Interest in ILRI board of trustees

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  • ILRI Board of Trustees

The International Livestock Research Institute is a CGIAR research centre and the world’s premier animal research organization for the developing nations. ILRI’s mission is to improve food and nutritional security and to reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock, thereby ensuring better lives through livestock. From major research facilities in Kenya and Ethiopia to strategic research partnerships across the rest of Africa, and South, Southeast and East Asia, ILRI’s research scientists partner with local and international counterparts in animal research organisations, governments and the development community including the private sector across the world in the service of its mission. Funded through grants from governments, philanthropic bodies and joint research programs, ILRI manages significant capital assets and an annual operational budget of around US$80 million in a vibrant organization committed to its noble charter.

ILRI is governed by a Board comprised of highly experienced persons from around the world. The Board invites applications for future board members with genuine corporate board experience and financial literacy combined with high level experience in such fields as animal research governance, one health, genetics, production and other fields of international livestock research for development. Individuals experienced in livestock research and its governance and commercialization of research outputs are encouraged to submit an application.

The key functions of ILRI Board relate to governance and oversight of ILRI, and it has fiduciary responsibility for the institute.  Members of the Board function as a team with care and diligence to ensure that individual actions reflect the policy and decisions of the Board as the governing body. Members of the Board have the obligation to act according to the best interests of the institute and to avoid situations involving either real or perceived conflict of interest.  The Board meets face-to-face twice a year, in April and November usually for periods of 4 days, with electronic consultation in between.

Board member appointments are for a term of three years. Appointment for a second term of three years or less may be possible and will be contingent upon successful evaluation and future board requirements. A modest honorarium and travel costs are offered.


Interested individuals who meet the criteria are encouraged to submit an application which should include a cover letter and a cv that clearly articulates the skills and experience in relation to the competencies listed below.


Enthusiasm for and compatibility with the culture and objectives of ILRI 

Governing Board experience

Availability and commitment

No conflict of interest that would preclude a Board member engaging fully

ESSENTIAL TO BE REPRESENTED ON THE BOARD (one individual may have multiple skills; but not necessarily all of those below)

Research Organization Management

Finance/audit/asset management qualifications and experience

Livestock Systems, Health, Genetics, Production, Processing and Policy experience

Demonstrated developing country experience

Strategic Planning relevant to (livestock) research/science


Communications, networks and influence

Knowledge of CGIAR, resourcing patterns and emerging investors

Private/Government Sectors related to (livestock) research/development


ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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