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ILRI Consultancy: Political Economy Studies for Crop Livestock Integration Project (CLiP) (closing date 1 August 2016)

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a consultant to provide an evaluation of the political economy context and requirements for experimental mixed farming project (ClIP) being conducted by ILRI and International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Burundi.

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

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2016, an operating budget of about USD83 million. 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 and in South, Southeast and East Asia. www.cgiar.org

The position:

General background

Rain-fed mixed farming systems, in which crops and livestock are integrated at farm-level, predominate in the East and Central African Highlands. These mixed systems provide food, income, draught power and employment to smallholders. The efficient integration of crops and livestock makes use of crop residues, enhances nutrient cycling, increases overall farm productivity and can greatly improve diet quality – meat, milk and eggs providing valuable protein and micronutrients in household diets. The Crop Livestock Integration Project (CLiP), carried out by ILRI in collaboration with IITA, with financial support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the European Commission (EC), aims to explore how crop-livestock integrated systems can better contribute to the wealth and nutrition of smallholder farmers in Burundi and DR Congo. It will directly target 1,600 farming households in the selected field sites, and will involve working with national partners to carry out research for development in the selected areas.  The project contributes to the CGIAR programme on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics.

Objective of the assignment

Within the context above, certain opportunities will present themselves as having a high probability of succeeding to make an impact at scale whilst others will be inherently constrained by external factors relating to the political economy prevailing in the project areas. An essential source of baseline information, therefore, to guide the work that the project will carry out is a thorough political economy analysis as described in more detail below.

Scope of Work

The consultant is to provide an evaluation of the political economy context and requirements for this experimental mixed farming project (ClIP) being conducted by ILRI and IITA in Burundi. Such evaluations will require an assessment of the full social dynamics at play in the current, still unsettled conflict and how does their geography play out against the areas targeted for the CLiP project (Cibitoke and Gitega provinces). With regard to the technical aspects the consultant  will carry out an  assessment of the ‘fit’ of the project with the local production systems and cultures, the input and produce markets on which each project will depend (including credit and banking, if applicable), and the actions of the local and national governments and other institutions ( recherché) but also large donor funded projects that will be necessary for the project’s success, together with an evaluation of the likelihood of those actions being taken. The evaluations will entail the examination of project documents and historical records of the local agricultural production systems in the project areas, together with unstructured interviews with key informants, including project personnel, ILRI/ IITA managers, local leaders in the project areas and relevant officials in the local and national governments as well as in the key market institutions.  Interviews will be conducted in Bujumbura and the project area comprising two field sites, as well as in Nairobi and/or Addis Abeba (with ILRI and IITA managers).  The project outputs will be an IDS Working Paper and a draft paper for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.  The last will be published as an ‘open-access’ article if it is accepted.

Final Products

  1. Working paper (IDS/CLiP) on political economy of livestock sector development in Burundi
  2. Draft paper for submission to a peer-reviewed journal

Essential Skills and Qualifications will include:

  • PhD in political science, economics, or any other relevant field
  • 20 years of political economy analyses in complex settings
  • Fluent spoken and written English and French.

Post location: home based with travel to project sites

Expected places of travel:  Nairobi/Addis (ILRI HQs); Burundi, Bujumbura and field sites in Cibitoke and Gitega Provinces.

Consultancy Fee: Payment shall be made on daily basis based on the deliverables met.

Duration:  From approximately August 2016 to October 2016 with a maximum number of 30 working days

Application:

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 1 August 2016. The position title and reference number C/ CLiP /07/2016 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

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ILRI Vacancy : National Coordinator – Internal (Closing Date: 27 July 2016)

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT – INTERNAL

National Coordinator – ACGG Project

Animal Biosciences Program

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

REF:  NC/31/16

20 July 2016

The Position: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) ILRI seeks to recruit a National Coordinator who will lead Agriculture to Nutrition (ATONU) project activities that are embedded with The African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) Project. The ACGG Project’s aim is to test the productivity of five improved chicken genotypes under smallholder farming conditions in four regions of Ethiopia.  The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), ILRI and other partners are implementing the Agriculture to Nutrition (ATONU): Improving Nutrition Outcomes through Optimized Agriculture Investments Project by integrating nutrition-sensitive interventions into the ACGG project, among other activities. The project will answer the question of what agriculture projects and programs in general, and ACGG project in particular, can do to deliver positive nutrition outcomes. ATONU is developing frameworks and tools to design, pilot, rigorously evaluate and promote a range of nutrition-sensitive interventions (NSIs) that will improve the nutrition of smallholder farm families, particularly women of child bearing age and young children in the first 1,000 days, who are the most nutritionally vulnerable. In addition, ATONU provides technical assistance to other agriculture programs that want to deliver positive nutrition outcome.

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 animals alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases.

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.

 Main duties & responsibilities:

  • Act as the ATONU Project focal person, linking and managing relationships between the ACGG Project (ILRI), FANRPAN and Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR);
  • Provides technical leadership, coordination and guidance to project implementation by partners in the delivery of nutrition-sensitive interventions into the ACGG project under the guidance of ACGG and ATONU management;
  • Oversees the effective implementation of ATONU activities according to the work plan;
  • Ensures provision of identified technical support needs of NSI-implementing staff from Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) for effective implementation of NSIs;
  • Liaises with EIAR as country implementing partner and outsourced service providers to ensure timely delivery of capacity development activities in support of delivery of nutrition-sensitive interventions;
  • Ensures that ATONU NSI-implementing team has necessary information, guidelines, and tools for quality technical implementation;
  • With ATONU management and technical staff, ensures ATONU nutrition objectives and results are accomplished timely and meet expected technical standard;
  • Supports a team of field-based field supervisors, offering them technical leadership, providing strategic direction, and monitoring the performance of individual field staff and delivery of outputs;
  • Provides administrative and logistical support to visiting ATONU and partner staff, in liaison with relevant administrative units in ILRI;
  • Performs other duties as required by ATONU.

Minimum Requirement:

Education:
  • Master degree in Human Nutrition, public health, community development or other related field, with specific experience in project management and implementation of social behavior change communication.

 Experience:

  • At least five years of experience working in development and/or community-based nutrition programs with multiple and diverse partnerships preferred.

 Skills:

  • Experience in teamwork and people management skills in a multicultural environment;
  • Excellent communications skills including verbal, written English and presentation skills;
  • Excellent inter-personal skills, leadership skills and a proven networker;
  • Knowledge of computers and database/spreadsheet/word processing software.

 Duty Station:  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

 Job level:   3A. 

Monthly 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 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. 

ApplicationsApplicants 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: NC/31/16 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 27 July 2016.

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

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ILRI Consultancy: Livestock disease recognition, monitoring and reporting (closing date 22 July 2016)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a consultant within Accelerated Value Chain Development – Livestock Component (AVCD-LC) project to support the animal health team with the training of livestock producers on disease recognition, monitoring and reporting. This is one of the interventions proposed to improve disease surveillance and response. In addition, the consultant will sensitize pastoralists on the benefits of reporting cases they encounter to the Veterinary department. The trainings will also build capacity on the management of endemic diseases. By the end of the project, the team is expected to have trained 5,000 producers in all the five counties where the project is being implemented (i.e., Wajir, Garissa, Turkana, Wajir and Isiolo).

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

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2016, an operating budget of about USD83 million. 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 and in South, Southeast and East Asia. www.cgiar.org

The position:

General background

The consultant will develop manuals and communication materials that would be used for training local communities in the AVCD-LVC project sites on identification and prevention of livestock diseases. S/he will then supervise training activities that will be implemented by the project in liaison with the local partners and collate feedback that could inform the implementation of other animal health interventions. The consultant will evaluate the impact of the training exercises at the end of the exercise and identify challenges that could be addressed by the project team during the second and third years of the project.

