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ILRI Consultancy: Support to Restructuring of Kenya Livestock Marketing Council (KLMC) (closing date: 5 September 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a consultant/team of consultants to spearhead restructuring of Kenya Livestock Marketing Council (KLMC), including review the registration of KLMC to check whether it is in line with KLMC mandate and promotes uptake of opportunities available in the livestock sector.

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of the 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa.

The position:

General background

Kenya Livestock Marketing Council (KLMC) was formed by pastoralist groups/communities with support from civil society organizations (Oxfam, Acton Aid, among others) and a World Bank supported Arid Lands Resource Management Project (ALRMP) under the Office of the President at that time. The organisation was established in 2000 as a private sector, non-profit making services organization and it is registered with registrar of companies with no share capital. The organization was formed to respond to livestock marketing challenges and promote livestock marketing and production in pastoral and agro-pastoral regions.  It operates in fourteen (14) pastoral and agro-pastoral counties with branches in all the fourteen counties. The County Livestock Marketing Council (CLMC) is the branch at the County level, and is managed by County officials elected by the members. Two County officials are elected to form the national delegate which elects the board to provide direction and leadership to the secretariat.

The major goal of KLMC is to promote livestock marketing and to improve pastoralists’ livelihood and reduce their vulnerability to the vagaries of weather and man-made disasters such as conflicts. KLMC believes that nomadic pastoralism is a viable economic activity that can be harnessed to promote economic growth, and development in arid and semi-arid region of Kenya. KLMC also recognizes that the major fundamental challenge facing the pastoralists is their inability to access better market for their livestock and livestock products. In order to achieve this noble goal, KLMC is working on five objectives:

i. To improve the livelihood of KLMC members through strengthened markets and financial access for producers and traders

ii. To generate reliable evidence to lobby and advocate county and national governments, and policy makers for information of favourable livestock policies

iii. To design and implement more innovative projects and programs for the pastoralists

iv. To effectively improve KLMC’s organizational structure, governance and leadership capability

v.  To design and implement a financially sustainable KLMC business model/revenue streams.

Objectives of the assignment

  • To restructure KLMC, including the review of the registration of KLMC to check whether it is in line with the mandate and promotes uptake of opportunities available in livestock sector.
  • To consult stakeholders on the roles, responsibilities and mandate of KLMC and its branches (CLMC, LMA).
  • Review and recommend mechanism for funding structure, sources and sustainability of KLMC and its branches.
  • To propose restructuring required for effective, efficiency and sustainability of agreed upon roles and responsibilities of KLMC.

Scope of Work

ILRI, through the USAID-funded Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) project has been working with KLMC for the past 18 months.  ILRI proposes to undertake an assessment of the governance and management structures of KLMC to improve its ability to deliver on its key mandate and objectives.

KLMC has been supported by different partners for the last fifteen years to implement its mandate in fourteen arid land Counties. Resources to implement its strategies have never been adequate, thereby affecting delivery of services to its members. The members who are registered at the branch expect direct benefit from the organization, making it difficult to fundraise through membership support and recruitment. KLMC works to promote livestock sector through delivery of public goods such as policy, market organization and reducing challenges along the value chain. There are several questions to address through this assessment.

  • “What are the needed changes for KLMC to be sustainable?
  • Is KLMC as currently constituted efficient and effective? Are the vision, mission, and objectives of KLM attainable?  If not, how can they be revised to be deliverable?
  • What is the most efficient, and cost effective structure for KLMC to delivers its visions mission and objectives.
  • What is the most sustainable funding mechanism for KLMC?

Final Products

Inception Report – The inception report will be a scoping exercise for the evaluation and will include the proposed methodologies, data collection and reporting plans with draft data collection tools such as interview guides, the allocation of roles and responsibilities by/within the consultant/team of consultants, a timeframe with firm dates for deliverables, and the travel and logistical arrangements. The report will also include the proposed expert/s, and its/their competencies to undertake the review.

Debriefings / feedback to KLMC management – The consultant will report its preliminary findings to AVCD Management and KLMC secretariat in a timely manner (3 weeks), and will adhere to the above mentioned review process.  The team leader will present the full draft report to KLMC team within 5 days of the debriefing meetings. The draft report, will include identifying key findings, conclusions, recommendations and lessons for the current and future operation, and take in consideration the outputs of the debriefing session.

Final report – The final report will contain a short executive summary (no more than 1,000 words) and a main body of the report (no more than 10,000 words) covering the background of the assessment, a description of the evaluation methods and limitations, findings, conclusions, lessons learned, clear recommendations. Recommendations should be specific and feasible. The report should also contain appropriate appendices, including a copy of the ToR, cited resources or bibliography, a list of those interviewed and any other relevant materials.  The final evaluation report will be submitted one week after receipt of the consolidated feedback from KLMC.

All products arising from this assessment will be owned by the KLMC. The consultants will not be allowed, without prior authorization in writing, to present any of the analytical results as his/her own work or to make use of the assessment results for private publication purposes

Essential Skills and Qualifications will include:

  • Master’s  degree in socio-economics- sociology, economics, agricultural economics and or related disciplines as the team leader
  • Master’s degree in commerce and business administration as a member of the team
  • At least 10 years’ experience  at high level institutional management level
  • At least 5 years’ experience in institutional development and strategic management
  • Experience in Kenya livestock development dynamics
  • Demonstrable experience in pastoral systems and their socio-economic dynamics
  • Proven track record carrying out similar reviews and strategic planning processes

Post location: KLMC Nairobi Office.

Expected places of travel: KLMC Offices in 7 Counties

Consultancy fee: Payment shall be made based on the deliverables met.

Duration: From approximately September 2017 to October 2017 with a maximum number of 60 working days (with 30 days in the field at the CLMC branches)


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 on or before 5 September 2017. The position title and reference number KLMC /SLS/06/2017 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

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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