Global Landscapes Forum Youth Coordinator Consultant CLOSED

Communications, Outreach, & Engagement Team

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

Global Landscapes Forum Youth Coordinator Consultant


The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) enhances well-being and the environment for all by putting people first and with the understanding that:
· Communities (people acting together) drive change.
· Landscapes are complex and require flexible solutions.
· Local collective consciousness and solutions can fulfill global goals.

The Global Landscapes Forum is the world’s largest intersectoral platform designed to examine knowledge, share experiences and accelerate action by communities as they invest in and move toward more resilient, climate friendly, diverse, productive, equitable and, thereby, sustainable landscapes. Founded by CIFOR, UN Environment and the World Bank, and with core funding provided by the German Government, the Global Landscapes Forum is scaling up to engage one billion people in realizing their local priorities, while at the same time contributing significantly toward the overall achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and climate agenda. Since 2013, over 25,000 stakeholders from more than 3000 organizations and 110 countries have engaged with the GLF both in person and online, with stakeholders from community and indigenous people’s organizations, finance, civil society, government, media and youth groups.

The GLF Community of Landscapes is founded on four principles: connecting, sharing, learning and acting. Our vision considers people first and recognizes that people acting together drive change.

Over the next four years, with the support of core funding from the German Government and with the support of core, cofounding partners, such as UN Environment and the World Bank, the GLF will expand the discussion to a larger audience than ever before, and place communities at the center of the conversation. This event will challenge global influencers to react, expand and, of course, scale up actions required to build sustainable landscapes.

The Global Landscapes Forum is a place where a farmer can inform action, pathways and policies; where international organizations can learn from the private sector and vice versa; and where CEOs, community leaders, communicators and technologists can share, learn, connect and act together.

From building the investment case for sustainable landscapes, to protecting peatlands and to supporting restoration in Africa, the Global Landscapes Forum has been at the cutting edge in hosting and facilitating all manner of discussions to accelerate positive action for people, for the environment, and for the achievement of global climate and sustainable development goals.

Together we will create a global force to achieve the SDGs and climate agenda by creating a positive vision of what we can do if we all work together.

The Youth Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that young people and youth networks such as the Youth in Landscapes (YIL) initiative are integrated into the planning and execution of key GLF activities. Each of the four GLF pillars – Outreach, Collaborative Platforms, Knowledge Hub and Learning Lab – will require the engagement of young people to maximize their impact and relevance. The Youth Coordinator will work with managers, leaders and coordinators throughout GLF to ensure that this occurs.

Duties and responsibilities

The initial objectives of the assignment are to ensure that young people are integrated, participating and engaged with the GLF global event in Bonn, with youth participation at the event and through outreach, with knowledge generation being a key. The coordinator will work closely with leaders of youth networks and other initiatives closely engaged with young people to ensure innovative and meaningful engagement.

Key deliverables when working with GLF partners, include:

  • Work closely with the GLF team on how to effectively integrate young people into key outputs – including outreach and communications, collaborative platforms (events) and knowledge products.
  • Work closely with youth networks to ensure that a shared understanding of aims and delivery is established between GLF and youth partners
  • Ensure that youth participation at GLF events is of mutual benefit to the participants and the wider GLF systems.
  • Coordinate with the GLF Coordination team on the running of a Youth Session (technology pavilion) to ensure youth participation, and provide facilitation assistance at GLF Bonn.
  • Undertake other key tasks related to young people and GLF as they arise.
  • Travel regularly to event locations and to partnership meetings.

Education, knowledge and experience

● BSc in an academic field that is relevant to one or more of the GLF themes and sustainable development goals
● at least 2 years’ experience working in science and knowledge management in developing countries or with youth networks and communities relating to sustainable landscapes
● ability to produce high-quality written content
● good understanding of international development and/or environment policy processes
● experience in planning, implementing and evaluating complex projects
● fluency in English is essential, and in other languages (esp. French, Spanish, German) is an advantage.

Personal Attributes and Competencies

● self-motivated, resourceful and energetic
● able to find creative solutions
● able to strategize at both macro and micro levels
● a team player having outstanding interpersonal communications skills
● outstanding diplomatic and negotiation skills
● proven ability to work well under pressure.

Terms and Conditions

• This is a consultancy position.
• CIFOR offers competitive remuneration commensurate with skills and experience.
• This assignment will last for a period of four months
• The duty station will be in Bonn, Germany.

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CIFOR is an equal opportunity employer. Staff diversity contributes to excellence.

Application process

The application deadline is 25 Oct-2017
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.


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