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ILRI PhD Graduate Fellowship on spatial analysis of anthrax focal points in Kenya (closing date: 22 September 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a PhD graduate fellow to support the anthrax project on the development of anthrax risk maps and identification of drivers for the occurrence and persistence of the disease in Kenya. It also contributes to the animal and human health program through the production of tools (e.g. risk maps) that can aid the surveillance and control of anthrax, one of the most important zoonotic disease in the region.

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

The Position:

The graduate fellow will conduct epidemiological analyses to identify socio-ecological factors that promote anthrax occurrence and persistence as well as zoonotic spill-overs. Outbreaks of the disease have been reported in multiple locations in Kenya and hence data that will be used in these analyses will include secondary records from existing databases and primary data from field surveys.  Field studies will be implemented in collaboration with the Washington State University-Kenya Program, Zoonosis Disease Unit, Ministry of Health and the Department of Veterinary Services. This work will contribute to ILRI’s/CRP’s mission of building capacity for improved management of zoonotic diseases by generating tools (such as risk maps for prioritizing areas for surveillance and control) and new knowledge on risk factors and practices.

Host Program: Animal and Human Health

Main ILRI Project Title:  Identifying anthrax hotspots and the associated ecological factors in Kenya

Graduate fellows project title: Using ecological niche models to predict the spatial distribution of anthrax hotspots in Kenya

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

Key responsibilities:

  • Review of literature to identify drivers for anthrax occurrence and persistence
  • Analyze secondary data from veterinary and public health institutions and other on-line databases
  • Participate in outbreak investigations to map anthrax outbreaks
  • Conduct ecological niche modelling to identify risk factors for the disease, and use fitted models to generate risk maps
  • Estimate the burden of anthrax based on niche maps produced
  • Write publications and short communication briefs

Requirements:

  • MSc in Epidemiology, MSc Public Health, or MSc Environmental Health
  • Excellent writing skills
  • An effective and energetic team player with the ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task and meet tight deadlines.
  • Skills on geographical information systems

Location:  Nairobi, Kenya

Duration of contract: The period for this project/fellowship will be 3 years, commencing October 2017.

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

How to apply: Applicants should send a letter from university attesting his/her student status,or commitment letter one is seeking an admission into a university; cover letter and CV explaining their interest in the position; what he/she can bring to the job;   names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience. Applications should be made  to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before  22 September 2017. The position title and reference number REF: PHD/09/2017 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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

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

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

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

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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ILRI Vacancy: Research Officer – (Closing date: 21 September 2017)

The Position: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Officer who will be a member of the Feed and Forage Development Program in Addis Ababa.

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

Key Responsibilities:

This position would be part of a team working with forage genetic resource characterisation and conservation. He/she will in particular contribute to a gene discovery initiative in Napier grass with the aim of evaluating agronomic performance and nutritional quality of the forage grass, evaluating the genomic characteristics and identifying genes associated with target traits.

This position is both laboratory and field based and specific activities will include:

  • Managing a field trial, taking and analysing trial data;
  • Contributing to laboratory activities directed towards the screening of genetic resources for drought and high temperature resistant forages;
  • Maintaining an accurate record of research activities, including a chronological record of all experiments (title, aims and objectives, and details of procedures and data generated), in a laboratory notebook in a timely manner;
  • Where necessary, introducing, developing and testing new procedures and/or equipment to meet experimental needs and ensure that they are fit for purpose;
  • Preparing reports and presenting research results at meetings and conferences and contributing to the publication of results in peer-reviewed journals;
  • Abiding with all relevant regulations and maintaining a clean and safe work environment in the laboratory.

Minimum Requirement:

Education:
  • At least MSc in Plant Physiology, Plant Molecular Biology or related area.

Experience:

  • At least three years practical experience in managing field trials, taking and analysing data;
  • Experience working in a plant molecular biology laboratory environment, particularly DNA/ RNA extraction and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) analysis;
  • Familiarity with DNA sequencing technologies.

Skills:

  • Advanced knowledge of plant  physiology and molecular biology
  • Basic knowledge of laboratory instrumentation
  • Attention to detail and logical approach to scientific problem solving
  • Excellent knowledge of English language, both written and spoken
  • Ability to work independently and within a team setting
  • Experience with computer packages (word processing, spreadsheet, graphics and data management and ideally bioinformatics)
  • Clean driving licence

 Duty Station: Addis Ababa

 Grade: 3A

 Minimum Base Salary: Birr 30,863 (Negotiable depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment:  This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is fixed term for 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.

The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. Dining and sports facilities are located on site.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: REF: RO/28/17 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 21 September 2017.

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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CIMMYT Vacancy – Business Development Manager – External (Closing Date: 14 September 2017)

Business Development Manager

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

REF:  BDM/27/17

31 August 2017

The Position: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) seeks to recruit a Business Development Manager who will be a member of CIMMYT Ethiopia located at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Addis Ababa campus.

General: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is an autonomous, non-profit making, international scientific organization operating under the aegis of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). More specifically its mission is to encourage, support and undertake activities to improve the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of maize and wheat systems in the interest of the resource poor in developing countries.

Main duties & responsibilities:

  • Assess small-scale mechanization opportunities with special emphasis on service demand and supply at both country- and site-specific levels, including market and demand assessment and their implications for agribusiness development;
  • Take overall responsibility for business modelling aspects of the project;
  • Conduct economic/cost-benefit analysis of different farming practices for the major crops and of various scenarios of mechanization;
  • Develop training programs for rural youth group and individual mechanization hire service providers;
  • Conduct trainings in business management and machinery management for hire service providers;
  • Appraise and analyse the financial viability of the conservation-based mechanization technologies for small holder farmers;
  • Conduct roundtable meetings with importers/manufacturers and stakeholders to understand the opportunities and the constraints faced by value chain actors downstream in the small mechanization market system;
  • Identify inventory of financial institutions and financial product appropriate to rural service providers and lobbying for more appropriate financial products;
  • Provide technical support for effective management of hire service provider models;
  • Conduct business model performance study and technology adoption survey with implementing partners;
  • Prepare semi-annual and annual reports as required by different mechanization projects
  • Develop partnerships with private sector stakeholders to foster development of the machinery supply chain and collaborate closely with implementation partners and monitor and supervise their activities in the field.

