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Consultant, GLF Ground Coordinator - Amazon

Reference number: 2121
Job status: Inactive
Job category: Consultancy
Duty station: Home-based
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The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) envision a more equitable world where trees in all landscapes, from drylands to the humid tropics, enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR and ICRAF are non-profit science institutions that build and apply evidence to today’s most pressing challenges, including energy insecurity and the climate and biodiversity crises. Over a combined total of 65 years, we have built vast knowledge on forests and trees outside of forests in agricultural landscapes (agroforestry). Using a multidisciplinary approach, we seek to improve lives and to protect and restore ecosystems. Our work focuses on innovative research, partnering for impact, and engaging with stakeholders on policies and practices to benefit people and the planet. Founded in 1993 and 1978, CIFOR and ICRAF 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.

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Consultant, GLF Ground Coordinator - Amazon


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 Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Building on a decade of successful conferencing during which we achieved the mainstreaming of the landscape approach, the GLF has evolved to five innovation areas each set up to help strengthen and enable decentralized local action toward ecosystem restoration. These include: 1) Creating a Digital Knowledge Commons (having reached a billion people in 185 countries); 2) Pioneering Youth Leadership (60,000, 160 countries); 3) GLF Learning Program (Landscape Academy (18,000 learners); 4) GLF Investment Case, sustainable finance and value chains; and 5) GLFx and GLF Communities of Practice. GLFx is our program to decentralize the Forum to create community-led GLF chapters and communities of practice. They 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 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. 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 scientists can share, learn, connect and act together. From building the investment case for sustainable landscapes, to conserving and restoring peatlands, to supporting restoration in Africa, the Global Landscapes Forum has been at the cutting edge of hosting and facilitating all manner of discussions to accelerate positive action for people, for the environment and for the achievement of the global climate agenda and the SDGs. Together we will create a global force to contribute to achieving the SDGs and the climate agenda by creating a positive vision of what we can do if we all work together. In 2021, the GLF will run GLF Amazon as one of its four major events.

Duties and responsibilities

The Ground Coordinator will support the Europe- and Asia-based GLF team in the organization of the GLF Amazon digital conference. He/she will be pivotal in managing the multi-stakeholder engagement process as we co-create the GLF Amazon conference. This includes meaningfully engaging Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs). The incumbent will further provide on-the-ground project management and coordination support for the successful delivery of the conference, planned for September 2021.

The main objective of this assignment is to connect and represent the GLF in the region as it pertains to the GLF Amazon event. With GLF Amazon, planned for September 2021, we will be looking for local innovations ready for replication and scaling. We aim to provide a platform to the most promising innovators and change-makers from all sectors. With the global GLF Secretariat in Bonn, the Ground Coordinator will be crucial in making connections with key actors and partners (including donors and sponsors) from the Amazon region.

The Ground Coordinator will also play an important role with event logistics and coordination, particularly those relating to local partners.

The incumbent will report to the GLF Assistant Global Coordinator and the GLF Engagement and Growth Coordinator, who is also co-leading the GLF Amazon team.

Key responsibilities include the following:
A) Events logistics and coordination:
  • Coordinate event logistics.
  • Identify and provide review of potential partners and speakers.
  • Liaise with selected partners on technical details as required.
  • Provide support to organizing the conference.
  • Coordinate development management of relevant budget items related to the events.

B) Multi-stakeholder engagement process with particular focus on IPLCs:
  • Support development of stakeholder engagement and co-creation strategy for GLF Amazon and facilitate the multi-stakeholder process.
  • Identify new partners, and support setting up new partnerships in the Amazon region, reaching out to individuals and organizations.
  • Support knowledge management processes as required.

Education, knowledge and experience

  • bachelor’s degree in communications, social science or fields relevant to one or more of the GLF themes and Sustainable Development Goals (master’s degree an advantage)
  • at least one year of experience in implementing and evaluating complex projects, including (digital) conference management
  • excellent understanding of the socioeconomic dynamics at play in the Amazon region, policy and governance processes within the region and the impact of international development and economic drivers within the region
  • experience in facilitating multi-stakeholder processes, including working with IPLCs in the Amazon region (highly desired)
  • knowledge of audio visual and multi-media (an advantage)
  • ability to produce high quality written content in Portuguese and Spanish
  • fluency in Spanish, Portuguese and English (other languages an advantage).

Personal attributes and competencies

  • self-motivated, resourceful and energetic
  • good networks and connections with key organizations and individuals in the greater Amazon region
  • able to find creative solutions
  • able to strategize at both macro and micro levels
  • a team player with outstanding interpersonal communications skills
  • outstanding diplomatic and negotiation skills
  • proven ability to work well under pressure and to deliver to deadline

Terms and conditions

  • This is a part-time consultancy position.
  • Period of the consultancy is expected to be June – November 2021.
  • Work locations: home-based, preferably in the Amazonas region. To apply, please visit our career site at: To learn more about CIFOR-ICRAF, please visit our websites at: and CIFOR-ICRAF is an equal opportunity employer. Staff diversity contributes to excellence.

Application process

The application deadline is 22 May-2021
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.


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