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ILRI vacancy: Field Coordinator – Turkana (closing date: 7 March 2019)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit Field Coordinator – Turkana to Coordinate field activities aimed at increasing pastoralist livestock productivity and market linkages (through increased access to inputs and services as well as uptake of productivity enhancing technologies), working closely with development partners and the Turkana county government ministry/department.

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  

  • Coordinate field activities aimed at increasing pastoralist livestock productivity and market linkages (through increased access to inputs and services as well as uptake of productivity enhancing technologies), working closely with development partners and the Turkana county government ministry/department.
  • Establish and manage stakeholder relationships that improve the ability of the team to achieve the agreed outputs and outcomes.
  • Ensure timely and appropriate implementation of project activities.
  • Support project monitoring activities.
  • Undertake preparation of regular reports on project field activities

Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Veterinary, Livestock Production, Animal Health, Development Studies, Project Management or Rangeland Ecology/ Management with experience in implementing development projects OR a bachelor’s degree in one of the following areas with a minimum of 5 years’ experience implementing development projects.
  • Field experience in implementation of livestock development projects in the Kenyan ASALs – especially in the area of livestock husbandry, animal health, livestock production and farmer/pastoralists’ market linkages.
  • Demonstrated experience working in collaborative development projects involving multiple partners and including good understanding of both National and County Government programs and processes under the State Department of Livestock.
  • Demonstrated experience in coordination of field activities and supervision of field staff.
  • Proven experience in program management and monitoring & evaluation.
  • Good interpersonal, facilitation and communication skills especially to diverse audience and targets.
  • Ability to work in multi-cultural environment and foster teamwork.
  • Ability to work with limited supervision and to take initiatives.
  • At least five (5) years relevant work experience
  • Strong analysis skills (qualitative and qualitative)
  • Strong and evident report writing and editing skills is a requirement for this position
  • Previous experience and exposure to USAID funded project requirements is an added advantage

Terms of Appointment

These are Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position; based at Turkana, Kenya and open to Kenyan nationals only. The position is on Fixed Term contract up to a period ending on 31 December 2020.

Job Level

This position is job level 2D, 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 7 March, 2019. The position title and reference number REF: AVCD/02/2019 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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ICRISAT Vacancy: Senior Research Officer – Irrigation Agronomist [Closing date: 5 March 2019]

The position: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is seeks to recruit Senior Research Officer – Irrigation Agronomist for its office based at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Provide scientific leadership in synthesizing best-bet Irrigation agronomy technologies, tools and approaches in Ethiopia and beyond.

General: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is an International organization, one of the 15 CGIAR centres, which conducts agricultural research for rural development in drought-prone of Africa and Asia, headquartered in Patancheru (HyderabadTelanganaIndia) with several regional centers (Bamako (Mali), Nairobi (Kenya)) and country offices, including in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  ICRISAT adopts integrated genetic and natural resources management as its overarching research strategy to improve productivity and enhance resilience of dryland systems. ICRISAT-Ethiopia works with national partners on availing technologies to dry land farmers and agro-pastoralists, enhancing technology utilization, linking farmers to markets, and strengthening the national capacity.

Job Purpose: ICRISAT and partners have been engaged in developing efficient dryland irrigation systems in Ethiopia and other sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) countries intended to minimize risks of drought, increase productivity and enhance resilience of fragile landscapes.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide scientific leadership in synthesizing best-bet Irrigation agronomy technologies, tools and approaches in Ethiopia and beyond
  • Identify incentive mechanisms for adopting best-bet irrigation agronomy technologies and practices, by reviewing existing in-country and broader experiences
  • Facilitate national and international partners in improving production and productivity of irrigation agriculture, with particular emphasis on horticulture and irrigation water management
  • Conduct various cross-scheme, on-farm irrigation agronomy trials through organizing and facilitating farmers research groups in four regions of Ethiopia
  • Work with multi-disciplinary team of irrigation engineers, modellers, input suppliers, social scientists and other experts to support an efficient small-scale irrigation which would bring increased benefits to farmers
  • Develop and strengthen partnership between the various bureaus and regional agricultural research institutions so that expertise and technologies from the various institutions reach farmers’ fields and schemes
  • Facilitate training events, cross-site and cross-regional visits, and expert meetings in improved scheme management including on-farm water management, soil fertility management, IPM, seed systems and home garden management
  • Back stop regional and woreda experts in compiling and sharing scheme level information on irrigation agriculture
  • Publish major scientific findings in journals, book chapters and other communication outlets. Distil key lessons across sites and regions on irrigation success factors and institutional learning
  • Contribute to the resource mobilization efforts of ICRISAT and the CGIAR Research Programs through writing research proposals, building capacity in our partners, engaging with the University sector by co-supervising postgraduate students
  • Support the project manager in communications and compilation of knowledge; facilitating workshops and reaching experts engaged in SSI in the regions

Minimum Requirements:

Education:

  • PhD or Master’s degree in in Irrigation Agronomy, Horticulture, Entomology, soil science 

Experience:

  • PhD with 3 years’ experience or Masters with 10 years’ experience
  • Significant expertise in planning and executing irrigation agriculture agronomic practices at scheme and watershed scales
  • Considerable practical agricultural experience, including experience on facilitating FRGs, on-farm experimentation and working with farmers
  • Experience with adapting agricultural practices to local biophysical and socio-economic conditions
  • Record of writing scientific papers and compiling, publishing and sharing knowledge
  • Willingness to travel and stay considerable time away from home
  • Commitment to improve farm productivity and address rural poverty
  • Knowledge of the context of smallholder farmers in the highly vulnerable climates of the semi-arid tropics and agronomic knowledge of the major crops and cropping systems of Ethiopia and region

Skills:

  • In-depth knowledge in a technical or specialized field
  • Understanding of theoretical concepts / principles and their context
  • Ability to work with people at various skills and institutions
  • Demonstrated ability to write proposals and fund raising
  • Must be an IT literate in use of Microsoft and Statistical packages

Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with frequent travels to the respective regions and woredas.

Grade: 4A

Monthly Base Salary: Birr 57,880 (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 two years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc. The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. Dining and sports facilities are located on site.  The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus with dining and sports facilities. 

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: SRO/11/19 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ by clicking on the “Apply Now” tab above before 5 March 2019.

To find more about ICRISAT, visit our Website at www.icrisat.org.

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

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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ILRI vacancy: Institutional Veterinarian (closing date: 1 March 2019)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an institutional veterinarian in charge of the care and health of animals at the ILRI Farm as well as supporting scientist during their trials/experiment.

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 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

Responsibilities:

  • Be on call for all veterinary cases (emergency, routine, post mortem and surgery);
  • Keep records of all treatments, post mortems, surgery and vaccinations in ODK;
  • Organize and implement routine;
    • De-worming of all farm animals;
    • Vaccination (FMD, Entertoxaemia and other where required); prepare a FMD vaccination report and keep a signed copy at the Farm Unit;
  • Carry out weekly routine check-up of all farm and research animals;
  • Monitor and supervise weekly spraying of animals;
  • Carry out for all animals arriving on to the Farm:
    • Health check up
    • Castration of male animals;
  • Carry out post mortem of any animal dying on the farm within 24 hours and submit report to Research Facility Manager;
  • Provide technical support to ILRI animal research experiments as per IACUC protocol;
  • Provide veterinary support for ILRI (incl Kapiti) during disease outbreak and control, update ILRI on any current disease outbreaks in Kenya and make recommendations to avoid exposure of ILRI animals;
  • Be the institute veterinarian on the animal care and welfare issues at IACUC (4 meetings per year);
  • Carry out monthly audits on research facilities, animal welfare and health and provide monthly reports to Research Facility Manager and IACUC chairman; immediately report to the Research Facility Manager, DDG Bioscience and IACUC Chairman about any potential or actual breaches that could pose research-related, reputational or other risks to ILRI;
  • Review and provide technical advice on animal units Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and research and training protocols using animals and ensure full compliance with regulatory requirements in Kenya;
  • Assess training needs and participate in training of animal health technicians;
  • Work in close collaboration with the Research Facility Manager, Supervisor SAU, Supervisor LAU.
  • Assist in sourcing of animals for research

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in relevant field
  • Be a registered with KVB/KVA
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills in English

Terms of Appointment

This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI.

