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Post location: The position will be based in Kenya with substantial travel within the region
Terms of Appointment
This is position is at job level HG 16 and it is open to both national and international applicants. The position is a 3-year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; medical and other insurances.
The study is part of a network of experimental sites across a gradient of land degradation related to agropastoral livestock production in semi-arid landscapes in East Africa within the ESSA project (Earth Observation and Environmental Sensing For Climate-Smart Sustainable Agropastoral Ecosystem Transformation In East Africa; https://www2.helsinki.fi/en/projects/climate-smart-agropastoral-ecosystem-transformation-in-east-africa/partners). This position will be part of ILRI’s scientific staff and located within the Mazingira Centre in Nairobi, Kenya (https://mazingira.ilri.org/).
The ESSA project aims to contribute to the pastoralist households’ transition towards climate-smart agropastoral systems in sub-Saharan Africa (Kenya and Ethiopia) by understanding the dynamics of and interlinkages between tropical upland forest cover and semi-arid lowland landscapes, and the multifunctionality of agropastoral landscapes, through a system-wide view of food and nutrition security, diversified livelihoods, and ecosystem sustainability leading to improvements. In detail, the selected postdoctoral researcher will quantify system-scale CO2 and CH4 exchange from rangeland systems in East Africa in Kenya and Ethiopia using the state-of-the-art eddy covariance technique. Ecosystem GHG flux measurements will be accompanied by measurements of soil-atmosphere GHG exchange as well as meteorological, soil, and vegetation measurements.
Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya with travel to field sites in Southern Kenya and Ethiopia.
Terms of Appointment
This is position is at job level HG 16 and it is open to both national and international applicants. The position is a two-year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes medical and other insurances.
Scope of Work
The consultant will be expected to carry out the following tasks:
1. Assess the hydrological processes using an offline WRF-hydro model
2.Build flood hazard early warning system using coupled WRF-hydro model.
3.Investigate the major meteorological contributors of extreme flood in Ethiopia
4.Conduct capacity building training for NMA's and sub-national meteorological offices on the use of WRF-hydro:
Expected deliverables to contribute to:
Consultancy Fee: Monthly based on agreed milestones and deliverables
Post location: Consultant’s base
Expected places of travel: Eastern Africa Region.
Duration: 5 months
Maximum working days: 100 days
Essential skills and qualifications
The BecA-Sweden Partnership started in September 2011 with financial resources from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden to support a comprehensive program on innovative research for development and capacity building activities under the “Food Security program”. The program was designed with a strategic objective of supporting the BecA to deliver its mission of “Mobilizing bioscience for Africa’s development by providing a regional center for excellence in agricultural biosciences”. Specifically, the funding supported the delivery of BecA’s mission through a well-balanced and well-integrated mix portfolio of research, capacity building through the African Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF), and management of the regional center for excellence, including acquisition and application of relevant high end biosciences technologies.
Building on the strategic importance of the funding portfolio and anticipated success of the Food Security program, Sida provided a second award in 2012 to support the Hub´s mission to implement a program on climate change adaptation and mitigation, one of research priority areas of the Hub. The program, “Climate-smart Brachiaria grasses to increase livestock production in East Africa” was developed to alleviate the shortage of quality forage for livestock in the semi-arid areas of Kenya and Rwanda. In November 2013, Sida provided additional resources to the Food Security and Brachiaria programs as “Support to the food security and climate change programs and core activities at the BecA-ILRI Hub to accelerate research outputs towards African-led impact”. In 2016, Sida commissioned an external review to assess the performance of the Swedish investment to BecA in meeting the set objectives and milestones and make recommendations for the future partnership. Based on the review results and recommendations, Sida decided to continue support to the Hub for next five years (July 2017 to June 2022) under the grant title of “BecA-ILRI Hub and Sida partnership for agricultural research and biosciences capacity building in eastern and central Africa”. The amount of this five-year award is SEK 50,000,000. As stipulated in the grant agreement document, a mid-term evaluation was conducted in mid-2020 which concluded with a positive remark.
