Vacancy: Director, GENDER Platform (closing date: 21 February 2020)

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Vacancy: Director, GENDER Platform (closing date: 21 February 2020)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a visionary, dynamic, and creative Director for the CGIAR GENDER Platform.
CGIAR is a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food-secure future. Our research is carried out by 15 Research Centers who are members of CGIAR and is dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving human health and nutrition, and ensuring more sustainable management of natural resources.

Impactful gender research within CGIAR is a precondition to achieving its mission of enabling people, especially women, to better nourish their families, while improving food system productivity and resilience. In the face of climate change and demographic shifts, such research has become more important than ever before, and is now essential for shared economic growth, manage natural resources and improve the lives of women and men.

ILRI, which hosts the platform, 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.

The Platform

The GENDER Platform, hosted by ILRI in Nairobi, brings together CGIAR centres and numerous partners from around the world in a collaborative effort to make CGIAR the thought leader for gender in agricultural research for development (AR4D) and support the transformation of agriculture and food systems to be equitable, sustainable and climate resilient.

The GENDER Platform aims to (1) generate high-quality research-based evidence to influence the broader AR4D ecosystem to integrate gender and achieve gender-equal outcomes (2) create an enabling environment in which gender equality is embraced as a core principle in priority setting, research and communication within CGIAR and its partners, and (3) facilitate the capacity development of CGIAR and its partners to carry out gender-integrated and gender-strategic research that is transformative and strengthens global, regional and national food systems. The Platform builds on and expands the work of CGIAR’s current gender platform.

Key Responsibilities

  • Inspire and engage the gender researchers within CGIAR and beyond to develop and nurture a Platform that is inclusive and contributes to excellence in gender research in the CGIAR, ensuring transparency and accountability in Platform functioning.
  • Provide intellectual and management leadership for the Platform, ensuring that all components are coherent, function well and meet their milestones.
  • Set strategic research priorities for the Platform, with the guidance of the advisory committee and working closely with the Platform science leader, management committee, the module leaders, CGIAR science leaders, and other CGIAR platforms.
  • Lead the process of organizational change in CGIAR and its key partners to integrate gender equality as a core principle, working closely with the gender research coordinators in each centre, centre management, CGIAR science leaders and CGIAR Systems Management Office.
  • Identify and establish key research, development and policy partnerships and alliances, including with donors, governments, regional and subregional bodies.
  • Design and lead periodic critical reflections to facilitate adaptive management of the Platform to remain relevant and effective.
  • Mobilize resources for the Platform from established and new funding partners.
  • Oversee coordination of work plans, budgets, reporting, quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation among participating centres and strategic partners.
  • Supervise Platform staff.
  • Lead broader communication for the Platform, including by providing guidance to the development and implementation of Platform communication and capacity development strategies.
  • Represent the Platform externally and within the CGIAR system and contribute to system-level functions.


  • PhD in a relevant discipline, such as gender studies, sociology, anthropology, agricultural economics, economics, political science, or other social sciences
  • Internationally recognized expertise in gender in agriculture and food systems research including a peer-reviewed publication record on gender & agriculture/NRM
  • At least 12 years of relevant experience, including research management experience, in an international, multidisciplinary, and multicultural environment
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills including building consensus among diverse institutional partners and stakeholders
  • Experience from within CGIAR would be an advantage
  • Ability to connect evidence from research to development and policy and to get those options into development and policy dialogues
  • Exposure to Africa, Asia and/or Latin America
  • Proven fundraising record
  • Proven expertise in leading collaborative and cross-cutting research
  • Familiarity with the current state of knowledge, policy, and practice across the Platform’s research agenda
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Developing country nationals are encouraged to apply
  • Fluency in English, with proficiency in other international languages preferred


This position is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Terms of Appointment

This is position is at job level HG 22 and it is open to both national and international applicants. The position is a 3-year 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.


Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the role 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 21 February 2020.

The position title and reference number: DGP/01/2020 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

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.

Qualified women applicants are encouraged to apply.

To find out more about ILRI visit our website at

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