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.
Consultant for Stakeholder Analysis for Independent REDD+ Monitoring
CIFOR and Wageningen University are jointly engaged in a project to develop and promote an integrated perspective for the development of monitoring and verification systems for multiple purposes (useful for and beyond REDD+). This project will use scientific research and scenario building with multiple actors to understand trade-offs and synergies regarding: social and carbon monitoring methods; carbon and biodiversity outcomes; and adaptation and mitigation priorities. These decisions must be harmonized in the multi-purpose environment of the landscape.
CIFOR and partners will enhance the availability of information to support better and more cost-efficient measurement and monitoring systems and institutions for REDD+ projects and national and sub-national REDD+ programs. The team will integrate the knowledge generated in the different areas into comprehensive guidance for dealing with multiple drivers of deforestation that operate at different temporal and spatial scales. The information generated in this WP will contribute to more effective and efficient implementation of REDD+ MRV. Ultimately, information generated from fully functioning MRV systems that account for different drivers will be the basis for equitable benefit sharing in national REDD+ initiatives.
In line with this, the work package will focus on stakeholder analysis and will develop an assessment framework and carry out the SWORG (strength, weakness, opportunities, risks and gaps) analysis for an independent monitoring of forest resources. This analysis will result in a list of challenges and gaps currently limiting data availability and readiness of approaches for an independent use for comparing and reconciling.
Duties and responsibilities
• Design, implement and analyze a detailed stakeholder survey,
• Conduct the SWORG analysis,
• Develop and document synthesis including gaps and weaknesses,
• And Produce the following outputs:
– Stakeholder framework and analysis report,
– SWORG framework, analysis and synthesis report,
– Synthesis report of the most important weaknesses, risks and gaps across the analyzed datasets and web portals.
Education, knowledge and experience
• A minimum of a Master's degree in environment/natural resource or any other relevant subject, with 5 – 7 years' of working experience,
• Experience in SWORG analysis, natural resource management or social science research, including REDD+,
• Fluent in spoken and written English.
Personal Attributes and Competencies
• Demonstrated experience working in multicultural and multidisciplinary research teams,
• Strong interpersonal and communications skills.
Terms and Conditions
• This is a consultancy position. CIFOR offers competitive remuneration commensurate with skills and experience,
• The appointment is for 6 months,
• The duty station will be home based.
Application processThe application deadline is 05 Apr-2015.
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.