Program Manager – IFPRI 2024

Full Time

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Program Manager – IFPRI

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Employer: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

About IFPRI and ILRI:

IFPRI provides research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. Established in 1975, IFPRI currently has more than 600 employees working in over 50 countries. It is a research center of CGIAR, a worldwide partnership engaged in agricultural research for development.

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Program Manager on behalf of IFPRI. 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.


  • Program Management: Provide overall management of the NutriHarvest project in line with donor guidelines to achieve project objectives.
  • Strategic Planning: Work with IFPRI-HarvestPlus HQ and country offices to develop overall project plan, annual, and quarterly work plans.
  • Leadership: Ensure project success through high-quality technical leadership and oversight.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Lead team to ensure proper coordination and guidance among national/local government, partners, community partners, NGOs, and other key stakeholders.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation: Support the development of strong M&E mechanisms, program monitoring tools, and efficient systems to ensure high-quality implementation.
  • Communication: Direct transparent communications with partners, including negotiating scopes of work, addressing requisite revisions in programmatic work, and troubleshooting issues.
  • Compliance: Establish compliance with donor regulations and IFPRI-HarvestPlus guidelines.


  • 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.
  • 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).

Job Level and Benefits:

This position is at job level HG17 and is only open to Kenyan nationals. It is a 2-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 insurance.

How to Apply:

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job, and the names and addresses 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 Below before 12 June 2024. The position title and reference number REF: IFPRI /5/2024 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.

To find out more about ILRI visit our websites at

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.




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