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GLF Youth in Landscapes Network Intern

Reference number: 2289
Job status: In-progress
Job category: Internship
Duty station: Home-based, preferably in CET time zone or similar
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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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GLF Youth in Landscapes Network Intern


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 operations from the beginning.

Today, 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, GLF has evolved to five innovation areas, each set up to contribute to strengthening and enabling decentralized local action towards ecosystem restoration. These areas are: 1) creating a Digital Knowledge Commons (having reached a billion people in 185 countries); 2) pioneering youth leadership (60,000 people in 160 countries); 3) establishing the GLF Landscape Academy (18,000 learners); 4) holding GLF Investment Case symposiums on sustainable finance and value chains; and 5) forming GLFx and GLF Communities of Practice. GLFx is our programme to decentralize the Forum to create community-led GLF chapters, and communities of practice designed to carry out restoration and other activities (including advocacy) on the ground, while creating learning hubs at the national and subnational levels.

GLF is supported by its Charter Members; 31 leading sustainable development organizations 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 sustainable development goals.

The Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL) is a partnership for young landscape leaders currently coordinated by the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD), the International Forestry Students Association (IFSA) and the Global AgroEcology Alliance (GAEA). YIL exists to unite and empower youth (aged 18–35 years) from diverse backgrounds around the world to have a voice, learn and affect positive change in their landscapes and livelihoods. YIL accomplishes this through a focus on leadership training, capacity building, community building, mentorship and fostering intergenerational dialogue.

Duties and responsibilities

The primary objective of the Youth in Landscapes Network intern is to facilitate the growth of the network through community building and promotion, and ensuring that programmes serve the broader youth community through working with the GLF Youth team.

Key responsibilities include the following:

  • Coordinate regularly with the Youth in Landscapes Steering Committee and the GLF Youth team;
  • Assist in creating and delivering youth programmes, both at GLF events and other partner’s events, as well as long-term youth programmes, by coordinating with the broader GLF team;
  • Assist in mainstreaming youth initiatives and programmes across GLF activities;
  • Assist coordination of YIL project teams;
  • Maintain all Youth in Landscapes pages on the GLF website;
  • Support the youth social media consultant to maintain and facilitate engagement and network building on social media (YIL FB groups and page, YIL Twitter);
  • Craft communications material and regularly promote new opportunities;
  • Assist in knowledge management and regularly update activities and information of YIL partners’ organizations – IFSA, YPARD, Youth4Nature and others;
  • Lead outreach to associate partners and youth organizations, especially in the Asia-Pacific region;
  • Undertake other key tasks and administration related to young people and GLF as they arise.

Education, knowledge and experience

  • Currently enrolled in or recently graduated from an MSc programme on Sustainable Development, Nature Conservation or similar field. Alternatively, graduated from a BSc programme with 2 years’ experience (voluntary or otherwise) in the field of youth engagement and mobilization;
  • Strong organizational and communication skills;
  • Experience with creating original material and content for social media and running social media campaigns;
  • Experience with online engagement, youth organizations, capacity development or event management an asset;
  • Experience with WordPress, Canva and Trello considered an asset;
  • Experienced in and/or comfortable with remote work;
  • Must be under the age of 35.

Personal attributes and competencies

  • Creative and passionate about changing the world
  • Self-motivated, resourceful and energetic
  • Proactive and autonomous
  • Able to find creative solutions
  • Values attention to detail
  • A team player with great interpersonal communications skills
  • A proven ability to work well under pressure
  • Being based in the CET time zone an asset.

Terms and conditions

  • This is a full-time internship position
  • This is a paid position; salary is location-based
  • Period of consultancy expected to be from July 2022 – December 2022
  • Work location: home-based, preferably in CET time zone or similar.

    To apply, please visit our career sites at: and
    To learn more about CIFOR-ICRAF, please visit our websites at: and
    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 10 Jul-2022
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.

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