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ILRI vacancy: Research Assistant Data Systems (closing date: 2 March 2018)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Assistant Data Systems to develop data management systems and tools for use in projects of the ILRI Livestock genetics team

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org

Key Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the development of data management systems and tools for use in projects of the ILRI Livestock genetics team, notably the ADGG project
  • Write procedures and software to extract and prepare data for analysis and produce routine summaries of data
  • Program field survey instruments (handheld PDA, mobile phones and/or netbooks) and train field teams on their use
  • Implement and monitor quality assurance protocols and routines, data flow and integrity, including remote back-up of databases
  • Contribute to the overall work of the livestock genetics team, this may include: database design for specific projects

Requirements

  • BA/BSc degree in Information Systems, Database Management, Computer Science or related discipline.
  • Experience working with relational databases for complex datasets and relational database servers e.g., MySQL, MS SQL Server or Oracle.
  • At least 2 years of experience in software development.
  • Experience of SQL language for data extraction and management of databases.
  • Knowledge and experience of C++ is an added advantage.
  • Knowledge and experience of Linux operative system is an advantage.
  • Experience in the design and development of applications for mobile devices (e.g., PDAs, Android) is desirable.
  • Experience in simple data analysis and report writing preferred.
  • Excellent knowledge of python and/or R with evidence of significant projects using these tools
  • Experience of developing interactive, database-driven web tools
  • Understanding and experience of working in applied agricultural research preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and good personal organisation skills.
  • Good communication ability in English, spoken and written.
  • Good judgement and willingness to take initiative when appropriate.

Terms of Appointment

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

Job Level

This position is at job level 2C, level 2 and open to Kenyan nationals only. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; pension, medical and other insurances for ILRI’s Nationally Recruited Staff.

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 2 March 2018. The position title and reference number REF: RA/02/2018 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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

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

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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ILRI Consultancy: Bones and Horns Value Chain Analysis and training of selected actors (individuals and groups) to exploit business opportunities identified (closing date: 20 February 2018)

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a team of consultants/firm to conduct a bones and horns value chain analysis in five accelerated value chain development (AVCD) counties, train and incubate groups and individual entrepreneurs in two AVCD counties on the use of bones and horns to make various products like jewelries etc.

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutrition security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centers dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org

ILRI, through the USAID-funded Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) project has been working to promote market access for 60,000 value chain actors. ILRI proposes to establish market linkages that orient the pastoral system towards more commercialization.

Livestock by-products constitute an estimated 44 percent of the live weight of an animal and provides raw materials used to make various by-products. Inedible animal by products include; hides and skins, hair, horns, bones, hooves and teeth among others. These by-products are used to manufacture assorted industrial, household and cosmetic supplies including products like gelatin. Unfortunately, in Kenya, most of these by-products are discarded on site of slaughter or at dumpsites contributing to public health hazards and environmental pollution.

Bones and horns can be used to develop variety of products ranging from ornaments like earrings, necklaces, bottle openers, flower vases, candle holders to other bone and bone jewelries among others. This craft making is constrained by many factors including dearth of information on challenges and opportunities along the value chain and limited availability of skilled artisans in the private sector. The limited information indicates low value capture by supply node because of low quality of products and limited market access. If strategically tapped the value chain can generate employment and income to many unemployed women and youths. It is therefore essential to conduct a bones and horns value chain analysis (VCA), address capacity gaps and train identified groups and support platforms that enhance establishment of market linkages.

Scope of work

The overall objective of this assignment is to enhance market access for bones and horns value added products along this value chain in Kenya. Specifically, the assignment tasks include:

  • Conduct a bones and horns value chain analysis (VCA) in 5 counties (Garissa, Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana and Wajir) under AVCD Livestock Component (LC), exploring constrains (skills & knowledge) and business opportunities (local, regional & export) for the value chain actors
  • Train one group and at least five individuals in each county (Isiolo and Marsabit) on bone and horns related business opportunities: harvesting of marrow and fats from bones, and use of bones, horns and teeth to make high quality crafts, curios, ornamentals etc. laying special focus on end market/export requirements.
  • Offer practical training/exposure during a two-week internship (incubation) to the trained groups and individuals from Isiolo and Marsabit counties respectively on value addition of bones and horns for the trainees to be able to make various high-quality products (e.g. Soap, well-polished ornaments) as per the end market/export specifications.
  • Promote establishment of business linkages that will orient the value chain actors towards more commercialization by organizing one national business to business (B2B) forum in Nairobi which will bring together different actors involved in bones, horns, and teeth value chain, both from the two AVCD LC counties and end market/export players. This forum will be expected to establish business relationships (backward and forward linkages) and building collaboration and partnership that can culminates into deal cutting / signing of contracts.

Expected Deliverables

  1. Bones and horns value chain analysis report: This will capture actors, constraints, opportunities and end market/export requirements, including lucrative export destinations.
  2. Training packages in form of manual, brochures, flyers etc: These will contain market related information and specifications from different stratified market to be disseminated to the supply side actors. These messages will cover the different product lines: Jewelleries, ornaments among others.
  3. One group and at least five individuals from Isiolo and Marsabit counties trained and the trainees taken through a hands-on business incubation for at least 2 weeks, with a functional industrial / value chain actors: By the end of the incubation, these trainees should be able to make various high quality products from bones and horns (e.g. Soap, well-polished ornaments) as per the end market/export specifications.
  4. Final report: The final report will document the methodology, lessons learnt, value of contracts signed (if any), conclusions and recommendations. Recommendations should be specific and feasible for immediate uptake by likeminded projects and/or USAID PREG partners moving forward.

Consultancy Fee: Based on deliverables

Post location: Nairobi with travels to the 5 AVCD counties

Duration: Up to a maximum of 40 days for a total period of 4 months

Expected incubation period for selected individuals & Groups:  At least 2 weeks.

Expected places of travel: Isiolo, Marsabit, Garissa, Turkana and Wajir

Essential Skills and Qualifications Required:

Applications are sought from consultants/firm with the following minimum qualifications and experience.

Team member 1

  • Master’s degree in socio-economics- agricultural economics and or related discipline with at least 5 years’ experience in the livestock and livestock products trade.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in value chain analysis
  • At least 5 years’ experience in Kenya livestock development dynamics and livestock trade
  • Demonstrable experience in pastoral systems and their socio-economic dynamics
  • Proven track record carrying meeting/workshop facilitation

Team member 2

  •  Training to an appropriates level (Degree, Diploma/certificate) and hands-on experiences in making of crafts
  • At least 10 years’ experience in making of crafts using bones, horns and other livestock related ornamentals.
  • At least 5 years’ hands-on experience in bones and horns trading and linkages to an appropriate business incubation facility, including supervised practical training and exposure to the crafts/curio business World.
  • Proven track record carrying mentorship and capacity building on bones and horns value addition is an added advantage

How to apply:

Consultants/firm should submit a technical proposal clearly articulating the approach, methodology, team composition with justification for each and a financial proposal (which should take into account the costs of all logistics i.e. travel, accommodation, and training expenses. The submission should also include three referees who are knowledgeable about the firm’s/company’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 20 February 2018. The position title and reference number REF: BH/SLS/2/2018 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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

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

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

ILRI Consultancy: Establishing the Impact of Nutrition Related Activities (closing date: 20 February 2018)

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a team of consultants/firm to conduct a comprehensive review of the nutrition related results and strategy and make recommendations for future action

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutrition security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional and country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org

Background

The Accelerated Value Chains Development (AVCD) program commenced in October 2015 and is implemented by a consortium of CGIAR centers i.e. the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Areas Tropics (ICRISAT), and the International Potato Center (CIP), under the leadership of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), with financial support from Feed the Future (FtF) of the United State of America International Development (USAID).  AVCD focuses on four value chains: livestock, dairy, staple and root crops. The goal of the FTF-AVCD program is ‘to sustainably reduce poverty and hunger in the Feed the Future Zones of Influence in Kenya’ and the development objectives are ‘Inclusive agricultural sector growth and Improved nutritional status for women and children in the targeted value chains in the Feed the Future zones of influence in Kenya’ targeting a total of 326,000 beneficiaries in 21 counties.

AVCD’s theory of change is based on a two-pronged approach for economic growth, inclusive agricultural growth and improved nutrition for women and children.  The main implementation strategies include: improving access to knowledge tools (technologies and innovations); buying down risk (increasing resilience); improving the nutritional status for the target population; enhancing natural resource management; improving market linkages; re-aligning business regulatory policies; improving access to inputs; strengthening business and financial services; and promoting greater diversification.

