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Research Technician III - Data Systems




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Recruiter: International Livestock Research Institute Updated on: 2013-05-09 14:42:10
Contract Permanent
Location: Nairobi Available: ASAP
Category: IT / Telecomms Offer: This position is in job Grade 2C with a starting salary of KES 116,417. This is exclusive of other benefits provided by ILRI.



A member Center of the CGIAR Consortium

Research Technician III - Data Systems

Minimum Requirements


•BA/BSc degree in Information Systems, Database Management, Computer Science or related

•At least 3 years of experience working with relational databases for complex datasets and
relational database servers e.g., MySQL, MS SQL Server or Oracle;

•At least 2 years of experience in software development;

•Experience of SQL language for data extraction and management of databases;

•Experience on the use of desktop programming languages (e.g., Visual Basic, Delphi) for the
development of data-driven applications;

•Knowledge and experience of C++ or Java languages is an advantage;

•Knowledge and experience of Linux operative system is an advantage;

•Experience in the design and development of applications for mobile devices (e.g., PDAs,
Android) is desirable;

•Previous experience in simple data analysis and report writing preferred;

•Understanding and experience of working in applied agricultural research preferred;

•Excellent interpersonal communication and good personal organization skills, including skills
in mentoring and capacity building;

•Good communication ability in English, both spoken and written;

•Good judgment and willingness to take initiative when appropriate.

Terms of Appointment

This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus. The position
is on a 2 year contract with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and
continued funding.


Job Specification

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to enhance the roles livestock play in
pathways out of poverty in developing countries. ILRI has two main campuses in East Africa and other
hubs in East, West and southern Africa and South, Southeast and East Asia.

CGIAR is a global agricultural research partnership for a food-secure future. Its science is carried out
by 15 research centres that are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of
partner organizations.

Humidtropics, a CGIAR Research Program (CRP), seeks to transform the lives of the rural poor in
tropical Americas, Asia and Africa. Innovative integrated systems research in the humid tropics will
help poor farm families, often led by women, boost their agricultural productivity while preserving the
land for future generations. ILRI is heavily engaged in the Humidtropics, leading Strategic Research
Theme 1 on Systems Analysis and Global Synthesis with strong inputs into other CRP’s. Further
information is available at:

The Position

The overall purpose of this position is to provide support in data management, database design
and designing and maintaining systems for managing and utilising research data for Humidtropics
Strategic Research Theme 1 (Systems Analysis & Global Synthesis). The post-holder will ensure
that data and associated information are well documented and accessible to both internal (ILRI and
Humidtropics partners) and external users, depending on data ownership & sharing agreements. This
position will be part of the ILRI Research Methods Group.

Key responsibilities

•Contribute to the development of data management systems and tools for use in ILRI
research projects and CGIAR Research Programs;

•Write procedures and software to extract and prepare data for analysis and produce routine
summaries of data;

•Program field survey instruments (handheld PDA, mobile phones and/or netbooks) and train
field teams on their use;

•Implement and monitor quality assurance protocols and routines, including remote back-up
of databases;

•Supervise data entry staff;

•Contribute to the overall work of the RMG, this may include: database design for specific
projects, supervising of students attached to the group, etc.

How to Apply

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV combined as one document addressed to the Human
Resources Director, 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 by 15th May, 2013. Log on to: http:// The position title and reference number REF: RTDS/RMG/04/
13 should be clearly marked on the cover letter. Only online applications will be considered, and only
short listed candidates will be contacted.

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