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 job level 3B 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 1 March 2019. The position title and reference number REF: IV/02/2019 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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

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

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

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

ILRI vacancy: Project Manager (closing date: 27 February 2019)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Project Manager responsible for the activities in various projects in order to ensure that the projects complete their deliverable within the stipulated timeline and budget.

ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia. The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals’ alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases. www.ilri.org

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 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.

Job Purpose: The position is required to ensure that the projects in the Animal and Human Health program in Ethiopia achieve their set deliverables within the stipulated outline and budgets by providing project management and coronation supports across the projects, including coordination of personnel, field research, logistics, project partners co-ordination, donor interaction, research deliverables, budget management and other key outputs.

Key Responsibilities:

Depending on the size and complexity of the projects the Project Manager may be responsible for one large project or several smaller projects.

Proposal Development

  • Assist in project specific opportunity pipeline to ensure timely delivery, compliance and adherence to the Program Management Framework (PMF) process
  • Align the project level strategy with the overall program strategy and highlight any variances to the Project Leader for realignment/adjustment.

Project Planning

  • Lead, with the Project Leader, the development of the project workplan
  • Analyze the staffing needs for the project and participate in the workforce planning process.
  • Contribute to the development of a procurement plan and closely monitor and manage the procurement activities for the project
  • Ensure project documentation and the different project activities are up to date and make the necessary update in case of variances/ changes
  • Liaise with the Program Manager to review and update the projects exit strategy/sustainability plan by providing project specific inputs
  • Liaise with the Program Manager in budgeting, assessing alignment and establishing timelines for the project work plans
  • Ensure the communication outputs align with the program communication strategy and project communication plan.

Project Execution

  • Effectively manage the project budget, ensuring proper expenditure, booking and appropriate burn rate and/or highlighting any variances, and providing suggestions for resolution.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders and facilitate effective flow of information between all partners, team members and relevant stakeholders in project activities
  • Work closely with the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists to ensure project level monitoring, data analysis and reporting to support effective project management.
  • Coordinate the preparation of timely and quality reports to be submitted to ILRI, Partners, and Stakeholders.
  • Lead the project management team and build their capacity on ILRI Program Management Framework to enhance their performance
  • Act as the focal point for Program Management Framework at a project level and be responsible for maintenance of the same.

Project Closing

  • Responsible for the implementation of closure activities for the project including the disposal of physical assets, research materials and staff separation/ reassignment, archiving of documentation, impact assessment in line with the PMF process.
  • Coordinate the preparation of timely and quality reports to be submitted to ILRI, Partners, and Stakeholders.

Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Business Administration, Program Management or related field
  • Program Management certification – desirable
  • At least 5 years’ project management experience
  • Experience in development and implementation of project management systems and tools
  • Excellent people management skills in a multicultural setting
  • Experience in managing stakeholder relationships
  • Excellent managerial and multitasking skills,
  • Problem solving skills
  • Technical reporting skills
  • Track record of showing initiative and driving decision making at project level

Duty Station:  Nairobi, Kenya

Job Level

This position is job level 3B Level 3, ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; pension, medical and other insurances for ILRI’s Nationally Recruited Staff.

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

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 27 February, 2019. The position title and reference number REF: PM/01/19 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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MSc Fellowships (2 Positions): Characterize mixed livestock systems in Ethiopia (closing date: 28 February 2019)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit two MSc students for interdisciplinary natural and social science research under a BMZ-funded project entitled “Programme for Climate-Smart Livestock (PCSL)”. The Project focuses on increasing the three main pillars of climate-smart agriculture: (1) increased agricultural productivity, (2) mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, and (3) adaptation of livestock systems to climate change. One aim of the project is to characterize and baseline mixed crop-livestock systems to identify potentials and constraints for climate smart agriculture.

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. http://www.ilri.org

The position

The position will investigate livestock characteristics in agricultural production systems with a major focus on ruminants (small and large) and aims at collecting a suite of data required for establishing accurate Tier 2 GHG emissions baselines across different agroecological zones for the duration of one year. A standardized protocol that was already successfully applied in Kenya and Tanzania will be followed, following its adaptation to the regional context.

Background

Dietary changes and growing populations in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are leading to major increases in the demand for livestock products. In East Africa, livestock is a major source of rural income and food security. Livestock production provides between 40 and 55% of household incomes and 26% of dietary protein intake. Across East Africa, livestock production is predominantly managed by smallholder farmers. In mixed crop-livestock systems, half of the agricultural workforce is employed in livestock production; in extensive dryland livestock systems this figure exceeds 90%. Thus, growth in demand for livestock products is an important opportunity to improve incomes for smallholder livestock producers.

At the same time, livestock is a major contributor to anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It is estimated that livestock-related GHG emissions represent over 70% of total agriculture emissions in developing countries. In more detail, GHG emission intensities (i.e. GHG emissions per unit of product) are assumed to be much higher than found in production systems in developed countries. The increasing growth in demand for livestock products is an urgent concern as this in turn could result in an increase in GHG emissions. Implementing mechanisms to remunerate smallholders to increase productivity and simultaneously contributing to reduced GHG emissions intensities requires accurate baseline data on GHG emissions from livestock in the first place and national policy support and engagement of the private sector in a second step. Currently, the development of Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) is increasingly prioritized by East African governments and donors, and the livestock sector is a promising target given their high emissions contributions and vital role in household incomes and food security. However, the lack of reliable estimates on GHG emissions associated with different practices and productivity levels for different systems is a barrier to the implementation of LEDS.

Scope of the MSc assignment

The MSc students will directly contribute to Activity A1 “Setting up GHG emissions baselines and performance indicators for adaptation interventions” of the project entitled “Programme for Climate-Smart Livestock (PCSL)”. Activity A1 aims particularly at characterizing livestock systems in terms of productivity and its environmental footprint by generating accurate Tier 2 GHG emissions baselines. This is necessary first step towards establishing and evaluating mitigation options from livestock production while also providing pathways to enhancing the productivity and sustainability of livestock systems. The MSc students will contribute to this by undertaking the following research activities:

  • Categorize the livestock production systems currently used in the dry Afar region as well as in the highlands around Debre Berhan (size of available pastures, household size, number and type of animals etc.).
  • Gather livestock production-related data (i.e. liveweight gain, milk production), activity data such as distance travelled and feedstuff-related data (i.e., plant cover, chemical composition of feeds and forages) to enable better estimation of year-long energy expenditure as well as feed availability and quality.
  • Perform behavioral observations including feeding behavior, diet composition and activity pattern of target animals.
  • Carry out household surveys to derive important changes in farm activities over the course of one year.
  • Collate and analyze the collected data under supervision of ILRI supervisors.

Qualifications and skills

The ideal candidate for either of the position will have:

  • Obtained an honors Bachelor’s degree in animal production or animal (ruminant) nutrition.
  • Is enrolled in an accredited MSc program in an Ethiopian university and be near completion of coursework.
  • Experience in East Africa and/or with agricultural production systems in developing countries.
  • Willingness to work extended hours in field, flexibility and a high degree of independence if required.
  • Familiarity with statistical software such as SPSS or R. In-depth knowledge of Microsoft Excel for data entry and common practices of data quality control and data quality assurance.
  • Ability to supervise and train research assistants and provide necessary advice.
  • Excellent written and spoken English. Ability to converse in Amharic or a local language is a major asset.
  • Ability to effectively communicate in a multicultural context, present findings to diverse audiences, and support facilitation of multi-stakeholder workshops.
  • Good ability to integrate into an international interdisciplinary team of researcher and practitioners and ability to collaborate with social scientists in a multidisciplinary project.