Minimum Requirements:

Education:

  • MA/MSc degree in Economics, Business management or a related field from a highly recognized university

Experience:

  • At least Five years of value chain development experience.
  • Experience in promotion and implementation of agricultural mechanization in Ethiopia
  • Business development and business modelling experience
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing

Skills and Core Competencies:

  • Excellent communication skills including in spoken and written English
  • Ability to work independently in a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, and multi-cultural environment
  • Strong knowledge and experience with Ethiopian farming systems and input and output value chains.
  • Experience with facilitating private-public partnerships in the realm of input and output markets.
  • Experience with facilitating national and/or partnership platforms related to agricultural intensification; proven success in work relations with a wide range of partners, including research institutes, governments, private sector, and other development actors.
  • Experience with project activity implementation and monitoring.
  • Commitment to organizations mission and core values.

Duty Station:  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Position level: 3B.

Minimum Base salary:  Birr 38,223.00 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 (fixed term) for two 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: BDM/27/17 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 14 September 2017.

To find more about CIMMYT, visit our Website at www.cimmyt.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 Consultancy: Development of a Mobile Platform (closing date: 4 September 2017)

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a consultant to develop a flexible platform for micro-tasking data collection from contributors in remote regions of Kenya.

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

Scope of Work

The Consultant firm will work with ILRI staff to gather and understand the requirements through a series of meetings at ILRI offices and also travel to the field to understand the practical use of the system. Additionally, the firm’s engineers will review existing code and evaluate potential integration points or aspects of the existing system that can be reused. Lastly, the firm will host a requirements validation workshop with key ILRI staff to review and validate their findings.

Final Products

  1. An inception report including:
    1. An outline the detailed requirements for the proposed platform.
    2. Details on which components would be built by the firm and which could be integrated from existing software.
    3. The budget, work plan and timelines for the longer-term engagement.
    4. An appendix with wireframes.
    5. A document explaining the differences between the current software and the proposed platform.
  2. Hosting a requirements validation workshop with key ILRI staff to review and validate their findings.

Essential Skills and Qualifications will include:

  • Advanced mobile application design, database management, and experience developing mobile survey platforms that can be used on and off line.
  • 5 years of relevant work experience
  • Good written and oral communication skills

Post location: Kenya

Duration: From approximately 5 September 2017 to 5 November 2017 with a maximum number of 14 working days

Expected places of travel: Isiolo, Kenya

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 4 September 2017. The position title and reference number C/SLS/08/2017 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

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

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ILRI vacancy: Program Accountant (closing date: 6 September 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Program Accountant to provide financial and administrative support including but not limited to preparation of donor reports for grants within the Animal and Human Health Program.

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

Key responsibilities

1. Financial Accounting, project management and donor reporting

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

2. Proposal development- budget development

  • Participate in meetings during proposal development
  • Provide advise especially in unit costs etc. towards development of proposal budgets
  • Prepare proposal budgets for review by PM and Project Leader
  • Upload project budgets to the OCS System.

3. Project settlements reports, travel expense reports, travel authorizations (TAs), requisitions

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

Requirements

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Finance option)
  • Master of Business Administration (Finance option) will be an added advantage.
  • Full accounting qualifications CPA (K) or ACCA
  • Experience with projects Accounting
  • Minimum of three years of relevant working experience
  • Good personal organizational skills, accuracy and attention to detail
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Highly effective multi-tasking skills, with ability to coordinate, prioritize and organize workload and meet deadlines

Terms of appointment

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 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 explaining their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 6 September 2017.  The position title and reference number REF: PA/08/2017 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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

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

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

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

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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ILRI PhD Graduate fellowship in Medical Sciences (closing date: 2 September 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a PhD graduate fellow in the animal and human health program. The PhD student will be enrolled at Uppsala University, Sweden, (http://regler.uu.se/document/?contentId=626068) but based at ILRI office in Hanoi where the student will work in close collaboration with National Veterinary Research Institute (NIVR) and Center for Public Health and Ecosystem Research (CENPHER) of Hanoi University of Public Health.

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

The Position:

The project will include studying urban livestock keeping in Hanoi, the distribution of arthropod vectors in the city, and the sero-prevalence of vector-borne diseases in the urban livestock.

Main ILRI Project Title:   Metropolitan mosquitoes: Understanding urban livestock keeping and vector-    borne disease in growing tropical cities

Graduate fellows project title: The association between livestock keeping and vector-borne diseases in Hanoi

Responsibilities:

The student is expected to take on the responsibility for leading the project under guidance from the ILRI and academic supervisors. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to

  • Contacting partners, planning and conducting field work
  • Conducting laboratory work, including entomological work, serological and molecular methods
  • Performing data analysis under supervision
  • Drafting manuscripts
  • Presenting the work at meetings

Requirements:

  • Master of Science in Veterinary Medicine, Biology, Public Health with One Health focus or equivalent degree
  • Good computer literacy and experience with working with the MS office programs (or equivalent)
  • Fluent in English at a level equivalent to the required at Uppsala University (http://www2.medfarm.uu.se/utbildning/forskarniva/vill_du_borja/vad_kravs_innan.html )
  • Fluent in Vietnamese
  • Experience of transdisciplinary work
  • Experience of field work and laboratory work is meriting

Location:  ILRI Hanoi, Vietnam

Duration of fellowship: 4 years

Terms of appointment and stipend: ILRI will offer a competitive stipend to cover living expenses in the project location. The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist and the university/academic supervisor.  The period for this project/fellowship will be 4 years, commencing September/October 2017.

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 2 September 2017. The position title and reference number REF: PHD/08/2017 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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

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

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

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

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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ILRI vacancy: Post-doctoral Scientist-Plant Sciences and Food Safety (closing date: 18 September 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Post-doctoral Scientist –Plant Sciences and Food Safety to lead the activities in developing improved grass pea (Lathyrus sativus) genotypes for East Africa and coordinate research on other food safety and nutritional security issues.

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

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

Responsibilities:

1. Scientific research

  • Develop resources to enable the rapid improvement of grass pea (Lathyrus sativus)
  • Lead in pre-breeding of improved genotypes of grass pea for East Africa
  • Coordinate and supervise other research projects (e.g. ABCF fellowships) with a focus on nutritional quality and food safety
  • Analyse the nutritional content of grass pea and other plant products including animal feeds
  • Contribute to project reports and publish relevant findings on a timely basis in scientific literature and present at international scientific conferences

2. Capacity building

  • Contribute to capacity building activities at the BecA-ILRI Hub, including improvement of facilities and scientific and transferable skills trainings
  • Assist the NARS partners in developing research platforms in their labs
  • Supervise staff, students and research fellows

3.Resource mobilization

  • Contribute to resource mobilization efforts of the BecA-ILRI Hub
  • Participate in plant and food science professional forums in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Contribute to building collaborations and partnerships with international research institutions

Requirements:

  • Ph.D. degree in plant sciences, genetics and/or a related discipline
  • Strong experience in genetics, nutritional composition analysis and excellent analytical skills
  • Experience communicating scientific findings at conferences and other forums
  • Ability to perform in a multicultural research environment and as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Strong transferable skills and experience in international research collaboration
  • Strong interest in and commitment to African agricultural research and development

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

Position level: Post-doctoral level.