The AVCD nutrition impact pathways focus on production, income and women’s empowerment with cross cutting nutrition Social Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) approaches. These SBCC approaches are aimed at influencing dietary practices as well as utilization of health and nutrition services. Appropriate maternal and infant dietary practices measured by dietary diversity scores and improved utilization of maternal and child health and nutrition services are the desired behavioral changes that are expected to improve nutrition outcomes of the beneficiaries.

An internal mid-term review was conducted in May 2017 and made recommendations to re-focus the programme in advance of the final year of implementation. It would be useful at this stage to take stock of the impact of nutrition related activities, and to look strategically at future interventions with a view to increased effectiveness and a focused approach.

Objective of The Assignment

The primary objective of the study is to conduct a comprehensive review of the nutrition related results and strategy and make recommendations for future action. Specific objectives include;

  1. Assessing the progress with the nutrition impact pathways (production, income, women’s empowerment) with reference to the nutrition strategy, objectives and indicators defined by the project document.
  2. Assess the multi-sectoral collaboration including the implementation arrangements, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of each sector, and identify major issues that impact on the achievement of project objectives.
  3. Based on the stipulated dietary practices to be changed, establish what has changed and the approach that has been most effective in creating the desired change. The use of proxies to establish this should be taken into consideration.
  4. Assess the different priority nutrition SBCC approaches used by AVCD to improve dietary practices and health/nutrition care of beneficiaries and rank their effectiveness using suitable measurement criteria.
  5. Make recommendations on the most effective nutrition SBCC approaches for improving nutrition amongst the different segment of AVCD’s target population.

Scope of Work

Duties and tasks will include the following:

  • Conduct a review of the activities being undertaken by the value chains aimed at effecting on the nutrition impact pathways
  • Assess the existing nutrition strategy and identify priority areas of engagement, offering recommendations
  • Assess the level of collaboration at national and county levels with the relevant stakeholders in the line sectors including Agriculture, Health, Education and private sector offering recommendations to enhance achievement of program nutrition objectives
  • Check the level of nutrition knowledge and practices amongst government trained trainers and trainees’ community members at household level with reference to the approaches used

Final Products

A final report of the findings and recommendations

Essential Skills and Qualifications Required:

Required qualifications of the team members

  • Advanced degree in Education (pedagogical), Sociology, rural development or related training
  • Over 10 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation with a bias in nutrition in Agriculture
  • Previous experience with agriculture or nutrition implementation in Kenya is a requirement
  • Knowledge of the Kenyan nutrition land scape
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent command of English language

Consultancy Fee: Lump sum

Post location: Home based

Duration: 6 weeks (February 2018- March 2018)

How to apply:

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 20 February 2018. The position title and reference number REF: C/AVCD/2017 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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

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

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

ILRI vacancy: Head, Communications and Knowledge Management (open until filled)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Head, Communications and Knowledge Management (CKM) to manage and lead ILRI’s communications and knowledge management work to deliver on ILRI’s mission.

The Communications and Knowledge Management team at ILRI provides central leadership in knowledge sharing, communication and information facilities and expertise to ILRI researchers, the organization and its partners. Activities are intended to enhance ILRI’s effectiveness and outcomes through four main activities:

  • Communicate evidence for wider influence – by engaging with decision-makers and other audiences;
  • Translate science-based practices into impact – by communicating research outputs towards potential development outcomes;
  • Link and connect people and knowledge to enrich collaboration, within ILRI and beyond, learning, interaction and exchange;
  • Access, organize and manage, document, publish, communicate and disseminate research knowledge, information and data, products and outputs for wide accessibility and use.

This is an important institutional role leading diverse efforts to help achieve ILRI’s strategic influencing, capacity development and science uptake objectives. The CKM team works across ILRI, contributing to institutional and project activities, spanning public awareness, advocacy, publishing, knowledge sharing, engagement and facilitation. The team presently comprises 20 individuals based at ILRI campus in Addis Ababa and Nairobi, with associated project communications specialists embedded into different research programs and projects.

The ideal candidate should brings a wide expertise and ability to guide a multi-faceted team as well as depth in any of the substantive areas falling within the terms of reference.

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org

Responsibilities

The head of ILRI Communications and Knowledge Management will work directly with ILRI’s teams covering (1) Information, Publishing and Curation; (2) Knowledge, Engagement and Collaboration; and (3) Communications, Awareness and Advocacy as well as working closely with other communications colleagues within ILRI, CGIAR and our donors and partners; and with ILRI directors, managers, scientists and other program staff and consultants. Working closely with three team leaders, this person will:

  • Help raise the level of ILRI and partner livestock-research-for-development information, knowledge and communications.
  • Work across a range of mediums and topics to turn out compelling communications materials that help translate ILRI’s research into real-world impacts.
  • Skillfully coordinate efforts to inform, educate and publicize ILRI’s work in collaboration with scientists and communications colleagues across the centre.
  • Be an expert in science or technical communications, with broad experience and familiarity with emerging social media tools and trends.
  • Be exceptionally experienced in creating systems that enable every CKM activity and product to add value to others.
  • Take pleasure in designing communications products for greatest and cost-efficient impacts
  • Demonstrate an ability to frame complex research findings so that these are understandable and useful to a wide range of audiences.

The ideal candidate will be:

• Someone who enjoys reading research publications and engaging with scientists

• An astute judge of what communications best suit what audiences and purposes

• Equal parts communicator, knowledge manager and people manager

• Scrupulous about maintaining high standards of accuracy

• Passionate about finding fresh ways to communicate

• Inspired by the ideas of others and an inspiring team member for others

• Someone who thinks across multimedia platforms and experiments with new media

• Self-directed and resourceful

Requirements

  • Master’s degree in a relevant subject area.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in research or science communication, information/knowledge management, public awareness or publishing, ideally in an international development context.
  • Experienced manager with strong skills in budgeting and financial management, engaging with communications ‘clients’ and partners, and delivering products and services in busy and time-pressed environments.
  • Demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of communications and knowledge management strategies.
  • Experience in leading communications and knowledge management initiatives at an organisational level and engaging with multidisciplinary teams across diverse locations and in a multicultural environment.

Post location: The position is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Position level: The position level is 5B.

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

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes 15% Pension, Medical insurance, Life insurance and allowances for: Education, Housing, Relocation, Home leave, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/, screening of applications will start on 12 March 2018 and continue until the position is filled. The position title and reference number IP/HCKM/05/2017 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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

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

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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ILRI Vacancy: Accountant – Internal Job Advert (Closing date: 9 February 2018)

The Position: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) ILRI seeks to recruit an Accountant to join the Finance team in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

General:  The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org.

Job Purpose:     

The Accountant will provide efficient and quality service in the field of finance and accounting in accordance with International financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

Main duties & responsibilities:

Prepares, analyses and processes collections vouchers     

    • For all deposits to Local birr accounts – Collections made by analysing the income accounts to be credited either internal or external;
    • Cheques received should be deposited in ILRI’s bank account on the same day or if after banking hours, on the morning of the next working day provided the amount to be deposited does not exceed the bank birr deposit limit;
    • Checks the completeness of the documents, coding, applicable account codes, cost centre codes, authorization and input the data into the sun system on the subsequent day and generates batch listing which serve as Journal vouchers for checking and approval;
    • Makes sure that all receipts, debit and credit advices are collected & attached with their respective vouchers and reports the outstanding payments weekly to Treasury Officer.

Ensures Timely circulation and safe handling of cheques and receipts

    • Ensures the safe circulation of cheques to the respective signatories as per specific mandates of each bank account;
    • Sequentially records in the appropriate register books of all signed cheques and handover to registry immediately;
    • Ensures that all cancelled cheques are recorded as “CANCELLED” in the register book;
    • Keeps all unused cheques, official receipts and cancelled cheques in a safety cabinet and maintains register book for same;
    • Ensures that unused cheques and official receipts are duly signed by the recipients on the register book upon issuance and make sure that inventory status of unused cheques, receipts & cancelled cheques are reported to the Finance Officer.

 Management of credit suppliers  

    • Follow up the collection of invoices from credit suppliers within 5 days after the receipt of the goods or services;
    • Perform matching of the invoice with PO and GRN;
    • Follow up processing of payments to suppliers within the credit period.

Safe custody of blank cheques, receipts and invoices  

    • Keeps under safe custody all unused blank cheques of foreign and local banks, receipts, invoices and dispatch to the accountants by making them sign on the register book assigned for this purpose;
    • Asks for replenishment of blank cheques and receipts when the quantity are lowering down; always make sure that there are at least for three months’ consumption.

