CGIAR Gender

Program Manager – CGIAR GENDER Platform (Closing date: 8 December 2020)

Are you interested in gender in agriculture? Would you be willing to support more research on gender in agriculture? Are you proficient in program management? If so, this is a great opportunity for you.

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a seasoned Program Manager to oversee the Program Management Unit (PMU) of the GENDER Platform and ensure that the goals and objectives of the program are met. The incumbent shall support the development and implementation of the program management strategy. The incumbent will work closely with the GENDER Platform PMU, the ILRI finance and administration team, CGIAR partners and the CGIAR system management office.

CGIAR ( is a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food-secure future. Our research is carried out by 15 Research Centers who are members of CGIAR and is dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving human health and nutrition, and ensuring more sustainable management of natural resources.

Impactful gender research within CGIAR is a precondition to achieving its mission of enabling people, especially women, to better nourish their families, while improving food system productivity and resilience. In the face of climate change and demographic shifts, such research has become more important than ever before, and is now essential for shared economic growth, manage natural resources and improve the lives of women and men.

ILRI, which hosts the platform 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 (

The GENDER Platform

The GENDER platform, hosted by ILRI in Nairobi, brings together CGIAR centres and numerous partners from around the world in a collaborative effort to make CGIAR the thought leader for gender in agricultural research for development (AR4D) and support the transformation of agriculture and food systems to be equitable, sustainable and climate resilient.

The GENDER Platform aims to (1) generate high-quality research-based evidence to influence the broader AR4D ecosystem to integrate gender and achieve gender-equal outcomes (2) create an enabling environment in which gender equality is embraced as a core principle in priority setting, research and communication within CGIAR and its partners, and (3) facilitate the capacity development of CGIAR and its partners to carry out gender-integrated and gender-strategic research that is transformative and strengthens global, regional and national food systems. The Platform builds on and expands the work of CGIAR’s current gender platform.

Program Management

  • Work with the Platform Management Unit to develop and implement the program management strategy
  • Support development of a multi-year operational plan and monitor its implementation
  • Monitor and collate program outputs and outcomes
  • Provide inputs into the Platform online database ‘Managing Agricultural Research for Learning and Outcomes’ (MARLO), to ensure that the correct information is captured for partner agreements, as well as planning and reporting
  • Ensure that Platform management information is organized and maintained in such a way that allows ease of access to users including PMU, Evaluators, and Auditors
  • Support the Platform Director, the Performance & Results Manager and the module leaders in preparing annual reports
  • Lead preparation of agreements in consultation with implementing program partners, liaising with the IP and Legal Unit as needed
  • Assist module leaders and scientific staff to meet research compliance requirements
  • Attend and assist in recording module and Platform meetings
  • Prepare requests for recruiting staff and hiring consultants
  • Monitor the implementation of tasks assigned to Platform staff
  • Support administrative tasks within the Platform as required, including logistical support for meetings and travel and managing office supplies
  • Maintain communication with the System Management Office, maintain effective working relationships with partners and stakeholders and facilitate effective flow of information between team members in program activities
  • Ensure that CGIAR and ILRI policies relating to IP, Open Access and others are being followed at the Program level
  • Dealing with internal and external requests for information concerning the CRP
  • Perform any other related duties as may be required

Financial Management

  • Develop multi-year program budgets, including ensuring consistency across modules and partners
  • Effectively manage the Platform budget, ensuring proper allocation of expenditure, monitoring expenditures, and highlighting any variances
  • Coordinate the annual planning and budgeting exercise with module administrators, and support the ILRI Finance Unit in consolidating individual partner activity budgets at program level
  • Prepare detailed Platform and module management budgets and monitor expenditure against these
  • Liaise with the Finance Unit on expenditure monitoring at the overall program level and reporting to the CGIAR System Management Office
  • Create and implement financial planning, monitoring and reporting tools tailored to the specific needs of the CRP
  • Maintain an inventory of bilateral projects aligned to the program, and associated information
  • Liaise with implementing program partner administrative and financial services staff


  • Masters/ Advanced Degree in Business Management, Business Administration or related field
  • Program Management Certification
  • At least 7 years’ program management experience with 3 years’ at managerial level
  • Excellent managerial and multitasking skills
  • The ability to plan effectively and manage risks
  • Stakeholder engagement skills
  • Effective negotiation skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Proven experience in coordinating global projects with numerous partners
  • Experience in development and implementation of projects
  • Advanced technical reporting skills
  • Excellent people management skills in a multicultural setting

Terms of Appointment

This position is at job level HG 17 and it is only open to Kenyan nationals. The position is a 3-year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. 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 on or before 8 December 2020. The position title and reference number REF: PM/CGP/11/2020 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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ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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