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HEAD OF JAMEEL OBSERVATORY

  •  Nairobi, Kenya
  •  Full-time
  •  Policy Institutions and Livelihoods

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a senior leader to provide overall leadership and management of Jameel Observatory at the interface of policy engagement and research. The Jameel Observatory will operate in East Africa and as such needs a strong regional presence and leadership from the region.

The Jameel Observatory is a new initiative to support the use of data and earth observation approaches to catalyze early action to avoid food crises among pastoralists and agro-pastoralists in East Africa. The Jameel Observatory brings together a consortium led by University of Edinburgh and involving Save the Children, the International Livestock Research institute, the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and Community Jameel as founding members. The vision of the Observatory is to achieve food security and reduce malnutrition, through a networked approach to improved forecasting, long-term preparedness and emergency response to climate-related food and health risks in East Africa. 

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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 centres 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. www.ilri.org

Key Responsibilities

  • Leadership and management of Jameel Observatory including:
    • Strategy development and enactment; culture, ethos and staff relations; periodic review of strategic direction and initiating course corrections in consultation with internal Governance Group and External Advisory Committee
    • Research activities and process for procuring/commissioning research
    • Communications surrounding the Observatory and its activities
    • Consortium interactions – ensuring that the Observatory capitalizes on synergies among consortium and key external partners
  • Business and financial planning and management including resource mobilization – building a long-term, financially-sustainable funding stream
  • Representation and stakeholder engagement
    • Promoting the vision of the Observatory among key actors in the food security/pastoralism space in East Africa and globally
    • Building engagement with existing actors and developing a vibrant community of practice on food security early warning in East Africa

Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in Development studies, livestock related studies, Agribusiness or other relevant fields with at least 15 years experience in similar project
  • Track record in establishing, inspiring and leading successful complex partnerships in East Africa
  • Strong understanding of pastoral issues and complex environments
  • Existing network in food security/pastoralism sector in East Africa
  • Familiarity with technical aspects of pastoralism, rangeland management, and/or earth observation/data science
  • Evidence of successful people and financial management capability
  • Ability to thrive in a multi-cultural professional environment and with minimum supervision
  • Experience working with development partners
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Good interpersonal, facilitation and communication skills
  • Excellent presentation and negotiation skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to deliver timely high-quality deliverables.
  • Strong analytical and report writing skills

Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya

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Terms of Appointment

This is position is at job level HG 20 and it is open to both national and international applicants. The position is a 3-year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; pension, medical and other insurances.

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing 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 “Apply Now” tab above before 08 December 2021. The position title and reference number REF:TL/11/2021 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.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE II

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Associate to efficiently progress molecular analysis of SARS-Cov-2 samples and enhance throughput.  ILRI is currently supporting the Government of Kenya’s response to and control of COVID-19 pandemic by providing testing and genomic surveillance of SARS-Cov 2 virus within the institute’s laboratories.

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 centres 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 (www.ilri.org).

Key Responsibilities

  • Receiving and logging in of samples brought to the ILRI laboratories for testing
  • Creating and regularly updating a clinical database for logging in results
  • Prepare sequencing library for SARS-Cov-2 positive samples and sequence
  • Analyse the sequence data and call variants for surveillance
  • Create a searchable sequence database for pathogen genome analysis
  • Reporting results to the lead scientist for quality checks

Requirements

  • Bachelor of science in Molecular biology, computer science, Data management, genomics
  • 2 years’ relevant experience in high throughput genomic science and data analysis
  • Experience in Molecular biology, computer science, Data management, genomics
  • Experience working in a laboratory setting;
  • Experience with, molecular biology and genetics;
  • Experience developing databases;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, work independently and work productively in a multidisciplinary, multicultural team;
  • Strong English language skills, both written and spoken.

Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya

Terms of Appointment

This position is at job level HG 11 and it is only open to Kenyan nationals. The position on a 1-year fixed term contract. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; pension, medical and other insurances.

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing 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 through our recruitment portal by clicking on “Apply Now” on or before 13 November 2021. The position title and reference number REF: RA-/AHH/11/2021 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.

ACCOUNTANT

  •  Nairobi, Kenya
  •  Full-time
  •  Corporate Services

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks an Accountant to support accounting and management of financial information through accurate maintenance of fixed assets, Capex and inventory as well as management of Hosted institutions and AP/AR.

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 centres 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 (www.ilri.org).

The main purpose of the job is to support accounting and management of financial information through accurate maintenance of fixed assets, Capex and inventory as well as management of Hosted institutions and AP/AR.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Fixed assets and inventory management
    • Reconcile ILRI consolidated Fixed Assets ledger and register at the end of every month.
    • Keep records of the Institute’s fixed assets by location, costs and net book values.
    • Organise annual physical verification of assets and reconcile results to the fixed assets ledger.
    • Compute depreciations charge monthly.
    • Coordinate posting of ILRI Addis capex (procured via Nairobi procurement office) with accountants, procurement and stores as and when the transaction/supply is done.
    • Maintain monthly reconciliation of the inventory sub ledger to the General ledger.
    • Organise stock takes (quarterly, half year and annual) and reconcile results to the inventory ledger and stores bin cards as per policy.
  2. Capex budget monitoring and reporting
    • Record and report capital spend versus budget every month.
    • Review all capex payment requests/invoices/Purchase orders before payment is processed.
    • Capitalizes all assets upon receipt, installation &/or commissioning.
    • Liaise with procurement and user to Insure Assets on transit & after receipt by ILRI.
  3. Hosted Institutions management
    • Review monthly costing and billing to the organizations and ensure timely recovery of any debts.
    • Ensure all contracts with hosted institutions are up to date with current rates.
    • Prepare consolidated Nairobi and Addis monthly report in a timely and accurate manner.
  4. General Insurance
    • Maintain a monthly schedule of claims and compensations and reconcile with users and insurance company.
    • Manage day to day matters of the Institute’s General Insurance.
    • Provide list of insurable assets schedule to the broker and follow up on claims.
  5. Accounts payable management
    • Timely matching of all supplier invoices; checking documentation for completeness, accuracy, approvals as per policy, matching and input of supplier invoices.
    • Reconcile goods and other services supplier ledger balances to supplier statements.
    • Follow up on advance payments for invoices and delivery notes.
  6. Others:
    • Ensure proper filling of all documentation relating to this function both in physical and soft copy forms.
    • Provide additional support on demand to the clients of the unit.
    • Train the alternate position all aspects of this job to ensure continuity.
    • Help other unit members to learn and excel in their work
    • Can be called upon to work on tasks relating to other units within finance.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting or its equivalent
  • 5 years relevant experience
  • Full accounting qualifications- CPA (K) or ACCA.
  • Computer skills, including sound knowledge of Microsoft Office

Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya

Terms of Appointment

This position is at job level HG 13. The position is a 3-year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes pension, medical and other insurances

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing 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 “Apply Now” tab above before 13 December 2021. The position title and reference number REF: AC/CS/11/2021 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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