ILRI Hiring Research Officer II – Pastoralism and Rangeland- Temporary

Paid Internship Opportunity Open at ILRI

  •  Nairobi, Kenya
  •  Sustainable Livestock Systems Program (SLS)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Officer II – Pastoralism and Rangeland to contribute to research, capacity building, and policy-influencing activities in rangelands and pastoral areas of Kenya, as a temporary position to cover maternity leave.

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.



Contribute to research on rangelands under the guidance of the supervisor

  • Compile data and conduct statistical analysis
  • Write reviews, articles and technical reports
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Develop new strategies and activities towards making rangelands more secure for local users

Support Kenya-focused action research activities for the CGIAR Research Initiative on  Livestock and Climate

  • Contribute to advancing research on participatory rangeland management (PRM) and restoration including PRM impacts among other areas
  • Coordinate the LCSR activities in PRM, land use planning, restoration, and other action research activities in pastoral areas of Kenya acting as liaison between ILRI researchers and local implementing NGO
  • Maintain relationships with partners and other stakeholders
  • Coordinate logistics for international staff
  • Assist research interns
  • Prepare blogs and other communication materials
  • Contribute to written outputs including research reports and journal articles
  • Coordinate and attend meetings with other LCSR (and 1CGIAR Initiative) staff based in Kenya.
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Assist in the undertaking of trainings on PRM

  • Support the undertaking of trainings on PRM and rangeland restoration as necessary and in agreement with country/project manager(s)
  • Develop training materials on PRM and rangeland restoration for various audiences

Represent ILRI at ministry and other meetings related to rangelands and pastoralism, or other as agreed with supervisor

Some travel to Northern Kenya as agreed with supervisor.  Occasional international travel may also be required.

Perform any other related duties as agreed


  • Masters’ degree in land resources management & environmental protection, animal rangeland and wildlife science, geography, environment, agriculture or equivalent relevant professional certification
  • At least Five years relevant experience in research in rangelands, drylands, NRM, communal land governance, land use planning.
  • Experience in research and working on gender issues and social inclusion
  • Ability to engage/communicate with different sets of actors; surveys; participatory research tools
  • Experience in training local/community institutions, government officers, NGO staff, etc on large-scale management of pastoralist rangelands and related issues
  • Excellent communication and writing skills for different audiences (academic, government, NGOs, public, social media), in written and spoken Kiswahili, English (French, Arabic and/or knowledge of languages spoken in Kenya pastoral areas would be an advantage)
  • Strong motivation and long-term interest in pastoral development, natural resource management and land issues
  • Contributed to project management and is well-organised in a busy project environment

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

Terms of Appointment

This position is at job level HG 14 and it is only open to Kenyan nationals. This is a temporary position for 6 months.

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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 by clicking on the “Apply Now” tab above on or before 2 July 2024. The position title and reference number REF: SLS/1450-/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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 ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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