Consultant (Remote Sensing and GIS), Global Comparative Study on REDD+

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) advances human well-being, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to inform policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries. We are one of 15 centers within the CGIAR. Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, and we have offices in Asia, Africa and South America.

We are looking for a Consultant,
Global Comparative Study on REDD+

This consultant will share our passion for enhancing the role of forests in human well-being and environmental conservation, and our commitment to professionalism, innovation, impact, and collaboration.


The international community now recognises that reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) is a critical component of national and international strategies for mitigating climate change. To support the endeavor of producing a post-2012 climate treaty, CIFOR is conducting a global comparative research project on first-generation REDD+ project sites and national REDD+ initiatives in selected countries across Latin America, Africa, and Asia. The goal is to provide REDD+ policy makers and practitioner communities with the information, analysis and tools they need to ensure effective and cost-efficient reduction of carbon emissions with equitable impacts and co-benefits. The project consists of five modules:

National REDD+ initiatives (policy processes and strategies) (M-1);REDD+ project sites (M-2);Monitoring and reference levels (M-3);Carbon Management at Landscape Level; (M-4) andKnowledge sharing (M-5).

Duties and Responsibilities

The Consultant will be assigned to assist Researchers/Scientists in the M-2 and M-3 modules of Global Comparative Study on REDD+ (GCS – REDD+). The duties and responsibilities of the Consultant shall include:

Create and manage GIS and remote sensing database of 24 projects sites in Brazil, Peru, Cameroon, Tanzania, Indonesia and Vietnam.Collaborate closely with project partners working at the project sites.Support researchers/scientists to produce journal articles, research reports, and policy briefs.Assist field work whenever required.Other task assigned by the supervisor(s).


Education, experience, technical skills and competencies

Masters degree in geoinformatics, forestry, environmental, natural resources or other related discipline.Work experience of 3 - 5 years in spatial data analysis and management.Strong analytical skills in major database and statistical softwares.Experience in doing field research in remote area.Good report writing skills.Basic knowledge in programming languages will be an added advantage.

Personal attributes and competencies

Have initiative and capable of working independently as well as an effective team player.Good interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to effectively interact with people in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment.

We are looking for people who share our mission and our commitment to professionalism, innovation, impact and collaboration.

Terms and conditions

This is a nationally recruited position. Only Indonesian nationals need to apply. CIFOR offers a competitive remuneration commensurate with skills and experience.The appointment will be for a year with a possibility of extension contingent upon performance, continued relevance of the position and available resources.The duty station will be at the CIFOR headquarters in Bogor, Indonesia.

Applications process

The application deadline is 17 May, 2013. Screening of applications will start immediately.We will acknowledge all applications, however 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
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