Consultant Environmental impacts of property rights on resources: A systematic review CLOSED

Forests and Governance

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 a

Consultant Environmental impacts of property rights on resources: A systematic review


The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is a nonprofit, global facility dedicated to advancing human well-being, environmental conservation and equity. Our research and expert analysis help shape effective policy, improve the management of tropical forests and address the needs and perspectives of people who depend on forests for their livelihoods.
CIFOR is a member of the CGIAR Consortium and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. Our work contributes to all four of CGIAR’s goals: reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving human health and nutrition, and ensuring more sustainable management of natural resources.
Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, with offices in Asia, Africa and South America.

CIFOR is looking for a consultant to work on a systematic review of the environmental impacts of property rights on resources.

Duties and responsibilities

This assignment is part of a series of systematic reviews on selected topics that are intended to meet CIFOR’s commitment to evidence-based policy research under the Evidence-Based Forestry initiative. In particular, this review intends to identify the state of knowledge on the environmental impacts of property rights regimes and to disseminate the same to target audiences in the scientific and policy communities.

Objectives of the assignment
The task is to conduct a systematic review on the environmental impacts of different property rights regimes. To do so, the consultant will use systematic review methodologies following guidelines from Collaboration for Environmental Evidence

Scope of the assignment
The systematic review paper will:
• Address this question: What are the environmental impacts of property rights?
• Consider impacts in three resource systems (forests, fisheries and rangelands)
• Result in at least one systematic review paper submitted to a ‘traditional’ systematic review publishing outlet and one policy review paper published in a peer-reviewed journal such as the Annual Review of Environment and Resources.

The tasks and activities of the research consultant will include but will not be limited to:
• Conducting searches in research databases for relevant literature in English, Spanish and French
• Screening and reviewing identified articles and extracting relevant data
• Data analysis and writing
• Organizing and participating in meetings and workshops.

Education, knowledge and experience

The consultant will have the following skills and qualifications:
• Masters or PhD (current or completed) in relevant topic
• At least 1 year of research experience in a field related to natural resource governance, international conservation or development work
• Knowledge of tenure and governance issues in at least one resource system (forests, fisheries, pastures, etc.)
• Familiarity with reviewing research articles and a solid understanding of scientific methods
• Demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively and deliver results in a timely manner
• Good written and verbal communications skills in English.

Personal Attributes and Competencies

Preferred skills and qualifications
• Ability to use quantitative research methods including multivariate statistical analysis, GIS, and/or others
• Familiarity with bibliographic software (such as Endnote)
• Experience conducting literature reviews to completion
• Familiarity with systematic reviews
• Good written and verbal skills in Spanish or French

Terms and Conditions

Duration and phasing
The expected duration of this assignment is 1 March 2014 – 31 January 2015, with the possibility of extension. Ideally, the consultant will be based in Bogor, Indonesia, but alternative arrangements may be possible.

Review phases:
March 2014 Following the review protocol, conduct search across all identified databases with bibliographic database of results
April – May Perform screening of search results to determine final eligible studies
June Perform quality assessment and data extraction on eligible studies
July – August Perform data analysis and complete first draft of systematic review
September Submit draft to advisors for review and comment
November Submit final draft of review to the Collaboration of Environmental Evidence (CEE)
December Draft paper for the Annual Review of Environment and Resources (ARER)
January 2015 Submit final draft for publication

Timeline will be discussed once the consultant is hired.

Application process
• The application deadline is 21 February 2014
• We will acknowledge all applications however we will only contact short-listed candidates. Please send your letter of interest and CV, including contact information for three referees, to:
Human Resources Department, CIFOR
To learn more about the position and to apply please visit our career page at

Application process

The application deadline is 21 Feb-2014
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.