ILRI Consultancy- Characterization of climate hazards affecting livestock and the adaptation options in Eastern Africa II

  • Home based, with possible travel to Kenya

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a consultant to assess the variability and trend of sector specific extreme climate indices in current and future climates using high-resolution observational datasets as well as simulations from the sixth phase of Coupled Models Inter-comparison Project (CMIP6) and also summarize existing adaptation options and assesses their effectiveness to reduce the negative impacts of climate change  in Eastern Africa region

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

The consultant will be expected to carry out the following tasks:

1.Find out under characterization of climate hazards work package to what extent the climate change will affect climate hazards faced by livestock production in East Africa using (CMIP6 datasets):

  • Tailored livestock heat stress indicators (WSDI, TX90,Tn90, HWD, HWA (+ other heat stress indicator)
  • Drought/water availability (R20mm, SPI, SPEI,R95, R95PTot, CDD, CWD, RX1day) and
  • “Towards classification of livestock systems into homogeneous agro-climatological zones for East Africa based on length of growing period following Sere and Steinfeld (1996) and Thornton et al. (2009)”.

2. Under the adaptation options work package, find out what options are available to livestock producers in East Africa to reduce vulnerability to climate change and the effectiveness of the options using:

  • Participatory stakeholder workshops to identify adaptation pathways
  • Characterization of adaptative capacity of each pathway and
  • Evaluate effectiveness of each pathway through vulnerability assessment.


Expected deliverables are:

  • Maps of current and future heat stress and drought indicators
  • CMIP6 climate data for Part II
  • Maps of current and future agro-climatological zones
  • Report describing adaptation options available and their effectiveness to reduce vulnerability
  • Climate atlas for livestock systems
  • Tailored information for different end-users

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

Post location: Home base

Duration 6 months

Essential skills and qualifications

  • PhD in Meteorology
  • At least 10 years’ experience in weather, climate and modeling
  • Working experience within Eastern Africa
  • Impeccable English writing and editing skills
  • Highly organized, detail oriented and strong self-starter

How to apply: 

Applicants should send a cover letter, three writing samples 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 references 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 19 March 2021.  The position title and reference number CCAFS /03/01/2021 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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