Objective of the assignment

The consultant will:

  1. Develop training manuals for training pastoralists in the AVCD-LVC project sites on disease recognition and control options
  2. Develop communication materials that could be used in markets, drug stores, and other meeting points to disseminate knowledge on livestock diseases and their impacts
  3. Identify and use an appropriate train-a-trainer model to build capacity among the local pastoralists on disease recognition and prevention
  4. Work with the project team to assess the impact of the trainings offered in terms of knowledge gained, losses averted, etc.

 Final Products

  • Disease syndromic manuals translated to the local languages which can be used by the local people to identify diseases of cattle, sheep, goats and camels
  • Communication materials such as posters, brochures
  • A report describing training activities conducted and their impacts

 Essential skills and qualifications will include:

  • PhD in Veterinary epidemiology.
  • Fluent spoken and written English.

Post location: Kenya

Consultancy Fee: Payment shall be made on daily basis based on the deliverables met.

Duration:  From August to October 2016 with a maximum number of 80 working days.

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

Applications:

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 22 July 2016.  Applicants who have experience developing training and curriculum materials, manuals, etc. may include one sample of these.  The position title and reference number C2/AVCD-LC/06/2016 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

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ILRI Vacancy : Post-Doctoral Scientist – Animal Biosciences (closing date 14 August 2016)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Post-doctoral Scientist to be responsible for execution of the molecular aspects of the dairy genomics and health genetics aspects of the program and oversee activities within the reproductive technology platform and execute molecular aspects within the reproductive technologies programme under the Joint Center for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH). The position holder will provide day-to-day supervision of the Research Associate.

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

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2016, an operating budget of about USD 83 million. 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 and in South, Southeast and East Asia. www.cgiar.org

Responsibilities:

  1. Reproductive technology platform
  • Maintain the functioning of the platform by liaising with different departments and supervising laboratory staff
  • Maintain accurate, complete and up-to-date records of all research activities
  • Establish a transgenic cow model with resistance to African Trypanasomiasis
  • Carry out related research activities under CRP Livestock & Fish and other projects
  • Carry out capacity building activities, including master/Ph.D students and training program with BecA
  • Maintain existing partnerships and explore new partnerships
  • Participate in resource mobilization
  • Both lead and participate in publication of scientific results
  • Participate in public awareness exercises
  1. CTLGH Programme 3 – Precision breeding through novel reproductive and germplasm technologies to achieve step changes in livestock productivity
  • Liaise with partners on project plans and budgets
  • Establish the platform for chicken primordial germ cells culture (PGC) and conservation of African indigenous chicken species
  • Establish a platform for genome modification in both cattle and chicken
  • Apply genome modification to demonstrate ‘proof of concept’ by introduction of priority traits into smallholder poultry
  • Apply genome modification to validate putative candidate variants linked to desired traits and to demonstrate ‘proof of concept’ by introduction of priority traits into cattle

Requirements:

  • PhD in Animal Genetics and molecular biology, obtained not more than 3 years ago
  • Experience in embryo manipulation, in vitro fertilization, cell culture and transfection of cells, CRISPR/Cas9 system
  • Strong organisational skills and demonstrated ability to deliver successful project outcomes (both independently and as part of a team), prioritizing and organizing own work as required
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to develop good working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral), with demonstrated ability to communicate complex information to a range of audiences in a clear and inspiring manner

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 explaining 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 through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 14 August 2016. The position title and reference number: PDS/07/2016 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

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ILRI Vacancy: Spatial Data Analyst (closing date 29 July 2016)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Spatial Data Analyst to provide Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial modelling support.

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

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2016, an operating budget of about USD83 million. 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 and in South, Southeast and East Asia www.cgiar.org

Key Responsibilities

The position will be part of the Livestock System and Environment team. The incumbent will be responsible for:

  • the development of new livestock and livestock keeper distribution maps, namely by extracting, analyzing, managing, storing and documenting the required databases;
  • the development of spatially explicit environmental modeling, with the preparation of the required geo-data
  • contribute and participate in the set-up, the implementation and the facilitation of participatory GIS workshops;
  • GIS and remote sensing support for selected projects;
  • Set up and implement GIS and spatial analysis trainings for partner organization
  • Enhancing ILRI’s internal capacity to use GIS

 Requirements

  • Bachelors’ degree with at least five years’ experience/Masters with at least two years’ experience in Information systems, Computer Science, Data management, GIS and Remote Sensing or a related discipline
  • Formal training in geo-statistics and spatial analysis
  • 3 years of experience with managing and analysing big spatio-temporal datasets
  • 3 years of experience in programing, preferably in R, preferably with the spatial toolboxes or Shiny
  • Demonstrated expertise with commercial and open source GIS (geographical information system) software
  • Knowledge of livestock systems, natural resource management and agricultural development issues in the tropics
  • Experience with handling of big data and remote sensing products
  • Experience with setting up trainings based on adult education principles
  • Pro-active and detailed-oriented personality who can operate both individually and as part of a team
  • Excellent English reading, writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work well in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural team
  • Willingness to learn new techniques and approaches
  • Willingness to travel and work in possibly in difficult field conditions as necessary

 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, 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 29 July 2016. The position title and reference number REF: SDA/LSE/7/2016 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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CIMMYT Vacancy: Driver – Internal (Closing date: 12 July 2016)

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTS – INTERNAL

Driver                                                

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

REF: D/30/16

4 July 2016 

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) seeks to recruit a driver who will be member of CIMMYT at its Ethiopian office in Addis Ababa.

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:

  • Undertakes driving assignments of vehicles as and when assigned by his/her supervisor;
  • Operates, maintains and cleans assigned vehicles with care and reports any damage and/or suspected fault immediately to his/her supervisor;
  • Responsible for safe transport of staff, guests and materials assigned to him/her;
  • Ensures that the vehicle is kept overnight in a secure location and that the vehicle key is handed over to the supervisor, unless explicitly agreed on otherwise by the supervisor;
  • Records and maintains the transport log-book for any vehicles assigned to him/her;
  • Responsible for the vehicles and all tools, equipment and spare parts on the vehicle assigned to him/her;
  • Liaises with his/her supervisor to ensure that routine service and maintenance is undertaken timely;
  • Carries out errands and performs as required. 

Minimum Requirements:

Education:

  • Completion of secondary education

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience and safe driving record

Skills and competencies:

  • Valid driving license for land cruisers
  • Good working knowledge of written and spoken English is essential
  • Automotive background is advantageous 

Duty Station:  Addis Ababa

Grade: 1B

Minimum Base: Birr 6,268 (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 one year with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc. 

Applications Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: REF: A/30/16 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 12 July 2016. 

To find more about CIMMYT, visit our Website at www.cimmyt.org.

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ILRI Vacancy – Accountant – INTERNAL (Closing date: 8 July 2016)

The Position: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an Accountant to provide efficient quality service in the field of finance and accounting in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

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 animals alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases.

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.

