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Call for Thematic Area Literature Reviews





  • Deliverables: Literature reviews on livestock systems thematic area impact pathways1, focusing on the target countries (Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nepal, Cambodia, Burkina Faso, and Niger).
  • Position: Short-term consultant. Hours vary.
  • Payment: $1,000 (US) for one literature review, upon satisfactory completion.
  • Eligibility: University faculty members, research agency staff, private consultants, or PhD students (or recent graduates) with the appropriate background and experience are eligible to apply.
  • Application Deadline: Positions open until filled.
    Applications will be reviewed and approved on a rolling basis. Literature reviews are due 2 months from the signing of the contract.

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems is seeking ten hard-working, detail-oriented individuals with strong writing skills to conduct literature reviews. Ten literature reviews of impact pathways are requested, one for each of the thematic areas listed below, focusing on how research can result in development impact in the Livestock Systems Innovation Lab’s target countries. Each thematic area will be led by a faculty member at the University of Florida (UF).


Literature Reviews of Impact Pathways of the Following Thematic Areas

Lead UF Faculty



Livestock Disease Management

Dr. Jorge Hernandez

Large Animal Clinical Sciences


Animal-Source Food Safety

Dr. Arie Havelaar

Emerging Pathogens Institute / Animal Sciences


Livestock Feeds

Dr. Adegbola Adesogan

Animal Sciences


Livestock Management Systems

Dr. Geoff Dahl

Animal Sciences


Animal-Source Food Marketing

Dr. Geoff Dahl

Animal Sciences


Enabling Policies for Livestock Systems

Dr. Renata Serra

Center for African Studies / Master of Sustainable Development Practice


Animal-Source Food Consumption

Dr. Sarah McKune

Environmental & Global Health / Master of Sustainable Development Practice


Future Livestock Systems

Dr. Greg Kiker

Agricultural and Biological Engineering


Livestock Systems Research to Extension

Dr. Geoff Dahl

Animal Sciences


Theory of Change and Impact Pathway Methods and Utilization (focusing on Feed the Future projects and Innovation Labs)

Dr. Becky Williams

UF International Center / Master of Sustainable Development Practice

Literature Reviews

The objective of the literature reviews is to identify evidence- and theory-based explanations for successful interventions, activities, and actions per thematic area. Identified examples will be used to describe steps that can be taken to achieve sustainable impact in the ten thematic areas, which form the core of the Livestock Systems Innovation Lab’s mandate.

Questions that should drive the literature reviews include the following:

  • What literature currently exists on the impact pathways of the thematic area?
  • What needs to change in the long-term? What action needs to be taken to produce change?
  • How will the change occur (in addition to through publishing research findings)?
  • What sequences of activities, interventions, and actions should take place to have impact?
  • What effect will the activities, interventions, and actions have?
  • Who are key players needed to achieve impact? Who or what will be impacted by the change?

About the Position

Those hired will be responsible for reviewing peer-reviewed and gray literature published on the thematic area (see table above). They will need to work with the assigned lead UF faculty and collaboratively with additional staff and faculty of the Livestock Systems Innovation Lab’s Management Entity.

Qualifications & Attributes

  • Faculty member, researcher, or advanced and experienced PhD student, or a recent graduate, in one of the thematic area departments, or a closely related field.
  • Knowledge of the specific thematic area.
  • Evidence of experience in publishing high quality reviews of gray and scientific literature in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Excellent attention to detail and interpersonal skills.
  • Proactive and hard-working individual who works well both independently and as part of a team.


Three deliverables are required per thematic area:

  1. an electronic file containing all peer-reviewed manuscripts and gray literature consulted as part of the literature review;
  2. an annotated bibliography of the literature (gray and peer-reviewed) consulted; and
  3. a literature review of the impact pathway for the thematic area due 2 months from the signing of the contract. The report written as part of the literature review should be a minimum of 10 pages long (written in English in MS Word with Times New Roman font size 11 and 1-line spacing, with 1-inch margins), excluding any cover page, table of contents, executive summary, and references. Further specifications will be provided to successful applicants.

A visual depiction of the impact pathway may be included at the discretion of the author.

The final report will first be reviewed and approved by the lead UF faculty member. All final outputs approved by the lead UF faculty member will be submitted via email to the Project Manager of the Livestock Systems Innovation Lab, who will coordinate the process of finalizing the literature review.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted via the Piestar Proposal system. To submit your application, create an account at https://rfx.piestar.com/opportunities and follow the submission instructions. If you have technical difficulties, click on “Help” within Piestar. Please include all requested information. Applications received through email or any other form will not be considered or accepted.

All applications will be reviewed by an evaluation panel for the following criteria.

  • Reviewer Selection Evaluation Criteria (100 points total)
    • Pertinent publications in high quality peer-reviewed journals within the past 5 years (45 points)
    • Technical knowledge of the field related to the selected thematic area (25 points)
    • Feasibility of achieving results within the proposed budget and timeline (15 points)
    • Current activity within the field related to the thematic area (15 points)

Those hired will be paid $1,000 per literature review conducted only upon satisfactory completion and submission of all deliverables as stated above. Payments will only be endorsed after revisions/clarifications requested by the Livestock Systems Innovation Lab’s Management Entity are completed and approved. 

About the Livestock Systems Innovation Lab

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded the University of Florida (UF) Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) funds to establish the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems and to act as its Management Entity in October 2015. This five-year project supports USAID’s agricultural research and capacity building work under Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is the UF/IFAS implementing partner in the Livestock Systems Innovation Lab. Our overall aim is to enhance the production, marketing, and consumption of animal-source foods (ASF) in the target countries (Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nepal, Cambodia, Burkina Faso, and Niger) in order to increase the incomes, livelihoods, nutrition, and health of households, especially those of women and children. For more information, please visit our website: http://livestocklab.ifas.ufl.edu/.  


1Please see the following link for definitions of ‘impact pathway’ and ‘theory of change’: https://www.nwo.nl/en/about-nwo/organisation/nwo-domains/wotro/Impact+toolkit/Impact+toolkit+-+tools+and+methods

Examples of Theories of Change and Impact Pathways

To view examples of and literature on theories of change and impact pathways, please visit the links below

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