Department / Project Program Quality Team
Position Gender Program Quality Manager
Type of Contract Fixed Term
Position Type Local or International
Duty Station Dili Base, with frequent travel to field locations
Report to ACDP
Closing date of application Midnight Sunday 13th March, 2016
Starting Date May 2016
Contract period 6 Months from Start Date with possible extension
Language (s) required English; Tetum desirable


About CARE International

CARE International (CI) is a global humanitarian aid organisation 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 organisation, CI works with communities to help overcome poverty by supporting development projects and providing emergency relief. We know that supporting women and girls is one of the most effective ways to create sustainable outcomes in poor communities.


The CARE International confederation strives for a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.


CI has earned a strong international reputation for our ability to respond quickly to emergency situations in countries where we operate, including Syria, Pakistan, South Sudan, Myanmar and Vanuatu. We are also renowned for our innovative, sustainable and effective long-term development projects. All our projects are designed to equip the people we support with skills and resources so they can take charge of their lives and work towards a better future.


CARE International in Timor-Leste

In Timor Leste, CARE’s long term program goal is to improve the wellbeing and voice of women and girls in rural disadvantaged areas as we know they are the most disadvantaged members of society. We do this through our thematic priority areas of sexual reproductive and maternal health and rights, education, women’s economic empowerment and women’s voice. CARE uses a number of approaches including the Gender Equality Framework, engaging men and boys, working in partnership, robust monitoring evaluation learning and impact and a commitment to accountability and inclusion. CARE’s commitment to gender equality is outlined in the CARE International in Timor-Leste Gender and Women’s Empowerment Strategy (2013 – 2018).


About the Role

The Gender Program Quality Manager (GPQM) has responsibility for the Program Quality Unit, which provides strategic guidance to support existing projects and on the designing of new projects in line with CITL’s long term program.  The Unit supports the ongoing capacity building of CITL staff in gender and women’s empowerment; enhances CARE’s capacity to conduct analyses and produce evidence to better understand underlying causes of poverty and marginalization and the impact of CARE’s work; ensures that gender and women’s empowerment are central to CITL’s program strategy and activities; promotes a learning culture to generate and share knowledge to improve program quality; ensures effective M&E and impact measurement and learning systems are implemented,  and builds the quality, scope and effectiveness of CARE’s partnership portfolio with civil society, government, donors, peers and the private sector.


The GPQM has responsibility for improving CARE International in Timor-Leste’s (CITL) programming, by applying best practice in design, implementation and evaluation.  The role has a particular focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment, which includes robust Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) and impact measurement, effective partnerships and advocacy. In addition, the role provides strategic and technical advice to program and project managers and project staff.  The role also supports the CD and ACD Programs in the development of CARE’s long term programs, and with strategic partnerships with donors, international and national NGOs and government in Timor-Leste.

The role is focused on enhancing CARE International in Timor-Leste’s capacity to contribute to national development outcomes, and CARE International’s vision and mission in Timor Leste.


Key responsibilities:


  • Lead the team to coordinate and oversee the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of CITL’s core strategies: Gender and Women’s Empowerment, Partnership, Impact and Learning and Advocacy
  • Provide strategic and technical advice to program and project managers, and project staff to ensure programs are implemented effectively with demonstrated impact.
  • Foster and organize collaboration within the project and program quality teams to gather and analyse evidence and learning from CITL’s work in gender equality and women’s empowerment in order to influence policy and practice within Timor Leste and more broadly as relevant
  • Provide senior level gender advice and support to project teams, partners and senior management to ensure a strong and transformative approach to gender across all of CITL’s work
  • Lead the improvement of program and project quality across all parts of the organisation by working with senior staff in the development, implementation and strengthening of monitoring, evaluation and learning plans and impact measurement at program and project levels
  • Work with PQ unit and other teams to support effective ongoing capacity building of staff and partners in gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • Lead the coordination of program staff to monitor and evaluate progress and impact of the long term program
  • Be the focal point for CARE Timor-Leste’s work on strengthening partnerships, and contribute to developing a strategy for Private Sector Engagement Direct staff management and capacity development of the PQ team (Impact and Learning Officer, Gender Officer, Business Advisor and Training Officer)
  • Review and Write  project proposals to assist the ACDP in program development
  • Through supporting design, implementation, monitoring and review of CITL’s new and current projects, lead the integration of Social Analysis (SA) methodology across CITL programming



Selection Criteria


  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field and significant experience and skills in the management of people and development programming with an international NGO, aid agency or other development organisation
  • Technical knowledge and experience in the implementation of transformative gender approaches, complex gender analysis and advocacy related to gender issues
  • High level strategic thinking and experience in the design, development and implementation of program strategies and complex project interventions, including familiarity with theory of change approaches
  • Ability to design and develop monitoring and evaluation systems, experience in managing and conducting field evaluations and impact measurement
  • Ability to create and sustain long term partnerships including with other development actors, including other international agencies, donors and government
  • Demonstrated experience in capacity building and skills-transfer to local organisations and on-the-Job training for staff
  • Good communication skills (both written and spoken) in English
  • Demonstrated proactive, flexible approach and ability to manage competing priorities and to organise and manage workload to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated leadership and the ability to respond effectively to challenges, to work effectively in a small, diverse and busy team environment with minimal supervision.


Application Process


To apply to this position, please submit your application letter outlining your suitability against the key responsibilities and criteria for the role (see above) and a Curriculum Vitae with two references (Please DO NOT attached other documents) by email OR by hard copy to HR Unit, at CARE International Timor-Leste, Bairo Pitte, Dili, OR by email before or by midnight Sunday 13th March, 2016. 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.