Post Title:                               Short Term Field Assistant 

Supervisor/Department:         Eileen Sullivan, GHNDR

Location:                                Dili, Timor-Leste

Assignment Duration:                        25 working days, September-October, 2015

Assignment Type:                   STC (Short-term consultancy)

Recruitment Type:                 Local

Submission Deadline: September 10, 2015

Please include Curriculum Vitae, writing samples in English, and any relevant information


The mission of the Health, Nutrition, and Population (HNP) Global Practice (GP) is to work with governments, the private sector, and civil society, together with other development partners, to improve access to quality, affordable health services, medicines and related products, and to establish systems for fair and sustainable financing of health. It aims to scale up and strengthen front-line and facility-based health services, and harness the potential of other sectors necessary for improvements in HNP outcomes, such as agriculture, transport, social protection, gender, and education. This collaboration includes working with countries to identify a combination of public and private sector solutions to contribute to ending poverty through better health outcomes.

In July, 2014 the World Bank received funding from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to scale up its engagement in the East Asia and Pacific region. The EFO supports activities arranged under two pillars: (i) improve nutrition awareness by clients and World Bank staff, and (ii) address the knowledge gap about the double burden of malnutrition for better investments. 

In Timor-Leste, prevalence rates of maternal and child undernutrition are a cause for concern. Though very high stunting prevalence is also found in Cambodia (40 percent), Lao PDR (44 percent), and Papua New Guinea (PNG) (48 percent), Timor-Leste has the highest stunting prevalence (50 percent in 2013) in the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region and one of the highest in the world among lower-middle income countries. Investments in nutrition are necessary in order to achieve significant reductions in child mortality, improve children’s school performance, and result in greater economic productivity for the nation. Improving food and nutrition security has been included under both the service delivery and economic development pillars of Timor-Leste’s National Strategic Development Plan (2011-2030) and the World Bank Group’s Country Partnership Strategy (2013-2017).

The Government of Timor-Leste, Development Partners, and WB HNP team have requested a synthesized presentation of what is known about the distribution and causes of the burden of malnutrition in Timor-Leste and, furthermore, how this relates to the coverage of nutrition interventions across a diverse range of players and geographies (in the form of mapping). Various development partners actively support nutrition activities and intervention in Timor-Leste. In addition to the World Bank, multiple UN agencies, bilateral donors, international NGOs, and local NGOs have a significant country presence. The proposed advisory and analytical activities will meet the recently expressed demand of the National Nutrition Working Group for this information and provide additional information to these ongoing tasks.

The World Bank has initiated a nutrition assessment, gap analysis, and donor mapping exercise to better understand the nutrition situation in Timor-Leste. Specifically, this exercise will serve to:

  1. Document the magnitude and severity of malnutrition in Timor-Leste and country-specific key determinants
  2. Review the current nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programs: map the coverage of various donor and government programs; document gaps in the scope, coverage and financing of these programs, and identify opportunities to scale-up  programs and interventions
  3. Review the present capacity, institutional and implementation arrangements in the public and private sector to address malnutrition and its determinants, and
  4. Identify options and provide recommendations to Government of Timor-Leste and the donor community to strengthen the response to malnutrition in the country.

The Government of Timor-Leste is the primary audience for this piece of work. The report and associated maps will document the scope of nutrition intervention in the country and unmet target group needs in order to facilitate evidence-based decision making, improve prioritization in service delivery, and support targeting and impact of programs at the sub-national level. The secondary audience includes development partners engaged in food and nutrition security activities in the country. These stakeholders will also benefit from a greater understanding of their own and others’ roles and better link their activities with national strategic policies.


The purpose of this consultancy is to assist the project team in achieving Objective 2 “Review the current nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programs: map the coverage of various donor and government programs; document gaps in the scope, coverage and financing of these programs.” The project team requires the services of a local team member to facilitate communication with and gathering of programmatic data from international NGOs, development partners, and government ministries related to nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programs in Timor-Leste. 



The consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

I.                   Compile development partner program information 
·         Working in cooperation with the project team, identify full list of relevant organizations to be visited and a timeline for completion of the task. Keep list up-to-date, adding and deleting organizations based upon newly gathered information.
·         Engage in face-to-face, telephone, or email communications with external counterparts to elicit all of the necessary data. Provide requests to counterparts for follow-up documentation.
·         Search the Aid Transparency Portal of the Ministry of Finance according to established protocol to validate donor reporting and obtain project information, as necessary.
·         Perform accurate, timely recording of data into electronic database and ensure processing of filing of all documentation received through the Bank’s archiving system and with the assistance of Bank personnel. Communicate with stakeholders to verify any questionable data and fill in gaps.
·         Track and report progress on obtaining the required information. Liaise with mapping organization to ensure that necessary inputs are provided for mapping process.
·         Provide English translation of project documentation, as needed, in order to capture all relevant information.

II.                Support execution of district visits
·         Coordinate with World Bank project, logistics, and security teams, as needed, to ensure smooth execution of field visits. 
·         Provide English translation for project team while visiting districts.
·         Develop and maintain professional, positive relationships with local stakeholders while representing the World Bank Group.
·         Communicate all work-related issues to the project team.
·         Provide timely, accurate reports on data gathering activities.

·         Other reasonable tasks as assigned by supervisor.


The consultant will provide to the team the completed spreadsheet with all necessary information and well as an organized, electronic library of all compiled documentation.

·         Bachelor’s degree.
·         At least 3 years of relevant experience working with international organization and/or development partner.
·         Experience working in the fields of health, nutrition, or food security highly preferred.
·         Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with excellent written and spoken Tetum and English required.
·         Confident and proficient in computer usage, especially knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word.
·         Experience in data collection and compilation.
·         Interviewing skills preferred.
·         Experience establishing strong working relationships with colleagues from different functions and cultures.

·         Ability and willingness to travel inside Timor-Leste, as needed.


Timing/Assignment Duration

The assignment will be for a maximum of 25 working days until October 30, 2015, and may be extended as needed.


The consultant will report to the Task Team Leader, Eileen Sullivan, GHNDR. Other team members, Anne Provo and Steve Atwood, will provide oversight of the task and should be consulted for daily reporting and concerns.

Payment Schedule

The assignment will be remunerated on a time plus expenses basis as per the normal procedures of the World Bank Group, based on qualifications and years of experience.

Please  send CV via email: or bring your application directly  to  World Bank Office, Lecidere-Dili