ILRI Research Associate – Environmental Sciences Jobs in Kenya

ILRI Research Associate – Environmental Sciences Jobs in Kenya

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Associate to provide support to the research projects of forests, trees and agroforestry and climate change, agroforestry and food security on estimation, mitigation and adaptation of climate change at Mazingira centre.

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.


  • In charge of environmental sample organization (soils, plants, manure, gases)
  • Oversight and responsibility of core analytics in the soil laboratory (C/N, mineral N and P, texture)
  • To contribute to the development of new laboratory protocols and method development for measuring various environmental variables
  • To demonstrate practical procedures during training courses, to explain work instructions and to adapt general methods and procedures to meet the needs of the projects
  • To operate and maintain standard laboratory equipment such C/N analyzer, gas chromatographs, microplate readers and laser-absorption spectrometers linked to ongoing research projects
  • To ensure that laboratory areas are fully functional
  • To record and interpret results to be communicated with colleagues and other project members and to perform laboratory data quality checks
  • To use computers to process data for the preparation of graphs and statistical tests (Microsoft Office and a graphic program is a prerequisite)
  • To keep up to date with technical developments in the laboratory, especially those which can save time and improve reliability of measurements
  • To follow and ensure strict laboratory safety procedures and safety checks
  • To oversee casual staff and other laboratory members whom are working on existing analytical instruments
  • Assist with invoicing on samples analysis to external partners

  • MSc in Environmental Sciences or related discipline
  • Detailed knowledge in environmental analytics (i.e. gas chromatography, soil nutrient analysis, etc), their functioning, maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Fundamental knowledge on environmental
    experiments in the laboratory and field
  • Ability to manage small teams consisting of casual workers and Mazingira research assistants
  • Experience with essential data quality control and data quality assurance procedures
  • Conversant with Microsoft Office and a graphic program

    Terms of Appointment
  • This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus.
  • It is open to Kenyan nationals only.
  • The position is on a 3-year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

    Job Level
  • This position is job level 2D Level 3, and ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; pension, medical and other insurances for ILRI’s Nationally Recruited Staff.

    How to Apply:
  • Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development by clicking on the before 12th April 2019.
  • The position title and reference number REF: RA-ES/MC/2019 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.
  • We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI.
  • Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training).
  • ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.
  • To find out more about ILRI visit our websites at
  • ILRI is an equal opportunity employer
  • For more information and job application details, see; ILRI Research Associate – Environmental Sciences Jobs in Kenya

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