Duration: The position is on a 2 years fixed term contract.

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes medical insurance, life insurance and allowances for: education, housing, home leave, and annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

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 18 September 2017. The position title and reference number: PSF/08/2017 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: Instructional Design Specialist – (Re-advertisement) (closing date: 16 September 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an Instructional Design Specialist to enhance ILRI’s contribution to the capacity development and learning aspects of several of its projects and CGIAR Research Programs (CRP).

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

The Position:

The assignment involves working closely with ILRI’s Head of Capacity Development, research leaders and our research-for-development partners to promote “better lives through livestock” through a range of capacity development / instructional design activities, including:

  • Contribute to ILRI’s mission and livestock agenda by creating blended learning courses based on Adult Learning Theory and sound Instructional design principles and practices.
  • Review and refine training materials, prepare lesson plans, and produce online/e-learning modules and m-learning content.
  • Create Outlines, Storyboards, Scripts, Job Aids, Activities, Assessments, and other deliverables for a variety of broad range of learning needs.
  • Define technology requirements and process standards for training activities.
  • Contribute to ongoing research on various aspects of instructional design and their application to ILRI’s mandate.
  • Converting research outputs and tools into training media and a strategy to ensure effective dissemination and uptake among our research team and target beneficiaries

Responsibilities

  • Develop blended-learning programs and training materials based on proven adult learning techniques (including ADDIE, Rapid Course Development, and Adult Learning Theory), using appropriate design, content and technologies adapted to the context of actors in developing countries.
  • Help disseminate learning insights gained, as well as tools and methodologies across CRPs and ILRI’s activities.
  • Support the program researchers in conceptualizing and developing capacity development activities.
  • Work with program scientists to develop and apply tools and methods for an ongoing assessment of program capacity development needs, as well as the impact of capacity development interventions on the overall program objectives.
  • Ability and willingness to manage instructional design consultants as needed to expand ability to deliver based on project needs.
  • Any other related task as assigned by the Head of Capacity Development.

Requirements

  • An Advanced degree in Education, Communication, Business Administration, Social Sciences, or other related fields with 5 years relevant experience or a Bachelor’s degree in Education, Communication, Business Administration, Social Sciences, or other related fields with 10 years relevant experience
  • Exposure in the disciplinary area, e.g., instructional design / learning systems / education & training / social science – with experience working in developing countries. Of these, at least three years in one or more of the following areas: (1) online instructional design experience; (2) technical writing experience; (3) working with an LMS
  • Full proficiency in Articulate Storyline, or Adobe Captivate.
  • High level understanding of AICC and SCORM / Tin Can standards, and experience preparing content for LMSs
  • A proven skill-set in the development of learning courses, dissemination of learning products, training and technical assistance materials, needs assessments, and other capacity development products
  • Experience with Adult Learning, Engagement skills, Curriculum Development Competence and e-learning
  • At least a basic familiarity with other relevant software such as HTML5, MS SharePoint, and Java Script Flash/Action Script as well as graphical design tools, such as Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Familiarity with aspects of livestock production, and/or agricultural systems in developing countries a plus
  • Excellent judgment, strategic thinking and the ability to manage risk and competing priorities and meet deadlines
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexity
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills. Facilitation, presentation, and/or publication experience a plus

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

Position level: The position level is 4C.

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

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

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV 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 16 September 2017. The position title and reference number IDS/08/2017 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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

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

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

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ILRI vacancy: Research Associate –Capacity Building (closing date: 16 August, 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Capacity Building Research Associate to provide high-level training and technical research support to research fellows and scientists at the BecA-ILRI Hub

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

ILRI also manages the Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) Hub at ILRI, the centre for excellence in modern plant and animal biology in Africa. BecA is an initiative developed within the framework of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)/ African Union African Biosciences initiative. It consists of a Hub based on the ILRI campus in Nairobi, Kenya and a network of regional nodes and other affiliated laboratories and organizations throughout the region. The BecA Hub facilities are world class, including a range of molecular, plant transformation, and genomics laboratories and equipment (e.g. Illumina next generation sequencing, Biosafety level 3 laboratory, plant growth facilities). The Hub hosts and conducts research in crop, microbe and livestock areas where new developments in science offer promise to address previously intractable problems constraining Africa’s development. Capacity building is a major goal of all activities. The scope covers agriculture and food security and their intersections with human health and nutrition, and the sustainable use of Africa’s natural resources. Further information is available at http://hub.africabiosciences.org

Responsibilities

  • Provide high-level, comprehensive technical support and bench supervision to scientists and research fellows conducting a wide range of crop and livestock-related research projects
  • Provide high-level support in tissue culture and transformation research projects
  • Ensure maintenance of bacterial cultures
  • Conduct genetic analysis of engineered bacteria and transgenic plants
  • Provide high-level support in genotyping data analysis for placements
  • Provide high-level support in genomics related research activities
  • Track pre-placement processes: follow up on work plans, budgets, risk assessments and import/export permits
  • Conduct research under supervision from research scientists
  • Ensure adherence to good laboratory practice including proper maintenance of equipment and managing the training laboratory
  • Co-facilitate weekly laboratory management meetings and monthly journal club for research fellows at the Hub
  • Prepare and edit SOPs for the Hub laboratory manual
  • Support research fellows and scientists in stock management and requisition of reagents, supplies and equipment
  • Participate and facilitate in the preparation and delivery of regular capacity building training modules, annual and specialized technical training workshops, and any additional training
  • Participate in Institutional trainings and seminars (Health & Safety, Firefighting etc.)
  • Coordinate with laboratory management to ensure that the lab equipment is in good working order

Requirements

  • MSc degree in biological sciences with 2 years relevant work experience after graduation, or Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences with five years’ relevant work experience after graduation
  • Good theoretical and practical understanding of tissue culture and plant transformation is an added advantage
  • Demonstrated experience in a research environment, specifically in molecular sciences of crops, including PCR, sequencing, genomics, genotyping using SSRs and/or AFLP and other tools
  • Good working knowledge of bioinformatics is an advantage
  • Knowledge of laboratory health and safety procedures
  • Computer literacy in MS Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is essential
  • Mature, self-motivated person ready to concentrate on the job
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and within team and multi-cultural setting
  • Strong communication skills, both written and spoken

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 fixed term ending on 31st December 2018

Job Level

This position is job level 2D, and 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 16 August, 2017. The position title and reference number REF: RA/BecA/08/2017 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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

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

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ILRI vacancy: Research Assistant – Animal Nutrition (closing date: 27 August, 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a research assistant to run animal trials on feed interventions, animal productivity and greenhouse gas emissions from livestock systems.

