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Job Type:International NGO


Fields of Education: PhD in Animal Breeding or equivalent degree. (post-graduate training in project management will be an added advantage)


Organization: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)


Salary : Birr 50,330




Application Dead line:2016-04-06




The Position:  The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) ILRI seeks to recruit a National Program Coordinator who will lead the African Dairy Genetic Gains (ADGG) Technical program implementation in Ethiopia, in which she/he would be engaging the relevant national offices at the highest level.   African Dairy Genetic Gains (ADGG) is a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) funded project that looks at strategies to increase potential and realized smallholder dairy productivity in East Africa. This investment is expected to complement and strengthen the ongoing East African Dairy Development (EADD) program, and will leverage the various on-going country based dairy improvement investments such as the Agricultural Technology Transfer Project in Tanzania, dairy projects in collaboration with or led by the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV)- and Heifer International in Tanzania, and Ethiopia; the Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE) funded project in Ethiopia; the World Bank funded East Africa Agriculture Productivity Project in, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda as well as the farmer information and producer network of more than 200,000 farmers
General: 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.

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 (Mali, Mozambique and Nigeria) and in South Asia (India and Sri Lanka), Southeast Asia (Laos, Thailand and Vietnam) and East Asia (China).

 Main duties & responsibilities:

Will be the principal point of contact person for the program in Ethiopia, and responsible for a suit of activities and services, the budget of which is large (>US$ 2million). In close liaison with the Country PI, lead/oversee the Technical program implementation in Ethiopia and be accountable to, represent the Program’s Principal Investigator (PI) at related national fora, including regularly handling the program communication at a high level- with state ministers and partners.

  • Assist the Pl to ensure the effective and flexible coordination and implementation of ADGG in Ethiopia;
  • Undertake high level training on related national cattle performance recording and evaluation;
  • Supervise, mentor and support the program Site Coordinators (SCs);
  • Coordinate and undertake joint related ADGG /Private-Public Partnership for Artificial Insemination Delivery (PAID) program activities in Ethiopia by working closely with the ADGG program Partners, specifically the State Minister and Directorate of EIAR; the two Program PIs, thus providing the needed closer links between ADGG & PAID programs;
  • Undertake the day-to-day management of program activities;
  • With the full knowledge of the Program’s Principal Investigator (PI) and Country PI, maintain regular and effective communication between the ADGG / PAID – Ethiopia team and the ILRI project team to ensure the quality and timeliness of project deliverables
  • Observing the project schedules and timescales, liaise with the country Pl and ILRI to ensure documents (financial, technical and meeting report, and feedbacks) are prepared in accordance with the agreed schedules and within timescales;
  • Coordinate the preparation of timely and quality documentation / implementation reports to be submitted to ILRI; including contributing to the packaging of feedbacks to farmers;
  • Maintain records on technical and financial aspects of project operation, including project activities and their outcomes; as well as minutes, decisions and recommendations of meetings and workshops;
  • Ensure that all partners, beneficiaries, and stakeholders are appropriately and timely informed and involved in the program activities;
  • Provide excellent service to all stakeholders working within the program by being proactive, responsive and effectively dealing with program related concerns / issues;
  • Ensure effective dissemination of knowledge and insights gained; learnings as well as tools and methodologies to approved program stakeholders and wider audience;
  • Identify potential related activities to which the planned program activities would be synergistic to, and communicate / share with the Program Management Team (PMT) for further action.

Minimum Requirement: 


  • PhD in Animal Breeding or equivalent degree. (post-graduate training in project management will be an added advantage)
  • Professional qualification in project management and monitoring and evaluation will be an added advantage.


  • At least 5 years’ experience in the delivery of development/research in development projects in multiple partner projects environment.


  • Experience in teamwork and people management skills in a multicultural environment
  • Excellent communications skills including verbal, written English and presentation skills;
  • Excellent inter-personal skills, leadership skills and a proven networker
  • Knowledge of computers and database/spreadsheet/word processing software.       


  • Preferably be an Ethiopian

Duty Station:  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

Job level:   4A.

Monthly Base Salary: Birr 50,330 (Negotiable depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment:  This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is for three years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc.

The ILRI Addis campus is set in a secure, attractive campus with dining and sports facilities that are located on site.


ApplicationsApplicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: REF: NPC/14/16 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: on or before 6 April 2016.





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