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Vacancy Number: PA/CCAFS/06/11

Department: CCAFS East Africa Regional office

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Duration: 2-year renewable contract

Climate Change, Agriculture, Food Security (CCAFS) seeks to recruit a highly competent and dynamic Program Assistant for its Regional Program in East Africa.

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) is a 10-year research initiative launched by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP).

The CCAFS program seeks to overcome the threats to agriculture and food security in a changing climate, exploring new ways of helping vulnerable rural communities adjust to global changes in climate.

The CCAFS East Africa Regional office is hosted at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

The CCAFS Program Assistant will be part of a small Program Management Team and will in particular involve in ensuring that adequate program projects, financial and administrative systems are established and maintained.

He/she will be responsible for providing technical backstopping to the overall Program management. The CCAFS Program Assistant will report to the Regional Program Leader.

This position will be based at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Headquarters in Nairobi but it may require frequent travel throughout the Eastern Africa region.

  • Provide administrative backstopping to the overall Program management;
  • Support in organizing CCAFS events and workshops;
  • Assist in developing and maintaining a filing system and data base for managing CCAFS Program documentation, including concept notes, project proposals, project agreements, etc;
  • Manage the data archive for the CCAFS program and its regional partners;
  • Establish and maintain a key partner contacts data base and email list server, including all Principal Investigators, Project team members, and other partner stakeholders;
  • Support in establishing and keeping up to date a resource mobilization list of key contacts;
  • Assist the Regional Program Leader in the preparation of competitive Calls for Concept notes and managing of the review process, full proposal development, approval and contractual agreements;
  • Assist the Regional Program Leader in the monitoring and evaluation of CCAFS Projects, including monitoring of milestones and in the preparation of regular technical and financial reports;
  • Manage public awareness events with the media, linked with events such as the CCAFS regional partner meetings;
  • Provide other administrative and financial support to the Regional Program Leader and the Administration as requested;
  • Manage procurement and logistics services for the CCAFS E.A Regional Office;
  • Carry out other duties as requested by the Regional Program Leader.
  • Bachelors degree in Business Administration or a related field.
  • Post graduate training in Communications would be an added advantage.
  • Minimum 3 years related work experience.
  • Computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office and communications tools; e.g. Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop.
  • Excellent communication skills; written and verbal communication in English, including web based communications; knowledge of other languages an advantage;
  • Administrative and financial management skills for project monitoring and program management;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work within a multicultural environment.
  • Team building capability.
  • Capacity to take initiative and demonstrate good judgment.
  • Superior multi-tasking skills with the ability to coordinate, prioritize and organize workload, meet deadlines and work under pressure with minimal supervision.
Terms of appointment: This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus and is open to Kenyan nationals only. The position is on a 2-year renewable contract subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Job level and salary: This position is job Grade 2C, with a starting gross salary of KES 95,833 per month. This is exclusive of other benefits provided by ILRI.

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality livestock science, communications and capacity building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development.

ILRI is one of 15 centres supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ILRI has campuses in Kenya (headquarters) and Ethiopia, with other offices located in other regions of Africa (Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria) as well as in South Asia (India, Sri Lanka), Southeast Asia (Laos, Thailand, Vietnam) and East Asia (China).

To find out more about ILRI, visit our website at

Applications addressed to the Human Resources Director, a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience should be emailed to: by 17 June 2011.

The position title and reference number “CCAFS PROGRAM ASSISTANT:PA/CCAFS/06/11” must be clearly indicated on the email subject line of the email application.

Due to the high volume of applicants that we receive, we regret but only online applications will be considered and only short listed candidates will be contacted.

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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RTI is an independent organization dedicated to conducting innovative, multidisciplinary research that improves the human condition.

With a worldwide staff of more than 4,000 people, RTI offers innovative research and development and a full spectrum of multidisciplinary services.

Universities in North Carolina founded RTI in 1958 as a centerpiece of the Research Triangle Park.

RTI International is recruiting for the following job positions for an upcoming primary math and reading (PRIMR) project.

Education Specialist(s) will provide technical support for the development of language specific learning materials, teacher and student materials, and specified frameworks as funded by USAID/Kenya and agreed with by MOE.

The specialist’s activities include working with RTI technical staff and the MOE to identify, develop, and harmonize effective Kiswahili literacy and English transition instructional approaches to be used in Standard 1 and 2.

The assignment is highly technical and managerial, with emphasis on linguistic characteristics of languages, and is designed to provide high level support for effective local capacity building. In particular, the education specialist will work with TAC tutors, and education officers to support the delivery of the reading and math curriculum in early grades.

Qualifications: Bachelors and ten years of experience in the education sector with understanding of scientifically-based reading and math research; Knowledge of a balanced literacy framework and early mathematics understanding; Knowledge of Kiswahili and English transition instruction strategies; interest in urban slum areas; Fluency in English and Kiswahili required.

Education Policy Specialist will provide policy and analytic support for the MOE in the development of Kiswahili, English and mathematics materials.

The specialist will work with RTI technical staff to develop the reading materials, and will work closely with the MOE and government bodies to integrate the ideas into existing government programs.

The specialist will provide policy advice, including ongoing policy studies for the MOE focused on the scale-up of early grade reading and math instructional improvement programs.

The assignment is highly technical, and is designed to focus on providing local capacity building at the MOE, provincial, municipal and city education officer and Quality Assurance officer positions.

