Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Community Specialist OPEN

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

Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Community Specialist


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.

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 4900 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. 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 produced 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, and Luxembourg.

From building the investment case for sustainable landscapes, to developing a gold standard for indigenous people’s 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

GLF operates through five integrated components – learning, knowledge, events, news and community – each contributing to achieving the vision and to involve one billion people. There has been growing momentum across the GLF to build a decentralized, inclusive moment that unites local communities toward coordinated landscape-level action. GLF is piloting an online community of practice and a convening model that enables and empowers local leaders with the tools and knowledge to accelerate positive action within their degraded ecosystems, in collaboration with key actors such as local private sector players, nongovernment organizations (NGOs), academia, youth and government representatives.

The GLF Community Specialist will play a key role in achieving GLF’s aspiration of building a community of one billion people by the year 2030 mobilized with a collective consciousness and the solutions necessary to create a more sustainable world together. Through working within the GLF Knowledge Hub and in close collaboration with the GLF Communications team, the Community Specialist will be in charge of growing and managing the GLFx community, in close coordination with all GLF teams, as well as supporting the GLF Knowledge Hub in key activities.


Duties and responsibilities

The GLF Community Specialist will assist in the development of strategies, principles and priorities for community mobilization in the GLF and ensure the corresponding activities are aligned with the broader GLF priorities and plans. The Community Specialist will support this implementation through new online GLF community building tools.
Implement strategies for community mobilization in the GLF, through the GLFx platform
  • Engage directly with selected communities, networks and stakeholders and maintain a dialogue on the added value that GLF can provide to facilitate/catalyze actions at the landscape level.
  • Identify, interview, onboard and support potential GLFx chapter leaders.
  • Assist in the development of GLFx campaigns (promotional, launch, and ongoing) with the GLF Communications and Outreach team.
  • Execute innovative approaches and activities for growing an action-oriented community of practice (for example, webinars, competitions, quizzes, videos, etc.).
Ensure success of and monitor the impact of pilot projects and the growing online GLF community
  • Coordinate with the GLF Knowledge team to ensure quality and maintain the standard of GLFx events and related knowledge products.
  • Develop guidelines for the growing GLFx mechanism.
  • Establish value feedback loops from and in between communities starting from the ground up.
  • Explore partnership and fundraising opportunities while maximizing synergies across the GLFx mechanism and the broader GLF agenda.
Support the GLF Knowledge team in relevant activities, including but not limited to: product development, Knowledge Committee coordination, Knowledge Library upkeep, and outreach activities.

Education, knowledge and experience

• university degree in a related discipline (communications, development, international relations, environment, etc.)
• at least 2–3 years’ experience in international development, partner relations or growing online or in-person communities of practice; experience in developing countries is an asset
• demonstrated interest and experience in the strategic and innovative use of digital media for nonprofit or international organizations, preferably at a global level and including for global event
• experience in designing and running development or advocacy campaigns
• experience in planning, implementing and evaluating complex projects
• experience in working with the SDGs or United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) policy processes is an asset
• fluency in English is essential; other languages 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 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 March 2020 – January 2021.
• 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 07 Mar-2020
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.