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Programme Management Officer in IFPRI-ESARO

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks to recruit a Programme Management Officer its Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) Division in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

General: IFPRI is one of the international agricultural research institutes organized under the CGIAR Consortium.

The mandate of IFPRI is to identify and analyze alternative national and international strategies and policies for meeting world food needs in ways that conserve the natural resource base, with emphasis on low income and on the poorer groups in the countries.

With a vision for a world free of hunger and malnutrition, IFPRI’s mission is to provide sustainable solutions for ending hunger and reducing poverty.

Specific responsibilities:

  • In consultation with Office Head, oversees office administrative functions and directly supervises a number of office support staff including performance management, work planning and reviewing of job descriptions;
  • Participates in office management and staff meetings, serving as Secretary and ensuring follow-up on action items;
  • Provides leadership and management of all aspects of the administrative unit and ensures that office systems run efficiently and in a coordinated manner;
  • Reviews administrative functions, structures and procedure and makes recommendations for changes, and oversees their implementation;
  • Supports the Office Head and other research staff in recruitment and engagement of consultants;
  • Maintains updated staff/supervisor list and organizational chart;
  • Develops efficient filing systems and databases for print and electronic files/documents;
  • Coordinates receiving and assisting of visitors;
  • Coordinates local and international travel, meetings and workshop logistics and subsequently verifies related expense reports;
  • Coordinates purchase/ requisition and distribution of office furniture, equipment, stationery, and other office supplies;
  • Supports the preparation of local payment and consultant requests as necessary;
  • Manages office equipment such as the printer/copier and coordinating maintenance of offices, office furniture and standard equipment such as computers, printers, phones;
  • Reviews and drafts documents (e.g. concept papers, proposals and reports) to check conformity to agreed templates, and consistency with project objectives, work plans and/or milestones;
  • Assists staff in proposal preparation consistent with investor/donor requirements;
  • Progress report preparation and overall assistance to the Office Head, maintaining a tracking system to monitor milestones and status of deliverables in work plans, notify staff of impending due dates and assist in organizing/coordinating workshops/conferences, and assist visitors;
  • Follows up with related project staff and others to ensure that all projects are properly closed on completion;
  • Assists Office Head and Accountant in the preparation of budgets, including budgets for overall office operations and individual projects/programs;
  • Works closely with IFPRI Accountant and ILRI Finance to ensure correct budget codes are communicated and used for charges, and that financial reports conform to IFPRI and donor/investor guidelines/formats.

    Skills and competences

  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Programme Management or related field.
  • At least 5 years relevant experience in programme management working in international research/development or similar organizations. Required for this job (communication, report writing, computer 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;
  • Proven skills in monitoring and evaluating systems to measure impact and effectiveness of programs;
  • Experience in coordinating programmes with numerous partners; Team player with good communication and coordination skills; Attention to detail is essential;
  • Professional training / certification in project management an advantage.

    Duty Station: Addis Ababa.

    Grade: 3A

    Minimum Base Salary: Birr 22,045 (Negotiable, depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

    Terms of appointment: This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is fixed term for two years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding.

    The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc.

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

    Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae.

    The position and reference number: REF: A/023/14 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 29 April 2014.

    To find more about IFPRI, visit our Website at http://www.ifpri.org

    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/


    Senior/Principal Scientists Livestock genetics and informatics

    1. Senior (Bio) informatician

    Data management and integration is central to the work of the global livestock genetics program. There is a significant component of conventional bioinformatics, but the remit of this post extends to other aspects of computational analysis of biological problems.

    This includes integration and management of many data types including spatial, phenotyping, modeling, sequence data and sample meta-data.

    We seek a talented individual to take overall responsibility for the management and integration of data and where appropriate to develop novel methods for data exchange and visualization.

    A solid background in bioinformatics is essential, but a significantly broader perspective is also required.

    Post location: ILRI Nairobi campus.

