International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a consultant to provide an evaluation of the political economy context and requirements for experimental mixed farming project (ClIP) being conducted by ILRI and International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Burundi.
ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia. The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals’ alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases.
ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2016, an operating budget of about USD83 million. A member of the CGIAR Consortium working for a food-secure future, ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and offices in other countries in East, West and Southern Africa and in South, Southeast and East Asia. www.cgiar.org
Rain-fed mixed farming systems, in which crops and livestock are integrated at farm-level, predominate in the East and Central African Highlands. These mixed systems provide food, income, draught power and employment to smallholders. The efficient integration of crops and livestock makes use of crop residues, enhances nutrient cycling, increases overall farm productivity and can greatly improve diet quality – meat, milk and eggs providing valuable protein and micronutrients in household diets. The Crop Livestock Integration Project (CLiP), carried out by ILRI in collaboration with IITA, with financial support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the European Commission (EC), aims to explore how crop-livestock integrated systems can better contribute to the wealth and nutrition of smallholder farmers in Burundi and DR Congo. It will directly target 1,600 farming households in the selected field sites, and will involve working with national partners to carry out research for development in the selected areas. The project contributes to the CGIAR programme on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics.
Objective of the assignment
Within the context above, certain opportunities will present themselves as having a high probability of succeeding to make an impact at scale whilst others will be inherently constrained by external factors relating to the political economy prevailing in the project areas. An essential source of baseline information, therefore, to guide the work that the project will carry out is a thorough political economy analysis as described in more detail below.
Scope of Work
The consultant is to provide an evaluation of the political economy context and requirements for this experimental mixed farming project (ClIP) being conducted by ILRI and IITA in Burundi. Such evaluations will require an assessment of the full social dynamics at play in the current, still unsettled conflict and how does their geography play out against the areas targeted for the CLiP project (Cibitoke and Gitega provinces). With regard to the technical aspects the consultant will carry out an assessment of the ‘fit’ of the project with the local production systems and cultures, the input and produce markets on which each project will depend (including credit and banking, if applicable), and the actions of the local and national governments and other institutions ( recherché) but also large donor funded projects that will be necessary for the project’s success, together with an evaluation of the likelihood of those actions being taken. The evaluations will entail the examination of project documents and historical records of the local agricultural production systems in the project areas, together with unstructured interviews with key informants, including project personnel, ILRI/ IITA managers, local leaders in the project areas and relevant officials in the local and national governments as well as in the key market institutions. Interviews will be conducted in Bujumbura and the project area comprising two field sites, as well as in Nairobi and/or Addis Abeba (with ILRI and IITA managers). The project outputs will be an IDS Working Paper and a draft paper for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. The last will be published as an ‘open-access’ article if it is accepted.
- Working paper (IDS/CLiP) on political economy of livestock sector development in Burundi
- Draft paper for submission to a peer-reviewed journal
Essential Skills and Qualifications will include:
- PhD in political science, economics, or any other relevant field
- 20 years of political economy analyses in complex settings
- Fluent spoken and written English and French.
Post location: home based with travel to project sites
Expected places of travel: Nairobi/Addis (ILRI HQs); Burundi, Bujumbura and field sites in Cibitoke and Gitega Provinces.
Consultancy Fee: Payment shall be made on daily basis based on the deliverables met.
Duration: From approximately August 2016 to October 2016 with a maximum number of 30 working days
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 to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 1 August 2016. The position title and reference number C/ CLiP /07/2016 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.
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