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 livestock research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa (www.ilri.org).

Responsibilities

The candidate will contribute to ongoing research projects which focus on identifying the conditions that enable and constrain East African dairy producers in adopting climate smart agriculture practices. The research team aims to develop specific baseline estimates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from livestock and livestock related products such as manure, identify effects of livestock systems on water quality and water quantity and identify potential mitigation practices that also improve dairy/beef production in smallholder systems. The candidate is expected to work within an international dynamic team in ILRI’s Mazingira Centre (mazingira.ilri.org). The candidate will contribute to this by undertaking the following activities:

  • To organize and supervise animal research trials
  • To collect biological samples (live weight, urine, rumen liquid, greenhouse gas flux measurements) from livestock in experimental trials, under the guidance of senior project staff
  • To assist with data input and processing (data organization, calculation of greenhouse gas fluxes from animal respiration chambers)
  • To maintain relationships with different stakeholders including farmers and farmer groups, suppliers and ILRI ancillary staff, in order to facilitate the efficient prosecution of research trials
  • Assisting Higher Degree (Research) students
  • Other such duties as deemed consistent with the position by supervisor

Requirements

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in applied science from a recognized university
  • Demonstrated experience and ability in participation and contributing applied research trials involving ruminants
  • Demonstrated ability to work constructively and collegially with technical and scientific staff and students
  • Demonstrated experience and ability in handling and moving livestock (ie on a farm is an asset)

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 2B, and 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 27 August, 2017. The position title and reference number REF: RA/SLS/08/2017 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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

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

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

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ICRAF Vacancy – Project Site Coordinator-External (Closing date: 4 August 2017)

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT – EXTERNAL

Project Site Coordinator

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

REF: PSC/18/17 

The Position: The World Agroforestry Centre seeks to recruit Project Site Coordinator who will be responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the project on “Enhancing Climate Smart and Integrated Watershed management” Research-In-Development project. The project site coordinator is responsible to facilitate and guide the Research-In-Development interventions together with the local partners of ICRAF-Ethiopia.

General: The World Agroforestry Centre (also known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry-ICRAF) is an independent research institution which generates science-based knowledge about the complex roles trees play in transforming agriculture, landscapes and rural livelihoods. ICRAF is, thus, working mainly on four cross-sectorial and trans-disciplinary priority themes including, but not limited to: (1) Productive and Resilient Agricultural and Livelihood Systems; (2) Quality and Improved Tree Genetic Resources, Diversity, Products and Value Chains; (3) Land Health, Restoration and Investments; and  (4) Climate, Environmental Services and Landscape Governance. As part of the Centre’s work to bring solutions to bear on poverty and environmental problems, ICRAF researchers – working in close collaboration with partners – are developing new and best-fit technologies, tools and policy recommendations for improved agricultural productivity, food security, livelihood systems, resilience and health of ecosystems. The Centre’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya, and research is conducted in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We are supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and receive funding from over 50 different donors. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website: www.worldagroforestry.org.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conduct project planning and monitor the project interventions in collaboration with local partners;
  • Conduct regular monitoring visit to the beneficiary farmers participating in the project to ensure their active engagements in the project;
  • Follow up whether priority technologies/practices identified by the beneficiary farmers participating in the project are addressed and assess if the priority technologies/practices are adopted by neighbouring farming communities as best-fit technologies/practices;
  • Facilitate effective project participation (e.g., in project planning, implementation, M&E and scaling learning priorities) and coordinate project meetings with local partners including the regional research institute, Universities, regional bureau of agriculture (with its respective offices in Woreda’s, Kebele’s and local institutions);
  • Establish strong partnerships with relevant stakeholders operating at local level;
  • Organize and provide capacity building including trainings and experience sharing visits to facilitate co-learning between researchers and farmers/peer-to-peer farmers and communities to uptake of best-fit technologies and practices;
  • Facilitate and participate in relevant local and national workshops to share experiences and achievements of project;
  • Follow up and monitor project logistics at local level;
  • Prepare regular final plans required for the implementation project activities and settle project advances as per the Centre’s policy; and
  • Prepare and submit quarter, semi-annual and annual project reports to the project coordinator.

Minimum Requirement:

Education:

  • Master’s degree in Natural Resources or related disciplines.

Experience:

  • At least 3 years relevant experience 

 Skills:

  • Good technical knowledge on climate smart agriculture and watershed management;
  • Ability to liaise and communicate with regional sectors including Bureau of agriculture and natural resources (and with its respective sectors at WoredaKebele and watershed levels), regional research institute, Universities, local and international NGOs and community organizations and other relevant partners;
  • Ability to deliver technical training to farmers, Woreda experts, development agents in local language (Tigrigna);
  • Very good skills in verbal and written (including presentation) English (Very good in verbal and written skills in the local language-Tigrigna, which is spoken in the area where project is being implemented is an added value);
  • Basic capabilities and experiences in financial management;
  • Basic IT skills required for preparing project plans, reports and presentations, and handling & analysing data;
  • Experience in teamwork and people management skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership and proven networking skills;
  • Experience in project report writing and project coordination (familiarity with the general project region is an added value); and
  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative analytical skills

Duty Station: Tigray

Grade: 2D

Minimum Base: Birr 21,367.00 (Negotiable, depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

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

The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. Dining and sports facilities are located on site.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: REF: PSC/018/17 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 4 August 2017.