ILRI Program: Sustainable Livestock Systems

Project Location: Ethiopia

Duration: 1- year

Terms of appointment: ILRI will offer a competitive stipend to cover living expenses in the project location, medical insurance and cover research expenses. The fellowship will NOT cover tuition or any other university fees. The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist and the university/academic supervisor. The ideal candidate will be able to develop a full proposal under guidance of the university supervisor and the ILRI Mazingira Centre supervisor. It is anticipated that fieldwork will begin in July/August 2019.

​​​​​​​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, 2019. The position title and reference number REF: SLS/MSC PCSL ETH GF/02/2019 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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MSc Fellowships(2 Positions): Livestock characteristics in rangeland farming systems in Kenya (closing date: 28 February 2019)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit two MSc students for interdisciplinary natural and social science research under a BMZ-funded project entitled “Programme for Climate-Smart Livestock (PCSL)”. The Project focuses on increasing the three main pillars of climate-smart agriculture: (1) increased agricultural productivity, (2) mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, and (3) adaptation of livestock systems to climate change. One aim of the project is to characterize and baseline mixed crop-livestock systems to identify potentials and constraints for climate smart agriculture.

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. http://www.ilri.org

The Position

The position will investigate livestock characteristics in agricultural production systems with a major focus on ruminants (small and large) and rangeland systems and aims at collecting a suite of data required for establishing accurate Tier 2 GHG emissions baselines across different agroecological zones for the duration of one year. A standardized protocol that was already successfully applied in Kenya and Tanzania will be followed, following its adaptation to the regional context.

Background and Problem Statement

Dietary changes and growing populations in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are leading to major increases in the demand for livestock products. In East Africa, livestock is a major source of rural income and food security. Livestock production provides between 40 and 55% of household incomes and 26% of dietary protein intake. Across East Africa, livestock production is predominantly managed by smallholder farmers. In mixed crop-livestock systems, half of the agricultural workforce is employed in livestock production; in extensive dryland livestock systems this figure exceeds 90%. Thus, growth in demand for livestock products is an important opportunity to improve incomes for smallholder livestock producers.

At the same time, livestock is a major contributor to anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It is estimated that livestock-related GHG emissions represent over 70% of total agriculture emissions in developing countries. In more detail, GHG emission intensities (i.e. GHG emissions per unit of product) are assumed to be much higher than found in production systems in developed countries. The increasing growth in demand for livestock products is an urgent concern as this in turn could result in an increase in GHG emissions. Implementing mechanisms to remunerate smallholders to increase productivity and simultaneous-ly contributing to reduced GHG emission intensities requires accurate baseline data on GHG emissions from livestock in the first place and national policy support and engagement of the private sector in a second step. Currently, the development of Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) is increasingly prioritized by East African governments and donors, and the livestock sector is a promising target given their high emissions contributions and vital role in household incomes and food security. However, the lack of reliable estimates on GHG emissions associated with different practices and productivity levels for different systems is a barrier to the implementation of LEDS.

Scope of the MSc assignment

The MSc students will directly contribute to Activity A1 “Setting up GHG emissions baselines and performance indicators for adaptation interventions” of the project entitled “Programme for Climate-Smart Livestock Systems (PCSL)”. Activity A1 aims particularly at generating accurate Tier 2 GHG emissions baselines for livestock systems which are necessary as a first step towards establishing and evaluating mitigation options from livestock production while also enhancing the productivity and sustainability of livestock systems. The MSc students will contribute to this by undertaking the following research activities:

  • Characterize the rangeland system in either a degraded or non-degraded rangeland area (household size, number and type of animals, size of available pastures, management, degradation indicators etc.).
  • Gather livestock production-related data (i.e. liveweight gain, milk production), activity data such as distance travelled and feedstuff-related data (i.e., plant cover, chemical composition of feeds and forages) to enable better estimation of year-long energy expenditure as well as feed availability and quality.
  • Perform behavioral observations including feeding behavior, diet composition and activity pattern of target ruminant livestock.
  • Identification of challenges and possible strategies for sustainable improvement of animal performance and rangeland conditions.

Qualifications and skills

The ideal candidate for either of the position will have:

  • Obtained an honors Bachelor’s degree in animal production or animal (ruminant) nutrition.
  • Is enrolled in an accredited MSc program in a Kenyan university and is near completion of coursework.
  • Experience in East Africa and/or with agricultural production systems in developing countries.
  • Willingness to work in the field, flexibility and a high degree of independence if required.
  • Familiarity with statistical software such as SPSS or R. In-depth knowledge of Microsoft Excel for data entry and common practices of data quality control and data quality assurance.
  • Ability to supervise and train research assistants and provide necessary advice.
  • Excellent written and spoken English. Ability to converse in Kiswahili or a local language is a major asset.
  • Ability to effectively communicate in a multicultural context, present findings to diverse audiences, and support facilitation of multi-stakeholder workshops.
  • Good ability to integrate into an international interdisciplinary team of researcher and practitioners and ability to collaborate with social scientists in a multidisciplinary project.

LRI Program: Sustainable Livestock Systems

Project Location: Kenya

Duration: 1- year

Terms of appointment: ILRI will offer a competitive stipend to cover living expenses in the project location, medical insurance and cover research expenses. The fellowships will NOT cover tuition or any other university fees. The successful candidates will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist and the university/academic supervisor. The ideal candidates will be able to develop a full proposal under guidance of the university supervisor and the ILRI Mazingira Centre supervisor. It is anticipated that fieldwork will foreseeably begin from June/July 2019 onwards.

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, 2019. The position title and reference number REF: SLS/MSC PCSL KE GF/02/2019 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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MSc Fellowship: Livestock characteristics in typical farming systems in Uganda (closing date: 28 February 2019)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an MSc student for interdisciplinary natural and social science research under a BMZ-funded project entitled “Programme for Climate-Smart Livestock (PCSL)”. The project focuses on increasing the three main pillars of climate-smart agriculture: (1) increased agricultural productivity, (2) mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, and (3) adaptation of livestock systems to climate change. One aim of the project is to characterize and baseline mixed crop-livestock systems to identify potentials and constraints for climate smart agriculture.

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. http://www.ilri.org

The position

The position will investigate livestock characteristics in agricultural production systems with a major focus on ruminants (small and large) and aims at collecting a suite of data required for establishing accurate Tier 2 GHG emissions baselines across different agroecological zones for the duration of one year. A standardized protocol that was already successfully applied in Kenya and Tanzania will be followed, following its adaptation to the regional context.

Background and Problem Statement

Dietary changes and growing populations in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are leading to major increases in the demand for livestock products. In East Africa, livestock is a major source of rural income and food security. Livestock production provides between 40 and 55% of household incomes and 26% of dietary protein intake. Across East Africa, livestock production is predominantly managed by smallholder farmers. In mixed crop-livestock systems, half of the agricultural workforce is employed in livestock production; in extensive dryland livestock systems this figure exceeds 90%. Thus, growth in demand for livestock products is an important opportunity to improve incomes for smallholder livestock producers.

At the same time, livestock is a major contributor to anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It is estimated that livestock-related GHG emissions represent over 70% of total agriculture emissions in developing countries. In more detail, GHG emission intensities (i.e. GHG emissions per unit of product) are assumed to be much higher than found in production systems in developed countries. The increasing growth in demand for livestock products is an urgent concern as this in turn could result in an increase in GHG emissions. Implementing mechanisms to remunerate smallholders to increase productivity and simultaneously contributing to reduced GHG emissions intensities requires accurate baseline data on GHG emissions from livestock in the first place and national policy support and engagement of the private sector in a second step. Currently, the development of Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) is increasingly prioritized by East African governments and donors, and the livestock sector is a promising target given their high emissions contributions and vital role in household incomes and food security. However, the lack of reliable estimates on GHG emissions associated with different practices and productivity levels for different systems is a barrier to the implementation of LEDS.

