ILRI Consultancy - Climate and livestock policy analysis

  • Home based, with possible travel to Kenya
  • Part-time

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a short-term consultant to undertake a policy coherence analysis of climate and livestock policies in the three focus countries (Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda) as a starting point for understanding the current state of relevant policies and their integration or lack thereof as a way of identifying opportunities for engagement with policy makers and other stakeholders.

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. 

General Background

ILRI is implementing the Programme for Climate Smart Livestock Systems (PCSL). PCSL supports interventions to increase the contribution of livestock production to the three key pillars of climate smart agriculture (CSA) (increased productivity, mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adaptation to climate change), across major systems and species in the three focus countries (Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda). PCSL aims to enable key livestock stakeholders to increasingly direct their livestock practices, sector strategies and policies towards the achievement of climate smart livestock systems.

There are three main areas of activity in PCSL. First, the programme will disseminate interventions for climate smart livestock systems. This also involves establishing baselines for GHG emissions from livestock keeping practices. Second, the programme will work with policy makers to integrate climate change mitigation and adaptation in livestock-related policies. Third, the programme will build the capacities of responsible stakeholders to report on national contributions to the UNFCCC.

Objective of the Assignment

One of the main aims of the overall PCSL project is to improve the integration of climate change mitigation and adaptation in the development of livestock-related policies. As a starting point for investigating policy coherence, we are drawing from the OECD framework for Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD). Using the main elements identified in the PCSD analytical framework, ILRI is commissioning the study to examine the involvement and influence of various actors in shaping climate and livestock policies, the policy inter-linkages, the enabling and disabling conditions, the sources of finance, and the trans-boundary and international impacts. The study should also assess how the identified climate and livestock policies are linked with other broader national goals and international goals such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Specifically, the consultant shall undertake an analysis to:

  • Document the policies, strategies, and plans regarding climate change adaptation and mitigation in the livestock sector across three countries in East Africa – Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda
  • Investigate the extent of policy coherence across climate and livestock policies in each country using an agreed upon analytical framework
  • Identify major inconsistencies, clashes, or gaps that present opportunities for PCSL to engage with policy makers on improving the integration of climate change into livestock policies and livestock into climate change policies.

Scope of Work

The consultant, in collaboration with the PCSL team at ILRI, will:

  • Compile as many relevant policy documents from the three target countries as possible
  • Develop an analytical framework for carrying out the policy coherence analysis, to be reviewed by the PCSL team before the analysis begins
  • Analyse the collected policies using the analytical framework
  • Compile a report detailing the findings to be published as a working paper

Final product

  • Report on coherence of climate and livestock policies in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda

Essential skills and qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree or PhD in agricultural development, policy analysis, or related field
  • Work experience in East Africa, and strong knowledge and experience of policy analysis and review
  • Excellent writing skills, with evidence of ability to synthesize scientific information, problem formulation, interpretation and application of research results, and ability to communicate research results and ideas
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Candidates with at least basic knowledge of issues within livestock development will be given preference

Post location: Homebased

Duration:  From approximately February to March 2019


Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the preferred position, what they can bring to the role 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 of ILRI’s People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal by clicking on ‘Apply Now’. Screening of applications will start on 17th January 2019 and continue until the position is filled. The position title and reference number, CCAFS/01/2019, should be clearly marked in the subject line of the online application.

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