    Main Responsibilities:

  • Liaise with senior project and program managers to coordinate and manage informatics requirements and opportunities
  • Contribute to existing research projects and build independent research activities in informatics related to livestock genetics research
  • Be responsible for ensuring maintenance of the LiveGene program’s collaborative networks and human and hardware capability to perform cutting-edge data analysis and visualization
  • Be an inspiring and effective leader of a diverse and enthusiastic group
  • Develop and implement a vision of informatics research and support at ILRI
  • Ensure integration of informatics into the research and research planning process at ILRI
  • Proactively establish and build strong relations with a range of local, regional and international partner institutes based on mutual trust and support
  • Be responsible for the quality of scientific research and project management within the global livestock genetics program (bio) informatics team.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    Doctoral degree (PhD) in bioinformatics or in biological sciences research driven by computational analyses, with at least 5 years post PhD experience.

    Essential Skills:

  • Familiarity with bioinformatics, particularly the use and analysis of high-throughput sequencing data generated by a range of platforms
  • Familiarity with approaches to achieve data integration, interoperability and visualization
  • Experience in a supervisory role
  • Familiarity with Linux & Unix platforms and computational pipelines
  • Experience with high-performance clusters
  • Experience in scripting and programming
  • Experience with relational databases
  • Excellent record of scientific publications and fundraising
  • Demonstrated excellence as a manager of a team of professionals in a research organization
  • Proven success in initiating and managing multi-stakeholder and international research projects
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Experience in managing capacity building activities

    2. Quantitative Geneticist: Dairy Cattle

    Improved dairy productivity is a major opportunity to enhance the incomes of small- and medium-scale livestock keepers, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

    Genetic factors have been identified as a critical limiting factor to achieving this.

    The challenges to achieving this potential involve difficulty in identifying the match between desirable characteristics and farming systems, as well as limitations in recording, delivery and breeding systems.

    We seek a talented scientist to provide the core quantitative genetics underlying a major new thrust at ILRI aimed at sustainably addressing these shortcomings at scale.

    This scientist will work with several complex and innovative programs and will maintain productive links with the targeting and genomics activities within ILRI’s global livestock genetics program to ensure impacts over both the medium and longer terms.

    Post location: ILRI Nairobi campus, but significant regional travel is likely to be required.

    3. Quantitative Geneticist: Poultry

    Almost every poor farm household in the tropics has some chickens in low-input–low-output scavenging systems. Significant opportunities for improved poultry productivity exist. Achieving this will require carefully considered changes to poultry production systems and genetics, with the likely benefits including increased availability of high-quality protein for the poor, particularly women and children.

    We seek a talented scientist with knowledge of poultry systems to provide the core quantitative genetics underlying a major new thrust at ILRI on improving productivity in smallholder poultry production under a range of husbandry systems for significant numbers of poor farmers, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Post location: ILRI campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with significant regional travel likely to be required.

    Key Responsibilities for Geneticists: Dairy Cattle and Poultry

  • Developing and testing innovative approaches to livestock genetic improvement that can deliver substantial improvements to poor farmers in low-input environments
  • Developing, maintaining and supporting genetic and genomic evaluation systems for collaborating national and regional breeding programs
  • Developing a portfolio of research grants
  • Communicating the results of research through many communication channels, including publications, conferences, contributing to policy and technical briefs and making presentations to key stakeholders and interest groups
  • Developing and strengthening collaborations with key research partners
  • Supporting capacity strengthening in national and regional breeding programs
  • Maintaining close links with the tropical dairy/poultry industries
  • Maintaining close links with the more upstream activities within ILRI’s global livestock genetics program, so as to use new knowledge in the characterization, breeding and/or delivery of improved dairy and/or poultry genetics

    Minimum Qualifications

    PhD in quantitative genetics/animal breeding with at least 10 years post-PhD experience.

