Technical Assistant II Job vacancy at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)Kenya June 2021 


1. Colony Management and Research Animal Supply

  • Coordinate and manage the animal colonies and study animal observations
  • Assist in the selection of animals for studies
  • Coordinate blood and tissue sampling, blood screening, endoparasite screening and external parasite screening and control
  • Coordinate and control correct feeding instructions of colony animals
  • Control and manage routine body condition scoring
  • Coordinate, prepare and delegate pre-study animal selection and clinical examinations of animals
  • Capture raw data and maintain animal data and histories
  • Post study animal husbandry
  • Ensure correct movement and allocation of colony animals
  • Perform any other related duties as may be required


2. Veterinary Support

  • Provide therapy (on prescription) and care of animals to ensure good animal health and wellbeing
  • Provide clinical assistance to Veterinarians during surgery and procedures and general nursing responsibilities
  • Perform activities involving either the termination of animals and/or handling animals found dead or moribund in accordance to internal standards
  • Conduct relevant observations, examinations, analysis and procedures
  • Perform activities and practices involving the quarantine and/or isolation of animals
  • Handle and store scheduled/unscheduled drugs in an efficient, safe and environmentally sustainable manner
  • Handle and store chemicals and laboratory consumables in an efficient, safe and environmentally sustainable manner
  • Perform any other related duties as may be required

3. Research support (Facility & Study operation)

  • Assist with research support activities from time to time
  • Record and handle raw data to ensure accurate and consistent information for departmental and study use
  • Verify, monitor and control environmental monitoring devices (temperature; Humidity and water quality) and relevant equipment to ensure a correct controlled climate and safe water quality for animal consumption and use
  • Receive, inspect, store and dispense animal feeds
  • Maintain a contaminant free facility to optimise animal health and wellbeing by ensuring a clean, orderly and audit ready facility
  • Perform any other related duties as may be required

4. Compliance

  • Interact and handle animals by following set instructions and procedures to ensure content, well-adjusted and cared for animals housed in the correct appointed facilities
  • Promote principals of either preventing the onset of animal diseases and or controlling the escalation of animal disease ensuring good animal health and wellbeing by following procedures
  • Follow set instructions and procedures to prevent contamination, maintain and optimise animal health and wellbeing and maintain a clean, orderly and audit ready facility at all times
  • Observe the correct reporting, remedial and corrective actions to be followed by following set instructions and procedures to report and correct any non-conformance issues
  • Adhere to specified internal and external compliance and legislative standards, requirements and practices
  • Observe the workplace rules at all times and report non-conformance to the relevant person as to ensure that all activities in the workplace are compliant with company rules, policies and procedures
  • Identify and implement preventative measures in accordance with set instructions and procedures in cases where serious diseases are suspected
  • Perform any other related duties as may be required


  • Kenya certificate of secondary education
  • One-year relevant experience
  • Technical training
  • Be registered with the Kenya Veterinary Board
  • Knowledge in relevant field and use of simple tools and equipment
  • Knowledge of VICH, GCP and GLP

Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya

Terms of Appointment

This position is at job level HG 8 and it is only open to Kenyan nationals. The position is a 3-year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; pension, medical and other insurances

Method of Application

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing 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 to the Director, People and Organizational Development by clicking on the Apply Now” tab above before 27 June 2021. The position title and reference number REF: BS/06/2021 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

Interested and qualified? Go to International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) on to apply