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Call for Nominations: Board of Trustees

January 18, 2021

I. Background

Established in 2002, under two bilateral agreements between the governments of the United States of America and the Philippines, the Forest Foundation Philippines is a non-profit organization that provides grants to organizations that empower the people to protect the forests. Since its inception, the Foundation has supported over 450 projects, which has improved the management of 1.5M hectares of forest lands, restored approximately 4,200 hectares of forests through the re-introduction of appropriate native species, established over 40 community-conserved areas and built over 60 community enterprises.

The Foundation is soliciting nominations from civil society organizations for qualified representatives, from environmental non-government organizations, community-based civil society organizations working on forest conservation, and scientific and academic organizations, to be part of its Board of Trustees.

II. Scope of Work

Trustees support the work of the Foundation, and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. They may also serve on one of the two standing committees of the Board – Program Committee and Finance Committee. Specifically, they:

  • Guide and supervise the Executive Director as he develops and implements the Foundation’s strategic plan;
  • Review project proposals and programs consistent with the Foundation’s mandate;
  • Review outcomes that will evaluate the impact of the work of the Foundation;
  • Review the Foundation’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions;
  • Serve on committees that take on special assignments; and
  • Represent the Foundation to stakeholders, when called upon by the Board of Trustees.

III. Qualifications

To be a Trustee, which represents the civil society, one must be:

  • Widely-respected, and considered a person of integrity and high moral standards;
  • Able to demonstrate the ability to apply a multi-disciplinary approach to environmental issues, including the standards of modern science; and
  • Committed to the specific objectives of the Foundation, and have a demonstrated interest in environmental issues, and in particular, forest and biodiversity conservation.

In addition, they must possess experience or knowledge on one or more of the following:

  • REDD+ and its accompanying activities;
  • Project development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation;
  • Forest management;
  • Natural resource accounting and/or environmental economics; and
  • Forest-based sustainable livelihoods.

IV. Terms of Service

Trustees, representing civil society, serve an initial 4-year term, which may be extended to an additional term, as deemed appropriate by the representatives from the governments of the Philippines and the United States of America. The Board of Trustees meets on a quarterly basis.

V. Terms of Participation

  • Trustees shall not, as such receive compensation nor any type of remuneration in cash or in kind for their services. However, the Board of Trustees may authorize reimbursement for all expenses incurred in connection with the performance of services for the Foundation or the Board, including but not limited to attendance at annual, regular or special meetings of the Board of Trustees.
  • Trustees shall not be contracted for professional services to the Foundation or the Board of Trustees.
  • No part of the net earnings of the Foundation shall inure to the benefit of a business owned or operated by a Trustee, or immediate family member of any Trustee.
  • Trustees shall not participate in or intervene in any political campaign (including via publication or distribution of statements) in support of or in opposition to any political organization, political candidate, or political parties.

VI. Nomination

Civil society organizations must submit their letter of endorsement of a qualified person, together with the curriculum vitae of the nominee, addressed to Atty. Jose Andres A. Canivel, Executive Director, through admin@forestfoundation.ph on or before February 19, 2021.

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