ILRI Research Associate – Data systems – Jobs in Kenya

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Associate – Data systems who will contribute to livestock production/productivity and genetic data management systems (collation, processing, and storage) and tools for use in the African Dairy Genetic Gain Project Country Program.

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.

Key responsibilities:

Contribute to livestock production/productivity and genetic data management systems (collation, processing, and storage) and tools for use in the African Dairy Genetic Gain Project Country Program
Understand existing tools used for data capture and assist in developing modules that extend the scope of the current tools and provide training for the same.
Respond to ICT support requests from farmers, field-based partner agents in a timely manner through WhatsApp/telegram/telephone/field visit programs
Write procedures and software to import/ export data from/to appropriate database systems and share these for further analyses and interpretation.
Develop additional dashboards to enable monthly data monitoring of field agents submitting data per cluster, missing and incomplete information, unusual values and other related issues and prepare a monthly report for the Country coordinator.
Implement and monitor Quality Assurance (QA) protocols and routines, including safe and remote back-up of database systems and tools
Keep up to date with the latest tools and resources, including open-source software, for the collection, management, storage and sharing of information
Maintain the confidentiality of all information collected
Perform any other activity as assigned to by the national coordinator


BA/BSc degree in Information Systems, Database Management, Computer Science or related discipline.
Experience working with integrated database systems preferably for research projects, including large-scale socioeconomic and/or biological surveys e.g., MySQL, MS SQL Server or Oracle.
Experience with database design, database management and computer programming, and with the application of quality assurance standards and procedures.
At least 2 years of relevant

work experience.
Advanced experience of SQL language for data extraction and management of databases.
Knowledge and experience of Linux operating system.
Experience in software programming
Understanding and experience of working in applied agricultural research preferred
Excellent interpersonal communication and good personal organisation skills.
Good communication ability in English, spoken and written
Good judgement, adaptability, and willingness to take initiative when appropriate.
Ability to work independently and within a team
Post location: The position will be based in KARLO, Naivasha

Terms of Appointment This position is at job level HG 11. The position is 3 years 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
Applications: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the role 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 by clicking on the Apply Now tab above before 15 August 2022.
The position title and reference number: LG/495/2022 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the high 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

To find out more about ILRI visit our websites at

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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