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ILRI Assistant Engineering Technician: Fabrication and Fitting Works Job

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The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an Assistant Engineering Technician: Fabrication and Fitting works to be responsible for carrying out metal fabrication works, assembly and fittings of metallic and structural and framework installations, refurbishment of metallic structures, repairs and maintenance of features related to plumbing, drainage, sanitary fittings, firefighting like pipe supports, and other related facilities in the institute, to ensure that the facilities perform reliably, efficiently, cost effectively, and safe to use or operate.  The job holder also coordinates with other technicians and outsourced suppliers contracted to do projects and repairs of like nature.

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 centres 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.  

Key responsibilities

  • Ensure that all the fabrication, fittings, structural supports in plumbing and drainage works are done as per the laid down standards and protocol.
  • Plan, and participate in coming up with specifications, interpretation of blueprints, construction, installation, commissioning, modification, maintenance, and repair of metallic fabrication and fixtures works.
  • Prepare standard operating procedures for metallic fabrication and fixtures works to ensure proper care, usage and maintenance of mechanical, structural and framework facilities, equipment, and tools so as to continuously provide services, promote improvement of workplace safety and other conducive environmental practices.
  • Prepare and present weekly job card reports, status, closure, and analysis setting forth progress, adverse trends and appropriate conclusions and recommendations for tasks under their charge.
  • As delegated by the immediate supervisor coordinate with external service providers and contractors to ensure efficient and up to expected standard of service.
  • Work with others to prepare the terms of reference and bills of quantities for various in-house and outsourced works.
  • Carry out installation, operation, and maintenance of all the mechanical systems (plumbing, drainage, firefighting, sanitary fittings, and refrigeration equipment).
  • Carry out mechanical/structural and framework fitting, welding, and refurbishment of metallic structures.
  • Carry out service and repairs of manhole and wastewater facilities.
  • Assist in carrying out operation of specialised plants, including boilers, incinerator, cremator, and effluent treatment plant, etc wherever a need arises.
  • Carry out preventive maintenance and ensure procedures on mechanical/structural or framework features in plumbing, drainage, firefighting equipment, steam, fuel/gas equipment as well as other related systems and Equipment.
  • Participate in the handling and transportation of related equipment wherever it is required in any section of the Institute.
  • Assist in confirming specifications while the Institute is procuring of new equipment by providing technical specifications in fabrication, fitting and supports in plumbing, drainage, steam, and other activities in relevant areas of their work.
  • Updating the stores department on the spares to restock and which ones are obsolete.
  • Perform any other related duties as may be required.


  • Diploma in Mechanical (Production option) with 1 year experience or Certificate in Mechanical (Production option) with high school certificate and 3 years of working experience
  • Proof of multiskilled knowledge is an added advantage.
  • Knowledge in reporting faults, execution, and resolution and closing of jobs through computer systems
  • Team player and capable of working with minimum supervision
  • Working knowledge of health, safety, environmental and security expectations.
  • Innovative and creative in solving emerging challenges.

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

Terms of Appointment This position is at job level HG 9. The position is 3 years 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

How to apply

 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 on the site  before 30 May 2022. The position title and reference number REF: CS/465/2022 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 is an equal opportunity employer.

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