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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 News Editor


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 GLF evolves into a bigger platform and movement, the GLF is launching a brand-new media platform (Landscapes News) in 2017 that will showcase all the latest news around the Landscapes Approach, both from GLF and its partners.
The Editor of Landscapes News will take over the day-to-day running of Landscapes News, from commissioning through to copyediting and posting. He/she will also be in charge of producing original content.
This full-time consultancy is an opportunity for a skilled, energetic and creative journalist, writer/copyeditor to run and shape an established, respected online news site.
Landscapes News will be a virtual news service, primarily reporting new research findings and analysis regarding the Landscapes Approach in language accessible to a broad readership, while maintaining scientific accuracy and journalistic styles and principles. Articles are written by freelance writers, partner organizations and concerned netizens alike.
The Editor will support its growth through his/her experience in journalism, flair for writing catchy headlines and compelling ledes, ability to spot and fix story flaws, genuine interest in science, environment and development, and a whole lot of energy and spirit.
Landscapes News will produce text articles with photos, videos and podcasts through interviews and global on-the-ground video. In this regard, the Editor will be expected to plan coverage and/or attend major conferences that GLF organizes, as well as those of its partner organizations, when required.

Duties and responsibilities

The Editor of Landscapes News will focus his/her time primarily on building and curating the content of the online news platform, but will also have other communications-related tasks to promote the success of GLF as a whole.


Specifically, he/she will work across the following areas:



  • In collaboration with the GLF Lead Communications Coordinator and Knowledge Hub Lead, come up with story angles and ideas, and plan the editorial calendar. 
  • Commission articles and multimedia resources from consultant (freelance) science writers working remotely. Identify and facilitate contracting of the freelance journalists as needed, and advise the GLF Lead Communications Coordinator on discontinuing contracts with journalists who do not meet the blog’s editorial standards.
  • Work with the GLF videographer, and freelance videographers, to develop videos.
  • Oversee/manage the Audio Producer to develop audio products and podcasts.
  • Copyedit articles written by scientists and GLF partner organizations, according to Landscapes News editorial style and standards.
  • Write original articles and make multimedia items. Write headlines, standfirsts and ledes.
  • Find photographs to go with articles or commission photographers. Work with the GLF Video & Photo Editor to keep GLF’s Flickr database up to date, and be responsible for final copy on all photo captions.
  • In charge of periodically updating the functionalities of the website of Landscapes News with the assistance of the web team in order to make it relevant, mobile-friendly and user-friendly.
  • In charge of spearheading the use of creative long-form media (Tumblr, Medium, etc.) to increase the outreach potential and visibility of content on Landscapes News. 
  • Post articles, photos and multimedia to Landscapes News, according to the editorial plan, and curate packages of new and older stories as necessary. At least two items will be posted weekly in 2017, and this number will increase to 3 articles per week from 2018. 
  • Liaise with social media team to promote posts through social media channels.
  • Work with the web team to prepare monthly traffic reports of Landscapes News.
  • Travel to conferences and field sites globally to produce content for Landscapes News, as required. Will produce and/or assign in-depth event coverage of GLF’s annual global conferences by coordinating with freelance writers and videographers.


  • Prepare and write the monthly News Update for GLF, in collaboration with the GLF graphic designer and the GLF Lead Communications Coordinator.
  • Prepare and write GLF-related news blasts when needed (news alerts, media advisories, etc.)


  • Coordinate content with the Consultant Manager of Digital Summits.
  • Oversee and manage the Audio Producer to deliver podcast content from each Digital Summit.
  • Work with the GLF web team to improve on the technology and platforms to distribute the Digital Summits in order to increase reach and have maximum impact and visibility.


  • Identify innovative formats and new technology in support of interactive online engagement for Landscapes News.
  • Study other organizations’ and events’ online outreach arms and successful tools for online engagement, ranging from MOOCS and online conferences to newest developments in live-streaming to amp up the presence of GLF Digital Summits.
  • Closely monitor impact and reach of GLF outreach campaigns and Landscapes News. Assist the GLF Lead Communications Coordinator in preparing reports incorporating traffic numbers and engagement from online users, media hits, etc.

Education, knowledge and experience

● Master’s degree in communications, journalism or a related discipline or Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of work experience;
● Experience in online and media outreach;
● Good understanding of social media and website metrics;
● Experience in planning, implementing and evaluating complex projects;
● Experience in working in international development or environmental policy is an asset;
● Fluency in English is a must, other languages (esp. French, Spanish, Indonesian, German) are an advantage.

Personal Attributes and Competencies

● Self-motivated, deadline oriented, 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;
● Strong client service approach;
● 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 a home-based position, but preferably in Bonn, Germany.

To apply, please visit our career site at:

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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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