ILRI Consultancy - Climate Risk Analysis for the SADC Region /CCAFS FP1

  • Home based, with possible travel to Kenya

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a consultant to support 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 synthesis background paper that summarises knowledge of the likely effects of climate risk on future vulnerabilities in SADC, with a focus on agriculture and natural resources but also including what is known about other sectors too. The paper will be a key input into a broader process to assist in prioritization and help build capacities for strategic planning, regional prioritisation and foresight, including the revision of the SADC Regional Indicative Development Plan and the SADC Climate Change and Action Plan. 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 existing climate risk analyses of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Scope of work

The work will be based on the IPCC’s risk framework from 2014 and expand on similar work done for SADC and other geographies. The focus will be on the agriculture, food security and natural resources sectors, but as far as is feasible and appropriate, the work should include other key SADC sectors. This work will involve the collation and review of a wide range of information, including the following: agriculture systems characterisation, location of smallholder and commercial systems, current and future climate hazards, vulnerabilities, capacities and impacts, and a broad outline of cost-effective climate-smart options, as far as they are known. The primary output will be a working paper summarising the climate risk analysis and hotspot climate risk maps for SADC and other knowledge products. A draft of the paper should be validated through interactions with regional actors.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Gather existing reports detailing current and future climate hazards, vulnerabilities, capacities, and impacts (using IPCC climate risk framework components) specific to the SADC region.
  • Assemble existing information at regional level on farming systems characterisation, location of smallholder and commercial systems, and current and future climate change impacts on agriculture.
  • Synthesise this material into a background paper that highlights climate risk and vulnerability hotspots, key trends and critical uncertainties to 2035, with a focus on agriculture and natural resources but including other relevant sectors as prioritised in SADC’s RISDP. Background paper to include sections that cover (1) new science with respect to the likely direct and indirect effects of climate change to 2035, (2) a broad outline of cost-effective adaptation options, and (3) limits to knowledge and key information gaps for the 16 member states of SADC.
  • In close cooperation with the ILRI team, work with SADC and partners (including GIZ, ACCRA, FANRPAN, CCARDESA, 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 as needed with GIZ ACCRA, CCARDESA and the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone to plan the work and communicate findings, as well as look for opportunities to link the study to ongoing processes such as the RISDP and SADC Climate Change Strategy review process.
  • Contribute to dissemination and communication materials as appropriate.

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


Final products

 A synthesis document summarising the findings of the work, along with major drivers of change and uncertainties to 2035, which has been validated with regional and national actors.  The document should summarise projected impacts of climate change on (1) the major sectors with respect to future regional socio-economic development (as in the RISDP) and (2) agriculture and food security in the region (as related to countries’ NDCs and the SADC Climate Change Strategy).

Consultancy Fee: Lumpsum, payable based on delivery of outputs

Post location: Consultant’s base

Duration:  13 January to 15 April 2020

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

Essential skills and qualifications

  • PhD in an appropriate discipline
  • At least 10 years’ relevant experience in climate risk and vulnerability work in a development context, in multiple countries and situations, in the southern African context
  • Demonstrated knowledge of climate impacts and adaptation action in agriculture and natural resources management in the southern African context
  • 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/13/2019 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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ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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