ILRI vacancy: Senior Gender Scientist – Strategic Research (closing date: 2 March 2020)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Senior Gender Scientist – Strategic Research to contribute to ILRI’s gender team by leading areas of change in gender and livestock. The position will focus on delivering evidence and interventions to partners and policymakers to enable positive outcomes for livestock keepers and owners.

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.


Research development and support

  • Develop and lead emerging research themes on gender and livestock by producing high-quality evidence, research and approaches to be taken up by partners and policymakers;
  • Provide guidance to ILRI and partners, including by being proactive in providing options and opportunities for ILRI to integrate gender strategic research within its research;
  • Coordinate and lead engagement with partners and policymakers;
  • Critically review gender research outputs to ensure that they are of the highest quality, meet international standards and are impact oriented;
  • Contribute to and lead preparation of submissions for research proposals; and
  • Coordinate and supervise research assistants and consultants working on these topics.


  • Publish scientific papers and communicate with the scientific community;
  • Use multimedia and social media for outreach to the general public;
  • Participate in national and global events related to gender and livestock; and
  • Work with ILRI’s communications team to support communicating new knowledge.


  • A PhD in a social science (geography, anthropology, sociology, development studies, economics, political economy) or substantial and long-term development experience on relevant topics; and
  • At least eight years of experience in managing research or research-for-development projects in developing countries and supporting gender-sensitive, inclusive and pro-poor objectives in agriculture and natural resource management.
  • A proven ability to provide innovative thinking within gender and agriculture, a willingness to work with biophysical scientists and proven ability to apply methods and approaches to achieve effective integration of gender within ILRI’s livestock mandate;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience with working in multidisciplinary and multicultural environments in relevant geographies;
  • A track record of peer-reviewed publications;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and undertake fieldwork;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • On-the-ground experience in South Asia, sub-Saharan African and/or Southeast Asia;
  • Networks in research, including at the grassroots level in Africa and/or Asia; and
  • Experience in fundraising.

Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya or Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

Terms of Appointment

This is position is at job level HG 19 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

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 by on or before 2 March 2020.

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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ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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