To find more about ICRAF, visit our Website at www.worldagroforestry.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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icipe Vacancy – Project Coordinator – Ethiopia Tolay Project Site – External – (Closing date: 17 August 2017)

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT- EXTERNAL

Project Coordinator – Ethiopia Tolay Project Site

International Center of Insect Physiology & Ecology (icipe)

Ref. No.: MPSM/17/17

Re-advertised

24 July 2017              

The position:  The International Centre of Insect Physiology & Ecology (icipe) seeks to hire a Project Coordinator responsible for carrying out and coordinating a range of activities to evaluate the feasibility and impact community-based malaria vector control using a range of interventions to test the feasibility of integrated vector management (IVM) as a pragmatic strategy for sustainable malaria control in Ethiopia.  She/he will be a member of icipe Ethiopia office which is located at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

General: The International Centre of Insect Physiology & Ecology (icipe)—African Insect Science for Food and Health – is a centre of research excellence with a mission to alleviate poverty by ensuring food security, improving health, protecting the environment and building the capacity of researchers and communities in low-income countries, through the application of insect sciences. Employing more than 500 national and international staff, icipe is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with stations in Ethiopia and on the shores of Lake Victoria in western Kenya. icipe has a proud reputation and history of delivering high-quality science that has made crucial contributions to African food and health policy, delivered development outcomes to rural communities, and has been at the forefront of building Africa’s biological research capacity. The Centre’s research activities span the African continent with partnerships linking research organizations, not only across Africa, but also the globe. In addition, more than 100 graduate students and a number of postdoctoral fellows contribute to icipe’s research portfolio annually. For more information visit: www.icipe.org

Job Purpose:

The overall purpose of the job is to support icipe’s malaria research programme in its implementation of an integrated vector management (IVM) project in Tolay, Ethiopia.  Reporting to the IVM Project Coordinator, the applicant will plan, supervise and evaluate all research and non-research activities aimed at:

  • Optimising an IVM strategy for malaria control involving adult and larval mosquito control;
  • Promoting the adoption and sustainability of IVM at community level;
  • Advocacy of IVM at regional and federal government level. 

Main Responsibilities:

  • Closely supervise all project activities currently ongoing to ensure highest quality of data collected. Activities include promotion of long-lasting insecticidal net (LLIN) use, regular larviciding, monitoring of larval and adult mosquito densities, implementing of cross-sectional malaria parasite surveys and educational interventions. Staff supervision includes a project-based social scientist and several field based assistants.
  • Regularly compile Health Centre data on malaria infections and conduct entomological surveillance of malaria vectors (both larval and adult mosquitoes) in the designated sentinel villages to determine the impact of the project interventions.
  • Assist with ongoing efforts to improve linkages between community-based structures, government programs and other stakeholders including organizing of annual IVM capacity-building workshops conducted by icipe in partnership with the Ethiopia IVM Working Group hosted within the Federal Ministry of Health.
  • Develop milestones and timelines.
  • Prepare requisitions and reports on field expenditures.
  • Prepare quarterly technical progress reports and biannual and annual technical reports for submission to the donor.
  • Contribute to data analysis and manuscript preparations.
  • Perform other project management duties as required.

Minimum Requirements:

Education: 

  • MSc in Medical Entomology, Epidemiology, Public Health or related job-relevant field. A PhD in a relevant field will be beneficial but not essential.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of relevant working experience which must include working on malaria research and/or control.  If less than 5 years working experience, at least 3 years’ experience in leading field-based malaria research involving collecting entomological, parasitological and sociological data, and promoting active community and multi-stakeholder participation for malaria control.

Essentials:

  • Documented experience of working with governmental and non-governmental development organizations in a research capacity or as a facilitator/trainer/manager in public health, preferably malaria.
  • Proven ability to work with communities in rural environment.
  • Training in mobilization of rural communities, other stakeholders and extension personnel; forging linkages between communities and different government and non-governmental partners.
  • Proven aptitude for working in the field.
  • Proven ability in handling quantitative and qualitative data sets.
  • Statistical software applications skills.
  • Computer literate and conversant in Microsoft Office suite.
  • A proven ability to write clear, structured and analytical reports.
  • A proven ability to communicate complex concepts in simple language.
  • A proven ability to work as part of a team.
  • A proven ability to develop milestones and to adhere to timelines.
  • Proven project leadership skills.

Desirables:

  • Knowledge of malaria vectors’ and other mosquitoes’ ecology.
  • Knowledge of current frontline malaria vector control methods.
  • Experience in measuring the effectiveness of malaria control interventions through surveillance and analysis of key entomological and epidemiological outcomes.
  • Experience in working on mosquito larval control and testing of larvicides.
  • Knowledge of the principles of integrated vector management.
  • Knowledge of the Ethiopian health system.
  • Training in epidemiology and control of malaria would be an advantage.
  • A record of relevant research publications in peer reviewed journals would be desirable. 

Duty Station:   Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

Position level:   3B.

Minimum Base salaryBirr 38,223 per month (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. icipe offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits in line with ILRI salary applicable for its Nationally Recruited Staff. icipe is an international and equal opportunity organization and believes that diversity of its staff contributes to excellence.

The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus with dining and sports facilities that are located on site.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae including names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees and a letter providing a point by point response to the essential and desirable person specifications. The position and reference number: MPSM/17/17 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 17 August 2017.

To find more about ICIPE, visit our Website at http://www.icipe.org

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ILRI Vacancy – ICT Customer Services Technician – Internal (Closing date: 26 July 2017)

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT – INTERNAL

ICT Customer Services Technician

REF: ICST/23/2017

 19 July 2017

The Position: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an ICT Customer Services Technician who will be a member of Information and Communication Technology team in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

General: 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 animal 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.

A member of the CGIAR Consortium working for a food-secure future, ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and offices in other countries in East, West and Southern Africa (Mali, Mozambique and Nigeria) and in South Asia (India and Sri Lanka), Southeast Asia (Laos, Thailand and Vietnam) and East Asia (China). www.ilri.org.

Job Purpose:

ICT Customer Services Technicians are responsible for responding to customer requests by diagnosing and resolving problems and for supporting the ongoing technology needs of all employees by providing Level 1 and 2 help desk support. They work with a broad range of infrastructure products and basic networking components.  They provide maintenance and support for moderately to highly complex client products and work on one or more projects concurrently as a team member.

SERVICE DESK:

  • First point of contact and day-to-day technical support to end users;
  • Responds to Level 1 and support requests via multiple sources such as phone and e-mail;
  • Enters call data into the tracking system.
  • Interacts with clients in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Provides user access service.
  • Diagnoses problems by evaluating multiple options.
  • Develops checklists and scripts for resolving routine problems.
  • Escalates problems when necessary.
  • Documents problem status and resolution in tracking log.

