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  • Posted: Jul 28, 2022
    Deadline: Aug 15, 2022
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  • Kenya Animal Genetic Resources Centre (KAGRC) formally known as Central Artificial Insemination Station (CAIS) was established by Kenya Gazette Notice Number 557 of 19th June 1946 with the objective of controlling venereal diseases and genetic improvement of exotic dairy Cattle. KAGRC is situated 15 km from City Centre (West of the Nairobi City), and has its Headquarters in Lower Kabete in Nairobi and has land capacity of about 358 Acres, 124 bulls in the stud. The functions of the management committee have since been taken over by the Board of Directors, appointed vide the Gazette Notice No L.N. 110 of 5th Sept. 2011. The mandate of KAGRC is to produce, preserve, and conserve, animal genetic material (semen embryo, tissues and live animals) and rear breeding bulls for provision of high quality disease free semen to meet the national demand and for export. In order to meet its mandate, KAGRC works in close collaboration with other breeding organizations such as the Kenya Stud Book, the Dairy Recording Services of Kenya and the Livestock Recording Center. Together, these organizations implement the Contract Mating and Progeny Testing Programmes. The organization also works closely with the breed societies as well as individual and institutional farms which provide herds for the breeding program. It is a profound achievement that the centre has attained the ISO 9001:2008 QMS certification in management standards on the world best practices. Bull Stud The station initially started with an importation of six bulls in 1946 ; four Guernsey and two Jersey bulls from America and Scotland respectively. Ayrshire and Friesian breeds were later introduced.
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    Principal Breeding Officer

    Duties and responsibilities at this level will entail:  

    • Advising Management on policies and strategies on breeding and livestock production technologies;
    • Overseeing research into breeding technologies and livestock production technologies;
    • Approving and submitting livestock production reports;
    • Advising on analysis of livestock inputs and products samples;
    • Overseeing the dissemination of livestock breeding, production and management of information;
    • Advising on livestock improvement and multiplication;
    • Ensuring collaboration with other officers in research in breeding and breeding technologies;
    • Representing the organisation in the Genetic advisory committee (GAC);
    • Advising management on all matters related to animal genetics and breeding;
    • Ensuring maintenance of inventory of assets in a livestock production station/farm;
    • Overseeing the formulation, development, implementation, monitoring and review of policies, laws and strategies in research in breeding and breeding technologies;
    • Developing annual work plans and budget for breeding and breeding technologies; and administering performance management systems; and
    • Coaching and mentoring of staff.
    • Working closely with breeders on contract mating scheme and progeny testing.

    Job Specification

    For appointment to this position one must have:

    • Bachelors degree in Veterinary Medicine/ Livestock production/Animal science or relevant qualifications from a recognized institution;
    • Masters degree in Animal Breeding or its equivalent;
    • Eight (8) years’ work experience and three (3) years in a supervisory role;
    • Management course lasting not less than four (4) weeks;
    • Registered by the relevant professional body;/Member of a relevant body;
    • Have shown ability and demonstrated merit as reflected in work performance and results;
    • Proficiency in computer applications; and
    • Fulfil the requirements of Chapter 6 of the constitution.

    Key competencies and skills

    • Good interpersonal and communication skills;
    • High integrity and confidentiality;
    • Should be able to work with minimal supervision and at times at odd hours

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Kenya Animal Genetic Resources Centre on recruitment.kagrc.go.ke to apply

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