Director of Governance Research
Name:Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), 
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Vacancy Description↓Employer Info↓
Date of post02.11.2013
Job TitleDirector of Governance Research
Job Category
-NGO (Research, Management)
AddressJalan CIFOR, Situ Gede, Bogor
Vacancy locationIndonesia, Jawa Barat, Boeboelak
Work Experienceyes
Work experience10+ to 15 Years
Degree levelDoctorate
Position typefull time, contract
Salary not disclosed
Willing to relocateyes
Short description The leading global institute on science for forests and people is seeking a visionary and dynamic Director of Governance Research.
Long descriptionThe 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.

Principal Accountabilities
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
The application deadline is 20 November 2013.
We will acknowledge all applications, but we will contact only short-listed candidates.

Please send your letter of interest and CV, including contact information for three referees, to:

Human Resources Department, CIFOR
[email protected]

Please indicate the position title and its reference number in the email subject line.

CIFOR is an equal opportunity employer with a strong belief that staff diversity contributes to excellence. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

CIFOR is an equal opportunity employer.
Staff diversity contributes to excellence.
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