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GLF Sustainable Finance Intern

Reference number: 2310
Job status: In-progress
Job category: Internship
Duty station: Remotely, in Europe time zone (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 Sustainable Finance Intern


The 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. 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 (22,000 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 has solid funding: The Government of Luxembourg, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Finance (Climate Trust Fund) have provided a grant to scale the GLF Investment Case and sustainable finance theme until early 2024.

GLF is supported by its Charter Members, 33 leading sustainable development organizations who invest in and co-create activities on the GLF platform and offer opportunities for intergenerational learning and exchange.

Duties and responsibilities

GLF is engaged in mainstreaming sustainable finance for nature-based solutions. After five successful GLF Investment Case symposiums (London in 2015 and 2016, Washington in 2018, Luxembourg in 2019 and Glasgow in 2021), GLF is increasing its efforts on sustainable finance and value chains through strategic partnerships with various partners. In the next years, GLF will continue partnering closely with leading financial organizations globally to share good practices and lessons learned on financial innovations for sustainable landscapes. The sustainable finance intern will support the organization of 6th Investment Case Symposium, as well as the other tailor-made events managed by the Sustainable Finance team and provide other support to the team as needed.

Key responsibilities include the following:
Under the supervision of the GLF Sustainable Finance Project Coordinator, the GLF Sustainable Finance Intern will perform followings tasks:

  • Support the coordination of the 6th GLF Investment Case symposium, including supporting session design, mobilizing speakers, event logistics, etc.
  • Support the coordination of trainings, seminars and workshops on finance for Nature-based Solutions, such as for the Carbon Finance Learning Track.
  • Support, together with the digital communications team, the creation of communications products related to sustainable finance.
  • Provide additional support on-demand, including in the framework of other key programmes involving GLF, such as the GEF-7 FOLUR programme on sustainable value chains.
  • Support all GLF issues related to sustainable finance and value chains, including for sessions, panels, knowledge products design, etc as part of broader GLF events.

Education, knowledge and experience

  • Currently enrolled in a bachelor or master in a related discipline (environmental finance and economics, sustainable finance, business management and development, international development, environmental studies, international relations, etc.)
  • Experience with managing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain attention to detail.
  • Affinity with sustainable finance is a plus.
  • Fluency in English; other language (esp. French, Spanish, Indonesian, German) an advantage.

Personal attributes and competencies

  • self-motivated, resourceful, energetic, flexible and adaptable
  • creative problem solver
  • independent and able to work with minimal supervision, but also be a team player
  • ability to work in multidisciplinary teams and have outstanding interpersonal communications skills

Terms and conditions

  • This is for a 6-month paid internship starting as soon as possible.
  • CIFOR’s employment conditions follow local labor laws and regulations. CIFOR will employ suitable candidates regardless of nationality, provided that they comply with the local requirements for working at the location chosen for their home base, and that these terms and conditions are not against local labor laws and regulations.
  • Period of the internship is expected to be December 2022 to May 2022
  • Work locations: Remotely, in Europe time zone (Home-based)
    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 27 Nov-2022
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.

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