International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) – Program Manager.

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The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Program Manager to provide program management support to the Animal and Human Health (AHH) program and ensure that the goals and objectives of the program are met through the deployment of the Program Management Framework.

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. www.ilri.org

Key Responsibilities

Program Management

  • Work with the Co- Program Leaders to develop and implement the program level strategy and continually review as required.
  • Support development of a multi-year operational plan and monitor its implementation
  • Monitor and collate program outputs and outcomes
  • Develop multi-year program budgets, including ensuring consistency across the program
  • Effectively manage the program budget, ensuring proper allocation of expenditure, monitoring expenditures and highlighting any variances, and providing suggestions for corrective action to Project Leaders and Project Managers, including working with Finance for resolution.
  • Lead the program management and administrative team (which includes Project Managers, Assistant Program Manager, Assistant Project Managers, Program Accountants, Communications Staff, Administrative Assistants, Office Assistants and build their capacity on ILRI Program Management Framework to enhance their performance
  • Work closely with the Co-Program Leaders and the People and Organizational Development Directorate to determine the staffing needs for the program and other HR matters
  • Review requests for recruiting staff and consultants prior to approval and follow up with P&OD for execution
  • Liaise with the Finance Unit on budget and financial matters
  • Ensure the implementation of the institute’s Program Management Framework across the program and contribute to its continued development
  • Proposal Development
  • Coordinate and participate in the development of concept notes and/or proposal components including completing the relevant documentation on risk assessment, project budget and project work plan, drafting agreements
  • Support the Program Leader/Project Leader to undertake due diligence activities related to suitability and capability of Program partners/subcontractees such as identifying the resource skills of ILRI team, checking past experience with the partner, compliance with ILRI and donor guidelines, ensuring the strategy and plans align with  PMF
  • Manage the program opportunity pipeline to ensure timely delivery, compliance and adherence to the Program Management Framework process

Project Planning

  • Assess and plan future procurement needs and work with Supply Chain to create a detailed procurement plan
  • Liaise with the legal unit to draft partner and donor agreements and incorporate the necessary changes
  • Work with the project leader/project manager in the development of an exit strategy/sustainability plan for all projects
  • Work closely with the project leaders/project managers to define research compliance requirements, undertake risk assessment and contribute to the development of mitigation strategies
  • Lead the development of project work plans by assessing alignment, establishing timelines and obtaining the necessary approvals
  • Work with the Communication Knowledge Management team to develop the communication plan, monitor and guide the communications outputs from the program to ensure their relevance and appropriateness

Project Execution

  • Maintain effective working relationships with partners, beneficiaries, and stakeholders and facilitate effective flow of information between all partners, team members and relevant stakeholders in program activities
  • Work closely with the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists to ensure program level monitoring, data analysis and reporting to support effective program management
  • Oversee Program reporting, identify any concern areas and recommend solutions
  • Ensure that CGIAR and ILRI policies relating to IP, Open Access, P&OD and others are being followed at the Program level

Project Closing

  • Oversee the closure activities for the projects which includes the disposal of physical assets, research materials and staff separation/ reassignment, archiving of documentation, impact assessment in line with the PMF process
  • Work with the Project Leader and Communications Staff to ensure knowledge dissemination and capacity development to all relevant stakeholders by mobilizing participation from as many project stakeholders as possible, including project team members, partners, donors, and other key stakeholders

Project Management

  • The Program manager will be expected to act as the Project Manager (as need arises) for a number of projects, depending on the size and complexity of the program
  • Perform any other related duties as may be required


  • Masters/ Advanced Degree in Business Management, Business Administration or related field
  • A formal certification in Programme Management
  • 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 by clicking on the “Apply Now” tab above on or before 16 August 2022. The position title and reference number REF: PM/581/2022 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.