Agriculture / Integrated Sciences

ILRI Consultancy- Livestock policy engagement and communications (open until filled)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a consultant to work part time to coordinate its work on the Global Livestock Advocacy for sustainable Development (GLAD) project in Nairobi, Kenya.

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutrition 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.


The consultant will engage with a wide range of stakeholders and engage key regional and international policy and development processes.  Internally the person will coordinate across multiple scientific disciplines and work closely with ILRI’s communication and knowledge management experts.

The consultant supports work on distilling and presenting evidence on sustainable livestock and its development impacts, convening and engaging stakeholders in high-profile events, reaching out through media, and facilitating a global community of practice for people engaged in these efforts.  We look for someone who understand how investment decisions are shaped, how global and regional policy processes can be engaged, and the best ways to bring evidence into strategy development (

Scope of work

  1. Policy process engagement and influencing – on sustainable livestock
  2. Targeted engagement with investor and partners as well as alliance-building and networking
  3. Ensuring good documentation of insights and learning, and wide dissemination of outputs
  4. Project coordination, monitoring, planning, and team management

Final products

  1. Progress report on project
  2. Substantive products from agreed project milestones and deliverables

Consultancy Fee: Daily rate

Post location: Nairobi, Kenya

Duration:  80 working days until 31 October 2019

Expected places of travel: Mainly Africa, but other regions potentially, based on project needs

Essential skills and qualifications

  • 10 or more years of professional experience in a related field plus postgraduate degree
  • Skilled in engaging and influencing a range of partners and decision makers in the agriculture and development arenas
  • Experience in development agenda-setting/influencing processes
  • Thorough understanding of sustainable livestock and/or agriculture in developing countries
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multicultural settings
  • Fluent in spoken and written English

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 We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The position title and reference number C/29/03/2019 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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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.