Research Associate I-Technical Assistant

  • 15 Nov 2019
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Full-time
  • Sustainable Livestock Systems

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Associate – Technical Assistant to provide technical assistance in the daily running analyses in the Mazingira Animal Nutrition Laboratory.

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.


  • Reception, documentation, storage, and maintenance of inventory (both consumable and non-expendable) in the Wet Laboratory of ILRIs Mazingira Centre;
  • Sample documentation, storage, preparation and analysis following the Standard Operating Procedures;
  • General Wet Laboratory cleanliness, cleaning and storage of glassware using prescribed methods (SOPs);
  • Safe disposal of spent chemicals and containers;
  • Summarize the recorded data in a clear concise manner using prescribed spreadsheets (ie Microsoft Excel) and submit weekly reports to the supervisor;
  • Communicate with students and other team members on wet laboratory procedures;


  • Bachelor’s degree in Laboratory Technology or related field
  • Minimum of 1-year relevant laboratory experience
  • Proven experience in common wet lab techniques (ie. Kjeldahl digestion, preparation of relevant solutions, gross energy analysis of feeds)
  • Aability to co-ordinate, prioritize, and organize work
  • Effective planning and multi-tasking skills

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

Job Level

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-TA/SLS/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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