Technical Assistant III – Field and Laboratory IRRI

  • Mwea, Kenya

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Technical Assistant on behalf of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Under the general supervision of researcher, establish and maintain field/screenhouse/greenhouse and laboratory experiments/operations, and perform data collection and documentation. Perform duties related to the maintenance of work areas and daily operations at the research unit.

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 centers 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.

ILRI hosts the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Nairobi ( with its headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna in the Philippines. 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.

Key Responsibilities


    • Perform/conduct activities to support experiment(s) in the field of [Plant Breeding]
    • Support the day-to-day operation of activities in the field/screenhouse/greenhouse
    • Support and oversee contract workers during field/screenhouse/greenhouse operation and monitor efficiency.
    • Help in preparation of materials to be used in field/greenhouse/screenhouse/laboratory experiments (e.g. seeds, soil, nutrient solution, labels)
    • Help to oversee, implement and monitor field/screenhouse/greenhouse activities from seeding to harvesting to seed processing and ensure that all operations meet standards of quality assurance
    • Help to supervise and handle data collection, processing
    • Help perform assigned  procedures related to experiments/study in Plant Breeding
    • Perform seed germination for planting in the field
    • Support in systematic bagging and harvesting of panicles
    • Help conduct trials in the breeding
    • Assist in mass screening of rice cultivars,, assessment of damage and data collection


Assist in the maintenance and organization of field, greenhouse/screenhouse/headhouse/laboratory as required by Institute protocols including maintaining cleanliness, orderliness, and safety in the laboratory and other work. This includes spaces, preparation of commonly used solutions/materials, inventory and ordering of chemicals and supplies.


  • Data collection and documentation-Collect data and help in cleaning data
  • Encode data for analysis using electronic device/ computer/ tablet
  • Assist in characterization and data collections from stored germplasm
  • Measure and asses plant parameters and yield components
  • Calibrate regularly used equipment
  • Assist in training scholars/ interns/ on-the-job-trainees
  • Assist in initial purification of seed stocks by bagging and threshing panic/es
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by supervisor from time to time


  • Diploma in agriculture (breeding, crop protection, crop science) with experience working in rice fields
  • Has basic knowledge of MS Office programs such as Word and Excel or related software
  • Has experience with rice field management
  • Has experience in rice production


Post location: The position will be based in Mwea, Kenya

This position is at job level HG 9 and it is only open to Kenyan nationals. The position is a 2-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 role 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 16 June 2024.The position title and reference number REF: IRRI-TEC/05/2024 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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ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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