Monday, August 31, 2015

UN World Food Programme in Timor-Leste

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. WFP has been present in Timor-Leste since 1999. WFP focus in Timor-Leste is on building the capacity of the Government of Timor-Leste in managing supplementary feeding through the Ministry of Health’s Mother-and-Child Health and Nutrition programme. Technical assistance and Government capacity development, with a strategy for hand-over of a sustainable food-based programme to the Government are key priorities. Through the capacity building focus, targeted boys and girls between 6-59 months and pregnant and lactating women benefit from the project. The activities of the organisation are focused on the following areas: Ainaro, Oecusse, Bobonaro, Covalima, Dili and Ermera. WFP supports KONSSANTIL and the Zero Hunger Challenge and has aligned its activities with both UNDAF and Government policies.

WFP has two exciting opening for a Programme Assistant (DHS) to be based in Ainaro and Dili.

Vacancy Number: 2015/TLS-012 (Ainaro)
Vacancy Number: 2015/TLS-013 (Dili)
Vacancy Number: 2015/TLS-014 (Oecusse)

Job Title: Programme Assistant - DHS (3 positions: Ainaro; Dili; Oecusse)

Contract Type: Service Contract Grade: SC5 Duration: 1 year, Renewable Duty Station: Ainaro,

Dili & Oecusse Duties and Responsibilities

Under the general supervision and guidance of the Programme Officer (Government Liaison), the Programme Assistant’s key accountabilities shall include but not be limited to the following:

* Coordination, communication and liaison with relevant health staff at district and sub district level

* Planning and monitoring the day to day implementation of the Nutrition interventions at field level

* Networking with health as well as other relevant ministries, District level Nutrition Working Groups and other relevant stakeholders

* Engaging local CBOs, PSF, xefe suco and other stakeholders in program socialization at grass roots level

* Coordinating with DHS Director, CHC managers, CHC level Nutrition Coordinators and HP focal points to ensure the delivery of nutrition supplies at distribution points

* Providing on-the-job training and guidance to health facility staff on nutrition

* Facilitating training, community mobilization and nutrition educations session on nutrition „h Rolling out of capacity building sessions for PSF/other community groups, as needed

* Preparing monthly report against the monthly work plan

* Conducting joint WFP-MoH monthly monitoring visits at district, sub-district and Suco level, using M&E tools for post-distribution monitoring

* Preparing the monthly budget plan for day to day program implementation

* Performing monthly data collection and ensure quality and timely submission of monitoring data „h Completing monthly Logistics checklists to verify storage conditions and completion of deliveries at health facility level

* Identifying bottlenecks and challenges to delivery, storage and transport of commodities „h Performing monthly verification of stock card at Health Facility level against distribution data

* Assisting in providing field-level information on stock balances for preparation of Food Release Notes (FRN)

* Perform other related duties as required.

Qualifications and Experience

* At least completion of secondary school education, preferably supplemented by courses in a field related to WFP programmatic activities e.g. human nutrition, food science, agriculture, social science, rural/community development, economics, or any other related field

* Candidates with recognised university degree but less work experience will also be considered „h At least four years of progressively responsible programme support experience, with at least two years in programme monitoring and/or implementation

* Possession of a valid motorcycle driving license and ability to use high clearance motorcycles such as Yamaha XTZ for work purpuses

* Previous work experience in geographical area of intervention desirable

* Experience utilising computers including word processing, spreadsheet and other software packages „h Experience supporting government institutions in project implementation „h Experience building capacity of partner organisations, including government personnel

* Experience in project monitoring and reporting „h Experience working with rural communities and structures

* Fluency in both oral and written English. Fluency in Tetun and other local languages is an added advantage

Application Procedure

Interested candidates should submit their applications consisting of a motivation/application letter, updated CV and copies of academic/professional certificates. Letters and CVs must be in English language. All applications should be submitted by email to, or hand-delivered to WFP Timor-Leste Country Office, Rua Balide, Mascarenhas, Dili, or posted to WFP Timor-Leste Country Office, P.O. Box 133, Dili, Timor-Leste. Job title and vacancy number should be clearly indicated on the envelope or subject line for email applications. Application deadline is Thursady, 3 September 2015.

