Senior Scientist, Value Chains, Finance and Investments

Duties and responsibilities

Science, outreach and engagement, and
capacity development (50%)

  • Undertake scientific and implementation
    activities within the VFI Theme and facilitate interactions with those from
    other Themes at CIFOR as appropriate.
  • Provide scientific guidance and ensure that
    the concepts and methods of the research carried out are appropriate and meet
    the highest scientific standards, reflecting up-to-date scientific methods and
  • Define and implement research activities in
    important and emerging areas of research, especially those embraced under the
    VFI Theme.
  • Identify and support progress along impact
    pathways to ensure the relevance of research to target policy arenas and
    practitioner communities.
  • Write and supervise publications and other
    scientific communications related to research activities.
  • Disseminate science through social and other media
    (e.g. infobriefs and blogs).
  • Contribute to policy-science dialogue of
    relevant projects, especially those included in the VFI Theme.
  • Contribute to the organization and scientific
    content of CIFOR-hosted events and other conferences including workshops,
    retreats and meetings.
  • Lead and supervise the capacity development
    initiatives of projects under implementation, especially those relevant to the VFI
    Theme and contribute to other capacity development efforts.
  • Supervise national staff, students and junior
    scientists in their learning and professional development by providing
    feedback, coaching, mentoring and resources, and by identifying learning goals
    and opportunities for professional development.
  • Coordinate the implementation of projects
    while ensuring the proper management of available financial and human resources
    for the achievement of expected project outcomes.

Strategic partnership and policy engagement (25%)

  • Maintain and further develop high-level
    relationships with key CIFOR partners and stakeholders; including national
    governments; multilateral, international and regional organizations; donor
    agencies; nongovernmental organizations; and research institutions.
  • Provide support to the coordination of and
    collaboration with other CGIAR centers working with the CGIAR Research Programs
    of which CIFOR is a member.
  • Define and implement strategies for policy
    engagement to contribute to the achievement of outcomes and impacts from key
    research and findings.
  • In collaboration with the Communications,
    Outreach and Engagement Team (COE), other Team Leaders and Scientists, ensure
    that information about CIFOR and the outcomes of its research are effectively
    conveyed to partners and target audiences.
  • Contribute to communication targeted at
    policy makers (including workshops, website and policy briefs) about relevant
  • Represent CIFOR in national, regional and/or
    global science-policy dialogue, as appropriate.

Proposal development and resources mobilization

  • Work with Team Leaders, the Resource
    Mobilization Team, and with scientists as appropriate, to identify and develop
    strategies to secure funding to enable research agendas.
  • In conjunction with relevant scientists and other
    Team Leaders, contribute to the development of research and other proposals in
    support of CIFOR research and policy engagement.
  • Develop strategic partnerships with the potential
    to contribute to successful fund raising in areas that contribute to achieve the
    CIFOR mandate and expected outcomes.
  • Coordinate with other CIFOR scientists regarding
    the development of proposals, targeted engagement and other activities that
    require collaborative work across CIFOR’s Themes.