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Not many research centers have a global view of tropical forests and forestry, stand up for the little people, combine policy and biology, question conventional wisdom, and think constantly about how they can make a difference. CIFOR – the Center for International Forestry Research – is one of those few.

Since 2002, CIFOR’s budget has risen about 30%, but the number of senior researchers stayed almost the same. Most of the extra money went to our partners outside CIFOR and to junior staff that come to get experience. Now we are hiring five or six new senior researchers – and we need your help.

We are looking for people who think clearly, take research seriously, write well, have something to say, work well in teams and with partners, raise funds, and see research as a tool for helping low-income families and forests. We don’t expect them to be superwomen (or men), but they should have experience and stand out in what they do.

We are looking for people in the areas of:

  • Forests and livelihoods
  • Sustainable forest management, biodiversity, and environmental services
  • Forest plantations
  • Forests and climate change
  • Decentralization, community forestry, and managing conflict and collaboration between stakeholders
  • Forest finance & trade, corporate social responsibility, and regulatory reform
  • Coordination of CIFOR’s regional activities in Africa
  • Impact assessment

Developing country candidates and women are especially encouraged to apply.

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The full information about each of these positions can be found on CIFOR’s website [Younger, less senior, professionals will also find information on the website about positions that may be suitable for them.]

You can also write for information to CIFOR’s Human Resource manager, Jennifer Crocker, at

If you think you might be a good candidate for one or more of these positions please apply. Let your friends know about them as well. We know that there are some great people out there and we are counting on your help to find them. From our side, we are completely committed to making this a truly open and transparent recruitment process.

All applications should be sent to