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  • Posted: Apr 17, 2020
    Deadline: Apr 20, 2020
  • The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for better and more sustainable use of livestock. ILRI is a CGIAR research centre - part of a global research partnership for a food-secure future.
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    ILRI Consultancy - SADC Agriculture and Climate Policy Analyst

    Scope of Work


    Policy Review

    The policy review will begin with securing an understanding of the priorities of SADC related to the Climate Change Strategy and the RISDP.  This includes relevant level of participation, key focus areas and output format most valuable for planned internal consultation and policy review processes.   Taking into account the Climate Risk Work Package and other regional climate change framing and trends, carry out a critical analysis of the RISDP draft (April 2020) to determine where climate risk could be better integrated into the structure and content of the draft.

    In consultation with the team leading the RISDP development and drafting, recommendations will be compiled into the required format for the policy review and endorsement processes planned.

    Following communication with priority SADC climate change focal points, to review the Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (2015) potentially taking into account aspects and contributions such as:

    • Review and suggestions for updates on the regional framework for agriculture research
    • Assist to define hazards and related vulnerabilities based on recent climate trends updated from 2015
    • Advise on some updates for sector based strategic interventions and sector linkages
    • Incorporate feedback from consultation processes

    The finalised scope of analysis and recommendation format would be dependent on consultations with SADC focal points to agree on the process.

    Analysis to be applied in Foresight Training:

    • Provide recommendations on where climate resilience can be better integrated
    • How to capitalize upon opportunities to ensure future trends can be integrated into policy processes

    Expected Outputs

    • Recommendations and analysis on RISDP and the Climate Change Action Plan in agreed output formats that integrate comments and feedback
    • Foresight training recommendation summary

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

    Post location:  Consultant’s base

    Duration:   3 Months with a maximum 30 working days

    Essential skills and qualifications

    • PhD or Master’s Degree in political science and international Relations or a related subject
    • Existing documented work with the SADC Climate Change and Agriculture Focal points
    • 15 years’ experience working in a climate change and policy environment
    • Demonstrated experience in governance systems in Southern Africa
    • Documented examples of policy briefs, policy analysis and targeted policy insights

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    ILRI Consultancy - CCAFS Impact Assessment of National Policy Engagement in Kenya Uptake of CSA Technologies and Practices


    CCAFS is an international research-for-development program of the CGIAR that works at multiple scales to address the increasing challenge of global warming and declining food security on agricultural practices, policies and measures through strategic, broad-based partnerships across scales. CCAFS has been engaging with the Kenyan government since 2011, providing technical input into policies and frameworks on climate change in relation to agriculture starting with the National Climate Change Response Strategy (NCCRS), the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) and the Climate Change Policy. The creation of the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture (KCSA) Strategy and the related Implementation Framework (KCSAIF) has guided local and international development organizations on focusing their agriculture work under the climate-smart agriculture (CSA) approach. It is influencing the investments and activities of various stakeholders from the World Bank to small NGOs. CCAFS at the global level was instrumental in developing and pushing for CSA, which also probably has contributed to the adoption of the approach at the national level in Kenya. CCAFS, along with Biovision and the Climate Change Unit within the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives (MOALFC), has been helping launch the CSA multi-stakeholder platform (MSP) that is bringing together organizations to share information and coordinate activities on CSA, which will help the to be able to effectively and accurately report on CSA progress to various national and global processes. Many organizations are now using CSA approaches when working with farmers in Kenya, and this includes beneficiaries of the US$250 million World Bank CSA project that is being implemented in Kenya—Kenya Climate-Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP). At the county level, a CCAFS-funded project led by the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT (the Alliance) is developing county risk profiles that may also be informing county development plans or other work at the county level.


    After several years of engagement with the Kenyan government at national and county levels, CCAFS is now interested in assessing the impacts of this work at the policy level and at the household/farmer level. Specifically, there is a need to assess how CCAFS engagement with the government has helped shape policy and CSA coordination efforts as well as an interest in understanding to what extent these policy changes have influenced farmers’ practices across the agricultural value chain. To the extent possible, it would be ideal to make some estimates of the contribution of CCAFS’s efforts to any increase in resilience, yield, income or reduction in vulnerability at the farm/household level. These changes at the farm level are not a direct result of CCAFS’s interventions; we are not talking about the households in Climate Smart Villages that have had direct interaction with CCAFS and its immediate partners. We are interested in knowing the broader effects of CCAFS’s work that have come further down the impact pathway outside the CCAFS sphere of control.

