Mercy Corps is an international, non-governmental humanitarian relief and development agency that exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive, and just communities. Mercy Corps works in 40 countries, and has been present in Timor – Leste 2007 . Mercy Corps’ current work in Timor-Leste  focuses on agriculture & food security, disaster risk reduction and climate change, and Energy Poverty.


MERCY CORPS IS LOOKING FOR CANDIDATES FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS. Interested applicant can send CV and Cover Letter no later than 22 June 2015 to email or send it directly to Mercy Corps office at Rua Dr. Barros Gomes (next to NCBA/CCT Clinic), Bidau – Lecidere, Dili



Mercy Corps has received funding from the Margaret A. Cargill (MAC) Foundation to implement a 3-year integrated disaster risk reduction (DRR) and economic development program, called Managing Risks through Economic Development (M-RED).  This program is be implemented in 3 districts of Timor – Leste: Dili, Ermera, and Ainaro.  M-RED aims to reach approximately 2,000 households in 30 communities with mitigation measures that reduce vulnerability while also linking to local markets to increase incomes or contribute to broader community economic strengthening.  By economically incentivizing DRR mitigation measures, the program hopes to demonstrate a new approach to sustainable DRR that is market-driven.

Mercy Corps takes a market development approach.  This is characterized by a focus on acknowledging that the poor are participants in market systems, understanding their role as producers, consumers and laborers in these complex systems, and facilitating systemic change by identifying and leveraging capacities and incentives of market players to address underlying causes of market system dysfunction.  The aim is to address income poverty by improving the core market relationships and transactions, supporting functions, and rules/ regulations of a market system to improve access and terms of access of the poor.


Position Title : 1 DRR Coordinator Dili Base  



  • Coordinate Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) program activities together with District Coordinators and project officers to ensure high quality performance and program delivery.
  • Conduct activities of community-based DRR so that communities have increased capacity to prevent, prepare for mitigate disaster risk through locally appropriate DRR strategies.
  • Assist District Team and communities in design and strategy for specific DRR activities (Early Warning Systems, mitigation plans, contingency planning, DRR awareness raising, etc)
  • Facilitate the process of community mobilization and functioning of District Disaster Management Committees (DDMCs)and Suco Disaster Management Committees (SDMCs)
  • Work with District Disaster Management Committees (DDMCs) and the National Disaster Management Directorate (in coordination with Program Manager) to facilitate capacity building of SDMCs and coordinate program activities with government DRR priorities
  • Assist in strengthening the network on DRR in three (3) districts of Dili, Ermera and Ainaro
  • Liaise with CVTL, government and other relevant partners in Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Liaise with other partners in areas of potential complementarily, particularly with regard to climate change adaptation.
  • Development of dissemination strategy on DRR best practices.
  • Work closely with local implementing partner to ensure quality training delivery, PDRA report updating, Community and HHs level preparednessplan, capacity building of Haburas staffs on DRR issues
  • Build strong linkage with other relevant stakeholders
  • Close coordination and support implementation of Bio-Engineering activities
  • Other duties as assigned by the Deputy Program Manager.



Contributes to an atmosphere conducive to professional growth and development for Program staff in accordance with Mercy Corps’ commitment to excellence and achievement; encourage a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation


REPORTS DIRECTY TO:DeputyProgram Manager – MRED, Timor Leste

WORKS DIRECTLY WITH:District coordinator and project officer, project Engineer, project partners, Mercy Corps Timor Leste teams, appropriate Government departments/sectors



The successful DRR Coordinator will be familiar with the local context, opportunities and challenges of M-RED program, with a strong combination of coordination, reporting, liaison and communication skills. The position requires an ability and commitment to build capacity of the local partner, maximizing efforts to ensure high quality and productive program implementation.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Advanced university degree in Social Science, environmental sciences, resource economics, engineering or other fields relevant to disaster management.
  • At least 3 years of work experience in a relevant field.
  • Familiarity with community-based Disaster Risk Reduction approaches
  • 2-4 years working experiences with International NGOs in leading, managing and organizing program staff
  • Experience of team building and stakeholder engagement ( Government and NGO’s)
  • English competency will be treated as an asset
  • Willingness to travel in remote areas more than 80% time

