Careers Vacancy

Senior Indigenous Program Officer

Organization: FSC Indigenous Foundation (FSC-IF)

Location: Western Canada

Reporting to: FSC-IF Managing Director

Work Percentage: 100%

Expected start date: Q1 2022


Under supervision of the FSC-IF Managing Director (MD), the Senior Indigenous Program Officer (SIPO) will work in close coordination with the FSC Canada CEO (CCEO and the First Nations in Canada), to support FSC-IF and FSC Canada in two areas:

  • Serve as Program Leader for the management, communication, monitoring, and following up on decisions, plans, implementation, and reporting by ensuring coordination and collaboration with First Nations Peoples and Organizations in Canada, FSC-IF, FSC Canada, and FSC International in two Projects aimed to support key First Nations communities with FSC certificates in Western Canada.
  • Provide strategic and management support to the MD and CCEO to best integrate the two projects mentioned above into actions and opportunities related to Indigenous Peoples of FSC-IF, FSC Canada, and FSC International including collaboration with the FSC PIPC (Permanent Indigenous Peoples Committee) and the FSC-IF IPARD (Indigenous Peoples Alliance for Rights and Development) Program.


A. Project Administration:

  • Lead all phases of program and project management (work plan design, participatory planning, Indigenous consultation, implementation, monitoring & evaluation and learning, risk analysis and mitigation, and reporting).
  • Act as safeguarding person for FSC-IF and FSC Canada to ensure implementation of the Projects with a focus on FPIC, Indigenous Consultation, and FSC Principles and Standards related to Indigenous Peoples.
  • Coordinate effective communication between the First Nation partners of the two mentioned Projects and the Project Coordination Committee.
  • Lead administration, grant application/proposal review and processing, coordination of donors and partners, oversee grant program evaluation and benchmarking, and prepare reports;
  • Identify opportunities for new program development and expansion;
  • Any others duties as assigned by the MD.

B. Strategic and Management:

  • Serves as the first point of contact related to the two Projects with First Nations in Canada, FSC Canada’s Aboriginal Chamber, FSC-IF Council, PIPC, IF Council, FSC (BoD, members, International, Regional Offices, Network Partners, A.C. Office in Mexico), as well as service providers, donors, and others.
  • Assist the MD and CCEO with all operations, administration, reporting, and communication of the two Projects in an efficient and organized manner. This includes preparation of meetings and calls, developing agendas, setting priorities, workflow management, distribution of minutes/updates; monitoring follow-up actions, and logistical arrangements for meetings convened by the FSC-IF, FSC Canada and First Nation partners.
  • Conduct research and analyses, summarizes information, compile data and prepare reports and presentation as requested by the MD and CCEO.
  • Attend Board, committee meetings or other meetings as requested.
  • Prepares invoices, payment requests and expense claims related to the two projects.
  • Other duties as required.


  • Excellent project management capacity – Able to organize, coordinate, monitor and implement tasks and assignments at project and/or program levels. Demonstrates ownership and accountability for results. Demonstrates innovation and creativity in promoting effectiveness.
  • Excellent time management capacity – Able to meet deadline and delivery high quality products in response to agreed demands.
  • Strong commitment to FSC-IF and FSC’s mission and values – Demonstrate strong knowledge of the IF’s mission, value, and strategies with deep commitment to Indigenous Peoples around the world and the Organizations efforts.
  • Program Administration – Able to take responsibility for all aspects of planning, organization, coordination, and improvement of the two Projects in Canada in support of the implementation of the approved work plan.


  • Experience with Indigenous Peoples, preferably field experience working or living with an Indigenous community. Being an Indigenous person would be a plus.
  • At least a bachelor’s level degree in environmental science, policy, business administration, economic development, international development, or related areas.
  • At least 5 years of experience in projects with deep knowledge of local community and community landscapes with experience working with key organizations relevant to international development, environment, and Indigenous Peoples.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous Peoples’ rights, sustainable development, and the FSC System. Existing networks and collaboration with First Nations and key stakeholders in Canada would be a plus.
  • Ability to prepare annual work plans, annual reports, budgets, and reporting to the donor/client on results.
  • Strong oral and written communication, presentation, and negotiation skills in English.
  • Ability to respond adequately and efficiently to pressure and meet deadlines.


Please submit by February 28 2022 (5pm, Panama) to

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