ILRI Consultancy: Programme Monitoring and Performance

Part Time
  • Part Time
  • Kenya

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)


Are you a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) professional with a keen interest and expertise in gender and social inclusion in agriculture? Are you enthusiastic about leveraging MEL evidence to support gender-focused agricultural research? If you have a passion for applying a gender and research lens to enhance monitoring and evaluation, we have an exciting opportunity for you!

About ILRI and CGIAR:

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is currently seeking a Monitoring and Performance Consultant for the CGIAR GENDER Impact Platform. CGIAR is a global partnership focused on research for a food-secure future, comprising 15 Research Centers dedicated to reducing rural poverty, improving food security, enhancing human health and nutrition, and ensuring sustainable management of natural resources. ILRI, as a CGIAR center, contributes to these goals by conducting research to promote efficient, safe, and sustainable use of livestock, aimed at improving food and nutritional security and reducing poverty in developing countries.

Key Responsibilities:

As the Monitoring and Performance Consultant, you will work under the guidance of the Platform’s Head of Programme Portfolio to establish and maintain a comprehensive database of output and outcome indicators for the GENDER Impact Platform. Your primary responsibilities will include:

  1. Developing a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan: Creating a comprehensive plan based on the Platform’s theory of change to guide the monitoring and evaluation activities effectively.
  2. Tracking Progress: Ensuring the effective use of Platform-level systems to monitor and track progress towards planned results.
  3. Data Management: Implementing mechanisms to maintain accurate and up-to-date program-level data through the One CGIAR online platform PRMS.
  4. Quality Assurance: Supporting the Platform’s inputs to the CGIAR Results Dashboard and ensuring quality assurance of the data.
  5. Donor Reporting: Assisting the GENDER Platform in meeting its planning and reporting commitments to donors.


To be successful in this role, you should possess the following qualifications and skills:

  1. Master’s degree in economics, gender studies, human rights, social sciences, or another relevant field.
  2. Minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience at national or international levels in monitoring and reporting, using Results-Based Management (RBM) principles, for development or research programs.
  3. Strong Understanding of RBM: Excellent knowledge of how RBM concepts can be applied in the research-for-development arena.
  4. Experience in Monitoring and Reporting: Demonstrated experience in designing and working with monitoring and reporting systems for complex, multi-faceted programs.
  5. Computer Proficiency: Excellent computer skills, including experience with MEL and project management software.
  6. Attention to Detail: Strong organizational skills with great attention to detail.
  7. Adaptability: Ability to multitask and thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  8. Interpersonal Skills: Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate with researchers across the globe.
  9. International Experience: Experience working in an international, multi-cultural environment.
  10. Language Proficiency: Fluency in written and spoken English.

Desirable Qualifications and Experience:

Candidates with the following qualifications and experience will be given preference:

  1. Gender Research: Ability to understand and communicate research on gender-related topics.
  2. CGIAR Experience: Familiarity with the CGIAR system.
  3. Regional Experience: Experience working or engaging with teams in Africa, Asia, and/or Latin America.

Consultancy Details:

  • Fee: Lumpsum or as mutually agreed upon, based on milestones and deliverables.
  • Location: The position will be home-based or based in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Duration: 15th July 2023 to 31st December 2023 (6 months).

Application Process:

Interested applicants should submit the following documents through our recruitment portal (link to the portal):

  1. Cover Letter: A cover letter expressing interest in the position and outlining what the candidate can bring to the role.
  2. CV: A comprehensive CV detailing professional qualifications and work experience.
  3. References: Names and contact information (telephone and email) of three referees familiar with the candidate’s professional background and experience.

Important: Ensure that the consultancy title and reference number “PMPC/1120/23” are clearly marked in the subject line of the online application.

Note to Applicants:

We sincerely appreciate all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. However, due to the high volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Expert Tips To Be A Successful Applicant:

To increase your chances of success in this application, consider the following tips:

  1. Research the GENDER Impact Platform: Familiarize yourself with the goals and objectives of the CGIAR GENDER Impact Platform and align your experience and skills accordingly.
  2. Showcase Your RBM Expertise: Emphasize your expertise in Results-Based Management (RBM) and demonstrate how you have applied these principles in your previous roles.
  3. Highlight Gender Knowledge: If you have experience working with gender-related research or initiatives, highlight it in your application to demonstrate your understanding of this critical aspect.
  4. Illustrate International Experience: Emphasize any relevant experience working in diverse, international, and multi-cultural settings to showcase your ability to collaborate with teams globally.
  5. Demonstrate Data Management Skills: Since the role involves database management, make sure to highlight your proficiency in relevant MEL and project management software.
  6. Personalize Your Cover Letter: Tailor your cover letter to specifically address how your skills and experience align with the requirements of this consultancy position.
  7. Submit a Comprehensive CV: Ensure your CV is well-structured and includes all relevant qualifications, work experiences, and achievements that highlight your suitability for the role.

Good luck with your application!

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