Research Officer CLOSED

Climate Change, Energy, & Low Carbon Development 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

Research Officer


In 2008, CIFOR initiated the Global Comparative Study on REDD+ (GCS REDD+). It was designed in several modules with the aim to understand national REDD+ policy processes, learn from subnational REDD+ projects and develop solutions to technical constraints in measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) of emissions reductions, the synergy of REDD+ and adaptation, and their management at the landscape scale to facilitate adoption of low-carbon emission policies and measures. The goal is to provide REDD+ policymakers and practitioner communities with the information, analysis and tools they need to ensure the effective and cost-efficient reduction of carbon emissions with equitable impacts and co-benefits – the “3E” criteria.

Under GCS Module 1, a study of the national processes involving REDD+ is being carried out in 14 countries. The research officer will contribute by conducting research at the national level, maintaining the database that results from the Global Comparative Study on REDD+ Module 1, assisting in data analysis for the development of scientific journal articles (a specific country study and a comparative study), and providing administrative support in organizing workshop, training and knowledge-sharing events.

Background for the country study and examples of previous studies are available here:

Duties and responsibilities

1) Research:
country profile update

Lead the development of a literature review for Indonesian country
profile updates.

With senior associates and a senior research officer, support and
facilitate active engagement with Indonesian key actors on REDD+ and/or future
partners involved in Indonesian country profile updates.

Support planning and preparation for expert group discussions and
interviews as required.

Provide meeting reports and/or proceedings as well as
transcripts/data forms that result from meetings, Focus Group Discussions and

Facilitate collaboration and coordination with co-author(s)
involved in the development of country profile updates.


Indonesia policy network analysis

Coordinate and prepare the upcoming research for the policy
network analysis survey in Indonesia.

With senior associates and a senior research officer, conduct
interviews as required.

Lead the development of the Indonesia PNA 3 database in Access.

Provide thorough and close supervision to consultants in
transcribing and entering the survey into the Access database.

Check and clean data in collaboration with the country

Serve as co-author or contributing author for one publication
(journal, book chapter, policy brief, Occasional Papers, etc.).

Assist in other research activities as required.


Comparative REDD+ studies

Support the comparative analysis across the GCS-REDD+ countries

Work with country partners to carry out research in their

Lead and co-author journal articles and working papers based on
GCS-REDD+ data.

Manage and cross-check the database on country profiles, media
discourse analysis and PNA across countries studied under the close supervision
of a senior research officer.


2) Project management
(in collaboration with the project administrator):

  • Assist in
    reporting to donors.
  • Assist in
    organizing international/regional/national workshops, training sessions or
    field work as required.
  • Take minutes
    of meetings and do translations.
  • Undertake other
    project management activities as required.
  • Engage actively
    with GCS country partners in other countries, as required.

Give presentations at conferences and participate in GCS Module 1

Education, knowledge and experience

• Master’s degree in social sciences, economics, forestry or environmental sciences
• strong computer skills in Access database management, social network analysis programs (preferably UCINET), text analysis (preferably MaxQData, Atlas), word processing and other relevant office applications
• minimum of three years of relevant working experience in international organizations preferred
• good English language skills, both oral and written
• familiarity with forests and climate change/REDD+ is helpful.

Personal Attributes and Competencies

• competent in personal organization and priority setting, with the ability to work effectively under time pressure and to manage multiple priorities.
• demonstrate initiative, be capable of working independently and as an effective team player
• good interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to interact effectively with people in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment
• experience working with a wide and diverse network of groups and individuals
• frequent travel to the research site is required.

Terms and Conditions

• This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position. CIFOR offers competitive remuneration in Indonesian rupiah (IDR), commensurate with skills and experience.
• The appointment will be for a period of two years, inclusive of a six-month probation period, with the possibility of extension contingent upon performance, continued relevance of the position and available resources.
• The duty station will be at CIFOR Headquarters in Bogor, Indonesia.

Application process

The application deadline is 31 Jan-2018
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.