Forages Consultancy at The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT

Operations Associate at The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT

The Organization

The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) delivers research-based solutions that harness agricultural biodiversity and sustainably transform food systems to improve people’s lives. Alliance solutions address the global crises of malnutrition, climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation.

With novel partnerships, the Alliance generates evidence and mainstreams innovations to transform food systems and landscapes so that they sustain the planet, drive prosperity, and nourish people in a climate crisis.

The Alliance is part of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future.

About the position

The CLEANED model is an ex-ante tool developed by the Alliance of CIAT & Bioversity International, ILRI, and partners. It assesses the environmental impacts of livestock systems and value chains in terms of land requirements, water use, soil health, greenhouse gas emissions, and economics. While CLEANED is already used extensively, the tool is continuously being improved and adapted to users’ requirements, including the development of benchmarks for environmental indicators.

To respond to this, we are looking for a consultant who will perform a systematic search to identify the environmental footprints of livestock systems in East that supports the development of a benchmark table to be incorporated (as a parameter database) into the CLEANED tool. This will allow CLEANED users to benchmark the environmental footprint results against ranges of values reported for similar livestock systems in their country or region.

The systematic search will build on the concepts developed and data sources identified by Bosire et al. ( and will include published papers, grey literature and secondary data sources.

The duration of the consultancy will be two months, starting 1st November ending

31st December 2022 and will include the following deliverables:

  • A methodology for a systematic search of the environmental footprints of livestock systems in different regions.
  • A methodology for expressing the literature values in the units used in the CLEANED footprint calculations.
  • A benchmark table that includes:
  1. The methodologies used for the environmental evaluations.
  2. The main findings in terms of productivity, environmental footprints (land requirements, water use, soil health, and greenhouse gas emissions, carbon captures) of the livestock production systems.

The consultant will familiarize her/himself with the literature on livestock systems and their environmental footprints, have periodic progress meetings with the Tropical Forages team members, and summarize the methodology and results in a report.

The shortlisted candidates will be requested to develop a short document including a work plan on how to approach the deliverables of the consultancy, a workplan and timeline of the activities, and a financial proposal.

Qualifications and experience

  • MSc in livestock production, environmental sciences or related topic.
  • Good understanding of the livestock-environment interactions.
  • Experience with systematic literature review.
  • Experience with environmental footprint calculations or spatial analysis is an added advantage.

How to apply

Applicants are invited to visit to get full details of the position and to submit their applications. Applications MUST include reference CON-KE-LC-2022-152 as the position applied. Applications should be saved as one document using the candidate’s last name, first name for ease of sorting.

The Alliance does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). The Alliance also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

Closing date for applications: 21st October 2022

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