Timor Leste El Nino Assessment Consultancy

Terms of Reference


PROGRAM NAME: The Humanitarian Partnership Agreement (HPA) Inter-Agency Harmonised Needs Assessment (HNA) Project
ORGANISATIONS: Oxfam in Timor-Leste (as lead agency in collaboration with CARE International, Caritas, PLAN International and World Vision Timor-Leste)
CONTRACT TIMELINE: December 2015 – January 2016



The Humanitarian Partnership Agreement (HPA) is the formal mechanism for engagement between the Australian Government’s Overseas Development Agency (formally AusAID now DFAT) and selected accredited Australian NGOs to respond to humanitarian emergencies.  HPA also provides a mechanism for collaboration on disaster management capacity building initiatives implemented by these NGOs.


Supported by the HPA, an Inter-Agency Harmonised Needs Assessment (HNA) Project was started in by the six agencies in Timor-Leste: CARE, Caritas, Oxfam, PLAN, World Vision and originally Save the Children who no longer operate in Timor-Leste.  The HNA Project supports the Timor-Leste Government’s National Disaster Management Directorate (NDMD) to improve the coordination of humanitarian needs assessments, to support the development of the national contingency plan, to provide capacity building to NDMD and District Disaster Management Committees (DDMCs), and to strengthen coordination and liaison between NDMD and HPA partner agencies.


The prospect of an El Nino slow onset disaster situation for Timor-Leste underscores the importance of the HNA project in supporting coordination between key government disaster management agencies and five of the major Australian NGOs in Timor-Leste.  El Nino will have significant impacts on water supplies, agriculture, produce for markets, with health issues anticipated to exacerbate as drought deepens over the coming months.  This consultancy will provide data and analysis to assist HPA partner agencies to act to mitigate before the impact of El Nino reaches critical levels in Timor-Leste and then to formulate strategic responses in coordination with the NDMD.




This consultancy is being conducted with the aim of developing a better understanding of the likely impact of the 2015/2016 El Nino communities in Timor-Leste  in order to better advocate, prepare for and mitigate the effects of El Nino on Timor-Leste generally and in selected target areas specifically.  The assessment will outline the current and expected effects of El Nino in Timor-Leste (including geographical variances, government and community coping capacity), provide some advice on how to monitor/measure the extent of the problem and make recommendations for immediate response as well as short to medium term response options.




Aim: To conduct an assessment of current and potential effects of the 2015/2016 El Nino in Timor Leste based on current information on preparedness and lessons learned from the impact of the El Nino in Timor-Leste in 1997/8, with particular reference to the selected target areas.  The consultancy will provide analysis of areas of greatest potential impact of El Nino and deliver recommendations to lay the foundations for a more informed and timely response by HPA partners in Timor-Leste both in terms of advocacy, preparation and response.



  • To have an improved analysis of the past and expected effects of El Nino in Timor Leste, including an understanding of areas of particular geographical concern and impact on vulnerable groups including a gender perspective.
  • Analysis of current monitoring systems for El Nino impacts and recommendations for simple mechanisms that can be used to measure/monitor the extent of El Nino at a sub-district and suco level.
  • To provide recommendation on key and strategic mitigation and response activities, both immediately and in the short/medium term for response.
  • To provide recommendations on further analysis and assessment to inform El Nino responses.




The consultant will be required from an agreed date (suggested dates 23 November – 12 December 2015) for an estimated 18 days.  The consultant will consult with government officials, community members and organisational staff, both in Dili and regional areas for up to 14 days.



The complete Terms of Reference are available from Glenda Lasslett, Country Director, Oxfam in Timor-Leste, at glendal@oxfam.org.au


Consultants interested in applying for this position will need to submit:

  • A up to date CV with three references,
  • A cover letter outlining their related experience to the role,
  • An example of a relevant piece of written work,
  • A proposal outlining the proposed approach and methodology for the consultancy, inclusive of daily rate and all costs in relation to airfares, meals, accommodation and other costs related to the consultancy, location of residence and availability to undertake the consultancy.


Please note that only applications submitted with the requested documentation and received by 6 December 2015, 6pm Dili time will be accepted.  Early applications are welcome. Applications can be sent to Glenda Lasslett, Country Director, Oxfam in Timor-Leste, at glendal@oxfam.org.au or delivered to the Dili office of Oxfam by the deadline.