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Jobs at Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Jobs at Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Jobs at Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Jobs at Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Jobs in NGO / Non-Profit Associations, Jobs at Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is a non-profit, scientific institution that conducts research on the most pressing challenges of forest and landscape management around the world. Using a global, multidisciplinary approach, we aim to improve human well-being, protect the environment, and increase equity. To do so, we conduct innovative research, develop partners’ capacity, and actively engage in dialogue with all stakeholders to inform policies and practices that affect forests and people. CIFOR is a CGIAR Research Center, and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, with offices in Nairobi, Kenya; Yaounde, Cameroo

Bioinformatic and Software Developer

Duties and responsibilities

Data Analysis

  • Analyse agricultural research experiments (low, mid, and high-volume sequencing/genotyping data).
  • Processing of large files and perform various bioinformatics analysis.

Software development

  • Collaborate with software developers in the development and modification of commercial bioinformatics software.
  • Develop software or applications for scientific or technical use.
  • Developing Python and Angular / React (or other) web framework-based GUI web-apps.
  • Manage Linux based servers and understand virtualizations and dockers.

Local and International Support

  • Collaborate with technical specialists to resolve design or development problems.
  • Contribute to organizing and delivering OneCGIAR training programs in bioinformatics data analysis, data management, digitalization and using interlinked tools.
  • Support the integration of roles and projects into the new OneCGIAR global units.


  • Masters in life Science.
  • PhD qualification in the same field will be an added advantage
  • Thorough understanding of the field of work or specialized equipment.
  • Basic knowledge of administrative and/or operating protocols and procedures of research support function.
  • Up to 5 years work experience.
  • Conceptual knowledge and understanding of NGS data analysis, and pipeline development for variant calling & developing reference assemblies.
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues and external contacts on routine work-related matters.
  • Competence in using shell scripts, Snakemake, Nextflow and/or WSL.
  • Experience in Core JAVA, using APIs and developing API driven applications.
  •  Proficiency in Python, Perl and R.

Personal attributes and competencies

  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • Ability to analyze complex data, carry out and explain computations or to resolve complex problems.
  • Identifying options based on research and consideration of their consequences.
  • Provides inputs into decision making on complex problems.
  • Deep understanding of NGS data analysis, and pipeline development for variant calling & developing reference assemblies.
  • Proficiency in using Linux and maintaining Linux based servers and clusters
  • Experience in web frameworks, such as Angular or React
  • Knowledge of relational data management systems and demonstrated ability to extract data and navigate systems
  • Experience in working within international organizations or multicultural organizations desired
  • Critical and Creative Thinking, Teamwork, Communication and Client Orientation skills.

The application deadline is 05 Feb-2023

Resource Mobilization Coordinator 

Summary of responsibilities

  • Improved development and submission of high-quality concept notes and proposals (grant applications) to donors.
  • Improved CIFOR/ICRAF-wide proposal-writing capacity – to improve the quality of drafts produced by science teams and increase in overall quantity of grant applications in the pipeline.
  • Strengthened relations with current donors and prospects with increased revenue available to implementation of CIFOR-ICRAF’s 2020-2030 Strategy.
  • Enhanced institutional reputation as a global research authority. 

Other Responsibilities

Proposal/ Program Development and Coordination

  • Coordinate the research and verification of new funding opportunities for relevant global campaigns and/or initiatives;
  • Support global research teams in all stages of pre-award functions (concept note/proposal development, planning, drafting, editing, coordinating with potential proposal partners, internal clearances and submission of high value solicitation documents) and efficient transfer of approved awards to Programme/Grant Management;

Strategy, Analysis and Reporting

  • Maintain efficient knowledge sharing and information portal for capturing and sharing information and managing donor intelligence to enable successful funding approaches and institutional understanding of CIFOR-ICRAF’s resource development activities;
  • Support the RM team on reporting progress in key areas of the funding strategy and preparation of briefing materials for donor presentations and/or meetings;

Support unsolicited fundraising processes and practices

  • Coordinate with the RM team and other corporate units on donor stewardship, communications and cultivation of major global donors and prospects.
  • Provide critical feedback for the development of a standardized process (RM Strategy) for program development linked to CIFOR- ICRAF Key Performance Areas (KPAs) support the development and submission of high quality programs and coordinated planning.
  • Work with the RM team on the development of guidance notes, standard operating procedures, tools, templates, best practices, lessons learned, and ensure consistent use of required tools by scientists.
  • Support the development of Funder Profiles.
  • Work with the team on enhancing tools and processes that support “go/ no go” decisions and the monitoring of progress in relation to unsolicited fundraising.

Education, knowledge and experience

  • Master’s degree in International Relations, Conservation/Environmental Sciences, or Agricultural Development (an undergraduate degree with 5 years’ relevant work experience will be considered).
  • Knowledge of national/global development agendas and goals.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in resource mobilization with proven track record of raising substantial funds for international organizations, UN agencies, and/or international non-governmental organizations – preferably in francophone Africa.
  • Understanding of project cycle management.
  • Experience in working with diverse teams.
  • Solid work ethic including quality and timely delivery.
  • Above average written and presentation skills.
  • Experience with fundraising databases.
  • Fluency in English and French mandatory (Spanish desirable).
  • Highly organized, detail oriented, “door opener” with reliable timely and high-quality delivery of assignments.

Personal attributes and competencies

  • Innovation.
  • “out-of-the-box” thinking.
  • Extrovert personality.
  • Ability to link sectors and maximize resource mobilization capacity with donors and other development partners.
  • Diplomatic, tactful and effective management and stewardship of major international donors.
  • Ability to quickly upload and interpret complex and technical subject matter to diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently solve various general problems and advise complex and sensitive problems.

The application deadline is 17 Feb-2023

Method of Application

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