Research Associate

  • Iternational Livestock FResearch Institute
  • Ahero, Kenya
  • 23/02/2022
Young Professional Research

Job Description

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Associate on behalf of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to provide technical research support in implementation of breeding experiments, surveys and other research studies that are aimed at increasing the genetic gains of rice in Kenya. The person will also help in data collection from breeding trials, day to day management of field trials and help in supervision of casual laborers.

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.  

ILRI hosts the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Nairobi ( with its headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna in the Philippines. IRRI aims to reduce poverty and hunger, improve the health of rice farmers and consumers, and ensure environmental sustainability of rice farming.

Key responsibilities

1.1.      Purpose

  • Provide technical support in the day-to-day running of field experiments
  • Assist researchers in collecting and processing data from the field
  • Make sure the entries in trials are properly labelled and record kept in field books.
  • Fill data sheets and submit data to the researcher for further processing

1.2.      Engagement

  • Engage effectively with field laborers, irrigation scheme officers/managers, KALRO researchers and other stakeholders as needed.
  • Inform the immediate supervisor on the condition and status of field trials
  • Effectively communicate with immediate supervisors and daily laborers to ensure delivery of research objectives

1.3.      Delivery

  • In conjunction with the researcher and scientist, plan, survey and coordinate the materials and resources required to meet the research objectives of the group
  • Help collect and store data generated from the trials and provide information regarding the status of trials to ensure continuity and quality of field research
  • Clean and maintain the research fields
  • Perform any other relevant duties as assigned by supervisor from time to time


  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture or related field
  • Minimum 1 year of relevant work experience
  • Knowledgeable in setting up field trials
  • Knowledge of field data collection and labelling entries using a bar code
  • Experience with field data collection, sample processing and archiving
  • An understanding of health and safety in the workplace and good working practices
  • Ability to work autonomously with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary team
  • Good communication skills
  • Willingness to learn and continually develop skills

Post location: The position will be based in Ahero, Kenya.

Terms of Appointment This position is at job level HG 10. The position is 1.6 years 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 before 24 February 2022. The position title and reference number REF: IRRI/15812/2022 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.

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.