Consultancy- Economic assessment of substandard and counterfeit veterinary products in Kenya

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
Home based with travel
Consultant (Short term)

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Consultant to develop a framework to estimate the economic impact of substandard and counterfeit veterinary products in Kenya.

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutrition security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 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. www.ilri.org

Background

Animal health delivery in Kenya is constrained by many factors including availability of professionals, poor infrastructure in some parts of the country and inappropriate policies for private sector growth. Availability of animal health products (drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics) forms an important part of the animal health delivery system. There have been reports of widespread use of counterfeit and substandard veterinary products in the country. In human medicine where there is more data, it is estimated that the volume of fake medicines is about 30% (Frederiksen –Hagen, 2014). The limited information indicate that the use of counterfeit and substandard products is more rampant in the arid and semi-arid parts of the country.

It is therefore necessary to estimate the extent of this problem as part of the goal of improving the delivery of animal health services.

Scope of work

The scope of work includes:

  • The consultant will develop a framework for calculating the economic cost of the use of counterfeit and substandard veterinary medicines based on literature review of what has been done previously and stakeholder consultations.  The framework should include methods of capturing the various cost of using substandard and counterfeit drugs and the assumptions made.
  • Using the framework, the consultant will then estimate the economic cost of counterfeit and substandard veterinary products in Isiolo, Marsabit, Garissa and Kiambu counties where data on the prevalence of the use of counterfeit and substandard veterinary products and the volumes of the use of these products has been collected. Other sources of data will also be needed and where data are missing this will be identified.
  • The consultant will then extrapolate these costs to a national estimate.

Final Products

  1. A report of the analytical framework for calculating the economic cost of counterfeit and substandard veterinary products
  2. A report of the economic cost of counterfeit and substandard veterinary products in Isiolo, Garissa, Marsabit and Kiambu counties
  3. A report on the data gaps that could improve the calculation of the economic cost of counterfeit and substandard veterinary products.
  4. A final technical report that includes the background, methodology, results and conclusions

Consultancy Fee: daily rate

Post location: Home based

Duration: 60 days

Expected places of travel: Isiolo, Marsabit, Garissa and Kiambu

Essential Skills and Qualifications Required:

  • A PhD in Agricultural or Development economics
  • Experience in carrying out a similar type of analysis
  • Knowledge of the Kenya animal health sector
  • Proven track record carrying out similar assignments
  • Demonstrable writing skills

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 10 February 2018. The position title and reference number REF:EAVP/01/2018 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.

To find out more about ILRI, visit our websites at http://www.ilri.org/

To find out more about working at ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org/ilricrowd/

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

Closing date: 
10th February 2018