Scope of the MSc assignment

The MSc student will directly contribute to Activity A1 “Setting up GHG emissions baselines and performance indicators for adaptation interventions” of the project entitled “Programme for Climate-Smart Livestock Systems (PCSL)”. Activity A1 aims particularly at generating accurate Tier 2 GHG emissions baselines for livestock systems which are absolutely necessary as a first step towards establishing and evaluating mitigation options from livestock production while also enhancing the productivity and sustainability of smallholder livestock systems. The MSc student will contribute to this by undertaking the following research activities:

  • Categorize the targeted livestock production systems in terms of production and with regard to social and economic parameters
  • Gather livestock production-related data (i.e. liveweight, liveweight gain, milk quantity and quality) activity data such as distance travelled and feedstuff-related data (i.e., area under cropping, quantity and quality of feeds and forages) to enable better estimation of year-long energy expenditure and feed availability and quality
  • Perform household surveys in cooperation with biophysical, social and gender scientists.
  • Reliably interact with local farmers and research assistants in the field

Qualifications and skills

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Obtained an honors Bachelor’s degree in animal production or animal (ruminant) nutrition.
  • Is enrolled in an accredited MSc program in a Ugandan university and is near completion of coursework.
  • Experience in East Africa and/or with agricultural production systems in developing countries.
  • Willingness to work in the field, flexibility and a high degree of independence if required.
  • Familiarity with statistical software such as SPSS or R. In-depth knowledge of Microsoft Excel for data entry and common practices of data quality control and data quality assurance.
  • Ability to supervise and train research assistants and provide necessary advice.
  • Excellent written and spoken English. Ability to converse in Kiswahili or a local language is a major asset.
  • Ability to effectively communicate in a multicultural context, present findings to diverse audiences, and support facilitation of multi-stakeholder workshops.
  • Good ability to integrate into an international interdisciplinary team of researcher and practitioners and ability to collaborate with social scientists in a multidisciplinary project.

ILRI Program: Sustainable Livestock Systems

Project Location: Uganda

Duration: 1- year

Terms of appointment: ILRI will offer a competitive stipend to cover living expenses in the project location, medical insurance and cover research expenses. The fellowship will NOT cover tuition or any other university fees. The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist and the university/academic supervisor. The ideal candidate will be able to develop a full proposal under guidance of the university supervisor and the ILRI Mazingira Centre supervisor. It is anticipated that fieldwork will begin earliest in September 2019.

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, 2019. The position title and reference number REF: SLS/MSC PCSL UG GF/02/2019 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 PhD Graduate Fellowship: Enteric methane emissions from rangelands in Kenya (closing date: 8 March 2019)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a PhD Graduate Fellow to investigate GHG emissions from rangelands by focusing on enteric methane emissions of rangeland-based beef production systems in Kenya. The gained knowledge will help to provide information on emission factors for rangeland-based production systems, methodological approaches to estimate methane emissions from ruminants suitable for the conditions of rangelands in E-Africa and estimations of GHG emissions from beef production systems under different rangeland management conditions.

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 of the fellow

  • To study enteric methane emissions from beef cattle kept on different rangelands in Kenya;
  • To test and compare different methodologies for measuring and/or calculating enteric methane emissions (e.g., respiration chamber, SF6 tracer technique, IPCC’s Tier 2 approach for calculating emission factors);
  • To collect data on animal performance, activity, intake, diet composition, rangeland species composition and basal cover etc.;
  • To test possible interventions and their effects on methane emissions and animal performance;
  • To upscale the results on a regional basis for different rangeland systems using a partial life-cycle assessment (LCA) approach;
  • To closely work together, cooperate and participate in supervision of MSc students and field research staff;
  • To statistically analyze the data, write scientific papers and prepare conference/workshop presentations;
  • To cooperate and share results with an interdisciplinary team of researchers with different backgrounds (animal nutrition, biogeochemistry, social sciences, gender studies, rangeland ecology etc.);

Requirements for the ideal candidate

  • MSc in Agricultural Sciences (preferably Animal Nutrition with a focus on ruminants), Environmental Sciences, Rangeland Ecology, or another relevant discipline;
  • Experience in greenhouse gas measurements at different scales, i.e. respiration chambers or SF6 tracer technique would be an advantage;
  • Experience in upscaling field data by modelling or LCA approaches would be an additional asset;
  • Knowledge of grassland/rangeland-based production systems in developing and/or developed countries are an advantage;
  • Experience in handling of diverse datasets, data processing and statistical software such as R, SPSS, Matlab or python;
  • Careful and correct mode of work, especially about field data collection and data analysis, demonstrated skills in writing scientific papers;
  • Experience of living or working in the context of developing countries, especially East Africa, would be beneficial;
  • Willingness to perform field work in rural conditions and ability to work independently and solution-oriented;
  • Ability to cooperate with students and field assistants, farmers and other stakeholder groups, and partly supervise MSc students;
  • Ability to jointly work in a multinational team of scientists, technicians and students from other disciplines (biogeochemistry, agricultural sciences, environmental sciences, ecology, social sciences etc.);

Location: ILRI, Kenya, Mazingira Centre

Duration: 3 years

Terms of appointment and stipend: ILRI will offer a competitive stipend to cover living expenses in the project location, medical insurance and cover research expenses. The fellowship will NOT cover university fee or tuition costs. The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist and the university/academic supervisor.

Applications:

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the role 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 8 March 2019. The position title and reference number: SLS/PhD ANU GF/02/2019 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

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 website 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: ICT Infrastructure Officer – Internal advert [Closing date: 15 February 2019]

The Position: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an ICT Infrastructure Officer who will be a member of Information and Communication Technology 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 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.

Job Purpose:

The ICT Infrastructure Officer maintains, monitors and supports systems in a global environment.  The incumbent in this role works on multiple projects as a project team member or a team lead and performs troubleshooting for moderately complex hardware, operating system software and network problems.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

ADMINISTRATION:

  • Manages user access to, systems, servers, networks and files;
  • Administers the set-up of new profiles, creates and updates access permissions and maintains user accounts;
  • Installs, configures and maintains system hardware and software components of infrastructure platforms;
  • Maintains tracking and configuration documentation and plans;
  • Determines if inactive accounts should be deleted;
  • Administers Storage Area Network (SAN);
  • Maintains tracking and configuration documentation and plans;

PERFORMANCE MONITORING:

  • Prepares performance and control reports;
  • Performs capacity workload modelling and availability analysis for a variety of platforms and environments;
  • Monitors system-operating capacity in terms of disk space, tape storage, memory CPU and bandwidth utilization;
  • Determines the required course of action to improve performance and escalates when appropriate;
  • Develops, maintains, recommends, documents and supports tools and backend utilities to provide capacity planning management;

COMPUTER OPERATIONS:

  • Operates computer hardware systems and related peripheral equipment;
  • Monitors systems on a 24×7 schedule;
  • Analyzes operational processes and recommends improvements;
  • Performs maintenance procedures;
  • Validates input and output data for completeness and accuracy;
  • Analyzes job processes and recommends improvements;
  • Reviews historical data for trend analysis;

PRODUCTION SUPPORT:

  • Provides Level 2 production support;
  • Troubleshoots escalated problems by analyzing root causes and evaluating multiple options;
  • Researches, analyzes and implements software or hardware changes to rectify any problems;
  • Seeks technical assistance or escalates problem, when necessary;

MAINTENANCE:

  • Performs routine maintenance tasks for infrastructure systems such as backups, patch management and hot fixes;
  • Monitors health of systems and provides appropriate recommendations when required;

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENTS:

  • Analyzes and reports on operational metrics to understand performance and to ensure success in process improvements;

SECURITY:

  • Works with IT Security, where needed, in investigations and/or audits of systems;
  • Analyzes audit trails to detect systematic security violations;
  • Reports security issues when appropriate;
  • Adheres to security requirements;

SERVICE LEVEL AGREEMENTS (SLAs):

  • Monitors production, outputs, and services to ensure that SLA’s, and other quality metrics, are being met;

BUSINESS CONTINUITY:

  • Administers archival activities such as installing, upgrading, configuring, and scheduling and monitoring, jobs;
  • Performs data image archiving;
  • Performs off-site storage procedures;
  • Verifies that system backups run successfully;
  • Assures and manages fail-over capability of infrastructure platforms

POLICIES, PROCEDURES, AND STANDARDS:

  • Adheres to policies, procedures and standards.

