GERMPLASM HEALTH UNIT SUPERVISOR

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Addis Ababa
  • Applications have closed
  • Salary: Birr 41,572 (negotiable depending on salary history of the candidate)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Jobs in Ethiopia: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of GERMPLASM HEALTH UNIT SUPERVISOR in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Job Title: GERMPLASM HEALTH UNIT SUPERVISOR

(The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)  Job in Ethiopia 2021)

Job in Ethiopia by The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Job Overview

  • Organization: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
  • Location:   Addis Ababa
  • Grade: Senior Level
  •  Years of Experience:  5+
  • Occupational Groups:
    • plant pathology
  • Closing Date: Jun 15,  2021

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Position: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Germplasm Health Unit Supervisor to implement Germplasm Health Unit activities under the Genebank Platform.

General: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centers dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Plans, coordinates, implements and supervises day-to-day activities at the Germplasm Health Unit;
  • Develops and optimizes diagnostic tests for virus, bacteria, phytoplasma and fungi in forages, including use of molecular tools;
  • Undertakes and supervises germplasm health testing activities to ensure that seed are suitable for export or storage in the genebank;
  • Deduces germplasm health tests results and issues phytosanitary health statements for the tested seeds;
  • Liaises with Genebank in acquisition of Phytosanitary Certificate for germplasm distribution and Plant Import Permit for germplasm acquisition from the relevant NPPO;
  • Plans and implemenst field and greenhouse procedures for elimination of viral, bacterial, phytoplasma and fungal diseases from the genebank forage collection;
  • Maintains Quality Management System for seed health testing and post-entry screening, including continuous update of the relevant Standard Operating Procedures;
  • Curates and maintains germplasm health testing records;
  • Initiates research and contributes to fundraising of related germplasm health proposals
  • Guides and supervises technicians, technical assistants and interns attached to the Germplasm Health Unit;
  • Manages reagent, consumables and equipment inventory for the Germplasm Health Laboratory;
  • Participates and contributes to all Genebank Platform’s Germplasm Health Unit Project meetings and activities;
  • Performs any other related duties as may be required.Main duties and responsibilities:
  • Plans, coordinates, implements and supervises day-to-day activities at the Germplasm Health Unit;
  • Develops and optimizes diagnostic tests for virus, bacteria, phytoplasma and fungi in forages, including use of molecular tools;
  • Undertakes and supervises germplasm health testing activities to ensure that seed are suitable for export or storage in the genebank;
  • Deduces germplasm health tests results and issues phytosanitary health statements for the tested seeds;
  • Liaises with Genebank in acquisition of Phytosanitary Certificate for germplasm distribution and Plant Import Permit for germplasm acquisition from the relevant NPPO;
  • Plans and implemenst field and greenhouse procedures for elimination of viral, bacterial, phytoplasma and fungal diseases from the genebank forage collection;
  • Maintains Quality Management System for seed health testing and post-entry screening, including continuous update of the relevant Standard Operating Procedures;
  • Curates and maintains germplasm health testing records;
  • Initiates research and contributes to fundraising of related germplasm health proposals
  • Guides and supervises technicians, technical assistants and interns attached to the Germplasm Health Unit;
  • Manages reagent, consumables and equipment inventory for the Germplasm Health Laboratory;
  • Participates and contributes to all Genebank Platform’s Germplasm Health Unit Project meetings and activities;
  • Performs any other related duties as may be required.

Academic and professional qualifications:

Education:

  • At least MSc in plant pathology or relevant discipline

Experience:

  • Seven years hands-on laboratory and field experience with plant diseases two of which are in managing a plant health testing laboratory

Skills:

  • Experience in standard seed-health diagnostic methods (e.g., ELISA, TBIA, dot blot, NASH/LAMP, fungal identification and PCR based methods) and next-generation sequencing technologies for pathogen detection
  • Experience with laboratory organization, supervision and optimization of workflows
  • Experience with computer packages (word processing, spreadsheet, graphics and data management) and use of data analysis softwares

Duty Station:  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Grade:  HG 15

Minimum Monthly Base Salary:  Birr 41,572 (negotiable depending on salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment:  This is a National Staff (NS) 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 a very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc. The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus in Addis Ababa. Dining and sports facilities are located on site.

How to Apply

Applications: Applicants 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: GHS/FFD/17/21 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 15 June 2021.

To find out more about ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org

To find out more about working at ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org/

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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