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Consultant – GLFx Coordinator

Reference number: 2302
Job status: Inactive
Job category: Consultancy
Duty station: Nairobi, Kenya or Remotely
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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

Consultant – GLFx Coordinator


The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is a partnership initiative led by CIFOR through its GLF Team. The team is based in the new CIFOR office in Bonn, Germany and the CIFOR headquarters in Indonesia. The GLF Team is responsible for delivery on all GLF activities, and for expanding the GLF partnership and community.

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is the world’s largest knowledge-led platform on integrated landscapes which aims to create a movement of one billion people around productive, prosperous, equitable and resilient landscapes. Founded by CIFOR, UN Environment and the World Bank, with 23 charter members among the world’s leading development organizations, and core funding provided by the German Government, the GLF operates from a Secretariat in Bonn and focuses on five main themes: Restoration, Finance, Rights, Food and Livelihoods and Measuring Progress.

Since 2013, over 180,000 stakeholders from more than 4400 organizations and 185 countries have engaged with the GLF in person and online, with stakeholders from community and indigenous peoples organizations, finance, civil society, government, media and the youth. We have reached 500 million people online and through traditional media The GLF is founded on four principles: connecting, sharing, learning and acting and has produced global conferences in the following cities: Warsaw, Lima, London, Paris, Marrakech, Jakarta, Bonn, Washington D.C, Nairobi, Katowice, Kyoto, Bonn, New York, Accra, Luxembourg and Santiago.

From building the investment case for sustainable landscapes, to developing a gold standard for Indigenous peoples rights, to supporting the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the 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.

GLFx is an inclusive grassroots movement that bridges local voices to global agendas and brings the spirit of GLF to local communities. The GLFx initiative will foster regular gatherings of like-minded stakeholders towards the acceleration of restoration activities within their degraded ecosystems. These multi-stakeholder dialogues will gather key actors, including private sector, NGOs, and government, for solution-oriented discussions to catalyze restoration action. The GLFx mechanism will collect and share ideas and insights emerging from local projects to regional and global levels while disseminating upcoming, innovative restoration technology rapidly to a local level. GLFx will build on existing restoration initiatives, unite youth, indigenous, rural, and women’s groups, and be underpinned by technical support provided by CIFOR and ICRAF.

Duties and responsibilities

The GLFx Coordinator will develop and implement strategies, principles and priorities for community mobilization in the GLF and ensure the corresponding activities are aligned with the broader GLF priorities and plans. This includes GLFx’s contribution to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The GLFx Coordinator will support this implementation through GLF community building tools.

Key responsibilities include the following:

Develop, update and implement strategies for community mobilization in the GLF, including community-led chapters and GLFx platform engagement
  • In close collaboration with the GLF Program Manager, Community & Action, review, assess, and edit when needed, the current chapter applications, onboarding & journey.
  • Under the guidance of the GLF Program Manager, Community & Action, coordinate the GLFx team to design, implement and successfully deliver activities and deliverables
  • Ensure co-production of knowledge with the GLFx network to feed into the broader Knowledge of Commons Strategy, and support processes for knowledge sharing, ensuring GLFx activities are demand-driven and informed by consultations
  • Work closely with the learning and GLF Youth teams on capacity development opportunities, ensuring GLF address the needs of the GLFx network and supporting the growth of the same.
  • Work in close collaboration with the Knowledge Management and M&E Officer, to ensure monitoring of GLFx processes and measuring of successes.
  • Monthly reporting on community KPIs and taking action on underperforming KPIs

Coordinate global GLFx chapters and Communities of Practice (CoP), ensuring quantitative and qualitative growth
  • Engage directly with selected communities, networks and stakeholders; this can include, but is not limited to, leading GLFx chapter meetings and engage with chapters and CoPs in the platform.
  • Regularly engage with GLFx Chapter coordinators, providing support and guidance to chapter activities and projects when needed
  • With the support of the GLFx Communications coordinator, execute innovative approaches and activities for growing an action-oriented community of practice (for example, webinars, competitions, quizzes, videos, etc.)
  • With the support of the GLFx Communications coordinator, collaborate with the GLF Digital & Communication team to ensure visibility of chapters throughout all the different GLF communication elements (e.g. website, newsletter, Landscape News, etc.)
  • Lead chapter recruitment, onboarding, and engagement over time, ensuring the quality of the selected chapters and regular needs-assessments
  • Coordinate with the GLF Knowledge Team to ensure quality and maintain standard of GLFx events and related knowledge products.
  • Ensure the GLFx platform serves the need of the GLFx community

Partnerships, Fundraising and Growth
  • Develop, lead and maintain relationships with both new and existing, strategic partners and donors to ensure the GLFx program is recognized, amplified and supported by partners.
  • Ensure the continued growth of the GLFx network regionally, strengthening relationships with regional partners and members.
  • Identify, connect and  coordinate with the CIFOR-ICRAF network and the GLF Charter Members, to ensure chapter activities and projects receive technical support, are underpinned by robust evidence and knowledge, and apply rights-based and gender-sensitive approaches
  • Work in close collaboration with the GLF Sustainable Finance team to assist with chapter funding schemes and related donor’s deliverables
  • Explore partnership opportunities while maximizing synergies across the GLFx mechanism and the broader GLF agenda.
  • Secure resources (in-kind and financial) for activities by mainstreaming youth in resource mobilization efforts, including within funding proposals, budgets, and emerging partnerships. 
  • With the support of the GLF Program Manager, Community & Action, prepare and manage an annual budget, ensuring expenses are meaningful and objective-based. 

Education, knowledge and experience

  • University degree in disciplines that are relevant to one or more of the GLF themes and sustainable development goals;
  • At least 2 years’ experience in international development, community engagement, partner relations or growing online or in-person communities of practice, experience in developing countries is an asset;
  • Experience in planning, implementing and evaluating complex projects;
  • Ability to produce high quality written content;
  • Prior experience with community mobilization relating to sustainable landscapes;
  • Previous experience in managing a team and a budget is an asset;
  • Experience in designing and running development or advocacy campaigns is an asset;
  • Fluency in English is essential, other languages (French, Spanish) an advantage.

Personal attributes and competencies

  • Self-motivated, resourceful and energetic;
  • Enjoy networking and meeting new people from different cultures
  • Able to find creative solutions, is flexible and adaptable;
  • Able to strategize at both macro and micro levels;
  • A team player, able to work in multidisciplinary teams and have outstanding interpersonal communications skills;
  • Outstanding diplomatic and negotiation skills;
  • Proven ability to work well under pressure.

Terms and conditions

  • This is a consultancy position
  • Period of the consultancy is expected to be September 2022 – July 2023
  • Work locations: Nairobi, Kenya or remote

Application process

The application deadline is 18 Sep-2022
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.

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