Advisor on Indigenous and Tribal Communities  


Caribbean Regional Development Program (CRDP)


Global Affairs Canada (GAC), through the FSSP-C, is seeking a part-time Advisor on Indigenous and Tribal Communities to provide expert guidance in integrating Indigenous and Tribal communities’ perspectives into international development policy and programming, especially in the Caribbean region. This role recognizes the unique and traditional legal relationships Indigenous and Tribal people have with the land, which is particularly relevant in international assistance programming involving resource management, land use, and energy transition in areas with active Indigenous and Tribal communities.


The Government of Canada under the Caribbean Regional Development Program (CRDP) provides support to 13 CARICOM countries in the English-speaking Caribbean with a focus on the eight countries eligible for Official Development Assistance (ODA), which, as of January 2022, includes Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname.

The CRDP’s initiatives are firmly rooted in Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP), focusing on key action areas such as Environment and Climate Action, Inclusive Governance, Growth that Works for Everyone, and Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls. The programming is predominantly multi-country, aiming to foster regional harmonization and cooperation, and is complemented by country-specific investments following a comprehensive evaluation in 2017.


The overarching objective of the Advisor on Indigenous and Tribal Communities is to ensure that in keeping with the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) approach the perspectives, knowledge, and cultural practices of Indigenous communities are fully integrated and respected in Global Affairs Canada’s (GAC) international development policies and programs in the Caribbean.


  • Reviewing and providing advice on proposals or project related documents to ensure adequate Indigenous and Tribal Peoples perspectives, knowledge and approaches are integrated
  • Bringing together representatives of the Indigenous and Tribal communities and various stakeholders to develop a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship including potential synergies with Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
  • Identifying local knowledge and expertise on Indigenous and Tribal communities for incorporation into program design, implementation, and evaluation
  • Facilitating and participating in formal and informal meetings to learn of concerns from the community and communicate these to various stakeholders
  • Developing and implementing an engagement strategy with Indigenous and Tribal communities
  • Working with other local and regional interlocutors to identify and remove any barriers in programming and policy processes for Indigenous and Tribal communities
  • Providing expert advice on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples rights, particularly in relation to natural and cultural heritage issues
  • Providing insight and creative solutions to CRDP to ensure development programme is consistent with Indigenous and Tribal Peoples priorities and national development agenda of CRDP countries
  • Compiling and maintaining an updated database of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples organisations in the Caribbean

The Advisor on Indigenous and Tribal Communities will have the following education, experience, abilities, knowledge and skills:


Master’s Degree or Ph.D. from an accredited, recognized institution in a relevant discipline such as anthropology, sociology, indigenous studies, international development, development studies, or related field


  • Minimum of five (5) years professional experience working directly with Indigenous and/or Tribal communities preferably in the Caribbean or similar contexts
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in international development programs and policy, preferably for a bilateral or multilateral development institution
  • Demonstrated understanding of the cultural, social, and legal issues affecting Indigenous and/or Tribal Peoples
  • Proven track record in developing, implementing, and advising on policies and programs that affect Indigenous and/or Tribal communities
  • Experience in integrating Indigenous perspectives into broader development policies and programs
  • Experience in conducting research and analysis related to social economic development, environment, health, and on CRDP’s thematic areas for Indigenous and Tribal Peoples


  • Capacity to work both with others and independently with minimal supervision. 
  • Capacity to proactively identify issues relevant to the Canadian Regional Development Program
  • Capacity to plan and deliver the required outputs
  • Capacity to research, collect and analyse qualitative and quantitative data. 
  • Proven ability to analyse complex development issues and results/performance frameworks
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing for a variety of audiences and purposes
  • Ability to relate to and allow for differing cultural perspectives 
  • Ability to develop and maintain networks
  • Ability to work in a CRDP country (valid work or permanent residence permit or citizenship certificate)

Knowledge and Skills:

  • In-depth knowledge of international standards directly related or relevant to the recognition and protection of Indigenous Peoples’ rights, such as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)
  • Respect for and sensitivity to Indigenous cultures, traditions, and practices.
  • Ability to navigate cross-cultural environments tactfully and effectively
  • Ability to adapt to changing situations and be flexible in working with diverse groups and perspectives
  • Capacity to compile, analyse, and synthesize information in coherent and succinct formats, develop creative solutions that respect Indigenous perspectives and needs, and effectively communicate technical knowledge, advice, and results in a clear and concise manner for non-experts
  • A drive for results, including a proven track record of high standards/accountability for work products, meeting tight deadlines, and ability to prioritize tasks within his/her work program and strategies for working collectively with others on the team to deliver products of the highest calibre
  • Demonstrated understanding of logistics and coordination of Indigenous and Tribal Communities for the delivery of development projects in CRDP countries.
  • Knowledge of the Canadian Indigenous Peoples (Inuit, Métis and First Nation) context would be an asset


English is the working language for this assignment. All deliverables must be provided in English and in MS Word.


This assignment is a part-time position from January 2024 to December 2024, with the possibility of extension. A level of effort of up to two (2) days per month is anticipated.


The Advisor on Indigenous and Tribal Communities will work remotely from their own facilities in a CRDP country. Any travel required should be approved by GAC prior to travel. 


This position is open to all suitably qualified CARICOM Nationals.

If you wish to apply for this position, please send an expression of interest and curriculum vitae by February 29, 2024, to [email protected]

Please indicate “FSSP-Caribbean – Advisor on Indigenous and Tribal Communities” as the subject line of your email.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

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