Research Partner in assessing the performance of subnational and private corporate initiatives CLOSED

Climate Change, Energy, & Low Carbon Development

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

Research Partner in assessing the performance of subnational and private corporate initiatives


One of CIFOR’s core work areas focuses on enhancing the role of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Since 2009, CIFOR has conducted a Global Comparative Study (GCS) on REDD+ to analyze the effectiveness, efficiency, equitability and co-benefits of REDD+ in 13 countries ( The overarching goal of this research project is to provide REDD+ policy makers and practitioners with the information, analysis and tools that they need to ensure effective and cost-efficient reduction of carbon emissions with equitable impacts and co-benefits.

The Subnational REDD+ Initiatives study collected data before and after implementation of forest-based interventions at sites in Brazil, Peru, Cameroon, Tanzania, Indonesia and Vietnam – in intervention and control areas – to evaluate impacts on forests and people. The next phase will focus on: a) understanding the challenges of implementing subnational REDD+ initiatives (jurisdictional programs and projects) across the tropics, with a focus on Brazil, Peru, Guyana, DRC, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar; b) continuing analysis of current GCS-REDD+ longitudinal data; and c) engaging in third-round field data collection at selected sites in Indonesia, Brazil and Peru to evaluate longer-term impacts on the ground.

The Research Partner will be part of the Climate Change, Energy and Low-Carbon Development (CCE) Team, directly supervised by a CIFOR Scientist.

Duties and responsibilities

Summary of responsibilities
The Research Partner will be responsible for:
  • global comparative data analyses and publications focused on REDD+ carbon and non-carbon performance assessment, and on the challenges of implementing subnational REDD+ initiatives across the tropics
  • engagement with relevant international, national and subnational policy makers and practitioners to promote the use of evidence from the study in their decision-making.
  • Design and implement a survey on subnational REDD+ initiatives (jurisdictional programs and projects) across the tropics, in collaboration with the supervisor and research team.
  • Lead and support global comparative analysis on the existing GCS-REDD+ global datasets (household, village, women).
  • Coordinate field data collection and management at subnational REDD+ sites in Indonesia, Brazil and Peru, in collaboration with the supervisor and research team.
  • Lead and co-author peer-reviewed articles and policy briefs.
  • Present research findings at international events, such as workshops and conferences.
  • Share project administration and management responsibilities with the supervisor.

Education, knowledge and experience

• PhD in forest economics, or a closely related field
• strong background and skills in quantitative data analysis and statistical analysis
• experience in analysis and interpretation of mixed-methods, qualitative and quantitative data
• experience in managing large databases; direct work experience in GCS countries, villages, women’s and household databases is a strong advantage
• indication of good publication record or promising potential
• very good knowledge of REDD+ policy and on-the-ground implementation
• excellent spoken and written English ; knowledge of other international languages (e.g. French, Portuguese, Spanish or Indonesian) gives a strong advantage.

Personal Attributes and Competencies

• good organizational skills, priority setting, and ability to manage multiple tasks
• excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to effectively interact in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment
• able to work independently as well as in a team
• values the sharing of information and continuous improvement in a cooperative atmosphere of constructive evaluation and learning, and is committed to staff development.

Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions
• This is a Research Partner position offered as a two-year partnership.
• Work location will be at Partner’s institution and/or CIFOR HQ or Hubs

Application process
• Please submit a letter of interest and CV of the research team, including contact information for three referees. The application deadline is 9 January 2017.
• We will acknowledge all applications, but will only contact short-listed candidates.

Application process

The application deadline is 09 Jan-2017
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.


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