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated leadership and communication skills.
  • Takes initiative and demonstrates ability to organize workload and set priorities for team
  • Integrity, accountability and honesty in all levels
  • Ability to perform under stress



Position Title : 2 District Coordinator, Ainaro and Dili Base  



The District Coordinator will be responsible for overall coordination and implementation of the Building Resiliency through an Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction Model program in Dili And Ainaro – both program design and Ainaro/Dil  field-based activities – under supervision of the National Program Manager, working to achieve program objectives and targets.  Responsibilities will include overall program coordination in the District of Ainaro and Dili, staff capacity building of local partner, including assisting them in reporting, budget management and establishing monitoring and evaluation systems. The District Coordinator will work closely with the District Disaster Management Committee (DDMC), district Government and district level relevant ministries and other stakeholders to ensure that activities of the program are well coordinated and implemented in consultation with other stakeholders.



The District Coordinator is Mercy Corps’ overall representative of the Building Resiliency through an Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction Model program in the district of Ainaro and Dili . Based in Ainaro/Dili  and with directions from the National Program Manager, S/he will ensure that all program activities are conducted according to the work plan to achieve the overall goal and objectives of the program.


  1. Work with local partner in implementation of the program, including staff recruitment, office set-up and orientation of the program.
  2. Work with partner field staff on identifying potential program areas, including selection of target communities.
  3. Help HABURAS establish links with the DDMC, district Government and district level relevant ministries and other stakeholders in the district.
  4. Together with partner field staff to assist the Program Manager and/or other team member to strengthen the capacity of DDMC.
  5. Supervise partner field staff to establish/strengthen community level DMCs and facilitate a process to conduct vulnerability and capacity assessment and develop mitigation plan and, when appropriate, to include early warning and contingency plan.
  6. Facilitate local market assessment conducted in all target communities to determine high-value/high-demand plants, and other crops , that are also suitable for mitigation purposes and/or increase community resiliency.
  7. Identify, encourage and involve active participation of DMC and private sectors in community planning, market assessment and selection of supported value-chain/crops/plants, and development of mitigation measures.
  8. Supervise and help partners field staff to assist target households to increase income by engage in production, value addition and sale or use of crops utilize for disaster mitigation.
  9. Together with partners field staff to identify and assist micro and small businesses or associations for production, value addition and/or collective marketing purposes.
  10. Help partner’s field staff in their day to day program implementation, reporting, budget management, administrative support, and coordination matters to help improve their capacity.
  11. Through out the program duration, ensure that partners field staff program reporting is on time and the implementation is in compliance with Mercy Corps’ policies and program design.
  12. Work closely with the Mercy Corps’ Monitoring and Evaluation staff to ensure update and maintenance of accurate data and program progress.
  13. Work closely with Mercy Corps’ program support team in Dili to ensure on time procurement and other logistical and administrative matters to avoid delays in program implementation.
  14. Coordinate regularly with other District Coordinators in Ermera and Dili on cross learning and program implementation.
  15. Advice Program Manager on best practices and lessons learnt throughout the program.
  16. Provide regular written reports to the Program Manager on the program activities in the municipality of Ainaro.
  17. Promote and adhere to the principles and objectives of the program.
  18. Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
  19. Other duties as assigned by the Program Manager.




Currently this position does not have any supervisory responsibility. However S/he closely monitors and oversees overall performance and work of the local partner in the district of Ainaro and Dili.



REPORTS DIRECTLY TO:  National Program Manager



HABURAS field staff in Ainaro, District Coordinators in Ermera and Dili, Dili based Finance Officer, Admin Officer and Logistics staff.



Candidate should have a strong background in DRR and agriculture development; particularly in strengthening local institutions, facilitating social change, and encouraging private sectors to involve in the development. Must be able to work independently and show initiative; experience in community development, needs assessment and report writing; ability to identify and liaise with target communities; ability to make recommendations for improvement in performance of the local partner; strong computer and basic administrative and organizational skills; good spoken and written English; willingness to travel throughout the project area (Ainaro, Ermera and Dili); sincere commitment to engaging local partner and its staff, DDMC, public staff, private sector actors and other stakeholders in community initiatives. Degree in Agriculture or Engineering with minimum 2-year or in economic or social science with minimum 3-year experiences working in community mobilization and development. Experience of working with International NGO, UN or other organizations in the field of DRR, Food Security/Agriculture will be an added value.