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; Lima, Peru; and Bonn, Germany.
Consultant for implementing Sustainable Landscape Rating Tool in Peru
Subnational jurisdictions provide important testing grounds for innovative policies that can inform higher-level efforts for sustainability. The Governors’ Climate and Forests (GCF) Task Force is a collaborative partnership between 38 states and provinces from Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Spain and the United States. Together, they hold over one-third of the world’s tropical forests and have committed to reducing deforestation in their jurisdictions (Rio Branco Declaration of 2014), while aligning with sustainable supply chain initiatives, promoting the rights of indigenous people and pursuing finance for low-emissions rural development (Balikpapan Challenge of 2017). As part of CIFOR’s Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the GCF Task Force, and new collaboration with Earth Innovation Institute (EII), and with the Climate Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA), we are assessing the progress of GCF Task Force member jurisdictions toward low-emissions rural development (LED-R). In 2017, we compiled secondary data and interviewed key local stakeholders to create a jurisdictional profile for most of the member states or provinces. We also implemented the CCBA Sustainable Landscapes Rating Tool in multiple member jurisdictions where a rating (A, B, C) is given to various indicators of jurisdictional sustainability. After data collection, we held workshops with local stakeholders to validate (and revise) the results.
As part of the Forests, Trees and Agroforestry research program on climate change mitigation and adaptation (FTA FP5), in 2018, we will implement the CCBA Sustainable Landscapes Rating Tool (SLRT) and hold validation workshops in the remaining tropical member jurisdictions. Additionally, we will also complete the jurisdictional profile for the remaining states or provinces. All information will contribute to the recently launched GCF Impact Platform, where jurisdictions show progress toward low-emissions rural development and transparency, and connect with investors and markets.
Duties and responsibilities
Job Summary & Responsibilities
The Consultant will implement the CCBA Sustainable Landscapes Rating Tool (SLRT) in the four Peruvian departments of Amazonas, Huanuco, Madre de Dios, and Piura. The consultant will compile data for the jurisdictional profile for Huanuco and Piura, and update information for Amazonas and Madre de Dios as needed. Further, the consultant will also hold validation workshops with stakeholders in these provinces to validate all the collected information.
Under the supervision of Senior Scientist, the Consultant will:
- compile secondary data and conduct interviews with stakeholders involved in LED-R/REDD+ policies, programs and initiatives in Peru
- implement the CCBA SLRT in in Amazonas, Huanuco, Madre de Dios, and Piura
- Complete the jurisdictional profiles for Huanuco and Piura and update (as needed) the jurisdictional profiles of Amazonas and Madre de Dios
- hold SLRT validation workshops in Amazonas, Huanuco, Madre de Dios, and Piura
- contribute to analysis and writing for global comparative publications based on the survey data
- plan to travel during June – September 2018 to study sites Peru to conduct interviews with stakeholders involved in LED-R/REDD+ policies, programs and initiatives, and hold workshops.
Education, knowledge and experience
• Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, economics, forestry, environmental sciences or other related disciplines is required.
• Strong knowledge of REDD+ and forest-related interventions in Peru is required.
• Excellent spoken and written Spanish and English is required.
• Knowledge of GCS-REDD+ subnational research is advantageous.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and capacity to work in a team are required.
Personal Attributes and Competencies
• Should have good organizational skills and be able to set priorities and manage multiple tasks.
• Must be able to work independently as well as in a team environment.
Terms and Conditions
• This is a consultancy position.
• Period of the consultancy is expected to be between June to September 2018.
• CIFOR offers competitive remuneration in local currency, commensurate with skills and experience.
• The duty station will be at Lima, Peru.
• The application deadline is 21 May 2018.
• We will acknowledge all applications but will contact only short-listed candidates.
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Application processThe application deadline is 21 May-2018
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.