    Essential Skills:

  • Strong expertise in advanced quantitative genetics, including the capture and use of complex, phenotypic, socio-economic and molecular data
  • Broad understanding of the design and optimization of breeding programs, especially in support of commercial systems
  • Strong understanding of the range of genetic interventions for improved livelihoods and increased food security
  • Ability to think beyond conventional practice to develop innovative solutions appropriate to specific livestock systems
  • Excellent record of scientific publications and mobilizing resources
  • Demonstrated excellence as a manager of a team of professionals in a research organization
  • Proven success in initiating and managing multi-stakeholder and international research projects
  • Excellent written and spoken English; knowledge of French would be an advantage
  • Experience in capacity building

    Terms of Appointment: Base salary starting from USD75,000 per annum depending on skills and experience, with an attractive international benefits package (tax free*).

    ILRI offers a competitive international salary and benefits package, which includes 15% pension in addition to medical insurance, life insurance and allowances for child education, housing, relocation and home leave and an annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

    Benefits are tax free subject to compliance with tax regulations of country of citizenship.

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

    Applications

    Applicants for any of the above positions should send a cover letter identifying the position for which they are applying, and explaining their interest, what they can bring to the job and indicating earliest availability. They should also send curriculum vitae and the names, addresses and contacts (including telephone and email) of three referees knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience.

    All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com. Screening of applications will start on 20 April 2014 and continue until the positions are filled.

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

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

    ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.


    Research Assistant IV – Legumes and Livestock in Smallholder Systems

    The position: ILRI seeks to recruit a Research Assistant IV – Legumes and Livestock in Smallholder Systems to support research on prioritizing, testing and evaluating interventions in smallholder systems in Ethiopia.

    The recruit’s core role will be to support the forthcoming project LegumeCHOICE: Realizing the underexploited potential of multi-purpose legumes towards improved livelihoods and a better environment in crop-livestock systems in East & Central Africa.

    The job-holder will also provide support to other projects as required including Africa RISING, CRP Humidtropics and CRP Water, Land and Ecosystems.

    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. http://www.cgiar.org.

    Specific duties of the successful applicant will include:

  • Leading field application of tools developed during the project for
  • Characterizing current farming practices
  • Targeting legume interventions
  • Developing farmer typologies
  • Analysing trade-offs between alternative intervention strategies
  • Managing and analysing data related to the above.
  • Organizing and facilitating stakeholder dialogues to develop a better understanding of potential for incorporating multi-purpose legumes in smallholder systems
  • Preparing written outputs relating to project activities.
  • Organizing field work logistics for scientists, post-docs and other research staff.

    Skills and Competencies

  • MSc. in a relevant discipline, related to biophysical aspects of agricultural systems.
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in agricultural research in Ethiopian highlands.
  • Proven ability to conduct participatory research tools effectively and manage the data derived from application of such tools.
  • Skills and experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods and analysis
  • Research communication skills or experience with communication and popularisation of scientific outputs
  • Collaborative skills, ability to work in multi-cultural teams, excellent oral and written communication skills (English)
  • A sense of creativity and ability to work with minimal supervision

    Duty Station: Addis Ababa with some travel to other project countries.

    Grade: 2D

    Minimum Base Salary: Birr 15,262 (Negotiable, depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

    Terms of appointment: This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is fixed term for two years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding.

    The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc.

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

    Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae.

    The position and reference number: REF: A/022/14 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 28 April 2014. We do not encourage CVs and credentials to be mailed to our postal address.

    Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

    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


    Country » Kenya

    ILRI Graduate Fellowship – call for applications: Agro-economist (MSc student)

    Location: Nairobi (Kenya) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)

    The position: The Agro-economist (MSc student) will use methods from marketing analysis to identify the relationships between factors that contribute to the performance of an innovation platform in reaching selected development outcomes identified above, in order to refine and test the conceptual framework for the monitoring and evaluation of the impact of innovation platforms.

