Research Associate -ABS

  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Full-time

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Associate to support the Access and Benefits Sharing (ABS)-Nagoya Protocol compliance for CTLGH and Livestock Genetics (LiveGene) Teams through the compilation, review, submission of compliance documentation. The job holder will work closely with the ABS Officer at CTLGH/LiveGene, compliance offices at ILRI, Roslin Institute and SRUC.

ILRI works to improve food security and nutrition, and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 11 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, ILRI has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa.

Key Responsibilities

  • Initiate ABS documentation, submission, and collaborate with relevant stakeholders to ensure compliance and rapid acquisition of permits.
  • Review the PIC&MAT, Material Transfer Agreements (MTA) and other contracts for respect of terms, updating or renewal, trace and track the benefits according to the agreed PIC&MAT and MTA,
  • Work closely with the ILRI biorepository manager to ensure the compliance of samples kept in ILRIs facilities, and update on the compliance status, and follow up subsequence actions,
  • Maintain records including ensuring an updated data platform linking the samples to their compliance documentation,
  • Advise CTLGH/LiveGene and partners’ community on ABS related issues.
  • Conduct literature review of both peer-reviewed and gray literature on ABS.
  • Consolidate information on domestic measures addressing benefit-sharing from Digital Sequence Information on Livestock in CTLGH/ILRI partner countries/institutions
  • Maintain the actionable road map for mainstreaming ABS for CTLGH projects.
  • Obtain and file the international recognized certificates of compliance (IRCC) for all CTLGH and LiveGene projects
  • Provide regular updates to supervisors and perform any other related duties as may be required


  • Bachelor’s Degree in law,
  • At least five years’ experience in a similar role
  • Strong analytical skills and innovative thinking
  • Basic French knowledge would be an advantage
  • Good working knowledge of ITC technologies and computer applications (e.g. MS Office)
  • Knowledge and experience of the ABS Nagoya protocol and related matters together with experience of ABS matters in the research context.  
  • Knowledge in drafting and reviewing legal documents, agreements, meeting and dispute resolutions, and transaction instruments such as contracts would be an added advantage
  • Experience working on ABS in the context of agricultural and genomic research would be an added advantage
  • Experience in reporting and presenting ABS and biodiversity would be an added advantage

Position Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Terms of Appointment

This position is at job level HG13 and it is only open to Kenyan nationals. The position is a 3-year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes pension, medical and other insurances.

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 on or before 6 December 2022. The position title and reference number REF: ABS/716/2022 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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