PROJECT PLANNING:

  • Leads short-term project planning efforts with team members;

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Works with systems engineers to understand technical requirements;

RESEARCH AND EVALUATION:

  • Assists in the evaluation of future technologies and makes recommendations;

DOCUMENTATION/USER GUIDES:

  • Documents new or modified functions, modules and test activities/results according to specified guidelines and on selected media;

COMMUNICATIONS/CONSULTATION:

  • Supports and participates in the formal reporting of project status;

TESTING:

  • Develops test cases and files;
  • Conducts testing to ensure requirements are met;
  • Validates test results;
  • Provides feedback on test results.

Academic and professional qualifications:

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science or related field

Experience:

  • At least five years of relevant information technology work experience.
  • Requires strong knowledge and experience with multiple system environments, servers, and storage devices.

Skills:

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.

Duty Station:  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Grade:  2C 

Minimum 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: IIO/10/2019 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 15 February 2019.

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

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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ICRISAT Vacancy: Senior Research Officer – Internal/External [Closing date: 21 February 2019]

The position: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is seeks to recruit Senior Research Officer for its office based at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to offer scientific leadership in synthesizing bets -wet watershed management experience and approaches in Ethiopia and beyond.

General: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is an International organization, one of the 15 CGIAR centres, which conducts agricultural research for rural development in drought-prone of Africa and Asia, headquartered in Patancheru (HyderabadTelanganaIndia) with several regional centers (Bamako (Mali), Nairobi (Kenya)) and country offices, including in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  ICRISAT adopts integrated genetic and natural resources management as its overarching research strategy to improve productivity and enhance resilience of dryland systems. ICRISAT-Ethiopia works with national partners on availing technologies to dry land farmers and agro-pastoralists, enhancing technology utilization, linking farmers to markets, and strengthening the national capacity.

Job Purpose: Apart from providing scientific support to ICRISAT, the Senior Research Officer will be involved in reviewing incentives being used in integrated watershed management and/or projects with watershed components such as the Food Security Project and the Productive Safety Net project in Ethiopia and make specific recommendations on specific incentives that will generate and sustain community interest in participatory watershed management programs under differing cultural setting.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide scientific leadership in synthesizing best-bet watershed management experiences, tools and approaches in Ethiopia and beyond;
  • Review incentives being used in integrated watershed management and/or projects with watershed components such as the Food Security Project and the Productive Safety Net project in Ethiopia and make specific recommendations on specific incentives that will generate and sustain community interest in participatory watershed management programs under differing cultural settings;
  • Conduct comparative studies of various watershed management initiatives and quantify upstream and downstream relationships at different scales using biophysical models, particularly SWAT analysis
  • Conduct comparative studies between integrated watershed management practices between India and Ethiopia and how the Indian experience has influenced design/implementation in Ethiopia.
  • Devise rapid impact assessment methods and relate the characteristics of design and implementation to outcomes and impacts.
  • Work with multi-disciplinary team of agronomists, modelers, social scientists and other experts to enhance the adoption and promotion of integrated watershed management approaches;
  • Develop and strengthen partnership between the various bureaus and regional agricultural research institutions so that expertise and technologies from the various institutions reach farmers’ fields and watersheds;
  • Contribute to the resource mobilization efforts of ICRISAT and the CGIAR Research Programs through writing research proposals, building capacity in our partners, engaging with the University sector by co-supervising postgraduate students.

Minimum Requirements:

Education:

  • PhD or Master’s degree in watershed management, hydrology, environmental sciences, agronomy, soil science, natural resources management

Experience:

  • PhD with 2 years’ experience or Masters with 8 years’ experience plus professional certification
  • At least three years of experience in watershed management initiatives
  • Significant expertise in the parameterization, validation and application of watershed models, including SWAT
  • Considerable practical agricultural experience, including experience on watershed management and working with farmers
  • Record of writing scientific papers and compiling, publishing and sharing knowledge
  • Knowledge of the context of smallholder farmers in the highly vulnerable climates of the semi-arid tropics and agronomic knowledge of the major crops and cropping systems of Ethiopia and region.
  • Demonstrated ability to write proposals and fund raise.

Skills:

  • Effective communication in English, both written and oral
  • Ability to work with people at various skills and institutions;

Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Grade: 4A

Monthly Base Salary: Birr 57,880 (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 two years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc. The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. Dining and sports facilities are located on site.  The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus with dining and sports facilities.

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: SRO/09/19 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ by clicking on the “Apply Now” tab above before 21 February 2019.

To find more about ICRISAT, visit our Website at www.icrisat.org.

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

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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CIP Vacancy: Research Assistant III – Internal/External [Closing date: 21 February 2019]

The Position: The International Potato Centre (CIP) is seeks to recruit Research Assistant III to improve nutritional status and food security among vulnerable populations in SNNPR and Tigray regions of Ethiopia through the strengthening of agriculture and health systems and through institutional development.

General: The International Potato Centre (CIP) is a not-for-profit international agricultural research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweet potato, and Andean roots and tubers. Its vision is of roots and tubers improving the lives of the poor. CIP is dedicated to achieving food security, improved well-being, and gender equity for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems of the developing world. CIP works with partners to contribute high quality science, technology, and capacity strengthening for sustainable science-based solutions. CIP is headquartered in Lima, Peru, with staff and activities in over 30 locations across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. CIP is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. The CIP Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) main regional office is in Nairobi, Kenya. CIP also has offices in eight other African countries.

Job Purpose: The purpose of this post is to support CIP- joint research with project partners on sweet potato value chain, multi location adaptive research, seed system, institutional system and OFSP product development by providing technical backstopping expert and documentation.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Contribute for institutionalizing of OFSP within BOH, BOA and TARI system
  • Contribute to the development of new sustainable delivery models for scaling bio fortified sweet potato, including new partnerships and cost-effective models in a diversity of markets, production systems
  • Participate at multi-sectoral nutrition-agricultural platforms for sharing evidence and lessons about Orange flashed sweet potato, involve the evaluation, demonstration, promotion and dissemination of resilient orange flashed sweet potato and potato varieties
  • Identifies training needs, prepares, plans and implements relevant training courses and workshops
  • Supervising field activities, checks results of analysis and provides reports to project coordinator
  • Assisting in preparation of research reports and scientific publications 

Minimum Requirements: 

Education: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy/ horticulture 

Training: 

  • Training and expertise in data analysis using SPSS or STATA statistical software preferred 

Skills: 

  • A highly motivated, responsible individual with the ability to use a wide range of laboratory analytical equipment
  • Good leadership and management
  • Effective communication in English, both written and oral
  • Rigorous approach to monitoring progress of tasks 

Experience: 

  • 5 years relevant work experience, professional certification.

Duty Station:  Mekelle

Job Grade:   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 five months with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc. The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus in Addis Ababa. Dining and sports facilities are located on site. 

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: REF: RA/08/19 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com by clicking on the “Apply Now” tab above before 21 February 2019.

