Review and Design for English Language Support in Timor-Leste


The Australian Government’s overarching aid policy underscores the importance of a skilled population for the growth of an economy.  Since October 2011, through the Timor-Leste English Language Program (ETELP), Australia has funded a program of pre‑service and in-service training to build the capacity of English language teaching in Timor-Leste.  This program, delivered by the Indonesia Australia Language Foundation (IALF) will complete in June 2016.

Through the Workforce Development Program Timor-Leste (WDPTL), managed by Palladium International, the Australian Government is undertaking a review of phase 2 of the current ETELP program in conjunction with a design for a continued program of support for English language training in Timor-Leste.  The review and design process will take place between 16 February and 13 May 2016, including a 10 day in-country mission to Timor‑Leste between 23 February and 5 March (inclusive of travel).


To support the review and design Team Leader to undertake the review and design, WDPTL is seeking the services of two short term advisers:

  1. an English language specialist (international adviser at ARF), up to 20 days inputs; and


  1. a locally engaged contractor, (daily rate in USD TBA), up to 15 days inputs


Qualifications and Experience


  1. Specialist (English language) (ARF: B2-4) (19 days)
  • experience teaching English as a second language and/or experience of linguistics in a developing country context (preferably Timor-Leste);
  • demonstrated understanding of linguistic and learning theory, and implementation (practice) of English language training;
  • writing skills of a high standard and strong computer literacy skills;
  • relevant tertiary qualifications;
  • knowledge of DFAT’s quality processes and requirements (desirable);
  • experience and understanding of assessing institutional capacity in a fragile-state context (desirable), in particular support for building capacity and improving activities (desirable); and
  • demonstrated experience in gender and social inclusion practice (highly desirable).


  1. Locally engaged contractor (15 days) (USD daily rate negotiated dependent on skills and experience).
  • proven capacity to develop and manage in-country mission logistics, including meeting requests and stakeholder management;
  • knowledge of the Timor-Leste post-secondary education sector and key stakeholders from the government, civil society, churches and private sector;
  • strong Tetun and English language skills (verbal and written) with the capacity to interpret at meetings and translate documents as required;
  • strong computer literacy across Microsoft Office suite of software;
  • at a minimum a bachelor degree qualification;
  • must be available to work full time on the weekend during the in-country mission.
  • demonstrated experience in gender and social inclusion practice (highly desirable); and



The indicative timeframes for each input is shown in Table 1 below. In-country mission timing is not flexible. Interested applicants for either positon must be available as per the timeline below

Interested applicants should submit their CV and covering letter no later than COB Monday 8 February 2016, to Rebekah Prole at email,

For further enquiries about either positon can be addressed to WDPTL team leader Simon Kaldy at email,

Table 1: Indicative Timeline and Team Inputs.


Action/Deliverable Due date (2016) # Days

Team Leader

# Days


# Days

Locally Engaged

Background Preparation

·         Teleconference 17 Feb

·         Background reading

·         Situational analysis and design plan submitted COB19 Feb to Palladium

16-19 February 3 2  
Teleconference – refine design plan and mission logistics 22 February 1 0.5  
In country mission logistics 17-23 Feb     5
Travel to Dili

Background reading

23 Feb (MEL Darwin)

(arrive Dili 7am 24 Feb)

In-country mission (including travel DRW-DIL) 24Feb to 5 March 11 11 10
Aide Memoire and scoping/options paper redrafted and submitted to DFAT (Skype Discussion) 9 March 1    
Final AM and options paper 14 March 1    
Teleconference – Confirm design focus 23 March 0.5 0.5  
Draft design (including 1 day consultation with IALF in Sydney if required). 14 April 10 4.5  
DFAT consider draft 18 April to 22 April      
Teleconference feedback 23 April 0.5 0.5  
Final design 11 May 5 1  
    34 days 20 days 15 days