CIFOR-ICRAF is looking for a Theme Leader – Sustainable Value Chains and Investments (Value Chains)

CIFOR-ICRAF is looking for a Theme Leader – Sustainable Value Chains and Investments

Reference number: 2390
Job status: In-progress
Job category: Global Position
Duty station: Bogor, Nairobi or another CIFOR-ICRAF country office by arrangement with supervisor.
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The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) envision a more equitable world where trees in all landscapes, from drylands to the humid tropics, enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR and ICRAF are non-profit science institutions that build and apply evidence to today’s most pressing challenges, including energy insecurity and the climate and biodiversity crises. Over a combined total of 65 years, we have built vast knowledge on forests and trees outside of forests in agricultural landscapes (agroforestry). Using a multidisciplinary approach, we seek to improve lives and to protect and restore ecosystems. Our work focuses on innovative research, partnering for impact, and engaging with stakeholders on policies and practices to benefit people and the planet. Founded in 1993 and 1978, CIFOR and ICRAF are members of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food secure future dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources.

CIFOR-ICRAF is looking for a

Theme Leader – Sustainable Value Chains and Investments (Value Chains)


Are you ready to make a difference? Join CIFOR-ICRAF and become a key player in leading our dynamic thematic program on sustainable value chains and investments. We are on the lookout for a visionary leader with exceptional technical expertise, outstanding team-building skills, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a business-oriented mindset.

About CIFOR-ICRAF: CIFOR-ICRAF envisions a more equitable world where trees, forests and agroforestry enhance the environment and human well-being across diverse landscapes. As a non-profit science institution, we tackle today’s most pressing challenges, including biodiversity, climate, and food crises. With 40 years of experience in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, we apply multidisciplinary approaches to improve lives and protect ecosystems.

Your Role: Theme Leader – Sustainable Value Chains and Investments

Overview: As the Theme Leader, you will lead the development and implementation of a strategy and project portfolio that delivers impact at scale for socio-economic development based on sustainable natural resource management.

Duties and responsibilities

Leadership in R&D on sustainable value chains and investments:

  • Formulate ground-breaking research for development on sustainable value chains and investments, influencing policy and driving development impact.
  • Define and achieve medium-term KPIs and annual goals, contributing to institutional targets and adjusting strategies for impact at scale.
  • Cultivate transformative partnerships with research, donors, policy, and development organizations, driving collaborative efforts for thematic and institutional goals.
  • Identify and prioritize areas for the theme, potentially modifying current focus areas.
  • Ensure career and capacity development opportunities for staff, including mentoring scientists and PhD students.

Develop and lead fundraising strategy:

  • Lead the strategic development of project proposals and donor relationships, creating a robust project portfolio.
  • Oversee project sequencing, content, and implementation for sustainable funding, staff development, and policy contribution.

Oversight of analytical and methodological approaches:

  • Provide scientific and strategic guidance, ensuring research aligns with evidence-based development approaches.
  • Support progress along impact pathways, making research relevant to policy, private sector, and practitioner communities.

Generation of robust evidence and scientific outputs:

  • Lead the publication of high-impact scientific articles, ensuring accessibility and quality.
  • Safeguard evidence integrity and align scientific outputs with staffing and funding levels.
  • Convey scientific evidence to stakeholders through user-friendly products and engagement activities.

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Deliver impact at scale:

  • Develop and implement scaling strategies, identifying critical points in impact pathways for socio-economic development.
  • Oversee business and investment case development in collaboration with CIFOR-ICRAF’s Resilient Landscapes.
  • Foster integration of evidence-based scaling research and document achieved impact.
  • Work closely with relevant units to deliver, monitor, and document research outcomes and impacts at scale.

Education, knowledge and experience

• Subject matter authority for tropical commodities value chains.
• Ph.D. and/or MBA in a relevant disciplinary field.
• At least 15 years of proven experience if lacking degrees in the relevant field.
• Expertise in forest products, tree crops, or agri-food value chains.

Personal attributes and competencies

• Thought leadership on value chains in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
• Proven track record in research and development initiatives.
• Documented leadership and management experience.
• Strong track record in business development and resource mobilization.
• Experience in negotiating with executives, managers, and sustainability directors.

Ready to make a difference? Apply now and lead transformative initiatives at CIFOR-ICRAF!

Terms and conditions

• This is a Global position. CIFOR-ICRAF offers competitive remuneration in USD commensurate with skills and experience.
• The initial appointment will be for 2 (two) years, inclusive of a six-month probationary period, with the possibility of extension contingent upon performance, continued relevance of the position and available resources.
• The duty station will be in Bogor, Nairobi or another CIFOR-ICRAF country office by arrangement with supervisor.
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To learn more about CIFOR-ICRAF, please visit our websites at: CIFOR-ICRAF promotes Gender Diversity – Applications from women professionals are encouraged.
CIFOR-ICRAF is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equality, teamwork, and respect for diversity.

Application process

The application deadline is 15 Mar 2024
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.

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