Review of Participatory Hazards and Vulnerability Assessments, Planning & Beneficiary selection Tools & Methods


Oxfam has been supporting development and humanitarian work in Timor-Leste for over 40 years and currently implements a multi-sectoral programme by working in partnership with civil society organizations, working directly with communities, and through constructive engagement with government.  Oxfam has finalised its new country strategy for the period 2015 to 2020 which was launched in May 2015, with new programs commencing from July 2015.

Our vision for Timor-Leste in the new country strategy 2015-2020 is for Timor-Leste to be a country enjoying prosperity and equality, where all citizens; women and men, actively shape the development process and enjoy the well-being that flows from this process, even in times of crisis. To support this vision, Oxfam in Timor-Leste will work with local partner organisations to deliver a three part program that reflects major challenges in Timor-Leste now and for the next five years: integrated rural development, inclusive development and humanitarian preparedness.

The purpose of this consultancy is to review selected existing community participatory assessment and planning methods in Timor Leste which are being utilised by Oxfam as well as other international and national organisations. The review process will gather feedback and lessons on the various existing participatory methods from different organisations and experts. Based on the feedback the consultant will suggest a methodology which is most appropriate for the context where Oxfam is operating under its new country strategy and programs.

Oxfam is a rights based organisation and in the new country strategy one of the key focus areas for Oxfam is to have a consistent approach towards participatory beneficiary selection and project planning for its new programs and especially for the Integrated Rural Development Program that is to be implemented in two target municipalities/regions, Oecusse and Covalima, as well as at the national level.


The consultancy will effectively address the following objectives:

  1. Review the Community Action Planning (CAP) tool utilised by Oxfam, CRS and Caritas under the Climate Change Adaptation project which was funded by DFAT, for participatory action, identification of risks, and prioritization of action plans to mitigate risks related to climate variability.
  2. Compare CAP tool and methods with some of the other participatory assessment and planning tools used by other International and national organisations in Timor-Leste and suggest adjustments in the CAP tool to enhance effectiveness, efficiency, relevance and sustainability.


Consultants or firms interested in applying for the position are requested to submit the following:

  1. Cover letter briefly outlining relevant experience with this type of assignment.
  2. Curriculum vitae with three references.
  3. A proposal outlining the proposed approach and methodology for the consultancy, inclusive of daily rate and all costs in relation to travel (international and/or domestic), meals, accommodation and other expenses related to the consultancy, and availability to undertake the consultancy.
  4. An example of a relevant piece of written work.


For a copy of the Terms of Reference, please email Priyajit Samaiyar, Oxfam MEL Lead on


Please note that only applications submitted and received by 5pmTuesday 8 September 2015 will be accepted.  Applications should be sent to Priyajit Samaiyar, Oxfam MEL Lead, by e-mailing him on or by delivering the application to the Oxfam office at Rua Jacinto Candido, Bidau Akadiru-Hun, Dili, Timor-Leste.


Only Short Listed Applicants will be contacted.