Maintains proper files 

    • Maintain the finance help desk account and assign task to the responsible accountant through e-mail;
    • Follows up all the bank signatory list of various banks on the changes of addition and / or cancellation and write letters to banks accordingly;
    • Ensures & updates information such as changes in bank accounts, signatories mandates are filed accordingly in the relevant bank Files;
    • Other relevant information is available in the banks Files;
    • Makes sure that signatories leaving the Institute are deleted immediately from their signatory authorizations;
    • Maintain a separate file for each of the hosted institutes and ensure the files are updated timely;
    • Maintain correspondence files with internal and external stake holders.

Documentation and archives

  • Delivers and collects cheque and bank letters to and from signatory offices;
  • Delivers bank letters to the bank and collects bank advices, bank statements and exchange rates tables;
  • Collects invoices and payment documents from the mail room and match the invoices with the corresponding journal and supporting documents;
  • Makes photocopies of documents for Finance as required;
  • Proper maintenance of the archives under the supervision of the deputy finance manager;
  • Assists in the monthly VAT refund processing.

Other Duties

    • Handles petty cash funds for the unit as the need may arise;
    • Takes business advances for the finance section special activities;
    • Sorts out both outgoing and incoming mails for finance section to the concerned accountants;
    • When signed cheque are sent to the mailing room, ensure an e-mail task assignment has been initiated to the responsible mailing clerk;
    • Maintains adequate supply of stationery and other office supplies for the unit;
    • Advises the Country Finance Manager and the concerned Officers on any outstanding issues in the responsibility areas;
    • Performs any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Minimum Requirements

Education:

  • BA degree in Accounting or Finance.

Skills:

    • Good computer skills.
    • Must be an IT literate in use of Microsoft packages and conversant with ERP application software such as Agresso Business World used for financial management

 Experience:

  • 5 years’ relevant experience
  • Work experience at least in part in an international NGO or an international organization

 Duty Station: Addis Ababa.

Job level: 2C.

Monthly Base Salary: Birr 19,112 (Negotiable depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment:  This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is for three years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: REF: A/02/18 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letters. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com on or before 9 February 2018.

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

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

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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ILRI vacancy: Program Manager – Livestock CRP (closing date: 15 February 2018)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Program Manager to provides leadership in the management of the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock (CRP Livestock) through support to the CRP Director and Management Unit. She/he will be responsible for developing multi-year program budgets, monitoring expenditure and suggesting corrective action when needed.  They will also be responsible for ensuring the deployment of the ILRI Program Management Framework within the CRP Livestock. The CRP Management Unit is responsible for overseeing the planning, implementation and reporting of the CRP research agenda, including the program governance and its relationships with the implementing partners and the CGIAR System Management Office.

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org

Responsibilities

Program Management:

  • Work with the CRP Management Unit to develop and implement the program management strategy.
  • Support development and monitor implementation of operational plans.
  • Support the Performance & Partnerships Manager and CRP flagship administrators in preparing annual reports.
  • Support supervision and oversight of the CRP Strategic Investment Fund, including activities implemented directly by the CRP Management Unit.
  • Work closely with the CRP Director and the People and Organizational Development Directorate to determine the staffing needs and handle other HR matters.
  • Prepare requests for recruiting staff and hiring consultants.
  • Ensure the implementation of the ILRI Program Management Framework across the CRP and contribute to its continued development.
  • Monitor the implementation of tasks assigned to CRP staff.
  • Liaise with members of the CRP Independent Steering Committee (ISC) and Program Management Committee (PMC).
  • Support administrative tasks within the CRP Livestock as required, including logistical support for meetings and travel and managing office supplies.

Project Planning:

  • Lead preparation of agreements in consultation with implementing program partners, liaising with the IP and Legal Unit as needed.
  • Assist Flagship leaders and scientific staff to meet research compliance requirements.
  • Work with the Communications Manager to develop the CRP communication plan and ensure the relevance and appropriateness of communications outputs from the program.
  • Attend and assist in recording Flagship and CRP planning meetings.

Financial Management:

  • Coordinate the annual planning and budgeting exercise with flagship administrators, and support the ILRI Finance Unit in consolidating individual partner activity budgets at program level.
  • Prepare detailed CRP management budgets and monitor expenditure against these.
  • Liaise with the Finance Unit on expenditure monitoring at the overall program level and reporting to the CGIAR System Management Office.
  • Create and implement financial planning, monitoring and reporting tools tailored to the specific needs of the CRP.
  • Maintain an inventory of bilateral projects aligned to the program, and associated information.
  • Liaise with implementing program partner administrative and financial services staff.

Project Execution:

  • Maintain communication with the System Management Office, maintain effective working relationships with partners and stakeholders and facilitate effective flow of information between team members in program activities.
  • Ensure that CGIAR and ILRI policies relating to IP, Open Access and others are being followed at the Program level.
  • Dealing with internal and external requests for information concerning the CRP.

Requirements

  • Masters/ Advanced Degree in Business Management, Business Administration or related field.
  • Program Management Certification
  • At least 7 years program management experience, with 3 years at managerial level
  • Excellent multitasking skills
  • Effective negotiation and problem-solving skills
  • Proven experience in coordinating global projects/programs with multiple partners
  • Advanced technical reporting skills
  • The ability to plan effectively and manage risks

Terms of Appointment

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

Job Level

This position is at job level 4A and open to Kenyan nationals only. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; pension, medical and other insurances for ILRI’s Nationally Recruited Staff.

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 15 February 2018. The position title and reference number REF: PM/CRP/1/2018 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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

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

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ILRI vacancy: Corporate Services Director (closing date: 28 February 2018)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a dynamic Corporate Services Director to manage the institute’s annual budget of USD 90 million and lead the finance and operations staff based in Kenya and Ethiopia. We are particularly interested in hearing from suitably qualified women.

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org

Background

The Director of Corporate Services reports to the Director General (CEO) and is a member of the senior management team. S/he will be involved in strategic planning as well as a host of continuous improvement initiatives that will prepare this established organization for tomorrow’s challenges. We require an excellent leader, people person, strategic communicator and relationship builder.

Responsibilities

  • Advise the Director General and members of the Institute Management Committee on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and policy matters;
  • Maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping the Director General informed of all critical matters;
  • Actively contribute as a member of the Institute Management Committee (IMC) to ILRI’s strategic goals and overall institutional management with particular emphasis on the integration of research, financial and business operations;
  • Develop and execute strategic and financial and risk management plans, projects and business solutions that improve support services to the Institute’s research work;
  • Promote good stewardship, values and accountability through effective and innovative financial systems, policies, procedures and capacity enhancement processes and methods that improve efficiency, productivity, preservation and security of people and assets;
  • Provide user/client focused solutions, based on strategic leadership of the support services departments (Finance, ICT, Supply Chain, Housing, Catering and Conferencing, Facilities & Infrastructure, Transport and Security) and effective management of the quality of the Institute’s service delivery outputs and outcomes;
  • Manage the positioning of ILRI within the CGIAR and ensure compliance with CGIAR standards and global best practice;
  • Fully represent the Institute internally and externally at all levels with respect to financial and support services and act as a source of expert functional referral by ILRI staff and stakeholders;
  • Oversight and management of all of ILRI’s non-research, physical infrastructure with particular emphasis on leading;
    • The preparation and implementation of long term maintenance plans for existing infrastructure; and
    • The preparation and execution of plans, subject to appropriate cost-benefit analyses, for new infrastructure developments;
  • Oversight and management of ILRI’s shared ICT service through the joint steering committee currently chaired by the International Center for Research on Agroforestry (ICRAF)
  • Oversee the work and professional development of the Head of Finance and the broader finance team to ensure the continuous improvement of financial support services;
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement across all of the Corporate Services Department. Monitor staff performance and development goals and ensure compliance with People and Organizational Development policies and procedures;
  • Upgrade and implement policies, internal controls, accounting standards, and procedures at Headquarters and all other regional/country offices;
  • Support establishment of new offices and ensure appropriate levels of legal, financial and operational support to new and existing country/field offices. Ensure that appropriate Host Country Agreements/ Hosting Agreements and infrastructure/office facilities are in place.

