Assignment DescriptionAssignment Code: AV0314ET02 

Assignment Title: Program Management Mentor 

Name of Host Organisation (HO): Fundasaun Timor Hari’i (FTH) 

Name of Australian Partner Organisation (APO): 

Assignment Location: Dili, Timor Leste 

Assignment Duration: 18 months 

Proposed Start: 1 January 2015 

Host Organisation Description: 

Fundasaun Timor Hari’i (the ‘Build Timor Foundation’) is a local non-governmental organisation formed in 2000 that works with marginalised, key populations at higher risk to prevent the transmission of HIV in Timor Leste. It uses an effective peer-led approach to provide HIV prevention education and facilitate long-term behaviour change for Sex Workers (SW) and Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) in five districts around the country. FTH also works to help reduce stigma and discrimination against MSM and SW in partnership with local advocacy and supporting advocacy focused organisations.

As a key player in HIV prevention in Timor Leste, FTH works at policy level as an active participant of the National AIDS Commission, Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism and operates in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. It has previously worked in partnership with various international agencies including Family Health International, UNFPA and UNICEF. 

FTH is a registered NGO and a sub-recipient of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. In 2014, FTH will undergo a large expansion, growing from the 5 districts it has worked in so far to all 13 districts in Timor Leste. 

Assignment Summary: 

The Program Management Mentor will work within Fundasaun Timor Hari’i (FTH) to build organisational capacity in program management, development and delivery. 

The volunteer will work with staff to support the roll out of the organisational expansion to eight new districts, and provide assistance to develop a plan for long term growth. Support, mentorship and training will be provided to the Program Manager during the expansion of his role into the new districts to effectively deliver FTH programs. The volunteer will conduct training and work with field staff, especially new Regional Coordinators, to ensure effective project management at a district level. To strengthen strategic development, the volunteer will work with the Director to review the FTH strategic plan for 2012-2016. 

These objectives will strengthen FTH to increase HIV prevention education and services to the districts of Timor Leste.

Assignment Outcomes: 

• Strengthen organisational expansion to new districts 
• Increase capacity of program management to effectively deliver FTH programs 
• Increase project management skills of field level staff to effectively deliver FTH projects 
• Strengthen strategic development of FTH 

Essential Minimum Qualifications: 

• Bachelor Degree in a Business-related field 

Essential Minimum Experience: 

• Three years of project or program management experience 
• One year of experience managing people 


• Qualifications in Project Management (PMI or Prince2) 
• Experience in a leadership role 
• Experience working in the health sector 
• Proven ability to work well in cross-cultural, sensitive environments, particularly in a developing country and/or with marginalised communities 
• Willingness to learn Tetum or Bahasa Indonesia 

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 
• 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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