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. www.ilri.org

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 engagementPromoting 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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About International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

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.