Main duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Maintains up‑to‑date computerized stock record for main store & all sub stores.
  • Vouches all stock movement documents for completeness, authenticity, authority and proper coding;
  • Extracts stock issues from the system and checks with source documents;
  • Reconciles monthly stock record with that of the General ledger and adjusts any discrepancies;
  • Reconciles quarterly stock balances against bin card balances. Investigates & adjusts discrepancies;
  • Coordinates and conducts stock counts as per set guide-lines.
  1. Maintain computerized fixed asset records.
  • Vouches all fixed asset movement documents for completeness, authenticity & authority;
  • Analyses & assigns appropriate asset category codes and custodian PFN;
  • Costs, creates & journalizes fixed asset purchases in to the Sun Asset Register every 15 days;
  • Journalizes assets disposals & adjusts fixed asset register.
  • Up-dates fixed asset register for all transfers made among custodians & assets returned to store;
  • Reconciles quarterly asset register with that of the General Ledger and resolve differences.
  1. Ensures that stock & FA counts are carried out accurately per the set guidelines
  • Coordinates and conducts stock taking together with other count teams;
  • Reconciles the count results against records within a time frame. Passes necessary adjustments for booking errors. Investigates & reports discrepancies i.e., shortages & overages;
  • Schedules, coordinates and conducts fixed asset inventory as per set guide-lines together with other count teams;
  • Investigates & reports irregularities identified.
  1. Compiles year end closing and periodic schedules for fixed asset & stock.
  • Prepares fixed asset lead schedule and detailed supporting schedules & reconciliation for review and approval by Supervisor;
  • An analysis stock by aging calculates provision for inventory obsolescence and adjusts the account after approval by Chief Accountant;
  • Consults and assists Main and Sub-Stores in developing improved methods of handling stock and fixed asset records.
  1. Process Housing and Mileage charges
  • Vouches the monthly internal billing documents for completeness and accuracy and resolves irregularities with concerned Service Units;
  • Assigns appropriate codes and journalize the transactions;
  • Follow-up the timely receipts of the accounting returns from the Units to ensure that recharges are processed in their respective months.
  1. Journalizes the following provisions and recurring charges regularly every month.
  • Water, electricity and communication provisions;
  • Transfers of prepayments to expenses; (journal subscription, SWETS Subscription, General Insurance, software licenses etc.);
  • Prepayments amortizations;
  • Telephone bills.
  1. Invoicing and follow-up collections
  • Upon receipt of official request from Service Units or CCs, prepares invoice for services rendered or reimbursement expenses incurred by ILRI on behalf of other organizations;
  • Monitors collection of the claims and provides concerned CCs with receivables status report for further follow-up;
  • Ensure VAT refund from Federal Customs and Inland Revenue Authority are conducted on a monthly basis.
  1. Process cost allocation and recharges
  • Vouches the monthly internal billing documents for completeness and accuracy and resolves irregularities with concerned Service Units;
  • Assigns appropriate codes and journalize the transactions;
  • Follow-up the timely receipts of the accounting returns from the Units to ensure that recharges are processed in their respective months;
  • Update the space distribution master data based on the information obtained from the engineering and facilities unit;
  • Based on the updated office space list journalize the transactions for posting.
  1. Others
  • Attends to queries of internal and external parties regarding the responsibility areas
  • Advises the Finance Manager for research on any outstanding issues in the responsibility areas.
  • Keeps files of all relevant documents.
  • Undertakes any other assignment that may be given by the supervisor. 

Minimum Requirement:

Education:
  • BA Degree in Accounting, Finance or related fields. MBA degree in Accounting or Finance or any Accounting Qualifications such as ACCA, CPA is a plus.

Experience:

  • 5 years’ experience for degree & 7 years’ experience for diploma.
  • Three years’ experience in working in a finance related environment.
  • Work experience at least in part in an international NGO or an international organization
  • Good computer skills.

Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Job level:   2C.

Monthly Base Salary: Birr 16,619 (Negotiable depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

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

Applications:  Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: REF: A/29/16 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 8 July 2016.

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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CIP Vacancy: JUNIOR ACCOUNTANT– INTERNAL (Closing date: 6 July 2016)

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT – INTERNAL

Junior Accountant

International Potato Center – Ethiopia (CIP)

REF: RA/028/16

29 June 2016 

The International Potato Center – Ethiopia (CIP) seeks to recruit a Junior Accountant to its Emergency Response Project and who will also be a member of CIP Ethiopia Office. 

The Center: The International Potato Centre (CIP) is an international non-profit agricultural research organization with a global mandate to conduct research on potatoes, sweetpotatoes, Andean root and tuber crops, and sustainable management of natural resources. CIP’s vision is to contribute from its areas of expertise to the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in particular those goals that relate to poverty, hunger, child and maternal mortality, and sustainable development. CIP has its headquarters in Lima, Peru with staff and activities in locations across Africa, Asia and Latin America. CIP is a member of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research, a network of 15 research centers mostly located in the developing world and supported by more than 60 donor members. 

Key Responsibilities:

Financial Activities:

  • Manages all financial matters for the above-mentioned Project, prepares payments in accordance with the procedures and rules of USAID and CIP and in accordance with the approved budgets;
  • Prepares requests to the CIP Addis Ababa Office for the replenishment of funds for the project;
  • Manages the petty cash float and ensures correct documentation of all transactions;
  • Ensures that payments up to Birr 1,000 are authorized by the Project Agronomist and all payments above Birr 1000 are authorized by the project manager; and codes the expenditure in accordance with the budget allocated to the project;
  • Compiles monthly financial report and submits to the CIP Addis Ababa Office at the end of every month which includes the monthly cash/Bank account balance and budget v/s actuals;
  • All expenditure incurred during the month will be sent to Addis at the end of the month for review and approval by the project manager;
  • Follows–up with the service providers and local suppliers in SNNP Region with regards to submission of documentation and financial liquidation;
  • In close coordination with CIP Addis Ababa, contributes to the preparation of financial reports and other reports as required;
  • Responds to queries from internal units or staff members in a timely manner.

Procurement:

  • In consultation with the relevant staff prioritizes, plans and executes purchase process for technical and specialized procurement of supplies, equipment and professional services;
  • In coordination with the Procurement Officer and Office and Finance Manager in Addis Ababa, the Junior Accountant communicates with suppliers, bidders, contractors and work orders;
  • Facilitates the procurement of goods and services from local suppliers and ensures that relevant procurement guidelines and mandatory documentation are adhered to;
  • Ensures that the contracts for office and other services are renewed on time;
  • Maintains an updated database for the inventory and supplies as applicable;
  • Monitors vehicle movement on project-related activities and submits vehicle reports with copies of the vehicle logbook to the CIP Addis Ababa Office at the end of every month along with the financial return;
  • Performs other duties as required. 

Minimum Requirements:

Education:

  • Diploma or BA degree in Accounting/Finance or in related field.

Experience:

  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience,
  • Good understanding of budgeting and financial management procedures with good knowledge of accounting software – use of Agresso Business World is desirable.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Integrity and capacity to keep information confidentially;
  • Good skills in MS Excel;
  • Good computer skills;
  • Ability to organize assigned duties and respect deadlines;
  • Ability to organize one’s paperwork and archives efficiently;
  • Ability to establish and maintain good relations with a wide array of personalities both within and outside the organization.
  • Good team player and good problem solving skills
  • Capacity to work under pressure with minimum supervision
  • Excellent Amharic and English. Knowledge of other languages in SNNPR is a plus
  • Working experience in data management.

Duty Station:  Hawassa, Ethiopia

Position level: 2A

Minimum Base salary: Birr 10,445 per month (Negotiable, depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate).

Terms of appointment:  This is Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is fixed term for nine months. 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 respective reference number: REF: RA/028/16 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 6 July 2016.

To find more about CIP, visit our Website at http://www.cip.cgiar.org

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. 

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CIP Vacancy: RESEARCH ASSOCIATE – AGRONOMY – INTERNAL (Closing date: 6 July 2016)

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT – INTERNAL

Research Associate – Agronomy  

International Potato Center – Ethiopia (CIP)

REF: RA/027/16

29 June 2016 

The International Potato Center – Ethiopia (CIP) seeks to recruit a Research Associate to its Emergency Response Project and who will also be a member of CIP Ethiopia Office. 

The Center: The International Potato Centre (CIP) is an international non-profit agricultural research organization with a global mandate to conduct research on potatoes, sweetpotatoes, Andean root and tuber crops, and sustainable management of natural resources. CIP’s vision is to contribute from its areas of expertise to the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in particular those goals that relate to poverty, hunger, child and maternal mortality, and sustainable development. CIP has its headquarters in Lima, Peru with staff and activities in locations across Africa, Asia and Latin America. CIP is a member of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research, a network of 15 research centers mostly located in the developing world and supported by more than 60 donor members. 

