Program Lead - Capacity Development and Inclusion

Program Lead
Panama City, Republic of Panama
Deadline for application

August 4, 2020

Program Lead - Capacity Development and Inclusion: Indigenous Peoples Alliance for Rights and Development (IPARD)

FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) has established an operational office for the Permanent Indigenous Peoples’ Committee (PIPC). In 2019 the FSC Indigenous Foundation (FSC IF) was established as a private interest foundation pursuant to Law No. 25 of June 12, 1995 of the Republic of Panama. The mission of the FSC Indigenous Foundation is to unlock the enabling environment to secure Indigenous Peoples’ rights, and promote sustainable forest-based solutions within 300 million hectares of Indigenous forests on the planet. The vision is that the global value of Indigenous Peoples and their rights, livelihoods, ecosystem services & natural capital and territories are recognized and incorporated into forest governance, climate change governance, and market systems.

The FSC IF will be the implementing agency for an upcoming five-year USAID Global Development Alliance (GDA) Program: Indigenous Peoples Alliance for Rights and Development (IPARD).

Tasks and Responsibilities

The Program Lead-Capacity Development and Inclusion (PL-CDI) for IPARD will report to the Program Director, and will have the following responsibilities: 

Support the IPARD Program Director by providing strategic and technical leadership on the design and implementation of capacity development programs in a number of countries and regions oriented to strengthen the organization and institutional development of Indigenous Peoples including leadership and management, financial management, partnership relationship and management, project and grant management, negotiation and conflict resolution, communication and information, and other technical relevant areas.

Oversee partners and engage with potential beneficiaries to build up alliances, identify needs and opportunities for institutional development, develop approaches and methodologies of training, social learning and inclusion, as well as will facilitate when required training meetings and workshops.

Identify best practices and pedagogical methodologies to enhance the effectiveness of capacity development programs for Indigenous Peoples organizations, leaders and professionals and manage knowledge and learning exchanges at the national, regional and global levels.

Develop appropriate materials, methodologies, and approaches to ensure effective integration of Program’s areas and needed capacity development of partners and local stakeholders including training, mentoring, social exchange, and coaching.

Lead and support the development and implementation of comprehensive, long-term capacity development programs oriented to achieve the vision of Indigenous Peoples and their empowerment for self-reliance at the country level.

Ensure that all members of the alliance use a common approach and methodologies for improving national and local capacities, institutional development, and inclusion approaches.

Act as program advisor on gender and inclusive development by providing strategic planning, designing and support to high quality and pioneering approaches addressed to gender and inclusive development.

Oversee partners, grantees, and contractors in all aspects of activities planning, monitoring and implementation related to his/her areas of responsibilities.

Develop, monitor, and promote collaborative tools, toolkits, and platforms for social learning, knowledge and data sharing.

Provide high-level leadership and business oversight for gender and inclusive development program activities, contracts, and project plans to ensure adequate compliance and commitment to social inclusion and donor policies.

Work with the monitoring and evaluation head to measure the impacts of improved capacity and institutional development on local community organisation and community development.

Support the development of work plans, performance monitoring, lessons & learning, and periodic reports.

Oversee grantees and contractors in the area of his/her responsibility ensuring timely, consistent, and adequate compliance with the work plans, budget, and FSC-IF performance management system related to IPARD Program and USAID.

Your Profile

  University degree in international development, education, organizational development, women and minority’s studies, and social science, or a relevant field or equivalent experience.

  At least 5 years of relevant experience, of which 3 years working as head or manager in programs or projects related to capacity building, capacity development, gender and inclusive development.

  Well­-developed professional networks in the field related to his/her responsibilities.

  Strong technical experience in gender analysis, gender integration, inclusive development approaches, capacity-building and capacity development.

  Excellent public speaking abilities with experience in an international context.

  Excellent written and spoken English AND Spanish is required. Portuguese will be considered a plus.

  Demonstrated cultural awareness and sensitivity to the diversity of values, views and approaches to issues relevant to the FSC IF.

  Familiarity with international projects or programs oriented for Indigenous Peoples and/or Local communities in Latin America, Africa or Asia.

  Ability to respond adequately and efficiently to pressure meeting deadlines with delivery of exceptional products.

How to Apply

Please submit by August 30, 2020 (5pm, Panama) to


Cover letter (two page maximum) including salary proposal and two professional references.

This position is contingent upon award and approval by USAID. Qualified members of Indigenous Peoples are encouraged to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Salary for the position will be negotiated according to qualifications and relevant experience.