PHYSICAL AND VIRTUAL MEETINGS:

  • Ensures that audio visual conferencing equipment in the meeting rooms are in good working condition. These are Projectors, Mixers, Screens, Microphones, Speakers, Cameras, Amplifiers, associated desktop computers and laptops in meeting rooms.
  • Setups and operates the audio visual and PA systems as per the different meeting room arrangements upon clients’ request, administer accordingly including recording of meetings as required.
  • Supports virtual meetings and collaboration spaces using available Audio Video Conference facilities like Skype, WebEx, gTalk, Skype for Business, upstream and any others tool available over the internet and telecommunication links.
  • Gathers feedback on conferencing services quality from participants and opportunities to improve – Share and implement in liaison with other key staff.
  • Develops the annual preventive maintenance schedule for all AV equipment and meeting rooms and handle/facilitate the exercise, provides quarterly reports on maintenance and utilization.
  • Proactively develop contacts with other institutions with similar AV equipment and activities to ensure that the Centre maintains a state of the art audio visual equipment and practices.
  • Conducts regular training and awareness sessions on use of available audio visual equipment and tools.
  • Be available to provide required support for meetings held out of office hours.
  • Provides basic ICT support to meeting participants and escalating to relevant ICT staff tasks that he/she cannot handle.

CLIENT TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT:

  • Coordinates the deployment of new or upgraded images, software and hardware for multiple clients.
  • Configures and installs desktop PCs, peripheral equipment, laptops and other mobile devices.
  • Follows established procedures for performing configuration changes, updates and upgrades.
  • Performs minor repairs to hardware, software, and peripheral equipment, following design or installation specifications.
  • Provides on-going support of client technology.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT:

  • Monitors and communicates system status.
  • Diagnoses and resolves client workstation and mobile device hardware and software issues.
  • Creates temporary solutions until permanent solutions can be implemented.
  • Assists systems, programming, and vendor professionals, as needed to resolve problems.

SERVICE LEVEL MANAGEMENT:

  • Collaborates in the development of service-level objectives and takes steps to meet or exceed targets.
  • Explains service procedures to clients.
  • Follows up in a timely manner to ensure customer satisfaction.

SERVICE IMPROVEMENTS:

  • Keeps performance metrics.
  • Identifies recurring and potential problems and notifies team members.
  • Recommends procedures and controls for service improvements.
  • Recommends ideas for improving queue time, abandoned call rates and first contact resolution

SECURITY:

  • Maintains passwords and users credentials to assure systems security and data integrity.
  • Adheres to the integrity of controls, regulations and guidelines.

DOCUMENTATION:

  • Creates, modifies and reviews documentation of issues resolutions.
  • Documents solutions to common problems and responses to frequently asked questions.
  • Creates and submits documented resolution to Knowledge Base.

INVENTORY MANAGEMENT:

  • Maintains IT inventory management for all IT equipment and/or software in accordance with company policy and procedures.

COMMUNICATIONS/CONSULTING:

  • Alerts team members about recurring problems.
  • Communicates updates on issues in a timely manner to ensure client satisfaction and productivity.

BUSINESS CONTINUITY:

  • Communicate suggestions on backup and recovery procedures.

RESEARCH/EVALUATIONS:

  • Makes suggestions for the design of a standard set of integrated products (standard image) by recommending hardware and software products to meet client requirements.
  • Recommends products to clients by understanding needs and referring to corporate standards list.

TESTING:

  • Participates in integration and user acceptance testing.

PROJECT PLANNING:

  • Provides input during project planning and requirements phase.

Academic and professional qualifications:

Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or other related field. Or equivalent work experience.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of basic to moderately complex hardware and software products and problem solving / diagnostic skills.

Experience:

  • Three years of IT work experience with additional experience on large meeting rooms audio visual systems. Technical training on audio visual system is advantage.
  • Willingness and ability to travel, as necessary. domestically and internationally

Skills:

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.

Duty Station:  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Grade:  2B

Minimum Base Salary:  Birr 12,536 (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: ICST/23/2017 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 26 July 2017.

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/

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ILRI vacancy: Senior Scientist-Molecular Breeder (closing date: 20 August 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Senior Scientist Molecular Breeder to lead the analyses and interpretation of molecular plant breeding data from projects being conducted by the Integrated Genotyping Service and Support (IGSS) platform.

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

Responsibilities

  • Lead the analyses and interpretation of molecular plant breeding data from project being conducted by the Integrated Genotyping Service and Support (IGSS) platform
  • Evaluate the quality of the phenotypic data and develop phenotypic values for subsequent molecular analyses
  • Use molecular marker data to conduct diversity and structure analyses of the populations and use the results to further inform the analytical strategy
  • Conduct analyses to identify marker/QTL and marker/gene associations in different types of populations
  • Estimate the accuracy of genomic selection and produce genomic estimated breeding values that can be used in selection
  • Provide breeders with interpretation of the results of analyses and suggest how to use the values to improve the efficiency of their plant breeding programs
  • Lead and/or contribute to publication of the results of the analyses and research
  • Contribute to building the capacity in African NARS focusing on strategies to modernize strong breeding programs.
  • Lead and or prepare the IGSS internal and external technical reports
  • Participate in resource mobilization activities and proposal development
  • Support the IGSS platform delivering both analysed data ready for joint interpretation by IGSS staff and clients, and a service to support clients with analysis and interpretation.

Requirements

  • PhD in plant breeding, genetics, quantitative genetics, statistics, or related field
  • At least 5-7 years post-doctoral experience
  • Practical experience in private sector working with genomics in plant breeding.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to perform in a multicultural research environment and as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Strong technical science writing skills as demonstrated by publications in at least four peer-reviewed journals and other publications
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Capacity building, both individual and institutional
  • Interest in international agricultural research and development
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Skills with managing large data files and data bases.
  • Advanced skills in data bases, Excel, R, and other statistical analyses packages are required

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

Position level: The position level is 5A.

Duration: This position is on a fixed term period of 2 years.

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

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 20 August 2017. The position title and reference number B/AHH/07/2017 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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

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

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

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ILRI vacancy: Scientist – Bioinformatician (closing date: 17 August 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Bioinformatician to develop data analysis strategies relevant to gene discovery, immuno-informatics and genotyping using state-of-the-art concepts from computational biology and bioinformatics. The successful candidate should be familiar with high-performance computing environments, job scheduling and parallel computing.

