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GLF Knowledge and Learning Coordinator

Reference number: 2294
Job status: Inactive
Job category: Local Position
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.

CIFOR-ICRAF is looking for a

GLF Knowledge and Learning 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, 33 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.

Duties and responsibilities

The primary objective of the Knowledge and Learning Coordinator is to work closely with the GLF Senior Knowledge Manager and GLF Learning Advisor to ensure the effective programmatic delivery of knowledge and learning strategy, team activities, and processes to support the achievement of GLF’s strategic priorities, values and theory of change. 

The GLF Knowledge and Learning Coordinator will lead the implementation of knowledge and learning strategies and activities and ensure the strategic development of corresponding activities are aligned with broader GLF priorities and plans.

Key responsibilities:

Lead the effective integration of GLF’s innovation workplans and activities, supporting effective collaboration between Knowledge and Learning and Digital Communications
  • Establish a positive work culture, working procedures and standards, and methods for cross-team collaboration and learning, review and align work plans
  • Ensure team deliverables, objectives, overarching strategy are being met and progress is evaluated; contribute to the development of a MELIA framework to capture impact of knowledge and learning activities.

Lead the implementation of knowledge and learning activities and processes to meet the overarching goals of the GLF 
  • Oversee and review website development, content and growth of the Landscape Academy 
  • Coordinate and manage training, learning and capacity development programmes (internal for GLF’s constituency and external partner-led), and restoration education activities and processes
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of the Digital Knowledge Commons and a user-centric Knowledge Hub with team members, informing the conceptualisation of the digital knowledge commons and its corresponding strategy.
  • Contribute to strategic action research that strengthens the envisaged knowledge and learning outcomes (i.e. blended learning, stewardship economy)
  • Periodic reporting of activities implemented, and milestones achieved

Inform and coordinate strategic development, maintaining relationships with partners and donors to foster the effective co-production of knowledge and learning across the GLF community
  • Manage partnership and collaboration, and inform sponsorship opportunities and input to funding proposals and concept notes
  • Provide knowledge and learning guidance to emerging, and ad-hoc, GLF projects and partnership activities
  • Manage the co-production of knowledge products - info-briefs, infographics, white papers, webinars etc.
  • Manage the co-production of learning products, i.e., methodologies, guidelines and toolkits, wherever relevant.

Lead the contribution and leadership of the Knowledge and Learning Team to GLF events
  • Identify event objectives, narrative, and agenda, and develop necessary documents (i.e. outcome statements, concept notes, proposals, etc.) in collaboration with the GLF Science Advisor, senior scientists, other GLF members and in consultation with GLF partners
  • Manage team members and consultants for the overall delivery of the event, including event design and activities, agenda and session and plenary coordination, and contributions of knowledge and learning activities.

Manage cross-team learning and effective knowledge management within the Knowledge and Learning Team, and across teams including Coordination, Communications, Digital and Partnerships teams.
  • Nurture an internal learning culture, to further GLF as a learning organisation able to develop and grow
  • Integrate GLF staff in the learning team, to promote internal collaboration and cross fertilisation between learning, GLFx, youth, finance and events.

Education, knowledge and experience

  • A minimum of an M.Sc. on Sustainable Development, Nature Conservation, or similar field;
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience working in science and knowledge management relating to sustainable landscapes, with a focus on research for development;
  • Affinity with landscape approaches and formal and informal learning processes
  • Management experience and creative leadership in a team-oriented workplace;
  • Prior experience, or knowledge of, international development and/or environmental policy processes;
  • Ability to produce high-quality, written content;
  • Experienced and/or comfortable with remote work;
  • Experience in planning, implementing and evaluating complex projects
  • Fluency in English is essential, other languages (esp. French, Spanish Indonesian, German) an advantage

Personal attributes and competencies

  • Natural leader with outstanding interpersonal communications skills;
  • Outstanding diplomatic and negotiation skills;
  • Able to find creative solutions;
  • Able to strategize at both macro and micro levels;
  • Proven ability to work well under pressure;
  • Self-motivated, resourceful and energetic

Terms and conditions

  • This is a Locally Recruited Staff (LRS) position. CIFOR-ICRAF offers competitive remuneration in local currency, commensurate with skills and experience.
  • The appointment will be for 1 (one) year, inclusive of a three-month probationary period, with the possibility of extension contingent upon performance, continued relevance of the position and available resources.
  • The duty station will be in Home-based with ability to work in the Europe timezone To apply, please visit our career site 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 15 Jul-2022
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.


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