National Social Science Consultant, Participatory MRV Project CLOSED

Environment Research 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

National Social Science Consultant, Participatory MRV Project


In the global REDD+ debate, MRV systems are designed to be national systems, which is a challenge for large countries because of the diversity of sub national situations. Building knowledge for an efficient and equitable Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system, across different levels of governance, becomes crucial. Local participatory MRV systems embedded into a national database is an innovative approach, but research is needed to explore their potential. It is also necessary to explore how MRV can include issues of local interest, such as adaptation, in addition to carbon.

“Participatory MRV: addressing the scales” project, funded by USAID and NORAD, aims to develop participatory MRV systems that are relevant to REDD+ and to national databases, as well as to local interests, environmental management, and adaptation.

PMRV research is continuing to its second phase in 2014. In 2013, we designed the research and developed a set of research instruments, comparable among the three study sites. Each team, especially the social science team, collected a considerable amount of data. During the scond phase we need to focus on data entry, cleaning, analyzing and writing publications.
Summary of project activities
The project articulates around different sets of activities:
1. Engaging local actors in national carbon accounting systems:
1.1. Exploring new possibilities for community-based carbon monitoring
1.2. Exploring community-based monitoring of drivers of deforestation and forest degradation
2. Studying participatory Reporting and Verification aspects of MRV, to complement the more advanced state of knowledge on participatory measurements:
2.1. Integrating the locally collected data into the national database (reporting)
2.2. Verifying the credibility and validity of data collected by local people

Duties and responsibilities

Summary of responsibilities and activities

1. Responsible for the Central Java Data set;
2. Contribute to the management of data previously collected during fieldwork, especially from Central Java. This may include a field visit to Wonosobo project site to collect additional data, including at the village level;
3. Assist with data entry (collected during fieldwork) into the project database, especially from Central Java;
4. Participate in meetings and workshops organized by the research project;
5. Together with other members of the team, contribute to the comparison of the different provinces and villages, and identify the similarities and differences in the villages’ organizations, their relationship with the environment and dependency on natural resources for their livelihoods, following a gradient of increasing human density, pressure on natural resources, and forest condition (Figure 1). Also look into: a) the feasibility of developing participatory carbon measurements at the village level; b) the incentives that need to be negotiated with the villagers that will be involved; c) how to select participants and sites for measurements; d) what organization(s) would be involved, at the local level, for reporting the collected data; and e) explore community-based monitoring of drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, to be embedded into a participatory MRV tool.

• Publications in English, which include submission of at least one abstract for an international event as well as at least two scientific papers in an impact factor journal.
• An activity report, in English, to be delivered at the end of his/her work.

Education, knowledge and experience

• An MSc and experience in working with forest dependent communities in Indonesia;
• Experience in writing scientific papers, in English, in impact factor journals
• At least 2 scientific papers published in English, in international peer reviewed journals;
• Broad knowledge of statistical tests used in social sciences, including livelihood studies
• Broad knowledge of qualitative analysis software;
• Excellent understanding of local communities in Indonesia, and more especially in the research sites;
• Excellent Indonesian language skills with which to conduct interviews and survey academic (in Indonesian) and grey literature (e.g., reports, databases);
• Excellent written and spoken English to deliver a final report, articles and presentation.

Personal Attributes and Competencies

• Excellent interpersonal and interview skills with various audiences, including bureaucrats, academics, NGOs, and villagers.
• Excellent organizational skills, ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks;
• Able to work independently and as part of a team. The consultant must be willing and able to work in close collaboration with the rest of the project team, which includes other social scientists, field coordinators, governance specialists, the database manager, the remote sensing specialist, and the statistics specialist.

Terms and Conditions

• CIFOR will provide a consultancy fee commensurate with skills and experience.
• CIFOR will provide health insurance for the duration of the consultancy.
• The appointment will be for five months.
• The consultant will report to the MRV Project Coordinator, Dr. Manuel Boissière.

Application process

The application deadline is 20 Apr-2014
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.


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