ILRI Hiring Global Livestock Value Chain Investment Development Specialist

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Global Livestock Value Chain Investment Development Specialist to lead a project supporting the development of private and public sector partnerships for large-scale rangeland restoration through investments in sustainable livestock and livestock product value chains., as a contribution to the Global Environment Facility-funded STELARR (Sustainable Investments for Large-Scale Rangeland Restoration). STELARR is led by ILRI with supporting CGIAR centers in partnership with IUCN.

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

Responsibilities include to:

  • Lead the components of the project focusing on the development of private and public sector investments for large-scale rangeland restoration through sustainable livestock and livestock product value chains.
  • Develop inclusive and bankable investment partnerships and proposals in livestock value chains for rangeland restoration in selected value chains with donors, governments, commercial sector and other actors.
  • Lead the undertaking of a sector analysis of (perceived) risks, challenges and opportunities of sustainable rangelands restoration, and key global public and private players with potential for restoration through sustainable livestock value chains.
  • Work with regional livestock value chain development and rangeland restoration experts to identify and develop livestock-based value chains in project priority regions, engaging with potential financiers, investors, and knowledge brokers.
  • Facilitate the mobilization and agreement of multiple stakeholders to develop a global standard and/or certification for livestock and livestock products contributing to rangelands restoration, and targeted awareness raising campaigns related to this.
  • Work with regional CGIAR livestock experts to identify and develop sustainable livestock-based value chains for rangeland restoration, engaging with potential financiers, investors and knowledge brokers.
  • Lead the development of guidelines, tools, and frameworks for increased investment in sustainable livestock value chain development for rangeland restoration.
  • Contribute to awareness campaigns on rangeland restoration through sustainable livestock value chains in project regions.
  • Contribute to the establishment of a global rangelands database and systems tracking livestock investments for rangeland restoration.
  • Organise and contribute to regional inter-governmental dialogues and agreements to support rangeland restoration through sustainable livestock value chains.
  • Contribute to regional and global media campaigns on rangeland restoration through sustainable livestock value chains.


  • Masters in business management, value chain development, livestock production or related field.
  • At least 10 years’ experience working in the private sector preferably in relation to livestock value chains, environment, climate change and/or related issues.
  • Proven track record in organising meetings, dialogues and engaging with multiple actors from community to global policy actors.
  • Established network of relevant actors in the private sector, financers, investors, relevant for the project.
  • Knowledge on the livestock climate agenda (e.g., Paris Agreement, Methane Pledge, and Science-based targets) and sustainability-linked investments mechanisms (e.g., carbon markets)

Post location: Nairobi Kenya or a location where ILRI has a hosting agreement including with other CGIAR centers

Terms of Appointment

This position is at job level HG 18 and it is open to both national and international applicants. The position is a two (2) year contract, extended 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 10 December 2023. The position title and reference number: REF: SLS/ 928/2023 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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