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Consultant – GLFx Coordinator

Reference number: 2327
Job status: In-progress
Job category: Consultancy
Duty station: Home based, preferably in CEST time zone
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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) 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, 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

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. 

The GLFx Coordinator will serve as the global focal point for the GLFx initiative with a special focus on the Africa region, playing a key role in achieving GLF’s aspiration of building an active and vibrant online and offline community of like-minded individuals. Through working within the GLF Knowledge Team and in close collaboration with the GLF Communications and Digital teams, the GLFx Coordinator – supported by other regional officers - will be responsible for growing and managing the GLFx community, comprising of community-led chapters and Communities of Practice. 

The GLFx Coordinator will work closely with the following team members:

  • GLF Program Manager, Community & Action
  • GLF Knowledge Coordinator
  • GLFx team members
  • GLF Youth Coordinator 

Key responsibilities include the following:

Develop, update and implement strategies for community mobilization in the GLF, including chapter and GLFx platform

  • In close collaboration with the GLF Program Manager, Community & Action, review, assess, and edit when needed, the current processes for 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, chapters, and stakeholders, with a strong focus on the Africa region; 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 GLF Communications team, execute innovative approaches and activities for growing an action-oriented community (for example, webinars, competitions, quizzes, videos, etc.)
  • 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. Volunteer experience can be considered too;
  • Ability to plan, implement and evaluate 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 full-time consultancy position.
  • Period of the consultancy is expected to be April 2023 – March 2024, with possibility for extension.
  • Work locations: home based, preferably in CEST time zone.
    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 19 Mar-2023
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.

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