To find more about CIP, visit our Website at https://cipotato.org/

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

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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ILRI vacancy: Legal Officer (closing date: 20 February 2019)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Legal Officer to provide legal guidance, expertise and support in a range of fields including contracts, organizational and corporate law, labour laws, IP law to deliver high quality, result-oriented and efficient legal support expertise to the 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 

1. Contracts management and research support

  • Maintain updated templates for ILRI CRAs, MoUs, and other agreement formats
  • Support the review and negotiation of contracts, and advise to ILRI’s research programs and other units on all research agreements, assessing legal implication, risks and ensuring compliance with ILRI Policies and practice
  • Maintain database of contracts and contract information (subsequently to be linked to OCS)

2. Legal and corporate compliance

  • Legal support
    • Maintain -databases (SharePoint) of key ILRI and Kapiti legal documents, assets, policies, procedures, legal disputes, lab notebooks and other institutional records (including hosting arrangements).
    • Assist in legal research and preparation of legal opinions.
    • Provide litigation and case support assistance to the IP & Legal Counsel.
    • Assist in the creation of institutional policies and procedure

3. ILRI hosting arrangements

  • Host country agreements and global offices
    1. Maintain e-databases (SharePoint) for all ILRI global offices, operating agreements
    2. Monitor and ensure timely and accurate updates and renewals of all host services agreements
  • Institutions hosted by ILRI
    1. Maintain e-databases (sharepoint) of ILRI hosted institution agreements
    2. Monitor and ensure timely and accurate updates and renewals of hosted institution agreements

4. IP management and compliance

  • Provide legal support for IP and legal compliance and management, in particular to ILRI programs, units and institutional compliance committees.
  • Assist in providing legal interpretation of CGIAR and ILRI IA Policies and national legislation, train and disseminate legal requirements to staff
  • Perform other tasks as may be assigned from time to time to assist the IP & Legal Unit achieve its mandate

Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Law (LL. B) from a university recognized in Kenya. Candidates with relevant post-graduate or other qualifications in IP Law will have an added advantage
  • Post-graduate diploma in Legal studies from the Kenya School of Kenya
  • An Advocate of the High Court of Kenya
  • Be of good standing and possess LSK practicing certificate
  • Have at least a minimum of two years post-admission experience in a busy law firm that handles commercial contracts and litigation
  • Demonstrate good grasp of relevant laws including but not limited to Laws governing International non-profit organizations; Kenya Law and the Constitution of Kenya 2010; IP Law and related International Laws and Treaties, Labour Laws and Corporate governance

Job Level

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

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

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, 2019. The position title and reference number REF: LO/02/2019 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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AGRA Vacancy: Driver/Logistic Assistant – Internal [Closing date: 11 February 2019]

The Position: The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) seeks to recruit Driver/Logistic Assistant is responsible for providing driving and administrative duties to assigned staff/guests of AGRA. The incumbent ensures highest standards of discretion and integrity, sense of responsibility, excellent knowledge of protocol, communications and security issues. The incumbent will also demonstrate a client-oriented approach, courtesy, tact and ability to work with people of different national and cultural backgrounds. The incumbent monitors the movement of personnel and deliveries, and also oversees the maintenance of AGRA office vehicles. incumbent assists in delivering a quality service through translation, logistics support, and team assistance as required.

General: The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) founded in 2006, is an African-led African-based organization that seeks to catalyze Agriculture Transformation in Africa. AGRA is focused on putting smallholder farmers at the center of the continent’s growing economy by transforming agriculture from a solitary struggle to survive into farming as a business that thrives. As the sector that employs the majority of Africa’s people, nearly all of them small-scale farmers, AGRA recognizes that developing smallholder agriculture into a productive, efficient, and sustainable system is essential to ensuring food security, lifting millions out of poverty, and driving equitable growth across the continent.

AGRA is rolling out a new 5-year strategy to catalyze and sustain an Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa to increase incomes and improve food security for 30 million farmers. Under this strategy, AGRA will deliver through an approach that simultaneously catalyzes change at farmer level, strengthens input and output market systems and puts government at the center to enable and champion private-sector-led agricultural growth at national level. 

Main duties & responsibilities: 

  • Drive the vehicle assigned by AGRA for the transportation of staff, AGRA guests and other authorized personnel.
  • Ensure vehicle is kept in good running condition and clean at all times through addressing minor repairs, making arrangements for major repairs, timely changes of oil, check of tires, brakes, water levels and car washing, vacuuming, dusting.
  • Meet official and high ranking personnel at the airport and facilitate immigration and customs formalities, as required, with signage.
  • Log official trips, daily mileage, gas consumption, oil changes, greasing, etc
  • Responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the assigned vehicle, checks oil, water, battery, brakes, tires, etc, and perform minor repairs and arrange for other repairs.
  • Deliver and collect mail, invitations, documents, supplies, bills or payments and other items as required.
  • Ensure that all steps required by traffic rules and regulations are taken and adhered to, in case of involvement in an accident.
  • Ensure availability of all the required documents/supplies including vehicle insurance, vehicle registration, vehicle logs, office directory, map of the city/country, first aid kit, and necessary spare parts in the assigned vehicle.
  • Keep track of insurance and other tax formalities.
  • Inform the Country Manager and Program Coordinator of any repairs required in a timely fashion.
  • Ensure that the vehicles are always kept clean and in good working order pare of job cards, inspecting of vehicles and ensuring all vehicles are fully equipped with tools, first aid kits.
  • Maintenance of Vehicles Support in the planning and monitoring of vehicle maintenance based on the vehicle producer’s recommendations.
  • Support in planning, coordination of road travel and logistics.
  • Communicate quickly and effectively with passengers and Program Coordinator and Country Manager.
  • Translate as needed and required in field and site visits.
  • Take photos of programming and events.
  • Assist with branding, logistics and organization of AGRA and select partner events.
  • Ensure additional duties and responsibilities assigned are effectively performed. 

Minimum Requirements:

Education: 

  • High School Complete/Preparatory Certificate level 1.

Experience: 

  • 2 years of relevant work experience plus technical training

Skills:

  • Ability to perform a variety of administrative, logistics and routine tasks and duties
  • Ability to review data, identify and adjust discrepancies.
  • Ability to handle a large volume of work possibly under time constraints
  • Good knowledge of administrative rules and regulations.
  • Ability to operate and maintain a variety of computers, business machines and office equipment in order to provide efficient delivery of service.
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks by establishing priorities.
  • Demonstrates excellent knowledge of driving rules and regulations and skills in minor vehicle repair.
  • Demonstrates excellent knowledge of protocol.
  • Demonstrates excellent knowledge of security systems, organizations and issues.
  • Collects and compiles data with speed and accuracy identifying what is relevant and discarding what is not, records it in an accessible manner and maintains data bases.
  • Thoroughly and methodically collects, verifies and records data demonstrating attention to detail and identifying and correcting errors on own initiative.
  • Transmits file data; creates and generate queries, reports and documents utilizing databases, spreadsheets, communications and other software packages with speed and accuracy.
  • Ability to produce accurate and well documented records conforming to the required standard.
  • Planning, Organizing and Multi-Tasking. 

Duty Station:                   Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Position level:                 1C

Minimum Base salary:  Birr 8,409 per month (Negotiable depending on experience, skill and salary history of the selected candidate). 

Terms of appointment: This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is for three years with the possibility of renewal appointment, 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.  The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus with dining and sports facilities. 

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: DLA/07/19 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com on or before 11 February 2019.

To find more about AGRA, visit our Website at www.agra.org.

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AGRA Vacancy: Program Assistant – Internal [Closing date: 11 February 2019]

The Position: The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) seeks to recruit Program Assistant reporting to the Country Manager, the Program Assistant will be responsible for the coordination and management of events, travel, and documents related to programs, reports, and grant-making within a county and region. The incumbent will assist Country Managers and Program Officers in the planning, communications, reporting, event and partner management, data capture, analysis, and refinement of project proposals and grant memos in order to support and facilitate successful country operations and impacts. Further, the Program Assistant assists with pipeline development and coordination, including procurements, contracts and grant documents which should be well-prepared in advance of submission to the Procurement and Grants Unit and the Grants Committee, as well as follow up on grantee reports. The Program Assistant will also assist the Program Officers with regard to internal and external partner communications to ensure the running of a cohesive program and provide regular updates on the team’s status including liaising with Communications teams.

General: The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) founded in 2006, is an African-led African-based organization that seeks to catalyze Agriculture Transformation in Africa. AGRA is focused on putting smallholder farmers at the center of the continent’s growing economy by transforming agriculture from a solitary struggle to survive into farming as a business that thrives. As the sector that employs the majority of Africa’s people, nearly all of them small-scale farmers, AGRA recognizes that developing smallholder agriculture into a productive, efficient, and sustainable system is essential to ensuring food security, lifting millions out of poverty, and driving equitable growth across the continent.