Key Responsibilities:

Management:

  • Liaises with BoA, and Woreda Office of Agriculture, DAs in target Kebeles, Farmer Groups and Cooperatives (FGCs), and other partners in SNNPR;
  • In collaboration with BOA finalizes  the  selection of vulnerable target beneficiary households from the drought affected Woredas/Kebeles using the set criteria;
  • Ensures coordination of the project activities with other CIP projects in SNNPR in acquisition and distribution of planting materials to avoid unnecessary overlap and in training activities;
  • Ensures the successful and cost-effective implementation of project activities;
  • Organizes and follows up on procurement and distribution of quality planting material of potato and sweetpotato in a timely manner;
  • Manages project funds in accordance with approved budgets and timelines and facilitates payment requests;
  • Manages the junior accountant on day-to-day activities and authorizes payments up to Birr 1,000 required for day-to-day activities;
  • Contributes to the timely preparation of project action plans, budgets and progress reports
  • Supervises the work of the two assistant agronomists on this project;
  • Performs other management-related activities as requested by the CIP-Ethiopia Project Coordinator.

Technical:

  • Involves in the coordination and organization of stakeholders workshops, including consultative, planning and review workshops;
  • In collaboration with the CIP-Ethiopia Project manager and the BoA prepares, plans and implements identified training courses for relevant stakeholders at various levels, including ToT.
  • Plans and executes procurement and distribution of quality planting materials of potato and sweetpotato;
  • Provides technical backstopping to partner organizations;
  • Follows up and backstops production of ware potatoes and sweetpotato roots, as well as multiplication of quality planting material of both commodities;
  • Contributes to project M&E activities, including designing of monitoring tools, regular fieldwork to collect  monitoring data and preparation of monitoring reports;
  • Facilitates market linkages of target farmers;
  • Identifies, documents and shares project experiences, successes, challenges and lessons learnt;
  • Performs other duties as required. 

Minimum Requirements:

Education:

  • MSc degree in Agriculture (Horticulture)

Experience:

  • At least 3 years of work experience in agriculture / agricultural development programs involving GO and NGO stakeholders
  • Solid work experience with potato and sweetpotato agronomy, their seed multiplication and production system
  • Solid work experience with potato and sweetpotato agronomy, their seed multiplication and production system.

Skills:

  • Have knowledge of detecting latent infection of sweetpoato and potato viruses and bacterial wilt disease of potato using ELISA test kits
  • Must have good experience in handling and application of fungicide and pesticide in the field
  • Basic understanding of the insect pests and diseases of sweetpotato and potato, and their management
  • Must be familiar with Microsoft office program (Excel, power point, word doc) and data analysis software
  • Previous work experience with NGOs or the private sector
  • Working experience in data management.
  • Team worker with staff management experience
  • Problem solving skills and strong results-orientation
  • Proven negotiation and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Capacity to work under pressure with minimum supervision
  • Excellent Amharic and English. Knowledge of other languages in SNNPR is a plus.

Duty Station:  Hawassa

Position level: 2D

Minimum Base salary: Birr 21,367per month (Negotiable, depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate).

Terms of appointment:  This is Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is fixed term for nine months.  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 respective reference number: REF: RA/027/16 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 6 July 2016.

To find more about CIP, visit our Website at http://www.cip.cgiar.org

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. 

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CIP Vacancy: RESEARCH ASSISTANT II – AGRONOMY (2) – INTERNAL (Closing date: 6 July 2016)

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT – INTERNAL

Research Assistant II – Agronomy (2)

International Potato Center – Ethiopia (CIP)

REF: RA/026/16

29 June 2016 

The International Potato Center – Ethiopia (CIP) seeks to recruit two Research Assistants to its Emergency Response Project and who also will be members of CIP Ethiopia Office. 

The Center: The International Potato Centre (CIP) is an international non-profit agricultural research organization with a global mandate to conduct research on potatoes, sweetpotatoes, Andean root and tuber crops, and sustainable management of natural resources. CIP’s vision is to contribute from its areas of expertise to the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in particular those goals that relate to poverty, hunger, child and maternal mortality, and sustainable development. CIP has its headquarters in Lima, Peru with staff and activities in locations across Africa, Asia and Latin America. CIP is a member of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research, a network of 15 research centers mostly located in the developing world and supported by more than 60 donor members. 

Key Responsibilities:

Management:

  • Assists the Agronomist in Liaising with Woreda Office of Agriculture, DAs in target Kebeles, Farmer Groups and Cooperatives (FGCs) at the Kebele level in SNNPR;
  • In collaboration with BOA will identify farmers/farmer households to receive inputs such as P & SP planting materials and other inputs as appropriate;
  • In collaboration with Woreda Office of Agriculture (WoA) will identify points for planting material distribution and inform the Agronomist;
  • Assists in organizing and following up on distribution of quality planting material of potatoes and sweetpotatoes;
  • Submits Woreda and Kebele-level reports to the Agronomist in a timely manner to help in report preparation;
  • In collaboration with the WoA will prepare the list of households receiving planting materials and other inputs, aggregated by gender.

Technical:

  • Assists in coordination and organization of stakeholders workshops, by identifying and mobilizing Woreda and Kebele level participants;
  • Jointly with the Agronomist and partner staff will participate in training at the Woreda and Keble levels;
  • Plans and executes distribution of quality planting materials of potato and sweetpotato.
  • Ensures that activities are conducted as per plan;
  • Provides technical backstopping and continuous supervision for farmers producing ware potato and sweetpotato roots, as well as quality planting materials;
  • Provides feedback to the Agronomist and other CIP staff based on field observations and interactions with farmers;
  • Contributes to project M&E of regular activities in the field to collect monitoring data and preparation of monitoring reports;
  • In collaboration with WoA and cooperatives assists in facilitation of market linkages of target farmers  for their produce where appropriate;
  • Performs other duties as required.

Education:

  • At least a relevant college Diploma or BSc degree in Agronomy or related field.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years for college diploma or 2 years of relevant work experience for BSc holders in agriculture/agricultural development programs involving GO and NGO stakeholders
  • Solid work experience with potato and/or sweetpotato agronomy, seed production and multiplication practices 

Skills:

  • Have basic knowledge of detecting latent infection of viruses and bacteria using ELISA test kits
  • Working experience in data management
  • Applied knowledge in experimental design and field trial management;
  • Experience of working in screen house, nursery, aeroponics or hydroponics in terms of crop management
  • Collaborative style and ability to handle multiple tasks effectively and simultaneously
  • Proactive and creative attitudes
  • Team player and have problem solving skills and strong results-orientation
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in English are required, Knowledge of other languages in SNNPR is a plus.

Duty Station:  Hosanna and Wolayita Sodo. PLEASE SPECIFY YOUR PREFERRED DUTY STATION ON YOUR COVER LETTER.

Grade: 2B 

Minimum Base: Birr 12,536 (Negotiable depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate).

Terms of appointment:  These are Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) positions, initial appointment is fixed term for nine months for both positions. 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 respective reference number: REF: RA/026/16 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 6 July 2016.

To find more about CIP, visit our Website at  http://www.cip.cgiar.org

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. 

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ILRI Vacancy: Administrative Assistant – Hanoi Office (closing date 12 July 2016)

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an Administrative Assistant who will be based in Hanoi, Vietnam. This position exists to meet the needs of an expanding portfolio of research activities and partnerships in Vietnam. The incumbent will work directly under the supervision of the Office Manager and will provide administrative support to ILRI activities in the East and Southeast Asia regions.

