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GLF Youth Assistant Coordinator

Reference number: 2120
Job Status: In-progress
Job Category: Consultancy
Duty Station: Bonn, Stadt
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The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) envision a more equitable world where forestry and landscapes enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR-ICRAF are non-profit, scientific institutions that conduct 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. Our work focuses on innovative research, developing partners’ capacity, and actively engaging in dialogue with all stakeholders to inform policies and practices that affect forests and people. Our work spans the globe, with expertise in the ‘global South’. Founded in 1993 and 1978 respectively, CIFOR-ICRAF began merging on January 1, 2019. They are members of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food secure future dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources.

CIFOR-ICRAF is looking for a

GLF Youth Assistant Coordinator


The Global Landscape Forum (GLF) was first launched in 2013 by CIFOR with core partners, including UNEP, the World Bank and the Government of Germany. Meaningful engagement of youth and other typically marginalized stakeholders was a cornerstone of the GLF’s operation from the beginning. Today, the GLF is the world’s largest knowledge-led platform on sustainable land use, dedicated to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.Building on a decade of successful conferencing during which it achieved the mainstreaming of the landscape approach, the GLF has evolved into five innovation areas. Each is set up to contribute to strengthening and enabling decentralized local action toward ecosystem restoration:1) Creating a Digital Knowledge Commons (having reached a billion people in 185 countries) 2) Pioneering Youth Leadership (60,000 youth, 160 countries) 3) GLF Learning Program (Landscape Academy, 18,000 learners) 4) GLF Investment Case, sustainable finance and value chains 5) GLFx and GLF Communities of Practice.GLFx is our program to decentralize the GLF to create community-led chapters and Communities of Practice. These are designed to carry out restoration and other activities (including advocacy) on the ground, while creating a learning hub at the national and subnational level.The GLF has solid funding from three major sources. First, the Government of Luxembourg, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Finance (Climate Trust Fund) has provided a grant to scale the GLF Investment Case and sustainable finance theme over the next three years. Second, the World Bank has provided a seven-year grant to serve as the platform for the multibillion-dollar GEF 7 FOLUR program. This program seeks to implement the landscape approach and build sustainable supply chains in 28 countries for the commodities accountable for the most deforestation and climate impact. Third, BMU approved a four-year grant to UNEP, FAO, IUCN and GLF to implement the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The GLF is supported by its Charter Members, 30 leading sustainable development organizations that invest in and co-create activities on the GLF platform and offer opportunities for intergenerational learning and exchange.

Duties and responsibilities

The Youth Assistant Coordinator supports the Youth Coordinator in ensuring that young people, and youth networks such as Youth in Landscape Initiative (YIL), are integrated into the planning and execution of key GLF activities.

The objectives of the assignment are to help the youth team achieve its 2021–2023 strategy, with a specific focus on (but not limited to) Priority 1: to ensure growth to 300,000 young people and Priority 4: Expand YIL role in youth advocacy and policy. The Youth Assistant Coordinator will work closely with the YIL Steering Committee and project teams to support innovative and meaningful engagement, as well as beneficial growth and development.

Key responsibilities include the following:
  • Support coordination with key long-term partners such as the YIL Initiative Steering Committee (YIL SC), and its leading organizations (YPARD, IFSA, Y4N, GAEA), ensuring programs relate to YIL and amplify one another.
  • Support Youth team activities, schedules and plans to meet overarching goals of the GLF, and maintain regular communication with the GLF Youth Coordinator.
  • Support the Youth Coordinator to ensure youth engagement in GLF events and longer-term GLF activities mutually benefits the participants and the wider GLF systems, including GLF partners.
  • Support coordination with the Youth in Landscapes Network Interns and Youth Social media consultant in ensuring communication of YIL programs to the broader audience (including youth website, newsletter, social media).
  • Support coordination of existing projects (including but not limited to GLF Lives, GLFx, learning journeys, Generation Restoration Youth hub), and relationships with relevant partners.
  • Support expansion of YIL’s role in global youth advocacy and policy.
  • Support coordination with the YIL SC and between the Youth in Landscapes Network Interns and the project teams they lead.
  • Produce a Year youth report outlining the main activities of the year and collaborate with the GLF Knowledge Management Officer for donor reports.
  • Support the GLFx team in the growth of GLFx chapters and Communities of Practice, ensuring youth network mobilization and supporting the development of a Community Engagement Plan inclusive of youth.
  • Other key tasks related to youth and GLF as they arise.

Education, knowledge and experience

  • bachelor’s degree in communications, social science or related fields with at least two years of experience, preferably in disciplines relevant to one or more of the GLF themes and the SDGs (any volunteer-based experience is also relevant) or a master’s degree with at least one year of experience
  • at least one year of experience working (or volunteering) in science and knowledge management with youth networks and communities, related to sustainable landscapes
  • ability to produce high quality written content
  • good understanding of international development and/or environment policy processes
  • good understanding of global youth networks
  • experience in planning, implementing and evaluating complex projects
  • fluency in English essential, other languages (esp. French, Spanish, German) an advantage.

Personal Attributes and Competencies

  • ability to find creative solutions
  • ability to strategize at both macro and micro levels
  • a team player with outstanding interpersonal communications skills
  • outstanding diplomatic and negotiation skills
  • self-motivated, resourceful and energetic
  • proven ability to work well under pressure.

Terms and conditions

  • This is a full-time consultancy position.
  • Period of the consultancy is expected to be May 2021 – February 2022.
  • The duty post will be in Bonn, Germany.To apply, please visit our career site at: learn more about CIFOR-ICRAF, please visit our websites at: and www.worldagroforestry.orgCIFOR-ICRAF is an equal opportunity employer. Staff diversity contributes to excellence.

Application process

The application deadline is 26 Apr-2021
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.

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