AGRA is rolling out a new 5-year strategy to catalyze and sustain an Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa to increase incomes and improve food security for 30 million farmers. Under this strategy, AGRA will deliver through an approach that simultaneously catalyzes change at farmer level, strengthens input and output market systems and puts government at the center to enable and champion private-sector-led agricultural growth at national level. 

Main duties & responsibilities: 

  • Facilitate partner and stakeholder communications.
  • Coordinate travel and events for country teams.
  • Ensure AGRA branding, signage, as well as relevant administrative procedures
  • Assist in procurement documentation and linkages amongst country teams and standard procedures.
  • Respond to inquiries and screen, direct, and follow through on all program enquiries as appropriate.
  • Assist the County Manager in the preparation and tracking of pipelines and budgets.
  • Monitor the development of grants and assist in their formulation from the point of initial, draft submission to final approval by the Grants Committee and Grantee signatures.
  • Review and assist in the correction, as needed, of project proposals for clarity of purpose and all matters related to implementation, budgeting, and results indicators.
  • Follow-up with grantees to send reports due in a timely-manner and ensure reports are approved to Grants Unit as necessary.
  • Review grantee achievements against targets and work with relevant Program Officer and grantee to the reports in case of any consistencies.
  • Review Indicator Performance Tracking Tables (IPTTs) and use the data to prepare quarterly Dashboards and the Data explorer, and AGRA Management Information Systems (AMIS).
  • Track audits and follow up with Program Officers.
  • Track grantee no-cost extension and modifications and forward to Program Officer and Grants Unit.
  • Assist the Country team in preparation of reports, board reports, AGRA annual and quarterly reports.
  • Assist in capturing programmatic progress, successes, case studies, tweets, and other communications requirements through photographs, videos and articles. 

Minimum Requirements:

Education: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or social sciences.

Experience: 

  • 5 years of relevant work experience
  • Experience managing complex initiatives with proven ability to develop high impact partnerships.
  • Experience in working with similar organizations or institutions will be an added advantage.

Skills:

  • Computer proficiency and familiarity with a range of software applications including word processing, spreadsheets and databases.
  • Fluency in English language is essential.
  • Good working knowledge of agriculture, markets, systems, development, or economics.
  • Analytical, excellent data mining ability.
  • Strong ability to influence positively both upwards and downwards across cultures and organizations.
  • Proven coordination ability to influence teams to achieve their best within tight resources.
  • Familiarity with both the government and private sector policies and structures.
  • Results and detail orientated with a very hands-on approach.
  • Excellent organizational, problem solving, and communications skills.
  • Intelligent, motivated self-starter with strong interpersonal skills and work ethic. 

Duty Station:                   Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Position level:                 2C

Minimum Base salary:  Birr 19,112 per month (Negotiable depending on experience, skill and salary history of the selected candidate). 

Terms of appointment: This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is for three years with the possibility of renewal appointment, 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.  The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus with dining and sports facilities. 

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: PA/06/19 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com on or before 11 February 2019.

To find more about AGRA, visit our Website at www.agra.org.

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

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ILRI Vacancy: Research Assistant II – Germplasm Conservation – Internal [Closing date: 8 February 2019]

The Position: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit Research Assistant II – Germplasm Conservation.

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 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.

Job Purpose: The purpose of this post is to participate and assist in all forage seed conservation and characterization activities at the ILRI forage genebank.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assists in the conservation of forage seeds in cool rooms for medium- and long-term storage
  • Assists in seed drying and seed moisture content determination of forage accessions
  • Assists in processing seed requests and safety duplicates
  • Responsible for measuring and recording seed weight of genebank accessions
  • Assists in seed purity analysis and the identification of off-types
  • Assists in the management of ex-situ collections and seed storage experiments
  • Assists in the implementation of seed research activities (e.g., variability in seed vigour and genetic integrity among seed lots) in the field, screenhouse and laboratory
  • Updates the database on seed conservation
  • Prepares and updates SOPs (Standard Operation Procedures) for germplasm conservation
  • Prepares draft reports of seed drying and seed storage activities
  • Other related duties as required by the supervisor 

Minimum Requirements:

Education: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Plant Science/Seed Technology

Training:

  • Experience on forage crops is an advantage 

Skills: 

  • Good understanding of germplasm conservation
  • Effective communication in English, both written and oral
  • Rigorous approach to monitoring progress of tasks
  • Ability to work in cold rooms with temperatures of 5oC to -20oC
  • Efficient data recording and management skills
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team effectively 

Experience: 

  • 3 years relevant work experience
  • Experience working in laboratory, screenhouse and field environments
  • Experienced in the growth and propagation of plants, preferably forages
  • Experience in seed technology or conservation of plant genetic resources
  • Experience in using a database

Duty Station:  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Job Grade:   2B

Monthly Base Salary: Birr 14,416 (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 year with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc. The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus in Addis Ababa. Dining and sports facilities are located on site.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: REF: RA/05/19 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com by clicking on the “Apply Now” tab above before 8 February 2019.

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

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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ILRI Vacancy: Research Assistant III – Internal [Closing date: 8 February 2019]

The Position: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit Research Assistant III to support the development of upstream biosciences research in forages.

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 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.

Job Purpose: The purpose of this post is to participate and assist in all forage field and molecular laboratory research work in the ILRI feed and forage development program.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assists in the planning, organizing and execution of laboratory activities and field activities directed towards the screening of genetic resources for diversity analysis and drought tolerance
  • Maintains an accurate record of greenhouse and laboratory activities, including a chronological record of all experiments and data generated, in a laboratory notebook in a timely manner
  • Where necessary, introduces, develops and tests new procedures and/or equipment to meet experimental needs and ensure that they are fit for purpose;
  • Abides with all relevant regulations and maintains a clean and safe work environment in the laboratory and greenhouse
  • Prepares reports and presents research results at meetings and conferences and contributes to the publication of results in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Other related duties as required by the supervisor

 Minimum Requirements:

 Education: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science (Plant Science)

 Training: 

  • Advanced knowledge of plant molecular biology considered an advantage

 Skills: 

  • Good understanding of forage/crop diversity and characterization and evaluation
  • Effective communication in English, both written and oral
  • Rigorous approach to monitoring progress of tasks
  • Efficient data recording and management skills
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team effectively
  • Good understanding of molecular laboratory techniques
  • Basic knowledge of laboratory instrumentation
  • Full, clean drivers licence 

Experience: 

  • 5 years relevant work experience
  • Three years of experience working in a research environment
  • Experience with computer packages (word processing, spreadsheet, graphics and data management).
  • Experience working in laboratory, screenhouse and field environments
  • Experienced in the growth and propagation of plants, preferably forages
  • Experience in DNA/RNA extraction and other laboratory techniques

Duty Station:  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Job Grade:   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 year with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc. The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus in Addis Ababa. Dining and sports facilities are located on site.

 Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: REF: RA/04/19 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com by clicking on the “Apply Now” tab above before 8 February 2019.

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

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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ILRI vacancy: Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Officer (closing date: 18 February 2019)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Officer for the Aaccelerated Value Chains Development program (AVCD) for Kenya.

The position will to support the four value chains in the implementation of the monitoring and evaluation activities of the whole program and each value chain component.

