GLF Youth Coordinator Consultant CLOSED

Communications, Outreach & Engagement 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; Lima, Peru; and Bonn, Germany.

CIFOR is looking for

GLF Youth Coordinator Consultant


The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is a partnership initiative led by CIFOR through its GLF Team. The team will be located mainly in a new CIFOR office in Bonn, Germany. The GLF Team is responsible for delivery on all GLF activities, and for expanding the GLF partnership and community. The GLF is organized in three work areas led by the Community of Landscapes Leader, GLF Executive Producer, and Chief of Knowledge respectively.

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is the world’s largest intersectoral platform designed to examine knowledge, share experiences and accelerate action by communities as they invest in and move towards more resilient, climate-friendly, diverse, productive, equitable and, thereby, sustainable landscapes. Founded by CIFOR, UN Environment and the World Bank, and with core funding provided by the German Government, the Global Landscapes Forum is scaling up to engage one billion people in realizing their local priorities, while at the same time contributing significantly towards the overall achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and climate agenda.
Since 2013, over 150,000 stakeholders from more than 3,900 organizations and 185 countries have engaged with the GLF in person and online, with stakeholders from community and indigenous people’s organizations, finance, civil society, government, media and the youth. The GLF Community of Landscapes is founded on four principles: connecting, sharing, learning and acting. Our vision considers people first and recognizes that people acting together drive change.
Over the next four years, with the support of core funding from the German Government and with the support of its co-founding partners, such as UN Environment and the World Bank, the GLF will expand the discussion to a larger audience than ever before, and place communities at the center of the conversation. This will challenge global influencers to react, expand and – of course – scale up the actions required to build sustainable landscapes.
The Global Landscapes Forum is a place where a farmer can inform action, pathways and policies; where international organizations can learn from the private sector and vice versa; and where CEOs, community leaders, communicators and technologists can share, learn, connect and act together.
From building the investment case for sustainable landscapes, to protecting peatlands, to supporting restoration in Africa, the Global Landscapes Forum has been at the cutting edge in hosting and facilitating all manner of discussions to accelerate positive action for people, for the environment, and for the achievement of global climate and SDGs.
Together we will create a global force to achieve the SDGs and climate agenda by creating a positive vision of what we can do if we all work together.


Objectives of the Assignment
The GLF Youth Coordinator Consultant is responsible for ensuring that young people, and youth networks, such as Youth in Landscape Initiative (YIL) are integrated into the planning and execution of key GLF activities. Each of the four GLF pillars – Outreach, Collaborative Platforms, Knowledge Hub and Learning Lab – will require the engagement of youth to maximize their impact and relevance. The Youth Coordinator will work with managers, leads and coordinators throughout GLF to ensure that this occurs.
The objectives of the assignment are to ensure that Youth are integrated, participating and engaged with the GLF, with youth engagement at events, and especially through outreach and knowledge generation. The coordinator will work closely with leaders of Youth Networks and other initiatives closely engaged with young people to ensure innovative and meaningful engagement as well as beneficial growth and development.

Duties and responsibilities

The GLF Youth Coordinator Consultant will work under the direct supervision of the GLF Global Coordinator. Key deliverables, working with GLF partners, include:
  • Coordinate and facilitate the development of a Youth Engagement Plan 2019-2021 with the GLF team and Youth in Landscapes Initiative Steering Committee (YIL SC).
  • Work closely with GLF team and in coordination with the YIL SC to map strategies and frameworks for effectively integrating youth into key outputs – including outreach and communications, collaborative platforms (events), knowledge products and learning activities.
  • Ensure youth participation at GLF is of mutual benefit to the participants and the wider GLF systems.
  • Coordinate with GLF Coordination team and YIL in the running of youth programs, sessions, and learning events at GLF events.
  • Coordinate with the GLF communications team and the YIL SC to develop and implement a strategic communication plan for joint activities.
  • At the end of assignment, the incumbent provides a consolidated report (that includes outcomes of YiL-GLF partnership, lesson learnt and opportunities for advancing the partnership) to the YiL SC and GLF team.
  • Other key tasks related to Youth and GLF as they arise.

Education, knowledge and experience

• Undergraduate degree with at least 2 years of experience or advanced degree with at least one year of experience, preferably in disciplines that are relevant to one or more of the GLF themes and sustainable development goals;
• Prior experience working in science and knowledge management in developing countries or with youth networks and communities relating to sustainable Landscapes is an advantage;
• Ability to produce high quality written content;
• Good understanding of international development and/or environment policy processes;
• Experience in planning, implementing and evaluating complex projects;
• Fluency in English is essential, other languages (esp. French, Spanish, German) an advantage.

Personal Attributes and Competencies

• Self-motivated, resourceful and energetic;
• Able to find creative solutions;
• Able to strategize at both macro and micro levels;
• A team player and have outstanding interpersonal communications skills;
• Outstanding diplomatic and negotiation skills;
• Proven ability to work well under pressure.

Terms and Conditions

• This is a full-time consultancy position.
• CIFOR’s employment conditions follow local labor laws and regulations. CIFOR will employ suitable candidates regardless of nationality, provided that he/she complies with the local requirements for working at the posting location. Being a citizen of an EU country is preferred.
• This assignment will last on December 2019.
• CIFOR offers competitive remuneration commensurate with skills and experience.
• This a home-based position but preferably in Bonn, Germany.

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

Application process

The application deadline is 31 Mar-2019
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.