Requirements

  • MBA or equivalent and finance/accountancy qualification
  • 5-10 years’ experience in a senior management role
  • Strong track record in leading the finance and operations function of an organization operating in a complex, fast changing environment
  • Demonstrated ability to manage operations effectively
  • Experience in introducing and managing change initiatives in financial and operations management
  • Demonstrated ability to recommend or make decisions, including difficult ones, in a complex, changing environment
  • Ability and interest in continuous learning that deepens understanding of the dynamics of the internal and external environments in which a not-for-profit, publicly funded research institute operates today
  • Demonstrated ability to work in multi-cultural settings and to build productive relationships with diverse internal and external stakeholders
  • Working experience outside the candidate’s home country is required; preference will be given to experience gained in developing countries
  • Experience in similar organizations (science-based, public/private research, consulting firms) is desirable
  • Experience in business development and/or resource mobilization highly desirable
  • Essential personal qualities: integrity, responsiveness and decisiveness

Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya

Position level: The position level is 6A

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

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes 15% Pension, Medical insurance, Life insurance and allowances for: Education, Housing, Relocation, Home leave, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 28 February 2018. The position title and reference number CS/01/2018 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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

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

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ILRI vacancy: Research Assistant-Diagnostics (closing date: 14 February 2018)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Assistant at the BecA-ILRI Hub programme. This position will assist the Diagnostic Platform Manager with the development, validation and application of diagnostics assays for the detection of animal and plant diseases that are major constraints in African agriculture. This is a nationally recruited staff position reporting to the Diagnostic Platform Manager at the BecA-ILRI Hub.

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org

ILRI manages the BecA-ILRI Hub, a shared research and biosciences platform. BecA-ILRI Hub is an initiative developed within the framework of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)/African Union African Biosciences Initiative. It consists of a Hub based on the ILRI campus in Nairobi, Kenya and a network of regional nodes and other affiliated laboratories and organizations throughout the region. The BecA-ILRI Hub is a modern, state of the art biosciences facility, a suite of shared platforms established for research, capacity building and research related services in support of African and international agricultural scientists. The BecA-ILRI Hub facilities are world class, with a range of advanced molecular biology, immunology, diagnostics, genomics laboratories and bioinformatics platform all equipped with an up-to-date suite of specialized bioscience equipment (e.g. Illumina MiSeq sequencer, ultra high performance liquid chromatography with mass spectrometer (UHPLC-MS), atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS) and specialized facilities (e.g. Biosafety level 3 laboratory, plant growth facilities). The Hub hosts and conducts research in crop, microbe and livestock areas where new developments in science offer promise to address previously intractable problems constraining Africa’s development. Capacity building is a major goal of all activities. The scope covers agriculture and food security and their intersections with human health and nutrition, and the sustainable use of Africa’s natural resources. Further information is available at http://hub.africabiosciences.org/

Responsibilities

  • Perform and evaluate a range of plant and animal diagnostic tests
  • Collect and analyze samples and to record samples diligently and accurately using established procedures for labeling and storage of materials
  • Receive and prepare to ship biohazardous or infectious materials between collaborating Laboratories in accordance with country and IATA regulations
  • Learn and apply state-of-art laboratory techniques to assist the Diagnostic Platform Manager by undertaking multi-step laboratory research protocols in molecular biology techniques such as PCR/RT-PCR, ELISA, Western Blots, LAMP, recombinant DNA techniques, protein expression in bacterial and eukaryotic systems and to assist in the development or evaluation of new procedures and instruments as assigned
  • Support and conduct testing of established diagnostic assays, in order to maintain the quality control and quality assurance responsibilities in the laboratory
  • Optimizing and implementing diagnostic tests together with Reference Laboratories as required for test validation or improvement
  • Maintain test equipment and certain facilities utilized in experiments by carrying out routine laboratory maintenance including daily check of laboratory equipment, ordering and inventory of laboratory reagents and supplies, book-keeping of safety documents and laboratory records, and to promptly report any faulty parameters
  • Attending educational and scientific meetings, training and assisting collaborating NARS and other partners to build capacities to conduct disease diagnostics
  • Maintain complete, accurate and legible records of samples inventory, of all results and other documentation and to thoroughly document any modifications to protocols
  • Provide verbal and written reporting on progress and other communications

Requirements

  • Degree in Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Plant Science or relevant field
  • Experience in DNA/ RNA extraction and quality analysis and upstream processes like PCR, qPCR, LAMP, ELISA is desirable
  • Ability to perform routine laboratory procedures and aptitude for knowledge in molecular assay development, validation and basic bioinformatics including sequence analysis and molecular assay design
  • Computer literacy, data organization and statistical analysis skills
  • Ability to adhere to Good Laboratory Practices and safe practices that mitigate work in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to biohazardous and chemical agents
  • Ability to work effectively with co-workers and providers with a professional attitude and positive work ethic
  • Ability to problem-solve and work autonomously((self-starter)
  • Very good interpersonal and communication skills

Terms of Appointment

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

Job Level

This position is at job level 2B and open to Kenyan nationals only. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; pension, medical and other insurances for ILRI’s Nationally Recruited Staff.

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 14 February 2018. The position title and reference number REF: BecA/01/2018 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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

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

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ILRI – DAAD PhD Graduate fellowship: – Economic analysis of milk quality certification in Rwanda (closing date: 11 February 2018)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) In-Country/In-Region Scholarships Programme seeks to recruit a PhD graduate fellow to undertake a research study on Economic analysis of milk quality certification in Rwanda.

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org.

DAAD is a German Academic Exchange service which is a publicly funded, self-governing organization of the institutions of higher education in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic exchange as well as educational co-operation with developing countries through a variety of funding and scholarship programs.

The Position:

The PhD position will contribute to the USAID Feed the Future Livestock Systems Innovation Lab project on enhancing milk quality and consumption for improved income and nutrition in Rwanda. Over the next three years, the project will:

  1. Evaluate the impact of a nutrition education intervention on ASF consumption and nutrition outcomes among children 12-17 months of age at baseline and pregnant and lactating women
  2. Assess and enhance performance and capacity of dairy cooperatives to improve market access for smallholder milk producers
  3. Evaluate the costs and benefits to value chain agents of supplying milk that meets the Seal of Quality (SOQ) standards. The Fellow will undertake research specifically on objective

ILRI Program: Policy Institutions and Livelihoods

Main ILRI Project Title: Enhancing milk quality and consumption for improved income and nutrition in Rwanda

Graduate fellows project title: Economic analysis of milk quality certification in Rwanda

CGIAR Research Program (CRP) linkage: Livestock

Key responsibilities:

  • Evaluate the costs and benefits of SOQ accruing to dairy value chain actors including individual milk producers, cooperatives, and milk processors
  • Estimate the influence of SOQ costs on milk production
  • Conduct an economic impact assessment of the SOQ technologies on the dairy value chain and the distributional impact of the cost and benefits on the different nodes of the value chain

Requirements:

  • Must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in any of the following: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics or Economics, with at least an Upper second-class honor
  • Must have obtained a Master’s degree in either Economics or Agricultural Economics
  • Must have completed their last degree less than 6 years ago at the time of application
  • Must be a national of a Sub-Saharan African country. Rwandan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Good interpersonal, facilitation and communication skills
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and foster teamwork
  • An effective and energetic team player with the ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task and meet tight deadlines.
  • The applicant must be a citizen of a country in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The Master’s degree must have been completed less than six years ago at the time of application

Location: Rwanda

Duration of contract: The period for this project/fellowship will be 3 years, commencing September 2018

Terms of appointment and stipend: ILRI will offer a competitive stipend to cover living expenses in the project location. The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist and the university/academic supervisor.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the scholarship position, what you can bring to ILRI. The graduate fellowship project title and reference number should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter
  • Names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience
  • Signed curriculum vitae scanned in PDF; please use the Europass CV template available on (http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu)
  • Certified scanned copies of all university degree certificates
  • Certified scanned PDF copies of all university transcripts
  • A temporary admission letter including fee structure of respective course or an official letter assuring admission (scanned PDF copy). This will be provided to you in soft by your institution upon shortlisting. If this is not available by the closing date for application; please include with the application a commitment letter that you will have obtained this by 1st September 2018 as this is a mandatory requirement before commencing the fellowship program
  • PhD research proposal including a work plan (10 to 15 pages); plagiarism tests will be checked! The proposal has to be in line with the above outlined ILRI’s research project
  • One page abstract of the proposal (please include name and title of proposal)
  • Confirmation of study leave from your institution or university/ Confirmation of teaching release (if applicable; scanned PDF copy)

Applications should be made to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 11th February 2018. The position title and reference number REF: PIL/PHD/06/2018 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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

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

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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ILRI – DAAD PhD Graduate fellowship: Opportunities and limitations of mobile handheld Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) for analysis of feed, forage and fodder quality (closing date: 11 February 2018)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) In-Country/In-Region Scholarships Programme seeks to recruit a PhD graduate fellow to undertake a research study on Opportunities and limitations of mobile handheld Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) for analysis of feed, forage and fodder quality.

