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Agroforestry and Livelihood System Research Officer

Reference number: 2336
Job status: In-progress
Job category: Local Position
Duty station: Bogor, Indonesia
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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

Agroforestry and Livelihood System Research Officer


The position holder will lead and be involved in various participatory action research on improving sustainable agricultural, agroforesty and forestry practices and livelihood resilience.

The position holder will address diverse ecosystems in Indonesia, including peat, mangrove and dryland areas. He/she will mainly focus on regenerative agiculture, multifunctional farm management across agro-silvo-pastoral-fishery system and use them as entry points to community development, engagement and partnership with local stakeholders including government agencies and private sectors. The position holder will be responsible for developing and implementing capacity strengthening programs for farmers through training, demonstration trials and field schools that is gender-sensitive, responsive and transformative. She/he will be responsible in leading some components under projects such as Sustainable Landscapes for Climate-Resilient Livelihoods in Indonesia (Land4Lives) project funded by the Global Affair Canada (GAC) and Improving the Management of Peatlands and the Capacities of Stakeholders in Indonesia (Peat-Impact)funded by BMU-IKI, but not limited to them. The Scientist will lead and/or contribute to the resource mobilization as opportunities arise.

Duties and responsibilities


  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams (including government, university, NGO, conservation and private sector partners) in designing, conducting studies, and analyzing high quality agroforestry systems management to promote sustainable livelihoods in rural landscapes.
  • Lead and facilitate engagement at the community level, particularly with farmers groups (including women farmer group) in promoting sustainable agroforestry systems to support the enhancement of local livelihoods.
  • Lead and facilitate partnership development between local stakeholders including village government and farmer groups with government agencies and private sectors to support the enhancement of local livelihoods.
  • Coordinate with the extension team (lead by the AgroForestry Extension Specialist) in developing training material related to agroforestry systems management.
  • Coordinate with the enterprise and market team (lead by the Senior Green Value Chains and Markets Researcher) in developing market-oriented agroforestry enterprise to enhance local livelihoods.

Management and Coordination-Communication

  • Coordinate with Province Coordinator at all CIFOR-ICRAF sites in implementing project and program activities.
  • Prepare schedule for field activities, survey and training programs, including identification of local stakeholders, who are potentially interested in the project
  • Facilitate and maintain positive working relations with the community (farmer groups), government and other relevant stakeholders to ensure cooperation and success of project implementation

Knowledge management and communication

  • Write technical report in the form of Power Point presentation or other written documents
  • Coordinate and contribute to communication of the research results in various international, national and sub-national events, i.e. targeted at policy makers (including seminars, workshops, websites and policy briefs) of relevant projects and programs.
  • Lead and contribute to the communication of the research results to broader audiences in the form of book chapter, international journal article or other type of publications such as video and leaflet.

Capacity building

  • Lead the team in capacity strengthening programs of NARS and local stakeholders in developing policy options for sustainable livelihoods with effective agroforestry systems management.
  • Supervise field staff/casual staff conducting primary/secondary data collection related research activities.

Education, knowledge and experience

  • A minimum degree of an MSc in agriculture, agroforestry, forestry, rural development and / or other related fields
  • Have a good representation and reputation to local stakeholders
  • Good analytical skills to support research works
  • Able to provide succinct field reports and produce communication products targeting local community
  • Minimum 5 years of a successful work experience record in the subject area related to the agriculture, forestry, rural development and / or other related fields

Personal attributes and competencies

  • Computer literate (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, or any office application).
  • Basic administrative and documentation skills.
  • Strong character, a multitasking person who can work under pressure.
  • Well organized; able to meet deadlines, a good understanding of time management.
  • Proactive and self-motivated, able to work independently as well as in a team.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills across diverse partners’ background and ability to work well in multi-cultural teams.
  • Good knowledge of communication (Indonesian and English).
  • Willing to learn new skills/knowledge related to the scope/content of the specific projects.
  • Generates creative, practical approaches to overcome challenging situations and deliver tasks timely
  • Willing to receive constrictive feedback from suoervisors and other colleagues.
  • Has a vision to develop the organization and an intention of continuous improvement.
  • Ability to assess and manage risks, including in partnerships
  • Proven ability to produce informative and effective scientific and populat publications that communicate research and development results.

Terms and conditions

  • This is a local position. CIFOR-ICRAF offers competitive remuneration in local currency commensurate with skills and experience.
  • The initial appointment will be for 1 (one) year, inclusive of a three-month probationary period, with the possibility of extension contingent upon performance, continued relevance of the position and available resources.
  • The duty station will be in Bogor, Indonesia.
    To apply, please visit our career site at:
    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 06 Jun-2023
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.

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