Careers Vacancy

IPARD Regional Report on Lands and Territories

Indigenous Peoples Alliance for Rights and Development” (IPARD) & the Fund for the Development of Indigenous Peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTING SERVICES: IPARD Regional Report on Lands and Territories

I. IPARD PROGRAM

a) BACKGROUND

The Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance for Rights and Development (IPARD), is a Global Development Alliance (GDA) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with a grant period of August 12, 2020, through August 11, 2025. The IPARD Program is implemented through Indigenous National Development (IND) Programs aimed at securing rights, enhancing capacities, and creating self-determined economic opportunities for Indigenous Peoples in selected countries around the world.

The objective of the IPARD Global Alliance is to empower Indigenous Peoples’ organizations and enhance an enabling environment where Indigenous Peoples can manage, develop and govern their own territories based on the principles of self-determined development, traditional practices, natural resource management and respect for their customary rights.

In accordance with the technical approach contained in the program description, IPARD will focus its activities around three key objectives:

Objective 1: Organize and convene a Capacity Building Program for Indigenous Peoples’ organizations and stakeholders (Institutional Strengthening): This objective seeks to strengthen the capacities of Indigenous Peoples’ organizations, mainly through the development of monitoring, leadership, management, organizational capacity, technical and negotiation skills.

Objective 2: Foster an enabling environment for the recognition, effective participation and joint decision-making of indigenous peoples in matters that affect them. (Advocacy, rights and inclusion): The creation of an enabling social, political and institutional environment will foster collaborative decision-making efforts, social coalitions and partnerships, and the mobilization of resources to support self-determined indigenous initiatives. Indigenous Peoples’ organizations will more effectively influence policy-making decisions with this enabling environment through an Indigenous Peoples’ Governance Forum. These organizations will also be better able to interact with governments to promote, develop and implement agreements and policies that support responsible business and investment, and protect the rights of indigenous peoples.

Objective 3: Promote the sustainable development of Indigenous Peoples based on self-determined economic models (Business Partnerships and Indigenous Economies): Through this objective, the Alliance will create business linkages with the private, public and civil society sectors, as well as enhance the institutional, technical and financial sustainability of Indigenous Peoples’ self-determined development strategies. First, it will strengthen Indigenous Peoples’ organizations through activities to improve their capacity for enterprise development. Second, it will identify improvements and innovations in indigenous value chain systems, and opportunities for private sector participation. Third, it will promote the development of indigenous-led economic models for self-sustaining and sustainable economic development of indigenous communities.

The IPARD Program is managed by the FSC Indigenous Foundation from its headquarters in Panama City. IPARD is led by the Program Director, three Technical Leaders, one for each Objective, an Administrative and Financial Manager, a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Leader, and Regional and Country Managers from the main countries of influence.

Given the size of the operation worldwide, IPARD must conduct some programmatic activities through strategic partners and consulting firms in each country, signing consulting contracts for the implementation of specific parts of the technical work to strengthen operations, which will be supervised by the Program’s technical staff. These contracting activities shall be advertised and openly competed under USAID rules and regulations, also following the FSC-IF Indigenous Foundation’s procurement and administrative procedures, to ensure that the process is transparent. As such, IPARD will establish a strategic and technical alliance with the Fund for the Development of Indigenous Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean (FILAC) in the short and long term to support implementation of studies to promote Indigenous People rights at the regional level.

The Fund for the Development of Indigenous Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean (FILAC), established in 1992, is an international organization created with equal representation of Indigenous Peoples and governments to support the self-development processes of Indigenous Peoples, communities and organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Since 2020, FILAC has established its Regional Observatory on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a program focused on the collection, systematization and dissemination of relevant information and analysis on the fundamental rights of Indigenous Peoples and the generation of inputs for progress in the implementation of the Ibero-American Plan of Action for the implementation of the rights of Indigenous Peoples. From this program, several thematic reports and other technical documents have been prepared that emphasize various rights and situations of indigenous peoples and communities in the region.

The territorial issue is possibly the core of the current problems faced by indigenous peoples in Latin America and the rest of the planet. Not only because of the importance of their territories for their survival, but also because they contain strategic natural resources for climate change mitigation and water conservation.

However, the lands of Indigenous Peoples, in almost all cases, are immersed in conflicts, and suffer from the negative impacts of extractive industries, among other aggressions.

For Indigenous Peoples, territory has a cosmogonic meaning and is an integral part of their identities, associated with land governance systems and their relationship with their macrocosms. For their cultural life, land also has a central relevance.

For Indigenous Peoples, territory has a cosmogonic meaning and is an integral part of their identities, associated with land governance systems and their relationship with their macrocosms. For their cultural life, land also has a central relevance.