Qualifications: Bachelors and ten years of experience in the education sector with deep understanding of scientifically-based reading and math research; Evidence of deep understanding of policy development in the education sector at the primary level; Ability to measure basic foundation skills for literacy and math in the early grades; Fluency in English and Kiswahili required.

M&E Officer will focus on the implementation of all reading and math assessments for students in Standard 1 and 2. Activities include instrument development, sampling, complex weighting, analysis and report writing.

RTI will provide guidance and support for all of the tasks that are needed to execute these assessments in timely manner. M&E specialist will supervise ongoing assessment of program outcomes, including the development of classroom observation tools and the implementation of ongoing monitoring.

Qualifications: 10 years of overall experience with a B.A, MA, or MBA with commensurate experience working in education. Experience in implementing USAID projects required. Experience in survey design and implementation required.

Accountant will work on the financial and reporting functions for the program in the Nairobi and field offices to ensure compliance with the contract.

Specific responsibilities include: preparing and submitting monthly financial statements (including expenses, receivable and payables, funds requests, reconciliations) and other reporting requirements to RTI’s head office within the designated time period; implementing, consolidating and monitoring cost effective and efficient systems (including accounting software) and procedures with strong internal controls; coordinating the tracking of finances related to workshops and trainings; and preparing other financial and cost accounting reports, operations and analysis as required by management and RTI Finance Manager.

Qualifications: Bachelor degree plus three years experience in Finance or Accounting with CPA. Experience working for a USAID project is desirable. Knowledge of QuickBooks is desirable.

Office Manager will work to ensure the efficient day-to-day management of the office, including oversight of administrative and research assistants. Coordinate and track staff and visiting RTI/USAID staff and consultants travel, reserves accommodation, coordinates visa applications, and other travel requirements.

Coordinates the logistics for workshops and project meetings, might include reserving venues, organizing schedules and invitations, ensuring that protocol is kept. Assists in project financial management, including preparing field financial reports, purchase and management of office supplies, and other tasks as appropriate.


Tertiary qualification in administration/secretarial or related field; at least 5 years of experience office administration and management; experience working with USAID-funded programs would be an advantage; good financial management, organizational and interpersonal skills, attention to detail and ability to work in a team.

Administrative Assistant will provide operational support for office, including supporting logistics, program implementation and start-up and close down procedures. Coordinate and track travel logistics. Assist in the setup of presentations, reproduce and distribute documents. Actively maintain and update the filing system of the office to ensure all records are properly field. Assist with office inquiries.

Responsible for maintaining meetings for the senior project staff. This might include booking rooms, coordinating schedules, meeting invites, preparing agendas and taking meeting minutes. Responds to inquiries and provides a wide range of administrative duties. Proofread, edit and format monthly and final reports.

Qualifications: Post-secondary training in administrative and secretarial roles. A minimum of 2 years’ experience in administrative support.

Driver will drive, maintain and manage the project vehicle. Collect and deliver goods, mail, and documents. Meet personnel, facilitate immigration and customs formalities. Take care of day-to-day maintenance of the vehicles, check oil, water, battery, brakes, tires, etc.; perform minor repairs and arrange for other repairs, ensure that vehicle is kept clean. Log official trips, daily mileage, gas consumption, oil changes, greasing.

Qualifications: Minimum of secondary formal education, advanced training is preferred. Driving license and driving certificate.

How to apply

All positions are expected to be based in Nairobi and require fluency in English. Please email cover letter and CV to

Applicants must include the Position Title in the subject line of their email.

To learn more about RTI and our work in international development, please visit

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted

RTI is proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V.
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Ref: SGK/MPDM/06/201 1

Our client is a leading hotel located in Nairobi.

Due to rapid growth in business volume, they wish to identify a suitable candidate to fill the position of Marketing & Product Development Manager.


Reporting to the Hotel General Manager, the Marketing & Product Development Manager will be responsible for the following:-
  • Developing and implementing Marketing Plans and Strategies.
  • Executing and monitoring marketing plans.
  • Formulating and reviewing customer services Strategies
  • Attending to customer feedback and take continuous improvement action.
  • Carry out market surveys and market recommendation to improve service delivery.
  • Developing of new rich products and executing product, launches, promotions and demonstrations.
  • Developing new marketing opportunities.
  • Liaising with Export Promotion Council with aim of getting business outside the country.
  • Ensuring efficient and continuous marketing.
  • Gathering and reporting market intelligence
  • Managing marketing department and officers under supervision.
  • Preparing monthly reports.
  • Bachelor’s degree in either Marketing or Business Administration from a recognized Institution.
  • Post graduate Diploma in Marketing (CIM) will have an added advantage.
  • 'O' level Certificate of Education with a mean grade of B+ or Division 2 and above.
  • Must have at least 10 years relevant experience at management level in Hotel industry or other hospitality sectors.
  • Should be a hands-on, self motivated, creative and a team player.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Self start and able to meet short deadlines.
Applications indicating current / previous salary can be

e-mailed to

or Post to the Recruitment Division, Skills Geographic (K) Ltd. P.O. Box 20407-00100, Nairobi-Kenya

or Hand delivered to our Office at Vision Plaza 1st Floor Suite 37, Nairobi, Mombasa Road

Tel: 020-2385928.

So as to reach not later than 17th June 2011.

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