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Duration 24 Months

Application Close Date
30 Jun 2014


Australian Volunteers for International Development

Australian Partner Organisation
Position Description

Advocacy Support Mentor – Disability Sector

Asosiasaun Defisiensia Timor-Leste’s (ADTL) vision is that people with disability are included with equal participation, respect and dignity in all aspects of life in Timor-Leste. ADLT’s mission is to provide first-class leadership and coordination in the disability sector as well as to uphold the rights and interests of people with disability, promote equality, eliminate discrimination and advocate for disability-inclusive development.

ADTL has grown and developed as an organisation through 2013. It has developed an organisational statute and a policies and procedures manual; it has a new public face reflected on its brand new website; its workload has increased significantly in volume and importance; and it is increasingly recognised as an important voice and resource in Government and development work.

Despite these developments, ADTL is still a young organisation and all the progress that has been made is recent and new. ADLT would benefit from the continuing support of an international volunteer, to ensure that the progress that has been made is sustainable and to further develop and improve the capacity of the organisation.

To be considered as ADTL’s Advocacy support mentor, you will require:

• A degree in law, social science, humanities or related field, or equivalent work experience.
• Understanding of disability issues and ability to work sensitively with people with disability, demonstrated through previous work or other life experience.
• Demonstrated experience in promotion of social justice and/or human rights, including policy development, strategic advocacy and stakeholder liaison. 
• Demonstrated experience in public relations including media engagement and contact with representatives from Government, civil society and the broader community.

In addition to professional expertise, volunteers need skills in training and developing others, applied awareness and sensitivity to cross-cultural communication, patience, tolerance and flexibility. They manage with good humour the daily challenges of working with very limited resources.


For enquiries, please contact Max Campos on +61 3 9279 1752, or email

Pre-departure briefing

You must be available to attend a pre-departure briefing in Melbourne on 24-26 September 2014.

Important information

We are only able to accept applications from Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens resident in Australia.

Application instructions

The first step is a written application. Application instructions in detail, including important background information and guidance, are provided in the Position Description – click on the link above to download.

Please ensure that you include your full name and the name of the position you are applying for in your statement addressing selection criteria.

Read detailed instructions about how to apply here.

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