Director General – CIFOR


    * Overall leadership and management:

          o Provide vision and insight to the planning and direction of the Center’s research programmes and associated impact pathways
          o Position the Center appropriately in various collaborative partnerships with other organisations, including member Centers of the CGIAR, members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, and other international, regional and national organisations
          o Develop, in collaboration with the management team, strategic and operational plans for the functioning of the Center and keep these plans under ongoing review
          o Supervise the planning and direction of the Center’s research programmes and other activities to ensure effective programming and project implementation, analysis and evaluation of on-going programmes
          o Ensure that an impact culture exists at CIFOR supported by a rigorous assessment and project evaluation systems
          o Lead and actively oversee the Center’s human resources strategy and its application through high quality management practices, and the recruitment and retention of highly qualified and appropriately experienced staff
          o Ensure that the management team is effective
          o Oversee the development of programme and budget submissions for approval by the Board and endorsement by outside stakeholders as appropriate
          o Ensure that the Center’s Annual Report is prepared
Inform the Chairperson of the Board about matters of consequence that relate to the Center and its mandate
          o Exemplify the institutional values (highest scientific and professional standards, openness, and fairness) through visible leadership behaviors

    * Resource development:

Develop the overall funding strategies for the Center and coordinate implementation
Serve as the primary CIFOR fundraiser through the identification of strategic opportunities, priorities and the leveraging of networks
Develop and maintain a donor relations strategy

    * External relations:

          o Ensure functional and effective relations with CIFOR’s host countries
          o Ensure CIFOR has a high profile at key international events related to forests
          o Actively participate in CGIAR activities
          o Ensure web presence and media profile cultivated to encourage impact by influencing policy makers and to support resource mobilisation efforts

    * Science:

          o Maintain standingas a global leader in one scientific area through high profile/impact publications and presentations at high level global events

    * Fiduciary:

          o Ensure compliance with relevant international standards in financial reporting, governance, intellectual property
          o Ensure that the delegation of authority supports clear accountability
          o Ensure that annual operational expenditures occur within the overall framework of the Center’s Board-approved Programme of Work and Budget
          o Ensure that processes are in place to identify and manage actively risks, including preparation of an annual risk assessment that is reported to the Board

    * Board of Trustees:

          o Participate fully in Board meetings as a non-voting member
          o Ensure that the Board is supported in its role through an effective Secretariat
          o Implement the policies, guidelines and directions determined by the Board

Desired Qualifications

    * Advanced university degree in a relevant field with relevant experience in all aspects of the position
    * International reputation for leadership in science, research and development
    * Recognition within the global research community and the various international processes related to forests
    * Proven record of successfully leading and managing multidisciplinary policy relevant research in developing countries, including complex international partnerships
    * Demonstrated proficiency in resource mobilisation, management of people and resources, and communication with scientific and policy communities
    * Fluency in written and spoken English and one or more other languages related to CIFOR’s mandate
    * A good working knowledge and understanding of the CGIAR is desirable

Terms and conditions

    * The Director General will be based in Bogor, Indonesia. Bogor is located on the outskirts of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. It is a university town with many scientific research centres.
    * The initial employment will be for five years with the possibility of extension, with an anticipated start date in mid-2012.
    * CIFOR offers attractive and internationally competitive remuneration, commensurate with skills and experience. The benefits include employer-paid medical, life and disability insurance, and retirement plan. Allowances for relocation, housing, vehicle, family visit travel, and children’s education are also provided.

Application process

    * Interested applicants are invited to submit their curriculum vitae and a letter of interest, including contact information for three referees, to:
    * The application deadline is 29 February, 2012. We look forward to hearing from you.


The initial employment will be for five years with the possibility of extension, with an anticipated start date in mid-2012.

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