Department / Project                    : Safe Motherhood Project

Position                                               : Deputy Project Manager

Supervisor                                          : Health Program Manager

Grade                                                   : C4

Country Office                                  : CARE Timor International in Timor Leste (CITL)

Salary                                                    : From $819 per month plus benefits

Location of Work                             : Dili with travel at least 60% field based travel

Position Report To                          : Health Program Manager

Position Supervisors                      : Project Officers

Job Description Prepared by      : Health Program Manager

Date Job Description Updated   : 30 November 2015

Date Job Description Evaluated: 30 November 2015

Contract period                                : 5 Months



CARE is an international development and humanitarian aid organization fighting global poverty, with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities. As a non-religious and non-political organization, CARE works with communities to help overcome poverty by supporting development efforts and providing emergency assistance. We believe supporting women and girls is one of the most effective ways to create sustainable outcomes in poor communities.

The Safe Motherhood Project is aligned with the Government of Timor-Leste’s National Reproductive Health Strategy (2014-2018) which supports birth spacing using family planning services and men’s involvement in fertility management, and commits to ensuring all pregnant women can access maternal care. The overall goal of the project is to decrease maternal mortality and morbidity. To achieve this goal, the project focuses on improving Sexual Reproductive and Maternal Health (SRMH) and nutrition behaviors’ and improving, access, utilization and provision of quality SRMH services.



The Deputy Project Manager is responsible for supporting the Health Program Manager with the overall management of the Safe Motherhood project and manages the implementation of activities and operations in the two target municipalities of Ermera and Covalima. The position is responsible for managing the Project Officers and providing them with guidance on CITL process and procedures as required. The role will also play an important role in continuing to foster the relationship with various stakeholders in the target areas.

  2. Project Management
  • Responsible for overall planning, implementing and reporting on the activities of the Safe Motherhood Project in the target areas
  • Ensure timely and open communication with Program Manager in order to facilitate appropriate decision making in regards to the project
  1. Human Resources, Financial and Logistics Management
  • Supervise the Project Officers and Drivers based in the municipalities including developing work plans
  • Together with the management team, help all staff to develop ownership and responsibility for the project as a whole and create a team spirit amongst the project staff
  • Identify critical staff capacity needs and communicate to Technical Advisor and Program Manager as appropriate
  • Plan project expenditures, procurement plans and monitor against the budget and guidelines of CITL and the donor
  • Work together with Base Administrators to track vehicle movement and liaise with CITL fleet and Project Support Officer to ensure vehicles are in good condition
  1. Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Ensure the quality of implementation of project specific activities in line with the project MEL plan and close collaboration with the Program Quality unit


  1. Liaison and Representation
  • Lead on fostering relationship and representing CARE with Municipality Health Service, Community Health Centre and Health Post at the municipalities as appropriate


  1. Other
  • Manage project advances, expenditure and financial acquittal with support from the Project Support Officer
  • To proactively participate in the APPA process including the annual appraisal, midyear review and regular 1:1 meetings, ensuring that the APPA process (including the paperwork) is an integral component of Annual Work Plans and activities
  • Promote a safe and secure work environment; foster a culture of safety and security awareness and consistently follow all CARE safety and security policies, procedures and directives
  • Demonstrate an understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment and a commitment to CARE’s approach and values including ethnic diversity and cultural sensitivity
  • Uphold and promote CARE’s commitment to Child Protection
  • Relevant Bachelor’s degree with at least 5 years  experience in managing project in the municipalities
  • Good leadership and management skills
  • Experience in project planning, and monitoring of work plan, budget and  expenses
  • Ability to promote collaboration with CITL staff, Government, Local authority, and other partners
  • Ability to understand, comply and uphold all relevant CARE International in Timor Leste policies and standard procedures
  • Ability to write and present regular reports to management and partners as required
  • Availability and able to travel to Covalima and Atsabe Sub District for extended period of time
  • The candidate should be organized, effective, creative, a team player, and  highly motivated
  • Ability to drive a motorbike in remote location and must have valid license
  • Computer literacy within standard Microsoft Office programs, i.e. Word, Excel, Power Point, and Data Bases and excellent communication skills in English and Tetun both written and spoken. Local languages such as Bonak, Kemak and Tetun Terik an asset.

In return of your commitment you will benefit from ongoing professional development fostered within an innovative and forward thinking environment, plus a comprehensive benefits package.


To apply to this position, please email or submit your application letter and Curriculum Vitae with two references (Please DO NOT attached the other documents) to OR to HR Unit, CARE International Timor-Leste, Bairo Pitte, Dili, OR by email before or by date deadline on 23 December 2015. Only successful candidates will be contacted for the interview.

CARE is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.


CARE International Timor-Leste is committed to protecting the rights of children in all areas we work. CARE International Timor-Leste reserves the right to conduct screening procedures to ensure a child-safe environment.