Research Compliance Officer - Re-advertised

  • 25 Mar 2019
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Full-time
  • Livestock Genetics

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Compliance Officer to manage all material transfers agreements, negotiations under the Nagoya protocol.

The Jobholder will be employed to work within the Nairobi Node of the Centre of Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health program. The Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health is an alliance between the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh and Scotland's Rural College (SRUC). It was established to improve the productivity and health of livestock in sub-Saharan Africa using the latest genetic and genomics technologies and related innovations.

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.


  • To support CTLGH scientists and partners to obtain access and benefit sharing permits (prior informed consent and mutually agreed terms), as well as other necessary permits, around the use of animal genetic resources.  This will involve working closely with the CTLGH scientists as well as others from partner institutions, as well as various regulatory authorities in the partner countries
  • Developing intimate knowledge of the ABS regulations in partner countries and keeping an up-to-date database
  • Developing and maintaining good relations with regulatory authorities in partner countries, including travel to the partner countries where required
  • Maintaining an up-to-date database of ABS and other permits associated with all AnGR samples utilised by CTLGH
  • Capacity building of CTLGH and partner scientists on issues related to ABS and other related regulatory requirements
  • Oversight to ensure that all CTLGH activities are ABS compliant, and development of internal materials on ABS that will support this compliance
  • Other tasks as requested


  • Masters in a relevant discipline and 3 years of relevant experience or a relevant Degree and 6 years’ experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in research compliance activities, including support to obtaining various research permits
  • Demonstrated experience of interaction with government departments
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Nagoya protocol and Access and Benefit sharing in relation to the use of Animal Genetic Resources and associated indigenous knowledge
  • Demonstrated experience in working with a range of partners and developing and maintaining strong partner relations
  • Ability to maintain a database
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and proactively
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Willingness to travel to a range of partner countries within Africa and elsewhere
  • Excellent spoken and written English, a knowledge of French would be an advantage

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 3-year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Job Level

This position is job level 3A level 2, 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 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 to the Director, People and Organizational Development by clicking on the "Apply Now" tab above before 25 March 2019. The position title and reference number REF: RCO/03/2019 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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