Saturday, November 12, 2011


AMREF is the largest indigenous health development non governmental organization based in Africa. Working with and through African communities, health systems and governments, AMREF aims to close the gap that prevents people from accessing their basic right to health. With headquarters in Kenya, AMREF has programmes in Ethiopia, Uganda, South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa. Employing over 800 staff and with an annual operating budget of approximately $70 million, AMREF is a knowledge resource for donors and partners. For more information visit our website

AMREF Kenya is looking for qualified and highly motivated individuals to join the Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Project in Samburu County. The purpose of the project is to strengthen community health systems to improve maternal, newborn and child health outcomes, with the aim of reducing poverty through accelerating MNCH interventions contributing to MDGs 4 & 5. The project is partnering with a local CBO, Samburu Aid in Africa (SAIDIA).

The position is based in Samburu and reports to the Project Manager.

Purpose of the Job:
To assist in technical expertise and support project activities and implementation of the project strategy.

Key Responsibilities:
Assist in co-ordinating and participating in planning and implementation of project activities.
Assist in monitoring and evaluation of project activities.
Assist in preparing monthly, quarterly and annual reports relating to the project.
Assist in operations research and documentation.
Assist in organizing and conducting field visits and meetings with relevant partners and stakeholders.
Participate in development of new proposals and concept development for fundraising.
Assist in control and account for the use of project resources and assets.
Assist in managing relevant project financial transactions.


Vacancy Number: DPM/BIO-INNOVATE/11/11
Department: Bio-innovate
Nairobi, Kenya
2-year term with possibility of renewal
Bio-resource Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development (Bio-Innovate) seeks to recruit a highly competent and dynamic Deputy Program Manager.

Bio-Innovate Program is a newly established multidisciplinary competitive funding mechanism, for biosciences and product oriented innovation activities in Eastern Africa, through the Bioresources Innovation Fund, supporting applications for regional, multi-disciplinary innovation projects in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The Bio-innovate Program is supported by a grant SEK 90m (USD 12m) from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The Bio-Innovate niche is characterized by a focus on the applications of bio-resource innovations, to support sustainable growth and transformation of the agricultural and environmental sub-sectors, from primary production to value addition, while enhancing adaptability to climatic change and strengthening innovation policy. The program has four thematic areas (crop production, adaptability and diversification; environmental protection and management; technology incubation; and bioresources innovation policy analysis), all of which are closely connected to and build on AU/NEPAD Consolidated Plan of Action for Africa’s Science and Technology.

Bio-Innovate Program will focus on delivering new products through bioscience innovation systems involving a broad range of actors, including scientists, private sector, policy makers, NGOs and other practitioners. It will use modern biosciences to improve agriculture and conserve the environment through improving crop productivity and resilience to climate change in small-scale farming systems; improving the efficiency of the agro-processing industry to add value to local bio-resources. The program will also develop sound policies for commercializing products from biosciences research; and investigate innovative delivery systems.
Bio-Innovate Program is managed by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). It is co-located on ILRI’s Nairobi campus with the

BecA -ILRI Hub, a biosciences research platform that is part of AU/NEPAD’s Africa Biosciences Initiative.
Bio-Innovate Program seeks to recruit a dynamic Deputy Program Manager who will be part of a small Program Management Team and will in particular involve in ensuring that adequate program and projects management systems are established and maintained. He/she will be responsible for providing technical backstopping to the overall Program management. The job holder will report to the Bio-Innovate Program Manager. He/she will also closely work with relevant ILRI Departments and Units. 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.
1)    Bio-Innovate Program and its Projects Management
  • Provide technical backstopping to the overall Program management;
  • Develop implementation guidelines to ensure efficient execution of Bio-Innovate projects and consortia;
  • Develop project monitoring and evaluation guidelines and participate in the monitoring and evaluation of Bio-Innovate Projects, including monitoring of milestones and in the preparation of regular technical reports;