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International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)    |   Nairobi, Kenya   |   Log in or register to see the closing date

Head of Operations

  • Post-graduate education
  • Manufacturing, operations, quality
  • Senior manager (department head)
  • Full Time
  • Temporary
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Job Summary

Playing a strategic role, the job holder will have an oversight of all service units listed below;

  • Service units: Housing, Catering & Conferencing Services, Engineering and Facilities Management, Supply chain, Stores, and Transport.
  • All outsourced service providers: cleaners, gardening & grounds maintenance, selected transport services


  1. Formulating current, intermediate and long- term strategies and plans for the Operations department
  2. Leading the development and implementation of operational and administrative infrastructure to support ILRI’s current, planned research programs and ensuring implementation is in line with ILRI’s policies, SLAs and processes
  3. Proactively identifying the departmental needs, risks, areas for improvement and providing creative and flexible solutions to support efficiency and effectiveness
  4. Provide expert advice to the Director, Corporate Service and IMC on initiatives and projects in area of responsibility
  5. Overseeing (and broker directly as necessary) negotiations with different stakeholders and ensure efficient and cost-effective services are delivered
  6. Providing coaching and leadership to the management team in the department to increase their capacity and improve service delivery in their respective units/ functions
  7. Overseeing the departmental budget and ensure the proper allocation of financial and material resources, monitoring expenditure and making adjustments/ re-alignments as necessary
  8. Promoting a culture that demonstrates transparency and accountability in the operations of all service units
  9. Assisting the Corporate Services Director to maintain appropriate administrative relationships with other international research centers, national institutions and other institutions having programme, or other linkages, with ILRI in Kenya, including organizations hosted by ILRI

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Temporary
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Manufacturing, operations, quality
Seniority: Senior manager (department head)

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 10 years
Required skills: Budgeting, financial planning; Strategizing; Operative management; People management; Team leadership; Operations planning
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

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International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Agriculture, fishing, forestryCompany size: 1000+ people

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for better and more sustainable use of livestock. ILRI is a CGIAR research centre – part of a global research partnership for a food-secure future.

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