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Science & Partnership Advisory Committee (SPAC)


  1. Max Rothschild, SPAC chair
  2. Andy Peters
  3. Martin Webber
  4. Rohana Subasinghe
  5. Maureen Miruka

> Simon Oosting and Imke de Boer, share a position on SPAC


  1. James Muir, founding member of SPAC
  2. Jemimah Njuki
  3. Imke de Boer
  4. Simon Oosting

Science & Partnership Advisory Committee profiles

Science & Partnership Advisory Committee Terms of Reference


(currently under revision to reflect consortium board response to the 2013 CRP management and governance review)

The Science & Partnership Advisory Committee (SPAC) provides advisory support and guidance to the CRP program for purposes of helping orient and improve:

- The quality of the program’s science and approaches, and the resulting knowledge outputs, with a focus on generating Global Public Goods - The relevance of outputs to meet the needs of target beneficiaries and so increase potential outcomes - The strategic direction and priority setting for program planning and resource mobilization - Identification of key audiences for program outputs and strategies for engagement and communication - The strategic relevance of the program’s partnerships in science and development

Through their networks, the SPAC is also expected to provide additional opportunities for the program, particularly with respect to new and strategic partnerships and for resource mobilization.

Manner of Interaction The SPAC supports the program primarily through the Program Planning & Management Committee (PPMC), but also reports to the ILRI DG. The CRP Director communicates to the SPAC specific issues that the PPMC or the ILRI DG would like the SPAC to address. The SPAC meets at least once annually, scheduled so as to coincide with a regular PPMC meeting. The meetings comprise a combination of: a) joint meetings with the PPMC to receive updates on program plans, performance and strategies, b) closed meeting of the SPAC to develop guidance and recommendations, followed by c) joint meeting with the PPMC to provide feedback and support the PPMC to develop a response. Where feasible and useful, the SPAC interacts with individual CRP Component Leaders and value chain coordinators. Similarly some SPAC meetings may be held in CRP target value chain locations, when interaction with national value chain partners may be facilitated.

The SPAC provides a report annually to the ILRI DG with its recommendations and guidance. The PPMC provides a response to that report, which when accepted by the ILRI DG is submitted to the ILRI Board of Trustees for information.

Composition, Tenure and Compensation The SPAC is comprised of 6 persons, 4 of whom will be globally recognized experts in some area of science and research__ critical to livestock/aquaculture development, and 2 of whom will be experts in the __implementation of livestock /aquaculture and rural development in the CRP target regions (potentially from development or donor agencies, NGOs, private sector). The size of the membership is periodically reviewed by the PPMC to consider if additional representation is needed.

Nominations for membership in the SPAC are made by the PPMC and recommended to the ILRI DG for approval.

Tenure of a SPAC member is for 2 years with an option for extension and with initial appointments ending in a staggered manner to achieve 2 replacements each year. The PPMC designates a Chairperson among the 6 members, to be reviewed every 2 years. The CRP Program Manager serves as Secretary to the SPAC.

SPAC members are offered an honorarium totaling 15 days (20 days for the Chairman) each year to recognize their time commitments to attend meetings and monitor progress.



See minutes and reports