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1. ILRI Jobs Kenya Lead Plant Breeder Jobs

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an experienced Lead Plant Breeder with solid practical experience in public and/or private sector setting.

The position shall lead and manage a range of activities under the newly established Integrated Genotyping Service and Support (IGSS) at the Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) Hub.

Job Responsibilities

  • Work in collaboration with the DArT team ( to deliver on the IGSS project, which aims to increase the effectiveness of cultivar development in Africa by applying genomic data.
    These activities include efficient and effective driving of cultivar development through molecular breeding simulation, decision support tools, biometric and bioinformatics analyses using appropriate software packages (SAS, Genstat, R…)
  • Partner and collaborate with African NARS breeders and other breeders (in the CGIAR system) to develop the IGSS service offering that responds to needs for efficiency and precision in cultivar development.
  • Service offers include development of a product profile, implementation of the developed cultivar development pipeline for key traits across various crops, development of accurate phenotyping methodologies of a wide range of agronomic quantitative and qualitative traits across various crops, and application of double haploid and other rapid crop improvement technologies.
  • Serve as a liaison between the genotyping and bioinformatics service provider (IGSS/DArT) and the plant breeding user community.
  • Contribute to the application of genomics tools to support cultivar development or elite germplasm characterization with a focus on traits of importance in African agriculture.
  • Contribute to building the capacity in African NARS focusing on strategies to modernize strong breeding programs.
  • Participate in resource mobilization activities including donor relations and proposal development.

    Requirements for the Job

  • Ph.D. degree in plant breeding and/or related disciplines;
  • At least 5-7 years post-doctoral experience;
  • Significant background in quantitative and/or statistical genetics;
  • Significant experience working as a plant breeder in a cultivar development program routinely using molecular marker data and modern IT tools;
  • Strong interest in and commitment to African agricultural research and development;
  • Ability to work well as part of multidisciplinary teams and to travel, including for training in Australia.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; ILRI Jobs Kenya Lead Plant Breeder Jobs

    3. ILRI Business Development Jobs in Kenya

    The Head of Business Development will play the lead role in ensuring that the growing demand for livestock research in developing countries is translated into new investment in ILRI’s research portfolio that builds on our strengths and partnerships.

    This position will be responsible for establishing an important part of ILRI’s toolkit for growing the institute from it’s current annual turnover of US$80M to its goal of US$200M.

    Key Responsibilities

  • Develop an institutional strategy and implementation plan for broadening the investor base of the organization, and successfully develop substantial funding streams, in line with ILRI’s Corporate Strategy
  • Actively grow and maintain the institute’s networks with investors and enhance cooperation with donor governments through personal contacts and consultations to identify further scope for research for development activities
  • Develop and implement an investor communication strategy in collaboration with the Public Awareness and Research teams
  • Oversee day-to-day communications with donors regarding grants and institutional fundraising
  • Develop, implement and supervise internal processes and procedures to support researchers in the development of high quality research proposals
  • Provide oversight of the Business Development unit


  • Advanced degree in non-profit management, fundraising, communications, business administration or related degree plus equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 10 years progressive experience in fundraising in not-for-profit organizations
  • Proven experience in fundraising for international organizations in developing countries, particularly the agriculture/livestock sectors, including playing the lead role in generating large grants
  • Extensive personal networks among investors supporting agriculture
  • Excellent networking skills and proven ability to work with a diverse number of partners/stakeholders
  • Ability to bring together people and ideas in innovative ways aligned to both scientific and donor landscapes
  • Track record in bringing together funding and leading creative teams addressing complex problems
  • Experience in engaging with multidisciplinary teams and understand the highly dispersed and networked nature of modern science

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; ILRI Business Development Jobs in Kenya

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