    Key responsibilities:

  • To review relevant and recent literature on marketing relationships and innovation platforms;
  • After having agreed with the supervisors in choosing out of the conceptual framework i) one element describing the conduct of platform participants and ii) one element describing the performance of the platform, to review relevant and recent literature from the marketing relationships literature to identify previously used questionnaire statements that characterize these two elements;
  • For each one of these two elements, to propose statements, based on the literature review, which describe the various notions encompassed by these elements;
  • To contribute in devising survey methods adapted to the local field context in order to collect data from platform stakeholders so as to test the relationships posited in a simplified model of the conceptual framework and the appropriateness of the statements proposed to characterize the two elements selected from the conceptual framework;
  • To travel to the field to test the survey instruments, implement data collection together with local project partners, and gather qualitative information through focus groups and semi-structured interviews of project stakeholders in the field to illustrate the conceptual framework on innovation platforms;
  • For the two elements selected, to analyse the data collected using factor analysis so as to identify a limited number of statement(s) that best encompass the two elements studied;
  • To use the data collected from the innovation platforms to constitute a baseline situation of their elements of structure, conduct and performance;
  • To analyse the data collected from the innovation platforms using multiple regression analyses so as to test a simplified model of the conceptual framework linking all the elements of structure, conduct and performance of the innovation platforms under study;
  • To write up research results in a format suitable for publication as an MSc Thesis or university field report, and possibly a case study article or a scientific journal article.

    Requirements:

  • Be a current student at MSc (or equivalent degree level) in agricultural economics, agrifood marketing or development studies;
  • Use this assignment to complete an academic requirement of the MSc degree (final thesis, field study report, sabbatical activity report, etc.);
  • Having completed academic requirements of an MSc programme in one of the above fields before starting work at ILRI is a plus;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of using statistical tools and software for research, SPSS preferred; alternatively, genuine interest to learn about using statistical packages a plus;
  • Some prior international development experience is a plus; A team player with excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ability to interact effectively in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.

    Terms of appointment and stipend:

    The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI Agro-economist and the university supervisor.

    While at ILRI Headquarters in Nairobi, he or she will also have access to many other ILRI researchers so as to develop his or her research.

    While in Dar es Salaam, he or she will be based with and report to the ILRI country representative.

    ILRI will provide a stipend of US$1,000/month to the successful candidate, economy return air ticket to Nairobi, plus travel allowance when on duty travel out of the duty locations, as well as insurance.

    ILRI will pay for the costs of research-related travel.

    Please apply to this Agro-economist (MSc student) position online: http://ilri.simplicant.com/

    ILRI is an equal opportunity employer. Suitably qualified women and citizens of developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply.


    Principal Scientists "Livestock genetics and informatics"

    Data management and integration is central to the work of the global livestock genetics program.

    There is a significant component of conventional bioinformatics, but the remit of this post extends to other aspects of computational analysis of biological problems.

    This includes integration and management of many data types including spatial, phenotyping, modeling, sequence data and sample meta-data.

    We seek a talented individual to take overall responsibility for the management and integration of data and where appropriate to develop novel methods for data exchange and visualization.

    A solid background in bioinformatics is essential, but a significantly broader perspective is also required.

    Post location: ILRI Nairobi campus.

    Senior (Bio) informatician

    Main Responsibilities:

  • Liaise with senior project and program managers to coordinate and manage informatics requirements and opportunities;
  • Contribute to existing research projects and build independent research activities in informatics related to livestock genetics research;
  • Be responsible for ensuring maintenance of the LiveGene program’s collaborative networks and human and hardware capability to perform cutting-edge data analysis and visualization;
  • Be an inspiring and effective leader of a diverse and enthusiastic group;
  • Develop and implement a vision of informatics research and support at ILRI;
  • Ensure integration of informatics into the research and research planning process at ILRI;
  • Proactively establish and build strong relations with a range of local, regional and international partner institutes based on mutual trust and support;
  • Be responsible for the quality of scientific research and project management within the global livestock genetics program (bio) informatics team.

    Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree (PhD) in bioinformatics or in biological sciences research driven by computational analyses, with at least 5 years post PhD experience.

