ILRI NGO Jobs:Research Associate –Capacity Building


ILRI NGO Jobs:Research Associate –Capacity Building

  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Full-time
  • BecA- ILRI Hub
  • ilr-42914

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Capacity Building Research Associate to provide high-level training and technical research support to research fellows and scientists at the BecA-ILRI Hub.

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.

ILRI also manages the Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) Hub at ILRI, the centre for excellence in modern plant and animal biology in Africa. BecA is an initiative developed within the framework of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)/ African Union African Biosciences initiative. It consists of a Hub based on the ILRI campus in Nairobi, Kenya and a network of regional nodes and other affiliated laboratories and organizations throughout the region. The BecA Hub facilities are world class, including a range of molecular, plant transformation, and genomics laboratories and equipment (e.g. Illumina next generation sequencing, Biosafety level 3 laboratory, plant growth facilities). The Hub hosts and conducts research in crop, microbe and livestock areas where new developments in science offer promise to address previously intractable problems constraining Africa’s development. Capacity building is a major goal of all activities. The scope covers agriculture and food security and their intersections with human health and nutrition, and the sustainable use of Africa’s natural resources. Further information is available at


  • Provide high-level, comprehensive technical support and bench supervision to scientists and research fellows conducting a wide range of crop and livestock-related research projects
  • Provide high-level support in tissue culture and transformation research projects
  • Ensure maintenance of bacterial cultures
  • Conduct genetic analysis of engineered bacteria and transgenic plants
  • Provide high-level support in genotyping data analysis for placements
  • Provide high-level support in genomics related research activities
  • Track pre-placement processes: follow up on work plans, budgets, risk assessments and import/export permits
  • Conduct research under the supervision of the research scientists
  • Ensure adherence to good laboratory practice including proper maintenance of equipment and managing the training laboratory
  • Co-facilitate weekly laboratory management meetings and monthly journal club for research fellows at the Hub
  • Prepare and edit SOPs for the Hub laboratory manual
  • Support research fellows and scientists in stock management and requisition of reagents, supplies and equipment
  • Participate and facilitate in the preparation and delivery of regular capacity building training modules, annual and specialized technical training workshops, and any additional training
  • Participate in Institutional trainings and seminars (Health & Safety, Firefighting etc.)
  • Coordinate with laboratory management to ensure that the laboratory equipment is in good working order


  • MSc degree in biological sciences with 2 years relevant work experience after graduation, or Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences with five years’ relevant work experience after graduation
  • Good theoretical and practical understanding of tissue culture and plant transformation is an added advantage
  • Demonstrated experience in a research environment, specifically in molecular sciences of crops, including PCR, sequencing, genomics, genotyping using SSRs and/or AFLP and other tools
  • Good working knowledge of bioinformatics is an advantage
  • Knowledge of laboratory health and safety procedures
  • Computer literacy in MS Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is essential
  • Mature, self-motivated person ready to concentrate on the job
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and within team and multi-cultural setting
  • Strong communication skills, both written and spoken

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 fixed term ending on 31st December 2018.

Job Level

This position is job level 2D and ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; pension, medical and other insurances for ILRI’s Nationally Recruited Staff.

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 16 August, 2017. The position title and reference number REF: RA/BecA/08/2017 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.

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