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org.

DAAD is a German Academic Exchange service which is a publicly funded, self-governing organization of the institutions of higher education in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic exchange as well as educational co-operation with developing countries through a variety of funding and scholarship programs.

The Position:

The PhD will lie within ILRI’s Feed and Forage Program and be part of a Bill and Melinda Gates funded five – year feed project in Ethiopia and Burkina Faso. Development of feed supply demand scenarios plays a very significant part in this project. The PhD will be based in Addis Ababa but significant time will be spent in Burkina Faso.

ILRI Program: Feed and Forage Development

Main ILRI Project Title:   Livestock Systems Innovation Lab: research on animal feed and on campylobacter in Sub-Saharan Africa

Graduate fellows project title: Opportunities and limitations of mobile handheld Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) for analysis of feed, forage and fodder quality

CGIAR Research Program (CRP) linkage: Livestock

Key responsibilities:

  • Explore how available stationary NIRS facilities and equations can be modified and used for mobile, hand held, budget NIRS instrumentation
  • Research and select promising mobile hand-held budget NIRS instrumentation and establish contact with producers of the instruments
  • Test selected promising mobile hand-held budget NIRS in the analysis of forages and food feed crops, compound feeds, feed ingredients, fodder market and on farm samples determining:
  • Requirement for sample processing
  • Accuracy of predictions relative to conventional laboratory analysis and stationary NIRS
  • Hub formation for mobile, hand held, budget NIRS

Requirements:

  • MSc in Animal Nutrition, Crop Improvement or Agricultural Chemistry with good laboratory skills.
  • Proficiency in English Language.
  • An effective and energetic team player with the ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task and meet tight deadlines.
  • The applicant must be a citizen of a country in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The Master’s degree must have been completed less than six years ago at the time of application.

Location:  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Duration of contract: The period for this project/fellowship will be 3 years, commencing September 2018

Terms of appointment and stipend: ILRI will offer a competitive stipend to cover living expenses in the project location. The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist and the university/academic supervisor.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the scholarship position, what you can bring to ILRI. The graduate fellowship project title and reference number should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter.
  • Names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience.
  • Signed curriculum vitae scanned in PDF; please use the Europass CV template available on (http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu).
  • Certified scanned copies of all university degree certificates.
  • Certified scanned PDF copies of all university transcripts.
  • A temporary admission letter including fee structure of respective course or an official letter assuring admission (scanned PDF copy). This will be provided to you in soft by your institution upon shortlisting. If this is not available by the closing date for application; please include with the application a commitment letter that you will have obtained this by 1st September 2018 as this is a mandatory requirement before commencing the fellowship program.
  • PhD research proposal including a work plan (10 to 15 pages); plagiarism tests will be checked! The proposal has to be in line with the above outlined ILRI’s research project
  • One page abstract of the proposal (please include name and title of proposal)
  • Confirmation of study leave from your institution or university/ Confirmation of teaching release (if applicable; scanned PDF copy)

Applications should be made to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 11th February 2018. The position title and reference number REF: FFD/PHD/02/2018 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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

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

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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ILRI – DAAD PhD Graduate fellowship: – Designing integrated strategies for the control of Taenia solium infections in Uganda using a theory of change approach (closing date: 11 February 2018)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) In-Country/In-Region Scholarships Programme seeks to recruit a PhD graduate fellow to undertake a research study on Designing integrated strategies for the control of Taenia solium infections in Uganda using a theory of change approach.

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org.

DAAD is a German Academic Exchange service which is a publicly funded, self-governing organization of the institutions of higher education in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic exchange as well as educational co-operation with developing countries through a variety of funding and scholarship programs.

The Position:

Under the supervision of ILRI scientists, the PhD fellow will develop a theory of change framework with the long-term outcome of reducing the burden of neurocysticercosis in humans in Uganda. The PhD fellow will identify the major underlying assumptions leading to the outcome, synthesize current evidence supporting these assumptions and attempt to close information gaps using participatory tools. The fellow is expected to be based in Kenya with parts of the field work in Uganda

ILRI Program: Animal and Human Health

Main ILRI Project Title: Policy engagement to build awareness of opportunities in informal markets

Graduate fellow’s project title: – Designing integrated strategies for the control of Taenia solium infections in Uganda using a theory of change approach

CGIAR Research Program (CRP) linkage: Agriculture for Nutrition and Health and Livestock

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop and test a theory of change framework to reduce the burden of neurocysticercosis in humans in Uganda;
  • Develop and defend a PhD proposal;
  • Data collection, analysis and write-up (at least 2 first-authored peer-reviewed journal publications)

Requirements:

  • Degree in Animal Science, Veterinary Science, Animal Production systems or related fields
  • Ideally, degree in Agricultural Education and Extension
  • Working experience in independently organize and implement field work, especially with policy makers, field practitioners, farmers and hospital patients
  • Working experience in participatory epidemiology, questionnaire design and systematic literature reviews
  • Experience in survey data entry, validation, management and at least descriptive analysis
  • Independent user of GPS tools and MS Office
  • Previous exposure to R, STATA or SPSS
  • Experience in supervising field staff and administrative experience, e.g. budgeting and record keeping
  • Experience in writing up reports and briefs for a non-technical audience
  • In the possession of a driving license class BCE
  • An effective and energetic team player with the ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task and meet tight deadlines.
  • The applicant must be a citizen of a country in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The Master’s degree must have been completed less than six years ago at the time of application

Location:  Kenya

Duration of contract: The period for this project/fellowship will be 3 years, commencing September 2018

Terms of appointment and stipend: ILRI will offer a competitive stipend to cover living expenses in the project location. The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist and the university/academic supervisor.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the scholarship position, what you can bring to ILRI. The graduate fellowship project title and reference number should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter.
  • Names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience
  • Signed curriculum vitae scanned in PDF: please use the Europass CV template available on (http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu)
  • Certified scanned copies of all university degree certificates
  • Certified scanned PDF copies of all university transcripts
  • A temporary admission letter including fee structure of respective course or an official letter assuring admission (scanned PDF copy). This will be provided to you in soft by your institution upon shortlisting. If this is not available by the closing date for application; please include with the application a commitment letter that you will have obtained this by 1st September 2018 as this is a mandatory requirement before commencing the fellowship program
  • PhD research proposal including a work plan (10 to 15 pages); plagiarism tests will be checked! The proposal has to be in line with the above outlined ILRI’s research project
  • One page abstract of the proposal (please include name and title of proposal)
  • Confirmation of study leave from your institution or university/ Confirmation of teaching release (if applicable; scanned PDF copy)

Applications should be made to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 11th February 2018. The position title and reference number REF: AHH/PHD/07/2018 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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

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

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

ILRI – DAAD PhD Graduate fellowship: Leveraging Digital Technology for Crowdsourcing and Dissemination of Information to Improve Market Linkages in Drylands of Kenya (closing date: 10 February 2018)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) In-Country/In-Region Scholarships Programme seeks to recruit a PhD graduate fellow to undertake a research study on Leveraging Digital Technology for Crowdsourcing and Dissemination of Information to Improve Market Linkages in Drylands of Kenya.

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org.

DAAD is a German Academic Exchange service which is a publicly funded, self-governing organization of the institutions of higher education in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic exchange as well as educational co-operation with developing countries through a variety of funding and scholarship programs.

The Position:

The position will involve investigating the potential and pathway of the dryland information system the project is committed to developing, in bridging the existing information gap of individuals, market actors and policy makers in northern Kenya

  1. Analyze the adoption of information by users, understand the drivers of demand, the use of the information and the behavioral/production changes that result.
  2. Studying the incentives for getting high quality data, optimal price and dissemination strategies that are sustainable and provide leads for commercialization and scaling.
  3. Study the impact of the developed information system on the market structure, conduct and performance as well as the constraints and opportunities that such a dryland information system pose to the value chain and its various actors.

