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ILRI vacancy: Postdoctoral Scientist – Feed and Forage Biosciences Programme

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a postdoctoral scientist to be part of a team working with forage genetic resources conservation and use, cover activities related to germplasm health and post-entry quarantine of forage germplasm.

ILRI works to enhance the roles livestock play in pathways out of poverty in developing countries.

ILRI is a member of the 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 East, West and Southern Africa and South, Southeast and East Asia. www.ilri.org.

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:

  • Identify and research extent of major seed borne virus diseases in the collection in ILRI;
  • Develop and modify diagnostic tests for virus and phytoplasma in forages including use of molecular tools;
  • Establish field and greenhouse procedures for elimination of virus and phytoplasma diseases from the collection;
  • Manage quality control for seed health testing and post-entry screening in the project;
  • Train technicians and technical assistants in virus diagnostics and routine procedures for plant management to eliminate diseases.

    Requirements:

  • PhD in virology or molecular plant pathology(PhD must have been attained within the last 3 years);
  • Experience in ELISA, TBIA, dot blot, NASH/LAMP and molecular diagnsotics, production of antibodies and quality control of diagnostic methods;
  • Trained in Plant health diagnostics; Skills in Virus diagnostics
  • Excellent attention to details and logical approach to scientific problem solving;
  • Strong English language and writing skills;
  • Ability to work independently, to be proactive, to take initiative, and to work within a team setting; Strong computer skills including database management information systems for storing germplasm health data, MS Excel.

    Post location: The position is based at ILRI’s campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

    Position level: Post-doctoral Scientist (4A).

    Duration: 2 years fixed term contract.

    Terms of appointment: 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, Baggage Allowance, 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: PD/FFBP/05/2014 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 by 23 July 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/


    CIMMYT Vacancy: National Wheat Seed Project Coordinator

    Vacancy Number: A/044/14 Institute: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

    Duration: Two years’ contract

    The position: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is recruiting a National Wheat Seed Project Coordinator based in Addis Ababa, who will be a member of the CIMMYT team.

    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.

    Purpose of the Position:

    The purpose of recruiting the National Wheat Seed Project coordinator is technology generation and dissemination and capacity building.

    Main Responsibilities:

  • In consultation with the senior scientist of CIMMYT Global Wheat Program, EIAR thematic focal persons, regional focal persons, and other partners in the USAID – WHEAT SEED project, plan and implement fast track variety release, demonstration and polarization, accelerated seed multiplication and scaling up of rust resistant wheat varieties,
  • Closely works with national and regional development partners (Research institutes, Bureau of Agriculture, Seed growers, Farmers Union, NGOs and wheat growing farmers) for the joint implementation of seed multiplication and scaling up of rust resistant wheat varieties in 51 woredas of Oromia, Amhara, SNNPR and Tigray regions,
  • Provides leadership and technical assistance to research centres for fast track variety development and release of high yielding rust resistant wheat varieties through importation, introduction, hybridization and selection,
  • Conducts periodic consultation and/or planning workshops for stakeholders in consultation with thematic and regional focal persons and monitor the progress and implementation of the project activities at various levels,
  • Builds capacity of wheat research centres, seed growers, development agents, and model farmers and service providers through in-service and on job trainings,
  • In consultation with the CIMMYT Global wheat Program senior scientist, national and regional research coordinators and other stakeholders, conducts research to develop and fast track high yielding and rust resistant wheat varieties,
  • Be responsible for supervising the whole team including thematic area focal persons (4) and regional focal person representatives (4) *,
  • Be responsible for coordinating the four components of the WHEAT SEED project: Fast track variety testing and Pre-release seed multiplication, Accelerated seed multiplication: Demonstration and scaling up of improved wheat varieties and Improve linkages of durum wheat farmers with agro-industries and reporting to CIMMYT Global Wheat Program,
  • Prepares technical and financial reports for the senior scientist that needs to be reviewed and submitted to the donors,
  • Liaises with donors and donor representatives for the smooth implementation and success of the project,
  • Represents the senior scientist on issues related to seed project,
  • Participates in project development for sustainable wheat research and development in the country.

