Writing the DAC Story

The USAID funded Dezenvolve Agricultura Comunitaria (DAC) project in Timor-Leste is seeking an experienced writer to compose a magazine style article to “tell the story” of the project’s success. Established in 2010 to increase domestic production of high value vegetables, DAC has facilitated the transition from subsistence to commercial farming for hundreds of Timorese farmers, successfully increasing rural incomes by improving the commercial viability of horticulture production. The DAC approach starts with improved farming techniques, but incorporates technical assistance, market linkages and access to finance throughout the value chain as well as improvements to the enabling environment.

Over the course of four years, DAC has achieved significant success in in increasing incomes, improving food security, and diversifying the economy in Timor-Leste. The project will close at the end of February 2015, and DAC would like to document the project’s many successes in a narrative, journalistic composition to raise awareness of the progress being made by USAID in Timor-Leste. The article should be approximately 5,000 words long and bring a “human interest” focus to tell the story of how a comprehensive value chain development project can succeed in a very challenging environment (post-conflict, extreme poverty, minimal human capacity). The author will be expected to review relevant project materials (quarterly reports, success stories, technical assessments, etc.) and conduct interviews and site visits.

The author should have a technical background in private sector development and preferably agriculture development, as well as a background or experience in journalism and/or technical writing.

Field visit to be completed by Dec 25. To apply, please send your CV and 2 published writing samples, see: