GLF Monitoring and Evaluation Officer 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 Monitoring and Evaluation Officer


The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is a partnership initiative led by CIFOR through its GLF Team. The team is based in the new CIFOR office in Bonn, Germany, and the CIFOR headquarters in Indonesia. The GLF Team is responsible for delivery on all GLF activities, and for expanding the GLF partnership and community.

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is the world’s largest multistakeholder platform on integrated landscapes and aims to create a movement of one billion people around productive, prosperous, equitable and resilient landscapes. Founded by CIFOR, UN Environment and the World Bank, with 23 charter members among the world’s leading development organizations, and core funding provided by the German Government, the GLF operates from a Secretariat in Bonn and focuses on five main themes: restoration, finance, rights, food and livelihoods, and measuring progress.

Since 2013, over 180,000 stakeholders from more than 4400 organizations and 185 countries have engaged with the GLF in person and online, with stakeholders from community and indigenous peoples’ organizations, finance, civil society, government, media and the youth. We have reached 500 million people online and through traditional media. The GLF is founded on four principles – connecting, sharing, learning and acting – and has held global conferences in the following cities: Warsaw, Lima, London, Paris, Marrakech, Jakarta, Bonn, Washington DC, Nairobi, Katowice and Kyoto. And in 2019 we will be in Bonn, New York, Accra, Luxembourg and Santiago.

From building the investment case for sustainable landscapes, to developing a gold standard for indigenous peoples’ rights, to supporting the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the GLF 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 sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Together we will create a global force to contribute to achieving the SDGs and climate agenda by creating a positive vision of what we can do if we all work together.


Objective of the assignment

The GLF works across four major pillars or activities, with a Knowledge Hub overseeing operations in its events and (social) media-related operations and the Learning Lab. Organized around five cross-cutting themes (restoration, finance, rights, food and livelihoods, and measuring progress), the Knowledge Hub is a one-stop-shop for everything related to the knowledge base of the GLF. It contains an ever-expanding library of scientific publications, white papers, presentations, infographics, and more. The Knowledge Hub is also responsible for coordinating the Knowledge Committee as well as the content of all GLF events, for writing concept notes and aligning with charter members and partners and for co-organizing knowledge sessions, national dialogues, workshops or side events.

The GLF Learning Lab directly develops the capacity of the GLF’s wide-ranging stakeholders, allowing for increased uptake and scaling of sustainable landscape approaches and accelerated action at local levels. Its main activities are organized around the Landscape Academy, which offers a series of online and face-to-face courses, as well as customized learning events, curriculum development support and access to a global network of grounded learning communities. The Learning Lab and the Knowledge Hub are directly connected, ensuring that the GLF Community of Practice is continually increasing its capacity to accelerate action.

Given the speed at which GLF activities are currently growing, the GLF is in need of additional hands in the areas of assessing, monitoring and constantly evaluating and reviewing its processes and progress. We are searching for a young and dynamic person who is willing and able to join our highly agile and flexible GLF team based in Bonn.

Duties and responsibilities

The specific tasks of the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer are:
  1. Assist the Knowledge Coordinator in conducting ad hoc and ex post evaluations of activities in the four pillars of GLF to trace process effectiveness, efficiency, relevance and sustainability in line with the theory of change (ToC), including amendments to the ToC and the evaluation approach (indicator and milestone system) where deemed relevant.
  2. Specifically, support the Knowledge Coordinator in monitoring and evaluating key activities and events, including set up, analysis, reporting of surveys or development, analysis and interpretation of quantitative as well as qualitative indicators for tracking the impact of the core activities of the GLF and its partners for donor reporting or partner transparency.
  3. Develop and conduct qualitative episodal studies for tracing the causal relationship between GLF and partner activities in coordination with relevant Knowledge interns and potential student trainees.
  4. Support the Knowledge and Learning Hub in co-creating (with key partners) a process for elaborating a set of indicators for landscape restoration deemed relevant and credible by these partners.
  5. Review knowledge, learning or event and public relations-related products as needed for the GLF Knowledge Library or Learning Hub, including supporting the preparation and review of co-produced or produced knowledge and learning products. 
  6. Assist the GLF Community Specialist in developing a monitoring and evaluation approach, in collaboration with the Knowledge Hub and Learning Coordinator, for reviewing the capacity of GLFX and other community-centered initiatives to create an impact. 
  7. Assist the Learning Coordinator in developing learning products based on the outcomes of the GLF events, to tailor and make them useful for the development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other learning products.
  8. Assist in the development of ‘blended’ learning trajectories, linking the knowledge products to digital summits, webinars, MOOCs and F2F learning events.
  9. Assist the Learning team in tailoring and translating training outcomes into tangible learning products in line with the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) format and approach to knowledge and learning products.
  10. Assist in developing formats and templates for aligning learning outcomes and knowledge products for coordinated GLF outcomes in line with milestones and deliverables.
  11. Work directly with the GLF Knowledge Coordinator, Events & Outreach team, the Communication team and the Youth in Landscapes initiative, to ensure optimal internal and external working relations.

Education, knowledge and experience

• bachelor’s degree in geography, forestry, land use planning & design, rural development or other disciplines related to landscape approaches
• affinity with landscape approaches, and familiarity with the work of GLF or GLF affiliates
• understanding of knowledge and content management, learning design and development of curricula, event management and communication
• strong analytical skills and a proven record in social scientific evaluating methods, including interpretative approaches as well as techniques such as surveying, content analysis, interviews. etc.
• strong communication and networking skills
• creative, highly flexible, willing to work at odd hours, willing and able to travel
• able to motivate team members and partners, inspire to connect, share, learn and act.

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 with 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 a suitable candidate 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.
• Period of the consultancy is expected to be October 2019 – August 2020.
• The duty station will be in Bonn, Germany.

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

Application process

The application deadline is 20 Oct-2019
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.