Web Systems Specialist

  • 20 Mar 2018
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Full-time
  • Communications and Knowledge Management

The Position: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Web System Specialist who will be a member of Communications and Knowledge Management (CKM) team in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

General: The International Livestock Research Institute (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

Job Purpose:

The position supports the effective set up and support of web platforms to share and communicate ILRI’s work.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Support the design and management of ILRI’s web sites using Drupal and WordPress CMS;

  • Support the technical development and management of ILRI’s web platforms and services (design, functionality, content aggregation and integration);

  • Support the technical implementation of the DSpace repository system used by CGSpace;

  • Support integration of ILRI ‘social media’ content with corporate web services and systems

  • Contribute to ILRI’s communications and knowledge management team working on ‘knowledge, publishing and curation;

  • Assist the Web Project Manager in the management of Linux servers for CKM web projects;

  • Undertake the day-to-day administration on ILRI web and blogs, including fixing errors and bugs, compiling regular statistics on ILRI platforms, ensuring permissions, etc.;

  • Contribute to the ILRI-wide communications and KM community of practice, sharing and communicating work updates and lessons, participate in online web communities, CKM learning, reviewing and planning activities and ensure that these activities follow ILRI standards and agreed channels;

  • Any other duties as may be assigned.

Academic and professional qualifications:


  • Bachelors or equivalent in ICT, Computer Science, Information Science, similar.


  • At least 5 years’ specific work experience


  • Essential: Concrete development experience with Drupal web CMS

  • Essential: Excellent English language skills

  • Essential: Excellent team work skills and ability to work in multi-cultural settings

  • Essential: Excellent of knowledge of basic web technologies, e.g. PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript

  • Desirable: Experience with Dspace

  • Desirable: Hands-on knowledge of Linux servers and their management

Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Grade: 2C

Minimum Base Salary: Birr 19,112 (Negotiable depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment: This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is for three years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: REF: WSS/06/18 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 20 March 2018.

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/

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.


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