Job status: In-progress
Job category: Internship
Duty station: Home-based, preferably in CET time zone or similar, but all time zones are welcome
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.
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’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 (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, 31 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; international organizations can learn from the private sector and vice versa; and CEOs, community leaders, communicators and scientists can share, learn, connect, and act together.
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 Youth4Nature. 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, promotion, and ensuring that programs 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;
- Support with the development of
learning and capacity-building programs for youth;
- Assist in the coordination of
YIL project teams across the three main regions of work for GLF (Latin America
& the Caribbean, Africa, Asia-Pacific);
- Maintain all Youth in
Landscapes pages on the GLF website;
- Support the Youth
Communications Consultant to maintain and facilitate engagement and network
building on social media (YIL FB groups and page, YIL Twitter), as well as
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 across the three main regions of work for GLF
(Latin America & the Caribbean, Africa, Asia-Pacific);
- 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 Environmental Sciences, Sustainable Development, Environmental Communications, Environmental Education, Political Science or similar field. Alternatively, graduated from a BSc programme with 2 years’ experience (voluntary or otherwise) in the field of youth engagement and mobilization;
- Great command of the English language is necessary - other languages (especially Spanish, French, Portuguese) are an asset;
- Strong organizational and communication skills;
- Experience with creating original material and content for social media and running social media campaigns is an asset;
- Experience with online engagement, youth organizations, capacity development or event management an asset;
- Experience with WordPress, Canva and Trello is an asset;
- Experienced in and/or comfortable with remote work.
Personal attributes and competencies
- Creative and passionate about contributing to a just and inclusive world;
- Proactive, resourceful and energetic;
- Able to find creative solutions;
- Values attention to detail, feedback and teamwork.
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 March 2023 – December 2023 (9 months);
- Work location: home-based, preferably in CET time zone or similar, but all time zones are welcome;
- We encourage youth, young women and youth from rural, Indigenous and local communities to apply for this position. To apply, please visit our career sites at: http://www.cifor.org/careers and https://www.worldagroforestry.org/working-for-icraf To learn more about CIFOR-ICRAF, please visit our websites at: https://www.cifor.org and www.worldagroforestry.org 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 processThe application deadline is 23 Jan-2023
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.
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