International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

6 job(s) at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Nairobi County, Kenya
Jan 05, 2018
Contract
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. Requirements 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.
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Nairobi County, Kenya
Dec 18, 2017
Full time
Responsibilities Contributing to the design and implementation of the Livestock CGIAR Research Program (CRP’s) MELIA framework, including the incorporation of social learning tools and approaches. Supporting research teams in developing and documenting their research strategies and annual plans of work and budget within a Theory of Change framework that defines the necessary activities and approaches to produce outputs that will translate into research and development outcomes and the eventual targeted impact. This will involve: Facilitating team planning and review sessions with ILRI and partner staff; Ensuring quality and consistency in documenting results; Managing activity-specific budgets. Supporting CRP country teams in developing and implementing a context-specific system for monitoring changes resulting from CRP research and engagement in the country, including: Defining appropriate indicators and methods for data collection; Monitoring the quality of M&E data collected. Collecting, managing and analyzing research information, including: Leading the establishment and maintenance of a database of program performance indicator data; Maintaining the Livestock CRP Flagship data included in the CGIAR shared online platform (MARLO). Writing reports and preparing presentations for CRP Management on M&E topics. Planning and implementing capacity development activities with ILRI and partner staff. Reviewing TORs for evaluations and impact assessments and providing inputs on draft consultancy reports. Requirements Master’s Degree in a relevant scientific/agricultural discipline At least five (5) years substantive experience in conceptualizing monitoring and evaluation system incorporating learning and feedback mechanism for agricultural development. Good understanding of monitoring and evaluation methods including Theory of Change Experience in data entry and analysis Fluent in English, with French or Spanish an advantage Excellent writing and presentation skills Computer literacy in MS Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) Attention to detail
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Nairobi County, Kenya
Dec 15, 2017
Full time
Background The Accelerated Value Chains Development (AVCD) program commenced in October 2015 and is implemented by a consortium of CGIAR centers i.e. the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Areas Tropics (ICRISAT), and the International Potato Center (CIP), under the leadership of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), with financial support from Feed the Future (FtF) of the United State of America International Development (USAID).  AVCD focuses on four value chains: livestock, dairy, staple and root crops. The goal of the FTF-AVCD program is ‘to sustainably reduce poverty and hunger in the Feed the Future Zones of Influence in Kenya’ and the development objectives are ‘Inclusive agricultural sector growth and Improved nutritional status for women and children in the targeted value chains in the Feed the Future zones of influence in Kenya’ targeting a total of 326,000 beneficiaries in 21 counties. AVCD’s theory of change is based on a two-pronged approach for economic growth, inclusive agricultural growth and improved nutrition for women and children.  The main implementation strategies include: improving access to knowledge tools (technologies and innovations); buying down risk (increasing resilience); improving the nutritional status for the target population; enhancing natural resource management; improving market linkages; re-aligning business regulatory policies; improving access to inputs; strengthening business and financial services; and promoting greater diversification. The AVCD nutrition impact pathways focus on production, income and women’s empowerment with cross cutting nutrition Social Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) approaches. These SBCC approaches are aimed at influencing dietary practices as well as utilization of health and nutrition services. Appropriate maternal and infant dietary practices measured by dietary diversity scores and improved utilization of maternal and child health and nutrition services are the desired behavioral changes that are expected to improve nutrition outcomes of the beneficiaries. An internal mid-term review was conducted in May 2017 and made recommendations to re-focus the programme in advance of the final year of implementation. It would be useful at this stage to take stock of the impact of nutrition related activities, and to look strategically at future interventions with a view to increased effectiveness and a focused approach. Objective of The Assignment The primary objective of the study is to conduct a comprehensive review of the nutrition related results and strategy and make recommendations for future action. Specific objectives include; Assessing the progress with the nutrition impact pathways (production, income, women’s empowerment) with reference to the nutrition strategy, objectives and indicators defined by the project document. Assess the multi-sectoral collaboration including the implementation arrangements, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of each sector, and identify major issues that impact on the achievement of project objectives. Based on the stipulated dietary practices to be changed, establish what has changed and the approach that has been most effective in creating the desired change. The use of proxies to establish this should be taken into consideration. Assess the different priority nutrition SBCC approaches used by AVCD to improve dietary practices and health/nutrition care of beneficiaries and rank their effectiveness using suitable measurement criteria. Make recommendations on the most effective nutrition SBCC approaches for improving nutrition amongst the different segment of AVCD’s target population. Scope of Work Duties and tasks will include the following: Conduct a review of the activities being undertaken by the value chains aimed at effecting on the nutrition impact pathways Assess the existing nutrition strategy and identify priority areas of engagement, offering recommendations Assess the level of collaboration at national and county levels with the relevant   stakeholders in the line sectors including Agriculture, Health, Education and private sector offering recommendations to enhance achievement of program nutrition objectives Check the level of nutrition knowledge and practices amongst government trained trainers and trainees’ community members at household level with reference to the approaches used Final Products A final report of the findings and recommendations Essential Skills and Qualifications Required: Required qualifications of the team members Advanced degree in Education (pedagogical), Sociology, rural development or related training Over 10 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation with a bias in nutrition in Agriculture Previous experience with agriculture or nutrition implementation in Kenya is a requirement Knowledge of the Kenyan nutrition land scape Strong analytical skills Excellent command of English language
