Assignment Description

Assignment Code: AV0614ET04 

Assignment Title: Legal, Advocacy and Gender Advisor 

Name of Host Organisation (HO): Ba Futuru (For the Future) 

Name of Australian Partner Organisation (APO): 

Assignment Location: Dili, Timor Leste 

Assignment Duration: 18 months 

Proposed Start: 1 January 2015 

Host Organisation Description: 

Ba Futuru (For the Future) is a not-for-profit, non-government organisation established in 2004. Its vision is to build a culture of peace and nonviolence by providing people with skills and knowledge necessary for a positive future. 

Ba Futuru’s activities are founded on the principles of mutual learning, capacity development, artistic self-expression and human rights-based programming. Ba Futuru believes that every child counts and thus works to transform the lives of children, both through working directly with children as well as improving the skills of individuals who affect the wellbeing of young people. At the same time, Ba Futuru works to strengthen the structures for the protection of women and children at the grassroots and national levels, while empowering women and children as active participants in their communities. 

Currently Ba Futuru has over 60 staff and volunteers working across education, child protection, women’s empowerment, and peace building projects throughout Timor Leste.

Assignment Summary: 

The Legal, Advocacy and Gender Advisor will work within Ba Futuru to build capacity in legal frameworks, policy level advocacy and fundraising. 

The volunteer will first conduct a needs analysis of staff in managing donor contracts, and then provide training and mentoring as required. Training will also be provided on legal frameworks and human rights concepts, especially women’s rights, criminal law procedures and family law. Assisting staff to develop training materials on legal frameworks, the volunteer will also prepare internal policies and provide legal analysis and direction. Policy level advocacy and government engagement will be enhanced through the volunteer: providing training on effective advocacy on human rights issues and women’s rights; liaising with external parties to ensure successful advocacy; drafting policy recommendations on various human rights issues, especially women’s rights; and conducting research on other models and frameworks to include in future trainings. With staff, the volunteer will identify opportunities for program income and sustainability, as well as create a database of potential partner organisations, donors and individuals. Training will be provided in proposal writing, networking and donor liaison. 

These objectives will contribute to increased community awareness of gender equality and empowerment of women, as well as better services, protection policies and systems for women and children in Timor Leste. 

Assignment Outcomes: 

• Improve HO’s capacity in legal framework and systems knowledge 
• Enhance HO’s capacity for policy level advocacy and government engagement in line with the HO’s mission 
• Enhance HO’s development of fundraising strategies 

Essential Minimum Qualifications: 

• Tertiary qualifications in law (ideally with an emphasis on human rights and/or gender) 

Essential Minimum Experience: 

• Two years relevant experience working in human rights, policy advocacy and/or gender empowerment 
• Advocacy and networking skills 


• A background in and commitment to: gender empowerment, women’s rights, access to justice and anti-domestic violence 
• Demonstrated ability to manage and capacity build diverse staff 
• Experience in NGO organisational and project development, project management, project proposal writing, report writing, donor liaison, monitoring and evaluation 
• Must be willing to learn Tetun; Portuguese language skills desired but not essential 

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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