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Occupational Health & Safety Officer - ILRI Job Vacancy in Kenya

Vacancy Number: OHSO/HR/10/10

ILRI seeks to recruit an
 Occupational Health & Safety Officer (Operations)to work within the Occupational Health & Safety Department.

Department: Occupational Health & Safety

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Duration: 2 years renewal

The globally networked International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) helps to reduce poverty, hunger and environmental degradation by enhancing animal agriculture in developing countries.

ILRI positions its work at the dynamic interface of poverty alleviation and sustainable livestock livelihoods.

Our staff work in partnerships and alliances with organizations in developed and developing countries, including some of the finest NGOs, universities and research organizations in the world. ILRI’s headquarters are in Nairobi, Kenya, with a second principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Our staff are also based in 7 partner institutions in other parts of Africa and in Asia and Latin America. We employ more than 700 staff from about 40 countries and are one of 15 centres sponsored by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

  • Coordinate the following Environmental programs at ILRI: Pest Control, and Kitchen hygiene.
  • Coordinate the Waste Management Plan and radiation hygiene plan for ILRI-Nairobi
  • To organise and arrange for EOHS training for operations and Office staff both internally and externally and attend training as required
  • Coordinate the following occupational health and safety programs at ILRI: First Aid and Fire.
  • Coordinate kitchen safety, transport safety, engineering safety and office safety inspection in line with Kenyan regulatory requirements and other international regulations.
  • Coordinate risk assessment in the office, transport, engineering, and kitchen.
  • Accompany staff from the safety representatives and external agencies (regulators and contractors) during workplace inspections of the kitchen, engineering, transport and offices.
  • Follow up on any deficiencies noted during these inspections or by external inspectors, and ensure that they are corrected.
  • Coordinate the accident and incident management program and maintain accident/ incident program within the kitchen, transport, engineering and office.
  • Coordinate the safety representatives meetings and take the minutes of discussions.
  • Coordinates plans, and implements the actions and recommendations of the institute Safety representatives; provides technical assistance and advice to the Committee.
  • Carry out a PPE needs assessment for all work areas and ensure all work areas are supplied with the right PPE.
  • Carry out fit testing for respiratory PPE for all staff
  • Coordinate application of licences/permits from regulatory agencies in liaison with the EOHSO.
  • Maintain an Environmental management plan for ILRI.
  • Maintain an traceable and auditable filling system for EOHS department
  • Take minutes during all EOHS committee meetings.
  • Assisting in any other issues that involve EOHS office
Skills and Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Science degree in a relevant field and post graduate training in EHS.
  • Minimum 1 to 2 years relevant experience
  • Well developed computer skills in Word, PowerPoint and Excel and web
  • Good personal organization skills, accuracy and attention to detail required
  • Highly effective multi-tasking skills, with ability to coordinate, prioritize, and organize workload, meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Capacity to take initiative, demonstrate good judgment, and work under minimal supervision
  • Good written and communication skills
Terms of appointment: This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus and is open to Kenyan nationals only. The position is on a 2-year contract renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Job level and salary: This position is job level 2C and starting salary is KES is 105,000 per month. This is exclusive of other benefits provided within ILRI’s National Recruited Staff Scheme.


Applications addressed to the Human Resources Director, a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience should be emailed to: by 27 October 2010.

The position title and reference number “OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY OFFICER:OHSO/HR/10/10” should be clearly marked on the subject line of the email applications. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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