CIFOR Job Vacancy: GLF Coordination and Speakers Liaison Intern – Bonn, Stadt, Germany

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June 4, 2019

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June 15, 2019




The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) envisions a more equitable world where forestry and landscapes enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR is a non-profit, scientific institution that conducts research on the most pressing challenges of forest and landscape management around the world. Using a global, multidisciplinary approach, we aim to improve human well-being, protect the environment, and increase equity. To do so, we conduct innovative research, develop partners’ capacity, and actively engage in dialogue with all stakeholders to inform policies and practices that affect forests and people. CIFOR is a CGIAR Research Center, and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, with offices in Nairobi, Kenya; Yaoundé, Cameroon; Lima, Peru; and Bonn, Germany.

CIFOR is looking for

GLF Coordination and Speakers Liaison Intern


The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is a partnership initiative led by CIFOR through its GLF Team. The team is based in the new CIFOR office in Bonn, Germany, and the CIFOR headquarters in Indonesia. The GLF Team is responsible for delivery on all GLF activities, and for expanding the GLF partnership and community.

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is the world’s largest multistakeholder platform on integrated landscapes and aims to create a movement of one billion people around productive, prosperous, equitable and resilient landscapes. Founded by CIFOR, UN Environment and the World Bank, with 23 charter members among the world’s leading development organizations, and core funding provided by the German Government, the GLF operates from a Secretariat in Bonn and focuses on five main themes: restoration, finance, rights, food and livelihoods, and measuring progress.

Since 2013, over 180,000 stakeholders from more than 4400 organizations and 185 countries have engaged with the GLF in person and online, with stakeholders from community and indigenous peoples organizations, finance, civil society, government, media and the youth. We have reached 500 million people online and through traditional media. The GLF is founded on four principles: connecting, sharing, learning and acting and has produced global conferences in the following cities: Warsaw, Lima, London, Paris, Marrakech, Jakarta, Bonn, Washington DC, Nairobi, Katowice and Kyoto. And in 2019 we will be in Bonn, New York, Accra, Luxembourg and Santiago.

From building the investment case for sustainable landscapes, to developing a gold standard for indigenous peoples rights, to supporting the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the GLF has been at the cutting edge in hosting and facilitating all manner of discussions to accelerate positive action for people, for the environment, and for the achievement of global climate and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Together we will create a global force to contribute to achieving the SDGs and climate agenda by creating a positive vision of what we can do if we all work together.


Duties and responsibilities

As the Global Landscapes Forum transitions to its new, long-term structure, the GLF Speakers Liaison Intern will support the GLF Global Coordinator to identify and reach out to potential GLF plenary speakers and will oversee the invitation and confirmation process. In doing so, the GLF Speakers Liaison Intern will also work closely with the GLF Managing Director and the GLF Global Assistant Coordinator.

Details of the Intern’s responsibilities:

  • Assist the GLF Global Coordinator to coordinate the participation of high-level partners, political leaders and other VIPs at GLF global conferences and in other activities.
  • Identify and contact potential plenary speakers around the world.
  • Assist the GLF Global Coordinator to identify, reach out to and serve as a focal point for speakers as regards invitations, communication, facilitation and follow-up.
  • Prepare all GLF speaker bios/profiles.
  • Coordinate with the Communication Team to ensure all GLF speakers’ profiles are uploaded to the event webpage.
  • Act as the speakers’ go-to person on the day of the event (either remotely or at the conference).

Education, knowledge and experience

  • Be a recent graduate of a bachelor’s or master’s program in communications, journalism, international relations, development studies or related discipline
  • Have experience in project management and coordination
  • Have experience in planning, implementing and evaluating projects
  • Have knowledge about the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Be fluent in English (essential); other languages (esp. French, Spanish, Indonesian, German) an advantage.

Personal Attributes and Competencies

  • Be self-motivated, resourceful and energetic
  • Be able to find creative solutions
  • Be able to strategize at both macro and micro levels
  • Be a team player and has outstanding interpersonal communications skills
  • Have outstanding diplomatic and negotiation skills
  • Have a proven ability to work well under pressure.

Terms and Conditions

  • This is an internship opportunity for 6 months.
  • CIFOR’s employment conditions follow local labor laws and regulations. CIFOR will employ suitable candidates regardless of nationality, provided that he/she complies with the local requirements for working at the posting location. Being a citizen of an EU country is preferred.
  • 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.
  • The duty station will be in Bonn, Germany.

Application process

The application deadline is 15 Jun-2019

We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.


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