ILRI Consultancy- Scenarios oversight for the Program on Climate Smart Livestock

  • Home based, with possible travel to Kenya
  • Sustainable Livestock Systems

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a consultant for the Program on Climate Smart Livestock (PCSL) which is exploring possible future livestock development pathways in three focus countries (Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya). The consultant will engage with key stakeholders in participatory futuring exercises, helping prioritise good-bet livestock adaptation and mitigation options in relevant livestock systems, and helping to build capacity in decision support, planning and investment at the national level in each country.

The International Livestock Research Institute (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.

Scope of Work

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Lead research to identify the key future drivers influencing livestock systems in the three focus countries, through participatory processes involving key stakeholders, country leadership, and partner institutions, and explore alternative livestock development pathways that align with national objectives.
  • Where appropriate, use mixed qualitative / quantitative methods to add detail to the scenario narratives, so that the effects of alternative livestock development pathways on local contexts can be analysed with respect to water and feed resources, gender issues, and food security and nutritional outcomes.
  • Thoroughly document the research and its results and contribute to the development of on-line scenario training materials that can be used by different groups of stakeholders.
  • Communicate findings to stakeholders such as ministry staff, livestock extension officers, and donors.
  • Write scientific papers and prepare conference presentations and other communication products on the key results.

A considerable part of the consultant’s time on the project will be spent in East Africa. A detailed workplan will be developed within four weeks of the position’s starting date.

Final Products

  • Alternative livestock development pathways explored with respect to water and feed resources, gender issues, and food security and nutritional outcomes
  • On-line scenario training materials developed
  • Working Paper and conference presentations developed

Consultancy Fee:  payable quarterly or by mutual agreement

Post location:  Consultant’s base

Duration:  3 Years with maximum working days: 575 days

 Expected places of travel: Occasional travel to East Africa

Essential skills and qualifications

  • PhD in an appropriate discipline
  • At least 10 years’ relevant experience in the development and implementation of scientific scenarios processes in multiple countries and situations, with demonstrated ability to publish in high-impact journals and to write and deliver grants
  • Deep knowledge of scenarios science and considerable experience of scenarios processes in East Africa.
  • Strong practical, facilitation and mentoring skills, to guide others on participatory processes and co-production of knowledge.
  • Highly-developed communication skills in multicultural contexts and highly diverse audiences.

How to apply: 

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing 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 by clicking on the "Apply Now" tab above before 15 November 2019. The position title and reference number C/ SLS/11/2019 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.

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.

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