Consultant for the study of the Politics of the Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) System in Mexico CLOSED

Climate Change, Energy, & Low Carbon Development

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 the study of the Politics of the Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) System in Mexico


Since 2009, CIFOR has conducted a multi-donor funded Global Comparative Study on Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (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 four-year global comparative research study on first-generation REDD+ demonstration and readiness activities and has since expanded to address a number of related topics, including multilevel governance in REDD+ benefit sharing and in land use decisions.

REDD+ is inherently a multilevel process, and issues of scale, power and politics crosscut land use decisions and the institutions being set up as part of REDD+ and other initiatives aimed at improving landscape governance. The nature of multilevel communication and coordination, or the lack thereof, influences the legitimacy of the institutions and processes established.

This project is part of research aimed at improving the design of multilevel institutions and processes to overcome barriers to the implementation of REDD+ and other low carbon land use options, in ways that are equitable, effective and efficient. This consultancy focuses specifically on our understanding of the political and economic challenges and opportunities behind technical processes such as MRV systems.

This consultancy is aimed at exploring the opportunities and challenges of establishing the MRV system in Mexico and extracting lessons relevant for Mexico and for other countries currently engaged in this process. The specific arena of interest is the relationship among multilevel actors.

Duties and responsibilities

  • The consultant will build on the methods developed for a similar study in Peru to develop a questionnaire appropriate for the Mexican context. The consultant will conduct interviews at national level and in two subnational states or regions that are appropriate for the analysis and will participate in relevant meetings as needed;
  • The consultant will write one article to be submitted to an academic journal, one policy brief and one PowerPoint presentation on the obstacles and opportunities of jurisdictional REDD+ MRV approaches, with a particular emphasis on the national MRV program, subnational governments and other actors as relevant. Emphasis will be placed on clarifying actor positions, the interests behind them and trade-offs of different options for institutional arrangements;
  • The final questionnaire and orientation of the article, brief and PowerPoint will be decided in collaboration with the supervisor.

Education, knowledge and experience

• Masters or PhD in a relevant social or inter-disciplinary science (e.g. political science, sociology, climate change, development, environmental policy);
• At least 3 years of experience in working on REDD+ in Mexico;
• Excellent writing skills in English and Spanish;
• Experience with social science theory and methods, including interviews;
• Proven experience in producing analytical syntheses from large qualitative data sets;
• Familiar with REDD+ and MRV decision makers in Mexico, preferably at both national and state levels;

Personal Attributes and Competencies

• Excellent interpersonal skills;
• Having a record of journal publications is desirable.

Terms and Conditions

e will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.

Application process

The application deadline is 06 Jun-2016
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.