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Nairobi County, Kenya
Dec 15, 2017
Full time
The position This position will be part of the Index Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) team as it works to support sustainable livelihood options for dryland populations. The team’s original research for development agenda focused on mitigating the negative effects of drought on pastoralists by developing and scaling index insurance for pastoralists in the Horn of Africa. The IBLI team has recently added “improving access to information from and in remote, data-scarce, pastoral regions” as a second development agenda. Currently, efforts associated with this new agenda rely on collecting local information, processing those data, often by cleaning and integrating them with additional sources of data, and then disseminating the information (e.g., to policy makers, pastoralist). Responsibilities Provide research and analytical support to project scientist and contribute to research papers Engage with stakeholders and policy makers to present our findings and further our agenda Write research reports summarizing and analysing data Contribute to the team’s research for development agenda (research design and strategy, survey instruments, sampling frame, survey implementation strategy, enumerator training, data collection and analysis Oversee management of project data: data cleaning, data inventory and storage, data analysis Writing and updating survey data code books that fully describe the research and survey design, data collection methods, cleaning and inventory processes Contribute to communication, dissemination of research findings which should include participation in meetings and workshops, giving periodic presentations to participating institutions, and communicating to policy makers through web and popular media Requirements A Master’s degree in Economics, Development Economics, and Agriculture Economics, Statistics or other related discipline At least 3 years of relevant experience in research for development Minimum 2 years of experience in quantitative and qualitative household level socio-economic data collection and analysis; experience must involve field worked survey implementation as well as data analysis and report writing Experience with statistical packages (R, SPSS, STATA) Excellent computer skills in Microsoft packages Excellent communications skills and ability to engage well with stakeholders Experience in presenting and reporting on research outputs Experience working in the field in remote locations
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Nairobi County, Kenya
Dec 05, 2017
Contract
Responsibilities Conduct agronomic, livestock productivity and greenhouse gas (GHG) measurements for different livestock systems in Sub-Saharan Africa to allow the quantification of system specific GHG fluxes within a livestock system and subsequently to develop mitigation options Manage and maintain laboratory and field facilities, specifically the respiration chambers for measuring GHG emissions from ruminants, including training and supervision of staff and evaluation of data Conduct laboratory scale, mesocosm parameterisation experiments to allow direct comparison of GHG emission potentials from manures and soils for different environmental conditions Write scientific papers and prepare conference/workshop presentations describing results and their implications for productivity, GHG and nutrient management; and contribute to other communication products (research briefs, policy briefs etc.) Develop innovative concepts and ideas for further research (including proposal writing) to address spatial and temporal variability of fluxes, and upscaling of mitigation options Coordinate research projects that are carried out within the Mazingira Centre at ILRI Provide ideas and initiate future research projects including grant writing/research mobilization Supervision of PhD and MSc students Requirements PhD in Animal Nutrition, Animal Physiology or other relevant biophysical science discipline At least 5 years post-doctoral experience The ability to effectively communicate in a multicultural context, present findings to diverse audiences, and support facilitation of multi-stakeholder workshops The ability to collaborate with scientists and technicians from other disciplines (biogeochemistry, agricultural sciences, environmental sciences, veterinary medicine etc.) in an interdisciplinary and multicultural team In depth knowledge on smallholder livestock production systems in developing and developed countries Experience with data processing and statistical software such as R, SPSS, Matlab or python The ability to supervise and train research assistants, students and provide necessary data quality control and assurance To contribute to research mobilization efforts Excellent written and spoken English.
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Nairobi County, Kenya
Dec 05, 2017
Full time
The position This position will be part of the Index Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) team as it works to support sustainable livelihood options for dryland populations. The team’s original research for development agenda focused on mitigating the negative effects of drought on pastoralists by developing and scaling index insurance for pastoralists in the Horn of Africa. The IBLI team has recently added “improving access to information from and in remote, data-scarce, pastoral regions” as a second development agenda. Currently, efforts associated with this new agenda rely on collecting local information, processing those data, often by cleaning and integrating them with additional sources of data, and then disseminating the information (e.g., to policy makers, pastoralist). Responsibilities Provide research and analytical support to project scientist and contribute to research papers Engage with stakeholders and policy makers to present our findings and further our agenda Write research reports summarizing and analysing data Contribute to the team’s research for development agenda (research design and strategy, survey instruments, sampling frame, survey implementation strategy, enumerator training, data collection and analysis Oversee management of project data: data cleaning, data inventory and storage, data analysis Writing and updating survey data code books that fully describe the research and survey design, data collection methods, cleaning and inventory processes Contribute to communication, dissemination of research findings which should include participation in meetings and workshops, giving periodic presentations to participating institutions, and communicating to policy makers through web and popular media Requirements A Master’s degree in Economics, Development Economics, and Agriculture Economics, Statistics or other related discipline At least 3 years of relevant experience in research for development Minimum 2 years of experience in quantitative and qualitative household level socio-economic data collection and analysis; experience must involve field worked survey implementation as well as data analysis and report writing Experience with statistical packages (R, SPSS, STATA) Excellent computer skills in Microsoft packages Excellent communications skills and ability to engage well with stakeholders Experience in presenting and reporting on research outputs Experience working in the field in remote locations