ILRI works to enhance the roles livestock play in pathways out of poverty in developing countries. ILRI is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium, a global research partnership of 15 centres working with many partners for a food-secure future. ILRI has two main campuses in East Africa and other hubs in West and southern Africa and South and Southeast Asia. www.ilri.org.

The Centre’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya, and research is conducted in 31 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.

CGIAR is a global agricultural research partnership for a food-secure future. Its science is carried out by 15 research centres that are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. www.cgiar.org.

Key responsibilities

Assist Office Manager in the following tasks:

1. Administration

  • Meet and greet guests to the office, answer telephone calls and ensure order of front office;
  • Responsible for incoming and outgoing correspondences, including filing and circulation to the right persons;
  • Maintain office contact lists and partner list;
  • Manage filing system and document files at the office;
  • Contact local authorities/suppliers/contractors as needed;
  • Prepare letters, documents, correspondence if required;
  • Purchase and maintain office equipment and supplies with appropriate services and vendors Research and identify relevant suppliers for office related equipment and supplies;
  • Translate documents/ reports and correspondence (English and Vietnamese) and interpret if required;
  • Provide logistics support for workshops/travelers/visitors including hotel accommodation, car rental, visas, ticketing and other operational activities of the office;
  • Handle travel Authorization for staff’s travel;
  • Take minutes during office meetings and disseminate after approval.

2. Finance and other tasks

  • Manage office petty cash and prepare monthly petty cash expenditure report;
  • Process payments for office bills, service suppliers, and keep receipts;
  • Go to banks/ tax department/ social health insurance department to submit documents;
  • Handle payment and other transactions with Bank, Dipserco, or tax authority as required;
  • Make photocopies of the monthly financial reports and file them;
  • Assist staff in preparing Travel Expense Reports and obtain approval;
  • Follow up cash advances and their clearance;
  • Responsible for asset/ inventory management. Maintain and update inventory list of the office on regular basis;
  • Carry out other tasks that may be required by the Acting Regional Representative and scientists in project management activities from time to time;
  • Other tasks as assigned to assist Office Manager to ensure smooth running of the office and projects.

Requirements

  • Bachelor degree in business management or other relevant field;
  • A minimum of 2 years’ work experience in administrative role;
  • Excellent Vietnamese and English written and oral skills;
  • Proficiency in computer applications and a working knowledge of the internet and email;
  • Careful, organized and flexible;
  • Willingness to travel nationally and regionally;
  • Demonstrated good organizational skills and ability to work under minimum supervision;

Terms of Appointment

This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI Hanoi office, Vietnam. It is open to Vietnamese Nationals only. The position is on a 2-year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Job Level

This position is job level 1C. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

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 12July 2016. The position title and reference number REF: AA/ Hanoi /06/2016 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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

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

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

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

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

 

 


ILRI Graduate Fellowship – PhD student in Gender and Nutrition

Project: Feed the Future Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab (SIIL) – ILRI sub-award on Sustainable intensification through better integration of crop and livestock production systems for improved food security and environmental benefits in Sahelian zone of Burkina Faso.

General:

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI, www.ilri.org) works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality livestock science, communications and capacity building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development. ILRI is one of 15 Centers of the CGIAR Consortium, a global agricultural research partnership for a food-secure future (www.cgiar.org). The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification (SIIL; https://www.k-state.edu/siil/index.html), led by Kansas State University, supports the US Government Feed the Future goals of reducing global hunger, poverty and undernutrition.

One of the key components of the SIIL Burkina Faso project on sustainable intensification of mixed crop-livestock systems for improved food security and environmental benefits is to better understand how intensification interventions affect gender equity and household nutrition. The main outcome of gender and nutrition components of the project is to strengthen women’s decision-making capacity on improved intensification options and to increase household consumption of commonly-available nutritious foods to supplement the current grain-dominated diets within the study areas. To achieve this outcome, project interventions to improve household nutrition include increasing household consumption of milk, cowpea grain (often referred to as “poor man’s meat in the Sahel) and Moringa leaves. The guiding principle of these interventions to intensify production to improve nutrition is that they are sensitive to gender divisions of labor demands and gender equity with respect to nutritional benefits.

The Position:

The PhD student will work on the effect of sustainable intensification of crop-livestock systems on gender equity and household nutrition in the Sahelian zone of Burkina Faso. The overall objective of this PhD research is to evaluate the effects of the improved intensification options on gender equity and household nutrition. The specific objectives are: (i) To analyze the roles, constraints and preferences of men, women and youth, and the marginalized groups in crop-livestock production in the study sites; (ii) To characterize nutrition practices of the households in the study areas and quantify gender-differentiated control over the benefits of on- and off-farm activities; (iii) To assess the effect of improved intensification options on intra-household division of labor and on the distribution of nutritional benefits within households. The underlying hypothesis is that productivity enhancing intensification options will lead to improvement of household food security and nutrition thereby enhancing gender equity. The PhD research work will be conducted in the project sites in Dori and Ouahigouya in Burkina Faso.

Key responsibilities:

  1. Conduct baseline characterization of gender roles in intensification of crop-livestock systems including constraints and opportunities, household nutritional practices and dietary diversity, and gender-differentiated intra-household diet diversity.
  2. Carry out in-depth study on the effects of improved intensification options on gender, specifically on access to the improved intensification options, power, labour implications, decision making and benefit sharing from improved intensification options.
  3. Carry out in-depth study on the effects of improved intensification options, specifically nutrition interventions on household dietary diversity and anthropometric measurements of children in selected households.
  4. Quantification of different development pathways of gender equity and household nutrition for households along the intensification ladder/gradient.
  5.  Contribute to SIIL Burkina Faso project reports particularly on gender and nutrition

Requirements and Qualifications:

The ideal candidate should:

  1. Be registered as a PhD student at a University in social science, agricultural science or relevant disciplines;
  2. Having necessary academic background in gender and nutrition or related disciplines;
  3. Willingness to work and live in rural areas of Burkina Faso;
  4. Ability to work in a team and with smallholder farmers;
  5. Ability to interact effectively in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment;
  6. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Ability to speak and read in French will be an advantage.

Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Duration:  3 years

Terms of appointment and stipend:

The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by ILRI scientist and the university supervisor. While at ILRI, he or she will also have access to other ILRI researchers so as to develop his or her research. ILRI will provide a monthly stipend of US$1,000 to the successful candidate, economy return air ticket to Ouagadougou, as well as insurance. ILRI will cover all the research costs related to the student field activities. ILRI does not cover university related fees such as tuitions, living allowances etc.

How to apply: Interested candidates should submit online through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 30 July 2016 or until a suitable candidate is selected. The following documents should be included in the online application:

  • A Curriculum Vitae including three references with contact information.
  • A cover letter describing the candidate’s interests in and qualifications for carrying out the research, referring to the candidate’s Curriculum Vitae as fitting, and highlighting any particularly relevant qualifications.
  • A letter from your university attesting your student status.

The above materials will be evaluated and a select number of candidates will be invited for an interview and be asked to submit letters of support from referees, and academic transcripts.

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. Suitably qualified women and citizens from Burkina Faso are particularly encouraged to apply.

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ILRI Vacancy: Administrative Assistant – Capacity Development (Re-advertisement) (closing date 1 July 2016)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an Administrative Assistant to provide administrative support to the Capacity Development Unit and support the administration of the graduate fellowship programme.

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

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2016, an operating budget of about USD83 million. 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 and in South, Southeast and East Asia www.cgiar.org

Key responsibilities

  1. Provide support to the management of ILRI graduate fellowship program including;
  • Provide administrative support as required during the graduate/research fellows’ recruitment process.
  • Inducting new graduate fellows to ILRI and liaise with relevant units i.e. IT, health and safety Unit, Finance and HR to ensure all the relevant procedures are followed.
  • Providing on-going administrative support to the graduate/research fellows.

