Title: Program Officer (Supports, Services and Training team)
Reports to: Supports, Services and Training Coordinator, NABILAN Program
Unit: Timor-Leste Office
Work Location: Dili with travel to the District when required
SUMMARY OF POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES
The Program Officer will be a staff in the Supports, Services and Training team. The PO will be the key staff in facilitation of a training program for Civil Society Organization (CSO) staff, which will be part of the “Community Services Training Program” accredited through INDMO (National Labour Force Development Institute – the Timor-Leste accreditation body for TVET Training). The PO will also be a resource on disability issues and provide technical support to partners as required. As a member of the Nabilan team, the PO will also be involved in stakeholder engagement in program activities, support to grant management, and implementation of specific program activities.
The Asia Foundation (the Foundation) is implementing an Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) Program (called “Nabilan”) in Timor-Leste under a Grant Agreement with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Nabilan (EVAW) 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, supports, 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 program’s primary counterpart for Supports and Services is the Ministry of Social Solidary (MSS), which is the lead agency for addressing VAW including in its role as coordinator of the Rede Referal (Referral Network) at district level, manager of key staff responsible for receiving cases of violence against women and children, as a funder to service providers and in its responsibility to create standards for services. The program is providing grants to civil society organisation (CSO) service providers, and institutional strengthening support to the Directorate of National Social Development (DNDS) within MSS. The focus is on improving the quality and expanding the reach of existing services.
The Asia Foundation’s Nabilan program is currently supporting the development of national qualifications in community services at the Certificate III and Certificate IV level through the TVET system in Timor-Leste. The aim is to strengthen the quality of service delivery within the sector and to work with relevant CSOs, government ministries and stakeholders to provide quality, contextual and practical training for people currently working in the sector, and those who wish to work in the sector.
The PO will work closely with others to facilitate the development of curriculum, identification of trainers, supervisors and mentors, and implementation of a pilot phase of training.
Internal Foundation Contacts
Program, finance, and administrative staff in the Foundation’s Timor-Leste office on a regular basis; Foundation offices in San Francisco headquarters, Washington DC, and other field offices in Asia on an occasional basis.
Project Manager for Training Program, Registered Training Organizations (RTOs), CSOs, INDMO, MSS, relevant INGOS, UNICEF, other bilateral and multilateral donors in Timor-Leste as required.
JOB FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Contribute to the Nabilan program based on experience and knowledge of violence against women and children, best practice and relevant policies.
- Work closely with Project Manager for the Community Services Training Program to support development and delivery of this program (details of roles and responsibilities to be identified in Training Program plans). Key areas of work will include: finalization of competency framework; selection and preparation resource people; curriculum development.
- Act as a liaison between the Community Services Training Program and civil society organizations.
- This will include coordination, feedback and seeking participants for the program.
- Act as a liaison between the Community Services Training Program Program and the Nabilan Program. This will include coordination of plans, sharing of information, and reporting.
- Provide technical support to Nabilan program partners regarding provision of services and help to victims. This position will have a particular focus on enhancing the quality and reach of services for people with disabilities.
- Visit Nabilan partners for technical support, M & E and partnership purposes
- Maintain documentation related to program activities, including filing and reporting
- Support the Coordinator in internal reporting and monitoring the workplan
- 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
- Support the program’s M&E system through monitoring activities and collection of data
- Monitor relevant political, social, and economic developments and assess impact on the Nabilan program
- Other duties as assigned.
All applicants are required to meet the following criteria:
- At least two years of relevant professional experience including experience in implementation of international development programs;
- Demonstrated work experience in supporting partners implementing grants and program activities;
- Experience in counselling, psychology, Social Work, pastoral support or informal helping approaches;
- Experience planning and providing training;
- A willingness to pro-actively identify ways in which the program can better reach marginalised groups, particularly people with disabilities;
- A personal commitment to promoting gender equality and human rights and to modelling personal behaviours consistent with the program focus;
- An interest in learning and personal development;
- A commitment to working respectfully and collaboratively with individuals and organisations at a range of levels;
- A commitment to working in a multi-disciplinary team with a strong focus on research, evaluation, learning, and networking;
- Strong oral and written communication skills;
- Ability to communicate orally and in writing in English and Tetum;
- Willingness to travel to the districts.
- Experience working on projects addressing violence against women and children;
- Experience working on projects addressing disability issues;
- Experience in managing project finances;
- Experience in project management, including planning and reporting
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 Avenida Luro Mata Bairro Metin II, Dili, Timor-Leste OR via email firstname.lastname@example.org before or by 10 April 2016 at 05.00 PM.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the interview.