Policy and Stakeholder Engagement Advisor

  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Policy Institutions and Livelihoods

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a livestock policy and stakeholder engagement advisor to lead an upcoming initiative on raising the profile of livestock in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).

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


ILRI is preparing a large initiative on livestock advocacy to increase awareness of the case for investment in sustainable livestock development both globally and locally. The person will engage with a wide range of stakeholders and engage key regional (particularly in Africa) and international policy and development processes. With ILRI and its partners, the person will coordinate across multiple scientific disciplines and work closely with ILRI’s communication and knowledge management experts. S/he will support work on distilling and presenting evidence on sustainable livestock and its development impacts, convening and engaging stakeholders in high-profile events, reaching out through media, and facilitating a global community of practice for people engaged in these efforts.  We seek an individual who understand how investment decisions are shaped, how to engage in global and regional policy processes, and the best ways to bring scientific evidence into strategy development and investment decisions ( http://whylivestockmatter.org).


1. Policy process engagement and influencing – on sustainable livestock

  • Working with other ILRI staff and partners, develop and implement policy development plans at different levels, from local to international levels

2. Targeted engagement with investors and partners as well as alliance-building  and networking

  • Map key investors and partners, develop and manage stakeholder relationships effectively.
  • Represent the organization in the different advocacy forums
  • Work alongside internal and external stakeholder to provide technical advice and support

3. Ensuring good documentation of insights and learning, and wide dissemination of outputs

  • Lead ILRI’s engagement of the project, including participation in policy processes and events relevant to sustainable livestock
  • Work closely with internal and external stakeholders to develop and deliver effective engagement content –including writing briefings, reports, case study evidence and other relevant materials to influence policies
  • Collaborate with Communication and Knowledge Management team to support the development of press and campaigning strategies that support policy change strategies

4. Project management and coordination

  • Overall coordination of the project including monitoring of outputs


  • Master’s degree in international development or related field
  • 10 or more years of professional experience in a related field
  • Skilled in engaging and influencing a range of partners and decision makers in the agriculture and development arenas
  • Experience in facilitating and convening multi-stakeholder processes at different levels (global, regional and national)
  • Exceptional interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Experience in development agenda-setting/influencing processes
  • Thorough understanding of sustainable livestock and/or agriculture in developing countries
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multicultural settings
  • Fluent in spoken and written English; additional language an advantage

Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Position level: The position level is HG 19.

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 send 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 by clicking on the "Apply Now" tab above on or before 26 September 2019. The position title and reference number P/PIL/08/2019 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.

To find out more about ILRI visit our websites at http://www.ilri.org

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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