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About Us


The FSC-IF is an Indigenous-led global organization, governed by a Council with Indigenous representatives from around the world who is responsible to provide the strategic guidance of the Foundation and ensure that it operates in line with its mission, values, and principles.

FSC Indigenous Foundation Council

Anders Blom Chairperson of the FSC Indigenous Foundation Council and Founder and Senior Advisor of the Protect Sápmi Foundation
Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim Coordinator of the Association of Peul Women and Autochthonous Peoples of Chad (AFPAT) and Coordinator of the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC)
Gregorio Mirabal Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA)
Nicholas Mujah Ason General Secretary of the Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (SADIA)
Kim Carstensen Director General of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

Forest Stewardship Council Permanent Indigenous Peoples Committee

The Permanent Indigenous Peoples Committee (PIPC) is a global advisory committee of Indigenous representatives from all regions of the planet to advise the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) International Board on the FSC certification system, safeguard Indigenous Peoples’ rights, enhance forest management, and support Indigenous Peoples in building FSC certified forest stewardship, increasing their market share and value.

FSC Indigenous Foundation Staff

Francisco Souza Managing Director
Dan Sosa Director of Finance and Administration
Alejandro Paredes IPARD Program Director
Salina Sanou IPARD Program Deputy Director and Regional Director for Africa and Asia
Carlos Blandon IPARD Program Lead – Political Incidence, Rights and Social Participation
Silvia García Téllez IPARD Program Lead – Business Opportunities & Private Sector Engagement
Katherine Coronado Mejia IPARD Program Lead Indigenous Women and Girls Economic Empowerment (I-WEE)
Selina Baños Executive Coordinator for Indigenous Affairs and Program Management
Mary Donovan IPARD Program and Communication Officer
Laurence Portal Program Assistant – Capacity Development and Inclusion
Fredy Duque IPARD Program Assistant – Business Opportunities & Private Sector Engagement
Patricia Rojas IPARD Finance and Administration Manager
Luis Hurtado Yau IPARD Procurement and Sub-Awards Officer

Donors and supporters

In August 2020, FSC-IF signed the agreement to launch its first major undertaking: a Global Development Alliance (GDA) with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC Global Development GmbH).
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Are you interested in joining our international team to promote Indigenous-based solutions worldwide? See our current vacancies.

Indigenous Peoples Global Manager for Forestry and Certification

Organization: FSC Indigenous Foundation (FSC-IF)

Objective: To serve as technical and programmatic focal point on areas related to sustainable forest management, FSC policy & standards, FPIC (Free Prior Informed Consent), ecosystem service, Indigenous Cultural Landscapes and to assist the Managing Director with strategic, operational, and management areas of the FSC IF and FSC Permanent Indigenous Peoples Committee (PIPC).

Location: Remote working

Reporting to: FSC-IF Managing Director (MD)

Work Percentage: 100%

Deadline for application: June 30, 2023

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Senior Manager – Canadian Indigenous Affairs

Organizations: FSC Indigenous Foundation (FSC-IF) in collaboration with FSC Canada

Location: Western Canada

Reporting to: FSC-IF Managing Director (MD) in collaboration with FSC Canada President

Work Percentage: 100%

Deadline: June 30

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Consultancy – Social learning strategy and capacity development

Objective: Support the design and implementation of a social learning strategy and contribute to the development of capacities of the IPARD Team on social learning

Consultancy type: Individual consultant

Deadline: June 9, 2023

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Consultancy – English translation service – Regional study on political rights of Indigenous Peoples and FPIC

Objective: Provide translation services from Spanish to English of the Regional Study on Political Rights of Indigenous Peoples with emphasis on participation in popularly elected bodies and the Right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent.

Type of Consultancy:  individual or consultancy firm with payments according to the deliverables indicated in the payment schedule.

Type of contract: lump sum.

Duration of the contract: 4 weeks

Location: Virtual

Deadline: June 12, 2023

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