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  • Posted: Nov 15, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
  • The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for better and more sustainable use of livestock. ILRI is a CGIAR research centre - part of a global research partnership for a food-secure future.
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    Head of Jameel Observatory

    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

    • Leadership and management of Jameel Observatory including:
      • Strategy development and enactment; culture, ethos and staff relations; periodic review of strategic direction and initiating course corrections in consultation with internal Governance Group and External Advisory Committee
      • Research activities and process for procuring/commissioning research
      • Communications surrounding the Observatory and its activities
      • Consortium interactions – ensuring that the Observatory capitalizes on synergies among consortium and key external partners
    • Business and financial planning and management including resource mobilization – building a long-term, financially-sustainable funding stream
    • Representation and stakeholder engagement
      • Promoting the vision of the Observatory among key actors in the food security/pastoralism space in East Africa and globally
      • Building engagement with existing actors and developing a vibrant community of practice on food security early warning in East Africa


    • Master’s Degree in Development studies, livestock related studies, Agribusiness or other relevant fields with at least 15 years experience in similar project
    • Track record in establishing, inspiring and leading successful complex partnerships in East Africa
    • Strong understanding of pastoral issues and complex environments
    • Existing network in food security/pastoralism sector in East Africa
    • Familiarity with technical aspects of pastoralism, rangeland management, and/or earth observation/data science
    • Evidence of successful people and financial management capability
    • Ability to thrive in a multi-cultural professional environment and with minimum supervision
    • Experience working with development partners
    • Proficiency in written and spoken English
    • Good interpersonal, facilitation and communication skills
    • Excellent presentation and negotiation skills
    • Strong organizational skills and ability to deliver timely high-quality deliverables.
    • Strong analytical and report writing skills

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

    Terms of Appointment

    This is position is at job level HG 20 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.

    Method of Application

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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