New Vacancy at CIFOR – Research Specialist – Quantitative Methods

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is a nonprofit, global research organization dedicated to
advancing human well-being, environmental conservation and equity. We conduct research that enables more
informed and equitable decision making about the use and management of tropical
and sub-tropical forest landscapes. We help policy makers and practitioners
shape effective policy, improve the management of tropical forests and address
the needs and perspectives of people who depend on forests for their
livelihoods. Our multidisciplinary approach considers the underlying drivers of
deforestation and degradation which often lie outside the forestry sector:
forces such as agriculture, infrastructure development, trade and investment
policies and law enforcement. CIFOR is looking for Research Specialist – Quantitative Methods OverviewThe Research to
Impact team needs a Research Specialist, whose role will contribute to guiding
scientists in survey sampling, research instrument design, statistical and
econometrics analysis, and also co-delivering training in quantitative research
methods. The Research Specialist, together with the Research Data Specialist,
will coordinate data collection in CIFOR such that it is undertaken using a set
of common standards and practices. This will then allow data to be reused by
other projects in the future, as well as providing the data for wider use
beyond CIFOR. Summary of responsibilities·        
To develop common standards and practices related
to quantitative data collection. ·        
To guide and work with scientists in CIFOR to
meet the standards and adopt practices related to quantitative data collection
and analysis. ·        
To conduct quantitative analysis and research.·        
To quality assure quantitative analyses done by
CIFOR scientists.  Details of
duties, assignments and objectives will be further discussed and laid out in
the staff’s annual performance contract.  RequirementsEducation, knowledge
and experience
Master’s degree in economics, statistics, or
other quantitative social sciences·        
Minimum 5 years of experience in conducting
research ·        
Strong skills in quantitative/statistical
analysis required·        
Familiarity with statistical software (Stata,
SPSS, R, etc)·        
Minimum of three years working experience in
international organizations preferred but not essential·        
Fluent English language skills, ability to
express opinions in both oral and written English, are essential   Personal Attributes and
Competent in personal organization and
priority setting, with the ability to work effectively under time pressure and
manage multiple priorities.·        
Demonstrates initiative, capable of working independently
and as an effective team player·        
Good interpersonal and communication skills,
with the ability to effectively interact with people in a multi-disciplinary
and multi-cultural environment ·        
Experience working with a wide and diverse
network of groups and individuals. Terms and Conditions·        
This is a nationally recruited position. CIFOR offers
competitive remuneration, commensurate with skills and experience.·        
The appointment is for two years, with a possibility
of extension contingent upon performance, continued relevance of the position
and available resources.·        
The duty station will be at CIFOR Headquarters in Bogor,

Indonesia.  Application process·        
The application deadline is 29 February 2016·        
We will acknowledge all
will contact only short-listed
candidates.  To
apply, please visit our career site at  To
learn more about CIFOR, please visit our website at

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