Director, Climate (Food & Forests)

Location: London

Closing date: 18 January 2019

You will contribute to the development of cutting edge, impactful and evidence-based strategies and plans that ensure CIFF’s work across the Food, Forestry and wider Land Use Sector achieves transformational and lasting change.

Main purpose of the role:  


As a recognised subject-matter expert, you will contribute to the development of cutting edge, impactful and evidence-based strategies and plans that ensure CIFF’s work across the Food, Forestry and wider Land Use Sector achieves transformational and lasting change.


 

Context of the role at CIFF:

The land use sector accounts for nearly a quarter of global emissions.  It has important interactions with development priorities (e.g. food security, nutrition, rural livelihoods), and other environmental priorities (e.g. biodiversity, water, climate adaptation).  It also provides the quickest, most cost effective way to achieve negative emissions at scale – which will be essential if the world is to meet 1.5 degrees. Yet the sector has received relatively little attention and funding to date, and existing funding is concentrated on only a few mitigation strategies.

 

CIFF’s land use portfolio started in 2014 with investments in Brazil to strengthen and accelerate implementation of the Forest Code and develop investment grade business models for forest restoration. This has been more recently complemented by a global focus on forest restoration.  In parallel, CIFF has an extensive nutrition portfolio through its work on Childhood Health and Development work, focused on preventing stunting and helping child development in low income countries, particularly in Africa.

 

CIFF has recently secured approval to significantly expand its work on forestry, food systems and broader land-use, with the goal of halting emissions and reversing forest and soil into a net carbon sink. CIFF is seeking a leader to define and implement this strategy, targeting a number of specific interventions that will deliver systemic and enduring change.  On the supply side, this will aim to prevent forest loss, increase forest cover through avoiding deforestation, and improve agricultural practices including by reforming distorting subsidies.  On the demand side this will include adopting zero-deforestation supply chains, and shifting towards healthier diets. The strategy will be both global, reflecting the interconnected nature of the forestry and food system, and targeted in key geographies with the highest impact, which include Brazil, India, Europe, E. Africa and China.  The work will be led by the Climate team but work closely with colleagues in Child Health and Development.

 

CIFF is not looking for one-off projects that address individual problems. Our ambition is to develop solutions which are scalable, replicable and self-sustaining.  This means working with the private sector, Governments and campaign groups; considering geopolitical and local circumstances; and integrating into economic, social and development agendas. It is also important to consider a wide range of levers that could be deployed to achieve to scalable impact, these may include policy and planning, radical transparency through satellite monitoring, legality and enforcement strategies, public mobilisation, normative and behavioural change and technical assistance, among others.


To apply please upload your CV and Cover Letter to https://jobs.talent.dynamics.com/jobs/ciff/2/4/apply or email recruitment@ciff.org no later that January 18th 2019 @ 5pm GMT


For any further information please get in touch with Ben Salt in the London office.