Research Assistant II : Opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary ZooLink project in Kenya

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The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Assistant to support surveillance programme for zoonoses across the animal health sectors and targeted zoonotic pathogens. S/he will work within the ZooLinK suite of projects based in Busia, Western Kenya.

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. www.ilri.org

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for questionnaire administration aimed at zoonotic disease surveillance.
  • Conduct interviews and focus group discussions with the different stakeholders in western Kenya
  • Collect biological samples in the slaughter houses and livestock markets, under the guidance of senior project staff
  • Collect and organize statistical data, geospatial data, and other information (e.g. livestock demographics) as directed;
  • Manage biological sampling from peri-domestic species in the study area, including managing regulatory requirements for such work, under the guidance of senior project staff
  • Responsible for electronic data entry and data entry tool development, including interactions with a commercial partner firm which developed the data capture technology
  • Maintain relationships with different multi-disciplinary teams within the ZooLinK project in order to link the analysis with the other on-going studies.
  • Assist in organizing stakeholder meetings and seminars, and (when applicable) participate in scientific workshops and conferences
  • Take primary responsibility in managing the project’s public facing communications, including management of social media related to zoonoses and one health research activity

Requirements

  • BSc. Animal Health, Veterinary or related fields and an understanding of livestock zoonotic disease surveillance and One Health
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience
  • Demonstrable education and experience of working in Veterinary or/and ‘One Health’ related research activities
  • Experience in data entry in electronic databases and working with a geospatial software (e.g. ArcGIS); conducting interviews and focus groups; managing communications tools for scientific communication; handling electronic data (entry and management); the livestock productions chains in Kenya
  • Ability to communicate with the different study participants
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Veterinary or/and One Health educational background

Terms of Appointment

These are Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position; based at Busia, Kenya and open to Kenyan nationals only. The position is on a 2-year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Job Level

This position is job level 2B, 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 23 May 2018. The position title and reference number REF: RA/05/18 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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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ILRI vacancy: Post-Doctoral Fellow-Diagnostic Assays (closing date: 7 December 2017)

This post originally appeared on the ILRI Jobs page available at: https://ilrijobs.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/ilri-vacancy-post-doctoral-fellow-diagnostic-assays-closing-date-7-december-2017/

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Post-Doctoral Fellow-Diagnostic Assays to support the diagnostic activities associated with the Zoolink project. These include both the analysis of samples collected during the life of the project and the conversion of selected assays into pen-side or high-throughput formats.

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. www.ilri.org

Responsibilities:

  • To source or develop and establish at ILRI the most appropriate assays for screening of human and animal samples for the targeted zoonotic diseases.
  • To supervise the performance of the assays and interpret the results
  • To transfer the assays to suitable high-throughput and penside formats, and validate the performance of the new assays
  • Contribute to resource mobilization and capacity building
  • Interact with other members of the group
  • Publish results as peer-reviewed articles

Requirements:

  • PhD in Medical, Veterinary or Biological Sciences
  • Requisite and relevant publication record
  • 2 to 5 years’ experience in relevant techniques in the development and performance of serological and nucleic acid–based diagnostic assays

Post location:  The research work will be undertaken in ILRI’s main laboratories in Nairobi and in the field laboratory in Busia, Kenya.

Position level: Post-doctoral level.

Duration: 3 years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued funding.

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes medical insurance, life insurance and allowances for: education, housing, home leave, and annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

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 http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 7 December 2017. The position title and reference number: PDDA/11/2017should 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 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 website at http://www.ilri.org

To find out more about working at ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org/ilricrowd/

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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