Regularly maintain up-to-date records of graduate/research fellows.

2. Provide support for CapDev training activities.

  • Provide logistical support in the organization, coordination and implementation of meetings, trainings (group trainings, special workshops etc.)
  • Assist in the preparation of certificates for participants;
  • Keep records of participants for future communication;
  • Take minutes and compile reports for workshops;
  • Evaluate training activities and use the feedback  to improve the quality of service offered by the CapDev unit.
  1. Maintaining the training databases and other records for Capacity Development Unit
  • Maintaining an up to date electronic trainee’s database;
  • Keeping proper file records of the trainees;
  • Maintaining the Direct Links in the Global Address list;
  • Maintaining a database of University/partners contacts.
  1. Providing day to day administrative support to the CapDev team
  • Liaising with all ILRI administrative Units, Research themes, projects and support units as required to deal with CapDev administrative matters;
  • Assist visitors on general administrative matters, provide advice and ensure administrative support as required;
  • Maintaining and updating a proper filing system for the Unit documents;
  • Receiving, screening, logging, routing and attending to phone calls;
  • Drafting routine correspondence; and
  • Organizing travel arrangements and preparing travel expense reports;

Any other support/administrative tasks as required by supervisor or Head of CapDev

Requirements

  • A Diploma in either business administration, secretarial studies, office management or a related field;
  • A minimum of 2 years’ recent experience in an administrative role;
  • Front office experience and public relations or customer relations skills would be an added advantage;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office packages;(Excel use a must)
  • Excellent communication skills; written and verbal communication in English, including web based communications;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work within a multicultural environment;
  • Superior multi-tasking skills with the ability to coordinate prioritize and organize tasks to meet deadlines with minimal supervision; and
  • Confident, outgoing personality, highly articulate and able to relate with people at all levels.

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 1C, 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 by clicking on the “Apply Now” tab above on or before 1 July 2016. The position title and reference number REF: AA/ CAPDEV /06/2016 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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

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

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

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

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

 


ILRI Vacancy: Transport Coordinator – INTERNAL (Closing date: 21 June 2016)

The Position: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Transport Coordinator who will be a member of the Supply Chain team in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

General:  The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality livestock science, communications and capacity building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development. ILRI is one of 15 research centres supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ILRI has campuses in Kenya (headquarters) and Ethiopia, with other offices located in other regions of Africa (Mali, Mozambique, and Nigeria) as well as in South Asia (India, Sri Lanka), Southeast Asia (Laos, Thailand, Vietnam) and East Asia (China).  www.ilri.org.

Job Purpose:

The purpose of the Transport Coordinator position is to lead the overall dispatch function through:

  • Ensures constant and proactive service delivery is provided to all customers in line with the Transport Management Policy,
  • Provides leadership and supervision to the team by setting objectives and continuously monitoring their performance,
  • Manages the available resources efficiently and effectively ensuring ILRI’s and its collaborators needs are met,
  • Monitors the Service level agreement with the in campus transport service provider and outsourced garages.

Key Duties & responsibilities:

  • Implements the Transport Management Policy ensuring it is understood by all and it is adhered to,
  • Oversees the dispatch function ensuring requests are received on time, acknowledged and customer needs are met in a timely manner;
  • Ensures proper utilization of institute’s fleet for optimum use;
  • Organizes regular meetings for sharing information, raising concerns, receiving suggestions and monitoring the unit’s progress;
  • Ensures recharges to the customer units are accurate and timely and work together with the Unit Manager in updating rates periodically;
  • Oversees that vehicle files are well designed and organized, filling system is in order and all documentation is filed in respective files;
  • Liaises with Insurance Company to optimize in insurance costs and coverage. Oversees accident reports and documentation is correctly filled out; submits the reports to the insurance company and follow-up on claims to completion;
  • Manages contracts with external service providers effectively to ensure the terms of contracts serve ILRI’s interests optimally and SLA’s are adhered to;
  • Ensures all new staff members are tested before being authorized to drive organization’s vehicles,
  • Participates in identification and orientation of new drivers;
  • Performs any other task as may be instructed by the Supply Chain Manager.

Academic and professional qualifications:

Education:

  • At least a Bachelor’s Degree in a Business related field, Auto mechanic coupled with vast experience in fleet management,
  • Evidence of change in dynamics: the onset of the full cost recovery concept, the engagement of external service providers among others. 

Experience:

  • At least five years of relevant experience in a similar post 

Skills and Competencies:

  • Performance measurement/management skills
  • Understanding the concept of conflicts
  • Ability to cope with Stress
  • Negotiation skills
  • Change management skills
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Conceptual skills (ability to see the organization as a whole)
  • Human Skills (interpersonal and intra- personal skills)
  • Supervisory skills
  • Work planning and allocation skills
  • Fleet management skills
  • Prioritization skills
  • Communication skills
  • Computer skills

Duty Station: Addis Ababa

Grade:  2C

Minimum Base Salary:  Birr 16,619 (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: TC/25/2016 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 June 2016.

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

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Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. 

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ILRI Vacancy: Economist, Resilience and Innovation for Dryland Systems – IBLI (closing date 14 July 2016)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an Economist – Resilience and Innovation for Dryland Systems to support and lead a range of empirical research projects related to the economics of rural development, livelihood resilience, social protection and graduation, income generation, and access to markets and services.

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

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2016, an operating budget of about USD 83 million. 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 and in South, Southeast and East Asia. www.cgiar.org

The Position

This position will be based within a team that is best known for designing, implementing, and assessing the impact of, and supporting the scale-up of index-based livestock insurance (IBLI) – a climate risk-management tool for pastoralists (extensive livestock keepers) first launched in East Africa (see https://ibli.ilri.org/ ).  While IBLI remains a key pillar of the team’s agenda, this position will contribute to expanding the research and development agenda into complementary activities aimed at understanding the key vulnerabilities faced by pastoral and agro-pastoral populations, identifying the suite of opportunities that would enhance their livelihoods and improve their capacity to manage risk, and designing and testing the relevant interventions.

The successful candidate will help to develop and launch a range of experiments aimed at, but not limited to the following; the impact of innovations related to IBLI adoption; the impact of social protection packages incorporating IBLI; interventions aimed at improving the delivery of services related to IBLI and other complementary products as well as improving the value-proposition of IBLI. The economist will also contribute to investigations into other technologies and innovations – such as those related to crowd sourcing and citizen science – that can offer efficiencies in the delivery of a range of information and services beneficial to pastoral and agro-pastoral populations. The audiences for the work are several: academic researchers, development practitioners and policymakers from global to local scale, and commercial players and other related intermediaries that can partner in testing project-identified innovations.

Responsibilities

  • Lead and contribute to the design and implementation of experiments and targeted surveys to generate relevant data for impact assessments, hypothesis-testing, participatory engagement, and other analysis required for supporting, refining or expanding the agenda.
  • Lead and co-author papers for peer-reviewed publication and support the broader dissemination of the message through research and policy briefs and other outreach materials.
  • Contribute to the development of successful grant proposals related to the team and broader program agenda.
  • Contribute to strengthening existing partnerships and building new and innovative partnerships for research and development.
  • Supervise research associates, external collaborators and PhD and MSc students as required and related to the broader agenda.
  • Work with pastoralists, their representations and other key stakeholders to improve uptake of some of the technologies/innovations developed under this program.

