CIFOR Associate Professional Officer

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The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is looking for an Associate Professional Officer to work on CIFOR research.


  • The position is open to Dutch national and permanent residents of the Netherlands or nationals from eligible developing countries
  • Under 32 years of age at the time of application
  • Nationals from Burkina Faso are not eligible Duties and Responsibilities:

    The APO will have two synergistic roles:

  • , and contributing to the global domain on this topic.
  • The APO will contribute to collecting and analysing data on fuelwood: charcoal and other sources of bioenergy, to prepare papers on forest-based enterprises, to writing policy briefs on these topics, and to stimulate discussion with key stakeholders, including government and civil society, on forest-based enterprises and bioenergy.

  • In engaging with policy makers the team working on this will be expected to make significant contributions to policy debates on forests, forest enterprises and trade and investment.
  • For the global domain, the APO will assist the domain leader in distilling key messages for forest-based enterprise development.
  • As a global team member, the APO will be expected to report on the progress in West Africa.
  • The APO will have a role in this regard, by assisting the global domain leader in preparing for side events and preparing policy briefs.
  • Undertake a critical assessment of past measures and current demand and supply patterns for fuelwood and charcoal that influence woodland landscapes
  • Appraise the costs and benefits, and opportunities (for forests and local livelihoods) of forest-based bioenergy development, with a focus on fuelwood and charcoal, and one of the emerging bioenergy crops
  • Undertake work on the local social and economic impacts of the expansion of bioenergy plantations
  • Assess the potential of forest-based bioenergy development for climate change mitigation


  • A masters degree in a relevant area is required, for example: microeconomics, rural development, agricultural economics, business, economic geography or natural resource economics.
  • Experience with household or market surveys is required.
  • Experience with action research would be an asset.
  • Experience in working with multiple partners in developing countries is desirable.
  • Excellent written and spoken English and French.
  • Good interpersonal and intercultural skills, good in teamwork
  • Good analytical and synthesis skills.

    Application Deadline: 31st July

    For more information and application, visit: CIFOR Associate Professional Officer Website
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