ILRI Performance and Partnerships Manager Job in Nairobi

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Performance and Partnerships Manager to support implementation of the Livestock CGIAR Research Program (CRP) AR4D model for delivering research outcomes and impacts.

ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia.

The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals’ alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases.

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2016, an operating budget of about USD 83 million.

A member of the CGIAR Consortium working for a food-secure future, ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and offices in other countries in East, West and Southern Africa and in South, Southeast and East Asia.

The CGIAR Research Program on Livestock seeks to focus research for development on transforming selected animal-source food value chains and livestock-based livelihood systems in developing countries to ensure the poor can use livestock-related opportunities to improve their livelihoods and nutritional security while protecting the environment.

Led by ILRI, this USD40 million per annum program is a partnership of several CGIAR centres, universities and development agencies, with multiple collaborators from agricultural research and development communities around the world.


The incumbent will join a dynamic international team to implement the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock, and will be responsible for strengthening its performance management and supporting interdisciplinary research teams in the program’s target countries to be more effective and to engage with a wide range of partners and stakeholders.

To strengthen the program’s performance management, the incumbent will work closely with the ILRI Research Methods Group and impact assessment research team in:

  • Completing the design and implementation of the program’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Impact Assessment (MELIA) framework, including overseeing the finalization and roll-out of the related computer or web-based systems
  • Managing MELIA components in the program’s planning and reporting processes and supporting program staff in their implementation, including facilitating regular review and strengthening of Theories of Change and their evidence base and guiding research teams in defining and monitoring their Change Pathways
  • Defining and overseeing data collection for program performance indicators
  • Coordinating internal and external evaluations and impact assessments
  • Representing the program in CGIAR processes related to monitoring and evaluation

For country research teams:

  • Supporting country coordinators to strengthen interdisciplinary interaction within their teams
  • Updating and overseeing implementation of a partnership strategy, especially with respect to improving the partnership skills of the country research teams
  • Strengthening the rigor and quality of action research conducted at country level including ensuring adequate cross-country research design, integrated into MELIA planning and reporting processes

For overall program implementation:

  • Contributing to the development of the management strategy led by the Program Director and Program Management Committee.
  • Supporting the Livestock Program Director,Program Management Committee, Independent Steering Committee and representing the Program Director when needed
  • Assisting in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the program management unit and working closely with the Program Management staff ensure alignment with the Project Management Framework by
  • Designing and implementing systems to track, monitor, report program calendar and deliverables, and coordinate with flagship leaders to ensure timely delivery of products and reports. Also through contributing to routine reporting with the Consortium on Program research deliverables, program briefs and financial reports.
  • Responding to internal/external project information requests.


  • A Masters Degree in Evaluation, Social Sciences or related field, with a PhD in one of these fields an advantage
  • At least 10 years relevant experience managing complex programs internationally in research or development organisations
  • Experience of working in both Africa and Asia a distinct advantage.
  • Proven experience in coordinating complex global programmes with numerous partners
  • Demonstrated ability to support change processes and promote uptake of new management and evaluation systems
  • Excellent managerial and multi-tasking skills
  • Track record of showing initiative and making decisions at program level
  • Flexibility and agility to deliver within short timeframes
  • Willingness to travel internationally
  • Excellent English language skills, with French or Spanish an advantage.

Post location: The position is based at ILRI’s Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

Position level: The position level is 5B.

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

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive 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.

How to apply:

Applicants should CLICK HERE to apply online by sending a cover letter and CV explaining their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development before 2 December 2016.

The position title and reference number PP/CRP/10/2016 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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Updated: November 13, 2016 — 6:05 pm