ILRI Program: Sustainable Livestock Systems

Main ILRI Project Title: Index Based Livestock Insurance

Graduate fellows project title: Leveraging Digital Technology for Crowdsourcing and Dissemination of Information to Improve Market Linkages in Drylands of Kenya

CGIAR Research Program (CRP) linkage: Livestock

Key responsibilities:

  • Analyze the status of information systems used by market actors to make production and marketing decisions
  • To test efficiency levels of different crowdsourcing protocols as used in dryland markets; which protocol provides the most accurate, timely and consistent dryland information?
  • Investigate the uptake of outputs generated from proposed information system–called KAZNET
  • Investigate the impact of KAZNET information disseminated on production and marketing behaviors selected market actors

Requirements:

  • Must have completed MSc in Agricultural Economics/Agribusiness Management or related program.
  • Experience in working in Northern Kenya or similar dryland zones
  • Experience in developing and implementation of digital solutions for information collection and dissemination, and crowdsourcing would be a plus.
  • Knowledge of past and current programs providing similar or complementing information to KAZNET would be of added value.
  • An effective and energetic team player with the ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task and meet tight deadlines.
  • The applicant must be a citizen of a country in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The Master’s degree must have been completed less than six years ago at the time of application

Location:  Nairobi, Kenya

Duration of contract: The period for this project/fellowship will be 3 years, commencing September 2018

Terms of appointment and stipend: ILRI will offer a competitive stipend to cover living expenses in the project location. The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist and the university/academic supervisor.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the scholarship position, what you can bring to ILRI. The graduate fellowship project title and reference number should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter.
  • Names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience
  • Signed curriculum vitae scanned in PDF: please use the Europass CV template available on (http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu)
  • Certified scanned copies of all university degree certificates
  • Certified scanned PDF copies of all university transcripts
  • A temporary admission letter including fee structure of respective course or an official letter assuring admission (scanned PDF copy). This will be provided to you in soft by your institution upon shortlisting. If this is not available by the closing date for application; please include with the application a commitment letter that you will have obtained this by 1st September 2018 as this is a mandatory requirement before commencing the fellowship program
  • PhD research proposal including a work plan (10 to 15 pages); plagiarism tests will be checked! The proposal has to be in line with the above outlined ILRI’s research project
  • One page abstract of the proposal (please include name and title of proposal)
  • Confirmation of study leave from your institution or university/ Confirmation of teaching release (if applicable; scanned PDF copy)

Applications should be made to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 11th February 2018. The position title and reference number REF: SLS/PHD/05/2018 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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

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

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

ILRI – DAAD PhD Graduate fellowship: – Social networks, risk management and uptake of improved dairy technologies (closing date: 11 February 2018)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) In-Country/In-Region Scholarships Programme invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for PhD scholarships seeks to recruit a PhD graduate fellow o undertake a research study on Social networks, risk management and uptake of improved dairy technologies.

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org.

DAAD is a German Academic Exchange service which is a publicly funded, self-governing organization of the institutions of higher education in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic exchange as well as educational co-operation with developing countries through a variety of funding and scholarship programs.

The Position:

Much recent work on uptake of technologies in low and middle-income countries has tended to focus on farm level characteristics with little appreciation of how social capital influences technology uptake in small holder systems. Technological growth is often inhibited by risk aversion and productivity gains are often under realized. Collaborative ventures, through farmer social networks, have the potential to diffuse the risk associated with uptake of new technologies.

Taking a network approach would provide more holistic understanding of risk management and technological uptake, than from a purely smallholder farm problem explored in the past.

This PhD will extend understanding of technology adoption within LMICs by augmenting farm level economic analysis with social networks for a range of dairy farmers operating in Kenya and possibly extending to Malawi and Rwanda. This will be conducted through collection of primary data and application of novel analytical methods. In addition, attitudes to and experiences of risk management, as well as uptake of technologies and techniques will be explored in these data collection exercises.

Network analysis and risk diffusion is a novel approach to understanding and, ultimately, increasing technology uptake for small holder farmers; and, as such, the funded student will help identify key network characteristics – degree, closeness and “betweenness” – that influence adoption.

Matched funds for this proposal have already been secured from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) component would be put alongside to allow a fully funded PhD. SRUC funding is contingent on securing this matched funding.

ILRI Program: Policy Institutions and Livelihoods

Main ILRI Project Title: Kenya Crops & Dairy Market Systems Development (KCDMSD) – Dairy Value Chain

Graduate fellows project title: – Social networks, risk management and uptake of improved dairy technologies

CGIAR Research Program (CRP) linkage: Livestock

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop detailed research proposal within the parameters outlined above
  • Conduct farm and community level research using quantitative and qualitative approaches to explore how social connectedness influences willingness to innovate
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Write reports and journal articles
  • Interact with the wider project team

Requirements:

  • MSc in a relevant discipline
  • Understanding and experience of smallholder systems in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Ability to produce written work of high quality
  • Ability to work in multi-cultural/multi-disciplinary teams
  • Willingness to spend considerable periods in challenging rural locations for field work
  • Evidence of initiative and ability to work independently
  • An effective and energetic team player with the ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task and meet tight deadlines.
  • The applicant must be a citizen of a country in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The Master’s degree must have been completed less than six years ago at the time of application

Location: – Kenya (and Rwanda/Malawi)

Duration of contract: The period for this project/fellowship will be 3 years, commencing September 2018

Terms of appointment and stipend: ILRI will offer a competitive stipend to cover living expenses in the project location. The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist and the university/academic supervisor.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the scholarship position, what you can bring to ILRI. The graduate fellowship project title and reference number should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter
  • Names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience
  • Signed curriculum vitae scanned in PDF; please use the Europass CV template available on (http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu)
  • Certified scanned copies of all university degree certificates
  • Certified scanned PDF copies of all university transcripts
  • A temporary admission letter including fee structure of respective course or an official letter assuring admission (scanned PDF copy). This will be provided to you in soft by your institution upon shortlisting. If this is not available by the closing date for application; please include with the application a commitment letter that you will have obtained this by 1st September 2017 as this is a mandatory requirement before commencing the fellowship program
  • PhD research proposal including a work plan (10 to 15 pages); plagiarism tests will be checked! The proposal has to be in line with the above outlined ILRI’s research project
  • One page abstract of the proposal (please include name and title of proposal)
  • Confirmation of study leave from your institution or university/ Confirmation of teaching release (if applicable; scanned PDF copy)

Applications should be made to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 11th February 2018. The position title and reference number REF: PIL/PHD/03/2018 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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

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

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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ILRI – DAAD PhD Graduate fellowship: Development of nation-wide interactive decision-making tools around feed supply- demand in Ethiopia and Burkina Faso(closing date: 10 February 2018)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) In-Country/In-Region Scholarships Programme seeks to recruit a PhD graduate fellow to undertake a research study on Development of nation-wide interactive decision-making tools around feed supply- demand in Ethiopia and Burkina Faso.

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org.

DAAD is a German Academic Exchange service which is a publicly funded, self-governing organization of the institutions of higher education in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic exchange as well as educational co-operation with developing countries through a variety of funding and scholarship programs.

The Position:

The PhD will lie within the Feed and Forage Program and be part of a Bill and Melinda Gates five – year feed project funded in Ethiopia and Burkina Faso. Development of feed supply demand scenarios plays a very significant part in this project. The PhD will be based in Burkina Faso, but significant time will be spent in Ethiopia.

ILRI Program: Feed and Forage Development

Main ILRI Project Title:  Livestock Systems Innovation Lab: research on animal feed and on campylobacter in Sub-Saharan Africa

Graduate fellows project title: Development of nation-wide interactive decision-making tools around feed supply- demand in Ethiopia and Burkina Faso

CGIAR Research Program (CRP) linkage: Livestock

Key responsibilities:

  • Locate and match secondary data sets about cropping and land use patterns and livestock census in Burkina Faso and Ethiopia
  • Develop algorithms to convert estimated feed biomass into available nutrients (protein, metabolizable energy) and predict capability of feed resources to provide for livestock maintenance and production
  • Conduct a sensitivity analysis of results, identify gaps and develop strategies to close these gaps
  • With provision of necessary assistance, develop web, tablet, phone based applications that provide information about current feed supply and demand and that offer change of input variables on the feed and the livestock side

Requirements:

  • MSc in Animal Nutrition, Natural Resource Management with good computing skills
  • Proficiency in French and English Language
  • An effective and energetic team player with the ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task and meet tight deadlines.
  • The applicant must be a citizen of a country in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The Master’s degree must have been completed less than six years ago at the time of application

Location:  Burkina Faso

Duration of contract: The period for this project/fellowship will be 3 years, commencing September 2018

Terms of appointment and stipend: ILRI will offer a competitive stipend to cover living expenses in the project location. The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist and the university/academic supervisor.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the scholarship position, what you can bring to ILRI. The graduate fellowship project title and reference number should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter
  • Names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience
  • Signed curriculum vitae scanned in PDF: please use the Europass CV template available on (http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu)
  • Certified scanned copies of all university degree certificates
  • Certified scanned PDF copies of all university transcripts
  • A temporary admission letter including fee structure of respective course or an official letter assuring admission (scanned PDF copy). This will be provided to you in soft by your institution upon shortlisting. If this is not available by the closing date for application, please include with the application a commitment letter that you will have obtained this by 1st September 2018 as this is a mandatory requirement before commencing the fellowship program
  • PhD research proposal including a work plan (10 to 15 pages); plagiarism tests will be checked! The proposal has to be in line with the above outlined ILRI’s research project
  • One page abstract of the proposal (please include name and title of proposal)
  • Confirmation of study leave from your institution or university/ Confirmation of teaching release (if applicable; scanned PDF copy)

Applications should be made to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 11th February 2018. The position title and reference number REF: FFD/PHD/01/2018 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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

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

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

ILRI – DAAD PhD Graduate fellowship: Climate Smart Interventions to improve fodder quality and quantity (closing date: 11 February 2018)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) In-Country/In-Region Scholarships Programme seeks to recruit a PhD graduate fellow to undertake a research study on Climate Smart Interventions to improve fodder quality and quantity.

