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.
Consultant for Comparative Study of Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives in Brazil
In 2009, CIFOR started a multi-donor funded Global Comparative Study on REDD+ (GCS-REDD+) in 12 countries. GCS-REDD+ is a multi-year global comparative research project on first and second-generation REDD+ activities in selected countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America. This third phase of the project consists of 5 modules: policies and measures at the national level (Module 1), assessing the performance of sub-national and private initiatives (Module 2), monitoring, measurement, reporting and verification (MMRV) (Module 3), integrating REDD with development goals at the landscape level (Module 4) and knowledge sharing (Module 5). The overall outcome of the project is: REDD+ policy-makers and practitioner communities have access to and utilize the information, analysis and tools needed to design and implement REDD+ results, create enabling conditions, and assess to which degree REDD+ has delivered carbon- effective, cost-efficient and equitable carbon and non-carbon benefits.
The aim of the research in module 4 is to understand how REDD+ activities and outcomes can be embedded in the broader development agenda. The project will explore multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) aimed at improving land use (e.g. climate mitigation, conservation initiatives, Payment for Environmental Services) to determine what factors affect the equity outcomes for forest-based communities and effectiveness outcomes regarding land use change. Peru is one of four country studies that will inform research on the topic.
Duties and responsibilities
To conduct research, through mixed methods, on one multi-stakeholder initiative in a region of the Brazilian Amazon; and to produce the associated databases and analytical reports, and participate in other means of dissemination, based on the research. These outputs will inform the comparative analysis of the factors that affect the equity and effectiveness of the outcomes of land-use-related multi-stakeholder initiatives in four different countries (Brazil, Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Peru) that is being carried out by Module 4 of GCS-REDD+.
The consultant will travel to one region of the Brazilian Amazon to conduct data collection informed by the project’s research and analytical framework of one multi-stakeholder forums selected by the project supervisors. This will include surveys, structured and semi-structured interviews, focus groups, and participant observation, as well as desk-based scholarly and grey literature research.
1. Data Collection Tasks:
- Interviews to key actors in land-use/land-use change at different levels, including those who take part in MSIs and those who do not. These will follow the project’s questionnaires and Q-Method;
- Participant observation in forums organized as part of the MSIs under study. Interviews of key actors following the project’s research protocol;
- Discourse analysis of the documents disseminated by the MSIs under study;
- Additional methods to be defined by the project supervisors.
2. Other Tasks
- To engage with in-site information sharing with local, regional and national authorities;
- To conduct a ‘returning results’ campaign in all participating regions;
- To participate in the preparation of written products and output dissemination in conferences, meetings, and workshops;
- To participate in periodic meetings with the project supervisors.
- One dataset for the MSI (in-depth);
- A site report for the MSI (including analysis of results);
- A report analyzing the MSI within the Brazilian context of land use/land use change decision-making;
- Contribution to at least one CIFOR blog;
- Contributions to at least one journal article;
- PowerPoint presentation summarizing findings.
Education, knowledge and experience
• Have a postgraduate degree or equal research experience in Anthropology, Human Geography, Political Sciences, Sociology or any relevant field;
• Fluent in English and Portuguese;
• Have experience carrying out research in Brazil;
• Have proven experience carrying out research in land-use related themes and related participatory mechanisms;
• Have a commitment to research for impact;
• Demonstrated interpersonal skills for engaging with diverse actors (e.g. government, private sector, indigenous communities, political authorities);
• Experience with gender is a plus;
• Based in Brazil.
Personal Attributes and Competencies
• Strong client service approach;
• Ability to manage own time to deliver assignments to the deadline.
Terms and Conditions
• This is a consultancy position;
• CIFOR offers competitive remuneration commensurate with skills and experience;
• The work location of this consultancy is in Brazil;
• The consultancy period is for 3.5 months beginning in May 2018.
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Application processThe application deadline is 30 Nov-2017
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.