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Forests and Human Well-Being

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; Lima, Peru; and Bonn, Germany.

CIFOR is looking for

Team Leader, Forests and Human Well-Being


The primary responsibility of the Team Leader, Forests and Human Well-Being (HWB) is to ensure an effective and efficient implementation of the goals and objectives of HWB in the context of the CIFOR 2016–2025 strategy.

Responsibilities include: 1) identify strategic research opportunities, provide leadership and undertake research as well as coordinate relevant research in the context of HWB issues; 2) lead policy engagement to ensure the timely delivery of relevant high quality scientific research contributing to policy outcomes and impacts; 3) contribute to capacity development through supporting research partner organizations and other knowledge-sharing and policy engagement partners; 4) contribute to resource development and fund-raising strategies for supporting the implementation of the research, policy engagement and capacity-development strategy of the HWB Team and CIFOR.

The Team Leader reports to the Deputy Director General – Research

Duties and responsibilities

1. Science, outreach and engagement, and capacity development (60%)
  • Lead the scientific and implementation activities within the HWB team and facilitate interactions with those from other teams as appropriate;
  • Provide scientific guidance and ensure that the concepts and methods of the research carried out are appropriate and meet the highest scientific standards, reflecting up-to-date scientific methods and concepts;
  • Define and implement research activities in important and emerging areas of research, especially those embraced under the HWB team;
  • Define and implement strategies for policy engagement to contribute to the achievement of outcomes and impacts from key research and results;
  • Identify and support progress along impact pathways to ensure the relevance of research to target policy arenas and practitioner communities;
  • Write and supervise publications and other scientific communications related to research activities;
  • Disseminate science through POLEX, info briefs and blogs;
  • Lead, coordinate and/or contribute to the policy–science dialogue of relevant projects, especially those included in the HWB team;
  • Lead, coordinate and/or contribute to communication targeted at policy makers (including workshops, website and policy briefs) of relevant projects;
  • Represent CIFOR in national, regional and/or global science–policy dialogue, as appropriate;
  • Contribute to the organization and scientific content of CIFOR-hosted events and other conferences including workshops, retreats and meetings;
  • Lead and supervise the capacity development initiatives of projects under implementation, especially those relevant to the HWB team and contribute to other capacity development efforts;
  • Supervise students and junior scientists in their professional development by providing feedback, coaching, mentoring and resources and by identifying appropriate goals and opportunities for professional development.
2. Resource mobilisation and partnerships (20%)
  • Maintain and further develop high-level relationships with key CIFOR partners and stakeholders, including national governments, multilateral, international and regional organizations, donor agencies, nongovernmental organizations and research institutions;
  • Provide support for coordination and collaboration with other CGIAR centers working with the CGIAR Research Programs of which CIFOR is a member;
  • In collaboration with the Communications, Outreach and Engagement (COE) team, other team leaders and scientists, ensure that information about CIFOR and the outcomes of its research are effectively conveyed to partners and target audiences;
  • Work with DDGs, other team leaders, the Resource Mobilization team and scientists as appropriate, to identify and develop strategies to advance CIFOR’s interests globally and to secure funding to enable those strategies.
3. Management of HWB team, CGIAR Research Program (CRP) participation and other projects (20%)
  • Coordinate with relevant  CRPs and Flagships;
  • Coordinate the implementation of projects while ensuring proper management of available financial and human resources for the achievement of expected project outcomes;
  • Participate in the Research and Impact Committee as part of the CIFOR Management Group, and participate in the implementation of tasks as requested;
  • Collaborate with the DDG Research, DDG Operations, Finance team and Human Resources team, to implement HWB research, policy engagement and capacity development;
  • Coordinate with other team leaders on the development of proposals, targeted engagement and other activities that require collaboration across CIFOR teams;
  • Supervise scientists and support staff in the HWB team in pursuing strategic priorities and delivering outcomes agreed in annual performance contracts.
Details of duties, assignments and objectives will be further discussed and laid out in the staff’s annual performance contract

Education, knowledge and experience

Education, knowledge and experience
• PhD in an appropriate discipline (e.g. political sciences, economics, development studies, other social sciences);
• At least 10 years of relevant experience in collaborative research;
• Strong publications record especially in peer-reviewed publications;
• Track record in resource mobilization/fund-raising and in proposal development/writing;
• Fluent in spoken and written English, fluency in another international language is an advantage;
• Experience in working with multiple partners and working in developing countries.

Personal Attributes and Competencies

• Management and organizational skills, experience in project management;
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, experienced in working with multicultural and multidisciplinary research teams;
• Excellent facilitation and teambuilding capability;
• Values the sharing of information and continuous improvement in a cooperative atmosphere of constructive evaluation and learning

Terms and Conditions

• This is an internationally-recruited staff (IRS) position. CIFOR offers competitive remuneration in USD, commensurate with skills and experience;
• The appointment is for 2 years, inclusive of a 9-month probationary period, with the possibility of extension contingent upon performance, continued relevance of the position and available resources;
• The duty station will be at CIFOR HQ in Bogor, Indonesia

Application process

The application deadline is 04 Oct-2016
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.


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