Global Landscapes Forum Deputy Program Coordinator 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 Deputy Program Coordinator


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

The GLF is the world’s largest inter-sectoral platform designed to examine knowledge, share experiences and accelerate action by communities as they invest in and move towards more resilient, climate friendly, diverse, productive, equitable and, thereby, sustainable landscapes. Founded by CIFOR, UN Environment and the World Bank, 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 towards 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 the youth.

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 core funding from the German government and with the support of core, co-founding 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 will challenge global influencers to react, expand and – of course – scale up actions required to build sustainable landscapes.

The GLF 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, to supporting restoration in Africa, the GLF 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 SDGs and global climate 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.

As the Global Landscapes Forum transitions to its new, long-term structure, the GLF Deputy Program Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Forum and its various arms. In doing so, the GLF Deputy Program Coordinator will work closely with CIFOR’s senior management as well as focal points from the Forum’s Coordinating Partners on developing the Forum’s long-term strategy.
The GLF Deputy Program Coordinator will take the lead in the day-to-day coordination of Forum events, the online platform (, social media channels, targeted campaigns and partnership management. To this end, the GLF Deputy Program Coordinator will work closely with relevant staff of CIFOR’s Communication, Outreach and Engagement team (COE), including the web team, the multimedia team and the social media expert.
The GLF Deputy Program Coordinator will be the main focal point for the substance, partnerships and outreach specific to events. For all logistical questions related to GLF events, the GLF Deputy Program Coordinator will cooperate with CIFOR’s Global Events Manager.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Coordinate small team of communication, social media and web design specialists;
  • Research Forum substance and identify key issues in consultation with CIFOR and partner organizations’ scientists;
  • Draft concept notes related to campaigns, events, online initiatives and other Forum arms, including but not limited to:
    • the annual Global Landscapes Forum event
    • Youth in Landscapes initiative
    • social media;
  • Prepare detailed plans for execution of Forum activities;
  • Take the lead in inviting speakers and partner organizations and secure their participation;
  • Coordinate with all relevant Forum partners on a day-to-day basis;
  • Identify potential new partners, take lead in reaching out to individuals and organizations;
  • Regularly travel to event locations and for partnership meetings;
  • Support coordination of the science committee;
  • Liaise with CIFOR scientists;
  • Work closely with fellow CIFOR COE team members on outreach, mainstream and social media campaigns;
  • Prepare reports on achievements and outcomes for all major events;
  • Other tasks in support of the Global Landscapes Forum and CIFOR’s Communication, Outreach and Engagement Team as needed.

Education, knowledge and experience

• Master’s degree in communications, journalism, international relations, development studies or a related discipline or Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of work experience;
• Experience in organizing events with 150 or more participants;
• Good understanding of international development and/or environment policy processes;
• Experience in planning, implementing and evaluating complex projects;
• Experience in working with the SDG or UNFCCC policy processes is an asset;
• Fluency in English is essential, other languages (esp. French, Spanish, Indonesian, German) 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 and have 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.
• 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 08 Nov-2017
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.