1. Background

The Asia Foundation (the Foundation) is currently implementing a four-year community policing program called HAKOHAK, funded by the United States International Development Agency (USAID) and the New Zealand Aid Programme.

The HAKOHAK Program has four objectives:

1. Strengthen the technical capacity of the Policia Nacional de Timor-Leste (PNTL), civil society, and community leaders to implement effective community oriented policing (COP) practices.

2. Build community police partnerships to reduce high-risk threats to security.

3. Increase the capacity of the PNTL to more effectively prevent and respond to high priority security concerns, particularly the security needs of women and girls in Timor-Leste.

4. Promote COP as a practical approach to policing within the PNTL, district administration and local communities.

One of the most visible manifestations of the HAKOHAK program is its support to the establishment and running of Community Policing Councils (CPCs) in eleven districts in Timor-Leste.

The HAKOHAK program is seeking an experienced photographer to assist in updating the program’s photo library by accompanying program staff during field visits and program activities. The photographer will be required for 3 full days of shooting (including a combination of full and half days) to be scheduled according to the program’s activities within June-July. Some activities will involve district travel before and after the event, whilst some shoots will be in Dili. The photographer will be expected to take a variety of shots, including portraits of individuals as well as action shots that capture the interaction between community members and police. The photographer should demonstrate appropriate sensitivity when photographing Timorese people and communities, and will benefit from prior experience working with NGOs, INGOs or multilateral agencies in Timor-Leste. The photographer is expected to use their own equipment for this assignment.

The photographer must be available to attend activities for up to 3 working days (including a combination of full days and half days) between June – July, with the schedule to be determined in coordination with the program team. Transport, meals and accommodation (if required) for shooting district activities (outside of Dili) will be provided by the Foundation.


2. Responsibilities: Deliverables

The photographer will deliver all photographs taken during shooting (of sufficient quality) to The Asia Foundation, with a minimum of 80 photographs to be delivered from each full day of shooting or 40 photos from a half-day shoot (minimum total 240 photographs).

The photographer is expected to take photos throughout each activity, and to capture the interaction between police and communities. The photographer should especially endeavor to capture images of women (including female police officers) and people belonging to marginalized groups as they participate in community-policing activities.

The photographer will ensure photographs are taken with appropriate permission and consent of subjects, and will follow The Asia Foundation’s Child Protection Policy with regards to images of children.

Photographs should include a good mix of portrait and landscape orientations.


3. Timeframe

The above work (total of 3 days of shooting plus travel time) is expected to take place between June and 31 July 2015.


4. Qualification and experience of the consultant(s)

The successful applicant (should demonstrate experience) in the following areas:

a.      Professional photography engaging human subjects in natural settings;

b.      Photography in low light/indoors, as well as in outside settings;

c.      Photography of people and communities in Timor-Leste;

d.      Experience/understanding of NGOs, INGOs, or multilateral agencies (preferred);

e.      Image correction/adjustment using Lightroom or other program as required.


a.    Experience taking photographs with police/PNTL


5. Duration of the contract

The duration of the contract will depend on the program’s schedule with shooting days to be determined between the program and the successful candidate, but should be completed no later than 31 July 2015.


6. Remuneration and payment modalities

The remuneration will be negotiated between the successful candidate and the Foundation, however the consultant should submit a quotation/estimate cost of the work, outlining any assumptions.


7. Interested applicants should send the following information to The Asia Foundation

a.      An expression of interest;

b.      Name and CV of the photographer;

c.      Proof of the ability to provide the services required, in the form of submission of examples/portfolio of work and specification of the equipment to be used;

d.      Cost estimates for the entire project, outlining any assumptions.


Applications can be emailed to Lewti Hunghanfoo, Communications Specialist at before or by Tuesday, 30 June 2015 at 5PM. Only shortlisted candidate will be contacted for the interview.