Program Lead - Political Incidence, Rights and Social Participation

Program Lead
Panama City, Republic of Panama
Deadline for application

August 4, 2020

Program Lead - Political Incidence, Rights and Social Participation: Indigenous Peoples Alliance for Rights and Development

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 Responsabilities

The Program Lead - Political Incidence, Rights, and Social Participation (PLPIRSP) for IPARD will report to the Program Director, and will have the following responsabilities: 

Support the IPARD Program Director by providing strategic and technical leadership on the design and implementation of public policy and advocacy related to Indigenous Peoples and their inclusive development and social participation across the IPARD Program and country projects through high levels of influence and engagement for policy work.

Lead assessments and analysis at the country level of the effectiveness of constitutional, legal, policy and institutional frameworks oriented to recognize and protect the rights and inclusion of Indigenous Peoples and develop alliances to design and implement actions for improving Indigenous Peoples’ capacity to participate and influence national-­‐level decision-­‐ making systems.

Lead and support the development of plans at the country level to facilitate the constructive engagement and dialogues of Indigenous Peoples with the national governments, the private sector and civil society writ large, in order to create an enabling and authorizing environment for Indigenous Peoples to fully exercise their rights.

Develop and implement policy and advocacy approaches to improve the institutional capacity of IPOs and other pertinent stakeholders to engage with relevant policymakers, collaborate and influence the establishment of legal and policy frameworks in favor of Indigenous Peoples, and improve accountability, transparency, and information on Indigenous Peoples policies.

Work in collaboration with the IPARD’s Capacity Development and Inclusion Head in the development and establishment of capacity programs and social-learning approaches to improve knowledge and practices of IPOs on human rights, advocacy, campaign, and data management and decision-making tools for policy designing and policy decision-making.

Promote and lead alliances to improve access and knowledge of IPOs and other relevant stakeholders for data management in existing monitoring public platforms to support inclusive decision-making, social learning, environmental monitoring, territorial and resource-use planning & management.

Monitor and inform program team and partners of the international and national policy landscape developing clear, consistent, and coherent policy messaging in favor of Indigenous Peoples rights and development supported by high quality analysis, policy briefings, recommendations, and positions related to program’s objectives and priorities.

Build, promote, and oversee partnerships and coalitions to effectively influence social transformation, accountability, and inclusive decision-making at national and sub-national levels for promoting inclusive decision-making and social participation.

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 political science, international affairs, public policy, 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 public policy, governments, advocacy, and policy development.

  Well-developed professional networks in the field of public policy, policy advocacy, human rights, rights-based approach to development, and inclusive policy development.

  Experience in evidence-based public policy analysis, development, and influencing.

  Strong  experience  and  confidence  in  developing,  planning,  and  overseeing  public  policy-advocacy initiatives and events.

  Exceptional diplomatic, facilitation, and negotiation abilities to foster cooperation and dialogue within and among different sectors

  Excellent verbal and written skills, especially public speaking, with experience in an international context.

  Strong knowledge and experience of Indigenous Peoples issues, land tenure rights, and current policy priorities and agendas at international level with deep understanding of relevant countries in Latin America, Asia, or Africa.

  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.