ILRI vacancy: Research Technician- GIS/ RS Data Management, Nairobi

Vacancy Number: RTGIS/RMG/04/13

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: 2 years with the possibility of renewal

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.

The Position

This position would be part of the ILRI Research Methods Group (RMG)
that provides institutional and project level support in research
design, data management, analysis and reporting, and Geographical
Information Systems. The post holder will maintain, update and provide
ILRI spatial data and associated metadata to ILRI projects and partners.

Key responsibilities

  • Management, sharing and exchange of fully documented spatial data
    with standard metadata within ILRI and to collaborating partners;
  • Provision of GIS and remote sensing data management, analysis and presentation to diverse multidisciplinary ILRI projects;
  • Updating and maintenance of the web interactive geoportal platform for sharing spatial data to internal and external users;
  • Other duties as required to support RMG activities.


  • BSc. in GIS and Remote Sensing, Geo-informatics, Geomatics or related subject;
  • At least two (2) years relevant experience in the application of GIS and Remote Sensing, preferably in agricultural research;
  • Demonstrated experience with GIS and Remote Sensing software: ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ERDAS or ENVI;
  • Experience in developing and maintaining spatial databases with corresponding standard metadata;
  • Working knowledge of an open source GIS software, preferably QGIS, an advantage;
  • Knowledge of Python scripting with ArcGIS an advantage;
  • Experience with any web-based GIS platform online publishing system an advantage;
  • Knowledge of available regional and global environmental spatial datasets an advantage;
  • Excellent English reading, writing and communication skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to plan and prioritize work with minimum supervision.

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 level and salary

This position is in job Grade 2B with a starting salary of KES 83,606.  This is exclusive of other benefits provided by ILRI.

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 8th May, 2013. Log on to: The position title and reference number REF: RTGIS/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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