ANTICPATED POSITION VACANT:

PROGRAM DEPUTY TEAM LEADER (DTE)

Australia Awards Timor-Leste (AATL) manages the Australia Government’s scholarship programs in Timor-Leste, including Australia Awards Scholarships. AATL is managed by Palladium International Pty Ltd on behalf of the Australian Government.

The Australian Government’s overarching aid policy underscores the importance of a skilled population for the growth of an economy.  In particular, it states that Australia will prioritise skills for growth, by improving access to quality assured technical education and training, which matches the needs of the private sector. Skills and employment supports the two objectives of the aid program: private sector development and human development. When well-targeted it also supports women’s economic empowerment, by providing young women with skills to enhance their ability to participate in economic activity.

From 2016, to support these overarching goals, AATL anticipates we will take on further workforce development activities to improve human resource capacity in targeted areas; and foster ongoing linkages between Australia and Timor-Leste at the individual, organisational and country levels. The Program will achieve its goals through the delivery of the following three components:

  • Australia Awards Scholarships (AAS) for study in Australia and support for returned Scholarship alumni;
  • Skills Development and Employment (SDE) activities with support for skills, qualifications and employment activities in partnership with the Secretariat of State for Vocational Training and Employment Policy (SEPFOPE) and the National Labour Force Development Institute (INDMO);
  • Human Resource Development activities for emerging priorities to provide a range of technical and grant assistance including evaluations and designs for a new English language program.

To prepare in advance for the new program of activities which we expect to deliver from 2016, the Australia Awards Timor-Leste Program is currently seeking applications for a full-time Program Deputy Team Leader position.

 

The Deputy Team Leader (DTL) will have oversight responsibilities for the Skills Development and Employment (SDE) sub-components of the Workforce Development Program. The SDE component is an investment in Timor-Leste’s vocational training and employment. The component will support youth to have access to skills development, primarily in the tourism and hospitality sector; and for youth, workers and unemployed to have improved employability in Timor-Leste and overseas.  Interventions will be targeted to enable girls, persons with disability, youth out of school, the unemployed and others with specific disadvantages to participate in activities.

Supporting SEPFOPE and INDMO, SDE has three sub-components:

  • Skills Development: development and piloting of vocational qualification packages;
  • Employment: support for the employment opportunities including the Australian Government’s Seasonal Workers Program; and
  • Institutional Support: support for SEPFOPE’s institutional capacity, including in labour market information systems.

The DTL will take on Team Leader responsibilities as acting Team Leader when the Team Leader is on leave and or is working remotely. The ATL responsibilities will be decided on a case by case basis, dependent on the duration of the TL absence and the anticipated program outputs during the period of acting duties.

Provision is made to potentially change management responsibilities to allow for professional development and to accommodate the Program’s emerging priorities.

The DTL will also provide Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) Focal Point activities for the SDE component: Developing and maintaining key social inclusion stakeholder relationships; and managing the collection of realistic and appropriate social inclusion data for reporting purposes.

 

Key Functions

Strategy and Leadership

  • Support the Team Leader in the management and overall strategic direction and leadership of the Program with specific responsibility for delivery of the SDE sub-components;
  • Provide strategic advice to Australian Embassy officials and Program stakeholders;
  • Provide quality assurance of deliverables.

 

Strategic Relationships

  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with Australian Embassy officials;
  • Strategically develop and maintain strong working relationships with institutional, private sector, civil society and Government of Timor-Leste stakeholders;
  • Participate in governance meetings;
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with advisors and personnel who are supporting the Program.

