ILRI Geographic Information Systems Developer Job in Kenya

Geographic Information Systems Developer 

Vacancy Number: GISD/RMG/11/12
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: 2-year contract renewable

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to enhance the roles livestock play in pathways out of poverty in developing countries. 

ILRI is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a global research partnership of 15 centres working with many partners for a food-secure future. 
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.

ILRI seeks to recruit a geographic information systems developer with additional skills in GIS/Remote Sensing Analysis into its Research Methods Group to provide support to ILRI research projects and institutional spatial and non-spatial data systems.


  • Develop and maintain the GIS website running on Geoportal interactive mapping software.
  • Management, sharing and exchange of spatial data within ILRI and to collaborating institutions and maintenance of the database storing spatial datasets.
  • Design, develop and maintain spatial and non-spatial data systems for agricultural research and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Design, develop and maintain web-oriented information systems for spatial and non-spatial data systems.
  • To actively seek collaboration and opportunities to provide GIS and remote sensing data manipulation and analysis input into diverse multidisciplinary ILRI projects
  • To explore and suggest innovative ways to strategically use spatial information in agricultural research and monitoring and evaluation.
  • MSc in Information systems, Computer Science, Data management, GIS and Remote Sensing or a related discipline (BSc could be accepted in combination with at least 5 years of relevant experience).
  • At least two years of experience in software development at enterprise level.
  • At least two years of relevant experience in the development of online information systems at enterprise level.
  • Programming experience using PHP, JavaScript or Apache Flex.
  • At least two years of relevant experience on the usage of information systems for the management and analysis of spatial (GIS & Remote Sensing) and non-spatial data in agricultural research.
  • Formal training and experience using Geographical Information Systems (preferably ArcGIS and Q-GIS).
  • Formal training and experience using Image Processing Software (ENVI, ERDAS, IDRISI).
  • Experience in developing and maintaining MySQL/PostgreSQL databases on a web-based platform.
  • Experience in developing and maintaining spatial datasets and use of relevant meta-data standards.
  • Excellent English reading, writing and communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including skills in mentoring and capacity building.
  • Able to plan and prioritize work with minimum supervision.
  • Good judgement and willingness to take initiative when appropriate
Preferred skills and experience
  • Experience in the development of online GIS / Remote Sensing applications.
  • Experience on installing and customizing Geoportal.
  • Knowledge of livestock systems, natural resource management and agricultural development issues in the tropics.
  • Good knowledge of available regional and global environmental spatial datasets.
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 contract renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Job level and salary

This position is job level 2C with a starting gross salary of KES 116,417 per month. The benefits package includes pension, medical and other insurances provided by ILRI.


The position will be based at the ILRI campus in Nairobi, Kenya with travel to other countries where ILRI works.

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV combined as one document 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. 

Applications should be submitted online addressed to the Human Resources Director at:
Closing date for Applications is 16 November 2012.

The position title and reference number REF: GISD/RMG/11/12 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the email applications.  

Only applications sent via email to the indicated address will be considered, and only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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Updated: November 7, 2012 — 5:30 am