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%
Expected start date: July 2023
Work Percentage: 100%
In 2019, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) established the FSC Indigenous Foundation (FSC- IF) as the operational office of the Permanent Indigenous Peoples Committee (PIPC). The FSC-IF is a private interest foundation in accordance with Law No. 25 of June 12, 1995 of the Republic of Panama. The mission of FSC-IF is to enable an enabling environment to guarantee the rights of Indigenous Peoples and promote sustainable forest-based solutions within 300 million hectares of indigenous forests on the planet. The vision is that Indigenous Peoples' global values, rights, livelihoods, ecosystem services, natural capital and communities are incorporated into forest governance, climate change governance and market systems.
FSC IF Mission:
We work to elevate Indigenous Peoples in their contribution to the protection of Mother Earth and recognize them as providers of solutions to global challenges.
FSC IF Vision:
We envision a future where Indigenous-based solutions and Indigenous-led actions generated within one quarter of the Planet safeguard everyone's future and Mother Earth.
FSC IF Governing Principles:
- RESPECT AND RECOGNITION: Our actions respect and recognize the cultural, spiritual, traditional, identity, and landscape diversities and customary rights for self- determined development of indigenous peoples and communities.
- TRUST: We drive our actions and partnerships by commitment to trust- building and adopting long-term reciprocal, transparent, accountable, and shared values guided by our ancestors and traditions.
- DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION: We promote diversity and inclusion in all interactions and across all aspects of our organization. We use our Indigenous cosmovision and practices to prevent any type of racism, discrimination, violence or oppression.
- EQUITY: We promote and value actions and efforts to produce more equitable, diverse, and inclusive results and collective benefit-sharing with equal balance and respect to cultural, gender, ecological, and traditional diversities.
We are committed to work driven by our mission of being guided by and supporting Indigenous Peoples' values of:
- Respect for Mother Earth - Managing our lands, waters, and ecosystems with great respect to nature and care by recognizing that we only borrow them from future generations.
- Respect for ancestral knowledge - Keeping our promises to our ancestors to manage nature and the resources provided by the Mother Earth in a sustainable and respectful way.
OBJECTIVES OF THE POSITION
Under supervision of the FSC-IF Managing Director (MD) in collaboration with the FSC Canada President, the FSC Canada Indigenous Director will:
- Implement FSC Canada’s Indigenous Strategy;
- Demonstrate the value of FSC certification to Indigenous Peoples and increase the uptake of the National Forest Stewardship Standard (NFSS) in Canada.
- Collaborate with FSC PIPC (Permanent Indigenous Peoples Committee) and FSC-IF staff to strengthen system participation and knowledge sharing;
- Serve as Program Leader to support key First Nation (FN) certificate holders or other FN organizations interested in pursuing FSC certification in Western Canada.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
A. Strategic and Management:
- Develop a new FSC CA Indigenous Engagement National Program including a financing model to support the program.
- Provide strategic support to best integrate key projects into action and pursue opportunities related to Indigenous Peoples.
- Serve as the point of contact related to key projects with First Nations in coordination with FSC Canada’s Indigenous Chamber, FSC-IF, PIPC, FSC (Board of Directors, Regional Offices, Network Partners, and members), service providers, donors, and others.
- Assist with all operations, administration, reporting, and communication of key projects in an efficient and organized manner. This includes logistical arrangements for meetings, developing agendas, setting priorities, workflow management, distribution of minutes, and monitoring actions.
- Conduct research and analyses, summarize information, compile data, and prepare reports and presentations.
- Attend Board and committee meetings or other meetings as requested.
- Other duties as required.
B. Project Administration:
- Lead all phases of program management (work plan design, participatory planning, Indigenous consultation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, risk analysis and mitigation, and reporting).
- Oversee FSC Canada contractual staff needed to deliver on project activities.
- Ensure implementation of key projects with a focus on FPIC (Free, Prior, and Informed, Consent), Indigenous Consultation, and FSC Principles and Standards related to Indigenous Peoples.
- Coordinate effective communication between the Project Coordination Committee, FSC Indigenous Chamber and partners.
- Oversee grant program (grant application/proposal development) including coordination of donors and partners, evaluation and benchmarking, and delivering progress reports.
- Identify opportunities for new program development and expansion.
- Prepares invoices, payment requests and expense claims related to key projects.
- Other duties as required.
- At least a bachelor’s level degree in natural resource management, environmental science, policy, business administration, economic development, international development, or related areas.
- A minimum of 5-years 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 is an asset.
- 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.
- Canadian experience is an asset.
- Indigenous language skills are an asset.
- Ability to respond adequately and efficiently to pressure and meet deadlines.
- Excellent project management capacity - Able to organize, coordinate, monitor and implement tasks at project and program levels. Demonstrates ownership, accountability, innovation, and creativity in promoting effectiveness.
- Excellent time management capacity - Able to meet deadlines and deliver high quality products in response to agreed demands.
- Strong commitment to the FSC-IF and FSC’s overall mission and values - Demonstrate strong knowledge of the Indigenous Foundation’s mission, values, and strategies with deep commitment to Indigenous Peoples and the Organization’s efforts.
- Program Administration - Able to take responsibility for all aspects of planning, organization, coordination, and improvement of key projects in Canada in support of the implementation of the approved work plan.
HOW TO APPLY / QUESTIONS
This position is part of a multi-year project. A contract including competitive salary and benefits, with yearly options to renew based on funding, will be issued to the selected candidate.
Please the following by June 30th to
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Cover letter (two page maximum) including salary proposal and two professional references
Source: FSC Canada