Tuesday, January 14, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: Director, CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry
The CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry: Livelihoods, Landscapes and Governance (FTA) is a large integrated research program that started in 2011. It is responding to the call for urgent, strong and sustained effort focused on forest management and governance, given the crucial role of forests in some of the most important challenges of our time: climate change, poverty, environment and food security.
The FTA brings together several hundred scientists from four CGIAR Centers: CIFOR, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Bioversity International and International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), two non-CGIAR organizations (CIRAD and CATIE), as well as many other research and non-research partners. The program was initiated in 2011 with a ten-year horizon. The 2014 budget is US$89 million.
The FTA is led by CIFOR, which hosts the Management Support Unit, headed by the Director of FTA. For further information about FTA, see: www.cifor.org/forests-trees-agroforestry
Summary of responsibilities
- Provide intellectual leadership in building a shared vision for the FTA research agenda and impact pathways with a strategic perspective through which research outcomes lead to the achievement of long-term impacts.
- Coordinate, monitor and support the work of FTA theme coordinators and focal points.
- Facilitate and oversee the delivery of research outputs and contributions towards outcomes and impacts across themes in the program.
- Coordinate FTA work plans, budgets, reporting, monitoring and evaluation, including working closely with the Consortium Office, Independent Evaluation Arrangement, Independent Science and Partnership Council and other CGIAR or related institutions.
With guidance from CIFOR’s Deputy Director General for Research and the FTA Steering Committee, the Director of FTA will be responsible for the following:
Management of FTA planning, budgeting, reporting, monitoring and evaluation
- Develop and update the FTA research and impact strategy, which will include the compilation of the annual program of work and budget and rolling three-year operational plans.
- In close collaboration with cross-cutting theme coordinators, oversee the implementation of cross-cutting themes in the framework of a results-based management system.
- Put in place all the necessary steps, such as policy engagement and communication strategies, in order for research outputs to contribute to achieving expected outcomes and impacts.
- Establish an internal platform for communication and coordination across the FTA thematic and cross-cutting themes in order to ensure synergies in the program implementation.
- Oversee progress of teams in delivering expected research outputs through the semi-annual technical reports (traffic-light reports).
- Coordinate annual reporting to the Consortium Board for all program participants.
- Supervise the design and implementation of an appropriate monitoring and evaluation system built on a sound theory of change and realistic impact pathways.
- In consultation with the gender coordinator and theme leaders, ensure proper consideration is given to gender and related issues in the programming, budgeting and implementation of FTA research and action activities.
- Coordinate internal and external reviews and evaluations, as requested by the Steering Committee, the Consortium Board or the Fund Council.
- Supervise staff in the Management Support Unit.
- Work closely with the Consortium Office and other CGIAR institutions for all of the above tasks.
Leadership and support to science and impact orientation
- Provide overall direction to and facilitate collaboration among FTA theme leaders, supplementing and complementing accountabilities of the organizations participating in the program.
- Facilitate collaboration and seek synergies among program participants, including data management, peer review processes, monitoring and evaluation and impact assessment.
- Build a shared vision among program participants for FTA objectives, ensuring adequate synergies and collaboration across the different contributing research themes.
- Ensure collaboration between FTA and other CRPs in order to complement the different CRPs’ research agendas and in the achievement of broader system level outcomes.
- Stimulate the development and adoption of cutting edge knowledge and methodologies in the research program, as well as innovative ways to achieve the program outcomes.
- Organize periodic FTA meetings to bring together scientists from across the CRP to present results, discuss and exchange research methods, develop strategies to maximize impacts and build stronger collaboration.
Coordination and outreach
- Support, manage and coordinate meetings of the FTA Steering Committee.
- Coordinate FTA level communication functions as needed to supplement and complement center-level outreach activities.
- Represent FTA at international meetings, maintain donor relations and engage in resource mobilization activities as needed and required.
- Ensure coordination and information flow among FTA partners, as well as with other CGIAR Centers, CRPs and CGIAR system bodies and working groups.
Deadline: January 31, 2014