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DRIVER

Key Responsibilities

  • Carrying out driving duties as per ILRI Transport Management Policy and Kenya Traffic Act.
  • Drive vehicles safely and defensively to avoid any incidents or accidents.
  • Ensuring that the vehicle log sheets are filled every time when the vehicle is in use.
  • Keep to the designated routes while driving ILRI Vehicles
  • Check and report any defects and advise when the service is due for the vehicle to be delivered to the garage for service or repairs.
  • Assisting in cleaning of ILRI vehicles, repairing puncture, warming, and fixing of vehicle batteries.
  • Cleaning the fuelling bay on daily basis to maintain the ILRI Standards and assisting various teams in moving items internally using the pickup.
  • Fuelling of ILRI Official and staff personal vehicles on daily basis and keeping of fuel records for reconciliation and for staff recharges at the end of the Month.
  • Pumping the requested amount of gasoline, cleaning vehicle windscreens, checking fluid levels and checking the tyre pressure and advising staff accordingly.
  • Advising the office when the fuel levels are low for re-stocking and taking meter readings and dipstick readings on daily basis to avoid any fuel variance at the end of the Month.
  • Ensure that all vehicles are closed, and keys returned to the transport office and responsible for closing the fuelling bay and the transport workshop.
  • Actively participate in creating an atmosphere of teamwork within the unit by attending meetings, complying with the institutes policies and being a team player.
  • Other duties that may be assigned that relate to Transport Unit operations.

Requirements

  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)
  • Minimum 5 years of Professional driving experience of light and heavy vehicles
  • Must have a clean and valid Kenya Driver’s license
  • Must have a valid certificate of good conduct
  • Knowledge of defensive driving is an added advantage
  • Good knowledge of spoken and written English and Kiswahili languages
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to relate well with diverse culture
  • Reliable and ability to work effectively and respectfully

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Post location: The position will be based Nairobi, Kenya

SENIOR SCIENTIST – REMOTE SENSING AND DROUGHT RISK

Key Responsibilities

  • Undertake research to assess and improve climate risk financing instruments based on remote sensing data, with a specific focus on the Index-based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) products developed by ILRI.
  • Coordinate remote-sensing and risk modelling activities through contributions to contract design, risk assessment, vulnerability analysis, and analytic workflow/tools development.
  • Support the broader agenda of the LCSR on remote sensing applications for monitoring and assessment of agricultural and pastoral production systems in drylands.
  • Contribute to an interdisciplinary and applied research program on resilience in drylands, investigating the link between climate change, climate security, rangeland productivity and livelihood impact.
  • Lead and contribute to project proposals and initiatives on climate risk financing and establish a portfolio of projects on the subject.
  • Lead and contribute to the engagement with institutional stakeholders, including high level government representatives, to inform about climate risk financing.
  • Support the capacity building of non-technical partners to improve their understanding of climate risk financing, remote sensing and index-based product design (e.g. manuals, e-learning activities).
  • Work with farmers and pastoralists, their representatives and other key stakeholders to improve uptake of some of the technologies/innovations developed under this program.
  • Develop a community of practice and maintain a strong presence in disaster risk financing fora and networks.
  • Support and lead the writing of journal articles and other communication products and proposals on the above topics.
  • Supervise research associates, post-doctoral fellows, PhD and MSc students on the above topics.

Requirements

  • A PhD in a relevant field such as geospatial sciences, spatial ecology, environmental sciences, or environmental economics
  • A minimum of seven years-experience post-PhD
  • An excellent knowledge of remote sensing and earth observation applications, demonstrated by scientific publications led by the candidate
  • A demonstrated academic and/or professional experience on climate risk financing and on instruments to build the resilience of smallholder farmers and livestock keepers, established by direct work experiences with international organizations
  • A good understanding of agropastoral and pastoral production systems In African drylands
  • Excellent quantitative research skills (experimental design, statistics, modelling, computer programming, etc.)
  • Strong peer-reviewed publication record
  • Proven ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with experience working in developing countries work across disciplines and different cultural backgrounds strongly preferred
  • Experience with supervision, project management and fund raising
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and the ability to communicate with diverse audiences.
  • Ability to communicate in French would be an advantage.

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

LRI PHD GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP: FATE OF ANTIBIOTIC RESIDUES AND ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT BACTERIA IN LIVESTOCK MANURE AND THEIR EFFECTS ON GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS AND NUTRIENT CYCLING

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Responsibilities of the fellow:

  • Study decomposition rates and half lives of the most important antibiotics used in livestock production during simulated manure storage.
  • Measure GHG emissions (CH4, N2O, CO2) during manure storage and from manure applied to soils and how these emissions are affected by concentrations of antibiotic residues.
  • Measure leaching of nutrients, antibiotic residues, and antibiotic resistant bacteria from manure.
  • Evaluate the microbiome structure of livestock manure with and without antibiotic residues, and how microbial functionality is affected through changes in nutrient cycling processes (e.g., decomposition rates, respiration, nitrification/denitrification, methanogenesis/methane oxidation).
  • Test the influence of manure management interventions (e.g., covering, compacting, composting, biogas digestion, use of additives) on antibiotic residue concentrations and antibiotic resistance as well as fertilizer quality.
  • Write scientific papers and prepare conference/workshop presentations describing results and their implications for antibiotic resistance transmission risks, livestock productivity, GHG and nutrient management.
  • Communicate findings to relevant stakeholders (ministries, extension officers, farmers, etc.).
  • Provide supervision and guidance to field support staff and research assistants.

Minimum requirements for the ideal candidate

  • MSc in Environmental Microbiology, Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, or any other relevant discipline.
  • Experience with GHG measurements, soil and water measurements, and environmental microbiology.
  • Knowledge on livestock production systems in developing countries.
  • Experience in handling diverse datasets, data processing and statistical software such as R, SPSS, Matlab or Python.
  • Ability to jointly work in a multinational team of scientists and technicians from other disciplines (biogeochemistry, agricultural sciences, social sciences, economics, veterinary medicine etc.).
  • Ability to apply necessary steps to ensure data quality assurance and data quality control.
  • Ability to supervise and guide research assistants and junior graduate students e.g., Bachelor or master’s level.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Location: ILRI, Nairobi, Kenya.

Duration: 3 years

Terms of appointment and benefits: This is a 3-year appointment subject to satisfactory performance. ILRI will offer a competitive stipend to cover living expenses in the project location, medical cover, and meet all research expenses. ILRI will also meet tuition fees at the fellow’s university of admission. The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist and the university/academic supervisor and will receive capacity development opportunities from ILRI.

How to apply: All applications MUST include the following (applications not containing these documents will not be considered):

  • a cover letter addressed to Head of Capacity Development, expressing interest in the fellowship position and the motivation. The position title and reference number (REF: GF/ILRI/OHRECA-SLS/12/2021) should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.
  • CV including names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience.
  • academic qualification certificates/transcripts.

Applications must be submitted by clicking on the tab “APPLY NOW” on or before 31st January 2022.

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