Learning & Development Specialist Job at ILRI, Kenya

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Learning & Development Specialist to link performance management and learning and development interventions to the achievement of ILRI’s goals and research development impacts.

ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia. The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals’ alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2016, an operating budget of about USD83 million. A member of the CGIAR Consortium working for a food-secure future, ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and offices in other countries in East, West and Southern Africa and in South, Southeast and East Asia

Learning & Development Specialist Job Key Responsibilities

  • Designing and developing appropriate tools and systems that encompass all phases of the training cycle;
  • Managing the performance management system and providing guidance on the development of appropriate key result areas and indicators for individuals and teams;
  • Developing and delivering in-house training interventions including group induction training and providing guidance on individual induction training;
  • Promoting learning and development opportunities to staff;
  • Managing competitive staff development opportunities and programs including promotion, assessment and communication of initiatives;
  • Evaluating investments in learning and development from user, department and institute perspectives;
  • Preparing regular training analysis reports and evaluating returns on investment;
  • Design appropriate succession planning tools that facilitate the identification of critical posts, building bench strength and tracking of high potential staff across ILRI to meet current and future ILRI needs.
  • Manage change initiatives at the Institute.
  • Managing vendor lifecycle activities as required including identification, service level agreements, renewals and assessments.
  • Managing the Learning & Performance Budget that is aligned with the institutional deliverables mapped out in the ILRI strategy & P&OD strategy and plans as appropriate.

Requirements for Learning & Development Specialist Job

  • Advanced degree in Human Resource Management, Business Administration, Social Sciences or other related fields.
  • Professional qualification in Human Resource Management.
  • Minimum of 8 years’ specific work experience in a busy HR function and at least 5 years in performance management, training and development.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in providing leadership to a team.
  • Knowledge of adult training facilitation techniques and methodology.
  • Experience in designing and delivering learning programs, Leadership Development programs and implementing institutional wide organisational development initiatives.
  • Ability to write & present management reports and proposals.
  • Experience in using the training cycle to plan, develop, deliver and evaluate training programmes.
  • Experience in developing and enhancing succession plans, performance management and appraisal systems.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, service users, staff at all levels.
  • Commitment to high quality service and continuous improvement
  • Ability to work in a systematic and organized manner, with high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to gather and analyse critical information for reporting and designing systems.

Terms of Appointment

  • This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus. It is open to Kenyan nationals only. The position is on a 3-year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

How to Apply

  • 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 through our recruitment portal here on or before 10 August 2016. The position title and reference number REF: LDS/POD/7/2016 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.