Observer organizations will serve a three-year term, beginning in January 2021.
Observers are eligible to serve two (2) consecutive terms of three (3) years maximum. Observers wishing to serve a second consecutive term must participate in the selection process.
Observers from the Civil Society Organisations (CSO), the Private Sector (PS), and Indigenous Peoples (IP) and Local Communities (LC) constituencies carry out several key roles at the CIF: constituency representation, policy advocacy, program monitoring, and outreach/communication.
These are carried out on three levels:
- actively participating on CIF’s decision-making bodies at the global level;
- participating in the formulation and monitoring of climate strategies at the national level; and
- participating in the selection and monitoring of climate project implementation at the local level.
In order to carry out these roles, observers are expected to actively communicate and liaise with their local, national, regional, and/or global constituencies to ensure that their actions and decisions as observers are guided by their constituency views and interests.
More specifically, as observers on CIF’s decision-making bodies they are responsible for: i) preparing for meetings and consulting with other stakeholders in their constituency on issues scheduled to be discussed at the CIF meetings; ii) representing the interests of their constituency, not just of their own organization; and iii) following good practice standards in terms of consulting, liaising, and keeping their constituencies informed of their CIF activities.
Individuals representing observer organizations will be expected to attend and participate actively in:
- three CIF committee meetings (virtual or in person) in 2021, 2022 and 2023.
- an orientation session,
- approximately 12 teleconferences and ‘virtual’ meetings,
- a Partnership Forum.
They will also be expected to contribute productively to the work of the CIF by responding to requests for input on documents and, when their term is completed, by serving on the advisory committee that helps to select the next set of observers.
Generally, costs associated with travel are covered for IP, CSO, LC observers from the Global South. For the private sector and observers from the Global North, costs associated with travel will be considered on a case-by-case basis.