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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

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim Chair of FSC-IF Council, Coordinator of the Association of Peul Women and Autochthonous Peoples of Chad (AFPAT) and Coordinator of the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC)
Peggy Smith Professor Emerita in Lakehead University’s Faculty of Natural Resources Management
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

Alejandro Paredes FSC-IF Interim Managing Director and IPARD Program Director
Dan Sosa Director of Finance and Administration
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)
Ursula Araya Private Sector Engagement Specialist
Maatal Pérez Conguache Indigenous Peoples Affairs Officer
Selina Baños Executive Coordinator for Indigenous Affairs and Program Management
Mary Donovan IPARD Program and Communication Officer
Laurence Portal IPARD 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.

Consultancy – Coordination of the Indigenous Economies Working Group 

Objective: Provide technical and strategic leadership to convene and coordinate the Indigenous Economies Working Group (IEWG) which aim to promote and analyse Indigenous led business models globally.

Type of Consultancy:  individual consultancy firm with payments according to the two phases of the consultancy

Duration of the contract: 6 months

Location: Virtual

Deadline: October 15, 2023

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Consultancy: Technical Assistance for the follow-up of the Strengthening of the Indigenous Agenda in Panama

Objective: Support effective coordination among AMARIE, the IPARD program of FSC-IF and the 12 Indigenous territories and implementation of the preliminary activity to follow-up to the Strengthening the Indigenous Agenda of Panama project to ensure the project achieves its purpose and results, with the available resources and within the agreed timeframe.

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

Duration of the contract: 12 months

Location: The consultant will carry out his/her work virtually at his/her country with face-to-face actions in Panama City and in the different comarcas and indigenous collective territories where the field activities will be carried out

Deadline: October 4, 2023

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Consultancy: Development and application of a capacity development assessment tool for Indigenous Peoples organizations

Objective: Prepare a Capacity Development Assessment tool tailored-made for Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations (IPOs) to be called I-OCA or Indigenous Organizational Capacity Assessment, considering their cosmovision and sociocultural context.

Type of Consultancy: Consultancy Firm

Duration of the contract: 6 months

Deadline: October 5, 2023

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