In 2018, BecA initiated the process for developing a new five-year business plan (2019-24) which coincided with the emerging concept of ILRI 2020-25 investment followed by the advent of OneCGIAR reform. These changes were perceived as a unique opportunity for the BecA to better pursue its mission, increase its impact and maximize its operational viability whilst bringing greater relevance and significance to the OneCGIAR’s broad mandate that includes strengthening research capacity of National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) to transform African agriculture through its’ valued partnerships. The OneCGIAR presented a huge opportunity to combine an integrated offering of plant and animal biosciences research across the extensive areas of CGIAR and partners. The Hub can also foster and grow the capacities of the networks and partnerships created by individual OneCGIAR research programs to more effectively translate the outputs of this research to benefit farmers.
Multiple donor-commissioned reviews have concluded that BecA is a successful program in mobilizing modern biosciences for agricultural development in the eastern and central Africa. The high-end biosciences facilities at BecA have tremendous potential to contribute to mobilizing biosciences in and for Africa through engagements with NARS institutions, research teams across OneCGIAR, Advanced Research Institutions (ARIs) and private sector. Therefore, the BecA-ILRI Hub is currently in a transition to the Biosciences for Africa (B4A) with a mandate that ensures that capacity building of NARS to use modern agriculture biotechnology with support of expertise from across the OneCGIAR programs and their networks including ARIs and private sector, leads to a rapid transformation of agriculture over a broader geographical coverage in Africa. Accordingly, a B4A concept note has been developed and is being discussed with a wide range of stakeholders CGIAR Centers, NARS, ARIs and the private sector, and external experts, among others to ensure B4A remains responsive to user need, promotes synergistic research and capacity development opportunities among the partners and enable partners to access the cutting-edge biosciences facility for research and capacity building on crop, livestock, and fish biotechnology. The B4A concept is now being translated into a business plan through a highly consultative process, and this exercise is anticipated to conclude by September/October of 2021.
Purpose of the Evaluation
Article 6.5(b) of the agreement between ILRI and Sida signed on 3 May 2017 to support the BecA during 2017-2022 stipulates that evaluation shall be conducted not later than 31 December 2021. The evaluation will carry out an analysis of any deviations from the agreed results framework and document achievements of this investment and identify any problem encountered during implementation and emerging opportunities.
The BecA is in transition to the Biosciences for Africa (B4A) with broader geographical coverage as well as aims to materialize the opportunities that have emerged with the advent of the OneCGIAR and their partners to maximize the use of high-end bioscience facilities at BecA and application of biosciences to accelerate the transformation of African agriculture. The B4A concept note has been developed and being discussed with a wide range of stakeholders towards translating the concept to a business plan. The process is anticipated to complete by September/October 2021. Therefore, this evaluation will also review the B4A concept notes as well as the business plan, previous evaluation reports including the 2016 external evaluation report and 2020 mid-term review report. Based on findings of the current end of project review, the evaluation report will present different scenarios that Sida may consider for support to BecA as B4A.
The objectives of this review are followings.
Scope of Work
The recommendations from this evaluation will be instrumental for
Implementing the decision by Sida to support the B4A and regional partners to promote the use of modern biosciences in agricultural research and capacity building for Africa’s agricultural development.
The Final Report will be submitted in form of one soft copy (and four hard copies). The report should be written in English and not exceed 50 pages and must include:
Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya / remote if COVID pandemic continue.
Number of consultants: Two
Duration: 25 working days each
Expected places of travel: East Africa Region. However, this travel can be substituted through virtual meeting with stakeholders in the region if COVID-19 related travel restriction continues.
Essential skills and qualifications
The review shall be carried out by a group of TWO professional comprised of one consultant with regional experiences and another open-minded consultant with experience of agriculture and agricultural biosciences in the region and worldwide. These consultants will have strong background and experiences of agricultural research and development programmes for smallholder farmers, knowledge of biosciences research and capacity building and experiences of program/ project monitoring and evaluation. The consultant must have postgraduate degree with minimum of TEN years of professional experiences in the monitoring and evaluation and/or program/project review of donor supported programs at regional and international level. The consultant must also have the following:
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