Australia Awards Timor-Leste managed by the Palladium Group on behalf of the Australian Government

Vacancy Announcement: QUANTITATIVE SPECIALIST for Timor-Leste’s Human Capital Development Fund (HCDF).

Location and Duration: 10 days in November (5 days in Timor-Leste) and 8 days in January 2016 (5 days in-country).

 Applications Close: Monday, 26 October 2015 at 5pm (local time).



In 2011, the government of Timor-Leste finalized and approved its Strategic Development Plan (SDP) 2011-2030. The SDP provides the broad framework for Timor-Leste’s transition from a low income to upper middle-income country. It is the principal document for the development of Timor-Leste and a number of different government institutions have been given responsibility for its successful implementation. At the heart of the SDP is successful human resource development.


Against this background the government has established a Human Capital Development Fund (FDCH/HCDF) through Law No.1 (approving the state budget 2011 and regulated by Decree Law No.12/2011, 23 of March). The primary objective of the FDCH is to develop human resources to support national development in various fields, improving the planning, management and implementation of programs. The FDCH supports the following types of human resource development:

  1. Vocational Training Programs – to support all initiative in the vocational education and training activities for the labour market demand, as well as to support some public servants trainings in the following areas: criminal lawyers, auditors, judges, notaries, private lawyers, translators and inspectors. It also supports the training of manpower to work overseas. The beneficiaries are the public institutions and cover vocational training centers and individual trainees under the skills development programs.
  2. Technical Training Program or Professional Development Programs – comprise training activities for public administration in all sectors defined by government departments.
  3. Scholarship Program – for the general public, public servants, Veterans and children of veterans based on the merit system.
  4. Other types of Training programs– covering training programs for young teachers in higher education and polytechnic education in health, training of national police, officers and training officers of the F-FDTL, Anti-Corruption Investigators and others.


As requested by the FCDH Administrative Council, an evaluation of the Funds implementation is to be carried out by the Secretariat of the FCDH (‘the Secretariat’) in the second half of 2015. The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the outputs & outcomes of the FDCH programs for the period 2011 – 2014, as well as to find out the results of all programs against the budget execution. The evaluation methodology is based on a mixed-method approach that includes quantitative information collected through surveys and qualitative information collected through key respondent interviews.



The quantitative specialist will be instrumental in the oversight of the evaluation process in line with the needs outlined in the evaluation design. Specifically, he/she will provide oversight and direction to data collection and analysis.  He/She will have full responsibility for the analysis and reporting of quantitative data and will support the preparation of the final evaluation report.



Under the guidance of the Evaluation Leader, the quantitative specialist will undertake the following activities:

  • Support the design and delivery of the trainig for field researchers
  • Advise on the collection of data and capture of data into Excel
  • Assist in cleaning data collected and captured from the beneficiary survey, beneficiary interviews, the employer interviews, and the line ministry survey
  • Perform Quantitative data Analysis using both descriptive statistics (i.e. frequencies and crosstabs) and inferential statistical tests to:
    • determine whether possible observed differences are statistically significant to allow for generations to be made;
    • see if there are differences in findings by line ministries; and
    • assess differences in responses across gender
  • Assist in the coding, analysis and and reporting of Qualitative data:
    • Identify the categories of response and group them according to category;
    • Calculate the frequency and percentage of responses in each category and present in tabular or graph form; and
    • Write a brief summary of the findings.
  • Support the write up of the final evaluation report.



The main outputs for this assignment are:

  • Advisory to data collection and data capture
  • Training on the delivery of the survey instruments
  • Data output file showing the data outputs per survey item and master data set
  • Final Evaluation Report



The successful candidate for the position will have the following qualifications and experience:

  • Master’s degree or PhD in education, anthropology, sociology or related social science fields
  • Demonstrated experience in fielding quantitative studies in Southeast Asia, preferably in Timor-Leste
  • Good understanding of Government of Timor anf of FDCH operations
  • Excellent statistical, analytical and writing skills
  • Strong English skills and if possible working knowledge of Tetum and/or Bahasa Indonesia
  • Ability to work effectively within a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team


Expressions of interest must be submitted no later than 5pm, Monday 26 October 2015 containing the following information:
•      Cover letter outlining prior relevant experience and contact details of three referees
•      Curriculum Vitae

Applications should be submitted to Apolionario Pinto Guterres on