Consultant for Information, Monitoring and Reporting

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) advances human well-being, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to help shape policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries. CIFOR is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, with offices in Asia, Africa and South America.

CIFOR is looking for a Consultant for Information, Monitoring and Reporting ; CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) and CRP on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

Overview

The Consultant will support the CRP-FTA Director in generating, gathering and synthesizing information relevant to assessing the performance and impact of CRP-FTA. The Consultant will also assist in reporting information to all CRP partners, and support CIFOR's CRP-CCAFS Coordinator in corresponding tasks for CCAFS.

The role will include establishing links between project and CRP operational plans, leveraging reporting requirements across research portfolios, establishing mechanisms to capture, report and assess progress against objectives, and liaising with CIFOR staff, CRP-FTA partners and CCAFS management.

Meeting these objectives will require the Consultant to

  1. understand the formal reporting requirements for CRP-FTA and CRP-CCAFS;
  2. understand data being collected routinely, and data that might be collected and that would assist in reporting and demonstrating performance and impact;
  3. understand the CGIAR Intellectual Assets Policy and the CIFOR Research Data Management Policy, and how to assist CIFOR staff in complying with those policies;
  4. be proactive and collaborative in seeking, compiling and synthesizing relevant information, in anticipation of deadlines and reporting requirements;
  5. liaise effectively with the CRP-FTA Director and CIFOR's CRP-CCAFS Coordinator, and with staff in CRP partner centers.

The Consultant's work will have an impact in the following key result areas:

  1. CIFOR is better able to track, report and demonstrate the outcomes and impacts of its research to funding partners, the CGIAR and other stakeholders.
  2. CIFOR is better able to execute its leadership of CRP-FTA and its involvement in other CRPs.
  3. Across CIFOR's entire research portfolio, there is
    1. improved portfolio management;
    2. improved collection and use of evidence to support claims of progress;
    3. more effective management of reporting requirements;
    4. timely and efficient completion of reporting requirements.

Key responsibilities/tasks

Under the supervision of the CRP-FTA Director and alongside CIFOR's CRP-CCAFS Coordinator, the Consultant will coordinate the collection and consolidation of data, reports and information relating to the delivery of research activities and outputs for CRP-FTA and CRP-CCAFS.

Specific duties and responsibilities:

  • Monitor the assigned CRP reporting commitments and ensure timely submission of reports and other documentation.
  • Coordinate the collection of information from research themes and teams, as required for CRP and project reporting and work plans.
  • Ensure CRP information is stored and managed effectively, and assist in implementing CIFOR's Research Data Management Policy.
  • Integrate work plans and reports from research themes into draft reports for review by CRP management and coordinators/focal points.
  • Edit, proofread and finalize CRP reports and other documents, ensuring consistency with reporting style, content and format requirements.
  • Act as liaison between CIFOR units (e.g., research portfolios, finance, human resources), CRP coordinators/focal points and other organizational units, including other process managers, on matters related to CRP data and reporting.
  • Act as focal point for the integration of CRP reports and information into the institutional reporting framework.
  • Support the development of appropriate reporting templates and information management systems (e.g., research management component of OCS).
  • Other duties as required.

Outputs:

  • Data sets relevant to reporting requirements
  • CRP-FTA and CRP-CCAFS reports
  • Other reports as directed.

Requirements

Education, experience and technical skills

  • Minimum Bachelor's degree and 5 years of experience in environmental policy or project management/coordination
  • Proven track record of working with diverse partners to solve problems and achieve shared goals
  • Superior knowledge of best practices and current trends in large project portfolio management, monitoring and evaluation
  • Excellent donor interface, project design, implementation and reporting skills
  • Experience living and working in a developing country
  • Outstanding writing skills and public speaking skills
  • Fluency in English (native speaker level) is required; proficiency in other international languages is desirable.

Competencies

  • Values the sharing of information and continuous improvement in a cooperative atmosphere of constructive evaluation and learning
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills
  • Proactive, target driven
  • Outstanding writing skills and good public speaking skills
  • Proven negotiation, strategic planning and execution skills
  • Proven ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously and to perform under pressure
  • Ability to meet deadlines and prioritize
  • Excellent negotiation, facilitation and conflict-resolution skills
  • A team player, with proven performance in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment

Terms and conditions

  • The contract will initially be for 6 months, with a work plan to be developed in conjunction with the CRP-FTA Director and CIFOR's CRP CCAFS Coordinator.
  • The duty station will be at CIFOR headquarters in Bogor, Indonesia.

CIFOR is an equal opportunity employer. Staff diversity contributes to excellence.

Jawa Barat, Indonesia,
2013-09-20
The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
Human Resources Department, CIFOR
cifor-hr-jobs@cgiar.org

CIFOR, Jalan CIFOR, Situ Gede, Bogor, Jawa Barat, 16115, Indonesia
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