At IFSS 2017 in South Africa, our General Assembly established a New Liaison Officer (LO) position for Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL).


YIL is a partnership between IFSA, YPARD (Young Professionals for Agricultural Development) and Global AgroEcology Alliance (GAEA) which was formed in 2014. It is a youth-led initiative that unites and empowers youth (aged 18-35 years) from diverse backgrounds around the world to have a voice, and affect positive change in their landscapes and livelihoods. It does this through training, workshops and the facilitation of sessions at major events such as the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF).


YIL has sought to arrange events in collaboration with GLF events, and has hosted a major youth session and skills development workshop at the past three GLFs (2014-2016). YIL actively works with GLF and CIFOR to develop an innovative and meaningful programme to support mutual objectives.  It is important for IFSA and youth engagement in global dialogues that this partnership continues and fosters the excelled development of interested youth.


The LO (Liaison Officer) is the main correspondent between IFSA and one of its professional partners. LOs report directly to the President and are responsible for the management between IFSA and the official partner until July 2018.


Tasks of the Liaison Officer for YIL:

  • Serve as the IFSA Focal Point on the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL) steering committee;

  • In the inaugural year of the formal YIL partnership, work with the IFSA President to help steer the agenda and define the work of YIL;

    • This includes close collaboration between the YIL LO and IFSA President to work with the YIL Steering Committee to finalise the MoU of YIL partners, and the YIL MoU with GLF.

  • Work with the YIL to design innovative youth programmes and initiatives which support the objectives of IFSA and the other partners of YIL;

  • Engage, following the direction of the YIL steering committee, with representatives from the Global Landscapes Forum and CIFOR;

  • Raise awareness of YIL within IFSA.


The ideal candidate must:

  • Have a high level of self-motivation and strong team building skills.

  • Have a passion and understanding for capacity building/event management

  • Be able to attend the YIL event held at the major annual GLF conference (Dec 19-20, 2017).

  • Be a current Ordinary IFSA Member or have graduated from an LC in the region within one year.

  • Preferably, have knowledge and experience in attending and organizing delegations.


Application Requirements

If you are interested in applying for the position of YIL Liaison Officer, please submit the following documents, if possible in one PDF file, to [email protected] by September 10th at 23:59 CET. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

  1. Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae

  2. A motivation letter of no more than 2 pages stating why you are a good candidate, your goals for this role, and your motivations for undertaking this role.

  3. Letter of verification by your LC President stating that you are a member of your LC or an alumni (recent graduate) of your LC.


We look forward to hearing from you!


Best regards,

Salina Abraham (The Netherlands)

Jan Joseph Dida (Philippines)

Kristjan Tӓll (Estonia)

Lisa Prior (Germany)

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