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Facilitation and Policy Engagement Specialist

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

This position will support the CIFOR Value Chains, Finance and Investments (VFI) Team’s ongoing public and private sector engagements around supply chain sustainability and inclusivity in Africa and Asia, as well as the CGIAR Research Consortium on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) Flagship on Sustainable Global Value Chains and Investments. The Specialist will contribute to the implementation of priorities in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia by building new local and regional partnerships, facilitating and leading multi-stakeholder policy and businesses innovation processes, and raising the visibility of research and policy engagement activities and results within relevant fora.
The Specialist will build on and further develop a research-in-development portfolio that contributes to core VFI and FTA work areas. Existing initiatives that the Specialist will contribute to include:

Responsibilities

Science
  • Contribute to socioeconomic baseline studies, stakeholder mapping and development of participatory/action research (methods) within FTA and VFI research themes;
  • Contribute to qualitative data analysis and development of analytical and conceptual frameworks;
  • Author technical reports, working papers, briefing notes, communication material and peer-reviewed journal articles relevant to FTA and VFI research themes.
Capacity building
  • Contribute to the development of curriculums and toolkits to support smallholder training and development activities;
  • Provide targeted technical support to stakeholders participating in engagement activities;
  • Identify and act on opportunities to raise the internal capacity of scientists within CIFOR and ICRAF to design and facilitate multi-stakeholder platforms, as well as help maintain a dynamic community of practice on the same;
  • Provide advisory support to VFI and FTA projects to raise capacity to more effectively engage strategic stakeholders and policy processes;
  • Support the supervision of partners, consultants, interns and fellows involved in the implementation of the targeted projects.
Policy-science dialogue
  • Lead the design and facilitation, where appropriate, of multi-stakeholder dialogues within existing and relevant new projects;
  • Coordinate or contribute to national and regional-level policy-science dialogues through active participation in relevant workshops, meeting and conferences;
  • Explore and develop opportunities to improve uptake of research and engagement results and lessons within the business, donor and/or public policy community;
  • Represent CIFOR as needed to maintain and expand CIFOR’s network of partners; and to represent CIFOR within strategic policy spheres.
Fundraising
  • Lead and contribute actively to fundraising by responding to relevant calls for proposals and mobilizing resources through donor and partner networks;
  • Strengthen existing partnerships and build new relations with potential donors.
Project management
  • Lead at least one project, ensuring timely delivery and effective management of budgets, staff and partnerships, amongst others;
  • Maintain and develop relationships with research, development and boundary partners involved in the implementation of relevant projects;
  • Develop and contribute to the preparation of donor reports and deliverables according to internal and external reporting guidelines;
  • Manage project resources as needed following CIFOR’s procedures and regulations.

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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