ILRI Consultancy- Conservancy assessment field research

  • Home based, with possible travel to Kenya
  • WFH Flexible

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a consultant to carry out field research on the performance of community conservancies and alternative governance models for rangelands and natural resources in pastoral areas in Kenya.

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

This will be primarily qualitative and participatory research and will include gathering information on institutions, decision-making, governance, rangeland condition, ecosystem changes, livelihoods and livestock marketing. It will include approximately 18 days of field research and 10 days of preparation, analysis and writing.  It is anticipated that the consultant will conduct rapid qualitative studies of three (3) pastoralist communities.

Final Products

  • Community case study reports (3)
  • Contribute to overarching final report.

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

Post location:   Kenya

Expected places of travel: Various locations in Kenya

Duration:   3 Months (01 July to 30 September 2020) with a maximum of 28 working days

Essential skills and qualifications

  • Master’s degree in rangeland management, community development, natural resource management, or related field
  • Four years professional experience in development, natural resource management, and/or social science research.
  • English and Ki-Swahili, including strong English writing skills.  Knowledge of Maa/Samburu and/or Ki-Borana would be and asset.
  • Experience in qualitative and participatory research methods.
  • Experience working in pastoralist settings.
  • A background in rangeland management, natural resource management or community development.
  • Willingness to travel to remote locations.

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 23 June 2020.  The position title and reference number: C/ SLS/04/2020 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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