Position:                     Junior Policy Officer, Maritime Boundary Office

Start Date:                  1 July 2015

Reporting to:             Chief Executive Officer, Policy & Strategy Manager and Senior Policy Adviser

Duration:                    7-month contract (with the possibility of extension or progression)

Deadline:                    Applications will be received until a suitable candidate is found



The Maritime Boundary Council is the central entity responsible for coordinating, driving and providing the institutional capacity to achieve final delimitation of Timor-Leste’s maritime boundaries, which is a national priority.

The Maritime Boundary Council is a public institute vested with fiscal and administrative autonomy that reports directly to the Prime Minister.



The Maritime Boundary Council is currently recruiting for a Junior Policy Adviser to assist the Senior Policy Adviser to provide strategic advice on all policy matters within the organisation’s scope. The Junior Policy Adviser will also directly enhance the organisation’s long-term knowledge, expertise and capacity.

The Junior Policy Adviser is expected to have knowledge in the field of international relations and policy. They should be willing to receive intensive training to further develop their knowledge and expertise. The Junior Policy Adviser will be paired with a Senior Policy Adviser to help develop their practical skills, with a view to progressing towards a more senior role.

The successful candidate will be rewarded with an attractive salary package, options for career development and extensive training, mentoring and support.



  1. The Junior Policy Adviser will support the Senior Policy Adviser, the Policy and Strategy Manager and the Senior Policy and Strategy Adviser of the Maritime Boundary Office. In doing so, the Junior Policy Adviser will directly assist on matters relevant to Maritime Boundaries by:
  2. Maintaining up to date knowledge of domestic and international policy issues;
  3. Completing supervised and unsupervised research tasks;
  4. Drafting correspondence, memorandums, reports and presentations;
  5. Attending meetings and presentations and drafting minutes and records of those meetings;
  6. Drafting of internal and external reports, briefings, releases and advices;
  7. Assisting in the preparation of briefings for Commission meetings and ministerial briefings.
  8. The Junior Policy Adviser will be expected to acquire a significant amount of knowledge relevant to Maritime Boundaries, as well as practical skills.



Essential: Bachelor’s degree in relevant field; 2-4 years of work experience; proficiency in spoken and written English and Tetum; proven ability to draft reports; strong career ambition; enthusiasm for learning and personal development; excellent work ethic and proven dedication.


Desirable: Master’s degree in international relations or policy; 2-4 years of work experience in relevant field; proficiency in spoken and written Portuguese; excellent attention to detail; ability to exercise discretion and sound judgement; ability to work well in a team environment; ability to work under pressure and to deadlines.



To apply, please send CV (up to 3 pages) and Covering Letter to:

Maritime Boundary Council

Level 2

Diplomatic Training Centre

Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Cooperation

Praia dos Coqueiros

Díli, Timor-Leste

or by email with subject line “Application – Junior Policy Adviser”  to: