Senior Scientist – Gender and Impact Assessment at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

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Senior Scientist – Gender and Impact Assessment

Key Responsibilities


  • Under the guidance of the Platform Director, the Gender Impact Assessment Senior Scientist will ensure that the Platform has a set of robust tools, methods and datasets related to gender impact assessments of CGIAR research programs for the period 2024 to 2030. Duties include:

Expand and deepen evidence of impact of CGIAR research investments on the CGIAR Impact Area on gender, youth, and social inclusion, through:

  • Take the lead in designing and implementing impact evaluations on gender equality and exploring similar for youth and social inclusion for the CGIAR, through the Platform as part of its mandate on supporting the CGIAR in having an impact in this area.
  • Developing and testing gender impact assessment tools and methods, pioneering new ways of gathering data for gender impact assessment.
  • Conducting consultations with the Platform Director, the leaders of the modules on Evidence, Methods and Alliances, research teams, the CGIAR Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA), and other stakeholders internal and external to CGIAR.
  • Adapting existing CGIAR impact assessment standards and protocols to gender and youth specific assessments and, when needed, designing new standards and protocols for conducting gender and youth impact assessment of CGIAR research.
  • Conducting gender impact assessment research, including accountability studies testing the long-term impacts of CGIAR research on gender related development outcomes.
  • Integrating gender and youth into learning studies to test key assumptions in the theory of change of CGIAR research.
  • Conducting synthesis studies to draw lessons from individual studies for System-level learning.

Support the GENDER Impact Platform in its capacity strengthening function and collaborate with the CGIAR Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA) to embed gender impact assessment into CGIAR work, focusing on:

  • Supporting CGIAR Centers and programs, though their gender researchers, to build their own capacity for gender impact assessment, use of robust gender impact assessment tools, methods, standards, and protocols.
  • Supporting SPIA in facilitating establishment and maintenance of relationships with external gender and youth impact assessment experts and CGIAR Centers and programs.

Develop and implement a learning strategy for the Platform, whereby Impact Assessment results enable incremental learning, and foster a learning culture within the Platform and the CGIAR. Duties include:

  • Streamline integration of learning into planning, including proposal writing and resource mobilization.
  • Facilitate cross CGIAR exchange and learning.
  • Actively participate in CGIAR-wide gender, social inclusion and monitoring, evaluation and learning efforts, including as a member of the CGIAR MEL Community of Practice (MELCOP).
  • Manage the collection of and quality assure outcome and impact stories on gender research, across the CGIAR.

Support the GENDER Impact Platform in program planning, focusing on:

  • Developing a multi-year gender impact assessment plan and budget for the Platform and guide the development of the 2024 work plan and budget.


  • PhD in gender studies, economics, human rights, social sciences, rural development, international relations, international development, or related fields.
  • A minimum of 7 years of relevant experience in social research, gender impact assessment, program evaluations, and/or policy analysis in the context of gender research in the field of agriculture and rural development and/or poverty reduction and/or rural employment.
  • In-depth knowledge in a technical / specialized area of gender in the context of agriculture and rural development and/or poverty reduction, requiring a command of diverse practices and precedents.
  • In-depth understanding of theoretical concepts, principles and their contexts related to gender, agriculture and rural development and/or poverty reduction.
  • Experience working and/or engaging with teams in Africa, Asia, and/or Latin America.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is a requirement. Working knowledge of French will be considered an asset.

Professional skills

  • Ability to understand and communicate on research on youth.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated experience working in an international, multi-cultural environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in research portfolio development.

Personal traits:

  • Performance-orientated working style and reliable delivery.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with researchers across the globe.
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