    CCAFS is inviting consultants (individuals or teams) to submit bids for conducting this impact assessment. The selected consultant(s) is/are responsible for arranging their own travel and interview appointments during the fieldwork. One or more external experts will be requested to help review the inception report and draft impact assessment report and provide feedback for consideration by the consultant(s). CCAFS is responsible for providing comments on the inception and draft report as well as tools for data collection in a timely manner. Bidders should include specific details in their cover letters on the framework and methods proposed for qualitative influence assessment and what steps will be taken to minimize the risk that respondents will report only what they expect the reviewer (or CCAFS) wants to hear.

    Scope of Work

    The impact assessment should begin with a review of the theory of change developed by the CCAFS program in general and the East Africa regional program in particular (refer to the CCAFS EA Strategy 2018). In their cover letters, bidders for this impact assessment should identify methods to be used to gather information on causal links, behavioral change, and what happens on the ground. These can include surveys, interviews, focus groups, case studies, or others.

    The impact assessment should aim to answer the following questions:

    1. What changes can be observed in relation to the objectives of CCAFS’s activities in Kenya related to CSA policy and implementation?
    2. To what extent has CCAFS engagement contributed to the observed changes?
    3. What might have happened without the engagement of CCAFS and its CGIAR partners?
    4. Are there unintended impacts?
    5. What mechanisms delivered the impact, and what lessons can we learn from this process?
    6. What are key contextual features for these mechanisms?

    The selected consultant(s) should design an appropriate strategy, in consultation with CCAFS, to answer these questions.

    Approach and Methodology

    The assessment will focus on two levels: (1) engagement with the Kenyan government and other stakeholders and how that engagement has informed policies and frameworks on climate change and CSA and (2) the filtration of the CSA approach down to farmers and how that has led to adoption of improved practices and improvements in livelihoods. As such, the consultant(s) will need to use a combination of methods. Outcome mapping may be useful to assess the extent of CCAFS’s influence on policies and institutional behavior and more traditional impact evaluation methods will be necessary for estimating the longer-term impacts. The assessment will also use a gender lens to further assess the factors that influence the uptake of CSA technologies and practices.

    This impact assessment should begin with a desk review of the CCAFS Theory of Change and how CCAFS’s engagement in Kenya has influenced various policies and frameworks on climate change, agriculture and CSA. Some of this information is already available from some of the outcome case studies documented as part of CCAFS annual reporting.  In addition, the document review should examine how CCAFS, CIAT and ICRAF influenced investments in CSA at national and county levels (e.g. the World Bank’s investment in KCSAP). Other processes for climate finance and CSA investment should also be included, such as the Kenya Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) for the dairy sector.

    Face-to-face interviews and/or a workshop format should be conducted with government actors from the Climate Change Unit (crops, livestock and fisheries) of MOALFC and also the Climate Change Directorate (CCD) of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. These interviews or group discussions should explore the findings from the document review in more detail and cover CCAFS’s engagement with the government to develop the CSA Strategy and Implementation Framework as well as to prepare agriculture and gender submissions for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations. Additional interviews/discussions should be conducted with relevant CCAFS scientists and partners. The list of key people will be developed jointly with CCAFS.

    The consultant(s) should also make use of organizational profiles of CSA-related institutions being developed by the CSA MSP. These profiles can be used to estimate how many farmers are potential beneficiaries based on the various CSA initiatives/projects. The consultant(s) should develop a questionnaire (for review by CCAFS prior to implementation) specifically for gathering relevant information from these organizations and conduct follow-up interviews of these projects to verify the figures, locations, what CSA technologies they are implementing, success so far, barriers and bottlenecks. To the extent possible, site visits to a selected sample of the CSA projects should be organized during the fieldwork portion of the assignment.

    Expected Outputs

    1. Inception report laying out the proposed approach to the work required, with a detailed workplan, sampling strategy, and interview guides
    2. Draft IA report: Draft of the impact assessment report with key findings for discussion with CCAFS
    3. Final impact assessment report taking into consideration comments made by the CCAFS team

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

    Post location:  Consultant’s base, with travel to Nairobi

    Duration:   7 Months with a maximum 50 working days


    Essential skills and qualifications

    • Relevant PhD or MSc in agriculture, development studies or a related subject
    • Extensive prior experience in conducting other similar evaluation
    • Prior experience in designing and leading evaluations and data analysis skills
    • Knowledge of the East African regional policy and institutional contexts
    • Technical competence in agriculture and climate change, process management skills
    • Written and spoken proficiency in English

    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 20 April 2020.  The position title and reference number CCAFS /04/2020 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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