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  • Posted: Nov 12, 2021
    Deadline: Nov 16, 2021
  • 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

    The Jameel Observatory is a new initiative to support the use of data and earth observation approaches to catalyze early action to avoid food crises among pastoralists and agro-pastoralists in East Africa. The Jameel Observatory brings together a consortium led by University of Edinburgh and involving Save the Children, the International Livestock Research institute, the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and Community Jameel as founding members. The vision of the Observatory is to achieve food security and reduce malnutrition, through a networked approach to improved forecasting, long-term preparedness and emergency response to climate-related food and health risks in East 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.

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    Communications Officer -Publishing and Editing

    ILRI is a CGIAR research center with a mission to improve food and nutritional security and to reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock—ensuring better lives through livestock. ILRI carries out rigorous science that needs to be published at a high quality and in a range of formats. It produces more than 900 publications a year across the institute.  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

    Manage and coordinate the publications pipeline

    • Review the publication pipeline process and develop a plan for its improvement
    • Be responsible for the coordination and administration of the entire publication process for reports/books, including sourcing and managing relationships with external vendors (copyeditors, designers, translators, printers, ISBN numbers, Library of Congress, etc).
    • Oversee contract and payment schedule of external consultants and service providers
    • Help edit and review diverse communications products e.g. briefs, research reports, blogs, etc.
    • Work with program teams/authors but also independently with limited supervision

    Provide editorial and oversight support to publications and digital assets

    • Provide necessary editorial support in reviewing publications, ensuring adherence to branding and publishing guidelines
    • Support Communications team lead to review website quality of writing and identify areas for updating.
    • Provide support in reviewing and editing blogs for quality control and managing blogs and other digital pipelines for ILRI.
    • Manage quality control of ILRI Youtube/Flickr channels and upload photos and videos as needed
    • Do basic editing and finishing of videos
    • Actively engage and contribute to One-CGIAR communication and outreach focused publications
    • Perform any other related duties as may be required


    • Bachelors’ degree in science writing, communications, journalism or relevant field
    • Relevant professional certification in editing or writing 
    • Seven years relevant experience
    • Understanding of science and non-profit publishing practices and experience in editing for science publications
    • Good editing and writing skills
    • Familiarity with design software, web management and social media
    • Ability to produce or conceptualize infographics is a plus
    • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, efficiently and on time
    • Ability to work with different program teams/authors
    • Ability to work independently with limited supervision

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

    Terms of Appointment

    This position is at job level HG 15. 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

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