Job Reference Number


Job Type

International Development Assistance/Emerging Markets


Fixed Term

Job Location

Australasia; Timor-Leste; Dili

Job Summary

​Cardno Emerging Markets is supports the implementation of the Governance for Development (GfD) Program on behalf of the Australian Government.

Australia recently commenced implementation of an eight year Governance for Development (GfD) Program that assists central government institutions to deliver services that meet Timor-Leste’s development needs and supports economic growth.

The objective of the GfD program is to support the Government of Timor-Leste (GoTL) to achieve sustainable economic and human development; and support the development of a fiscal framework that delivers sustainable government finances, economic growth and meets social needs.  To achieve its economic targets, Timor-Leste is striving to improve the performance of its government agencies. The core work under GfD is with central agencies: including the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Finance, the Civil Service Commission, the Ministry of State Administration, and the Infrastructure Fund agencies to improve the systems that are most important to economic management and service delivery.

GfD assists key stakeholders from both within and outside of government to generate and carry out high quality analysis and provide information to decision-makers.

The success of GfD hinges on building strong relationships with government agencies and ensuring coherent policy messages to sustain Australia’s credibility as a donor.  To build and maintain relationships, the GfD team needs to understand and work with government agencies and systems and have a broad awareness of the political economy of Timor-Leste.

The Policy Officer – Government Relations will be required to undertake policy research and source the materials and information necessary for the DFAT GfD team, including GfD managed advisers, to understand policy issues in order to advise the GoTL effectively and to support the development of effective relationships between the DFAT/GfD team and GoTL.  More broadly the role will also support other DFAT sector teams in implementing their programs with GoTL.

Key Responsibilities

​The key responsibilities of the Policy Officer – Government Relations are:

  • Research policy issues in order to provide the necessary materials and resources to the GfD team to assist them to understand the issues and develop effective policy guidance for GoTL.
  • Support the GfD team to build and sustain relationships with GoTL counterparts in way that strengthens DFAT’s reputation as a trusted and effective development partner.
  • Support other DFAT sector teams on policy issues across government, as required, and support their long and short term technical advisers, where necessary.
A copy of the Terms of Reference and Selection Criteria for this position can be found by clicking on the link: Terms of Reference.

Other Requirements

​Please click on the Terms of Reference for selection criteria and how to apply.

Employee Benefits

​To be contracted for 12 months with the possibility of extension.


Email with the reference “GfD065 – Policy Officer – Government Liaison” in the subject line.

Closing date: 10 December 2014, 11.55pm Dili time.
Late applications will not be considered.
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