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Field Coordinators Jobs in Nairobi, Kenya

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Field Coordinator, Feed the Future (FtF) - Accelerated Value Chains Development (AVCD) program, to contribute to coordination of field activities in collaboration with partners including county governments and other USAID funded projects like KAVES.

Number of Positions:  3
  • Dairy value chain  (1)
  • Livestock value chain (2)
Post location: The position is based in ILRI Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travel to rural areas in Kenya.

As part of a larger USAID - funded agriculture development program, ILRI is leading a project to accelerate the impact of livestock and dairy market interventions on household incomes, with the goal to reduce poverty and hunger in eight counties in Kenya.  

The focus is on taking successful interventions to scale to achieve broad impact on agricultural incomes and nutrition. 

The interventions span four areas: Enhancing market access and promoting business development, increasing livestock and milk productivity, enhancing the enabling environment for livestock and dairy production, improving nutrition for women and children.

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. 


Reporting to the Value Chain coordinator, the job holder will be responsible for the following:
  • Coordinate field activities aimed at increasing smallholder dairy productivity and market linkages (through increased access to inputs and services as well as uptake of productivity enhancing technologies), working closely with development partners and county governments.
  • Establish and manage stakeholder relationships that improve the ability of the team to achieve the agreed outputs and outcomes.
  • Ensure timely and appropriate implementation of project activities.
  • Support project monitoring activities.
  • Undertake preparation of regular reports on project field activities.
  • Master’s degree in Livestock Production or Animal Health with experience in implementing development projects OR a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine/Animal Science with over 5 year experience implementing development projects.
  • Field experience in implementation of dairy development projects in Kenya – especially in the area of livestock husbandry, animal health, livestock production and farmer market linkages.
  • Demonstrated experience working in collaborative development projects involving multiple partners and including good understanding of government programs and processes under the livestock department.
  • Demonstrated experience in coordination of field activities and supervision of field staff
  • Proven experience in program management and monitoring & evaluation.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Good interpersonal, facilitation and communication skills especially to diverse audience and targets.
  • Ability to work in multi-cultural environment and foster teamwork.
  • Ability to work with limited supervision and to take initiatives.
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 2D. 

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. 

The position title and reference number REF: FC/FTF/AVCD /08/2015 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter and specify the value chain; Dairy/Livestock.  

All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portalHERE
 by 12 September 2015

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ILRI is an equal opportunity employer

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