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org.

DAAD is a German Academic Exchange service which is a publicly funded, self-governing organization of the institutions of higher education in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic exchange as well as educational co-operation with developing countries through a variety of funding and scholarship programs.

The Position:

The potential candidate will carry out an agronomic experiment focusing on specific – sustainable and easy to achieve – interventions to improve fodder yields and fodder quality. The experiment will be linked and fully complementary to an existing animal feeding trial and evaluate additional options that aim at not only improving yields but also at reducing negative environmental consequences and the improvement of overall soil fertility.

ILRI Program: Sustainable Livestock Systems

Main ILRI Project Title: In situ assessment of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from two livestock systems in East Africa – determining current status and quantifying mitigation options

Graduate fellows project title: Climate Smart Interventions to improve fodder quality and quantity

CGIAR Research Program (CRP) linkage: Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

Key responsibilities:

  • Carrying out in-situ measurements of GHG emissions from five different forage trials and replicates on ILRI Nairobi farm. Measurements include GHG emissions, soil fertility, forage yields and forage quality.
  • Statistically analyze the results and publish these in peer-reviewed journals.
  • To contribute and synthesize the knowledge into follow-up experiments as well as to assist in transferring the gained knowledge into practice.

Requirements:

  • MSc in agronomy, agricultural sciences, environmental sciences or related disciplines
  • Experience with GHG emission measurement in the field is a must
  • Statistical skills such as experience with Microsoft Excel is expected, other knowledge in statistical software’s such as R or python is beneficial
  • Excellent English skills in oral and written form
  • An effective and energetic team player with the ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task and meet tight deadlines.
  • The applicant must be a citizen of a country in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The Master’s degree must have been completed less than six years ago at the time of application

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Duration of contract: The period for this project/fellowship will be 3 years, commencing September 2018

Terms of appointment and stipend: ILRI will offer a competitive stipend to cover living expenses in the project location. The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist and the university/academic supervisor.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the scholarship position, what you can bring to ILRI. The graduate fellowship project title and reference number should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter
  • Names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience
  • Signed curriculum vitae scanned in PDF: please use the Europass CV template available on (http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu)
  • Certified scanned copies of all university degree certificates
  • Certified scanned PDF copies of all university transcripts
  • A temporary admission letter including fee structure of respective course or an official letter assuring admission (scanned PDF copy). This will be provided to you in soft by your institution upon shortlisting. If this is not available by the closing date for application; please include with the application a commitment letter that you will have obtained this by 1st September 2018 as this is a mandatory requirement before commencing the fellowship program
  • PhD research proposal including a work plan (10 to 15 pages); plagiarism tests will be checked! The proposal has to be in line with the above outlined ILRI’s research project
  • One page abstract of the proposal (please include name and title of proposal)
  • Confirmation of study leave from your institution or university/ Confirmation of teaching release (if applicable; scanned PDF copy)

Applications should be made to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 11th February 2018. The position title and reference number REF: SLS/PHD/04/2018 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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

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

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

ILRI Consultancy- Economic assessment of substandard and counterfeit veterinary products in Kenya(closing date: 31 January 2018)

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Consultant to develop a framework to estimate the economic impact of substandard and counterfeit veterinary products in Kenya.

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutrition security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org

Background

Animal health delivery in Kenya is constrained by many factors including availability of professionals, poor infrastructure in some parts of the country and inappropriate policies for private sector growth. Availability of animal health products (drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics) forms an important part of the animal health delivery system. There have been reports of widespread use of counterfeit and substandard veterinary products in the country. In human medicine where there is more data, it is estimated that the volume of fake medicines is about 30% (Frederiksen –Hagen, 2014). The limited information indicate that the use of counterfeit and substandard products is more rampant in the arid and semi-arid parts of the country.

It is therefore necessary to estimate the extent of this problem as part of the goal of improving the delivery of animal health services.

Scope of work

The scope of work includes:

  • The consultant will develop a framework for calculating the economic cost of the use of counterfeit and substandard veterinary medicines based on literature review of what has been done previously and stakeholder consultations.  The framework should include methods of capturing the various cost of using substandard and counterfeit drugs and the assumptions made.
  • Using the framework, the consultant will then estimate the economic cost of counterfeit and substandard veterinary products in Isiolo, Marsabit, Garissa and Kiambu counties where data on the prevalence of the use of counterfeit and substandard veterinary products and the volumes of the use of these products has been collected. Other sources of data will also be needed and where data are missing this will be identified.
  • The consultant will then extrapolate these costs to a national estimate.

Final Products

  1. A report of the analytical framework for calculating the economic cost of counterfeit and substandard veterinary products
  2. A report of the economic cost of counterfeit and substandard veterinary products in Isiolo, Garissa, Marsabit and Kiambu counties
  3. A report on the data gaps that could improve the calculation of the economic cost of counterfeit and substandard veterinary products.
  4. A final technical report that includes the background, methodology, results and conclusions

Consultancy Fee: daily rate

Post location: Home based

Duration: 60 days

Expected places of travel: Isiolo, Marsabit, Garissa and Kiambu

Essential Skills and Qualifications Required:

  • A PhD in Agricultural or Development economics
  • Experience in carrying out a similar type of analysis
  • Knowledge of the Kenya animal health sector
  • Proven track record carrying out similar assignments
  • Demonstrable writing skills

How to apply:

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 31 January 2018. The position title and reference number REF:EAVP/01/2018 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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

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

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

ILRI vacancy: Statistical Geneticist (closing date: 24 February 2018)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Statistical Geneticist to support the genetic and genomic evaluation systems and development of genomic tools in collaboration with national and regional livestock and chicken breeding programs in developing countries.

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org

Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the coordination of field data collection and feedback activities; working closely with both national and international research and development partners
  • Contribute to the assessment and testing of innovative approaches to livestock genetic improvement that can deliver substantial improvements to poor farmers in low-input environments and a developing country setting
  • Support genetic and genomic evaluation systems and development of genomic tools in collaboration with national and regional breeding programs
  • Contribute to the development of new research proposals and /building/reviewing of databases for ruminant and poultry livestock performance recording, monitoring and farmer feedback for use in developing countries
  • Develop tools and guidelines around topical issues affecting AnGR improvement, utilization and development in developing countries based on the data generated and the learnings from on-going projects
  • Publish research results in peer- reviewed journals, conference proceedings or other public media
  • Supervise MSc and PhD students from different countries on relevant topics
  • Support team members in training partners in statistical analyses as part of capacity strengthening of the national and regional breeding programs, especially in data analyses and genomic breeding value predictions
  • Coordinate and facilitate scientific exchanges with partners from both developed and     developing countries to enhance practical skills in improved dairy cattle and enhanced utilization of other livestock species, especially sheep, goats and chickens under low input commercial settings
  • Contribute to the communication of related livestock genetics and breeding program work at ILRI work, e.g. through preparation of ILRI publications such as working papers, policy briefs, technical reports, journal publications, conference papers and presentations at relevant fora
  • Contribute to the running of workshops and meetings for specific projects (ILRI-UNE, SRUC, ADGG, ACGG AVCD)
  • Establish and maintain professional contacts, and interact with both national and international officials and experts, other researchers, international organizations, development partners, and stakeholders in area of livestock genetic improvement.
  • Contributing to the organization of conferences, seminars, and workshops organized or co-organized by the research team and program.
  • Participate in relevant institutional committees

Requirements

  • 3 years post-doctoral experience Genetics and Genomics
  • Strong capabilities in quantitative analysis, with demonstrated experience in mixed model methodologies (especially experience with the use of ASREML), genomic selection and general application of molecular information (genomic tools) in practical animal breeding
  • Proficiency in at least one statistical package, such as SAS, R or GenStat and in livestock database design, management and use
  • Familiarity with approaches to achieve data integration, interoperability and visualization;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate research results in the form of reports or scientific publications
  • A good track record of scientific publications and resource mobilization
  • Demonstrated ability to work in team, network, prioritize, deliver under pressure and within set deadlines
  • Evidence of excellent written and spoken English
  • Experience in managing field and data analytics teams

Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya

Position level: The position level is 4C.

