International Livestock Research Institute Job Openings

International Livestock Research Institute Job Openings

Become a Certified Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist
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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.

Legal Officer

Job description

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Legal Officer to provide legal guidance, expertise and support in a range of fields including contracts, organizational and corporate law, labour laws, IP law to deliver high quality, result-oriented and efficient legal support expertise to the Institute.


  • Contracts management and research support
    • Maintain updated templates for ILRI CRAs, MoUs, and other agreement formats
    • Support the review and negotiation of contracts, and advise to ILRI’s research programs and other units on all research agreements, assessing legal implication, risks and ensuring compliance with ILRI Policies and practice
    • Maintain database of contracts and contract information (subsequently to be linked to OCS)
  • Legal and corporate compliance
    • Legal support
    • Maintain -databases (SharePoint) of key ILRI and Kapiti legal documents, assets, policies, procedures, legal disputes, lab notebooks and other institutional records (including hosting arrangements).
    • Assist in legal research and preparation of legal opinions.
    • Provide litigation and case support assistance to the IP & Legal Counsel.
    • Assist in the creation of institutional policies and procedure
  • ILRI hosting arrangements
    • Host country agreements and global offices
    • Maintain e-databases (SharePoint) for all ILRI global offices, operating agreements
    • Monitor and ensure timely and accurate updates and renewals of all host services agreements
    • Institutions hosted by ILRI
    • Maintain e-databases (sharepoint) of ILRI hosted institution agreements
    • Monitor and ensure timely and accurate updates and renewals of hosted institution agreements
  • IP management and compliance
    • Provide legal support for IP and legal compliance and management, in particular to ILRI programs, units and institutional compliance committees.
    • Assist in providing legal interpretation of CGIAR and ILRI IA Policies and national legislation, train and disseminate legal requirements to staff
    • Perform other tasks as may be assigned from time to time to assist the IP & Legal Unit achieve its mandate


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Law (LL. B) from a university recognized in Kenya. Candidates with relevant post-graduate or other qualifications in IP Law will have an added advantage
  • Post-graduate diploma in Legal studies from the Kenya School of Kenya
  • An Advocate of the High Court of Kenya
  • Be of good standing and possess LSK practicing certificate
  • Have at least a minimum of two years post-admission experience in a busy law firm that handles commercial contracts and litigation
  • Demonstrate good grasp of relevant laws including but not limited to Laws governing International non-profit organizations; Kenya Law and the Constitution of Kenya 2010;
  • IP Law and related International Laws and Treaties, Labour Laws and Corporate governance

Monitoring Evaluation & Learning Officer


  • Assist the Program M&E specialist in tracking and monitoring the indicators as stipulated in the AMEP
  • Provide quality assurance all the data from the value chain components and update the M&E platform data base regularly
  • Update the FTFMS regularly within the timeline stipulated by the USAID
  • Collate all the value chain components’ GIS and ensure maximum accuracy by checking for errors and cleaning accordingly.
  • Manage and update the computerized M&E platform regularly
  • Participate in implementation of field work for annual surveys – including training of enumerators, development of tools, maintain quality assurance standards and checks.
  • Work with value chain component M&E specialist on data analysis in the value chains using qualitative and quantitative methods and produce summary tables for the reports to monitor progress of the value chains towards its research and development output and outcome targets.
  • Be the focal point for and support Livestock Value Chain MEL activities
  • Conduct the Livestock Value Chain annual surveys
  • Carry out routine monitoring of Livestock Value Chain Activities, as guided by the livestock value chain manager and in liaison with Field Coordinators
  • Compile the Livestock Value Chain reports as requested by the Livestock Value Chain manager.
  • Update theLivestock Value Chain database on a regular basis and ensure data quality.
  • Participate in USAID Data Quality Assurance (DQA) activities conducted by USAID from time to time
  • Train staff on USAID FtF indicators and coordinator regular tracking towards of achievements of set targets


  • Masters’ degree in any of the following fields: – Economics, Statistics, Mathematics, Social sciences
  • Professional Training in Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Proficiency in the use of spreadsheet packages (Ms-excel), database management systems, Ms-Word, Ms-Power-Point, the internet, SPSS or STATA.
  • At least five (5) years relevant work experience
  • Strong analysis skills (qualitative and qualitative)
  • Good communication, presentation and report writing skills
  • Collaboration and team work
  • Strong and evident report writing and editing skills is a requirement for this position
  • Working knowledge of ODK and other electronic data capture programming is an added advantage
  • Previous experience and exposure to USAID data requirements is an added advantage

Project Manager


Proposal Development

  • Assist in project specific opportunity pipeline to ensure timely delivery, compliance and adherence to the Program Management Framework process
  • Align the project level strategy with the overall program strategy and highlight any variances to the Project Leader for realignment/adjustment

Project Planning

  • Lead, with the Project Leader, the development of the project workplan
  • Analyze the staffing needs for the project and participate in the workforce planning process
  • Contribute to the development of a procurement plan and closely monitor and manage the procurement activities for the project
  • Ensure project documentation and the different project activities are up to date and make the necessary update in case of variances/ changes
  • Liaise with the program manager to review and update the projects exit strategy/sustainability plan by providing project specific inputs
  • Liaise with the program manager in budgeting, assessing alignment and establishing timelines for the project work plans
  • Ensure the communication outputs align with the program communication strategy and project communication plan

Project Execution

  • Effectively manage the project budget, ensuring proper expenditure, booking and appropriate burn rate and/or highlighting any variances, and providing suggestions for resolution
  • Maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders and facilitate effective flow of information between all partners, team members and relevant stakeholders in project activities
  • Work closely with the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists to ensure project level monitoring, data analysis and reporting to support effective project management
  • Coordinate the preparation of timely and quality reports to be submitted to ILRI, Partners, and Stakeholders
  • Lead the project management team and build their capacity on ILRI Program Management Framework to enhance their performance
  • Act as the focal point for Program Management Framework at a project level and be responsible for maintenance of the same

Project Closing

  • Responsible for the implementation of closure activities for the project including the disposal of physical assets, research materials and staff separation/ reassignment, archiving of documentation, impact assessment in line with the PMF process
  • Coordinate the preparation of timely and quality reports to be submitted to ILRI, Partners, and Stakeholders


  • Masters/ Advanced Degree in Business Administration, Program Management or related field
  • Program Management certification – desirable
  • At least 5 years’ project management experience
  • Experience in development and implementation of project management systems and tools
  • Experience in managing stakeholder relationships
  • Track record of showing initiative and driving decision making at project level
  • Technical reporting skills
  • Excellent people management skills in a multicultural setting
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with interdisciplinary teams of scientists and partner organizations;
  • Ability to communicate with different stakeholders;
  • Strong English language skills, both written and spoken;
  • Willingness to travel frequently within Nairobi.

Terms of Appointment

This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus. It is open to Kenyan nationals only. The position is on a 3-year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Job Level

This position is job level 3B, ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; pension, medical and other insurances for ILRI’s Nationally Recruited Staff.

Method of Application

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