Research Associate I - Remote Sensing

  • 15 Nov 2019
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Full-time
  • IRRI

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Associate Remote Sensing in collaboration with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to address development of demand-led rice breeding products in South of the Sahara (SSA) and South Asia regions.

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.

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) ( is the world’s premier research organization dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science; improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers; and protecting the rice-growing environment for future generations. IRRI is an independent, nonprofit, research and educational institute, founded in 1960. The institute, headquartered in Los Baños, Philippines, has offices in 17 countries in Asia and Africa, and over 1,000 staff.

Working with national partners, IRRI develops and disseminates productive, nutritious and climate-resilient rice varieties for various agro-ecologies and market segments.

Key Responsibilities


  • Collect in-situ and secondary key GIS data for the project including remote sensing products
  • Support IRRI GSM team in consolidating and processing GIS data to elucidate abiotic and biotic constraints to rice production in relation to existing rice growing environments in target geographies
  • Support IRRI GSM team in generating and mapping relevant information regarding market and socio-economic drivers
  • Support IRRI GSM team in exploiting CELL5M database to support any or all of the above activities
  • Support IRRI GSM team in applying geospatial science to support a forward-looking product profile development
  • Contribute in publishing research papers in international peer-reviewed journals


  • Maintain linkages with project team members, local government, partners, farmer groups, and universities to ensure smooth execution of field activities and work plan


  • Support IRRI GSM team and project outcome leader in preparation of quality project reports, project work plan and papers for presentation at policy and academic forums and publication in the impact peer review journals


  • Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy, Soil Science, Environmental Science or other related discipline
  • At least 1 year’s relevant experience in GIS and remote sensing
  • Demonstrated experience applying remote sensing methods to interdisciplinary research
  • Strong statistical skills, including designing field data collection protocols and analyzing data that vary over space and time
  • Programming skills (e.g. IDL, R) and proven ability to be able to process large data amounts such as satellite image time series
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and the ability to communicate with diverse audiences

Job Level

Ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, and experience working This position is at job level HG 10 and open to Kenyan nationals only. 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 15 November 2019. The position title and reference number REF: RA/IRRI /10/2019 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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