ILRI Consultancy- CPD program for veterinary professionals

  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Temporarily Remote
  • Animal and Human Health

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Ethiopian Veterinary Association (EVA) seek to recruit a consultant to advise on  the structure of a Continued Professional Development program for veterinary professionals in Ethiopia taking into account local context and needs and outline the strategy to implement the structure. The consultant(s) will be supported thorough a national team of veterinary experts.

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

The Health of Ethiopian Animals for Rural Development (HEARD) is European Union-funded project which is led by the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and builds upon the experience and lessons learned from other animal health projects in the country. 

 HEARD works to sustainably increase livestock productivity and improve the marketing of livestock products. The component, ‘Improving technical competencies (knowledge, skills, and attitude) and incentives for veterinary service providers to enable them to deliver better and rationalized services’, is jointly implemented by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Ethiopian Veterinary Association (EVA). One of its objectives is to design and develop the structure of a CPD program for veterinary professionals in Ethiopia. A review on competence and knowledge gaps that need to be addressed has been conducted and this consultancy will be building onto this.

Scope of Work

The consultant will be responsible for the development of a CPD program, its structure and outline how it is integrated in the current veterinary systems.  The main tasks include:

  • Assess views and needs of various CDP stakeholders to set the context and define expectations 
  • Describe characteristics of a suitable CPD program, and how it is relevant in the professionalization of veterinarians 
  • Develop fundamental CPD principles, how they are integrated in the professional life of veterinarians and guidelines to enhance an effective CPD program 
  • Develop implementation and management structure for the CPD program
  • Analyze the policy environment and assess what changes are needed for a CPD program to be operational
  • Develop and describe a CPD cycle in the context of professional behaviours (roles and needs) of veterinarians
  • Develop guidelines on how a Personal Learning Plan (PLP) is created and implemented to monitor and report progress towards effective practice of CPD practices
  • Recommend ways for acknowledging credit points in the CPD program
  • Describe and develop tools (e-portfolios) how a systematic and comprehensive CPD documentation and assessment can be done 
  • Recommended topics of needed CPD modules based on gap analysis and stakeholder consultations
  • Outline the scope of curricula for CPD courses and how they can be developed (including e-based training modules)
  • Advice on teaching formats for different CPD modules.
  • Conduct stakeholder validation workshop on proposed CPD structure


Final Products

  • Draft structure of the CPD program and proposed CPD modules by November 2020, including an agenda for a stakeholder validation workshop
  • Report on stakeholder validation workshop
  • Final report on the CPD program

Consultancy Fee:  Lumpsum or by mutual agreement based on agreed milestones and deliverables

Post location:  Ethiopia and remotely (or fully remotely depending on Covid-19 travel restrictions)

Duration:   July 2020 to February 2021 with a maximum 36 working days

Essential skills and qualifications

  • Master’s degree in veterinary medicine or a related subject
  • 8-10 years in veterinary medicine and veterinary service delivery experience and proved track record on CPD in the veterinary sector
  • Good understanding of LMICs context

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 August  2020.  The position title and reference number AAHH /06/2020 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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