ILRI Consultancy - Foresight Specialist for the SADC Region / CCAFS FP1

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

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a consultant to support the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and its member states to develop plausible future-oriented climate-resilient pathways for sustainable and equitable economic growth and socio-economic development, with a special focus on agriculture and natural resources. This consultancy will develop a background paper that summarises existing scenario and analysis work, as input into a participatory scenario development process. The paper will be one input into a broader process to assist in policy planning and prioritization and to help build capacities for strategic planning, regional prioritisation and foresight. The work will help advocate for an integrated regional approach to support the SADC Common Agenda while ensuring that actions are widely applicable and scalable across the region.

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutrition 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.


The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) seek to recruit a consultant to carry out a desk study that synthesises scenarios and foresight work that has been carried out in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Scope of work

The work will involve the assembling of information on the futures and foresight work that has already been undertaken for the SADC region (including other sectors as well as agriculture). This information will be synthesised into a draft background paper that identifies the major uncertainties facing the region, the main drivers of change in the coming 20 years, and how these uncertainties and change drivers may affect regional integration. The draft document will be validated through interactions with regional stakeholders, and we will seek to integrate the process into ongoing processes such as the development of the new Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP), a comprehensive development and implementation framework guiding SADC’s regional integration agenda to 2035. The output of the work package will be a working paper and other knowledge products.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Assemble existing information on what previous scenarios and foresight work at a regional level (SADC) and at country level, with a focus on agriculture and natural resources but including other relevant sectors where appropriate.
  • Synthesise this information into a background paper that highlights key trends and critical uncertainties to 2035.
  • In close cooperation with the ILRI team, work with SADC and partners (including GIZ, FANRPAN, CCARDESA, ACCRA, CCAFS) to source appropriate information, and to validate a draft version of the report with multiple regional and national state and non-state actors.
  • Interact regularly with GIZ and the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone to plan the process and communicate findings, as well as look for opportunities to link the study to ongoing processes such as the SADC Climate Change Strategy.
  • At least one trip to Gaborone and possibly elsewhere in the SADC region as needed.

A detailed workplan will be developed with the consultant within one week of the position’s starting date.

Final products

A synthesis document of approximately 30-40 pages summarising the findings of the work, along with major drivers of change and uncertainties concerning SADC integration to 2035, which has been validated with regional and national actors.

Consultancy Fee: Lumpsum, payable based on delivery of outputs

Post location: Homebase

Duration:  13 January to 31 March 2020

Expected places of travel:  Gaborone, Botswana; possibly elsewhere within SADC as appropriate

Essential skills and qualifications

  • PhD in an economics-related discipline.
  • At least 15 years’ relevant experience in development research, policy and practice in multiple countries and situations.
  • Deep knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods and their application in development settings.
  • Strong knowledge of foresight and scenarios processes in agriculture and natural resources management; hands-on experience of foresight and scenarios work in southern Africa highly desirable.
  • Highly developed synthesis and writing skills that can address complex, uncertain problems.
  • Well-developed communication skills in multicultural contexts and for highly diverse audiences.

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 by clicking on the "Apply Now" tab above on or before 31 December, 2019. The position title and reference number C/CCAFS/12/2019 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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