ILRI Consultancy- Review the existing strategy of genetic improvement for the PRDAIGL project, Burundi

  • Global (home-based, remote work possible)
  • Fully Remote
  • Part-time
  • Impact At Scale

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a consultant to review the existing strategy of genetic improvement for the PRDAIGL project, Burundi.

 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.


CGIAR is a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food-secure future. The Regional Integrated Agricultural Development Project in the Great Lakes (PRDAIGL) is at the heart of the agricultural economy of Burundian households and reflects Burundi's long-term vision to reduce poverty and stimulate economic growth. By facilitating a transformation of Burundian agriculture, the project should have significant multiplier effects: generate demand for agricultural products and associated inputs and services, create agricultural and non-agricultural jobs, improve incomes and contribute to value addition, sector revenues. These effects should: (i) promote the inclusion of largely poor smallholders in more modern and efficient value chains; (ii) increase food and nutritional security; (iii) add value to important products and help increase farmers' incomes; and (iv) provide an effective basis for industrialization and for more and better jobs (especially for women and youth). In the medium and long term, an efficient, profitable and competitive agricultural sector will emerge, providing inputs and services to smallholder farmers and mobilizing sufficient investments for its sustainable development.

Scope of Work:

The objective of the proposed consultancy is to review and upgrade the existing Genetic improvement strategy which are intended to be used by the Livestock Policy makers, the National Center for Artificial Insemination and Genetic Improvement (CNIAAG) as well as other actors of livestock sector in Burundi, to provide knowledge on breeding strategies to be used for genetic improvement of dairy cattle in all provinces of Burundi. The existing strategy document is written in French.

Main Duties:

The Consultant will develop new protocols in the strategy related to:

(1) animal identification, monitoring and feedback to support decision making at farm and national level,

(2) Breeds and breeding management strategies for targeted systems,

(3) Organizational/ institutional frameworks to support genetic improvement strategies.

He/she will be expected to provide additional information or evidence from the Eastern and Central Africa region to enrich the content of the strategy. To help inform the process, the consultant should engage with partners in the regional space that are influencing policies and practices related to livestock breeding, including the ILRI-ADGG project, and the AU-IBAR on regional policies. The previous edition will be reviewed, edited, and incorporated into the final deliverable.

Final products are expected to be a well-designed soft copy of national strategy of genetic improvement suitable for upland and lowland regions of Burundi. This shall be written in French with clear content, logical structure and proper grammar. The product will be for the use of Livestock policy makers, extension services, scientists and knowledgeable livestock producers. 

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

Post location:  Consultant’s base

Duration; One Months with maximum of 20 working days

Essential skills and qualifications

  • PhD Degree in Animal Sciences
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in livestock sector, in particular around artificial insemination and genetic improvement either by research or teaching
  • Experienced animal husbandry researcher with experience in writing livestock strategy plans
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and network skills
  • Computer literate with expertise in statistical or similar software is desirable
  • Experience in the East African environment and knowledge of local language constitutes an advantage for the work
  • Excellent French writing skills

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 17 June 2021.  The assignment title and reference number IS/06/2021 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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