Position Description



Title                             : Municipality Officer

Program                     : NABILAN

Reports to                  :Deputy Program Coordinator – Prevention Pillar, NABILAN Program

Supervises                  :None

Unit                             :Timor-Leste Office

Work Location           : Manufahi, with travel to Dili when required




The Municipality Officer (MO) will work with both the Prevention and Supports Teams of the Nabilan Program. The MO is responsible for supporting and facilitating community activities and initiatives focused on preventing and responding to violence against women and children in Manufahi. The focus of this work will be developed through collaboration between The Nabilan Program and key actors in Manufahi Municipality, informed by policies of the Government of Timor-Leste, The Nabilan Program’s principles, evidence and research, and requirements of the donor (The Government of Australia), in particular a zero tolerance for violence against children and a strong focus on inclusion of people with disabilities.


The MO will be a key contact point for coordination and to facilitate linkages within the municipality, and also with national level. The MO will be a resource to the Municipality in terms of linking district-level actors with relevant resources, information and supports to implement the initiatives at community level. The MO will work together with other Nabilan staff and local actors to identify risks in programming and continuously monitor for these risks, and problem solve and address risks as needed. The MO will be responsible for implementation of program activities including facilitating workshops and trainings. The MO will represent the Nabilan Program in Manufahi. The MO shall be an individual who is known to, and respected by, key actors in the Municipality (in particular Municipal government, local leaders, MSS, SEM, MOH, PNTL, church representatives).



The Asia Foundation (the Foundation) is implementing the Nabilan Program: Ending Violence Against Women, in Timor-Leste under a Grant Agreement with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The program will began on 15 April 2014 and will run until 31 March 2018 (Phase 1) with an option to extend for an additional four years (Phase 2). The Nabilan Program goal is to reduce the proportion of women who have experienced violence, and to better meet the needs of women and children affected by violence. The objective is to improve outcomes for women in prevention, support services, and access to justice by improving capacity in key ministries, reducing levels of violence, improving services, and strengthening judicial processes serving the needs of women survivors of violence. The Nabilan program is based on a design developed by DFAT. The program structure is aligned to the Timor-Leste Government’s National Action Plan on Gender-based Violence – covering prevention, support services, and access to justice.  It will also undertake research to support evidence-based programming. For the prevention pillar, the program involves the government, in particular the Secretary of State for the Support and Socio-economic Promotion of Women (SEM), and civil society in designing, implementing and monitoring research based prevention projects. The Nabilan Program works with the Ministry of Social Solidarity as the key government implementing agency for services to women and children who have experienced violence. The primary mechanisms under this pillar is grants to CSO service providers, and institutional strengthening support to the National Directorate of Social Development (DNDS) within MSS which is the program’s primary counterpart. The justice pillar supports the provision of legal assistance to women and children affected by violence and monitoring of the courts and cases, and engages strategically in both the formal justice system and local justice mechanisms to support better outcomes for women and children.


      Internal Foundation Contacts

Programs within the Foundation in Timor-Leste, in particular the Nabilan Program, the Community Policing Support Program and the Local Governance Program.


      External Contacts

Key actors in Manufahi Municipality (in particular Municipal government, local leaders, MSS, SEM, MOH,                PNTL, church representatives).




 The Nabilan Municipality Officer will have the following functions and responsibilities:

  • Under the direction of the Deputy Program Coordinator/Prevention, work based upon plans developed in collaboration with key actors in the municipality, which will be aligned with the work plan and Program Logic of The Nabilan Program.
  • Ensure that all project activities within the municipality are implemented in an organized manner and all project outputs are met.
  • Conduct monitoring of prevention and response initiatives in the municipality, sometimes along with staff from The Nabilan Program based in Dili.
  • Ensure that program learnings will be implemented in future programming in the municipality and communicated in Nabilan reporting.
  • Represent the Nabilan Program in Manufahi Municipality, with a particular focus on Suku Letefoho
  • Coordinate and assist with logistics of the implementation of research activities (Pathways to Prevention, Support and Justice) in Suku Letefoho
  • Coordinate and assist with logistics of the implementation of the Nabilan Program’s community-based approaches work in Suku Letefoho, some of which will be through Nabilan Program partner activities
  • Work directly with the Suku Council, Xefe Suku, Lia Nain, civil society and church actors of Suku Letefoho on using positive messaging about violence prevention and about being good role models for the community
  • Support the Suku Council, Xefe Suku, Lia Nain, civil society, church actors, PNTL and relevant government officials (particularly MSS, SEM and MOH) to identify approaches and individuals to provide appropriate supports to people experiencing violence
  • Engage with other Suku Councils in Manufahi, as necessary, including attending monthly Suku Council meetings
  • Participate in identifying key risks for the initiatives, actively monitor risks, and report any concerns for action
  • Participate in budgeting for initiatives and facilitate requests for funds, monitor spending and provide documentation to report on spending
  • Maintain regular communication with Nabilan Program staff based in Dili, through narrative reports and regular email and phone communication
  • Perform others functions as may be necessary to ensure the project implementation.
  • Regular travel to aldeias in Suku Letefoho will be required.
  • Monthly travel to Dili. Other duties as assigned.




All applicants are required to meet the following criteria:

  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to engage, inspire and mobilise communities
  • Experience in coordination and logistics
  • Ability to communicate in Tetum and Mambai
  • A demonstrated commitment to equality between women and men and to ending violence against women
  • Strong  presentation and facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work under minimum supervision
  • An interest in learning and personal development
  • Financial management experience, in particular management of cash advances and financial reporting
  • Ability to develop useful and timely reports
  • Experience working with local Authorities, DA, SDAs and Xefe Sukus in Manufahi
  • Must be able to ride a motorbike and hold a driver’s license, or willing to learn with support and training
  • Must be able to travel to Dili approximately once per month for meetings and activities


The follow criteria are desirable:

–          Experience working on development programs, particularly related to equality between men and women, will be highly regarded

–          Preference will be given those based in Manufahi Municipality

–          University degree

–          Experience or training in counselling, psychology or pastoral support will be highly regarded

–          Familiarity with Suku Letefoho

–          Verbal and written communication skills in English as advantage

–          Useful program implementation.


The Asia Foundation strongly encourages women to apply. The position is open for Timorese nationals only.

All applications must include a cover letter, an updated CV and must address the selection criteria. Please include three contactable referees. They must be addressed to Odete Laranjinha Pinto – Human Resources Officer, and delivered by hand to the Asia Foundation’s office at Rua Praia dos Coqueiros, Bairo Metin Rua, Dili, Timor-Leste OR via email odete.pinto@asiafoundation.orgbefore or by 16 February at 05.00 PM.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted f.or the interview.