Advocacy Officer

  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Environmental health and biodiversity Impact Area

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an Advocacy Officer III to support the specific CGIAR working groups on Intelligence for negotiations and partner engagement.

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.


  • In collaboration with the Platform Director and Senior Strategic Advisor, develop a comprehensive action plan for the implementation of terms of reference within the duration of the contract.
  • In collaboration with the Platform Director and Senior Strategic Advisor, develop criteria for the selection of critical stakeholders for the CBD and UNCCD CoPs.
  • Undertake desk research on the publicly available information on the CBD and UNCCD COP priorities of identified country stakeholders and partners.
  • Based on the findings of the desk assessments, in consultation with key internal stakeholders, develop questionnaires and undertake in-depth interviews with selected critical stakeholders to:
    • Understand the key successes and challenges facing identified countries in the implementation of biodiversity and desertification commitments.
    • Ascertain a more detailed understanding of country and other stakeholder priorities for negotiations at COPs 16 of CBD and UNCCD
    • Identify topics of interest under negotiations at the COPs which could benefit from CGIAR positions and the key entry points in the negotiations where these issues will be addressed.
    • Make recommendations on possible joint engagement opportunities.
  • Develop a report on priorities of identified critical country stakeholders and global partners and ensure it is updated periodically, ensuring a robust process of policy advocacy intelligence analysis.
  • In collaboration with center engagement experts, and based on feedback on intelligence gathered, develop a CGIAR advocacy plan for engagement at CDB and UNCCD, with clear proposed activities, deadlines and goals, and coordinate its delivery.


  • Master’s degree in social science, political science, international studies, or other related field
  • At least 7 years of progressively responsible professional experience
  • Experience in supporting global advocacy in international decision-making processes
  • Experience undertaking assessments of stakeholder priorities, identification of entry points for advocacy,
  • Experience in preparing high quality analytical reviews/ assessments
  • Experience in developing/ coordinating development of advocacy plans, preferably with international organizations and large international NGOs.

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

Terms of Appointment

This position is at job level HG 15 and it is only open to Kenyan nationals. The is a fixed term position up to 31 May 2025. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes pension, medical and other insurances.

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 through our recruitment portal by clicking on "Apply Now" on or before 13 June 2024. The position title and reference number REF: EBIP/ 1446 /2024 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.

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