Consultant, Mitigation of Climate Change CLOSED

Forests and Environment

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, Mitigation of Climate Change


Most REDD+ activities and debates have focused on avoiding deforestation in tropical lowlands, while limited progress has been made on how to deal with forest degradation and mosaic landscapes in hilly areas of the tropics. Unlike areas covered in forest for long periods, shifting cultivation, in mosaic landscapes, creates variability in carbon stocks, which presents particular challenges for quantifying carbon stocks. Quantification of carbon stocks (C) can consume large amounts of resources therefore a cost and time efficient method is required. In the transition from the old-growth secondary forest to young fallow, rice fields and young rubber plantations of Kalimantan, Indonesia, C stocks were measured using specific experimental designs aimed at evaluating the appropriate plot size for measuring C stocks, proxies for dead wood, litter and soil C and required sampling intensity for soil C stock quantification.

Duties and responsibilities

The objective of the consultancy is to analyze the soil data collected in Kalimantan, Indonesia and write a scientific article on “Cost efficient sampling methods for assessing soil carbon storage”.

The first three months of the contract will be dedicated to analyzing the data, and writing up the material, and the method and result sections of the paper. The next two months (months 4 and 5) will be dedicated to writing the introduction and discussion sections. The following three months (months 6,7 and 8) will be dedicated to finalizing and submitting the article. During the last three months (months 9, 10 and 11) the consultant will follow the revision process until final acceptance of the paper.

The consultant’s duties will include:
• Data analysis and the writing up of the material, and the method and result sections of the draft paper on “Cost efficient sampling methods for assessing soil carbon storage”.
• Writing the introduction and discussion sections of the draft paper and integrating comments from co-authors on the material, and the method and result sections .
• Finalize the paper after receiving comments from co-authors and submit the paper to an international peer-reviewed journal.
• Follow the review process until final acceptance.

Education, knowledge and experience

• PhD or master’s degree in forestry, natural resources, soil management or a relevant field,
• At least 2 years’ experience in scientific paper writing,
• Knowledge and understanding of soil organic matter and affecting variables, soil sampling procedures and land use systems especially in the tropics,
• Good knowledge of statistics
• Excellent spoken and written English.

Personal Attributes and Competencies

• Good organizational skills,
• Rigorous and autonomous/Able to work independently or as part of a team,
• Good interpersonal and communication skills,
• Values the sharing of information and continuous improvement in a cooperative atmosphere of constructive evaluation and learning.

Terms and Conditions

• This is a consultancy position. CIFOR offers competitive remuneration commensurate with skills and experience.
• The appointment is for one year.
• The duty station will be in Lima, Peru.

Application process

The application deadline is 24 Aug-2014
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.