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GLFx Communications Project Consultant

Reference number: 2126
Job status: Inactive
Job category: Consultancy
Duty station: Nairobi, Kenya or Bonn, Germany
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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.

CIFOR-ICRAF is looking for a

GLFx Communications Project Consultant


The 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 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 and Paris Climate Agreement. 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 contribute to strengthening and enabling decentralized local action towards 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, that 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 aim is to enable and accelerate action towards more sustainable landscapes. Members can join independently organized chapters that meet locally to take action. They can also join online communities of practice (CoPs) to share knowledge and learnings. The Transformative Partnership Platform (TPP) on Agroecology is building out a web presence, a collaborative space for its members, and a public-facing CoP to interact with the global agroecology community on the GLFx platform

Duties and responsibilities

The Communications Project Consultant will play a key role in guiding projects such as the Agroecology TPP to establish clear messaging about its vision, mission and progress to its stakeholders and on the GLFx platform specifically.

Through working within the GLFx team and the GLF Knowledge team and the Communications teams, the Communications Project Consultant will be in charge of executing the overarching CIFOR and TPP communications strategy through the GLFx platform.

Key responsibilities include the following:
TPP communications strategy development
  • Work with the TPP team on the communications and engagement strategy
  • Execute tactical campaigns across TPP channels
  • Support in relevant activities, including but not limited to Digital Summits, session or workshop development and other outreach activities.

Key Messaging
  • Liaise between the TPP team and GLF/CIFOR communications teams
  • Communicate research/academic learnings to a broad audience
  • Communicate complex agroecology topics to a variety of stakeholders, from donors to civil society

Web presence and community building
  • Take charge of the web presence of the TPP with the GLFx team and/or CIFOR teams
  • Oversee online community building and management on the GLFx platform
  • Develop, maintain and implement a CoP engagement and knowledge sharing strategy informed by periodic needs assessments
  • Support value feedback loops between the Agroecology TPP and other communities on the platform.

Education, knowledge and experience

  • University degree in a related discipline (science communications, marketing, community management, international relations, environmental science etc.);
  • At least 3 years’ experience in communications, marketing, stakeholder engagement, or in international development
  • Experience in developing countries is an asset
  • Knowledge of agroecology is an asset
  • Knowledge of landscape approaches, and experience in their on-the-ground implementation is an asset
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in the strategic and innovative use of digital media for nonprofit or international organizations, preferably at a global level and including for global event;
  • Experience in designing and running advocacy campaigns preferred;
  • Experience in planning, implementing and evaluating complex projects;
  • Fluency in English is essential, other languages (French, Spanish) an advantage.

Personal attributes and competencies

  • Self-motivated, 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;
  • Outstanding diplomatic and negotiation skills;
  • Proven ability to work well under pressure.
  • Flexible and adaptable

Terms and conditions

  • This is a full-time consultancy position.
  • Period of the consultancy is expected to be June – December 2021.
  • Work locations: Nairobi, Kenya or Bonn, Germany. Alternatively, working remotely in CET time zone or similar (Europe, Africa). 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 15 Jun-2021
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.


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