8 Vacancies Open At ILRI

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works for better lives through livestock in developing countries. ILRI is co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, has 14 offices across Asia and Africa, employs some 700 staff and has an annual operating budget of about USD 80 million.

ILRI is a CGIAR research centre, a global research partnership for a food-secure future. CGIAR science is dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources and ecosystem services. Its research is carried out by 15 CGIAR centres in close collaboration with hundreds of partners, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, development organizations and the private sector.

Peter Doherty, a former member of the ILRI Board of Trustees and co-winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, serves as ILRI’s patron.

Post Doctoral Scientist – Livestock stem cell biobanking and restoration


  • A PhD degree in a relevant discipline is essential.
  • Excellent experience with germ cell Isolation, culture, cellular assays/characterization and biobanking.
  • Excellent Knowledge and demonstrated successful experience in training trainers and national partners in stem cell and conservation in Africa,
  • Be a Research scientist in an African national poultry breeding programme with at least 2 years post-doctoral experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with a range of National and regional partners in Africa and/or Southeast Asia and developing and maintaining strong partner relations.
  • Ability to maintain a database and a monitoring and evaluation framework and reporting system.
  • Experience in contributing to and initiating new research projects, including grant and proposal writing.
  • Demonstrable experience in collaborating and sharing results with interdisciplinary research teams
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and proactively.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Willingness to travel to a range of partner countries within Africa and elsewhere.
  • Excellent spoken and written English. Knowledge of working French and other languages will be considered an advantage.

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

Post Doctoral Scientist – Ruminant Nutrition & Enteric Methane Emissions


  • A PhD in Ruminant Nutrition, Animal Physiology, or a closely related discipline, with a specialized focus on enteric methane emissions.
  • Demonstrated experience in studying enteric methane emissions in ruminant systems through controlled animal experiments.
  • Proven ability to design, conduct, and analyze animal experiments to deepen understanding of enteric methane emission and mitigation strategies.
  • Strong track record of writing and publishing scientific papers, as well as developing and delivering presentations for conferences and workshops. Experience in creating additional communication products such as research and policy briefs, emphasizing the implications of research findings for GHG emissions and nutrient management.
  • Experience in contributing to and initiating new research projects, including grant and proposal writing.
  • Demonstrable experience in collaborating and sharing results with an interdisciplinary research team.
  • Experience in co-supervising PhD and MSc students, and providing guidance to research technicians.
  • This position requires a candidate with a strong background in research, particularly in ruminant nutrition and enteric methane emissions, and the ability to effectively collaborate with a diverse team of specialists.
  • An understanding of smallholder livestock production systems in developing countries, with a focus on mixed crop-livestock and/or grassland-based systems, is beneficial.
  • Prior experience in living or working in a low- and middle-income  country, particularly in East Africa, is valued.
  • Language skills in Swahili or French are considered advantageous.

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

Post Doctoral Scientist in conflict, peacebuilding, and natural resource management


  • PhD in conflict transformation, resolution and/or peacebuilding or related social science field
  • Experience in applying conflict and peace principles to natural resource management
  • Experience working in Africa
  • Experience in participatory research, gender and social inclusion.
  • Strong qualitative analysis skills
  • Knowledge and skills in training and developing training materials and guidelines
  • Conversational French is a plus in the long-term

Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya or Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Program Manager – IFPRI


  • Master’s degree in a relevant area of expertise preferred, such as agriculture or international development.
  • Minimum of seven years of professional experience designing, managing, and implementing large and complex development programs.
  • Program Management Certification
  • At least five years of senior program experience working and living in a developing country, ideally in East Asia or Africa.
  • Strong project management skills, including effective communication and decision-making abilities.
  • Self-motivated, ability to work independently, and comfortable in a global team, including working well with team members located in multiple time zones and countries.
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to structure analyses that drive strategic decisions
  • Prior experience as Project Lead preferred.
  • Full fluency in English (verbal, written).

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

Research Analyst – Digital Fisheries


  • Master’s degree in a technical, scientific or economic field.
  • At least 3 years’ work experience including work with rural communities
  • Strong working knowledge of MS office packages.
  • Competency with data analysis applications such as SPSS, Minitab, Stata, among others.
  • Strong working knowledge of mapping applications such as ArcGIS or QGIS
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in multi-cultural, interdisciplinary teams as well as develop close and effective working relationships with a range of partners
  • Proven ability and willingness to carry out independent fieldwork in remote locations
  • Commitment to development objectives in Kenya and the region
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Swahili

Desirable Skills/Experience

  • Experience in fisheries science, agricultural science or other natural science research.
  • Coding experience in R or Python.
  • Quantitative skills and experience in data science, management, databases, and statistics.
  • Project management experience.

Post location: This position will be based in Mombasa, Kenya

Research Associate


  • Bachelor’s with at least 1 year work experience in experience research in social sciences, development studies, extension, or equivalent experience
  • Diploma in relevant field with three years relevant experience
  • Background in social research, participation, climate change and adaption, extension, interdisciplinary understanding of both social and basic bio-physical sciences
  • Solid training in qualitative and understanding of quantitative approaches.
  • Experience with conducting participatory research and stakeholder engagement in rural context.
  • Experience in data analysis and interpretation for both basic qualitative and quantitative analysis.
  • Experience with use of NVIVO, R or STATA as a plus.
  • Strong aptitude at interpreting, synthesizing, and communicating the results of data analysis to various types of audiences.
  • General experience in social research, climate change and adaptation, biodiversity, farmer-led scaling.
  • Good communication and networking skills
  • Based in Rift Valley with sound work experience in Nandi and Bomet Counties.
  • Fluency in English and Swahili, and preferably also Kalenjin

Post location: The position will be based in Kapsabet, Nandi County

Program Officer – Internal/External

Academic and professional qualifications:


  • Master’s degree or bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Agri-business, Agricultural Policy, Development Studies, Business Administration or related disciplines.
  • Relevant professional certification.
  • Indepth knowledge in a technical or specialized field.


  • Master’s degree with seven years relevant experience or Bachelor degree with ten years of relevant experience


  • Demonstrated experience in designing and managing inclusive value chains and market system development approaches in the cereals and pulses value chains.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop business cases for investments.
  • Experience in building partnerships and programs with government, institutional partners, development partners ,or other such institutions.
  • Experience of end-to-end project management, including design, resourcing, risk management, quality assurance and reporting.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and ethically in complex settings and with multicultural teams and consultants.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with different partners and colleagues and build strong professional relationships and networks.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including editing skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office software (e.g., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

ILRI Internship

The Position:

Internships are short-term academic training for young professionals who join ILRI for a short period (usually 3 months or less but can be up to 6 months in length) as part of their academic curriculum and are expected to resume their studies upon completion of their internship. The internship aims at helping students connect theory to practice, as well as nurturing young minds into livestock agriculture.

Interns work five days per week under the supervision and mentorship of a staff member in the department or program to which they are assigned.


Applicants must at the time of application meet the following requirements:

  1.   Be enrolled for an undergraduate university degree program, with at least one full semester to completion. Through strategic partnerships, ILRI also provides internship opportunities to students enrolled for diploma and certificate programs, as well as senior high school students.
  2.   Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  3.   Proficiency in English.

Terms of appointment: ILRI offers a stipend to cover living expenses as well as insurance.

Nairobi, Kenya


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