ILRI Senior Social Scientist – Gender

Posted by | 10.22.2014

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Senior Social Scientist to lead gender and livestock research and a team of scientists within the Livelihoods, Gender, Impact and Innovations Program under the Integrated Sciences unit.

ILRI works to enhance the roles livestock play in pathways out of poverty in developing countries. ILRI is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a global research partnership of 15 centres working with many partners for a food-secure future. ILRI has two main campuses in East Africa and other hubs in East, West and Southern Africa and South, Southeast and East Asia.

CGIAR is a global agricultural research partnership for a food-secure future. Its science is carried out by 15 research centres that are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations.


– Lead ILRI’s research on gender and livestock across the thematic areas of value chains, markets, and the environment to improve the impacts of ILRI’s work on livelihoods. Specifically;

– Supervise scientists and staff working in gender research, and provide guidance to integrating gender in ILRI programs and projects;

– Coordinate staff capacity development in gender and gender analysis;

– Build collaborations with relevant institutions and organizations internationally and nationally to conduct research on gender and disseminate evidence  for influencing policy and practice;

– Support research and development projects led by ILRI and other partners including NGOs to integrate best practice in gender and to generate evidence for scaling out;

– Develop proposals to raise resources to support gender research.

– Provide leadership to the gender theme of the CGIAR research program on livestock and fish;

– Contribute to ILRI inputs on gender research in the CGIAR research programs;

– Develop and lead an evolving research agenda on gender and livestock in Africa and Asia.


– A Ph.D. in Social Science (Rural Sociology, Gender and Development, Agricultural Economics, Social Anthropology, etc) or related field with application to agriculture or rural development, and a minimum of 5-10 years of experience post-PhD;

– A proven research record on gender and agriculture extending to study design, quantitative and qualitative analytic methods and peer-reviewed output;

– Experience with mainstreaming and integrating gender in agriculture research and development projects and programs;

– Supervisory and management experience of staff, projects and programs;

– Familiarity with aspects of livestock production, and/or marketing systems in developing countries;

– Demonstrated ability to develop and manage multiple partnerships, and to develop successful funding proposals;

– Strong English language skills, both written and spoken (proficiency in French or Spanish is strong advantage);

– Willingness to travel frequently to rural areas in developing countries.

Post location: The position is based at ILRI’s Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya or ILRI campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Position level: The position is Scientist/Research Level 3 dependent on qualifications and experience.

Duration: 3 years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued funding.

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive international and salary and benefits package which includes 15% Pension, Medical insurance, Life insurance and allowances for: Education, Housing, Relocation, Home leave, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

*Benefits are tax free subject to compliance with tax regulations of country of citizenship.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae: a list of publications and names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience should be included in the curriculum vitae. The position title and reference number: SSSG/LGII/04/2014 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter.

To submit your application click on the Apply Now tab. Screening of applications will start on 15 May 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

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