The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) was first launched in 2013 by CIFOR with core partners including UNEP, the World Bank, and the Government of Germany. Meaningful engagement of youth and other typically marginalized stakeholders was a cornerstone of GLF’s operation from the beginning. Today, the GLF is the world’s largest knowledge-led platform on sustainable land use, dedicated to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreement. Building on a decade of successful conferencing during which we achieved the mainstreaming of the landscape approach the GLF has evolved to five innovation areas each set up to contribute to strengthening and enabling decentralized local action towards ecosystem restoration. These include: 1) Creating a Digital Knowledge Commons (having reached a billion people in 185 countries); 2) Pioneering Youth Leadership (60,000, 160 countries); 3) GLF Learning Program (Landscape Academy (18,000 learners); 4) GLF Investment Case, sustainable finance, and value chains, and 5) GLFx and GLF Communities of Practice. GLFx, is our program to decentralize the Forum to create community led GLF chapters, and communities of practice, that are designed to carry out restoration and other activities (including advocacy) on the ground while creating a learning hub at the national and subnational level. GLF is supported by its Charter Members, 31 leading sustainable development organisations who invest in and co-create activities on the GLF platform and offer opportunities for intergenerational learning and exchange. GLF is a place where a farmer can inform action, pathways, and policies; where international organizations can learn from the private sector and vice versa; and where CEOs, community leaders, communicators and scientists can share, learn, connect, and act together. The Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL) is a partnership for young landscape leaders currently coordinated by the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD), the International Forestry Students Association (IFSA) and the Global AgroEcology Alliance (GAEA). YIL exists to unite and empower youth (aged 18-35 years) from diverse backgrounds around the world to have a voice, learn and affect positive change in their landscapes and livelihoods. YIL accomplishes this through a focus on leadership training, capacity building, community building, mentorship and fostering intergenerational dialogue.
Duties and responsibilities
The primary objective of the Youth in Landscapes Network intern is to facilitate the growth of the network through community building, promotion, and ensuring that programs serve the broader youth community through working with the GLF Youth team.
Potential duties include, but are not limited to the following:
- Coordinate regularly with the Youth in Landscapes Steering Committee and the GLF Youth team;
- Assist in creating and delivering youth programs both at GLF events (and other partner’s events), as well as youth long term programs, coordinating with the broader GLF team;
- Assist in mainstreaming youth initiatives and programmes across GLF activities;
- Coordinate the YIL project teams;
- Maintain all Youth in Landscapes pages on the GLF website;
- Support the youth social media consultant to maintain and facilitate the engagement and network building on social media (YIL FB groups and page, YIL Twitter);
- Craft communications material and regularly promote new opportunities;
- Assist in knowledge management and regularly update activities and information of YIL partners’ organizations – IFSA, YPARD, GAEA, and others;
- Lead outreach to associate partners and youth organizations;
- Undertake other key tasks and administration related to young people and GLF as they rise.
Education, knowledge and experience
- Currently enrolled in, or recently obtained, an M.Sc. on Sustainable Development, Nature Conservation, or similar field. Alternatively, graduated in a B.Sc. with 2 years’ experience (volunteer or not) in the field of youth engagement and mobilization.
- Strong organizational and communication skills;
- Experience with online engagement, youth organizations, capacity development, or event-management is an asset;
- Experience with communications, outreach and marketing is an asset.
- Experience with WordPress, social media, and other online tools (e.g. Miro, Mural, Slido, etc.) is an asset;
- Experienced and/or comfortable with remote work.
Personal attributes and competencies
- Be self-motivated, resourceful and energetic;
- Be able to find creative solutions;
- Value attention to detail;
- Be a team player with great interpersonal communications skills;
- Have a proven ability to work well under pressure.
Terms and conditions
- This is an internship opportunity for 9 months.
- CIFOR’s employment conditions follow local labor laws and regulations. CIFOR will employ suitable candidates regardless of nationality, provided that they comply with the local requirements for working at the posting location.
- CIFOR may provide the Intern with a monthly stipend or living allowance. The stipend or living allowance provided to the Intern shall follow the rate used by the Human Resources Unit for Interns at CIFOR.
- Work location: Home-based, preferably based in the CET time zone.
- Cover letter: In your cover letter please make sure to share why you would like to be a part of the GLF Youth team and to answer to the following questions:
- What are you passionate about?
- How can your passion and skills positively contribute to the work of the GLF Youth Team?
- You can see some of our work here. If you could create any program to support young people to bring positive change in their landscapes, what would that program be about? Please describe briefly.