    Essential Skills:

  • Familiarity with bioinformatics, particularly the use and analysis of high-throughput sequencing data generated by a range of platforms;
  • Familiarity with approaches to achieve data integration, interoperability and visualization;
  • Experience in a supervisory role;
  • Familiarity with Linux & Unix platforms and computational pipelines;
  • Experience with high-performance clusters;
  • Experience in scripting and programming;
  • Experience with relational databases;
  • Excellent record of scientific publications and fundraising;
  • Demonstrated excellence as a manager of a team of professionals in a research organization;
  • Proven success in initiating and managing multi-stakeholder and international research projects;
  • Excellent written and spoken English;
  • Experience in managing capacity building activities.

    Quantitative Geneticist: Dairy Cattle

    Improved dairy productivity is a major opportunity to enhance the incomes of small- and medium-scale livestock keepers, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

    Genetic factors have been identified as a critical limiting factor to achieving this.

    The challenges to achieving this potential involve difficulty in identifying the match between desirable characteristics and farming systems, as well as limitations in recording, delivery and breeding systems.

    We seek a talented scientist to provide the core quantitative genetics underlying a major new thrust at ILRI aimed at sustainably addressing these shortcomings at scale.

    This scientist will work with several complex and innovative programs and will maintain productive links with the targeting and genomics activities within ILRI’s global livestock genetics program to ensure impacts over both the medium and longer terms.

    Post location: ILRI Nairobi campus, but significant regional travel is likely to be required.

    Quantitative Geneticist: Poultry

    Almost every poor farm household in the tropics has some chickens in low-input–low-output scavenging systems.

    Significant opportunities for improved poultry productivity exist.

    Achieving this will require carefully considered changes to poultry production systems and genetics, with the likely benefits including increased availability of high-quality protein for the poor, particularly women and children.

    We seek a talented scientist with knowledge of poultry systems to provide the core quantitative genetics underlying a major new thrust at ILRI on improving productivity in smallholder poultry production under a range of husbandry systems for significant numbers of poor farmers, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Post location: ILRI campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with significant regional travel likely to be required.

    Key Responsibilities for Geneticists: Dairy Cattle and Poultry

  • Developing and testing innovative approaches to livestock genetic improvement that can deliver substantial improvements to poor farmers in low-input environments;
  • Developing, maintaining and supporting genetic and genomic evaluation systems for collaborating national and regional breeding programs;
  • Developing a portfolio of research grants;
  • Communicating the results of research through many communication channels, including publications, conferences, contributing to policy and technical briefs and making presentations to key stakeholders and interest groups;
  • Developing and strengthening collaborations with key research partners;
  • Supporting capacity strengthening in national and regional breeding programs;
  • Maintaining close links with the tropical dairy/poultry industries;
  • Maintaining close links with the more upstream activities within ILRI’s global livestock genetics program, so as to use new knowledge in the characterization, breeding and/or delivery of improved dairy and/or poultry genetics.

    Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in quantitative genetics/animal breeding with at least 10 years post-PhD experience.

    Essential Skills:

  • Strong expertise in advanced quantitative genetics, including the capture and use of complex, phenotypic, socio-economic and molecular data;
  • Broad understanding of the design and optimization of breeding programs, especially in support of commercial systems;
  • Strong understanding of the range of genetic interventions for improved livelihoods and increased food security;
  • Ability to think beyond conventional practice to develop innovative solutions appropriate to specific livestock systems;
  • Excellent record of scientific publications and mobilizing resources;
  • Demonstrated excellence as a manager of a team of professionals;
  • Proven success in initiating and managing multi-stakeholder and international research projects;
  • Excellent written and spoken English; knowledge of French would be an advantage;
  • Experience in capacity building.

    Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive salary with attractive benefits package, which includes 15% pension in addition to medical insurance, life insurance and allowances for child education, housing, relocation and home leave and an annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

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

    Applications

    Applicants for any of the above positions should send a cover letter identifying the position for which they are applying, and explaining their interest, what they can bring to the job and indicating earliest availability.

    They should also send curriculum vitae and the names, addresses and contacts (including telephone and email) of three referees knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience.

