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Team Leader, Gender

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

Livestock is one of the most gender sensitive agricultural sectors in developing countries, with 70% of the labour being provided by women, but with often little control over the assets and income derived from livestock activities. Women are also key to ensuring that the potential of animal source foods to contribute to nutritional security is realized.

Ph.D. in Social Science (Rural Sociology, Gender and Development, Social Anthropology, etc) or related field with application to agriculture or rural development
At least 8 years of relevant experience post-PhD
A proven ability to provide innovative thinking within gender and agriculture, a willingness to work with biophysical scientists and proven ability to apply methods and approaches to achieve effective integration of gender within ILRI’s livestock mandate;
A proven research record on gender and agriculture extending to study design, quantitative and qualitative analytic methods and peer-reviewed output
Supervisory and management experience of staff, projects and programs
Familiarity with aspects of livestock production, and/or marketing systems in developing countries
Demonstrated ability to develop and manage multiple partnerships, and to develop successful funding proposals
Excellent interpersonal skills and experience with working in multidisciplinary and multicultural environments in relevant geographies;
Strong English language skills, both written and spoken (proficiency in French is strong advantage)
Willingness to travel frequently


  • Lead ILRI’s research on gender and livestock both as an independent area of research and across the organization’s research areas
  • Be the ILRI focal point for the CGIAR Gender platform
  • Supervise scientists and staff working in gender research, and provide guidance to integrating gender in ILRI programs and projects
  • Coordinate ILRI staff capacity development in gender and gender analysis
  • Build collaborations with relevant institutions and organizations internationally and nationally to conduct research on gender and disseminate evidence for influencing policy and practice
  • Support research and development projects led by ILRI and other partners including NGOs to integrate best practice in gender and to generate evidence for scaling out
  • Develop proposals to raise resources to support strategic and integrated gender research
  • The position is supported by a team of gender scientists and research assistants
  • The Team Leader will be a member of the Institute Research and Management Committee

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 7 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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