TITLE:                    Deputy Chief of Party (international or national position)

LOCATION:         Dili, with travel to the districts

REPORTS TO:     Chief of Party

DATE DUE:          June 7, 2015

START DATE:      July 2015 – 8 month contract, renewable dependent on funding



Counterpart International is seeking a short-term Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) to support the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Ba Distrito project. The project, which will run until September 2017 has the goal of improving 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 program 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; and 3) improve the delivery of justice sector services by strengthening legal aid services and improving district court functionality.

Recently Ba Distrito was awarded additional funds to implement activities to support the upcoming suco and municipal elections.  In particular Ba Distrito will be working to strengthen the capacity of the national electoral management bodies (the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration “STAE” and the National Electoral Commission “CNE”) to engage citizens in the electoral process and through grants will support local organizations to improve the participation of women, youth and people with disabilities in the electoral process.

The Deputy Chief of Party will provide additional support to the project to ensure the smooth and timely start-up of the electoral activities and the simultaneous quality implementation of the other project components.  The Deputy Chief of Part will provide financial and administrative oversight and day-to-day management of the program. The DCOP will assist the Chief of Party (COP) in program management, monitoring, and reporting; developing and maintaining partnerships to meet activity objectives; providing technical expertise; and handling administrative and supervisory responsibilities as specific by the COP including staff management and development, and donor reporting. S/he will also support the Chief of Party to oversee implementation of robust monitoring and evaluation of the project and support the Chief of Party to oversee the grants process.  The Deputy Chief of Party will be responsible for building relations and coordinating with key stakeholders, including USAID, the Government of Timor-Leste, and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), CSOs, and media organizations.


Candidates already based in Timor-Leste are encouraged to apply as this short-term position does not include international travel or an expatriate’s benefits package.



  • Support the Chief of Party in the overall management of the project
  • Provide technical and managerial leadership in the areas of organizational capacity development, local governance and decentralization, civic participation in local elections and access to justice.
  • Ensure program implementation is in compliance with Counterpart’s policies/procedures, GOTL and USAID rules/regulations, particularly with respect to financial and grant management.
  • Ensure program quality assurance and impact assessment through regular project monitoring & evaluation, and sustained knowledge capture and sharing through periodic assessments.
  • Participate in developing program reports including quarterly reports, annual results reports, pipeline and resource estimates.
  • Provide mentoring and professional development support to project staff, with emphasis on building capacity of national staff.
  • Represent the Chief of Party to USAID, local and national governmental authorities, local media organizations and CSOs, and other donor organizations.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree in law, public policy, public administration, or related area; master’s degree preferred.
  • Five (5) years of experience with an international NGO, with at least two (2) years in a management position.
  • Experience administering donor-funded programs in the areas of organizational capacity development, local governance, decentralization, elections and/or access to justice.
  • Demonstrated commitment to gender integration.
  • Demonstrated skills in effectively working and/or collaborating with local government structures, senior government officials, civil society actors, other donors and US government projects.
  • Demonstrated leadership, management, decision-making and interpersonal skills including experience in operations (recruitment, procurement, human resource management, finance).
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, oral and written communications skills.
  • Excellent monitoring and evaluation skills.
  • Prior experience managing a grants program highly preferred.
  • Professional spoken and written fluency in English required.  Tetum or Portuguese language skills an asset.
  • Prior experience on a USAID project an asset.



Individuals interested in working with Counterpart International on this project should email CV and cover letter to Timor-Leste.jobs@counterpart.org. Please indicate the position title in the subject line of the email.  Candidates already based in Timor-Leste are encouraged to apply as this short-term position does not include international travel or an expatriate’s benefits package.



“Counterpart International is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans and the physically challenged are encouraged to apply.”


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 building effective governance and institutions. For more information visitwww.Counterpart.org