It is therefore important, as an instrument of knowledge and struggle, to present a continental systematization of indigenous land issues, including their conflicts and some successful experiences of recovery, conservation and governance of land and its resources.

b) OBJECTIVES OF THIS ACTIVITY

Preparation of a descriptive report on the situation of Indigenous lands and territories in FILAC member countries based on the criteria and methodology of the Regional Observatory on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the Fund for the Development of Indigenous Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean.

c) SCOPE OF THE CONSULTANCY

The consulting firm will prepare the report, which should include, at least, the following contents:

  • Quantitative dimension of indigenous lands in the countries of the continent, including lands titled and/or recognized for Indigenous Peoples.
  • Indigenous systems of land and territorial governance.
  • Land and territory tenure, title lands, ongoing claims and ancestral lands recognized by indigenous peoples
  • Conflicts related to land and territories and its resources, systematization and development of conflict typologies.
  • Strategies for land claims by Indigenous Peoples or organizations, including good practices and/or successful cases.
  • International and national legal dimension that constitutes the context of indigenous peoples’ land rights.
  • National institutionality related to land and territories, as well as conflict management in the countries covered by the report
  • International jurisprudence related to land claims filed by indigenous peoples or organizations.

d) ACADEMIC / PROFESSIONAL PROFILEMINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Academic training at the master’s or doctoral level in social sciences, law or other related disciplines. Professional specialization in academic areas related to indigenous peoples will be given special consideration.
  • Proven professional experience of at least 15 years in the field of indigenous peoples’ rights, including at least ten of FILAC’s member countries.
  • Proven professional experience in work related to demographic data, ethnographic studies, lands and territories, indigenous governance systems, policy and institutional analysis. In all these areas, work experience of more than ten years will be especially considered.
  • Professional experience in regional institutions or projects will be specially considered.
  • Previous experience working with FILAC or international agencies on issues related to indigenous peoples, lands and territories will be especially valued.

SKILLS REQUIRED

  • Proven experience of at least ten years in the preparation of reports, studies and academic analysis of the topics mentioned in this consultancy.
  • Proven work experience in the preparation and dissemination of reports on Indigenous Peoples’ rights.
  • Capacity for teamwork and integration in multicultural contexts.
  • Excellent command of the main main software programs (such as word, excel, etc.)
  • Ease of relationship and communication with different types of interlocutors.
  • Oral and written proficiency in Spanish.
  • Oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Fluency in Portuguese and at least one indigenous language would be a plus.

e) METHODOLOGY AND DELIVERABLES

For the development of this activity, the consultancy will follow the work route established by the Regional Observatory of FILAC and Objective No. 2 of the IPARD Program, for the production of reports, which includes working sessions with FILAC’s networks of contacts and collaborators.

The sources of information should include an exhaustive analysis of secondary sources, as well as interviews with specialists, representatives of indigenous organizations, government officials and qualified informants on the topics of the consultancy.

The following products should be delivered:

  • Work plan for the consultancy
  • Tentative developed table of contents of the report
  • First draft of the report document
  • Final report including executive summary, annexes, sources and bibliography used.
  • Power point presentation of the main contents of the final document.

f) ILLUSTRATIVE WORK PLAN

  • Work plan detailing the activities and estimated time to conduct the consultancy, including sources of information, research methodology (secondary information, interviews, field visits, analysis of interview results, etc.) – by the end of week 1.
  • Table of Contents/Report Structure/Questionnaires – by the end of week 2.
  • Draft report and initial recommendations – end of week 8.
  • Final report on the results of the study and recommendations taking into consideration the comments received from the IDFAC and IPARD Program – by the end of the week12.

The consultancy would require an estimated 16 weeks from the signing of the contract.

g) DELIVERABLES 

Deliverable /Products

Estimated Time to Complete Task

Review and Approval Required

1. Detailed work plan indicating the activities and estimated time to carry out the consultancy, including sources of information, research methodology (secondary information, interviews, field visits, analysis of the results of the interviews, virtual meetings regarding the government’s management of indigenous issues, etc.).

5 calendar days (week 1)

– FILAC Technical Secretary

– Technical Leader of the IPARD Program Objective No. 2

– IPARD Program Coordinator

2. Table of Contents/Report Structure.

5 calendar days

(week 2)

– FILAC Technical Secretary

– Technical Leader of the IPARD Program Objective No. 2

– IPARD Program Coordinator

3. Draft report contains mapping and initial recommendations.

45 calendar days

(week 8)

– FILAC Technical Secretary

– Technical Leader of the IPARD Program Objective No. 2

– IPARD Program Coordinator

4. Final report on the results of the study and recommendations taking into consideration the comments received by the IPARD and Powerpoint Program.

15 calendar days

(week 12)

– FILAC Technical Secretary

– Technical Leader of the IPARD Program Objective No. 2

– IPARD Program Coordinator

– SC of the IPARD Program

– USAID

h) TECHNICAL SUPERVISION AND COORDINATION

The FILAC Technical Secretary will supervise the work of the consultancy with the support of the Coordinator of the Regional Observatory for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as the IPARD General Coordinator and the Global Manager of Policy Advocacy, Rights and Social Participation of the IPARD Program.

i) REMUNERATION

The total payment upon satisfactory delivery of the committed products shall be US$15,000.

Payments for products

– Product No. 1 and 2: 10%.

– Product No. 3: 40%.

– Product No. 4: 50%.

j) PLACE AND DEADLINE

The consultancy will be developed within the framework of the working conditions and restrictions established in the COVID19 Pandemic, for which the consultant will work at his/her place of residence in constant coordination with the supervisors through the virtual platforms to be determined.

The expected timeframe for the execution of the consultancy is 16 weeks from the start of the consultancy.

Send your financial and technical proposals to: procurement.fscif@fsc.org