    Requirements:

    Education:

  • Minimum of Masters in Wheat Breeding/pathology, or Agronomy/seed technology

    Experience:

  • At least 10 years’ experience in wheat research and/or development
  • Experience in capacity building
  • At least 5 years of experience in project management

    Skills:

  • Broad knowledge of host pathogen interactions of wheat to rust pathogen and the wheat seed system in Ethiopia
  • Understanding the wheat (bread and durum wheat) value chain in Ethiopia
  • Good analytical and English writing skills
  • Good communication and partnership skills
  • Good interpersonal skills Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    Position level: 3C.

    Minimum Base salary:

    Birr 37,094 per month (Negotiable, depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

    Terms of appointment: Initial appointment is for a two years, renewable appointment based on performance and funding availability. CIMMYT offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits in line with ILRI salary applicable for its Nationally Recruited Staff. CIMMYT is an international and equal opportunity organization and believes that diversity of its staff contributes to excellence.

    The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus 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: A/044/2014 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 16 July 2014.

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

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

    Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

    Closing: 16 July 2014)


    CIMMYT Vacancy: Research Assistant IV – Global Maize Program

    Vacancy Number: A/043/14

    Institute: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

    Duration: Two years’ contract

    The position: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is recruiting a Research Assistant IV based in Addis Ababa, who will be a member of the CIMMYT team.

    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.

    Purpose of the Position:

    The Research Assistant will provide technical support to the CIMMYT-Global Maize Program (GMP) in Ethiopia. He/she will work as a member of CIMMYT-GMP in Ethiopia, and will contribute to the development and deployment of high-yielding, stress tolerant, quality protein and bio fortified maize germplasm in the country.

    The position will be based at Ambo Highland Maize Breeding Program of CIMMYT in Ethiopia, and will involve frequent travel to Nutritious Maize for Ethiopia (NuME) project sites in Amhara, Oromia, South and Tigray regions. The candidate, in collaboration with various partners (seed producers, national agricultural research and extension systems, universities, NGOs, private sectors, etc) and with farmers, will contribute to the effective implementation of NuME project.

    Main Responsibilities:

  • Assists in breeding, dissemination and seed production of high yielding, stress tolerant, quality protein maize (QPM) and Pro-vitamin A enriched maize cultivars to the resource-poor farmers in Ethiopia, in active collaboration with the existing research, extension and seed systems in the country,
  • Assists in the development and execution of field-based research to develop QPM germplasm through pedigree breeding,
  • Assists in the designing and implementation of field experiments including nursery and trial seed preparation, and management,
  • Assists in selecting best genotypes, form different types of crosses, improves population, conduct across location trials,
  • Analysis data using Restricted Maximum Likelihood (REML) and R-analysis system of Integrated Management Information System (IMIS)/Field book program, stacks data and import into Maize Finder,
  • Supports national program staff and national universities in field trial management, data management and analysis,
  • Builds capacity and provide practical trainings to national programs and national universities on Field book program, field trials and field measurements,
  • Frequent local travel (and some occasional international travel, based on need) will be required.

    Required and Desirable Skills for the Position Include:

  • Applied knowledge in maize breeding, experimental design, nursery and field trial management and data analyses,
  • Good knowledge and rich experience in all features of Field book program from seed preparation to data import to Maize Finder,
  • Good communication skills in written and spoken English,
  • Strong self-motivation and innovative skills,
  • Demonstrated good communication and organizational skills and ability to work under pressure, Demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural partnerships.

    Requirements:

    Education:

  • MSc or BSc in Plant Breeding, Plant Science or Crop Production

    Experience:

  • At least 2 years for MSc and 5 years for BSc with relevant experience in a national/International Organizations

    Training:

  • Any training related to Breeding, field book, statistics, and database development considered highly desirable

    Skills:

  • Proper use of field book, maize breeding, statistics, databases, good communication skills (written and spoken) in English, ability to work with minimal supervision in a multi-disciplinary team. Duty Station: Ambo, Ethiopia

    Position level: 2D.

