Mechanical & Refrigeration Engineering Supervisor Job at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI

On Sunday, May 19th, 2013

A member Center of the CGIAR Consortium

Mechanical & Refrigeration Engineering Supervisor


The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to enhance the roles livestock play in pathways out of poverty in developing countries. 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.
The Position
This position exists to Plan and supervise the mechanical and refrigeration in-house and outsourced services in order to provide the institute with optimum service, safely, on time and at a reasonable cost.

Key responsibilities

  • Ensuring proper maintenance and repair of all mechanical, refrigeration, air conditioners, and ventilation equipment in the institute.
  • Conducting daily inspection and maintaining records (on computer) of all mechanical equipment as well as their maintenance and service manuals.
  • Laying down and implementing a planned preventive maintenance schedule for all mechanical equipment, and ensuring that this schedule is adhered to within 80% of the plan.
  • Supervising job progress and quality of work on all mechanical, refrigeration, air conditioner and ventilation equipment in a timely and cost effective manner.
  • Requesting materials and spares for mechanical equipment. Control of their spares inventory in the engineering stores and ensuring that the right quality spares are requested and received.
  • Ensuring that engineering operating standards and safety are maintained in the mechanical and refrigeration workshop as well as the boiler and generator house.
  • Arranging duty roster and following up standby engineers during holidays and weekends for emergencies that may arise during this period. Making sure any issues arising are passed to the relevant supervisors.
  • Ensuring that fire fighting equipment, lifting tackles, pressure and steam vessels are fully serviced and inspected as per the statutory government inspection requirements.
  • Designing and installation of in house mechanical, refrigeration, and ventilation installation jobs. Compiling and forwarding to the contracts officer capital projects terms of reference.
  • Supervising, monitoring and commissioning of new mechanical, refrigeration, air conditioners and ventilation equipment being newly installed by external contractors ensuring that the international laws and standards are observed.
  • Supervise external service providers providing Mechanical services and carrying out works within ILRI
  • Performance management of sections staff
  • Provide work progress status to clients and departments helpdesk


  • BSc. or HND in Mechanical Engineering – Air-conditioning and Refrigeration option.
  • Five years’ experience with two years Hands on Experience in a busy Mechanical and Air-conditioning related operation, plant, factory and / or workshop.
  • Ability to supervise multiple and / or complex maintenance issues, projects, performance management, people management, effective communication, change management.
  • Ability to work under high pressure, meet deadlines, monitor and follow-up on pending matters under minimum supervision;
  • Ability to communicate fluently in writing and verbally in English.

Terms of Appointment
This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus.  The position is on a 2 year contract with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued funding.
Job level and salary
This position is job Grade 2D with a starting gross salary of KES 132,917 per month. This is exclusive of other benefits provided by ILRI.
Location: The position will be based at the ILRI, Nairobi.
How to Apply
Applicants should send a cover letter and CV combined as one document addressed to the Human Resources Director, 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 by 24th May 2013. Log on to: The position title and reference number REF: MRES/ENG/05/13 should be clearly marked on the cover letter. Only online applications will be considered, and only short listed candidates will be contacted.
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