Landscapes Knowledge 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

Landscapes Knowledge 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.

The Landscapes Knowledge Coordinator will work closely with the Team Leader of Knowledge, Executive Producer and the Executive Director of GLF to ensure that knowledge and learning processes are effectively coordinated and incorporated into the broader GLF outreach and communication plans. This will result in core deliverables from knowledge, learning and outreach components being optimized.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Coordinate the preparation, guidance and oversight of the science and knowledge committee for all GLF events;
  • Prepare guidance and documentation of GLF General Assembly;
  • Coordinate the preparation of core guidance documentation for GLF discussion forums, plenaries, webinars and other processes that occur as part of GLF platforms;
  • Assist with establishment of long-term learning platforms, knowledge platforms and communities of practice; 
  • Assist in launch of the new phase of GLF including coordination with donors and preparation of key concept documentation and that these documents guide all future GLF activities; 
  • Coordinate identification, liaising and follow-up with speakers, hosts and leads of GLF event processes to ensure the highest quality delivery of discursive and insightful processes.
  • Ensure linkages and synergies between GLF Learning Lab activities and Knowledge Hub outputs including input into courses, modules and learning outputs;
  • Coordinate the preparation of 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.

Education, knowledge and experience

● Master’s degree and preferably a PhD in academic field that is relevant to GLF themes and sustainable development goals;
● At least 5 years’ experience working in science and knowledge management in developing countries with a focus on research for development;
● 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, 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;
● Ph.D. diplomatic and negotiation skills;
● Proven ability to work well under pressure.

Terms and Conditions

• This is a consultancy position.
• This assignment will last for a period of four months (up to 20 days per month).
• 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.


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