ILRI Consultancy-Climate Impacts on Agricultural Water Resources for Food Security in East Africa

  • Home based, with possible travel to Kenya
  • Part-time
  • CCAFS

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a consultant to assess the impact of climate change on water resources and to provide recommendations in terms of adaptation options 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. www.ilri.org

Scope of Work

The overall objective of this assignment is to assess the impact of climate change on agricultural water resources for food security in Eastern Africa and to provide recommendations in terms of adaptation options in the region.

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

1.Determine the regional (Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania) agricultural systems demand and dependency on water.

2.Determine the specific climate change related impacts on agricultural water in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania. The details of tasks include:

  • Estimating the impacts of climate change on supply and demand of agricultural water
  • Estimate the potential evapotranspiration rates and water availability in eastern Africa, with details on greatest deficits leading to decreased soil moisture levels and more frequent and severe agricultural drought.
  • Estimating total precipitation anomalies for agricultural relevant seasons in the region and on agricultural production.
  • Project the frequency and severity of droughts and shifts in the onset and cessation of precipitation.
  • Estimate prolonged rainfall and high intensity rainfall (flooding) in the region.
  • Estimate changes in water availability at monthly time scale and agriculturally relevant seasons.

3.Prospects for adaptation with respect to climate change and agricultural water management in the region.  The details of task include:

  • Assess the adaptive mechanisms to cope with the range and depths of existing and anticipated impacts of climate change on agricultural water resources and management, including policies, institutions, and the structure of the sub-sector.

Final Products

Expected deliverables to contribute to:

  • Inception report that will include relevant target stakeholders, methods of data compilation from different sources, etc.
  • A comprehensive draft report with executive summary for review
  • Final report describing:
  1. Regional agricultural systems demand and dependency on water.
  2. Specific climate change related impacts on agricultural water in Eastern Africa.
  3. Prospects for adaptation with respect to climate change and agricultural water management in the region including brief description about potential adaptation strategies, policies, institutions and the structure of the sub-sector.
  • Manuscript submitted to a peer reviewed journal.

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

Post location:  Consultant’s base

Duration; 4 ½ Months (Mid-May to September 2021) with maximum of 80 working days

Essential skills and qualifications

  • PhD degree in water resources management, soil and water management, soil and water engineering, natural resources management or related field
  • Five years working experience within Eastern Africa.
  • Strong analytical writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently.

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 14 May 2021.  The assignment title and reference number CCAFS /05/01/2021 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.

To find out more about ILRI, visit our websites at http://www.ilri.org/

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer

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