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Facilitation and Policy Engagement Specialist

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Fixed term

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Job Summary

• Collaborative design of theories of change and action for the implementation and monitoring of jurisdictional zero deforestation programs in major oil palm producing landscapes in Indonesia. This requires targeted public and private sector engagements and facilitation of multi-stakeholder dialogues. Research into unfavorable antecedent conditions that should be accounted for and addressed through the theories of change and action will precede and inform engagements.
• Facilitating development of an integrated landscape development strategy in an ecologically significant oil palm, cocoa and rubber landscape in the Ghanaian High Forest Zone. Drawing on a combination of participatory research, farmer engagement and co-learning activities and public-private working groups, this project also seeks to identify and pilot viable intervention options that help overcome smallholder barriers to the adoption of improved (climate smart) production practices within the different sectors.
• Identifying actionable pathways that support sustainable business model innovation and scaling in the tea and coffee sectors in Tanzania. Through targeted engagements with a wide variety of relevant stakeholders and by leveraging past research results, barriers and opportunities for business model innovation will be identified and actionable solutions proposed. Subsequent piloting of solutions with select business model proponents are envisioned.
Education, knowledge and experience
  • A PhD in a relevant disciplinary field, including but not limited to human geography, anthropology, international relations, political science, development or social studies. Where ample relevant work experience has been gained (at least six years), candidates with an MSc degree will be considered;
  • Where a PhD has been obtained, a minimum of three years post-PhD professional experience within an international research organization, university or development agency working on corporate social responsibility, supply chain sustainability, rural development and/or (integrated) land use planning;
  • Significant demonstrated capabilities to design and facilitate successful multi-stakeholder processes and community engagement activities;
  • Experience engaging in and informing public policy processes in developing countries;
  • Experience developing scientific reports and policy and/or communication products;
  • Experience in proposal development/writing, partnership management and fundraising;
  • Experience with participatory and action research methods and qualitative data analysis (software) is an advantage;
  • Excellent written and spoken English, ability in other international languages is an advantage, especially French and Indonesian.


  • 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.
  • 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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