 Requirements:

  • A PhD in Agricultural Economics, Development Economics, Public Policy or any related field requiring a high degree of skill in quantitative analysis.
  • 5 years of experience in a development research setting and experience conducting and using household surveys or randomized controlled trials among in rural areas of developing countries with drylands experience among pastoralist populations a plus.
  • A record of publications that demonstrates strong analytical, empirical and writing skills and shows promise and high capacity, and experience in drafting grant proposals.
  • Experience designing and researching financial products such as index-insurance for rural populations in developing countries
  • Demonstrated ability to work both in a team environment and independently to accomplish required tasks while creating a high-quality and respectful work environment; be personable, flexible, possess excellent organizational and communication skills and take pride in their work.
  • Proven experience in the use/adoption of ICT technologies for improving information collection/delivery in developing countries.
  • Competency in a language widely spoken in Africa other than English is highly desirable.
  • Willingness to travel throughout Africa.

Post location: The position is based at ILRI’s Headquarters 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 14 July 2016. The position title and reference number E/IBLI/06/2016 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.

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

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ILRI Consultancy: Community Rangeland Monitoring Methodology Development (closing date 21 June 2016)

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a consultant within Accelerated Value Chain Development – Livestock Component (AVCD-LC) project. The consultant will be an individual, consortium or firm with combined experience in rangeland management and ecology, participatory approaches, and capacity building and/or development of training and curriculum materials.

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

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2016, an operating budget of about USD83 million. 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 and in South, Southeast and East Asia. www.cgiar.org

The position:

General background

The AVCD-LC project is led by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in five counties in northern Kenya (Garissa, Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana and Wajir) and is funded by USAID as part of Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative.  In AVCD-LC, improved rangeland management is understood as key pillar of improving livestock value chains in these counties.  Across northern Kenya various approaches to participatory and community rangeland management are being implemented.  Within some of these initiatives, methods for monitoring of rangeland condition are being attempted with varying degrees of success.  In most, however, little to no formal monitoring takes place.

As part of this, AVCD-LC is providing technical support to two USAID-funded projects/organisations – Northern Rangelands Trust and The Resilience and Economic Growth in Arid Lands – Improving Resilience (REGAL-IR) – both projects with strong NRM/rangeland management components working in pastoral areas. As part of this AVCD-LC is expected to provide support on rangeland monitoring.

AVCD-LC is developing a toolkit on rangeland management for use by county governments.  This toolkit will include a component on rangeland monitoring.  The consultant will contribute to the development of the toolkit with methods and tools that are appropriate for county-level monitoring of rangelands including that which draws from the knowledge and experiences of communities.

Objective of the assignment

The goal of this consultancy is to develop methods and an overarching methodological framework for participatory rangeland monitoring for inclusion in the AVCD-LC toolkit on rangeland management.  Specific objectives are as follows:

  1. To review the approaches used by REGAL-IR and NRT for rangeland monitoring, and with them identify bottlenecks/challenges to the implementation of this monitoring, and how it can be improved.
  2. To review ways in which communities in REGAL-IR and NRT project areas currently monitor rangelands (including rangeland condition and health, and changes in this); as well as what this monitoring means for decisions that they make about rangeland use, what challenges they face in implementing these decisions, why these challenges exist and how could these challenges be overcome.
  3. To adapt and improve existing tools and methods if necessary develop new simple tools for improved and consistently sustained participatory rangeland monitoring.
  4. To assist NRT and REGAL-IR to test these improved methods and tools in AVCD-LC project areas.
  5. To contribute to the county-level Toolkit for Rangeland Management with a section (overarching framework) on participatory rangeland monitoring and practical guiding worksheets (tools, checklists).

Final Products

  • A study report on what selected communities (in the project areas) monitor in rangelands, how, when, where and why; and on range monitoring approaches used by NRT, REGAL-IR and county governments, the bottlenecks and challenges that they face in implementing these.  The report should include recommendations (based on the review of monitoring approaches used and on experiences from elsewhere, etc.) of how these bottlenecks and challenges can be overcome and the approaches improved. The report should conclude with an outline of the agreed-upon improved approaches, which will then be tested with the relevant organisation(s) involved.
  • A draft of the worksheets, checklists and other tools to be included in the toolkit.
  • A short final report of the testing of the approaches and tools with final recommendations.
  • A final draft of the Toolkit section on rangeland monitoring written for a county-expert level practical toolkit on rangeland management and at least four (4) practical guiding worksheets on different good practice rangeland monitoring processes or tools.

Essential Skills and Qualifications will include:

  • PhD in Ecology, rangeland management, or related field, or equivalent long term field experience.
  • Experience in rangeland management and ecology, participatory approaches, and capacity building and/or development of training and curriculum materials, evidence having done similar work, practical experience in development/natural resources management (NRM) assignments.
  • Fluent spoken and written English.  Ki-Swahili and/or northern Kenya languages would be an asset.

Post location: Kenya

Duration:  From approximately 27th June 2016 to 31 December 2016 with a maximum number of 40 working days

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

Applications:

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 June 2016.  Applicants who have experience developing training and curriculum materials, manuals, etc. may include one sample of these.  The position title and reference number   C/ AVCD /06/2016 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: Data Systems Manager (closing date 24 June 2016)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Data Systems Manager to design and support data systems for managing and utilising research data for ILRI projects.

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

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2016, an operating budget of about USD83 million. 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 and in South, Southeast and East Asia www.cgiar.org

Key Responsibilities

  • Design, implement and maintain integrated data management systems for ILRI’s complex and dispersed research projects.
  • Support and contribute to the development and maintenance of ILRI’s data portal and associated data management processes (metadata standards, accessibility, confidentiality, data ownership & sharing).
  • Establish and maintain links and processes between the system and teams utilising the data.
  • Write programs and software to extract and produce routine summaries of data.
  • Program field survey instruments (handheld PDA, mobile phones, tablets and/or netbooks) and coordinate the training of staff in their use.
  • Implement and monitor quality assurance (QA) protocols and routines, including safe and remote back-up of database systems and tools.
  • Provide input into impact assessment and monitoring & evaluation (M&E), designing and linking systems with M&E indicators.
  • Support the work of technical staff with data management and analysis responsibilities – this will include some technical supervision and training.
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest tools and resources, including open-source software, for the collection, management, storage and sharing of information.

Requirements

  • MA/MSc degree in Computer Science, Information Systems or related discipline OR BSc and at least 6 years of suitable experience.
  • Formal training & experience in database design, database management and computer programming necessary, including application of quality assurance standards and procedures.
  • At least 3 years of post-Masters degree relevant experience – development and use of integrated database systems preferably for research projects, including large-scale socioeconomic and/or biological surveys.
  • Significant professional experience with SQL language and MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle or MS SQL Server databases is required.
  • Professional experience with open-source data collection tools like ODK or CSPro is required.
  • Experience using Linux operative system is an advantage; knowledge of terminal and Linux commands is highly preferred.
  • Significant professional experience developing software solutions using one of the following programming languages: Python, Java or PHP.
  • Knowledge of C++ programming language and Qt framework is preferred.
  • Experience in the development of web-based database systems an advantage.
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft packages.
  • Experience working in an international organisation and/or in applied agricultural research an advantage.
  • Ability to think logically and implement solutions to problems.
  • Good communication ability in English, spoken and written is required.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and good personal organisation skills required, including skills in mentoring and capacity building.
  • Good judgment and willingness to take initiative; ability to work under pressure often to meet tight deadlines without compromising the quality of deliverables.
  • Willingness to travel both regionally and internationally.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain professional contacts with relevant people and organisations.

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, 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 24 June 2016. The position title and reference number REF: DSM/AB/06/2016 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: Biorepository Manager (closing date 24 June 2016)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Biorepository Manager to manage all aspects of the bio-repository samples, infrastructure and database. The incumbent will ensure consistent sampling protocols and high quality metadata associated with each sample; assist in capacity building of field staff and liaise with scientists to ensure derived data and aliquots retain linkage to the primary sampling; liaise with ILRI Environmental Occupational Health & Safety (EOHS) office over regulatory issues and with scientists, collaborators and legal office over IP issues.

