Consultant for Comparative Legal Review CLOSED

Lima Hub

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is a nonprofit, global research organization dedicated to advancing human well-being, environmental conservation and equity.

We conduct research that enables more informed and equitable decision making about the use and management of tropical and sub-tropical forest landscapes. We help policy makers and practitioners shape effective policy, improve the management of tropical forests and address the needs and perspectives of people who depend on forests for their livelihoods. Our multidisciplinary approach considers the underlying drivers of deforestation and degradation which often lie outside the forestry sector: forces such as agriculture, infrastructure development, trade and investment policies and law enforcement.

CIFOR is looking for a

Consultant for Comparative Legal Review


Since 2009, CIFOR has conducted a multi-donor funded Global Comparative Study on REDD+ (GCS-REDD+) in 10 countries (initially Indonesia, Brazil, Bolivia and Cameroon, and later including Peru, Tanzania, Vietnam, DR Congo, Nepal and Mexico). The project began as a global comparative research study on first-generation REDD+ demonstration and readiness activities, then expanded to address a number of related topics, now going into its third phase. These topics include multilevel governance in REDD+ benefit sharing and in land use decisions. The project included the production of five legal reports on the distribution of powers and responsibilities across sectors and levels, including decentralization policies, with an emphasis on multiple arenas affecting forests – including, but not limited to, finance, REDD+, conservation, infrastructure, forests, land tenure, agriculture and mining.

Reports were prepared and published for Peru, Indonesia, Vietnam, Mexico (in Spanish) and Tanzania. The legal reports are intended for use as reference materials for those involved in research, policy or action in these five countries; however, a comparative review will make them more accessible and useful for a broader audience.

Duties and responsibilities

• Review the five legal studies and propose an analytical framework for comparison
• Agree on the type and scope of the analysis with the project supervisor. This may include interviews with report authors or other legal experts in each country and consultation of the laws themselves and key literature as needed
• Prepare a short (20 pages) comparative analysis
• Prepare a 4 page policy brief
• Assist in other matters that might arise around this topic

Education, knowledge and experience

• An advanced degree (preferably PhD) in a relevant social or environmental science
• At least 5 years of experience relevant to environmental or natural resource policy
• Demonstrated knowledge of forestry or environmental decentralization theory and practice
• Familiarity with analysis of legal documents
• Excellent analytical and synthesis skills
• Excellent writing skills in English
• Very good understanding of Spanish

Personal Attributes and Competencies

• Be self-motivated and welcome the opportunity to work with significant autonomy
• Resourceful and skilled at creative problem solving
• Have a strong editorial background and understanding of what makes for good design and writing
• Enjoy managing multiple projects
• Be able to strategize at both macro and micro levels;
• Be a team player and have outstanding interpersonal communications skills;
• Strong client service approach;
• Proven ability to work well under pressure
• Have a sense of humor and a thick skin

Terms and Conditions

• This is a consultancy position. CIFOR offers competitive remuneration, commensurate with skills and experience.
• The consultancy will be for a period of 30 working days, to be completed between March 1 and May 30.
• The duty station will be at CIFOR Lima Office, in Peru.

Application process

The application deadline is 07 Mar-2016
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.