ILRI vacancy: Team leader – Antimicrobial Resistance (open until filled)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Team leader – Antimicrobial Resistance(AMR) to support the development of a Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) AMR-hub and lead an interdisciplinary team focused on antibacterial resistance across veterinary & public health, and across natural & social science. The post holder will be expected to establish their own programme of international research.

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.


  • Lead the AMR research portfolio at ILRI, including its contribution to CGIAR research Programs (CRP) on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) and Livestock
  • Coordinate a cluster of activities on ‘Global health challenges (including AMR)’ in CRP A4NH
  • Contribute and advocate visibility of CGIAR AMR work through communication platforms with support of communication experts
  • Liaise with other CGIAR centres and other partners (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), The University of Liverpool (UoL), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and National Agricultural Research Organizations (NARO) to strengthen CGIAR AMR research
  • Develop internationally competitive and externally funded interdisciplinary research projects on antimicrobial resistance
  • Support the development of a CGIAR AMR Hub


  • PhD in relevant area (e.g. epidemiology, microbiology, biology, veterinary medicine).
  • 10-15 years’ experience after post-doc level
  • Experience in leading substantial multi-disciplinary research programs, incl. social sciences
  • Track record of obtaining funding for research and development
  • Experience in managing external partnerships
  • Excellent communication and convening skills
  • Work experience in Low and middle-income Countries (LMIC) is an added advantage

Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya

Position level: The position level is 5B

Duration: 3 years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued funding.

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes medical insurance, life insurance and allowances for: education, housing, home leave, and annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.


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 of ILRI’s People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal screening of applications will start on 6 January 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Thee position title and reference number, TL/AHH/12/2018 should be clearly marked in 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.

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