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People & Organizational Development Officer Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Vacancy: People & Organizational Development Officer - Learning & Performance
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a People & Organizational Development Officer - Learning & Performance to strengthen the resourcing practices and implementation of the performance management framework and system at ILRI as well as contribute to ongoing institutional learning & organizational development initiatives.  

ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia.  

The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals’ alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases. 

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2015, an operating budget of about USD 83 million. 

A member of the CGIAR Consortium working for a food-secure future, ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and offices in other countries in East, West and Southern Africa and in South, Southeast and East Asia. 

  • Ensure effective implementation of the ILRI performance management system through; facilitation and delivery of training for new and existing staff as appropriate, contribute to continuous improvement of the online system review and support managers in ensuring development of quality Key Result Areas as well as and facilitation of performance planning sessions as appropriate.
  • Proactively coordinate meetings with operational managers / heads of units/departments in order to effectively diagnose key business challenges and support in the design of appropriate interventions.
  • Follow up with supervisors on probation reviews and facilitate probation extension meetings with managers and staff as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the development of best practice institutional resourcing standards and the development of recruitment/ skills and capacity of hiring managers and support recruitment of International and nationally recruited staff across ILRI.
  • Work closely with Directors, Program leaders, Heads of unit/department in determining specific resourcing needs and curating solutions/proposals/interventions in meeting these needs.
  • Support implementation of various change initiatives, institutionalization of ILRI values; organize staff engagement action planning meetings and surveys as appropriate.
  • Support operational managers in designing structures for their departments and mapping business processes and HR requirements.
  • Coordinate exit interviews for staff leaving the organization, analyse data and prepare appropriate reports and recommendations.
  • Support operational managers in competency assessment activities within the Performance management cycle, work force planning, including facilitation of training programs on behavioral competency assessments as part of career development.
  • Conduct talent reviews, audits and support the identification of critical posts for succession planning using appropriate tools.
  • Coordinate induction programs for new staff including, facilitating group induction sessions, designing and updating induction materials/ manuals as appropriate, streamlining induction processes, conducting induction evaluations and preparing reports as appropriate.
  • Analyze and discuss appropriate learning interventions with staff based on the submitted Performance Development Plans, including the delivery of training programs where necessary.
  • Liaise with the procurement unit and negotiate with external training providers to ensure cost effective program delivery.
  • Implement the eLearning platform including coordinating monthly eLearning marketing and promotion activities to increase usage and preparing usage reports as appropriate.
  • Generate learning analytics and metrics, benchmarking with relevant organizations and produce reports as appropriate.
  • Holder of an Advanced Degree in Human Resources, Organisational Development or Business management.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in a busy HR unit or Learning & Development unit with expertise in recruitment and learning & development.
  • Knowledge of adult training facilitation techniques and methodology.
  • Experience in preparing HR reports, implementing multiple projects and using various organizational development diagnostic tools is desired.
  • Experience and ability to engage managers and staff across all levels in an organization.
  • Ability to work on own initiative, organize own workload, set priorities and show flexibility in demanding situations.
  • Commitment to high quality service, good communication, presentation and networking skills.
  • High attention to detail with the ability to analyze critical information for reporting and designing systems.
  • MS- Office Suite proficiency is required.
  • Willingness to learn more, demonstrate respect for confidentiality and align with ILRI’s mission, vision and aims.
Post location: The position is based in ILRI Nairobi, Kenya.

Terms of Appointment:
 This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus. It is open to Kenyan nationals only. 

The position is on a 3-year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Job Level:
 This position is job level 3A, ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; pension, medical and other insurances for ILRI’s Nationally Recruited Staff.

How to Apply: 

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining 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 HERE tab above before 1 February 2016. 

The position title and reference number REF: P&OD /01/2016 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.

To find out more about ILRI, visit our websites at

To find out more about working at ILRI visit our website at

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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