The Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) opens applications to interested individuals with passion and commitment to serve indigenous communities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).


Successful applicants will form part of the roster of 40 IP Champions the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) together with IAG will engage in capacity building and mentoring activities for two years.


Titled IP CHAMPIONS: ADVANCING INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S RIGHTS IN THE PHILIPPINES, the project aims to support indigenous peoples most at risk of discrimination, marginalization and other forms of violations of their nationally and internationally protected rights, by working on both the supply and demand side of the system for protecting and promoting indigenous rights in the Philippines, focusing on indigenous peoples in the BARMM and Cordillera due to their relatively high populations and the particular vulnerabilities and opportunities presented by the unique autonomy arrangements applying to their regions.


The EU-supported project also relates to the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2020-2024 (25.3.2020), which mandates “support indigenous peoples by advocating for their participation in relevant human rights and development processes and by upholding the principle of free, prior and informed consent in all decisions affecting them.”


The overall goal is to enhance indigenous peoples’ rights in the Philippines by contributing to a situation where indigenous communities have empowered advocates who can demand rights, and where institutions responsible for upholding these rights have the knowledge and skills to respond to such requests to effectively fulfill their mandates. The project aims to contribute to this overall objective by working with two target groups: indigenous peoples’ groups (particularly in Bangsamoro and the Cordillera) and relevant national and sub-national institutions.


IAG is a leading policy center on governance and human security in the southern Philippines and fragile environments with a recognized impact on sustainable peace and development. It engages peoples, leaders and institutions in capacity building, dialogue, and knowledge production towards evidence-based public policies and practices.


International IDEA is an intergovernmental organization advancing democracy worldwide, as a universal human aspiration and an enabler of sustainable development, through support to the building, strengthening and safeguarding of democratic political institutions and processes at all levels.


Interested applicants, whether as official representatives of IP communities or organizations or in their personal capacity, will need to complete the application form provided by IAG. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for the final interview by the screening committee. Successful applicants will be notified through call or email.


Selection Criteria

  • Must be 25 years old or over
  • Must be a member of indigenous community in the BARMM or Cordillera
  • Good knowledge of the political context of the region and the different instruments/mechanisms protecting rights of IPs
  • Capacity to constructively engage government institutions and actors toward better policies for the protection of IP rights
  • Capacity to articulate advocacy and plan out strategies for the next two to three years
  • Endorsement by IP organization or community


Benefits from the project

  • Opportunity to learn and sharpen analytical skills on IP rights tools and instruments
  • Opportunity to exchange knowledge, advocacy, and experience with fellow IP Champions from the BARMM and Cordillera and widen support network
  • Community exposure
  • Training and sustained mentoring on chosen advocacy


For more inquiries, contact Ms Jo Genna Jover, project coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Deadline for submission of applications:

May 31, 2021 for BARMM

June 30, 2021 for CAR