    Minimum Base salary:

    Birr 19,078 per month (Negotiable, depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

    Terms of appointment:

    Intial appointment is for a two years, renewable appointment based on performance and funding availability.

    CIMMYT offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits in line with ILRI salary applicable for its Nationally Recruited Staff

    CIMMYT is an international and equal opportunity organization and believes that diversity of its staff contributes to excellence.

    The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus 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: A/043/2014 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 before14 July 2014.

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

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

    Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

    Closing: 14 July 2014)


    Country » Kenya

    ILRI Vacancy: Facilities Technician

    Vacancy Number: FT/CS/07/14

    Department: Corporate Services

    Duration: 2 years’ contract

    ILRI seeks to recruit a Facilities Technician to carry out measurements, draft drawings and prepare bills of quantities (BoQs) for various works within the Campus.

    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.

    Responsibilities

  • Drafting of Drawings in ArchiCAD and AutoCAD and preparation of BoQs for building renovations and other maintenance works
  • Facilitate contractors’ site visits, projects inspection and supervision to ensure compliance with building standards, quality assurance, cost control and adherence to timelines
  • Ensure safety standards are adhered to during projects and maintenance works
  • Carrying out duties of the Facilities Maintenance Supervisor in his/her absence e.g. raising PRFs, Payment Certificates, Completion Certificates among others
  • Providing clients, Facilities Supervisor and TSM with progress updates
  • Closing of completed jobs in the Computer Aided Facilities Management Software

    Requirements

  • Diploma in Civil Engineering or Construction Management or Quantity Surveying with minimum 3 years working experience
  • Project supervision experience and basic project management skills
  • Knowledge and experience in use of AutoCAD and ArchiCAD drawing software
  • Knowledge and experience in measurement and development of bills of quantities
  • Knowledge on basic computer software packages
  • Eligibility for or Registration/Membership with BORAQS, IEK or ERB
  • Basic knowledge in environmental occupational health and safety policies and procedures

    Terms of appointment:

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

    Job level and salary:

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

    In addition ILRI currently 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 our recruitment postal:http://ilri.simplicant.com/before15JULY.

    The position title and reference number REF: FT/CS/07/14 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/

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    ILRI Vacancy: Research Technician-CCAFS

    Vacancy Number: RT/LSE/07/14

    Department: Livestock Systems and Environment

    Duration: 2 years’ contract

    ILRI seeks to recruit a Research Technician to support the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) East Africa Program, and working closely with other CCAFS staff in different locations and partners at different levels.

    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 centers 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.<

    p> 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.

    CCAFS addresses the increasing challenge of global warming on agriculture and food security through a strategic collaboration between the CGIAR and Future Earth.

    CCAFS seeks to promote a food-secure world through the provision of science-based efforts that support sustainable agriculture and enhance livelihoods while adapting to climate change and conserving natural resources and environmental services.

    East Africa is one of five CCAFS implementing regions. The CCAFS East Africa Program is based at ILRI in Nairobi and the regional activities are carried out in 4 countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda).

    Key Responsibilities

  • Supporting national, regional and global policy engagement processes. This will include: -Coordinating the process of identifying priority actions for Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) in CCAFS EA focus countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda), working with the Climate Change focal Ministries and Departments, and the Ministries of Agriculture in the different countries;

    ₋ Organizing, coordinating and documenting (with support from the communications team) CCAFS related policy engagement events in key national, regional and international forums related to climate change and agriculture.

    - These include the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA), Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advise (SBSTA) and Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC);

    ₋Developing concepts and organizing side events and national delegation briefing sessions alongside key events such as AMCEN, SBSTA and COP, identifying and reaching out to suitable speakers and presenters for the events, working with the communications team to ensure the events are well documented and publicised;

    ₋ Offer technical support to the development of the Regional Learning Partnership (RLP) knowledge sharing platform to ensure suitable and high quality content on climate change, agriculture and food security.

