on genomics laboratory technical skills and basic data analysis at Diversity Arrays Technology (DArT) in Australia.

Leonard Kiche joined ILRI as Research Assistant – System and Database Admin under the IntegLeonard Kiche Kiplangatrated Genotyping Service and Support (IGSS) at the BecA-ILRI hub.He will work in collaboration with the Diversity Arrays Technology  (DArT Pty Ltd, Canberra, Australia)     (www.diversityarrays.com) and IT team to establish and maintain the IT infrastructure of the IGSS platform under the co-management of the BecA-ILRI hub and DArT. Prior to joining ILRI, he worked at Paradise Safari Park Hotel Nairobi as  ICT Administrator and Technical User Support and at North Pole Center for Information Technology as an ICDL and Computer Programming Instructor. He holds a BSc in Computer Science, from Chuka University and  has undergone one-year intensive training in DArTseq GBS Technology at DArT.

International staff appointments, July – September 2016

Dieter Josef Schillinger joined ILRI in September 2016 as Assistant Director General, Biosciences.  His responsibilities will include leading ILRI’s upstream research in animal and human health (including vaccines and diagnostics development), animal breeding and genetics, and feed resources development.
He is a veterDieter Schillingerinarian with 30 years’ experience in the animal health industry that includes experience in applied animal science, tropical veterinary medicine and the development, licensing, marketing and sales of livestock vaccines.
Dieter is also the founding chairperson of the NGO ‘Action Africa Help (AAH)’ and acted as Chair of this not-for-profit humanitarian over 7 years until 2003.
He has extensive private sector experience, and in interacting with top business leaders, government officials and food chain stakeholders from different nationalities and cultures.
Dieter, a citizen of Germany, studied mechanical engineering in Regensburg, Germany, and veterinary medicine in Munich, Germany, where he graduated as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He  also holds an MBA from Brunel University, UK.

Abonesh Tesfaye Tulu was appointed as Post-Doctoral Fellow – Economics of Climate Services in Livestock Systems and the Environment  Program (LSE) effective  September 201Abonesh Tesfaye Tulu6. Abonesh holds a PhD  in Environmental Economics from Vrije University in Amsterdam, MSc in Agricultural Economics from Haramaya University  and BSc  in Agricultural Economics from Alemaya University of Agriculture. Before joining ILRI, she was working as an Environment and Climate Change Advisor at the Land Investment for Transformation Program in Department for International Development (DFID). Abonesh is from Ethiopia.

National staff appointments: Addis, July – September 2016

Ayalneh Mulatu has been appointed as Administrative Officer in the Administration DepartAyalneh Mulatument effective July 2016. Prior to joining ILRI, he was working as a Head of Administration at Africa Humanitarian Action-Djibouti Country Office.  Ayalneh holds an MSc degree in Project Management from University of Salford and a BA  in Economics from Addis Ababa University.

Kefena Effa has been appointed as National Program Coordinator in Animal BKefena Iffaiosciences Program effective September 2016.  Before joining ILRI, he was working as a Senior Dairy Cattle Breeder and Geneticist at the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR). Kefena holds a PhD  in Animal Genetics and Breeding from Haramaya University, MSc  in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Haramaya University and BSc  in Animal Production and Rangelands Management from Awassa College of Agriculture.

TewTewodros Weldesemayatodros Weldesemayat has been appointed as Security Group Leader in security unit effective September 2016.  Previously, he was working as a Trainer, Instructor and Head of External Relations Office at Ethiopian Police University College. Tewodros holds LLB degree in Law from Addis Ababa University and a Diploma in Police Science from Ethiopian Police University College.

Program Management Framework Project – Progress and plans

The Program Management Framework Project was initiated to address challenges and increase efficiency and effectiveness in project delivery through the implementation of consistent management processes at ILRI. We partnered with Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP) in order to design a Framework for program and project management and to have some initial support with the implementation of it. The PM Framework Project completed its Analyze & Design phase at the end of 2015, which resulted in the development of processes for program and project management at ILRI through the creation of the PM Framework Process Flow & Manual, using input from a representative set of subject matter experts across divisions, geographies, and roles within the organization.

All of ILRI’s Program Management Officers (PMOs) were involved in the development of the Process Flow and Manual and are the point of contact for this within each research program. Additionally, process owners were identified earlier this year for each process area within the PM Framework to be responsible for maintaining the Process Flow & Manual, to drive support and enhancement initiatives in this area, and to serve as points of contact for staff. The process owners by area are:

  • Nadine Sanginga – Proposal Development
  • Jasmine Bruno – Project Planning
  • Assenath Kabugi – Project Executing and Project Closing
  • Simon Turere – Program Management

Process Workshops

In June, a series of Program and Project Management Process Workshops were conducted by ADP and the team above for ILRI’s program leaders, project leaders, program/project management staff, and select support staff.  The workshops were held in order to communicate the processes to the staff that is responsible for managing our programs and projects as defined the Process Flow & Manual that was shared in the sessions.

The materials from workshops and the Process Flow & Manual have been posted on the PM Framework’s website: www.ilri.org/pmf. The Program Management Framework’s website can also be accessed from the ILRInet site.

Accenture Development Partnerships Transition

Support for the implementation from ADP was requested through the middle of this month. Over the past few months, the Project has been completing a transition to shift knowledge and responsibility from the ADP consultant, Jenny Brately, to the process owners listed above. That transition is now complete as scheduled, and last week was Jenny’s final one at ILRI.

Future Activities & Support

In the recent Process Workshops, a task was introduced for each research program to evaluate their current alignment with the processes that were communicated and identify the changes that need to be made within their program area and its projects in order to fully adhere to the defined processes. The task is also an opportunity for research programs to communicate feedback on how the organization can best support them with this change. The task is being completed by each program leader and PMO with input from other staff, as needed. The feedback from this task will be monitored in order to track that programs and projects are making the necessary changes to align with the processes and that they are being supported appropriately.  Additionally, as communicated in the Process Workshops, initiatives are planned to support staff in following these processes, including the creation of project management templates, the implementation of additional functionality in OCS, and communications to staff beyond those that attended the workshops in order to expand the understanding of these processes within the organization.

Questions

Please contact the PM Framework’s process owners at ILRIPMFramework@cgiar.org with any questions.

Download the PM Framework Process Flow & Manual

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