Terms of Reference 
Position: Gender Equality Policy Advisor 
Duration: Six months initially, commencing 2 February 2015 (renewable) Location: SEPI Dili, Timor-­Leste

The Office of the Secretary of State for the Promotion of Gender Equality (SEPI), is the Government’s main body responsible for the design, execution, coordination and assessment of policies as defined by the Council of Ministers, for the promotion of gender equality. As such, SEPI assists in drafting, reviewing and engendering sectoral policies, laws, budgets and programmes. SEPI also coordinates with line ministries, through the Gender Working Group mechanism, with the aim of ensuring an integrated approach to gender issues in all gender policy development processes, namely planning, implementation and monitoring. It also develops partnerships and provides assistance to women’s organisations, and ensures consultation mechanisms civil society, national and international organisations, non-governmental organisations and community-based organisations. SEPI promotes public sensitisation and awareness activities and the adoption of good practices regarding gender equality, and the equitable participation by men and women in economic, social, cultural, political and family life.

Tasks of the Gender Equality Policy Advisor

Reporting to the Secretary of State for the Promotion of Equality, the Advisor shall provide substantive advice and technical support to ensure engendered policies, strategies, legislation, plans, programmes and budgets in line with the principles of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. The Advisor shall achieve this through capacitybuilding of the staff of SEPI to effectively lobby and advocate for gender mainstreaming.

Summary of Key Functions:

• Provide substantive policy advice and technical support in the day-to-day work of SEPI;

• Ensure sound coordination with government line ministries, secretariats, development partners, donors, NGOs, Human Rights Institutions and relevant stakeholders;

• Strengthen institutional structures and mechanisms for effective gender mainstreaming, especially through the Mechanism of Coordination of Development Policies;

Duties and Responsibilities

• Provide technical assistance for SEPI to effectively participate in Technical Working Groups and planning exercises of the Government, such as the Mechanism of Coordination of Development Policies, G7+ Working Group, MDG Steering Committee, Post 2015 Development Agenda Working Group and the Budget Review Committee;

• Provide technical assistance to SEPI to integrate, review and monitor gender issues in all strategies, policies, plans, programmes, legislation and budgets, in coordination with sectoral gender specialists;

• Provide technical assistance to the implementation of SEPI’s Annual Plan

• Provide substantive input to facilitate any national or international engagement of SEPI, ie in meetings of the Council of Ministers, workshops, seminars, television debates, radio talk shows, etc including the preparation,in collaboration with SEPI staff,of speeches, talking points, briefing notes and presentations;

• Accompany the Secretary of State or SEPI staff as requested on any national or international public engagement

• Advise on networking, partnerships and links with organizations, including other government institutions, UN agencies, bilateral organizations, donors, NGOs, academic and research institutes, and national human rights institutions;

• Assist in resource mobilisation and provide input to the preparation of donor proposals, matching strategic interests of both parties;

• In coordination with the International and National CEDAW Consultants, ensure CEDAW principles are mainstreamed into the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the strategies, policies, legislation, programmes and budgets of the Government of Timor-Leste;

• In coordination with the National Gender Mainstreaming Advisor, strengthen liaison with line ministries, especially through the Gender Working Groups at the ministry and district levels, as well as strengthening capacity for monitoring implementation of the Timor- Leste Strategic Development Plan;

• Assist SEPI staff in the preparation of required reports such as for the Quarterly and Annual Reports for the office of the Prime Minister and donor reporting;

• Provide technical assistance for the final clearance of internal and external documents for example National Policies, Strategies or Assessments or UN Secretary General’s Report

• Perform other duties as assigned by the Secretary of State. Competencies

• Demonstrate commitment to SEPI’s mission and values;

• Demonstrate substantive knowledge of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and gender mainstreaming;

• Strong multi-sectoral gender analysis skills;

• Ability to build capacity and transfer knowledge and experience to local counterparts;

• Strong facilitation skills with groups of diverse skills and multiple disciplines;

• Demonstrate strong advocacy and communication skills, particularly in speech writing;

• Demonstrate interpersonal and teamwork skills;

• Ability to plan, prioritise and deliver tasks on-time, with patience and flexibility;

• Strategic thinking with practical application;

• Familiar with working in challenging operational conditions;

• Display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;


• Masters degree in gender and development, development studies, and/or related fields;

• 7-10 years international experience in gender and development, with 5 years experience in facilitation, training and mentoring in gender issues;

• Demonstrated work experience in gender mainstreaming and gender responsive planning and budgeting, particularly in a post-conflict setting;

• Demonstrated working knowledge on the principles and issues surrounding gender and development, and gender mainstreaming in policy development and planning;

• Demonstrated skills in negotiation, networking, and consensus building;

• Good knowledge of analytical tools and skills particularly those that pertains to providing and developing national level policies and advise on gender issues and perspectives;

• Demonstrated experience in building capacity of national staff with variable needs, and knowledge of adult learning and training;

• Must be a team player, with ability to engage with both international and national staff;

• Experience working in SE Asia desired, especially with understanding of the social, cultural, political and economic context of Timor-Leste;

• Fluency in English, both written and oral is essential whilst working knowledge of Tetum, Portuguese and/or Indonesian is desirable. Recruited candidates without local languages will be required to undertake basic Tetum language training. Internationally competitive salary. Position includes annual, sick, maternity/paternity and special leaves as per regulations.


How to apply:

Interested candidates meeting the qualification criteria should submit their CV and letter of interest either by e-mail or in person to:

Sra. Maria Esperansa
Chief of Human Resources
Secretary of State for the Promotion of Equality
Rua Caicoli (Ex. UN Compound – Obrigado Barracks) Dili, Timor-Leste
E-mail: mefm36@yahoo.com chefe.gabsepi@gmail.com,

Deadline for submission:

Applications should be received no later than 18 January 2015, 22:00 Dili time. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Only short listed candidates will be notified of an interview.