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.
PhD field scholarship: evaluating a REDD+ project in Indonesia
CIFOR is seeking a PhD scholar to engage in an international network of researchers focused on evaluating the impacts of nine subnational REDD+ initiatives in Brazil, Peru and Indonesia. REDD+ stands for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation, plus conservation, sustainable management, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. CIFOR will provide a scholarship to cover field costs related to socioeconomic and environmental data collection at the Ketapang Community Carbon Pools site in West Kalimantan, Indonesia where CIFOR has previously gathered data. Returning to this site, including to a non-intervention control site, and using standardized research tools (household and village questionnaires) will help us construct time series data and consolidate our assessment of local REDD+ impacts. The candidate could collect additional data related his/her specific PhD research interests after previous agreement with the CIFOR team. CIFOR will also provide training and supervision related to the application of its research tools. CIFOR will grant the candidate access to previously gathered data from the target site, for their use in the PhD work. Drawing on similar CIFOR PhD network experiences (see e.g. the Poverty and Environment Network), we furthermore envisage the composition of a dynamic research nucleus, with ample possibilities for cross-site learning and co-publication.
Duties and responsibilities
Education, knowledge and experience
• A motivated researcher enrolled in a PhD program in tropical forestry, environmental science, geography, economics, sociology, anthropology or a related field.
• Experience and willingness to conduct fieldwork in low-income countries.
• Background and skills in the management and analysis of quantitative data.
• Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, with the ability to manage a field team and interact with research partners.
• Strong English language skills, along with Spanish, Portuguese and/or Indonesian (depending on the field site chosen).
• Basic knowledge of REDD+ policy and on-the-ground implementation.
Terms and Conditions
• CIFOR will cover costs of travel to the research site and of collecting GCS REDD+ field data (including interviews with initiative implementers, village and women’s focus groups in 8 villages, and surveys with ~240 households).
• The PhD scholar would be part of the GCS REDD+ network and have access to longitudinal data (2010-2018) from the research site for use in their thesis.
• Fieldwork is to be conducted over an approximately 2-month period in 2018, data tabulated and cleaned in 2018, and analysis conducted in 2019.
• Publication of at least one site-level journal article is encouraged by the end of 2020.
• A final workshop on writing and presentation of case studies, thematic and synthesis papers, with the possibility for inclusion of these papers in a special issue of a journal.
• We particularly encourage Indonesian researchers to apply.
In your letter of interest, please include a brief (1-2 page) summary of your PhD proposal and indicate why research at the Ketapang site would enhance your thesis. Detailed information on the initiative is provided in the casebook REDD+ on the Ground.
Please send your letter of interest and CV including contact information for three referees to:
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Application processThe application deadline is 29 Jun-2018
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.