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Consultant - GLF Knowledge Sharing Coordinator

Reference number: 2171
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 Knowledge Sharing Coordinator


The Global Landscapes 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 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 and sustainable development. 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. GLF is supported by its Charter Members, 32 leading sustainable development organisations who invest in and co-create activities on the GLF platform and offer opportunities for intergenerational learning and exchange. 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, GLF has been at the cutting edge in hosting and facilitating all manner of discussions to accelerate positive action for people, for the environment, and for the achievement of global climate and SDGs. The GLF in 2022 – 2026 will work across 5 innovations, at the centre of which is the Digital Knowledge Commons. The Digital Knowledge Commons is defined as a community that co-produces knowledge, information, content and experience across geographies and positions on digital platforms. The Digital Knowledge Commons and GLF’s innovations aim to broker cross-sectoral and cross-scale access to knowledge and enhance learning, to operationalize the landscape approach, and accelerate progress on climate, biodiversity and sustainable development goals.

Duties and responsibilities

The Consultant Knowledge Sharing Coordinator will play an instrumental role in the development and success of the Digital Knowledge Commons, by leading on knowledge sharing and facilitating the co-production of knowledge across GLF’s activities, leveraging GLF’s global community of practice and its events, communications and outreach platforms. The envisioned Commons will be conceptualized and refined through consultations and activities run across the GLF broader community, engaged partners and innovations.

Working closely with the GLF Knowledge and the Digital Communications teams, the Knowledge Sharing Coordinator will support the institutionalization of the digital knowledge commons process across GLF innovations and activities, design and deliver a targeted approach to reach the “non-converted” and the disconnected, and support the development and implementation of a strategy to optimize knowledge and learning, enhance delivery and facilitate greater collaboration.

Key responsibilities include the following:

1. Contribute to the development and implementation of the Digital Knowledge Commons strategy, including the development of a user-centric Knowledge Hub; support the capture and co-production of knowledge and learning from GLF activities, and optimize access to knowledge and learning products, ensuring interactivity and inclusivity
a. Coordinate the development of the Digital Knowledge Commons strategy
b. Co-lead the design and analysis of knowledge and learning needs assessments with GLF M&E, and work with GLF Coordinators and partners to subsequently set knowledge and learning objectives across activities
c. Co-design, facilitate and support workshops, dialogues, digital summits, in support of achieving knowledge and learning objectives, and knowledge co-production
d. Support the management of knowledge-related webpages or segments on the GLF website, including supporting the curation of knowledge products and packages
e. Support cross?team learning within the Knowledge team, and across teams Digital, Communications, Coordination and Partnerships teams.

2. Knowledge sharing coordination for GLF events, campaigns and activities under GLF innovations (Youth, GLFx, Learning, Sustainable Finance) – physical and online
a) Use and support the development of innovative tools and approaches to:
i) ensure activities are engaging, inclusive and participatory, maximizing on knowledge sharing and co-production potential, and;
ii) increase outreach and facilitation of action (for example, webinars, infographics, competitions, quizzes, videos, etc.)
b) Lead in facilitation of partner-led activities and events, where necessary/requested
c) Identify and contract additional facilitation assistance for partners, where required

Education, knowledge and experience

  • Master's degree in communications, international relations, development studies or a related discipline or Bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years of work experience;
  • At least 5 years experience working in knowledge management, multi-stakeholder processes and facilitation, with a broad range of stakeholders;
  • Fluency in English is essential, other languages (esp. French, Spanish, Indonesian, German) an advantage;
  • Experience with complex facilitation and process management, particularly digital facilitation;
  • Experience in organizing digital and hybrid events with 500 or more participants;
  • Good understanding of international development and/or environment policy processes;
  • Experience in planning, implementing and evaluating complex projects;
  • Experience in working with the SDG or UNFCCC policy processes is an asset.

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.

Terms and conditions

  • This is a full-time consultancy position.
  • Period of the consultancy is expected to be January – November 2022.
  • Work locations: home-based, preferably in CET time zone. 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 28 Mar-2022
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.

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