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

  • Assist the Program M&E specialist in tracking and monitoring the indicators as stipulated in the AMEP
  • Provide quality assurance all the data from the value chain components and update the M&E platform data base regularly
  • Update the FTFMS regularly within the timeline stipulated by the USAID
  • Collate all the value chain components’ GIS and ensure maximum accuracy by checking for errors and cleaning accordingly.
  • Manage and update the computerized M&E platform regularly
  • Participate in implementation of field work for annual surveys – including training of enumerators, development of tools, maintain quality assurance standards and checks.
  • Work with value chain component M&E specialist on data analysis in the value chains using qualitative and quantitative methods and produce summary tables for the reports to monitor progress of the value chains towards its research and development output and outcome targets.
  • Be the focal point for and support Livestock Value Chain MEL activities
  • Conduct the Livestock Value Chain annual surveys
  • Carry out routine monitoring of Livestock Value Chain Activities, as guided by the livestock value chain manager and in lliaison with Field Coordinators
  • Compile the Livestock Value Chain reports as requested by the Livestock Value Chain manager.
  • Update the Livestock Value Chain database on a regular basis and ensure data quality.
  • Participate in USAID Data Quality Assurance (DQA) activities conducted by USAID from time to time
  • Train staff on USAID FtF indicators and coordinator regular tracking towards of achievements of set targets

Requirements

  • Masters’ degree in any of the following fields: – Economics, Statistics, Mathematics, Social sciences
  • Professional Training in Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Proficiency in the use of spreadsheet packages (Ms-excel), database management systems, Ms-Word, Ms-Power-Point, the internet, SPSS or STATA.
  • At least five (5) years relevant work experience
  • Strong analysis skills (qualitative and qualitative)
  • Good communication, presentation and report writing skills
  • Collaboration and team work
  • Strong and evident report writing and editing skills is a requirement for this position
  • Working knowledge of ODK and other electronic data capture programming is an added advantage
  • Previous experience and exposure to USAID data requirements is an added advantage

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 job level 3A, 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 18 February, 2019. The position title and reference number REF: REF: MELO/ 01/2019 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: Research Assistant – Tick unit (closing date: 15 February 2019)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Assistant to conduct laboratory and field research on the epidemiology and control of ticks and tick-borne diseases of veterinary importance. The incumbent will join a team of local and international researchers working on Rhipicephalus microplus, the Asian cattle tick, an invasive livestock pest and disease vector. R. microplus was relatively rare in Africa previously but is spreading rapidly across the continent and with it the threat of Babesia bovis, the most important disease of cattle globally.

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

  • Establishment and maintenance of laboratory colonies of R. microplus ticks
  • Performs routine molecular diagnostic assays for tick-borne pathogens (PCR and quantitative RT-PCR, Reverse Line Blotting (RLB) and ELISA
  • Collect compile and manage data from experiment; manage the relevant databases
  • Perform acaricide resistance testing (PCR-based and bioassays)
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of field work activities per the project plan
  • Care for experimental animals at the tick unit (cattle &rabbits)
  • Dissection of infected ticks to extract salivary gland for in vitro infections
  • Support research students and visiting scientists attached to the tick unit
  • Contribute to writing of research reports and other research outputs as necessary

Requirements

  • Master’s degree in entomology, molecular parasitology or related field
  • At least 2 years of experience with molecular biology research
  • Consideration may be given to an equivalent combination of education and additional experience in lieu of Master’s degree
  • Molecular experience acquired in a research laboratory in some of the above techniques is required
  • Previous experience working with arthropod vectors such as ticks or mosquitoes
  • Good record keeping, and ability to prepare written scientific reports are important considerations
  • The suitable candidate will be willing to learn new techniques and demonstrate independent capability in task accomplishment.
  • Practical knowledge of statistics, the use of bioinformatics databases and software are added advantage.

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 1-year fixed term contract.

Job Level

This position is job level 2C, 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 15 February, 2019. The position title and reference number REF: RA/AHH/01/2019 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: Program Accountant – Internal (closing date: 7 February 2019)

The Position: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Program Accountant who will be working with Animal and Human Health program at 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 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.

Job Purpose: 

Under the supervision of the Program Manager (PM), the Program Accountant will provide financial and administrative support including but not limited to preparation of donor reports for grants assigned. 

Main duties and responsibilities: 

Financial Accounting, Project Management and Donor Reporting

  • Develop and maintain appropriate databases to ensure project financial management is done to meet various program financial demands;
  • Prepare all projects’ payment requests for sub-grantees in collaboration with Program Manager, Project Manager (PM) and Project Leaders;
  • Follow up with finance to ensure timely payments to sub-grantees and ensure transfer advices are shared with partners in a timely manner;
  • Ensure project partners’ financial returns are submitted within set timelines. Review advance requests and financial returns by partners with reference to contractual obligations and partner financial obligations with liquidation effected in the ILRI financial management system;
  • Preparing detailed monthly, quarterly and annual internal financial reports as requested by PM highlighting issues on over/under expenditure and adjustment of wrong postings in the system and to facilitate monitoring and tracking of project finances, and decision making by Project leaders;
  • Maintain proper financial and non-financial project records of projects both in electronic (soft) and hard copies;
  • Prepare donor financial reports/statements in collaboration with Program Manager, Project Manager, Project Leaders and Finance department and maintain appropriate compliance donor reporting databases;
  • Compute project accruals annually and during project close outs and ensure they are captured in the system;
  • Raise invoices and follow up reimbursements and transfer advices from partners/donors;
  • Lead project specific audit and support external/internal audit as may be found necessary;
  • Support annual budget preparation by working with Program Manager and Project Manager.

Proposal Development – Budget Development

  • Participate in meetings during proposal development;
  • Providing advise especially providing unit costs etc. towards development of proposal budgets;
  • Preparing proposal budgets for review by Program Manager, Project Manager and Project Leader
  • Uploading of project budgets to the ILRI System.

Project Settlements Reports, Travel Expense Reports, TAs, Requisitions

  • Review Project Settlement Reports, Travel Expense Reports and Travel Authorizations (TAs)
  • Review of all Travel Expense Reports for Program staff and consultants before approval by project leaders. Ensure that all support documents have been attached /provided for.

Academic and professional qualifications:

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related fields.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience
  • Experience with projects Accounting

Training:

  • Professional training in Grants Management and Project Management are advantageous.
  • Intermediate to advanced computer literacy, including spreadsheets and accounting software
  • Full accounting qualifications CPA (K) or ACCA 

Skills:

  • Must be an IT literate in use of Microsoft packages and conversant with ERP application software such as Suns systems 6 or Agresso Business World used for financial management
  • Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision, but also participates as a team member in accomplishment of duties.
  • Possesses excellent interpersonal and communication skills, good judgment and a high level of respect for confidentiality.
  • Strong ability to co-ordinate, prioritize and organize workload; takes initiative and can work under pressure.
  • Highly effective planning with a positive attitude and strong accounting service orientation.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Excellent spoken and written English.
  • Good personal organizational skills, accuracy and attention to detail
  • Commitment to ILRI’s mission and core values

Duty Station:  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Job Grade:  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: PA/03/19 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 7 February 2019.

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 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: Research Assistant (closing date: 14 February 2019)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Assistant – Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) / Bacteriophage (phage) Therapy to provide technical assistance to a team working on the use of phages as a One Health approach for the replacement of antibiotics, and reduction of drug resistant nontyphoidal Salmonella in poultry farms in Kenya. The project, which is in collaboration with the Université Laval (Canada), will consist of novel phage discovery from Kenya and will involve in vitro and in vivo characterization of both newly discovered phages as well as phages from the Université Laval phage collection.

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

  • Collect clinical samples from chickens and water samples from poultry farms as well as during in vivo experiments;
  • Grow bacteria on differential and selective media;
  • Extract genomic DNA from bacteria, and perform PCR and agarose-gel electrophoresis assays;
  • Prepare bacteriophage stocks for in vitro and in vivo experiments;
  • Perform bacterial counts and phage titrations;
  • Prepare media, store reagents, use and maintain complex scientific equipment/machines, reagents used in the laboratories;
  • Keep detailed records of experiments, organize data, trouble-shoot and assist in determining most suitable experimental methodologies to optimize results, and present results to regular lab meetings.

Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in microbiology or molecular biology. A master’s will be an added advantage.
  • Good theoretical background on bacteriology and molecular biology;
  • Experience with bacterial isolation and culture;
  • Knowledge and experience with basic molecular techniques such as PCR, agarose gel electrophoresis and quantitative real-time PCR;
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills in English;
  • Experience in conducting animal studies is an advantage;
  • Prior experience with bacteriophages and/or with poultry is an added advantage.

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

Position level: The position level is 2B.

Duration: 2.5 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 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 14 January 2018. The position title and reference number RA/01/2019 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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