Consultancy: Livestock management systems and climate change

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.

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 the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (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

1. 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.

2. 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;
  • Identification of knowledge gaps by system and by intervention based on peer-reviewed and grey literature; and
  • Barriers and challenges to the identified intervention options.

3. Present the technical paper at the pre-SBs 52 Strategy Meeting of AGNES to be held in Nairobi in March/April 2020 (exact dates to be determined).

Final products

  • An inception report on proposed workplan and timeline (within 2 weeks of signing contract);
  • A draft technical paper on livestock management systems, including agropastoral production systems and others in the context of Africa with the sections listed above, through close consultation with ILRI staff (by 30th November 2019);
  • Present the draft technical paper at the AGNES strategic meeting to be held in March or April 2020; and
  • Final technical paper by 30th May 2020.

Consultancy fee: Lumpsum.

Post location: Home-based, with travel to Nairobi for the AGNES strategic meeting.

Duration: 10 months working intermittently until 30 May 2020.

Expected places of travel: Nairobi, Kenya.

Essential skills and qualifications

  • PhD degree in agriculture, agronomy, agricultural economics, social sciences, law, environment and natural resources or related field of study;
  • Knowledge about the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) climate change negotiations and the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA);
  • At least 10 years of professional experience with in-depth understanding of livestock production systems in Africa, including agropastoral production systems;
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multicultural settings; and
  • Fluency in spoken and written English.

How to apply

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining 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. Application deadline is 19 August.

Applications should be sent to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com/. The position title and reference number C/CCAFS/2019 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.

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