Senior Scientist – Platform Coordinator (re-advertisement)

  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Full-time
  • Livestock Genetics

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Platform Coordinator to support the research-for-development agenda by sustaining and catalysing interaction between the scientific contributions of a team of poultry development researchers with the key constituencies involved in co-designing and implementing chicken genetic innovations to achieve sustainable impact. This will be achieved using improved knowledge management systems, identifying appropriate complementary investments, policy influencing approaches and forging alliances and partnerships with key poultry stakeholders in the Tropics.

ILRI works to improve food security and nutrition, and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 11 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, ILRI has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa.  

Key Responsibilities


  • Lead partnership identification, stakeholder relationship management and engagement processes related to the Tropical Poultry Genetics Solutions (TPGS) agenda, with an emphasis on bridging the research program with the imperative to scale existing solutions,   innovations, and practices, and contribute to policy advocacy actions.
  • Lead the development of thought pieces for establishing a Tropical Poultry Platform (TROP) and help launch the process. Once established, coordinate stakeholder contributions, lead awareness creation and related influencing and brokering functions aligned to TROP’s objectives.
  • Contribute to the resource mobilisation efforts of the team in support of the TPGS agenda.
  • Collaborate on research publications that articulate how the TPGS agenda is harnessing innovations and achieving impact through taking these innovations to scale.
  • Contribute to  the design and implementation of effective capacity building  and communications initiatives as required to support the TPGS agenda.
  • Contribute to TPGS project coordination and reporting requirements in-line with ILRI/One CGIAR and donor policies and procedures, while ensuring timeliness and, quality..
  • Work closely with the Principal Scientist/Principal Investigator of TPGS to advance, as necessary, the TPGS agenda in internal, external, and international fora, communicating research findings at the policy and practice level and gathering inputs and insights to feedback into the research agenda.


  • Ph.D. in Agricultural Development, Development Studies, Agribusiness, Rural Development, or related field.
  • At least seven years of related progressive experience
  • Ability to coordinate complex livestock research and development programs
  • Experience of partnership development, engagement, and management
  • Evidence of successful and sustained interactions with both private and public sector actors
  • Record of resource mobilization success in agricultural/livestock development projects
  • Policy brokering/influencing experience.
  • High-level writing and communication skills
  • Demonstration of relevant contacts and networks in the livestock industry
  • Experience with developing and managing innovative scientific and development projects.
  • Understanding of poultry systems and livestock economy, and themes surrounding rural livelihood diversification.

Post location: The position will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Terms of Appointment

This is position is at job level HG 19 and it is open to both national and international applicants. The position is a three (3) year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes medical and other insurances.

Applications: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the role, 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 through our recruitment portal by clicking on the "Apply Now" on this page before 28 September 2023. The position title and reference number: REF: LG/774 /2023 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application. 

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the high 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

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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