 

Operational Management

  • Manage the operations and day-to-day implementation of the SDE sub-components, including supervision of staff, management of budget, preparation of TORs and recruitment of long and short term technical assistance, and other contracting;
  • Working with the Team Leader, assist with the management of change within the Program, responding to the Australian Embassy’s changing context and priorities as and if required;
  • Ensure preparation and delivery of outputs as required by the Australian Embassy;
  • Contribute to annual planning and reporting;
  • Manage performance and quality of the SDE sub-components, including addressing gender and other relevant cross-cutting issues;
  • Provide mentoring and professional development guidance as required to Program staff;
  • Build and keep up-to-date a strong knowledge of Gender and Social Inclusion issues and activities and assist in  the review of the Program’s social inclusion strategy; and
  • If and as required, provide overall Program leadership when the Team Leader is on leave or is working off-line;
  • Demonstrate adherence to Palladium policies and procedures.

 

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)

  • Monitor and evaluate performance and quality of inputs, outputs and outcomes for the SDE sub-components, according to the agreed M&E Plan;
  • Provide high quality reports and inputs into Program reports including Annual Reports, Six Monthly Reports, Annual Plans, and any special or exception reports as requested by the Australian Embassy.

 

Qualifications and Experience

The DTL should have the following qualifications, experience and skills:

 

Required Qualifications

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in a field related to education, project management or human resource management.

 

Essential Criteria – required Experience and Skills

  • Sound understanding of the Australian Embassy’s development objectives in Timor-Leste and the social, cultural, political and institutional factors affecting development in Timor-Leste;
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of Timor-Leste systems and public administration, including public sector governance and regulation, systems and processes;
  • Proven capacity to build and maintain effective relationships with senior personnel in the Australian and Timor-Leste Governments and with donor agencies;
  • Proven experience to manage program implementation activities, including financial management, the development and implementation of work plans, risk management and procurement oversight;
  • Proven experience in and understanding of Gender and Social Inclusion issues in Timor-Leste;
  • Proven experience in supervising and capacity building of locally-engaged staff;
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking and strategic thinking skills, and
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills in English.

Desirable

  • Proven ability to manage education and training sector activities in a developing country;
  • Experience in and strong understanding of Timor-Leste’s vocational sector including the roles and responsibilities of SEPFOPE and INDMO and sound understanding of Timor-Leste qualification framework, vocational standards, training packages and trainer competency requirements;
  • Sound understanding of Timor-Leste’s labour market and opportunities for employment in formal and less formal sectors, including self-employment and important private sector stakeholders, particularly in tourism and hospitality;
  • Experience with Australian Government processes and procedures, and experience in and strong understanding of Scholarship and Alumni programs; and
  • Written communication skills in Portuguese and Bahasa Indonesian.

 

Duration: Full-Time: (up to 3 years)

Location: Dili, Timor-Leste (Locally Engaged: this is not an ARF position)

 

 

Minimum education and experience required

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in a field related to education, project management or human resource management
  • Sound understanding of the Australian Embassy’s development objectives in Timor-Leste and the social, cultural, political and institutional factors affecting development in Timor-Leste;
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of Timor-Leste systems and public administration, including public sector governance and regulation, systems and processes;
  • Proven capacity to build and maintain effective relationships with senior personnel in the Australian and Timor-Leste Governments and with donor agencies;
  • Proven experience to manage program implementation activities, including financial management, the development and implementation of work plans, risk management and procurement oversight;
  • Proven experience in and understanding of Gender and Social Inclusion issues in Timor-Leste;
  • Proven experience in supervising and capacity building of locally-engaged staff;
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking and strategic thinking skills, and
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills in English.

 

Application details

If you are interested, please deliver your CV, along with a covering letter addressing the essential criteria listed above to the Australia Awards Office at:   the ex-Café Aroma site, Rua. Belarmino Lobo, Bidau Akadiru-Hun, Dili, or email your application toApolinario.PintoGuterres@thepalladiumgroup.com

For further queries please contact: Apolinario Pinto Guterres, AATL Finance and Office Manager, as per email above or the Australia Awards Timor-Leste Team Leader, Simon Kaldy at the Simon.Kaldy@thepalladiumgroup.com

 

Applications closes 5pm AEST on Monday Sunday 31 January 2016 Late applications will not be considered, only successful applicants will be contacted.