BIC is currently building a new civil society strategy on how to protect forests and forest peoples’ rights worldwide through influencing World Bank policies and programs. This strategy will be informed by in-depth analysis and research exploring the World Bank’s engagement in the forest sector and sectors impacting forests, as well as relevant financial flows from other IFIs and the private sector. Research may also include a survey of existing research on financial flows for forests; benchmarking of IFI, private sector, and national standards for forests; as well as a survey of relevant impact mitigation instruments for forest.
The World Bank remains the largest source of international finance for forests, although World Bank investments in agriculture, extractive industries, infrastructure, and other areas associated with deforestation may be undermining these investments in forests. Existing financing for forests is not sufficiently attentive to the land and resource rights of communities, and focuses on a model of timber concession reform and sustainable forest management certification. Analysis by the World Bank’s own Independent Evaluation Group shows that World Bank investments in participatory forest management is one of the most promising approaches in the forestry portfolio, although it remains a miniscule fraction of the World Bank’s portfolio.
We are looking for a smart, proactive individual who has a strong grasp of international forest issues and has excellent research, analytical, and coordination skills. The successful candidate will undertake some of the research and analysis projects described above, and will be responsible for managing consultants who are undertaking other components of the research agenda. The Forest Research Analyst work will closely with BIC’s Campaigns Director and Forest Program Associate. The positon is a 9-12 month consultancy.
- Prepare one or two forest-related research papers (which may include the benchmarking of international best practice standards for forest finance), and
- Work and supervise other consultants in producing other research papers, including an analysis of development finance impact on forests, an assessment of financial needs to scale up community management of forests, and an assessment of available tools for screening of project impacts on forests.
- Bachelor’s degree. Masters is preferred.
- Knowledge of drivers of deforestation, community forestry, international financial institutions, sustainable development, and other international forest issues.
- Demonstrated experience in research, analysis, and coordination with colleagues.
- Demonstrated commitment to social change.
The position is a 9-12 month consultancy, starting in September.
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