Post Doctoral Fellow, Integrated landscape approaches and food systems CLOSED

Forests and Livelihoods

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

Post Doctoral Fellow, Integrated landscape approaches and food systems


The recent Global Landscape Forum (GLF) in Warsaw, held in November 2013 (see, has helped place landscape approaches at the centre of sustainable development initiatives. The ’landscape approach’ seeks to integrate policy for multiple land uses, within a given area, to ensure equitable and sustainable use of land while bolstering measures to mitigate and adapt to climate change. It also aims to balance competing demands on land by looking holistically, not just at the features of the land, but at all of the internal and external variables that affect land use, particularly from forestry and agriculture, instead of considering them separately . CIFOR is developing a research initiative building on the GLF that will use existing and current research to inform the optimization of the landscape approach for multiple benefits. The ultimate goal will be to consolidate and synthesize existing research through a systematic review of landscape approaches. This review will inform the development of a clear strategy on integrated landscape management with particular emphasis on food systems and wider ecosystem services that will be presented at the GLF 2 in Peru, in November 2014.

Duties and responsibilities

• Contribute to a systematic review of the evolution of the landscape approach, identifying key concepts, actors and stakeholders;
• Investigate the impacts of agricultural land use practices on biodiversity conservation in forests and food systems in multi-functional landscapes;
• Evaluate the relative impact of a range of management strategies for balancing agricultural production and conservation, and their relative effectiveness for people and forests;
• Advance the understanding of which land-use, social, political and/or ecological conditions, using certain strategies, are most effective in mitigating and negotiating inherent trade-offs.
• Twelve month work plan (within the first month of appointment);
• A systematic review protocol and design;
• A journal review article of existing studies identifying knowledge gaps in the wider literature pertaining to the topic area;
• At least two additional scientific journal articles in collaboration with other team members;
• Active engagement with CIFOR’s media and outreach team in the form of blogs, POLEX etc.

Education, knowledge and experience

• A PhD in a topic related to forestry, agriculture or ecology;
• Experience working in forests within agricultural landscapes is desirable;
• More than 5 years of fieldwork experience;
• Experience conducting landscape level research, with experience in the tropics is desirable;
• Experience in experimental design and conducting advanced quantitative/statistical analysis;
• Experience managing large data sets;
• Indication of good publication record or promising potential;
• Familiarity with GIS/remote sensing analysis;
• Excellent spoken and written English. Other languages would be advantageous.

Personal Attributes and Competencies

• Excellent organizational skills, ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks;
• Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively communicate with people in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment;
• Able to work independently and as part of a team.

Terms and Conditions

• There will be a competitive remuneration (in US dollars) commensurate with skills and experience.
• The appointment will be for a period of one year with the possibility of extension contingent upon performance, continued relevance of the position and availability of resources. Post Doc Fellow positions may not be extended for a period of more than four (4) years.
• The duty station will be in Bogor, Indonesia, with travel to research sites.

Application process

The application deadline is 30 Apr-2014
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.