    All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com. Screening of applications will start on 20 April 2014 and continue until the positions are filled.

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

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

    ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.


    Research Technician

    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.

    Responsibilities

  • Receive and archive human and animal blood and serum samples when being delivered from the field in the Biosciences repository Screen all the serum samples collected from livestock and humans for the key zoonotic diseases being studied (including brucellosis, Rift Valley fever, coxiellosis and leptospirosis) using ELISA tests
  • Record the results obtained using the Laboratory Information and Management Systems that have been developed in Biorepository; Keep records on the diagnostic kits being used
  • Contribute to the development of the DDDAC project reports and the development of new concept notes.

    Requirements

  • BSc in biological sciences, biotechnology, veterinary medicine or related field;
  • A minimum of two years’ experience on serological and molecular laboratory diagnostic techniques
  • Good knowledge on data analysis;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to write scientific publications.

    Terms of appointment:

    This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) positions based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus and is for a 1 years’ fixed term contract.

    Job level and salary:

    This position is job level 2B with a starting salary of KES83,606 per month.

    In addition to salary, ILRI offers Medical insurance for staff and dependents, Life insurance, Pension at 12.5% employers contribution, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days+ public holidays within ILRI’s National Recruited Staff Scheme

    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 Human Resources Director through: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ before 24 April 2014.

    The position title and reference number RT/FSZ/04/14 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

    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


    Program Leader – Policy Trade and Value Chains

    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.

    Responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage a geographically-dispersed international team of economists, social scientists, and modelers addressing a range of research on livestock policy, trade and value chain development in developing countries;
  • Lead the conceptual development of analytical frameworks, methods and tools for the study of livestock product markets, value chains, trade regimes, and regulatory and investment policy environments relevant to livestock development. Such work includes action-oriented piloting of value chain interventions and strategies;
  • Build collaborations with relevant institutions and organizations internationally and nationally to conduct and deliver World class research;
  • Coordinate the Policy, Trade and Value Chains program with ILRI’s participation in the CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs);
  • Policy research and evidence-based advocacy;
  • Participate in ILRI management, particularly in achieving co-ordination with other programs and in provision of economics and other social science support to multi-disciplinary initiatives;
  • Support development projects led by NGOs and other development partners to ensure use of best practice value chain interventions, and to generate objective evidence from piloting those interventions;
  • Conduct and support the communication and promotion of research products and processes;
  • Develop proposals to raise resources to support new research addressing the policy, trade and value chain program agenda.

    Requirements:

  • A passion for the generation of scientific knowledge that advances pro-poor development;
  • A PhD in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Agribusiness or other Social Science with application to agriculture or rural development, with a minimum of 8 years of experience post-PhD;
  • A proven research record reflecting experience in research design, quantitative and qualitative analytic methods and producing peer-reviewed outputs;
  • Experience in managing a multi-disciplinary and multi-national team of researchers and development practitioners, and in the associated human resource and financial management;
  • Demonstrated strong experience with analysis of smallholder value chain performance, sector and trade modeling, returns on investment, consumer demand, and access to markets and services;
  • Understanding of outcome-oriented research design and implementation with pro-poor and gender orientation, including communication and advocacy strategy development;
  • Strong econometric and/or mathematical modeling skills, and the ability to apply them in pro-poor development research;
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver multi-disciplinary research outputs and to initiate and manage cross-disciplinary research activities;
  • Familiarity with aspects of livestock production and marketing, crop-livestock systems, and rural market institutions and services in developing countries;
  • Strong English language skills, both written and spoken (proficiency in other languages is an advantage);
  • Willingness and ability to travel frequently, sometimes to rural areas in developing countries.

    Post location: The position is based at ILRI’s Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Extensive travel to other countries and regions will be required.

    Position level: The position is Scientist/Research Level 3 dependent on qualifications and experience.

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

    Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive international 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.

    *Benefits are tax free subject to compliance with tax regulations of country of citizenship.

    Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae: a list of publications and names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience should be included in the curriculum vitae. The position title and reference number: PL/PTVC/04/2014 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. Screening of applications will start on 1 May 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

    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 and citizens of developing countries, with experience of working internationally, are particularly encouraged to apply.


    Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician

    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.

    Responsibilities

  • Carry out preventive corrective and breakdown maintenance procedures on Mechanical, Ventilation, Refrigeration and Air conditioning systems and equipment in the institute;
  • Carry out installation, testing and commissioning of he acquired equipment in Mechanical, Ventilation, Refrigeration and Air conditioning systems and equipment in the institute;
  • Giving support particularly in the coordination in Calibration, Decontamination, Certification of Laboratory Equipment wherever it is required in any section of the institute;
  • Undertaking repairs and calibration of broken down equipment and performing safety and operational test runs before handing back to the clients;
  • Assist in procuring of new equipment by providing technical specifications in Mechanical, Ventilation, Refrigeration and Air conditioning systems and equipment in the institute;
  • Advice the clients on the status of the progress of existing machines in Mechanical, Ventilation, Refrigeration and Air conditioning systems and equipment in the institute;
  • Provide training or standard operational procedures of equipment to new users especially in Mechanical, Ventilation, Refrigeration and Air conditioning systems and equipment in the institute;
  • Compile and regularly update machine maintenance records;
  • Updating the stores department on the spares to restock and which ones are obsolete;
  • Training the students on attachment in the Mechanical, Ventilation, Refrigeration and Air conditioning section;
  • Reporting the faults, execution and resolution of every job through developed systems like CAFMNet;
  • Working alongside with contractors to ensure that safety standards of the machines are maintained in the labs;
  • Team player especially in jobs that cut across various sections and departments;
  • Implementing Security, Safety and Environmental policies in line with institute goals and expectations;
  • Participating in areas that make the growth of the institute a reality like Innovation and participating in CSRs.

    Requirements

  • Diploma in Refrigeration, Mechanical ventilation and Air conditioning;
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience in mechanical ventilation, Air conditioning ,refrigeration and related equipment’s i.e. HVAC, Freezers, AHU, ACs etc.;
  • Knowledge of basic computer software packages;
  • Professional technical skills and experience on laboratory and other scientific and medical equipment’s e.g. laboratory gases like nitrogen, CO2, refrigerants etc.;
  • Professional technical skills and experience on basic controls of machines and equipment’s that uses software;
  • Professional technical service training in Generating Plants and Chillers;
  • Professional technical service training in Compressing Systems;
  • Professional technical service training in specific Laboratory Equipment like Laminar Flow, Biological Safety Cabinets, Fume Hoods and other Air Conditioning Equipment;
  • Basic safety and environmental aspects which will help to implement various policies;

    Terms of appointment:

    This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) positions based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus and is for a 2 years’ renewable contract period.

    Job level and salary:

    This position is job level 2B with a starting salary of KES 72, 581 per month.

    In addition to salary, ILRI offers Medical insurance for staff and dependents, Life insurance, Pension at 12.5% employers contribution, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days+ public holidays within ILRI’s National Recruited Staff Scheme

    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 Human Resources Director through: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ before 29 April 2014.

    The position title and reference number RCT/CS/04/14 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

    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


    Research Technician, BecA

    ILRI also manages the Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) Hub, the centre for excellence in modern plant and animal biology in Africa.

    BecA is an initiative developed within the framework of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)/ African Union African Biosciences initiative.

    It consists of a Hub based on the ILRI campus in Nairobi, Kenya and a network of regional nodes and other affiliated laboratories and organizations throughout the region.

    The BecA Hub facilities are world class, including a range of molecular, plant transformation, and genomics laboratories and equipment (e.g. 454 sequencing, Illumina MiSeq, Biosafety level 3 laboratory, plant growth facilities).

    The Hub hosts and conducts research in crop, microbe and livestock areas where new developments in science offer promise to address previously intractable problems constraining Africa’s development.

