ILRI Consultancy – Program support to BecA-ILRI Hub

  • Home based, with possible travel to Kenya
  • Full-time
  • BecA- ILRI Hub

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Management Consultant for a short-term assignment to support Biosciences eastern and central Africa - International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI Hub) in the delivery of its BMGF/DFID-funded grant supplement. The management consultant will be required to co-develop these outputs and associated activities with BecA-ILRI Hub. A priority outcome for this assignment is the strengthening of BecA-ILRI Hub’s capacity, specifically in monitoring, evaluation and learning, and in the design and delivery of strategic capacity building activities.

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.

ILRI manages the BecA-ILRI Hub, a shared research and biosciences platform. BecA-ILRI Hub is an initiative developed within the framework of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)/African Union African Biosciences Initiative. It consists of a Hub based on the ILRI campus in Nairobi, Kenya and a network of regional nodes and other affiliated laboratories and organizations throughout the region. The BecA-ILRI Hub is a modern, state of the art biosciences facility, a suite of shared platforms established for research, capacity building and research related services in support of African and international agricultural scientists.  Further information is available at


The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom have provided supplemental funds to support the BecA-ILRI Hub to continue building on the initial joint investment to support African national agricultural research scientists in driving strategy and implementation of research for development projects leading to sustainable increases for small holder farmers across Africa. The investment will continue to back the; (i) Strengthening of the technology platforms; (ii) strengthening of the capacity of the African NARS scientists as well as BecA-ILRI Hub staff; (iii) delivery of demand led research and; (iv) support of the management of the program.

Scope of work

1. Work with the BecA team to produce a Capacity Building Scope Document to cover multiple aspects of BecA's capacity building program including:

  • How and when does BecA utilize its three main capacity building mechanisms (ABCF cohorts, Communities of Practice and Bilateral Partnerships) to deliver impact with its partners. For example, how are baseline needs assessments for specific organizations or regional capabilities used to inform capacity building strategy, guide implementation and measure progress?
  • Optimize ABCF fellowships by formulating selection procedures, mentorship and advising models for inclusivity (women and scientists from low-resource countries)
  • Flesh out BecA's CoP method to include definitions, models of engagement and criteria for success

2. Develop two bilateral partnership documents articulating the scope of the engagement with key institutions to ensure: (i) the partnership is built on a shared and common vision and mutually agreeable principles, (ii) partners understand and agree on the purpose and outcome of the partnership, (iii) the partnership has a shared decision-making process in which partners have equal power, (iv) defines partnership aims and objectives which must be realistic.

3. Review and improve the draft theory of change document to ensure it articulates how the three pillars (research, capacity building, and technology platforms and innovation) will deliver outcomes that will lead to positive impact to smallholders and agro processors in Africa.

4. Develop the knowledge management (KM) and the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems for adaptive learning and evidence-based decision making to track and monitor program operations and the efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of its three operational pillars (research, capacity building, and technology platforms and innovation) and make necessary course corrections over time.

5. Review and refine the new BecA-ILRI Hub business plan/model for effectiveness and sustainability based on ILRIs long term strategy. As part of the organizational assessment, ILRI will be reviewing and clarifying both its priorities and approach for capacity building. ILRI will then develop a business plan that will include priorities, approach to the capacity building, and a financial plan to ensure long term sustainability to resource capacity building effectively to deliver tangible results.

Final products

  1. Work plan for deliverables (ii) and (iii) submitted and discussed with BMGF/DFID
  2. A comprehensive capacity building needs assessment document
  3. Bilateral partnership documents articulating the scope of the engagement with two key institutions.
  4. Approved theory of change document for the BecA-ILRI Hub program activities.
  5. The knowledge management (KM) and the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems are developed and in use within and outside the program (by key partners)
  6. A refined 2020-25 BecA-ILRI Hub business plan

Consultancy Fee: Lumpsum

Post location: Homebase, with travel to E. Africa (Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia).

Duration: 9 months

Expected places of travel: Nairobi, Kenya

Essential skills and qualifications

  • PhD holder in agriculture, economics, social sciences, law, environment and natural resources or related field of study
  • Organizational strategy development, planning, and implementation
  • Experience working with the CGIAR Centers
  • Experience with the A4RD in Africa especially with the NARS
  • Experience and expertise in capacity building, in scoping capacity building needs of a diverse range of institutions, and in developing capacity building strategies
  • Experience and expertise in design and development of effective systems for monitoring and evaluation and knowledge management
  • Experience and expertise in stakeholder engagement, development of effective partnerships within African context.

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 (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 through our recruitment by clicking on the "Apply Now" tab above before  17 October, 2019 The position title and reference number C/BecA/2019 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.

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