Compensation and Benefits for International Staff

CIFOR offers a competitive remuneration commensurate with skills and experience.

Hardship Allowance
CIFOR provides hardship allowance for staff members posted in certain CIFOR locations, which have been classified as ‘hardship duty stations’.

Cost of Living Allowance
CIFOR provides a cost of living allowance for staff members posted in certain CIFOR locations.

Education Allowance (expatriation benefit)
Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary Education
CIFOR covers 75% of the cost of school attendance up to a certain limit. Dependent children are eligible from pre-school or kindergarten up to attaining a high school diploma or up to and including the school year in which the dependant reaches 18 years of age or marries, whichever is earlier.
University Education
CIFOR covers 75% of the costs of tuition and tuition-related fees only (e.g. registration fees, examination fees) up to a certain limit. Egibility is limited to children (a) while attending a first level university degree (undergraduate); or (b) up to the age of 24; or (c) until he/she is married; or (d) until completion of the degree – whichever is earlier.

Retirement Fund Contribution
CIFOR contributes to a retirement plan fully vested in the name of the staff member from the first day of employment. The retirement scheme is set at 15% flat rate. The plan is administered by the Association of International Agricultural Research Centers (AIARC).

Family Visit Travel (expatriation benefit)
If assigned to a duty station outside staff’s recognized home country, globally recruited staff and each authorized dependent are entitled to family visit travel once during each full year of service from the date the contract is signed.

CIFOR provides a non-contributory insurance benefits package covering medical benefits and medical evacuation for the staff member, spouse and dependents; life insurance; accidental death and dismemberment; long-term disability; and travel accident insurance for staff members.

Leave Entitlements

  • 30 days of vacation leave per year
  • 20 days of sick leave per year
  • 12 weeks of maternity leave
  • 2 weeks of paternity leave
  • 2 weeks of adoption leave
  • 5 days of compassionate leave

Companion Travel
The companion travel is to compensate a staff member (applicable to Levels A-D) for the difficulties of separation from families caused by frequent travel. Companion travel is granted for one individual, as a non-accountable lump sum, once in every 12-month period from the date of hire.

Travel and Relocation Costs (expatriation benefit)
When the new staff member is appointed and moves or changes the duty station, CIFOR will cover the costs of air transportation, shipment of personal effects, installation allowance and temporary living expenses for the staff member and each dependent joining at the duty station.

Compensatory Leave
CIFOR will provide compensatory leave for each night a staff member is away from home due to mission travel, excluding home leave. The earned days will be added to the staff member’s annual leave entitlement.