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

Responsibilities

  • Design and implement bioinformatics pipelines and sequencing methods for quality control, assembly, analysis and interpretation of high throughput sequence data
  • Implement platforms for visualizing data outputs
  • Design, establish and manage relational databases for storage, sharing and efficient retrieval of information
  • Communicate results to the team, students and to researchers via presentations.
  • Identify bioinformatics knowledge gaps and needs and develop solutions to address them
  • Participate in bioinformatics training workshops for scientific staff at ILRI and students.
  • Provide technical guidance and supervise interns and students leading bioinformatics projects at ILRI
  • Publish results of research in high quality peer-reviewed international journals and attend meetings and conferences
  • Participate in the development of new research proposals to mobilize bioinformatics funding at ILRI

Requirements

  • A PhD in Bioinformatics or a related field with a strong interest and experience in laboratory methods development, biological data analysis and biological interpretation of results
  • At least 5 year post-doctoral experience in eukaryotic pathogen genomics
  • Strong experience working with various data types, pipelines, validation, databases, and dealing with challenges in world of bioinformatics
  • Programming skills including Perl, R, Python, Unix/Bash, C or C++. Familiarity with relational databases
  • Working within a UNIX environment
  • Experience in setting up bioinformatics workflows for large-scale DNA and RNA sequencing data sets using software pipelines in an HPC environment.
  • Experience in integrating tools into pipelines and workflows and optimize their interoperability, efficiency, and usability
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams and experience working in developing countries

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

Position level: The position level is 4C.

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

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

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV 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 17 August 2017. The position title and reference number B/AHH/07/2017 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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

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

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

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

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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ILRI vacancy: Research Assistant – Rangeland Management (closing date: 24 July, 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Assistant to conduct field research and lead community engagement on community-based rangeland management, land tenure, and climate change adaptation in pastoralist settings in the Sustainable livestock systems (SLS).

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

  • To liaise with community organizations, county government and other county and local stakeholders
    • Manage the project’s partnerships with community organizations
    • Assist in organizing field trials of rangeland management methods
  • To conduct social science field research on varied approaches to supporting and strengthening institutions and governance for community rangeland management.  This will involve:
    • Engaging with leadership of community range management organizations, community members, and staff of NGOs and government agencies
    • Conducting focus groups and interviews
    • Identifying and obtaining data from existing sources
    • Analyzing documentation
  • To assist in developing and testing a research protocol/decision-support tool for assessing land tenure and institutional dimensions for resource management and climate change adaptation in pastoralist settings
  • Assisting with project logistics related to fieldwork and other activities as necessary
  • Report writing

Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Natural Resources Management, Environmental Studies, International Development Studies, Political Science, Rural Development or similar discipline
  • At least two years post-Masters experience
  • Demonstrated and extensive experience in participatory approaches, community engagement, and facilitation
  • Experience working in, and demonstrated knowledge of, pastoralist/rangeland settings
  • Experience with qualitative and participatory approaches to research and analysis
  • Experience working on natural resource governance and management issues in rangeland settings
  • Experience in working with agricultural development projects or programs
  • Fluent in English and Ki-Swahili
  • Fluency in Maa and/or Somali would be an added advantage
  • Excellent English language writing skills

Terms of Appointment

This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus. It is open to Kenyan nationals only. The position is on a 6 Months fixed term basis.

Job Level

This position is job level 2C, and 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 CV , cover letter and writing sample (a chapter from Master’s thesis, a published journal paper, some other report, etc.) 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 24 July, 2017. The position title and reference number REF: RA/SLS/07/2017 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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

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

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

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

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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ILRI vacancy: Drivers – AVCD (closing date: 21 July, 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit six drivers for the Accelerated Value Chains Development program (AVCD) to drive passengers and goods to authorised destinations efficiently.

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

  • Drive vehicles safely and defensively to avoid any incidents or accidents
  • Keep to the designated routes while driving
  • Before proceeding on trips ensure all travel requirements are met and liaise with supervisor and passenger for instructions
  • Ensure travel expense reports are submitted to the supervisor in time after every field trip
  • Maintaining a clear worksheet on vehicle usage of mileage and fuel consumption
  • Continuously monitor condition of assigned vehicles and promptly report defects
  • Day to day maintenance of the assigned vehicle including cleanliness
  • Ensure timely servicing of vehicle and acquisition/renewal of all necessary licenses/insurance in liaison with Transport Unit
  • Responsible for all tools, equipment and spare parts of assigned vehicles
  • Portray good image of ILRI to visitors and customers
  • Actively participate in creating an atmosphere of team work within the unit by attending meetings, complying with the institutes policies and being a team player
  • Performs other related duties assigned by the supervisor

Requirements

  • Minimum of KCSE
  • At least 5 years work experience of driving within Nairobi and in other counties
  • Must have a clean and valid Kenya Driver’s license
  • Must have a valid certificate of good conduct
  • Knowledge of defensive driving is an added advantage
  • Good knowledge of spoken and written English and Kiswahili languages
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to relate well with diverse culture
  • Reliable and ability to work effectively and respectfully

Number of Positions:  6

Post location: Each driver will be based in one of the six counties where the project is being implemented:  Turkana, Marsabit, Isiolo, Wajir, Garissa and Nairobi.

Terms of Appointment

These are Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) positions, open to Kenyan nationals only. The positions are on a 1 year fixed term.

Job Level

This position is job level 1B, ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; pension, medical and other insurances for ILRI’s Nationally Recruited Staff.

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 21 July 2017. The position title and reference number REF: D/AVCD/07/2017 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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

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

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

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

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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ILRI vacancy: Stores Officer (closing date: 26 July, 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Stores Officer to provide support to the Senior Transport and Stores Supervisor by ensuring that proper documentation is done on time, adequate stock levels are maintained at all times and facilitation of receipts and payment to Suppliers.

