Research Partner in integrating REDD+ measures with development goals at the landscape level 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 integrating REDD+ measures with development goals at the landscape level


Since 2009, CIFOR has conducted a multidonor-funded Global Comparative Study on REDD+ (GCS-REDD+) in 10 countries (initially Indonesia, Brazil, Bolivia and Cameroon, and later including Peru, Tanzania, Vietnam, DR Congo, Nepal and Mexico). The project began as a global comparative research study on first-generation REDD+ demonstration and readiness activities. It then expanded to address a number of related topics and is now entering its third phase. Topics being studied include multilevel governance in land use decisions.

CIFOR’s past research on multilevel governance has challenged simple explanations for the slow uptake of REDD+ and other LED initiatives, with actors from across levels and sectors highlighting multilevel and multisectoral challenges. The legal and practical realities of governance make it hard for proponents of low-emission development to confront the real drivers of forest conversion. We know this not only from indicators such as aggregate land-use trends and deployed conservation finance, but because of the emergent consensus from actors across levels and sectors that governance challenges matter. The multilevel governance challenge of REDD+ will require specific attention because it will be amplified in all other, even more complex, undertakings such as green growth and low emission initiatives.

One of the proposed governance solutions focuses on the importance of multisectoral and multistakeholder dialogue. In the third phase of this research, we will conduct a global analysis of experiences with multistakeholder platforms, forums and consultation processes to identify lessons for cross-sectoral coordination and land use outcomes that are effective and equitable. Lessons learned from the global analysis will be used to develop engaged research in four countries and to enable subnational actors to build more effective mechanisms for coordination and consultation. The subnational activities will focus on Brazil, Peru, Indonesia and Ethiopia.

Duties and responsibilities

Summary of responsibilities
The Research Partner will lead, under the direction of the supervisor, a global review of multistakeholder platforms and a more targeted country-level analysis in four countries, and engage with global, national and subnational partners to improve the sustainability and equity outcomes of multistakeholder processes.
In ongoing, direct collaboration with the project supervisor, the research partner will:
  • develop and publish an analytical review of multistakeholder processes aimed at improving land use sustainability, based on a comprehensive review of academic literature and a targeted search of cases and related interviews and gray literature
  • develop the analytical framework and research design for the global review of multistakeholder processes (including methods for comparing cases, for example Qualitative Comparative Analysis)
  • propose a set of methods and tools for studying multistakeholder processes – published as a toolkit after validation
  • lead and support engagement with key partners and relevant actors in each country
  • participate in the recruitment, organization, oversight and support of the research team, students or research assistants in four countries 
  • conduct the research in at least one country
  • manage the global dataset
  • together with the research team, analyze results and publish key findings and lessons learned in articles, briefs, tools and other media as per donor contracts and CIFOR priorities
  • develop presentations and present results in global, national and subnational forums
  • participate in project coordination meetings and other relevant CIFOR meetings
  • maintain all required administrative and research-related records
  • assist in other matters that might arise around this topic based on mutual agreement.

Education, knowledge and experience

• PhD in a relevant social or interdisciplinary science
• demonstrated research experience, including publications, in forest or natural resource governance and preferably in multistakeholder processes specifically

Personal Attributes and Competencies

• excellent analytical and synthesis skills
• familiarity with multiple social science research methods
• experience with statistical analysis preferred
• excellent interpersonal skills
• experience working in diverse, multicultural research teams
• excellent writing skills in English. In addition, advanced skills in at least one of: Spanish, Portuguese, Indonesian or Amharic
• research experience in at least one of: Peru, Brazil, Indonesia, Ethiopia.

Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions
• This is a Research Partner position offered as a two-year partnership.
• Work location will be at CIFOR Lima Hub in Peru.

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 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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