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

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2016, an operating budget of about USD83 million. 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 and in South, Southeast and East Asia www.cgiar.org

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee the cryopreservation, safe storage, accurate labelling and maintenance of samples in the ILRI Bio-repository.
  • Liaise with suppliers and engineering department to ensure safe and reliable operation of the low temperature storage systems.
  • Ensure maintenance, security and development of sample storage, sample tracking and metadata databases.
  • Develop protocols and work with scientists to ensure high quality field sampling, including efficient methods for meta-data capture.
  • Ensure that data associated with samples is stored, managed and made accessible in ways that meet emerging CGIAR data curation, exchange, accessibility and intellectual property standards and guidelines.
  • Work with scientists and technicians to provide material and information that they require and ensure that data systems meet their needs.
  • Significant field travel to ensure that best practice is followed in sample collection, handling, aliquoting, transport and data management.
  • Work with ILRI’s Environmental Occupational Health & Safety (EOHS) department to ensure highest standards of health and safety within the cryogenic storage facility.
  • Ensure that the standard operating procedures used in the Bio-repository comply with best Biorepository practices.
  • Provide reports on Bio-repository activities.
  • Provide training to students and scientists on Bio-repository management.
  • Develop, manage and track the Biorepository budget and expenses.
  • Supervise the Biorepository team staff.
  • Support in proposal writing.

Requirements

  • BSc in Computer Science or a biological science. Master’s degree in informatics-related area (but NOT in bioinformatics alone) under exceptional circumstances, informatics experience equivalent to an MSc may be considered.
  • 5 years relevant field experience in data systems development, Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) use and customisation, laboratory sample management, field sampling
  •  Experience in clinical or/and veterinary laboratories.
  • Ability to work in complex teams of collaborators.
  •  Knowledge of Server management, database management, database design, web service development, basic biology, health and safety issues associated with biological materials, cryopreservation methodologies, communication with scientists and working with complex, multidisciplinary research teams.

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, 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 24 June 2016. The position title and reference number REF: BM/AB/06/2016 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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CIP Vacancy: Finance and Administration Specialist – INTERNAL (Closing date: 15 June 2016)

The Position:   The International Potato Center – Ethiopia (CIP) seeks to recruit a Finance and Administration Specialist who will be responsible of financial and administration information, Human Resource Management policies and procedures and other areas of administration of CIP Ethiopia office.

General: The International Potato Centre (CIP) is an international non-profit agricultural research organization with a global mandate to conduct research on potatoes, sweet potatoes, Andean root and tuber crops, and sustainable management of natural resources. CIP’s vision is to contribute from its areas of expertise to the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in particular those goals that relate to poverty, hunger, child and maternal mortality, and sustainable development. CIP has its headquarters in Lima, Peru with staff and activities in locations across Africa, Asia and Latin America. CIP is a member of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research, a network of 15 research centers mostly located in the developing world and supported by more than 60 donor members.

Main duties & responsibilities:

Finance

  • Oversee the financial operations of the country office and ensure timely delivery of financial reports, including cash and bank management, payroll, ledgers and other aspects of the country’s financial management;
  • Responsible for entering financial information, timely month end close, and maintaining all financial records for projects and for the organization;
  • Prepare, examine, or analyze accounting records, financial statements, or other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting and procedural standards;
  • Liaise with the Projects Finance Specialists in the monitoring and review of partners reports;
  • Manage financial controls, analyze office and project budgets, and make recommendations on budget expenditures. Monitor the expenditures to ensure that program funds are utilized appropriately by the close of the fiscal year;
  • Support the Country Manager and Project Managers, in coordination with the Project Finance Specialist, with project budget monitoring and review;
  • Ensure that all financial reporting is completed on time;
  • Oversee the country statutory annual audits.

Administration:

  • Responsible for the administration of insurances, contracting and administrating services in according to the Center’s standards and policies;
  • Responsible for country legal and statutory compliance;
  • Compute taxes owed and prepare tax returns, ensuring compliance with payment, reporting or other tax requirements;
  • Manage fixed assets of the Center, review and support the preparation of inventories;
  • Responsible for procurement of goods and services;
  • Responsible for the coordination of IT issues with headquarters, serving as IT Key user.

Minimum Requirement:

Education:
  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Financial Management or related field.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years relevant experience in financial management and administration working in international research/development or similar organizations 

Skills:

  • Professional training / certification in project management an advantage.
  • Required for this job (communication, report writing, computer and electronic media skills etc.)
  • Knowledge of administrative/financial management of donor funded projects/programs;
  • Experienced in developing and managing work plans, results-based budgets and monitoring and reporting progress and reviewing proposals;
  • Fluency in oral and written English
  • Experience in Finance and Administration with numerous partners;
  • Team player with good communication and coordination skills;
  • Attention to detail is essential;

Duty Station:       Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Job level:   3A.

Monthly Base Salary: Birr 30,863.00 (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 for one year with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc. 

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 respective reference number: REF: FAS/24/16 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 15 June 2016.

To find more about CIP, visit our Website at http://www.cip.cgiar.org

Qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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ICIPE Vacancy: Driver/Field Assistant – INTERNAL (Closing date: 1 June 2016)

The position:  The International Centre of Insect Physiology & Ecology (icipe) seeks to hire a Driver/Field Assistant who will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

General: International Centre of Insect Physiology & Ecology (ICIPE)—African Insect Science for Food and Health is a world-class research centre with a mission to alleviate poverty by ensuring food security, improving health, protecting the environment and building the capacity of researchers and communities across the developing world, through the application of insect sciences. Employing more than 500 national and international staff, icipe is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with outposts in Ethiopia and on the shores of Lake Victoria in western Kenya. icipe has a proud reputation and history of delivering world-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.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Undertakes driving assignments given by the Project Coordinator and other professional staff of the YESH project;
  • Operates, maintains and cleans assigned vehicles with care and reports any damage immediately to the Project Coordinator;
  • Records and maintains the log-book for all vehicles that the responsibility of the project or vehicles hired by the project for specific activities either from other ILRI units or outside ILRI;
  • Responsible for all tools, equipment and spare parts of assigned vehicles;
  • Responsible for checking all the assigned vehicles of the project every morning;
  • Liaises with Transport Unit to ensure that routine service and maintenance is undertaken timely;
  • Purchases small items or procure other services from outside ILRI for the project if required;
  • Assists professional staff, Research Assistants and Associates in the field work;
  • Keeps an inventory of equipment used by enumerators and field assistants while in the field;
  • Be responsible for payment of enumerators in the field, if required and asked by the Project;
  • Assists in handling of office duties when required;
  • Regularly acquits and clears all cash advances for field activities;
  • Assists in translating questionnaires to proper languages at survey sites;
  • Assists in the logistic preparation, printing and dissemination of data collection questionnaires;
  • Assists in the administering manpower and other resources in planned field works;
  • Assists Project Coordinator in recruiting field supervisors and enumerators;
  • Assists field supervisors in the follow up and support of enumerators and field assistants;
  • Performs other related duties assigned by the project coordinator.

Minimum Requirements:

Education:

  • Secondary school completed  or Vocational and technical diploma 

Experience:

  • Five years of work experience after completion of secondary school education
  • Two years of work after completion of vocational and technical diploma training

Skills:

  • Valid driving license to operate field vehicles
  • Good working knowledge of written and spoken English essential
  • Willingness to work after office hours and/or holidays if required
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Good inter-personal relationship

Training:

  • Tri-lingual and auto mechanics knowledge is advantageous plus relevant technical training

Duty Station:   Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

Position level:   1C.

Minimum Base salary:

Birr 7,312 per month (Negotiable depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment: Initial appointment is for three years renewable appointment based on performance and funding availability.  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.

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 numbers should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letters. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 1 June 2016.

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

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