Scientist, Gender, CIFOR, and CRP FTA 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; Lima, Peru; and Bonn, Germany.

CIFOR is looking for

Scientist, Gender, CIFOR, and CRP FTA


The Scientist, Gender will be responsible for coordinating the implementation of the CRP Forests, Trees, and Agroforestry (FTA) Gender Strategy in collaboration with gender resource persons in the CRP research centers and Scientists at CIFOR. They will support capacity building initiatives of CIFOR and CRP FTA Scientists to address gender in their research and to ensure continuous learning and improvement and take the lead in developing and managing gender-responsive research on migration and forest governance at CIFOR. This position involves research coordination, research activities and fund-raising. The scientist will report to the Directors of the Governance Portfolio, CIFOR and the CRP FTA.

Duties and responsibilities

• Enhance capacity of CIFOR and CRP FTA scientists to address gender issues in their research through the development and implementation of relevant capacity building and adaptive learning initiatives. Provide tailored support to specific proposals, projects and research design;
• Communicate gender-based research findings through research dissemination workshops, websites, newsletters and various social media;
• Develop and implement M&E plan for integrating gender in research and ensure research contributes to gender-based development outcomes;
• Lead development of gender responsive research on migration and forestry contribute to fundraising;
• Provide targeted support to at least two of the following five components of the CRP FTA whilst contributing to the remaining three as needed: small holder production systems and markets, management and conservation of forest and trees, landscapes management for environmental services, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and impacts of trade and investment on forests and peoples;
• Coordinate strategic, cross-thematic research on gender and value chains including raising funds, development of a conceptual and methodological framework to guide the research, implementation of research alongside partners, communication of research findings to policy makers and relevant stakeholders;
• Support development of gender modules for the Sentinel landscapes;
• Collaborate with CRP FTA gender resource persons and CIFOR scientists to ensure gender issues are addressed in CRP FTA research;
• Team with CIFOR researchers and partners to develop research proposals, coordinate with other CIFOR scientists and CRP FTA gender resource persons to leverage funding, and jointly implement collaborative research activities;
• Work with research partners and practitioners and interact with policy makers to enhance the impacts of CIFOR’s research on the CRP FTA Intermediate Development Outcomes;
• Produce high quality publications and dissemination material such as policy briefs, substantive reports and peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals;
• Represent CIFOR at national/regional/international meetings, engage with a variety of partners and stakeholders, and develop and maintain functional partnerships;
• Contribute to scientific mentoring of junior staff, interns and consultants.

Education, knowledge and experience

• PhD in development studies, anthropology, sociology, geography, political science, women’s studies or other relevant disciplines with a strong gender focus;
• At least 5 years of post-PhD experience in gender-based research and policy in forestry, agriculture or natural resource management, preferably in a developing country;
• Research experience on migration and forest governance preferable;
• Experience leading and delivering gender-based training and review workshops;
• Experience monitoring and evaluating gender-responsive research or development projects;
• Demonstrated capacity working with multiple stakeholders including individual scientists, research partners, field researchers, development practitioners, andor policy makers etc.;
• Demonstrated capacity to undertake high quality research and an emerging publications record in peer-reviewed scientific journals;
• Experience in resource mobilization/fund raising and in proposal development/writing;
• Excellent written and spoken English with demonstrated excellence in written and oral presentations; Knowledge of a second language used in CIFOR working areas preferable;
• Knowledge of CIFOR and the CGIAR desirable.

Personal Attributes and Competencies

• Competence in project management; as well as personal organization, priority setting and managing multiple tasks and meeting deadlines;
• Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to work collaboratively across multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams; whilst facilitating the impact of research and strengthening capacity;
• Excellent facilitation and team building capacity;
• Significant experience working and living in developing countries;
• Values the sharing of information and continuous improvement in a cooperative atmosphere of constructive evaluation and learning, and is committed to staff development;
• Willingness to travel as required.

Terms and Conditions

• Internationally recruited position.
• Competitive remuneration in USD commensurate with skills and experience.
• The appointment will be for a period of three years, inclusive one year probationary period, with a possibility of extension contingent upon performance, continued relevance of the position and available resources.
• The duty station will be at Jakarta/Bogor in Indonesia (with travel to research sites).

Application process

The application deadline is 22 Jun-2014
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.