Consultant for Biodiversity Monitoring in REDD+ CLOSED

Forests and Environment

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) envisions a more equitable world where forestry and landscapes enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR is a non-profit, scientific institution that conducts research on the most pressing challenges of forest and landscape management around the world. Using a global, multidisciplinary approach, we aim to improve human well-being, protect the environment, and increase equity. To do so, we conduct innovative research, develop partners’ capacity, and actively engage in dialogue with all stakeholders to inform policies and practices that affect forests and people. CIFOR is a CGIAR Research Center, and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, with offices in Nairobi, Kenya, Yaoundé, Cameroon, and Lima, Peru.

CIFOR is looking for a

Consultant for Biodiversity Monitoring in REDD+


Transforming unsustainable forest exploitation into responsible stewardship via REDD+ remains a challenge. Multiple barriers at varying spatial, temporal, policy, economic, and cultural scales are hampering the implementation of REDD+ and other low-carbon land use policies. In particular, an integrated perspective to assessing the carbon tradeoffs and spill-over effects of various land use decisions at the landscape level is largely missing. Effective, efficient, and equitable mechanisms for REDD+ architectures and low C-emission development must integrate actors and institutions—with multiple political and economic interests— across scales and sectors for analysis and decisions on landscape-level trade-offs and synergies regarding carbon mitigation, biodiversity and adaptation, as a basis for sustainable change.
CIFOR is carrying out a project, From Climate Research to Action under Multilevel Governance: Building Knowledge and Capacity at Landscape Scale. This project complements CIFOR's ongoing Global Comparative Study on REDD (GCS-REDD) by focusing on REDD+ at the landscape level and a multi-level governance perspective. Six Work Packages (WP) integrate: (1) multilevel governance, benefit sharing and incentives practices; (2) landscape-scale carbon, biodiversity & adaptation trade-offs; (3) international policy effects; (4) REL & MRV methods; (5) multi-scale monitoring; and (6) knowledge sharing & dissemination.
In this project, we intend to develop and promote an integrated perspective for assessing landscape level trade-offs and the development of monitoring and verification systems for multiple purposes (useful for and beyond REDD+). We will use scientific research and joint 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 that the landscape represents. Similarly, the development of national and sub-national MRV systems must be based on a targeted understanding of deforestation and degradation drivers, and an analysis of trade-offs among methods and outcomes.
REDD+ and other low-carbon strategies at the landscape level require, among other things, scientifically sound methods for monitoring, reporting, and verifying (MRV) the outcome of carbon sequestration efforts—including biodiversity outcomes and implications for adaptation strategies. Carbon monitoring methods are not necessarily tailored to drivers of land use change, and there is a lack of methods for monitoring the social and biodiversity impacts of REDD+. Also, systems for monitoring social carbon and biodiversity impacts of REDD+ are often incongruent between national and sub-national levels.

Duties and responsibilities

The successful candidate will undertake a desktop study comparing biodiversity monitoring strategies across scales to evaluate different approaches to, and guidelines for, biodiversity monitoring in the study countries and beyond. The aim is to provide recommendations for monitoring biodiversity in REDD+. This will follow the methodology of the Evidence-Based Forestry (EBF) Initiative (which CIFOR is implementing; cf.—a methodology that ensures only referenced, scientifically solid science is considered in a review, and that best evidence is derived from a systematic process that minimizes bias.

• Conduct a systematic evaluation of the existing approaches of biodiversity monitoring in REDD+ study countries using evidence-based methodology.
• Provide recommendations for broad biodiversity monitoring in REDD+ based on results of systematic review evaluating biodiversity monitoring approaches.
• Produce a report and a scientific publication based on the results of the systematic review result and recommendations.
• Other tasks as they may arise.

Education, knowledge and experience

• A minimum of a Master's degree in Forestry, Environmental Sciences or any other relevant subject
• A minimum of five years of relevant working experience
• Experience with evidence-based review processes is an asset
• Strong analytical skills in major database and statistical software
• 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 will be for a period of six months.
• The duty station will be at CIFOR HQ in Bogor, Indonesia.

Application process

The application deadline is 21 Feb-2017.
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.