ILRI Consultancy: Assessment of the evidence base and lessons learned across timescales and geographies of CSA benefits

  • Nairobi, Kenya

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a consultant to conduct an analysis and synthesize the state of the art and the evidence that has been generated on the adaptation benefits associated with the implementation of Climate-Smart Agricultural (CSA) options in Ghana, Senegal, Niger and Mali and to highlight lessons learned across time-scales and geographies.

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 analysis for the synthesis should begin with the examination of the results from the CCAFS Baselines, Mid-lines and CSA Monitoring exercises carried out in the focused countries and the definition of criteria and indicators relevant for the objective of this assignment.

The report should aim to assess the temporal (baseline vs midline/monitoring) and spatial changes (across countries/AEZs) observed in:

1.Households’ vulnerability to climate shocks (frequency of HH reporting climate-related impacts affecting their agricultural incomes)

2.Food (in)security and livelihoods sources (proportion of off-farm/non- agricultural income sources)

3.HH’s absorptive capacity

  • Financial enablers (e.g., access to inputs; assets/wealth; saving capacity; investment capacity; access to credit…)
  • Group memberships

4.HH’s adaptive capacity

  • Risk mitigation actions undertaken
    • Frequency and types of changes in farming activities (Crops/animal)
    • Drivers of change (climate/non-climate related)

The consultant should also investigate the following points that would directly explore to what extent CCAFS work strengthened farmers’ adaptive capacity (via Climate Information Service/CSA dissemination):

  • Male/female access and capacity to use Climate Information Services
    • Frequency of changes in farming activities driven by access to CIS
  • Male/female access to CSA/CIS knowledge or training
  • Male/female implementation of CSA practices
    • Frequency of CSA implementation
    • Which CSA specific practices are most adopted and by whom (HH types/ Male/female, Socio-eco typologies) or establish High, medium and low adoption categories
    • Is CSA adoption higher in HH affected by climate shocks and/or accessing CIS?
    • Perceived effects of the most implemented practices on:
      • HH’s productivity/income
      • Improved food access and food diversity
      • Decreased climate vulnerability

The selected consultant(s) should design an appropriate strategy, in consultation with CCAFS, to investigate these areas. The consultant will work in conjunction with CCAFS staff to assess whether household typologies can be compared with an earlier analysis.

Final Products (to be submitted in English)

  1. Inception report laying out in detail the proposed approach to the work required, with a detailed work plan and methodology
  2. Draft report: Draft of the report with key findings for review by and discussion with CCAFS
  3. Final report taking into consideration comments made by the CCAFS team

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

Duty Station:     Consultant’s base station

Duration: 6 Months with a maximum of 50 working days

Essential skills and qualifications

  • PhD in agriculture, economics, development studies or a related subject
  • Extensive prior experience in conducting other similar evaluations
  • Prior experience in designing and leading evaluations and data analysis skills
  • Knowledge of the West African agricultural contexts
  • Technical competence in agriculture and climate change, process management skills
  • Written and spoken proficiency in English

How to apply: 

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the assignment 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 3 May 2021.  The assignment title and reference number CCAFS /04/04/2021 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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