ILRI Vacancy: Deputy Director General – Research and Development – Biosciences (Animal and Human Health)(Closing date: 4 October 2022)

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The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Deputy Director General – Research and Development – Biosciences (Animal and Human Health) to lead the implementation of the institute’s research strategy by providing scientific leadership ensuring alignment of research programs within the directorate and the institute’s overall strategy and objectives.

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

Scientific leadership

As a member of the institute’s senior management team, provide outstanding scientific leadership that puts ILRI’s research at the forefront of livestock research for development; motivate and supervise scientific teams; ensure research is aligned with ILRI’s strategy and the One CGIAR Research and Innovation Strategy.

Institutional relevance

Ensure maximum salience of ILRI’s bioscience (Animal and Human Health) research activities to development challenges and target beneficiaries; coordinate the centre’s biosciences (Animal and Human Health) research so that it has internal coherence and contributes significantly to the Initiatives under the One CGIAR from January 2022.

Research strategy

Working closely with the DDG-Integrated Sciences and the DDG Biosciences (Genetics and Feeds), to implement and operationalize ILRI’s strategy to 2022; the DDG-Biosciences (Animal and Human Health) also works closely with the Assistant Director General for Planning and Partnerships as well as with the Chief Operations Officer and Director-People and Organizational Development to ensure that internal processes and systems are fit for the purpose of delivering on ILRI’s mission.

External representation

Productively engage key ILRI stakeholders at national, regional and international fora; persuasively articulate the rationale for livestock biosciences (Animal and Human Health) research for development (e.g. its roles, innovations and impacts) and the unique position of ILRI’s teams and facilities in using livestock biosciences to meet development goals.

Partnerships and communications

Strengthen ILRI bioscience (Animal and Human Health) research by fostering partnerships with leading Private and Public bioscience research teams globally.

Staff supervision

Supervise, motivate and lead ILRI’s bioscience (Animal and Human Health) leaders, ensuring that teams across biosciences and integrated sciences work together towards a common purpose.

Resource mobilization

Contribute substantially to designing and executing the centre’s resource mobilization strategy, including building good donor relations, generating new initiatives, raising funds, monitoring funding needs and gaps, and overseeing development of funding proposals with a view to increasing the proportion of biosciences research in ILRI.


  • PhD in relevant discipline, with Fifteen years relevant experience
  • 10–15 years` experience in conducting livestock research, managing human resources and administration responsibilities at a progressively senior level and with demonstrable high levels of scientific credibility and integrity
  • Strong research, teamwork, publication, management and communication skills
  • Demonstrated success in developing, funding and implementing large transformative project
  • Solid understanding of the role of animal bioscience in improving livestock productivity and adaptation
  • Knowledge of global livestock systems, and how they relate to addressing the global challenges of hunger, poverty, climate change, human disease and environmental degradation
  • An established record of research achievement, including a substantive history of scientific publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience working in or with private sector life science organizations or upstream Biomedicine research organizations is highly desirable; developing-country experience is desirable but not required
  • Experience managing research in organizations in transition

Post location: The position will be 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 three (3) year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes medical and other insurances.

Applications: 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 by clicking on the before 4 October 2022. The position title and reference number: AHH/602/2022 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 high 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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