Assignment DescriptionAssignment Code: EC0913ET17 

Assignment Title: Micro-Business Officer 

Name of Host Organisation (HO): Empreza Diak 

Name of Australian Partner Organisation (APO): 

Assignment Location: Dili, Timor Leste 

Assignment Duration: 12 months 

Proposed Start: 1 January 2015 

Host Organisation Description: 

Empreza Di’ak (Tetum for “Good Company”) is a Timorese NGO that is using business for change in Timor Leste, one of the newest and least development nations in the world. Empreza Di’ak uses the power of social business to fight poverty and promote entrepreneurship, particularly for women, and change lives, one day at a time. Empreza Di’ak focuses on developing marketable local products while supporting poor and rural communities to access markets and works with them to realise their entrepreneurial potential. 

Empreza Di’ak has a team of 15 enthusiastic staff members (local and international) that provide enhancements and innovations to local products already being produced for self-sustainability. They support some of the poorest and most vulnerable people to start and develop businesses that are financially and environmentally sustainable

Assignment Summary: 

The Micro Business Officer will work within Empreza Di’ak to build staff capacity in economic empowerment and micro business development. 

The volunteer will work to strengthen small and micro business management by developing appropriate tools to assist staff to assess skill levels and business skill needs of partners and beneficiaries. Conducting research about best practice business skills training programs in the region, the volunteer will then design a business management training program tailored for micro and small businesses and identify training materials and resources. The volunteer will assess the best way to use micro credit, savings groups and other schemes as tools for sustainable development and women empowerment in the context of Timor Leste, particularly for survivors of violence. Piloting the schemes and assessing the results, the volunteer will train staff in the implementation of the identified schemes with beneficiaries and partners. 

Meeting these objectives will strengthen Empreza Di’ak and increase community access to the local market, enabling better development and implementation of sustainable businesses which will ultimately contribute to the fight against poverty. 

Assignment Outcomes: 

• Strengthen small and micro business management 
• Increase HO capacity to use micro credit, savings groups and other schemes as tools for sustainable economic development and women empowerment 

Essential Minimum Qualifications: 

• Tertiary qualifications in Commerce, Business Administration, Business Management, Economics or a relevant field 

Essential Minimum Experience: 

• Two years of experience in small business, microfinance and/or sustainable livelihoods 


• Experience, or understanding of, community based banking and alternate financing systems 
• Experience in developing, facilitating and conducting training programs 
• Experience working with women and particularly with vulnerable groups 
• Ability to speak Tetum, Portuguese or Indonesian, or 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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