  • Coordinate capacity building and training initiatives for CCAFS EA program including: ₋ Supporting the development and design of training and learning events on climate change and agriculture in the region including writing the concepts, identifying and reaching out to suitable partners and participants and documenting the technical aspects of the events such as CCAFS analogous tools, farmer-to-farmer exchange visits and policy makers and practitioners learning events;

    ₋ Support identification of suitable CCAFS regional partners to participate in the different training and learning events being organized by the global CCAFS themes;

    ₋ Collaborate with the other CCAFS regions and themes and partners to organize scientific conferences, workshops and learning events.

  • Support program management including monitoring and documentation of technical activities: ₋ Support the annual work planning and annual technical reporting through the CCAFS online Planning and Reporting platform (P&R);

    ₋ Support technical documentation of CCAFS activities including writing, reviewing and sharing workshop reports;

    ₋ Keeping track of partnership engagements and major outcomes through technical interim and annual reports.

    Requirements

  • A Masters’ degree in agricultural, social or environmental sciences, development practice and related fields;
  • An understanding of and experience with key issues related to governance, climate change, agriculture, livelihoods, and food security in East Africa;
  • At least three (3) years’ work experience in a partnership engagement; environment in an international or development organization;
  • Ability to connect with a wide range of key partners or actors at local, national and regional levels such as policy makers, private sector, researchers, and NGO;
  • Good communication and knowledge management skills;
  • Good interaction skills with a high – level of problem solving ability;
  • Work experience in East Africa and ability to work independently.

    Terms of appointment:

    This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus and is for a 2 year fixed term contract period.

    Job level and salary:

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

    In addition ILRI currently 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 our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ before 15 July 2014.

    The position title and reference number REF: RT/LSE/07/14 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

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    ILRI vacancy: Postdoctoral Fellow – Participatory Action Research

    The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Postdoctoral Fellow to support the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) participatory research activities across East Africa, including coordination of the flagships research activities in the region with CGIAR centres.

    ILRI works to enhance the roles livestock play in pathways out of poverty in developing countries. ILRI is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a global research partnership of 15 centres working with many partners for a food-secure future.<

    p> ILRI has two main campuses in East Africa and other hubs in East, West and Southern Africa and South, Southeast and East Asia. www.ilri.org.

    CCAFS is a strategic collaboration between the CGIAR and Future Earth that seeks to promote a food-secure world through the provision of science-based efforts that support sustainable agriculture and enhance livelihoods while adapting to climate change and conserving natural resources.

    East Africa is one of five CCAFS implementing regions. The CCAFS East Africa Program is based at ILRI in Nairobi and the regional activities are carried out in 4 countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda).

    Responsibilities:

  • Collect, analyse and synthesize indigenous knowledge in agriculture for six CCAFS sites and integrate with scientific forecasting to improve their utility for farmer decision making;
  • Test models of local adaptation planning that integrate new crop and livestock breeds and provide plausible scenarios for advancing these models for the national adaptation plans (NAPs) in East Africa;
  • Lead and coordinate synthesis of gaps and lessons emerging from climate smart models for climate change adaptation in agriculture across East Africa;
  • Conduct baseline surveys and impact assessment to demonstrate the value of climate smart interventions for rural communities in East Africa;
  • Reporting, and documentation of PAR work, including guiding the review of PAR scientific reports, supporting scientific writing and publications from the PAR projects in peer reviewed journals;
  • Engage research and development partners in developing innovative participatory action research (PAR) initiatives across the learning sites in East Africa, including management of contracts and grants for participatory research (PAR) projects;
  • Support the coordination and implementation of CCAFS Flagship research projects led by CGIAR Centres and other scientists in East Africa;
  • Contribute to fundraising for the regional program and specifically for expanding models of climate smart villages to landscapes in select districts and provinces across East Africa; and
  • Representing the regional program in national, regional and international workshops and conferences, and contributing to other communication products for knowledge sharing.

