Job

Consultant

at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Date Posted September 13, 2019
Category Farming & Outdoors
Job Type FULL_TIME
Currency KSH
Work Hours Day

Description

ILRI CONSULTANCY - LIVESTOCK MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE (OPEN TILL FILLED)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a consultant to prepare a technical paper on livestock management systems, including agropastoral production systems and others in the context of Africa with recommendations on how to improve the said livestock management systems in the face of climate change.

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutrition 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

Background

Agriculture is contributing a significant share of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are causing climate change: about 17% directly through agricultural activities and an additional 7% to 14% through changes in land use, including land clearing and deforestation. Climate change provides both an obligation and an opportunity to reconfigure development strategies.

As part of its technical support to the African Group of Negotiators (AGN), the African Group of Negotiators Experts Support (AGNES) in collaboration with ILRI and CCAFS seeks to commission a consultant to prepare a technical paper on livestock management systems, including agropastoral production systems and others in the context of Africa. The paper will identify the main systems by subregion, the most promising adaptation options to improve those systems and the mitigation co-benefits of each, barriers to adopting those options, and the gaps in available findings.

Scope of work

Review the challenges of climate change poses for livestock management systems in Africa with a view to identifying best practices and opportunities for adapting these management systems in the face of climate change.
Prepare a technical paper on livestock management systems, including agropastoral production systems and others in the context of Africa. The report should draw heavily on previously published findings from ILRI along with other literature and include sections on:
Major livestock systems by African subregion (Eastern, Western, Central, Northern, and Southern)
Major challenges for these systems (brief general overview); challenges presented by climate change up to 2035, including a summary of projected livestock sector development (e.g. from integrated assessment model analyses) (main focus)
Top 10-15 intervention options to improve livestock management indicated by the system(s) to which they are applicable and the projected outcomes for adaptation and mitigation co-benefits.

Experience Requirements

At least 10 years of professional experience with in-depth understanding of livestock production systems in Africa, including agropastoral production systems.

Job Responsibilities

Major livestock systems by African subregion (Eastern, Western, Central, Northern, and Southern)
Major challenges for these systems (brief general overview); challenges presented by climate change up to 2035, including a summary of projected livestock sector development (e.g. from integrated assessment model analyses) (main focus)
Top 10-15 intervention options to improve livestock management indicated by the system(s) to which they are applicable and the projected outcomes for adaptation and mitigation co-benefits
Identification of knowledge gaps by system and by intervention based on peer-reviewed and grey literature
Barriers and challenges to the identified intervention options

Education Requirements

PhD degree in agriculture, agronomy, agricultural economics, social sciences, law, environment and natural resources or related field of study.

Skills

Knowledge about the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) climate change negotiations and the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA).
Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multicultural settings
Fluent in spoken and written English
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