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

  • Main contact person for Stores unit related issues and charged with the responsibility of implementing the Store management Policies
  • Supporting both internal and external audit during mid and end-year stock-takes and preparing items for disposal
  • Ensuring that there is a proper division and rotation of tasks within the Unit and create an environment of learning and self-development as well as providing induction training to new staff in Stores policies/procedures
  • Ensuring implementation of decisions made by the Institute’s disposal committee in relation to lab Equipment, Information Communication & Technology (ICT) Equipment, furniture and farm animals that are due for disposal
  • Responsible for preparing and providing weekly, monthly and quarterly quality reports
  • Communication and management of internal and external relationships
  • Proper verification of all goods delivered and ensuring they conform to the provided specifications
  • Update all stock items received including Goods Received Note numbers as generated in the system and Reconcile physical stock with system stock record and bin cards
  • Facilitating all the receipts/issues and ensuring proper documentation and physical dispatch of both stock and non-stock items to user departments in a timely manner
  • Ensure no stock-outs at any given time so that research work flows seamlessly
  • Ensure accurate updating of fuel consumption records both on weekly and monthly basis.
  • Keep and maintain a well, organized record keeping/filing system including management of records in OCS Stores Module
  • Support change management at ILRI Stores Unit and Carry out other duties as may be allocated by the Senior Transport and Stores Supervisor

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management or Logistics.
  • At least 5 years relevant experience
  • Computer application skills and especially knowledge of business systems, like ER.
  • Professional qualifications in store and transport management from the Chartered Institute of Supply Chain Management (CIPS).
  • Member of CIPS or KISM.

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 2D, and 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 26 July, 2017. The position title and reference number REF: SO/07/2017 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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

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

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

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

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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CIMMYT Vacancy – Communications Specialist – External (Closing date: 22 July 2017)

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTS – EXTERNAL

Communications Specialist

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

REF:  CS/25/17

10 July 2017

The Position: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) seeks to recruit a Communications Specialist who will be a member of CIMMYT Ethiopia located at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Addis Ababa campus.

General: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is an autonomous, non-profit making, international scientific organization operating under the aegis of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). More specifically its mission is to encourage, support and undertake activities to improve the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of maize and wheat systems in the interest of the resource poor in developing countries.

Main duties & responsibilities:

With wheat research teams (Ethiopia & Kenya), and CIMMYT HQ Communications team:

  • Work with project partners to develop, produce, and use relevant extension and training materials (flyers, posters, infographics, videos, etc.) for target communities (farmers, and agricultural extension personnel) and project events (demonstrations, field days)
  • Develop project brochures and technical bulletins
  • Document and communicate project news, updates and stories for wider dissemination in Ethiopia, Kenya and globally
  • Document high-interest stories for dissemination in suitable formats (interviews, photographs, and video) to various target audiences
  • As required, travel to document CIMMYT’s work on the ground, including field visits and taking still and video photography
  • Assist scientists in preparing scientific posters, presentations, and other materials
  • Publish and disseminate project results in various forms – print, digital, video or audio
  • Support networking and engagement activities with other actors in Ethiopia – as a specific contribution to the project’s wider alignment and scaling objectives
  • Support innovative use of information, communication and knowledge-based interventions and approaches across the project, making use of, for example, participatory communication approaches, emerging ICTs, and working with partners in these areas
  • Oversee the activities related to the production of high quality communications materials, including digital content, annual reports and reviews, newsletters, etc
  • Liaise with CIMMYT HQ communications team to share project updates and stories
  • Perform other duties as directed by supervisors.

Minimum Requirements:

Education:

  • MSC  degree in Communication, Knowledge Management, Journalism or related

Experience:

  • At least 3 years relevant experience in a development, research, corporate or international environment is a plus
  • Experience in relationship building with diverse stakeholders
  • Experience in supporting communications and/or media relations in the area of agricultural/wheat research for development is an added advantage
  • Experience with process facilitation
  • Experience in agriculture and developmental field in Ethiopia highly desirable.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Very good knowledge of oral and written English – we want a writer/communicator
  • Fluency in English and Amharic; working knowledge of other Ethiopian languages is desirable
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills in an international environment
  • Ability to communicate complex research results in a concise and engaging fashion
  • Ability to prioritize work and handle multiple tasks; keen attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently on agreed priorities and deliverables
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Conversant in social media platforms and social networking tools
  • Good editing skills
  • Ability to write/edit under pressure, with high accuracy and to deadline
  • Ability to think strategically and to develop and execute a strategic communication planning
  • Ability to read, understand and assimilate complex technical information to produce clear, well-written summaries
  • Ability to present and package scientific information into various formats to suit specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Basic knowledge of and skills in desktop publishing, HTML, photography and photo editing
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and well within teams
  • Excellent communication, organizational and documentation skills
  • Basic GIS skills would be a plus

Duty Station:

  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Position level: 3A.

Minimum Base salary:  Birr 30,863.00 per month (Negotiable depending on experience, skill and salary history of the selected candidate).

Terms of appointmentThis is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, fixed term appointment is for one year. 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: CS/25/17 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 22 July 2017.

To find more about CIMMYT, visit our Website at www.cimmyt.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: Administrative Assistant – Feed & Forage Development (FFD) – (Closing date: 20 July 2017)

Administrative Assistant – Internal/External

Feed and Forage Development

REF: AA/26/2017

The Position: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an Administrative Assistant who will be working with Feed & Forage Development (FFD) team in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Assist in preparing progress reports, working documents, research papers and manuals
  • Draft and type routine correspondences
  • Maintain filing and other office systems
  • Handles communication including telephone, fax and email
  • Assists in preparing programmes for visitors, including hostel bookings, airport transfer, ticketing etc
  • Assists in processing seed request
  • Arranges travel schedules and related logistics (including fund monitoring), together with expense claims
  • Assists in managing schedules for scientists  and program members
  • Assists in preparing presentations, and related logistics
  • Assists in workshop organization and implementation
  • Maintains office environment and stationary supplies with appropriate records
  • Liaises  with the appropriate units for repair, supply and maintenance of office facilities
  • Assists in other routine administrative matters.

Academic and professional qualifications:

Education:

  • Diploma in Secretarial Science & Office Management, Business Administration or other relevant field of study from a recognized university or college.

Experience:

  • 2 years of relevant experience in secretarial work and office management plus technical training.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Efficiency with use of (Microsoft Office; Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) is essential
  • Familiarity with Accounting and Financial Regulations and Rules will be an asset
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Ability to work independently and to maintain flexibility in working hours;
  • Ability to interact positively and maintain good relations with ILRI staff as well as partners/collaborators
  • Good judgment and a high level of respect for confidentiality
  • Effective planning and organisational skills and ability to handle work in an efficient and timely manner
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate tasks to meet deadlines
  • Good interpersonal skills; ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with counterparts
  • Ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to communicate effectively orally.

Duty Station:  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Grade:  1C

Minimum Base Salary:  Birr 8,357 (Negotiable depending on experience, skill and salary history of the select candidate)

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

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: REF: AA/26/2017 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 20 July 2017.

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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