    Requirements:

  • PhD in agricultural sciences, natural resources management, or related discipline;
  • At least two years of experience in implementing participatory action research activities in developing countries;
  • An understanding of smallholder farming systems in East Africa, climate related risks, and the role of research for development processes;
  • Demonstrated strong analytical and excellent writing skills, and ability to publish in peer reviewed international journals;
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks with diverse multidisciplinary and multicultural teams;
  • Evidence of excellent communication skills, values information sharing; and
  • A sense of creativity, and willingness to travel throughout East Africa.

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

    Position level: Post-doctoral Scientist (4A).

    Duration: 2 years fixed term contract.

    Terms of appointment: 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, Baggage allowance, 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: PDPAR/CCAFS/07/2014 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 by 3 August 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/

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    ILRI vacancy: Development Partnerships Specialist

    The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Development Partnerships Specialist who will ensure effective management of the diverse adoption partners to deliver development results through adoption of bioscience innovations under the Africa Agricultural Productivity Partnership.

    The position holder will be responsible for managing the performance of adoption partners working in research-for-development project teams.

    This is anticipated to include private sector (e.g. Cereal Millers Association of Kenya for the Aflatoxin Project), civil society (e.g. GAIN and Farm Inputs Promotions (Africa) for the Aflatoxin and Amaranth projects), local government (e.g. Busia County in Kenya and Busia and Tororo districts in Uganda for the African Swine Fever Project), national agencies (e.g. national veterinary services for the PPR project) and other regional programs (e.g. Bio-Innovate Program).

    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 2014, 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

    ILRI leads the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish, leads a component of a CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health on the prevention and control of agriculture-associated diseases, and contributes to six other CGIAR research programs.

    Staff members work in integrated sciences and biosciences programs that develop and deliver science-based practices, provide scientific evidence for decision-making and develop capacities of livestock-sector stakeholders.

    With the African Union/New Partnership for Africa’s Development Planning and Coordination Agency, ILRI also hosts and manages the Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA)-ILRI Hub.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The Development Partnerships Specialist will work closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning scientist to oversee and quality assure processes for project-level monitoring, data analysis and reporting to support effective Results Based Management by adoption partners as integral members of each research-for-development team.

    S/he will liaise with and support short term advisers working with BecA-ILRI Hub to strengthen brokering and negotiation of partnerships, impact assessment and systems analysis as well as performance management.

    This position will uphold relevant CGIAR, ILRI and Australia Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) policies including child protection, gender, disability and fraud and corruption control.

    S/he will complement the work of BecA Director and BecA Partnership Coordinator to support the day-to-day management of the project implementation by each principal investigator.

    Responsibilities:

  • Assist the BecA Director to manage delivery by adoption partners to enable early adoption of bioscience innovations in East and Central Africa.
  • Provide strategic and operational advice to the Partnership Management Committee (PMC) on delivery of development results.
  • Provide strategic and operational advice to the BecA Director and the Partnership Coordinator on the negotiation, establishment and maintenance of effective adoption partnerships.
  • Work with principal investigators for each research-for-development project to plan, report and seek PMC approval on work plans, reports and coordination of all technical inputs and resources, personnel and project assets in up to 5 projects.
  • Ensure cross-cutting issues (e.g. child protection, fraud control, prevention of corruption, environmental management) are integrated into planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of research-for-development projects.
  • Support each project team and its partners to comply with the DFAT Child Protection Policy including support to prepare a child protection strategy during inception of each project, supervision of compliance and reporting of performance against the policy.
  • Work closely with the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist to oversee and quality assure processes for project-level monitoring, data analysis and reporting to support effective Results Based Management by adoption partners as integral members of each research-for-development team.
  • Complement the work of the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist by ensuring that performance management feedback is provided to adoption partners and related stakeholders and that this feedback is reflected in changes to annual plans, implementation approaches and field delivery.
  • Provide oversight of adoption partner engagement in the regular cycle of planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, reflection and learning.
  • Mentor and coach research partners and adoption partners in their roles as change agents.
  • Support BecA to (a) identify local adoption partners to support early adoption of bioscience innovations in East and Central Africa; (b) coordinate with complementary donor-funded activities in the region; and (c) communicate development results and benefits resulting from BecA innovations.
  • Participate in annual reflection workshops and other communication and learning processes at the request of the BecA Director.
  • Actively align the management of BecA-ILRI Hub’s adoption partnership program with Bio-Innovate program to facilitate delivery of generated innovations to the end users.

