The primary responsibilities of the CCE Team Leader are to identify strategic research opportunities related to forests, wetlands, trees and climate change (including REDD+, blue carbon, forest landscape restoration, ecosystem-based adaptation, fire management, climate smart agriculture, and climate information and services, among others); provide leadership and coordinate relevant research and budgets in this team; facilitate the efficient and effective implementation of CIFOR-ICRAF’s climate change work and ensure delivery and scientific quality of all engagements; coordinate and supervise CCE staff and consultants; and lead resource mobilization efforts for CCE in collaboration with colleagues across the organization. The CCE Team Leader reports to the Chief Scientist/Director of Science for line functions and overall strategic direction.
Duties and responsibilities
- Lead the scientific and implementation activities of CIFOR-ICRAF’s Climate Change, Energy and Low Carbon Development team, and connect to other thematic areas;
- Lead, coordinate and contribute to outcomes and impacts of relevant projects related to forests, wetlands, trees and climate change;
- Write and supervise publications and other scientific communications related to research activities.
- Supervise scientists and support staff in the CCE team and projects and support them in pursuing strategic priorities and delivering outcomes agreed in annual performance contracts;
- Foster teamwork and resolve any conflicts constructively;
- In collaboration with the CIFOR-ICRAF Director of Science and Chief Scientist, and other directors, plan and manage the CCE team’s annual budget and activities;
- Support the development and delivery of CIFOR-ICRAF Transformative Partnership Platforms, Engagement Landscapes and Flagship Products as and when necessary.
- Work with directors, other team leaders, the Resource Mobilization Team, country leaders and scientists to identify and develop strategies to secure funding to sustain and grow CIFOR-ICRAF’s climate change work;
- Maintain and further relationships with key funding partners;
- Lead and contribute to several large proposals per year in support of CIFOR-ICRAF’s interests.
- Support CIFOR-ICRAF Transformative Partnership Platforms focused on nature-based drawdown, circular bioeconomy and restoration, among others, to build alliances for actionable solutions;
- Maintain and further develop high-level relationships with key CIFOR-ICRAF partners and stakeholders, including national and subnational governments, multilateral, international and regional organisations, etc.
- In collaboration with other team leaders and scientists, ensure that information about CIFOR-ICRAF and the outcomes of its work are effectively conveyed to partners and target audiences.
- Lead, coordinate and contribute to the policy-science dialogues of relevant CCE projects;
- Represent CIFOR-ICRAF in national, regional and/or global science-policy dialogues or conferences and other meetings;
- Lead or contribute to submitting papers and panels for presentation at international conferences;
- Lead and supervise the capacity building initiatives of projects under implementation;
- Supervise students and junior scientists in their learning and professional development.
Education, knowledge and experience
- PhD in forestry, ecology, environmental sciences, or a related field, with at least 10 years of relevant experience in collaborative research for development;
- Strong publications record, especially in peer-reviewed publications;
- Track record in resource mobilization/fund raising and in proposal development/writing;
- Demonstrated research leadership on the effectiveness, efficiency, equity and co-benefits of forest and tree-based climate change initiatives;
- Experience in project management, including management of large budgets and many staff members and consultants;
- Experience working with multiple partners and in tropical countries;
- Fluency in English, and strong ability in one or more additional international language(s), with excellent writing skills.
Personal Attributes and Competencies
- Proven leadership and management with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, experienced in working with multicultural and multidisciplinary research teams;
- Excellent facilitation and teambuilding capacity;
- Competency in personal organization, priority setting and managing multiple tasks;
- Values the sharing of information and continuous improvement in a cooperative atmosphere of constructive evaluation and learning.
Terms and conditions
- This is a Global Recruited Position (GRP). CIFOR-ICRAF offers competitive remuneration in US dollars commensurate with skills and experience.
- The appointment will be for 2 (two) years, inclusive of a six-month probationary period, with the possibility of extension contingent upon performance, continued relevance of the position and available resources.