ILRI Research Assistant – Germplasm Conservation Jobs in Ethiopia

ILRI Research Assistant – Germplasm Conservation Jobs in Ethiopia

The Position:

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit Research Assistant II – Germplasm Conservation.


The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock.

It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centers dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world.

Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa.

Job Purpose:

The purpose of this post is to participate and assist in all forage seed conservation and characterization activities at the ILRI forage genebank.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assists in the conservation of forage seeds in cool rooms for medium- and long-term storage
  • Assists in seed drying and seed moisture content determination of forage accessions
  • Assists in processing seed requests and safety duplicates
  • Responsible for measuring and recording seed weight of gene bank accessions
  • Assists in seed purity analysis and the identification of off-types
  • Assists in the management of ex-situ collections and seed storage experiments
  • Assists in the implementation of seed research activities (e.g., variability in seed vigour and genetic integrity among seed lots) in the field, screenhouse and laboratory
  • Updates the database on seed conservation
  • Prepares and updates SOPs (Standard Operation Procedures) for germplasm conservation
  • Prepares draft reports of seed drying and seed storage activities
  • Other related duties as required by the supervisor

    Minimum Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Plant Science/Seed Technology


  • Experience on forage crops is an advantage

  • Good understanding of germplasm conservation
  • Effective communication in English, both written and oral
  • Rigorous approach to
    monitoring progress of tasks
  • Ability to work in cold rooms with temperatures of 5oC to -20oC
  • Efficient data recording and management skills
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team effectively

  • 3 years relevant work experience
  • Experience working in laboratory, screen house and field environments
  • Experienced in the growth and propagation of plants, preferably forages
  • Experience in seed technology or conservation of plant genetic resources
  • Experience in using a database

    Duty Station:
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    Job Grade:
  • 2B
    Monthly Base Salary:
  • Birr 14,416 (Negotiable depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate.

    Terms of appointment:
  • This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is for three year with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding.
  • The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc.
  • The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus in Addis Ababa.
  • Dining and sports facilities are located on site.

    How to Apply
  • 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: RA/05/19 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter.
  • All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: by clicking on the “Apply Now” tab above before 21 February 2019.
  • To find out more about ILRI visit our website at
  • Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • For more information and job application details, see; ILRI Research Assistant – Germplasm Conservation Jobs in Ethiopia

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