ILRI vacancy: Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning Support Specialist (closing date: 27 November 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning Support Specialist to contribute to the implementation of the Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Impact Assessment (MELIA) framework and be responsible for leading some activities with interdisciplinary research teams in the areas of planning and reporting processes and monitoring and evaluation.

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.


  • Contributing to the design and implementation of the Livestock CGIAR Research Program (CRP’s) MELIA framework, including the incorporation of social learning tools and approaches.
  • Supporting research teams in developing and documenting their research strategies and annual plans of work and budget within a Theory of Change framework that defines the necessary activities and approaches to produce outputs that will translate into research and development outcomes and the eventual targeted impact. This will involve:
    • Facilitating team planning and review sessions with ILRI and partner staff;
    • Ensuring quality and consistency in documenting results;
    • Managing activity-specific budgets.
  • Supporting CRP country teams in developing and implementing a context-specific system for monitoring changes resulting from CRP research and engagement in the country, including:
    • Defining appropriate indicators and methods for data collection;
    • Monitoring the quality of M&E data collected.
  • Collecting, managing and analyzing research information, including:
    • Leading the establishment and maintenance of a database of program performance indicator data;
    • Maintaining the Livestock CRP Flagship data included in the CGIAR shared online platform (MARLO).
  • Writing reports and preparing presentations for CRP Management on M&E topics.
  • Planning and implementing capacity development activities with ILRI and partner staff.
  • Reviewing TORs for evaluations and impact assessments and providing inputs on draft consultancy reports.


  • Master’s Degree in a relevant scientific/agricultural discipline
  • At least five (5) years substantive experience in conceptualizing monitoring and evaluation system incorporating learning and feedback mechanism for agricultural development.
  • Good understanding of monitoring and evaluation methods including Theory of Change
  • Experience in data entry and analysis
  • Fluent in English, with French or Spanish an advantage
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Computer literacy in MS Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Attention to detail

Terms of Appointment

This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus for a 3 year with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued funding.

Job Level

This position is at job level 3A and open to Kenyan nationals only. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; pension, medical and other insurances for ILRI’s Nationally Recruited Staff.

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV 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 to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal on or before 27 November 2017. The position title and reference number REF: MEL/11/2017 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 does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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