ChildFund Timor Leste
Position Vacancy Announcement for Local Position

ChildFund Timor Leste, Non-Governmental, child development International organization, has been working in Timor Leste for 20 years. ChildFund is looking for dynamic, motivated, committed and experienced persons to fill open position in the organization. 

 A competitive salary based on qualification and experience; friendly work environment, team work and opportunity to grow. Good opportunity to learn community development programming

Community Development Specialist (1) Based at Dii

Report to: Program Director

Summary of the position

The Community Development Specialist is responsible for providing leadership among ChildFund Area Program Officers to plan, implement, and monitor local partnership management. He/she is directly involved in partner capacity development, developing and testing new community-based partnerships, strengthening community and stakeholder relationships, and networking. He/she must track the progress of ChildFund’s partnership strategy and programs implemented through Local Partners, and share reports and lessons learned on all program activities in assigned areas.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Provides guidance and leadership in collaborating with Local Partners to develop and implement programs in the field. Ensures that technical assistance, demonstration of program effectiveness, and monitoring and evaluation are integrated in program implementation.

Responsible for all personnel management duties for Area Program Officers. Establishes and follows up on clear expectations and deliverables by which staff and partners are assessed.

Through participatory processes involving the Program Management Team, identifies area of intervention and develops long-term programs relevant to the area

Promotes responsibility, transparency, and accountability among Local Partners and stakeholders, in line with ChildFund’s code of business conduct and ethics, and coordinates on a regular basis with National Office’s Finance and Assurance departments 

Ensures that Area Strategic Plans are based on best practices of community planning, developed according to organizational policies and procedures, and aligned with the National Office’s Country Strategy Paper

Builds positive and productive relations with Local Partners, communities, enrolled families, and authorities at all levels. Raises awareness of organization as a leader of child development and children’s issues. Ensures clear communication channels between stakeholders and staff. 

Responsible for providing technical support to community-based organizations to demonstrate program effectiveness at local level, and for creating new and ongoing funding streams to finance additional services to enrolled families and children

Builds and manages relationships with government, foundations, corporations, local authorities, and the general public to strengthen fundraising and ChildFund visibility

Responsible for providing technical assistance and oversight in the development and management of budgets, financial reporting, and audits for community projects

Facilitates capacity-building opportunities to Local Partners, and ensures that they are accountable and comply with organizational policies/procedures and local laws/regulations

Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and experiences
At least 5 years’ experience working directly in community development, as well as providing technical support or capacity-building to community-based organizations 

Demonstrated experience in managing development programs, preferably in a technical area, community development, and/or child-focused programming

Outstanding written and oral communication skills in English;  fluency in Tetun required

Demonstrated high-level interpersonal and facilitation skills, including the ability to build collaborative relationships internally and externally with sensitivity to cultural, social, and political issues

Has previous or ongoing experience working as part of a national and international team

Demonstrated technical expertise in areas such as project, budget, and resource management

Proficiency in use of general MS Office software (i.e., Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook)

Experience in resource mobilization, coordination and negotiation, and social policy



Bachelor’s degree or higher level degree in Community Development, Social Sciences, Social Work, or related fields. Advanced degree preferred. Extensive relevant work experience may be acceptable in lieu of degree.

Method of Application

All interested candidates should submit a cover letter describing their suitability following the above required qualifications and experiences in English. The candidate should include a recent CV and names of three traceable referees with their contact details. Please note that this is local position. All applications should be addressed to HR Officer, ChildFund Timor-Leste, Rua Lacerda de Maia, Vila Verde, Dili or email All application must be received by ChildFund not later than 21  August 2015 

only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.