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Program Assistants

Reference number: 2329
Job status: Inactive
Job category: Local Position
Duty station: Any of the TOFI target States (Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Haryana, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh), India
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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

Program Assistants


CIFOR-ICRAF is currently seeking to fill several positions in The Asia Continental Program (ACP) for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for Trees Outside Forest in India (TOFI) program. The TOFI Program is for five years – November 1, 2021, to October 31, 2026) in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Haryana, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh. Initial appointment will be for a period of one year with a probation period of 6 months for Local Positions. Contracts will be renewed every year during the 5 years’ duration of TOFI, based on performance, timely delivery, and continued relevance for the position. All these positions will be under CIFOR-ICRAF umbrella, and while contributing to TOFI’s implementation; hired staff will also be actively engaged in overall CIFOR-ICRAF program in India. The positions may continue beyond TOFI subjected to availability of placement and funding.

• Job Category: Locally Recruited Position

• Duty station: Any of the TOFI target States (Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Haryana, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh). Based on the performance/ competencies and needs, hired staff may be relocated to other project locations in India.

Applicants should clearly mention for which state they are applying

The successful applicant will be based at state/district office of TOFI, and will report to State Coordinator, TOFI project, CIFOR-ICRAF. S/he will be responsible to provide administrative, logistical, and accounting support to the state office and custodian of the financial and administrative documents. S/he will also be responsible for ensuring timely acquisition, supply/delivery storage and disposal of goods and services, and logistics operations at optimum cost-effective levels in the state office.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Scrutiny of invoices/bills and preparation vouchers for payment to vendors and entry in the system.
  • Assist Finance & Compliance Officer for keeping proper accounting of advances to staff vendors as per CIFOR-ICRAF policies.
  • Maintenance of Petty cash book, its disbursement, preparation of bank and petty cash reconciliations.
  • Assist Finance & Compliance Officer in internal and external audit, preparation of audit schedules, handling of the audit queries, getting the external audit of accounts and co-ordination of the program external audit.
  • Monitoring allocated state budgets and ensuring no variances, and any variances are immediately communicated and corrected.
  • Preparation and filing of correspondence and other documentation; maintaining filing systems; acquiring office supplies and arranging office equipment maintenance.
  • Support procurement actions of office/ project and ensure an adequate supply of required materials and services: Liaise with clients on purchases, Identity and recommend potential new suppliers to be included into the supplier’s database, Source for quotations from Local and International suppliers for specialized items, Coordinate the tendering process, communicating to users on suppliers and providing advice, Processing Local Purchase Orders, Address all procurement queries.
  • Ensure that procurement practices are in compliance with the project’s Policy and Procedures Manual.
  • Carry out disposal of assets: documentation; and convene disposal committees.
  • Ensure asset inventory control and management, facilities management, and coordinate transportation. Arrange transportation for the staff/visitors as requested.
  • Assist State Coordinator in making training and meetings arrangements.
  • Maintain incoming and outgoing courier service register and ensure timely delivery of the incoming and outgoing courier/mails. Receive and process shipping documents with clearing agents.
  • Maintain communication systems (telephone, data cards, internet connectivity) in running condition
  • Verify goods and services are as per order.
  • Liaise with clients on purchases.
  • Conduct market intelligence to determine cost effectiveness of materials sources.
  • Attend to any other work assigned by CIFOR-ICRAF.

Education, knowledge and experience

  • Bachelor’s in commerce or business administration is preferable/Graduation in any discipline.
  • Accounting qualification is desirable
  • Member of Institute for Supply Management, India or any other recognized professional body would be an added advantage
  • Up to three (3) years relevant experience
  • Fluency and residency in the language (reading, writing, and spoken) in preferred state is essential.
  • Experience in an accounting financial system and record keeping in USAID or other donor funded programs preferred
  • Experience in an NGO or international organization environment will be an added advantage
  • Sound knowledge of shipping processes, documents, and metrics

Personal attributes and competencies

  • Must be able to work as a team member in accomplishment of duties
  • Possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills and good judgment
  • Demonstrate high level of integrity
  • Strong attention to detail and maintaining a timely and efficient workflow
  • A strong customer service orientation

Terms and conditions

  • This is a Locally Recruited Staff (LRS) position.
  • Duration of the contract: One-year renewable contingent upon availability of funds, continued relevance of position and performance of the incumbent.
  • CIFOR-ICRAF offers competitive remuneration in local currency commensurate with skills and experience.
  • CIFOR-ICRAF reserves the right to modify the number of positions, locations, timeline or cancel the hiring as necessary.
    To apply, please visit career site at: Program Assistants TOFI
    To learn more about CIFOR-ICRAF, please visit our websites at:,,
    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 Mar-2023
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.


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