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State Associates – 21 positions

Reference number: 2160
Job status: Inactive
Job category: Local Position
Duty station: New Delhi, India
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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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State Associates – 21 positions


CIFOR-ICRAF is currently seeking to fill several positions in The Asia Continental Program (ACP) for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for Trees Outside Forest in India (TOFI) program. The TOFI Program will run for five years – November 1, 2021 to October 31, 2026) in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Haryana, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. Initial appointment will be for a period of one year with a probation period of 3 months for Local Positions. Contracts will be renewed every year during the 5 years’ duration of TOFI, based on performance, timely delivery, and continued relevance for the position. All these positions will be under CIFOR-ICRAF umbrella, and while contributing to TOFI’s implementation; hired staff will also be actively engaged in overall CIFOR-ICRAF program in India. The positions may continue beyond TOFI subjected to availability of placement and funding.

  • Job Category: Locally Recruited Position,
  • Remuneration package: INR 525,704 – 882,132 p.a.
    - Cash Benefits: Base salary, House rent allowance, fixed dearness allowance, leave travel allowance, children education allowance, etc
    - Non-cash Benefits: The staff, spouse and two dependent children are entitled for in-patient medical health insurance policy; and for outpatient medical care (equivalent to one month salary plus fixed dearness allowance) for a calendar year
  • Duty station: Any of the 7 TOFI target States (Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Haryana, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh).

Applicants should clearly mention for which state they are applying

Duties and responsibilities

The successful applicant will be based at state/district office of TOFI, and will report to State Coordinator, TOFI project, CIFOR-ICRAF. S/he will assist the State Coordinator to rollout TOFI’s Program Delivery Model (PDM). This will include supporting district-level stakeholders to pursue prioritized TOF expansion opportunities; supporting the formulation of annual work plans and overseeing their implementation; liaising and networking with a plurality of district-level stakeholders; delivering and coordinating training and other capacity development activities; and supporting the delivery of key project activities and outputs as they pertain to the state level. The TOFI State Associate will closely work with the State Coordinator, other TOFI State Associates covering other districts, engaged implementing partners. S/he will further ensure compliance with the ethical standards and procedure and policies enshrined in USAID and TOFI rules and regulations.  

Summary of responsibilities

  • Working closely with the State Coordinator, support the roll out of TOFI’s Program Delivery Model (PDM), with a specific focus on assigned district
  • Support the identification of TOF expansion opportunities and the pursuit of those that have been prioritized at the district level
  • Liaise with district-level government institutions, project partners, Civil Society Organization, in project implementation and coordination
  • Support the establishment, operation, and sustainability of TOF Hubs at district level
  • Lead the execution of planned field activities, farmers selection, input distribution, data collection, cleaning, monitoring and submission.
  • Lead organizing district-level stakeholder workshops, trainings and other capacity development activities, network development, knowledge sharing for mutual learning and all TOFI initiatives.
  • Support the sound setting up, upgrading & management of primary and tertiary nurseries and agroforestry demonstration activities carried out at district level.
  • Preparation and maintenance of records and reports for district level TOFI activities.
  • Support the roll out of the project’s Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Plan; Gender Analysis Plan; and Environmental Monitoring and Mitigation Plan, with spearheading the capturing of Activity Location Data.
  • Any other work related with the project implementation assigned by the State Coordinator.
  • Attend to any other work assigned by CIFOR-ICRAF.

Education, knowledge and experience

  • Education, knowledge and experience:
  • Bachelor degree in Agriculture, Agroforestry, Environmental Sciences, Forestry, Social Sciences, Natural Resource Management.
  • At least 3 years of field experience in implementing donor-funded projects and or/development programs, with a demonstrated experience leading a team to achieve development results.
  • Fluency and residency in the language (reading, writing, and spoken) in preferred state is essential.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.
  • Knowledge of and previous working experience working in the state is essential.
  • Proven experience with state officials, ICAR institutes, is highly desirable, to support strategy development, implementation plans and decision making.
  • Good skills in use of standard software packages (MS Office).

Personal attributes and competencies

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and relational skills.
  • Strong skills in conceptualization, communication, and reporting.

Terms and conditions

  • This is a Locally Recruited Staff (LRS) position.
  • Duration of the contract: One year renewable contingent upon availability of funds, continued relevance of position and performance of the incumbent.
  • CIFOR-ICRAF offers competitive remuneration in local currency commensurate with skills and experience.
  • CIFOR-ICRAF reserves the right to modify the number of positions, locations, timeline or cancel the hiring as necessary.
  • Based on the performance/ competencies and needs, hired staff may be relocated to other project locations upon mutual consent.
  • Interested candidates are requested to submit their application online with cover letter, with at least three reference through CIFOR-ICRAF career page
  • Application without cover letter and references will not be considered.
  • Candidates should mention the position and location (if applicable) they are applying in the cover letter.

    To apply, please visit our career site at:,,

    To learn more about CIFOR-ICRAF, please visit our websites at:,,

    CIFOR-ICRAF promotes Gender Diversity – Applications from women professionals are encouraged.

    CIFOR-ICRAF is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equality, teamwork, and respect for diversity.

Application process

The application deadline is 23 Dec-2021
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.

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