ILRI Consultancy- Evidence Synthesis

  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • CGIAR Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Impact Are

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit Evidence Synthesis Consultant – Climate change impacts, adaptation, policy and governance for the CGIAR Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Impact Area Platform to support in enhancing CGIAR's understanding and response to climate change through a comprehensive review and synthesis of existing literature

ILRI works to improve food security and nutrition and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe, and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 11 CGIAR research centers dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, ILRI has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa.


The Impact Area Platforms play a crucial role in driving achievement of CGIAR’s results and target impacts aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. Each Platform does this via four key functions: a) Convening communities of practice across CGIAR’s three Global Divisions and close partners; b) Deepening CGIAR and partner capacities; c) Amplifying CGIAR’s external profile and pathways to impact; and d) Advising portfolio-level management and strategy.

Scope of Work

  • Help synthesize CGIAR’s peer reviewed journal articles on climate change using tools of rigorous evidence synthesis and well-established review methods.
  • Based on above synthesis, construct a list of relevant topics for meta-analysis that can be taken up in the future.
  • Assess gaps in CGIAR’s climate portfolio, identify key lines of inquiry, and make recommendations for extending CGIAR's work in this area.
  • Contribute, as a lead author or contributing author, to at least 2 systematic review papers on selected topics related to climate change impacts, adaptation with a particular focus on technologies, policy and governance, including construct annotated bibliographies on identified topics.

Final Products

  • A synthesis report that synthesizes major themes of CGIAR’s research in the climate change space in the last 10 years, including list of relevant topics for meta-reviews, and gaps in the CGIAR literature vis-à-vis global literature in the climate change and agri-food sector.
  • Three journal ready papers based on the above tasks, including at least 2 synthesis papers as lead or contributing author on specific topics related to climate change impacts and adaptation.

Consultancy Fee:  By mutual agreement based on agreed milestones and deliverables.

Post location:  Homebased

Expected places of travel: No

Duration:   6 months

Contract dates: July till December (6 months) up to December 2024

Essential skills and qualifications

The selected Consultant should possess.

  • An advanced degree (Master’s degree or PhD) in a social science discipline such as human geography, political science, economics, sociology, or related discipline that provides a strong grounding in understanding the impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation to climate change on agri-food systems.
  • At least 7 years of research/academic experience, and particularly proven experience of conducting meta reviews in related fields of study.
  • Demonstrated experience of carrying out scientific assessment, analysis and research related to climate change impacts and adaptation.
  • Experience conducting meta-analysis including scoping reviews, evidence (gap) maps, systematic reviews, including experience of working with large teams.
  • Experience of publishing papers using systematic reviews as methodology. A good publication record is a pre-requisite.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines.
  • Qualitative and quantitative skills and the ability to think analytically and conceptually.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders across and beyond CGIAR including developing and delivering presentations to a diverse range of audiences.
  • A strong commitment to addressing the challenges of climate change and promoting sustainable development.
  • The ability to engage with senior scientists and work both collaboratively and confidently.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative, while also being a team player.
  • Interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse audiences in multicultural settings, with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Consistent record of upholding the highest ethical standards by inspiring trust and treating all people with respect.

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 11 June 2024.  The position title and reference number EBIP/ 1451 /2024 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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ILRI is an equal opportunity employer