ILRI vacancy: technical assistant
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality livestock science, communications and capacity building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development. ILRI is one of 15 centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ILRI has campuses in Kenya (headquarters) and Ethiopia, with other offices located in other regions of Africa (Mali, Mozambique, and Nigeria) as well as in South Asia (India, Sri Lanka), Southeast Asia (Laos, Thailand, Vietnam) and East Asia (China).
This position will be mainly based in Marsabit with some travel to Yabelo, South Ethiopia.
The position would be part of the team developing, assessing the impact of, and scaling-up index-based livestock insurance (IBLI) products. A comprehensive pilot has already been commercially launched in Marsabit District of Northern Kenya and research into its implementation in Southern Ethiopia has already begun (see, www.ilri.org/ibli). Interest from donors, development partners, and government requires scaling up of the Marsabit pilot into other arid districts of Northern Kenya.
1. IBLI Implementation Support
- Lead effort to engage field-level stakeholders on matters related to implementation
- Work to ensure that partner relationships at field- level are okay.
- Facilitating links with other project partners on the ground
- Support in the development of marketing and extension tools for IBLI
- Support in training of extension workers in the field
2. Group Savings and Loan IBLI integration support
- Support in the group formation on the ground
- Provide technical backstopping for training of the groups on IBLI on the ground
- Support in the training of the Community Based Trainers on IBLI
3. Field work Support
- Field survey enumeration supervision
- Support in training of field survey enumerators
Required Skills and Qualifications
- A diploma in Community Development, Agricultural Extension, Business Administration or Social Studies from a recognised institution.
- At least two years of field experience with socioeconomic surveys and implementation of innovative projects.
- Demonstrable field- level partner liaison skills and experience
- Previous experience in and ability to maintain good relations with the participating pastoralists and stakeholders
- Knowledge and/or experience with community engagement in the field
- Experience in field survey enumeration supervision
- Knowledge of livestock and familiarity with arid lands issues
- Creative and dynamic person who can operate both individually and as part of a team
- Ability to work well in a multidisciplinary team
- Ability to work with minimum supervision
- Good presentation and oral/written communication and skills
- Willingness to learn new field techniques where appropriate
- Willingness to travel and work in often difficult field conditions for extended periods at a time.
Terms of appointment
This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus with frequent travel to the field and is open to Kenyan nationals only. The position is on a 2-year fixed contract subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.
Job Level and Salary
This position is job Grade 1C, with a starting gross salary of KES 61,556 per month. The benefits package includes pension, medical and other insurances within ILRI’s Nationally Recruited Staff Scheme.
Applicants should send a cover letter and CV combined as one document 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. Applications should be submitted online to the Human Resources Director at: http://www.myjobsinkenya.com/ilri_jobs before 30 June 2012. The position title and reference number TA/PLE/IBLI/06/12 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.
For more information, visit the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Website