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

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes 15% Pension, Medical insurance, Life insurance and allowances for: Education, Housing, Relocation, Home leave, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 24 February 2018. The position title and reference number GS/12/2017 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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

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

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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ILRI vacancy: Communications & Knowledge Management Specialist (closing date: 6 February 2018)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a communications and knowledge management specialist to develop communications materials and organize communications and knowledge sharing activities of research, outputs and outcomes of the Sustainable Livestock Systems program.

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org

Responsibilities

  • Establish effective systems and processes to support the program and scientists in promoting and contributing to the impact of the SLS program, ensuring consistency of messages and alignment to the program objectives.
  • Develop, implement and monitor the program communications strategy, including annual action plans targeting key audiences and outputs.
  • Manage the production of a stream of public materials generated by the research programs, including regular news and feature blog articles and more occasional research reports, policy briefs, brochures, science posters and multimedia products
  • Populate program-specific blog sites with content, engaging with the readers of these blogs and with responders to social media content generated by the programs
  • Help disseminate the programs’ messages and materials through ILRI’s publishing, knowledge sharing and social media channels as well as more widely as needed
  • Update SLS content on relevant pages of ILRI’s main website and other relevant web portals
  • Keep track of the online footprint and media mentions of SLS and the ILRI focal points serving the CGIAR research programs on climate change, livestock and policies, working to amplify these where appropriate
  • Develop program-related materials, such as summaries of research projects, updates of research progress, staff profiles, feature articles and success stories
  • Help the programs’ researchers/team leaders work with media e.g. organize journalist interviews and staff profiles, and disseminate key messages
  • Ensure that research publications and other outputs are deposited and indexed in ILRI’s repository and contribute information as needed for ILRI’s online calendar of events and contacts systems
  • Identify, track and report on a set of performance indicators for communications work in the research program
  • Contribute to the ILRI-wide communications and KM community of practice, participate in CKM learning, reviewing and planning activities and ensure that these activities follow ILRI standards and agreed channels

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, advertising or related field.
  • Master’s degree communications or related field will be added advantage;
  • At least 5 years of progressively advanced experience in relevant communications work with focus on writing, editing, proofreading and design of materials for print and web;
  • Experience and expertise in: Graphic arts computer programs. Database management.  Managing media relations.  Publishing software.
  • Excellent technical/ scientific writing and editing skills.
  • Experience with international or development oriented organizations.
  • Expertise in using social media for high impact.
  • Outstanding written and excellent verbal, English;
  • Skilled in mainstream computer programs, especially Microsoft Office applications;
  • Sharp analytical, organizational and documentation skills;
  • Keen attention to detail;
  • Ability to work well both independently and within teams;
  • Flexible, willing to grow professionally, learn new skills;
  • Can meet tight deadlines without compromising quality.

Terms of Appointment

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

Job Level

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

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 6 February 2018. The position title and reference number REF: CKMS/SLS/2018 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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

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

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ILRI vacancy: Communications Officer (closing date: 6 February 2018)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Communications Officer to provide leadership and coordination for all communication, public and media engagements by the BecA-ILRI Hub, ensuring a significant growth in its international profile.

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org

The position

The job holder will develop and implement strategic and tactical communications plans that will amplify the impact of the BecA-ILR Hub’s research, capacity building and research related services, and help position the Hub as a world class research facility enhancing agricultural biosciences research capacity of African scientists for improved food and nutritional safety and security and income.

The person reports to the Director of the BecA-ILRI Hub and will work closely with and liaise with the ILRI Communications Unit.

Responsibilities

  • Establish effective systems and processes to support the research programs and scientists in promoting, and contribute to the impact of BecA Hub’s work through a broad range of communication tools and integrated programs to ensure consistency of messaging emanating from the Hub;
  • Progress communications strategies and implement annual action plans targeting key audiences of the Hub including the use of media programs, digital and social media channels, one-on-one engagements;
  • Manage BecA Hub’s presence and visibility at major external events
  • Undertake engagements with donors, policy makers, constituent regional institutions and various stakeholders on behalf of the BecA-ILRI Hub;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with media contacts and drive positive international and regional media coverage of the Hub through proactive media relations using press releases, media events, contributed articles;
  • Contribute to enhanced internal communications by advising on innovative mechanisms, and by developing appropriate messaging and processes to maximize the effectiveness of communication;
  • Oversee the activities related to the production of high quality communications materials, including digital content, annual reports and reviews, newsletters and e-newsletters, etc;

Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in journalism, advertising, communications or related subject area.
  • Experience in relationship building with diverse stakeholder groups
  • Experience in supporting communications and/or media relations in agricultural/environmental research for development is an added advantage.
  • Ability to think strategically and to develop and execute a strategic communication planning
  • Ability to read, understand and assimilate complex technical information to produce clear, well-written summaries.
  • Ability to present and package scientific information into various formats to suit specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Basic knowledge of and skills in desktop publishing, HTML, photography and photo editing.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and well within teams.
  • Fluent English language skills, both written and spoken.
  • Excellent communication, organizational and documentation skills.

Terms of Appointment

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

Job Level

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

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 6 February 2018. The position title and reference number REF: CO /BecA/10/2017 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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

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

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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ILRI Vacancy: Administrative Assistant in Livestock Genetics – Internal Advert (Closing date: 18 January 2018)

The Position: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) ILRI seeks to recruit an Administrative Assistant to join the Livestock Genetics Program team in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

General:  The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org.

Job Purpose:  

The Administrative Assistant will be providing an administrative support to the Livestock Genetics staff, consultants and graduate students.

Main duties & responsibilities:

  • Manages, reviews and responds to the internal and external communication flow – drafting correspondence and responding to queries;
  • Maintaining and updating of collaborators’ address lists and preparing distribution of materials to regions or in response to specific enquiries;
  • Recording monthly attendance of full time consultants and temporary staff;
  • Preparing consultant, graduate fellow and temporary staff contracts and handling payment requests accordingly;
  • Organizing induction programs for newly employed staff and arranging office setup/ICT equipment;
  • Follows up with project partners and consultants on their reports/deliverables, prepares payment requests for consultants/partners, and ensure completion of payment transfer;
  • Managing procurement, maintaining assets database and coordinating service and maintenance of all assets;
  • Update and maintain program records including entering information to electronic management information systems and following up on approvals and other issues;
  • Liaising with Finance, Supply Chain, Housing, Catering and Conference Services, Engineering and Facilities, People and Organizational Development units to obtain service and goods required;
  • Managing vehicles (maintenance, daily allocation, updating mileage records, insurance renewals, etc.);
  • Managing travel (ticketing, hotels, visas, airport transfers, travel authorizations, travel expense reports and project advance) for staff and students;
  • Coordinating arrangements for conferences and workshops both locally and internationally and providing secretarial, logistical and financial administration during the activity;
  • Liaising with Project Leaders and partners to organize logistics of visits to project sites and being generally responsible for the administrative aspects of such arrangements;
  • Maintaining the calendar, travel, and leave schedule of the program staff;
  • Other admin duties proposed by the Scientist and Acting Program Manager/Assistant to Program Manager.

Minimum Requirements

Education:

  • Diploma in Business Administration, Management or other relevant field of study.

Skills:

  • Conversant to Microsoft office tools and other basic computer skills,
  • Be able to work independently with minimal supervision,
  • Participate as a team member in accomplishment of duties.
  • Possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills,
  • Good judgment and a high level of respect for confidentiality.
  • Strong ability to co-ordinate, prioritize and organize workload; take initiative and work under pressure.
  • Highly effective planning, organizational and multi-tasking skills with a positive attitude and strong administrative service orientation.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Excellent spoken and written English.

Experience:

  • At least 2 years’ relevant work experience plus technical training

Duty Station: Addis Ababa.

Job level: 1C.

Monthly Base Salary: Birr 9,610 (Negotiable depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment:  This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is for three years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: REF: AA/01/18 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letters. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com on or before 18 January 2018.

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

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

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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