Job status: In-progress
Job category: Global Position
Duty station: Nairobi, Kenya
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.
Theme Leader – Sustainable Value Chains and Investments
OverviewThe purpose of this job is to lead research on sustainable value chains and investments at CIFOR-ICRAF including nurturing strategic partnerships and policy engagement; develop and lead a fundraising strategy and manage the resulting project portfolio to ensure sustainable staffing and development of the research area and its policy and development impact; oversee the design and consistent use of analytical and methodological approaches; and, ensure organized collection and archiving of evidence, and production of high quality scientific outputs commensurate with the size of the theme (number of staff and funding).
Duties and responsibilities
and developing world leading research on sustainable value chains and
investments together with other themes and geographic units at CIFOR-ICRAF and
external partners in the public and private sector and obtaining resources for
CIFOR-ICRAF and partners to use in the implementation
medium and annual goals and targets for the theme monitoring their achievement
with appropriate KPIs.
developing, and sustaining partnerships with key research, donors, policy, and
the development of project proposals and relationships with donors together
with principal investigators (PIs) across the theme and other CIFOR-ICRAF units
and partners as appropriate
in liaison with Principal Investigators, the sequencing, content and
implementation of projects within the portfolio including participation in
projects to ensure sustainable funding of staff, development of the research area
and documentation of its contribution to policy engagement; use of inclusive
business models, sustainability of supply chains and responsible financing in
the private sector; and development impact.
career and capacity development opportunities and working arrangements for
staff contributing to the theme inclusive of mentoring of scientists and PhD
scientific guidance to ensure that the concepts and methods of the research
carried out are appropriate and meet the highest scientific standards,
reflecting up to date scientific methods and concepts.
and supporting progress along impact pathways to ensure the relevance of
research to target policy arenas, private sector actors and practitioner communities.
in publication of high impact scientific articles in ISI journals, including
participating in writing of articles and facilitating publication of
high-quality articles by scientists associated with the theme.
the probity and accessibility of evidence generated by scientists working on
research areas covered by the theme at CIFOR-ICRAF and the scientific quality
that the number and quality of scientific outputs produced by the theme is
commensurate with the staffing and funding of the theme.
that scientific evidence is conveyed to next users, including policy-makers and
private sector actors through appropriate engagement and products in
appropriate formats (engagement in policy fora and with the private sector,
policy briefs, manuals, leaflets, training courses, etc).
liaison with CIFOR-ICRAF’s communication, outreach and engagement unit,
ensuring that advances in the research area of the theme are widely promoted
through conferences and other events, popular articles, blogs and social media.
in a relevant field with 15 years research experience.
track record of high impact research both in terms of scientific articles and
their policy and practical impact.
track record of policy engagement and productive relationships with the private
skills and attention to detail
initiative and capable of working independently as well as an effective team
interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to effectively
interact with people in a trans-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment.
Education, knowledge and experience
- • PhD in a relevant field with 15 years research experience. • Proven track record of high impact research both in terms of scientific articles and their policy and practical impact. • Proven track record of policy engagement and productive relationships with the private sector.
Terms and conditions
- This is a Globally Recruited position. CIFOR-ICRAF offers competitive remuneration in international currency commensurate with skills and experience.
Application processThe application deadline is 19 Mar-2023
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.
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