14 Feb 2020

Research Associate II – Livestock Genetics at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

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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.

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Associate II to provide technical input and support to the livestock genetic team.

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


  • Contribute to implementation of field research activities and production and reporting on research outputs related to improving livestock productivity in low input systems under supervision of scientists.
  • Provide technical input and support in data collection, compilation and analysis of quantitative data related to animal genetic resources
  • Provide support in management, processing and use of livestock databases and follow-up documentation, contact details, networking arrangements between various partners
  • Organize and contribute to capacity building through relevant supportive training in livestock breeding programs and genetic data collection and management, group discussions and provision of feedbacks to livestock keepers and industry players
  • Provide technical inputs in the development of tools and manuals for benchmarking and training of national livestock extension personnel on implementation of integrated livestock improvement programs


  • BSc. in Agricultural Science related area with some training in research project implementation and management of Agricultural enterprises.
  • At least 2 years of experience in working with data and sharing information with farming communitiesExperience in collation and handling of livestock Data for large databases
  • Field experience in implementation of livestock development programs in Eastern Africa
  • Experience in statistical data analysis and report writing
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and good personal organisation skills. Able to work independently and with internal and external stakeholders
  • Good communication skill

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

Terms of Appointment

This position is at job level HG 11. The position is a 1 year fixed 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

      Method of Application

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining 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 28 February 2020. The position title and reference number REF: RA/02/2020 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.

Interested and qualified? Go to International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) on ilri.simplicant.com to apply

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