• Home based, with possible travel to Kenya
  • Communications and Knowledge Management

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to establish a roster of editors with a track record of outstanding editorial skills on whom it will call on for short term consultancy assignments to work closely with publishing unit to edit and produce high-quality research publications.

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 publishes its research outputs using substantive documents such as reports, manuals and journal articles; and shorter publications such as briefs and blogs. ILRI is therefore inviting prospective consultants to submit applications and register to ILRI’s roster of editors.

Scope of work

The Consultant will support the publishing unit; review, edit and quality assure the publications; work closely and effectively with concerned staff to ensure timely submission of high quality and compelling publications. More specifically the consultant will work with the publishing unit and other relevant internal teams to:

  • Provide editing and proofreading services for communication materials ranging from complex publications to substantive technical documents based on the ILRI style guide
  • Support the writing and rewriting of content based on information provided by ILRI
  • Review and revise content for completeness, accuracy and quality, including spelling, grammar, punctuation, consistency of language and syntax
  • Provide recommendations on structure and composition

Selected consultants will be awarded a maximum of 40 working days per annum at an agreed daily fee. The days will be drawn on a need by need basis and the agreement will clearly state that the actual number of days will vary depending on program needs.

Essential Skills and Qualifications Required:

  • An advanced degree in communication, public relations, journalism, marketing, or another field relevant to this assignment.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in editing, preferably for agricultural development-related initiatives in East, Southern and West Africa and South and Southeast Asia.
  • Extensive experience working with technical content, preferably in livestock, bioscience, agriculture and natural resource research
  • Experience working closely with technical and nontechnical teams
  • Proficiency in English
  • Excellent grammar and punctuation
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and consistently meet deadlines
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Planning and organizational skills
  • Strong attention to detail

How to apply:

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing 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 before 28 February 2021. The position title and reference number REF: ED/IPP/01/2021 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

Applicants will also be required to submit:

  • Areas of expertise including preferred region (if applicable).
  • A statement describing availability and preferred length of assignment.
  • Current daily fee rate applicable for the next 12 months.
  • List of past assignments with names and contact information of references.
  • Writing sample(s).

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/

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

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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