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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

Director of Governance Research


The leading global institute on science for forests and people is seeking a visionary and dynamic Director of Governance Research.

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) advances human well-being, environmental conservation, sustainable development and equity by conducting research to inform and support policies and practices that affect people, forests and landscapes.
CIFOR is headquartered in Indonesia, with offices across Asia, Africa and Latin America, and is a member of the CGIAR Consortium.

The new Director will be responsible for the development, management, delivery and scientific quality of CIFOR’s engagements in governance research. This includes institutional arrangements, public and private finance, gender, legal frameworks, law enforcement, land and forest tenure reforms, collaborative forest and landscape management, and climate change — all of which will be addressed from a cross-sectoral and broad development perspective.

The Director will ensure coordination with CIFOR’s portfolios on livelihoods and environmental research as well as with relevant CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs). S/he will manage a team at HQ and supervise the scientific work of researchers globally. As a member of CIFOR’s senior management, the Director will also fulfill center-wide roles, such as managing strategic partnerships, convening conferences and representing CIFOR at key events.

Duties and responsibilities

-Contribute to the overall leadership of CIFOR as a member of the senior management group, including strategy development and resource mobilization and the maintenance and development of relationships with strategic partners.

-Be responsible for planning, budgeting, expenditure management, delivery and reporting for the Governance research portfolio, including delegation of budget holder responsibilities and CRP components leadership as necessary.

-Lead, manage and enhance the performance of a multidisciplinary and multicultural research team at headquarters.

-Support the scientific performance in the Governance field of CIFOR scientists and CIFOR-associated experts stationed outside headquarters.

-Lead the development of partnerships for Governance research.

-Provide strategic direction and lead the development of research methods relevant to the Governance research portfolio to be deployed across CIFOR’s priority research components, and be responsible for assuring the quality of new research initiatives and publications.

-Contribute to the management and implementation of CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry and the components and activities led and/or coordinated by CIFOR, notably those relating to the management of conservation of forest and tree resources as well as the impacts of trade and investment on forests and people.

-Identify and support progress along impact pathways to ensure the relevance of research to target policy arenas and practitioner communities.

-Foster collaboration with other CIFOR research domains, regional offices, and partner organizations.

-Represent CIFOR in relevant international forums.

Education, knowledge and experience

-PhD in a relevant discipline with extensive years of relevant experience, including research management experience in an international, multicultural and multidisciplinary environment.

-Proven expertise in leading collaborative research.

-Proven fundraising record.

-Fluency in English is required; proficiency in other international languages is preferred.

Personal Attributes and Competencies

-Has strong leadership skills, able to engage in strategic planning with sound analytical ability and good judgment.

-Is an astute manager, able to manage human resources and administrative matters with efficiency and effectiveness.

-Has excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to interact constructively with people across different cultures, disciplines and institutions.

Terms and Conditions

-This is an internationally recruited position. CIFOR offers a competitive remuneration commensurate with skills and experience.

-The initial appointment will be for 3 years starting as soon as possible, with possible extension contingent upon performance, continued relevance of the position and available resources.

-The duty station is Bogor, Indonesia.

Application process

No Application deadline.
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.


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