Director CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees, and Agroforestry (FTA) CLOSED

Director General's Office

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 CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees, and Agroforestry (FTA)


The CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry: Livelihoods, Landscapes and Governance (FTA) is a world-leading research initiative, responding to the call for urgent, strong and sustained effort focused on forest management and governance, given the crucial role of forests in confronting some of the most important challenges of our time: climate change, poverty, and food security.

The FTA brings together several hundred scientists from the following six program participants: four CGIAR Research Centers (the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)) and two non-CGIAR Organisations (CIRAD and CATIE), as well as many other partners. The program was initiated in 2011 with a ten-year horizon.

The FTA is led by CIFOR, where the Management Support Unit is located, headed by the Director FTA.

For further information about FTA, see:

Duties and responsibilities

1. Providing intellectual leadership and building a shared vision for the FTA research agenda
2. Overseeing and supporting the work of FTA theme leaders and facilitating delivery of research outputs and contributions toward outcomes and impacts across the themes in the program
3. Coordinating FTA workplans, budgets, reporting, monitoring, and evaluation, including working closely with the Consortium Office and other CGIAR institutions

Principal Accountabilities

With guidance from the Director General and the FTA Steering Committee, the Director FTA will – in close coordination with the DDG-Res – be responsible for the following:

1. Management of CRP-FTA planning, budgeting, reporting, monitoring and evaluation
• Develop and update the FTA research and impact strategy, including the compilation of annual program of work and budget, and rolling three-year operation plans
• Oversee implementation of cross-cutting themes in close collaboration with coordinators of these themes; exercise decision-making authority for day-to-day operations of the cross-cutting themes, including sign off on deliverables and the release of funding
• Oversee progress of teams in delivering expected research outputs through the semi-annual technical reports (traffic-light reports)
• Coordinate the annual reporting process to the Consortium Board for all program participants
• Supervise the design and implementation of an appropriate monitoring and evaluation system built on a sound theory of change and realistic impact pathways
• Ensure proper coordination is given to Gender and related issues in the programming and budgeting of activities
• Coordinate internal and external reviews and evaluations, as requested by the Steering Committee, the Consortium Board, or the Fund Council
• Supervise staff in the Management Support Unit
• Work closely with the Consortium Office and other CGIAR institutions for all the above tasks, and provide regular updates to the Board of Trustees on progress and problems on relevant issues.

2. Leadership and support to science and impact orientation
• Provide overall direction to and facilitate collaboration among FTA theme leaders, supplementing and complementing accountabilities of the organisations participating in the program
• Facilitate collaboration and seek synergies among program participants, including data management, peer review processes, monitoring and evaluation and impact assessment
• Ensure collaboration between FTA and other CRPs
• Organize periodic FTA meetings to bring together scientists from across the CRP to present results, discuss and exchange research methods, develop strategies to maximize impacts and build stronger collaborations

3. Coordination and outreach
• Support, manage and coordinate meetings of the FTA Steering Committee
• Coordinate FTA-level communications functions as needed to supplement and complement Center-level outreach activities
• Represent FTA at international meetings, maintain donor relations and engage in resource mobilization activities as needed and required
• Ensure coordination and information flow among the different CRP-FTA partners, as well as with other CGIAR Centers, CRPs, and CGIAR system bodies and working groups

Education, knowledge and experience

• PhD or advanced degree in a relevant discipline with extensive relevant experience, including research management experience in an international, multicultural and multidisciplinary environment.
• Familiarity with the current state of knowledge, policy, and practice across a substantial portion of the FTA research agenda.
• Proven expertise in leading collaborative research.
• Fluency in English is required; proficiency in other international languages is preferred
• Knowledge and experience of the CGIAR and its operations

Personal Attributes and Competencies

• Strong leadership skills, able to engage in strategic planning with sound analytical ability and good judgment.
• Open and transparent leadership style, encouraging participatory processes and promoting fairness
• An astute manager, able to manage human resources and administrative matters with efficiency and effectiveness.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, interacting constructively with people across different cultures, disciplines, and institutions.

Terms and Conditions

• This is an internationally recruited position. CIFOR offers competitive remuneration in USD commensurate with skills and experience
• The appointment will be for a period of 3 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, Indonesia or Nairobi, Kenya, or Rome, Italy (with travel to research sites).

Application process

The application deadline is 15 Mar-2016
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.