Job title Electoral Coordinator (5 national positions)
Location Liquiça, Ermera, Baucau, Covalima and Oecusse with regular travel to remote areas as well as Dili.
Application deadline May 13, 2015
Type of Contract Short-Term Technical Assistance
Language(s) required Tetum required; Local language and English preferred
Starting Date May 2015
Duration of the contract 5 months

 

SUMMARY:

 

Counterpart International is implementing the four-year United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Ba Distrito project. The goal of the project is to improve local government’s ability to address community needs and increase its capacity to deliver services more effectively, efficiently and sustainably.  The Ba Distrito project is partnering with the Government of Timor-Leste in support of its efforts to improve services at the local level by strengthening the ability of institutions such as suco councils and justice sector agencies to engage with and represent the interests of citizens at the grassroots level. The goals of the Ba Distrito project are to 1) build the capacity of suco councils to strengthen citizen participation and representation in local governance; 2) improve communication and linkages between suco councils, administrative posts and municipal administrations; local GOTL line ministries and other providers of basic public services at the sub-national level; 3) improve the delivery of justice sector services by strengthening legal aid services and improving district court functionality;  and 4) to strengthen the capacity of Government of Timor-Leste (GoTL), in particular its election management bodies to hold fair, transparent, inclusive local elections and facilitate voter engagement in preparation for the national general election.

 

With the support and under the supervision of the Governance Manager, the Electoral Coordinator will oversee all Ba Distrito election activities taking place in the assigned municipality/region. In addition, to provide logistical support to Dili-based program staff on short-term assignments in the district, the Electoral Coordinator will assist in the dissemination of information, facilitate and coordinate inclusive voter registration and civic education activities, and facilitate monitoring and evaluation of program activities and the activities implemented by local partners.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

  • Familiarise her/himself with the applicable International standards for elections, and the relevant Timor-Leste specific election rules, regulations and procedures;
  • Assist in the dissemination of inclusive voter education videos and posters at municipal/region, administrative post/region and suco-level;
  • Support voter education information dissemination through Ba Distrito’s 100 sucos in Baucau, Covalima, Ermera, Liquica and Oecusse;
  • Provide day-to-day coordination and monitoring of election project activities and take primary responsibility for monitoring and evaluating election project activities in Ba Distrito’s target municipalities;
  • Assist the Ba Distrito project, suco councils, and CSOs to engage in public outreach on voter and civic education activities and to support youth engagement campaign;
  • Assist the Ba Distrito partner in conducting voter priority survey in Ba Distrito target municipals/region;
  • Act as the focal point for electoral grants activities in the assigned municipality, with responsibility to conduct pre-grant meetings, assist with development of grant applications, preliminary evaluation of grant applications, following up on grant awards and monitoring and evaluating the implementation of grants awarded under the Ba Distrito project;
  • Assist the facilitation of the three voter education community meetings together with STAE’s Brigada for approximately 20 sucos in assigned district;
  • Coordinate suco level candidate debate in approximately 20 sucos;
  • Monitor pre-electoral environment, the election campaign and administrative preparations in the Ba Distrito’s target municipals;
  • Observe election day procedures, counting and tabulation operations as well as monitor post-electoral developments;
  • Establish strong relationships with relevant stakeholders and the municipal and national level, including participating suco councils, CSOs, municipal and administrative post government staff;
  • Drive the project vehicle (motorcycle) in Ba Distrito’s target municipalities  for project activities and take responsibility for ensuring its regular maintenance;
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

 

  • A minimum of 3 years relevant experience. Experience on donor-funded capacity building programs or working in a relevant government or nongovernmental organization preferred.
  • Good understanding of electoral processes including voter and civic educations community consultation, etc.
  • Degree in political science, law, public administration or other relevant subject or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively coordinate with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and to work independently with minimal supervision;
  • Gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Excellent public speaking and writing skills in Tetum. Good English-language skills highly preferred.  Knowledge of local languages highly preferred.
  • Motorcycle license required.

 

TO APPLY:

 

Please submit a CV and cover letter to timor-leste.jobs@counterpart.org referencing the job title District/Municipal Electoral Coordinator as well as the district/municipality you are applying to work in the subject line.  Deadline is the close of business on May 13, 2015.

 

Counterpart International is a global development organization that empowers people and communities to implement innovative and enduring solutions to social, economic, and environmental challenges. For nearly 50 years, Counterpart has been forging partnerships with communities in need to address complex problems related to economic developmentfood security and nutrition, and buildingeffective governance and institutions. For more information visit www.Counterpart.org