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Value Chains, Finance, & Investments Team

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) envisions a more equitable world where forestry and landscapes enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR is a non-profit, scientific institution that conducts research on the most pressing challenges of forest and landscape management around the world. Using a global, multidisciplinary approach, we aim to improve human well-being, protect the environment, and increase equity. To do so, we conduct innovative research, develop partners’ capacity, and actively engage in dialogue with all stakeholders to inform policies and practices that affect forests and people. CIFOR is a CGIAR Research Center, and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, with offices in Nairobi, Kenya, Yaoundé, Cameroon, and Lima, Peru.

CIFOR is looking for a

Research Officer


CIFOR and partners are implementing the project “Governing multifunctional landscapes in Sub-Saharan Africa: managing trade-offs between social and ecological impacts (GML)” funded by the European Union (EU) through the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO). Part of CIFOR’s work in this project focuses on advancing knowledge, and piloting and conducting an analysis of policy options (and then developing these options) for improving woodfuel value chains and their impacts on livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa. Project activities include a specific focus on cross-border trade and the piloting of sustainable production and consumption options. In addition, this position will contribute to supporting the development and testing of an impact monitoring system for the EU’s timber legality initiative, Forest Law Enforcement, Governance, and Trade (FLEGT).

The Research Officer in this position is expected to undertake research, outreach and dissemination activities, and to carry out capacity-building initiatives under the GML project. Project activities in woodfuel will be conducted in selected areas of the Congo Basin with extensions to East and Southern Africa. Countries of the Congo Basin include Cameroon, the Central African Republic (CAR), the DRC and the Republic of the Congo (and bordering countries such as Chad and Nigeria). CIFOR will also select relevant cities and their supply zones based on a scoping study and feasibility analysis regarding pilot activities. Cities could include: Bangui, Brazzaville, Douala, Kinshasa, Kisangani, Lubumbashi, Yaoundé and big cities supplied by cross-border trade flows. In terms of cross-border trade, CIFOR will select sites based on a mapping exercise of cross-border trade flows in the wider region and the feasibility for pilot activities.

In addition, the GML project will build and implement a global impact monitoring system for the EU’s FLEGT Action Plan. The Research Officer is expected to have a broad knowledge of the FLEGT Action Plan and to contribute analysis of data leading to the setting up of a FLEGT impact monitoring system.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Contribute to the coordination of field data collection.
  • Contribute to the management and analysis of field data.
  • Contribute to the writing of technical reports and scientific articles.
  • Contribute to scientific debates on FLEGT and woodfuel. 
  • Contribute to organizing project workshops.
  • Contribute to pilot project activities.
  • Manage entrusted project resources as needed as per CIFOR’ procedures and regulations.
  • Contribute to the wider mission of CIFOR.

Education, knowledge and experience

• BSc in forestry, economics or related disciplines; a Master’s degree in this area would be advantageous
• a minimum of two years of working experience in research/technical/development organizations
• basic knowledge of scientific publication requirements
• ability to work in both English and French
• capacity to develop a PhD proposal
• proven knowledge of the FLEGT Action Plan and its implementation strategy, shortcomings and successes over the past decade
• good knowledge of the global timber trade issues, notably those related to illegal logging and its international challenges
• an understanding of woodfuel sourcing and trade dynamics.

Personal Attributes and Competencies

• good level of computer literacy
• good oral and written communication skills
• ability to interact with people in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment
• knowledge of the working environment of Central Africa
• willingness and ability to travel to remote locations for field research
• experience working with a wide and diverse network of groups and individuals
• excellent facilitation and teambuilding capacity.

Terms and Conditions

• This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position.
• CIFOR offers competitive remuneration in Communauté Financière Africaine (CFA) Franc, commensurate with skills and experience.
• The appointment will be for a period of two years, inclusive of a six-month probation period, with a possibility of extension contingent upon performance, continued relevance of the position and available resources.
• The duty station will be at Yaoundé, Cameroon.

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CIFOR is an equal opportunity employer. Staff diversity contributes to excellence.

Application process

The application deadline is 30 Apr-2018
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.