ILRI Graduate Fellowship: Science of Scaling

  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Impact At Scale

The International Livestock Research Institute (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 centers dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices in East, South and Southern Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa.

Impact at Scale Program (I@S) was established to ensure ILRI has the requisite human and management capacity to facilitate partnerships with other organizations to deliver at scale; provide appropriate incentives for staff undertaking such activities; and ensure the institute can demonstrate the impact of livestock research for development. Working in 16 African and Asian countries, I@S also provides evidence of proven approaches and interventions covering technologies, institutional arrangements, business models and policy support, which can be scaled to different contexts.

About the position:

ILRI intends to accelerate the efforts to improve its value proposition, product development and research model and strengthen its ability to achieve impact with improved overall efficiency and effectiveness. ILRI wants to develop a systematic approach to evaluate the potential scalability of its research products and has designed an iterate process for scaling strategy development based on the literature review of existing scaling tools and methodologies.

ILRI seeks to recruit a Graduate Fellow, Science of Scaling based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with visa sponsorship possible for international applicants. This fellowship will focus on the ‘science of scaling’, working with the Program Leader and other ILRI and CGIAR research program colleagues to

  • Organize scaling assessment workshops, including preparing workshop materials and facilitation as the coordinator
  • Conduct both quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis and presentation of the results
  • Act as a focal point for specific projects assessing scaling-readiness of innovations piloted by ILRI and partners.

Required Qualifications:


  • Enrolled in a graduate program (including masters and PhDs) in an accredited university preferably in Economics, International Development, public/business administration, social sciences, technology or related field


  • Demonstrated experience in event management and stakeholder engagement.
  • Experience in organizing and facilitating workshops/training
  • Experience working with international organization and projects in developing countries is preferable


  • Independent thinking is essential - We want someone that can look at a problem from a variety of angles and be prepared to challenge assumptions and bring new perspectives
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Interpersonal skills and to work in a team-oriented multi-cultural environment
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task as needed, meet deadlines and manage time well


  • Share ILRI’s values, and have a demonstrated interest in agriculture and international development
  • Highly motivated and enthusiastic attitude


  • Written and spoken fluency in English is mandatory

 Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Duration: 10-12 months (with the possibility of extension)

Terms of appointment and stipend:

This is an appointment for 10-12 months (with the possibility of extension, or conversely, for the right candidate we may consider a shorter assignment). Start date will be agreed with the selected candidate, but ideally from February onwards.

Great working environment, the ILRI campus is one of the gems of Addis Ababa – a lush green campus, with state-of-the-art research facilities, and lovely recreational settings.

Benefits: ILRI will offer a stipend to cover living expenses in the project location, medical insurance and cover research expenses. The successful candidate will be required to acquire and show proof of travel insurance before the commencement of the fellowship, where applicable.

Applications should be made to the Head of Capacity Development.  by clicking on the "Apply Now" before 15 Jan 2020. The position title and reference number GF/ILRI/IS/03/2019 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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