Senior Scientist, Value Chains, Finance and Investments OPEN

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

Senior Scientist, Value Chains, Finance and Investments


The primary responsibilities of this Senior Scientist position are to contribute to the development and implementation of the Value Chains, Finance and Investments (VFI) Team’s research agenda. CIFOR’s strategy aims to support progress in i) achieving sustainable value chains and commodity supply in forest landscapes, ii) developing business models that deliver improved social and environmental outcomes, and iii) promoting responsible finance mechanisms that contribute to advancing sustainable land and resource uses

Main specific responsibilities involve:
• identifying strategic research opportunities, providing leadership and undertaking research as well as coordinating research projects
• leading policy engagement to ensure the timely delivery of relevant and high-quality scientific outcomes to support policy dialogues from government and private sector actors, and multistakeholder processes
• contributing to capacity development through supporting research partner organizations and other knowledge-sharing and policy engagement partners
• contributing to resources development and fund-raising strategies to support the implementation of the research, policy engagement and capacity development strategy of the VFI Team.

Duties and responsibilities

1.       Science, outreach and engagement, and
capacity development (50%)

  • Undertake scientific and implementation
    activities within the VFI Theme and facilitate interactions with those from
    other Themes at CIFOR as appropriate.
  • Provide scientific guidance and ensure that
    the concepts and methods of the research carried out are appropriate and meet
    the highest scientific standards, reflecting up-to-date scientific methods and
  • Define and implement research activities in
    important and emerging areas of research, especially those embraced under the
    VFI Theme.
  • Identify and support progress along impact
    pathways to ensure the relevance of research to target policy arenas and
    practitioner communities.
  • Write and supervise publications and other
    scientific communications related to research activities.
  • Disseminate science through social and other media
    (e.g. infobriefs and blogs).
  • Contribute to policy-science dialogue of
    relevant projects, especially those included in the VFI Theme.
  • Contribute to the organization and scientific
    content of CIFOR-hosted events and other conferences including workshops,
    retreats and meetings.
  • Lead and supervise the capacity development
    initiatives of projects under implementation, especially those relevant to the VFI
    Theme and contribute to other capacity development efforts.
  • Supervise national staff, students and junior
    scientists in their learning and professional development by providing
    feedback, coaching, mentoring and resources, and by identifying learning goals
    and opportunities for professional development.
  • Coordinate the implementation of projects
    while ensuring the proper management of available financial and human resources
    for the achievement of expected project outcomes.


2.       Strategic partnership and policy engagement (25%)

  • Maintain and further develop high-level
    relationships with key CIFOR partners and stakeholders; including national
    governments; multilateral, international and regional organizations; donor
    agencies; nongovernmental organizations; and research institutions.
  • Provide support to the coordination of and
    collaboration with other CGIAR centers working with the CGIAR Research Programs
    of which CIFOR is a member.
  • Define and implement strategies for policy
    engagement to contribute to the achievement of outcomes and impacts from key
    research and findings.
  • In collaboration with the Communications,
    Outreach and Engagement Team (COE), other Team Leaders and Scientists, ensure
    that information about CIFOR and the outcomes of its research are effectively
    conveyed to partners and target audiences.
  • Contribute to communication targeted at
    policy makers (including workshops, website and policy briefs) about relevant
  • Represent CIFOR in national, regional and/or
    global science-policy dialogue, as appropriate.


3.       Proposal development and resources mobilization

  • Work with Team Leaders, the Resource
    Mobilization Team, and with scientists as appropriate, to identify and develop
    strategies to secure funding to enable research agendas.
  • In conjunction with relevant scientists and other
    Team Leaders, contribute to the development of research and other proposals in
    support of CIFOR research and policy engagement.
  • Develop strategic partnerships with the potential
    to contribute to successful fund raising in areas that contribute to achieve the
    CIFOR mandate and expected outcomes.
  • Coordinate with other CIFOR scientists regarding
    the development of proposals, targeted engagement and other activities that
    require collaborative work across CIFOR’s Themes.

Education, knowledge and experience

• PhD in an appropriate discipline (e.g. geography, economy, finance, environmental sciences or social sciences with a focus on development, value chains, markets and finance analysis)
• at least 10 years of relevant experience in collaborative research
• experience in conducting research and managing projects in the Southeast Asia region
• strong publications record, especially in peer-reviewed publications
• track record in resource mobilization/fund raising and in proposal development/writing
• fluent in spoken and written English; knowledge of another international language is an advantage
• experience in working with multiple partners and in developing countries.

Personal Attributes and Competencies

• possesses management and organizational skills, experience in project management
• has commitment, initiative and ability to work with limited supervision
• has excellent interpersonal and communication skills, experienced in working with multicultural and multidisciplinary research teams
• has excellent facilitation and team-building capacity
• values the sharing of information and continuous improvement in a cooperative atmosphere of constructive evaluation and learning
• able to treat others in the workplace with respect, dignity and compassion.

Terms and Conditions

• This is an Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) position. CIFOR offers competitive remuneration in USD, commensurate with skills and experience.
• The appointment is for 2 years, inclusive of a 9-month probationary period, with the possibility of extension contingent upon performance, continued relevance of the position and available resources.
• The duty station will be at CIFOR HQ in Bogor, Indonesia.

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To learn more about CIFOR, please visit our website at

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

Application process

The application deadline is 31 Jul-2018
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.