• Job Openings at International Livestock Research Institute - 2 Positions

  • Posted on: 9 January, 2018 Deadline: 31 January, 2018
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  • The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Laboratory Manager to oversee the management of the laboratory infrastructure and develop laboratory protocols for processes and equipment including programming of equipment. The Laboratory Manager will contribute to ongoing projects within the Mazingira Centre with the overall objective of investigating and quantifying the environmental footprint of livestock systems in Africa as well as the identification of promising Climate Smart Livestock interventions. mazingira.ilri.org

    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.

    Laboratory Manager – Mazingira Centre


    Job Responsibilities

    The Laboratory Manager with proven competences in environmental/chemical/biomedical engineering, will

    • Oversee the management of the laboratory infrastructure, which will include the procurement, servicing and maintenance of a huge variety of state-of-the art analytical instruments such as laser absorption spectroscopes, gas-chromatographs, near-infrared spectrometer (NIRS) and other instrumentation, wet chemistry laboratory instruments used in field and laboratory research at ILRI.
    • Oversee the develop of laboratory protocols for processes and equipment, programming of equipment. Examples are: measuring greenhouse gas fluxes from livestock systems, measurements of water and/or air pollution.
    • Develop and maintain plans, permits, and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for environmental and bioscience projects.
    • Keep abreast with new technologies and advise on the suitability, acquisition and implementation of any new procedures or equipment.
    • Manage external requests for sample analysis in terms of planning according to laboratory capacity and generate the necessary invoices.
    • Provide technical support training to scientists and technical staff in the use of instrumentation and will contribute and lead the research and development of new products and procedures.
    • Supervise laboratory technicians to build their technical capacity in order to meet highest analytical standards.
    • Work with other internal units to ensure quality and timely outputs. Provide support to facilities at Kapiti and in BioSciences, in the management of high-precision analytical equipment.


    The ideal candidate should have

    • An MSc in the field of environment, biomedicine and/or chemistry and/or other relevant technical disciplines. A PhD degree in relevant disciplines is an added advantage.
    • 5 years’ work experience in a state of the art environmental or bioscience laboratory working with and maintaining analytical instruments such as laser absorption spectroscopes, gas-chromatographs, and near-infrared spectrometer (NIRS).
    • The ability to independently plan, design and implement experiments both in the laboratory and out in the field.
    • Solid knowledge of international best practice for laboratory procedure and protocols, maintenance of analytical equipment, sample analysis, data management and data curation.
    • Experience in micro-meteorological measuring techniques.
    • Experience with statistical software such as R, Python and/or Matlab and laboratory programs such as Labview.
    • Proven ability to supervise and train technical officers and provide necessary quality control.
    • Excellent written and spoken English.
    • Experience managing laboratory finances and budgets.
    • The ability to effectively communicate in a multicultural context.
    • The ability to collaborate with technicians and scientists from other disciplines (animal nutrition, ecology, sociology, economy etc.) in an interdisciplinary and multicultural team.

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

    Position level: The position level is 4C.

    Duration: 3 years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued funding.

    Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes 15% Pension, Medical insurance, Life insurance and allowances for: Education, Housing, Relocation, Home leave, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

    Proposal and Grant Writers


    Scope of work

    The Consultant will support the development of proposals; formulate, review, edit and quality assure project proposals; work closely and effectively with concerned staff to ensure timely submission of high quality and compelling project proposals resulting in securing funds for ILRI. More specifically the consultant will:

    • Work with program leaders, project leaders, regional representatives and other relevant internal teams to develop a compelling, evidence-based proposal for submission to international donors and foundations.
    • Take the lead on writing proposal sections in accordance with the requirements established by the donor. Review the RFP and assure clear understanding of all requirements. Ensure that the tone, content and design of the proposal corresponds to the needs and focus of the donor and speaks clearly and convincingly to the donor agenda.
    • Meet with key project stakeholders within ILRI areas of operation as needed to ensure that the program design and bid integrate expertise from all relevant actors/sectors, including private sector, impact investors including social ventures, national agricultural research systems, government departments, and others as needed.

    Selected consultants will be awarded a maximum of 25 working days per annum at an agreed daily fee. The days will be drawn on a need by need basis and the agreement will clearly state that the actual number of days will vary depending on program needs.

    Essential Skills and Qualifications Required:

    • An advanced research degree (Masters or PhD) in agriculture, international development, a social science, or another field relevant to this assignment.
    • Minimum of 10 years of experience in designing, writing and editing project proposals, preferably for agricultural development-related initiatives in East, Southern and West Africa and South and Southeast Asia.
    • Proven track record of developing project proposals and success in winning grants to the value of at least USD 1m/ proposal, from institutional donors, preferably from major donor agencies. Success in fundraising for international, agricultural and/or research organizations in developing countries is a clear advantage.
    • Familiarity with the funding structures and opportunities of international donors and investors. Good and proven working relationships with relevant development and government authorities and stakeholder is a clear advantage.
    • Proven ability to translate scientific language into easily understandable, readable, compelling and well-written value proposition. Must be able to write to a range of audiences and creatively explain complex technical ideas in an approachable, compelling way.
    • Superior English speaking/writing skills required.

    Method of Application

    Use the link(s) / email(s) below to apply on company website.

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