    Requirements:

  • Relevant degree-level qualifications in agricultural development, international development practice, project management or agricultural economics.
  • At least 5 years’ varied experience in a leadership role on multidisciplinary teams delivering rural development results in complex project management environments of East or Central Africa.
  • At least 10 years’ experience working with adoption partners (e.g. private sector, civil society, local government and national agencies) to plan, implement, monitor and manage rural development projects in East or Central Africa.
  • At least 5 years’ experience with operational use of project finance management, monitoring and management systems (including procurement) at field level.
  • Experience in strengthening organisational level strategic planning, budget, performance management processes.
  • Experience in negotiating and communicating with private sector enterprises and farmers, government officials, community leaders and civil society agencies.
  • Experience in community-based initiatives and projects that support vulnerable groups, such as women and youth
  • Understanding of contemporary rural development theory, research-for-development concepts and practical performance management.
  • An understanding of change management in the context of rural adoption and diffusion.
  • Understanding of the integration of cross-cutting themes into program activities.
  • An understanding of aid effectiveness (e.g. general knowledge of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, the Accra Agenda for Action and the Busan Partnership For Effective Development Cooperation). Post location: The position is based at ILRI’s Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya with extensive travel to other countries.

    Position level: This is job is grade 5A, equivalent to Senior Research level.

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

    Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive international and 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:

    DPS/BECA/07/2014 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 by 3 August 2014.

    To find out more about ILRI and the BecA-ILRI Hub, visit our websites at http://www.ilri.org and http://hub.africabiosciences.org

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

    (closing date 3 August 2014)

    ILRI Vacancy: Junior Accountant

    Vacancy Number: A/045/14

    Department: Finance

    Duration: 2 years’ contract

    The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Junior Accountant who will be a member of Finance team under Administration 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 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, and Vietnam) and East Asia (China). http://www.ilri.org.

    Responsibilities:

    In accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and under the direct supervision of the Country Finance Manager, the major duties and responsibilities of the incumbent are outlined as follows:

    . Ensures timely collection of deposit slips / credit advices from the bank for all cash and cheque deposits / collections, every afternoon,

    • Receives cheques on behalf of the institute against receipts and deposits to bank on a timely manner when clients require receipts,

    • Prepares, analyses/processes collection vouchers by assigning proper accounts, cost center and donor codes

    • Ensures the proper custody of unused cheques, receipt vouchers and cancelled cheques and maintains proper memorandum book,

    • Makes sure that circulation of cheques for signatories are handled timely and safely,

    • Maintains files for bank records, hosted institutes and other stakeholders including correspondence with internal and external clients,

    • Performs initial verification for completeness of all financial documents submitted to the units and informs the customer the missing information at the time of accepting the document,

    • Assigns tasks to the responsible finance staff using the Microsoft outlook and prepares weekly report that shows the status of the task and the performance of each,

    • Provides secretarial and administrative services to the finance section,

    Requirements:

    Education:

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

    Experience:

    • At least 2 years of relevant work experience.

    Skills and Competencies:

    • Integrity and capacity to keep information confidentially

    • 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

    Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    Position level: 2A.

    Minimum Base salary:

    • Birr 9,326 per month (Negotiable, depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

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

    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/045/14 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 17 July 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/ Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply (Closing, 17 July 2014). For more information, see: ILRI Jobs

    For more Job Opportunities, see: Jobs in Africa » Jobs Africa » Careers in Africa

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