    Capacity building is a major goal of all activities. The scope covers agriculture and food security and their intersections with human health and nutrition, and the sustainable use of Africa’s natural resources. Further information is available at http://hub.africabiosciences.org/

    Responsibilities

  • To provide high level technical support in molecular biology, genomics, NGS libraries; preparation, data analysis for research at the BecA-ILRI Hub;
  • Conduct research under supervision of research scientists; Conduct trainings and assist students in molecular biology techniques;
  • Ensure observation of good laboratory practice, good laboratory etiquette and research ethics;
  • Prepare and edit SOPs for the laboratory manual;
  • Coordinate and manage purchase requisition of consumable stock items;
  • Coordinate with ILRI engineering and lab manager to ensure that the laboratories and equipment are in good working order;
  • Manage sample collections for the overall project;
  • Establish and curate databases containing overall project data.

    Requirements

  • MSc degree in biological sciences or related field;
  • Experience in molecular biology methods and research;
  • Experience in genomics tools and their applications to address a wide range of issues;
  • Ability to organize and coordinate technical activities of the work unit;
  • Ability to communicate effectively and to work in a multidisciplinary team;
  • Knowledge of laboratory health and safety procedures;
  • Computer literacy in MS Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is essential;
  • Knowledge of bioinformatics;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and within a team setting;
  • Ability to adapt new technology and methods to enhance program effectiveness;
  • Strong English language skills, both written and spoken;
  • Experience in molecular biology techniques ;
  • Knowledge of next-generation sequencing strategies and methods.

    Terms of appointment:

    This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) positions based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus and is for a period of 8 months from May-December 2014.

    Job level and salary:

    This position is job level 2C with a starting salary of KES 116,417 per month.

    In addition to salary, ILRI offers Medical insurance for staff and dependents, Life insurance, Pension at 12.5% employers contribution, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days+ public holidays within ILRI’s National Recruited Staff Scheme

    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 Human Resources Officer through: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ before 24 April 2014.

    The position title and reference number REF: RT/BECA/04/14 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

    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


    Postdoctoral Veterinary Immunologist

    Key responsibilities:

  • Identification of novel candidate ASFV antigens based on binding of peptides to expressed porcine SLA sequences identified in collaboration with Danish collaborators. This will involve application of the output of the predictive software NetMHC Pan trained using SLA/peptide binding data to identify potential novel T cell antigens in the ASFV genome;
  • Experimental infection of pigs with candidate viral vectored vaccine antigens and East African ASFV isolates and evaluation of immunogenicity including, antibody responses and T cell activation by gamma interferon ELISPOT;
  • Develop antigen presentation assays for assessment of T cell responses in vaccinated or infected animals based on immortalized autologous fibroblasts;
  • Manipulation of East African ASFV to create attenuated viruses that can be used for dissection of T cell responses and screening of synthetic libraries using ELISPOT assays;
  • Screening of a synthetic library peptide library derived from conserved ASFV genes with T cells induced by infection of pigs with ASFV.

    Essential Skills and Qualifications will include:

  • Degree in Veterinary Medicine;
  • PhD in Veterinary Vaccinology/Immunology;
  • Record of publication in international refereed journals;
  • Experience in analysis of software for analyzing molecular data;
  • Experience in sampling and experimental infection of pigs and porcine viral diseases will be an advantage but is not essential.

    Post location: This position is based at ILRI’s Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Duration: 24 months with a possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued funding.

    Position level: Postdoctoral fellow

    Benefits: Base salary from USD 35,000 per annum depending on skills and experience. ILRI offers a competitive international remuneration and benefits package which includes: Medical insurance for staff and dependents, life insurance, education allowance for children, Housing allowance, Relocation Allowance, Annual Home leave, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days +public holidays.

    Benefits and salary are tax free. Subject to compliance with tax regulations of country of citizenship

    Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae: a list of publications and names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience should be included in the curriculum vitae.

    The position title and reference number: PL/PTVC/04/2014 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter.

    All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com on or before 11 May 2014.

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

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

    ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

    For more information, see: ILRI Jobs

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