Assignment Code: AV0714ET01 

Assignment Title: Gender Advisor 

Name of Host Organisation (HO): Conservation International 

Name of Australian Partner Organisation (APO): 

Assignment Location: Dili, Timor Leste 

Assignment Duration: 18 months 

Proposed Start: 1 January 2015 

Host Organisation Description: 

People depend on nature for many things. A stable climate. Clean air. Fresh water. Abundant food. Cultural resources. And the incalculable additional benefits the world’s biodiversity provides. Conservation International (CI) seeks to support improved management of our ecosystems and natural resources around the world, to preserve the services they provide and thus ensure improved climate, food and water security. 

Founded in 1987, CI is a global non-profit organisation with headquarters in Washington D.C. It has 900 employees working in nearly 30 countries on four continents, and more than 1000 partners around the world. CI Timor Leste is a newly established branch of the organisation. Registered in 2012, it has 10 staff members and currently implements marine and coastal management projects in the Com, Tutuala and Lore I, within the Nino Konis Santana National Park.

Moving forward the CI Timor Leste program is developing, based on recent findings, a six to 12 month gender research program looking at the different pressures and needs each gender has on natural resources. This compliments the coastal and marine work as well as the upcoming catchment programs.

Assignment Summary: 

The Gender Advisor will work within Conservation International (CI) Timor Leste to strengthen gender policy implementation, knowledge of gender dynamics and international profile. 

The volunteer will provide advice, mentoring and support with: gender mainstreaming across CI programs; training staff using CI’s global gender guidelines and policy; day to day mentoring of staff, including assistance reviewing and redesigning monitoring and evaluation frameworks, data collection tools and capturing development outcomes; initiation, design and development of creative new conservation projects to include girls and women, including developing project proposals; and accessing and keeping up to date with global, Asia-Pacific and Timorese research, information and best practices in gender equality. To strengthen knowledge of gender dynamics in the Nino Konis Santana National Park and Atauro Island, the volunteer will: design, develop and execute a gender research project funded by CI HQ; train staff in research design, field data collection and analysis; present findings to internal and external stakeholders; guide and develop the skills of local staff to create meaningful presentations from the data analysis, and present to a broad audience; and use new data to inform advice on gender mainstreaming across programs. Additionally, the volunteer will work to strengthen CI Timor Leste’s profile with CI HQ. The volunteer will work with staff to provide regular updates on the progress of gender mainstreaming work through CI standard formats, such as internal newsletters and blogs, and communicate regularly with CI HQ’s Gender Advisor. Training will be provided on writing and developing social media communications, both internally and externally, and the volunteer will also mentor and guide one local staff member to become the Gender Focal Point for CI Timor Leste, for the CI HQ team to refer to for updates of the program. 

These objectives will ultimately contribute to community awareness and involvement in programs designed to achieve healthy ecosystems and benefit the entire community. 

Assignment Outcomes: 

• Strengthen the implementation of CI’s Gender Guidelines and Policy within Timor Leste 
• Strengthen CI’s knowledge of gender dynamics in the Nino Konis Santana National Park and Atauro Island 
• Strengthen CI Timor Leste’s profile with CI headquarters 

Essential Minimum Qualifications: 

• Bachelor Degree in Gender or Women’s Studies, Social Sciences, Community Development, International Development or a related field 

Essential Minimum Experience: 

• Four years of post-qualification experience in a gender equality-focused role 
• Skills or qualifications in research design and data analysis 


• Experience working with the Project Management Cycle (PCM) 
• Experience in training and mentoring 
• Experience working with community organisations in developing countries or in an environmental field 
• Tetun or Bahasa Indonesia language skills or a willingness to learn 

Description of Assignment Location: 
Dili is located in a valley that meets the sea and is surrounded by numerous mountain ranges. As the capital of Timor Leste, Dili has access to a range of services and facilities that are not available in the rest of the country. Some facilities in the city are in flux; restaurants, for example, can close down and new ones can reopen at short notice. Security can be a concern in Dili, and the districts, and mobilisations may not occur at times of political uncertainty or civil unrest. However, the city is safe at other times when the usual precautions are taken. These include the use of a curfew and a well-established transport policy.

Dili’s culture has been influenced by its Portuguese settlement and also by its former Indonesian occupation. Today, Dili is home to a large expatriate community and to many different ethnic groups from throughout Timor Leste. Dili is warm throughout the year, with clearly defined wet and dry seasons. The areas around Dili are known for their scuba diving sites. 

All volunteers intending to ride a motorbike in Timor Leste are required to have, at a minimum, an Australian learner’s motorcycle permit, however it is highly recommended that volunteers have a Provisional or Full motorbike license. Volunteers riding motorcycles are required to wear an Australian standard, full-faced helmet and closed-toe footwear that covers the entire foot at all times. 

Cultural Tips 
• The official languages are Tetum and Portuguese, but Portuguese is not generally used. English and Indonesian are also commonly spoken 
• Volunteers should avoid travelling alone at night. During the day, normal precautions are sufficient to ensure personal safety 
• In general, Timor Leste is the accepted name for the country. Australians sometimes refer to the country as East Timor, but few other nations do so 
• Volunteers should be prepared to respect the strong Catholic beliefs of many East Timorese 
• Due to the strong international presence to reconstruct the country after its occupation, volunteers should be prepared to occasionally encounter sensitivity regarding ‘malai’ (foreigners) in the workplace 

Information on Accommodation Options: 
Assistance with the identification of suitable, secure and affordable accommodation will be provided by the In-Country Management Team and the Host Organisation.

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