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Friday 28 March 2014

Research Technician - The International Livestock Research Institute Uganda

Vacancy: Research Technician (3 Career Opportunities)
Recruiting Organisation: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
Project: 'Smallholder Pigs Value Chain Development in Uganda Project’ (SPVCD)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Country: Uganda

About ILRI:
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for better and more sustainable use of livestock. ILRI is a non-profit-making and non-governmental organization with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, and a second principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We employ over 700 staff from about 40 countries. ILRI is a member of the CGIAR Consortium which works for a food-secure future.

Key Duties:
Support in carrying out value chain assessments of smallholder pig value chains with multiple stakeholders;
Assist in monitoring of field trials and other interventions with farmers and other actors of the pig value chain;
Enter field data into Excel or Access, analyze and draft technical reports;
Support in organizing project workshops;
Collect gender-disaggregated field data on specific indicators in line with the livestock and fish research program’s monitoring and evaluation framework for the Uganda pig value chain, in collaboration with the Gender and Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist;.

Select useful information for broader communication to multiple stakeholders, in collaboration with the communications specialist;
Perform any other duties related to the project activities that may be assigned by the project coordinator.

The ideal candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, Agricultural Economics, Agriculture and Extension, Veterinary or other relevant discipline.

Skills and Experience:
At least three years’ experience in livestock production, animal health or socio-economics, addressing agricultural development issues, operational/action research, or other related areas.
Past exposure and experience in conducting surveys, organizing data collection activities, working directly with farmers and their families.
Extensive understanding and knowledge of innovation systems, gender issues and value chain analysis concepts.
Proficiency in the use of MS Office packages, as well as ability to develop databases and prepare required documentation from them.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, which will be key to support the facilitation of stakeholder workshops and training programs for all actors of the value chain, as well as to participate effectively in a multicultural, multidisciplinary team.
Highly effective multi-tasking skills, with ability to coordinate, prioritize, and organize workload, meet deadlines and work under pressure.
Sound judgment and initiative and the ability to work with a high degree of independence within assigned areas
Fluency in oral and written English and the local languages in the project sites (specifically Luganda, Luo and Lunyoro).
Willingness to travel frequently.
Possess a Valid motor cycle driving permit.

All suitably qualified candidates are required to send their applications including a letter of application (responding to the required qualifications and competencies) and updated curriculum vitae in English, with names and full contact details of at least three referees, (including telephone and email address) who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience, preferred location for assignment and Curriculum Vitae should be emailed to: S.Lwasa2@cgiar.org, with a copy to E.A.Ouma@cgiar.org. The position title and reference number “APPLICATION FOR RESEARCH TECHNICIAN POSITION - SPVCD” should be clearly marked on the subject line of the email applications.

Deadline: 31st March 2014.