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  • Posted: Nov 2, 2021
    Deadline: Nov 14, 2021
  • The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for better and more sustainable use of livestock. ILRI is a CGIAR research centre - part of a global research partnership for a food-secure future.
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    Research Officer I -Africa Dairy Genetics

    The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Officer to provide technical input and support in quantitative data related to animal genetic resources compilation, safe storage, and analyses of the data collected and collated.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Provide technical input and support in quantitative data related to animal genetic resources compilation, safe storage, and analyses of the data collected and collated.
    • Provide support in management, processing and use of livestock databases and data.
    • Contribute to developing and testing platforms for sourcing and collating livestock production information from diverse farming systems
    • Develop and implement both quantitative and qualitative surveys
    • Data analysis, synthesis and reporting
    • Contribute to research outputs and scientific reporting related to livestock genetics and breeding information in project countries under supervision of scientists.
    • Develop training materials and contribute to capacity building of stakeholders in the livestock sector


    • Master’s degree in animal genetics with good working knowledge of common software for genetic analysis or Master’s degree in statistics related to biological systems
    • Three years in a related or similar position
    • Good Knowledge of statistical analysis
    • Experience with computer software for quantitative data analyses such as R, Fortran, or C.
    • General knowledge of livestock production systems in developing countries, and Research for development approaches
    • Experience with working with large data
    • Some foundation in bioinformatics –ability to do admixture analysis, QA for genotypes using PLINK or other related software, analysis population structure will be an advantage
    • Experience in analysis, synthesis and reporting of data collected from participatory surveys, preferably both quantitative and qualitative
    • Ability to perform desk (literature) reviews and produce high-quality written material in English

    Post location: The position will be based 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 14 November 2021. The position title and reference number REF: LG/RO/10/2021 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.

    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

    Method of Application

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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