Monthly Archives: June 2013

CIFOR is looking for an Intern – Digital Communications

The Center for International Forestry Research advances human well-being, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to help shape policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries. CIFOR is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, with offices in Asia, Africa and South America.

CIFOR is looking for an Intern – Digital Communications


We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive individual to support our digital communications work. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right person to gain experience in a busy and dynamic communications department in a highly respected global research institution.

The intern will help engage users across social media platforms and assist with developing and curating content. Depending on skills and interests, the intern could be asked to assist with filming, editing, writing scripts, creating motion graphics and podcasts as well as researching and writing social media posts.

This is a highly customizable position with the freedom to be creative.

Please send us a resume and cover letter stating your knowledge of and experience with social media, digital marketing and new media, including any related work experience. Your cover letter should demonstrate what you hope to gain from this internship – and why you think we should choose you.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Identify current media and social media trends relevant to the work of CIFOR to help establish new partnerships with influential networks.
  2. Play a key role in the day-to-day running of Facebook and Twitter by sourcing and writing fresh, engaging posts that will grow our audiences.
  3. Help curate CIFOR’s Flickr and YouTube feeds, ensuring captions and titles are engaging and link back to research findings.
  4. Support CIFOR staff in drafting stories for CIFOR’s Forests News blog and media outlets, covering issues related to forestry, climate change, biofuels and other topics.
  5. Assist with other tasks relevant to CIFOR’s mission as advised by the ICG management team.


  • Degree in science and/or journalism/communications.
  • A strong interest in how traditional media and digital marketing can be used to communicate complex information to a broad audience.
  • Well-developed writing and editing skills.
  • Fluency in English, both oral and written.
  • Demonstrated experience with Facebook and Twitter.
  • Experience with Publisher, Adobe Photoshop, YouTube, WordPress, Instagram, Pinterest and Hootsuite an advantage.
  • Flexible and adaptable, to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Able to work collaboratively with others and be a supportive and effective team member.

Terms and conditions

  • The duration of the internship is 12 months.
  • An allowance will be provided that is sufficient to cover your travel and living costs.
  • The position will be based at CIFOR headquarters in Bogor, Indonesia.

Applications process

  • The application deadline is 15 July 2013.
  • We will acknowledge all applications, but we will contact only short-listed candidates.

Please send your letter of interest and CV, including contact information for three referees, as well as a writing sample, to:

Human Resources Department, CIFOR

Please indicate the position and its reference number in the email subject line.


Seeking Innovative Ideas to Improve Data Collection in the Global Dairy Sector for Human Health and Well-Being

Scientists Without Borders, in partnership with The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks bold, innovative, feasible, and scalable ideas to leapfrog existing approaches and significantly improve the collection, reporting, aggregation, and sharing of data associated with dairy production and consumption all along the smallholder dairy production value chain in, but not limited to, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

We are seeking ideas that will appropriately and successfully combine and integrate technology-based approaches and innovations with social and cultural factors, rather than focusing on any one approach in isolation. Additionally, we seek ideas that provide a clear model of sustainability – meaning an identified and measurable pathway to scale and adoption of the idea proposed – and platform or program models that are open and shared, can piggyback or integrate with existing technology or program initiatives, and that can accommodate additional functionality as needs evolve. Finally, solvers must be cognizant when proposing a solution of the resource constraints and technology limitations operating at the household or smallholder farmer level in the relevant geographies.

Reward: Up to $7,500 for novel, feasible, and cost-effective ideas and approaches that significantly improve the collection, reporting, aggregation, and sharing of data associated with smallholder dairy production and consumption in the developing world. There may be opportunities for the winning solver to work with the partners to further develop the selected idea.

Solvers:  We are seeking student solvers at all academic levels (ranging from the middle school to postdoctoral level) in order to access nontraditional creative minds and passionate problem-solvers.  We encourage students to form teams or other models of collaboration to engage as many different perspectives as possible.

The Successful Idea Will:

  • A successful idea must propose a solution or approach that can be implemented or used at the smallholder farmer household level.
  • A successful idea must mitigate the cost per farmer reached for data collection.
  • A successful idea must propose a solution that enables the data sought to be captured at the household or smallholder level to be easily understood and input, even given varying agricultural practices, languages, degrees of education and literacy, and will provide a systematized and standard framework for the data capture and entry (Examples of data to be captured at the household level, or by smallholder farmers includes, but need not be limited to, geographic location, migration pattern, species and breed of animal, cross-breeding information, health of the animals, fodder, seasonal information such as weather, inputs, or migration patterns, quantity and quality of milk produced, quality and quantity of milk consumed at the household level, quantity and quality of milk sold, milking time of day, container and storage practices, transport to market, price at market.).
  • A successful idea must enable the data captured to be easily uploaded to a common or shared platform, and the platform must have the tools and capacity to aggregate and process the data and enable the variety of stakeholders to access, understand, analyze, and share it in a meaningful way.
  • Where a technology tool, or suite of tools, is proposed, a successful idea must propose a solution that is open and interoperable across a variety of platforms and device interfaces and that can accommodate the development of additional functionality to capture other kinds of data or piggyback on existing tools, platforms, or interventions.
  • A successful idea must propose a solution that also addresses and considers users (particularly smallholder farmers’) incentives to adopt the tools or approaches proposed, their price sensitivity or other potential barriers to adoption, and should creatively approach incentives for communities and target populations to avail themselves of the innovation (e.g., gamification, community organizing, peer-to-peer spread).

Download the Idea Submission Form | Download the complete Challenge Statement

Source: Scientists without Borders website