For positions based in Ainaro & Oecusse, candidates who are currently resident in Ainaro & Oecusse, respectively, will have an added advantage.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Remembering 16 years ago, today- Popular Consultation in Timor-Leste

by : Constancio Pinto

Sixteen years ago, today, I was in New York, together with 15 other Timorese, like many other Timorese citizens in Timor-Leste casted our votes, that will decide the future of Timor-Leste whether to remain with Indonesia or be an independent country. August 30th 1999, today, in Timor-Leste, hundreds of people men and women, young and old descended to the voting centers, standing in the long queue impatiently waited to cast their votes - the last bullet for the independence.

But it was a long journey full of suffering, agony and despair. Two hundred thousand, one third of the population, perished. They died of starvation and mass killings in the jungles and in the concentration camps at the hands of the occupying forces during the 25 years of occupation. It was not until May 4th 1999, that United Nations Secretary General Kofi Anan was able to bring together Mr. Jaime Gama, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal and Mr. Ali Alatas, the Minister of Foreign of Indonesia, to met in New York and successfully persuade the two Ministers to agree on holding a popular consultation in Timor-Leste.  The agreement, however, came with condition. Ali Alatas could only agree with the condition that the Indonesian military be responsible for maintaining law and order or no popular consultation at all. Given the security responsibility to Indonesia army was the same as having a wolf guarding a chicken coup. It was difficult bargaining for Portugal to accept. Mr António Gamito, a Portuguese diplomat, asked me whether the Timorese side would accept such condition. My answer was, two-hundred thousand people have lost their lives for the independence, so no matter the cost of this consultation will be the Timorese people stand ready to face the last consequence.   

I was always confident and optimistic that the popular consultation was the last resort for the people of Timor-Leste to bring to a closure the 25 years of struggle for independence. In New York, a few days before the consultation I had a debate with Ambassador Edward Master, the US former ambassador to Indonesia, on News Lehrer Television Program, Jim Lehrer asked what was my prediction on the outcome of the public consultation, I had no hesitation to say between 75 to 80 percent of the Timorese people will vote in favor of the Independence.

A few days later, on evening of September 4th, 1999, when Kofi Anan, then the UN Secretary General, announced the final results where 78.5 percent of the Timorese people voted in favor of the Independence and 21.5 percent chose to remain with Indonesia. It was an emotional moment to see the long battle has come to an end. That evening I was sitting at the CNN office in New York, to be precise on 8th Avenue, waiting for an interview. Though I was happy with the results I worn the United Nations to immediately deploy the UN peace-keeping force to maintain peace and order in Timor-Leste, for the militias, whom were armed and abetted by the Indonesian military, have being terrorizing the population.

As soon as the result was announced violence quickly erupted in Dili and in the country. Hundreds of people were forcibly moved to West Timor, hundreds fled into the mountains, many dies, and about 85 percent of the infrastructure obliterated.  Two months later after strenuous negotiations and shuttle diplomacy, lost of human lives, and destruction, the United Nations Security Council, finally, decided to send the International Force for East Timor (INTERFET) led by Australia.
Freedom at last! It has been sixteen years that we are free as a nation and as people.

Thank you to the people of Timor-Leste
Thank you to the international solidarity
Thank you to Mr. Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, the former President of Indonesia for his statesmanship

Long Live Timor-Leste!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Christiano Ronaldo sends signed Real Madrid shirt to Nepal earthquakevictim

Christiano Ronaldo sends signed Real Madrid shirt to Nepal earthquake victim

Jetin Shrestha was playing football when earthquake struck killing over 9,000 people in April

Shresta was playing football when the earthquake struck
Shrestha stands wearing the t-shirt that Cristiano Ronaldo sent him Photo: Omar Havana

Son of ex-Philippine dictator boasts of father’s ‘achievements’ as he plots presidential bid

Ferdinand Marcos Jr has a name that might sound politically toxic, but the late dictator’s son is embracing family legacy as he plans return to power

Philippine Senator Ferdinand Marcos (L) sitting with his mother former first lady Imelda Marcos (R) and sister Governor Imee Marcos as they attend mass during the birthday celebration of the former first lady at a church in Laoag City
Philippine Senator Ferdinand Marcos (L) sitting with his mother former first lady Imelda Marcos (R) and sister Governor Imee Marcos as they attend mass during the birthday celebration of the former first lady at a church in Laoag City Photo: AFP

ESCAP launches new online e-learning platform to help build resilience to disasters in Asia-

 Disaster Risk Management E-Learning Platform

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has launched an innovative new online e-learning platform to help countries in the region – the world’s most disaster prone - build their capacities to withstand, adapt to and recover from natural disasters.
The Geo-referenced Information Systems for Disaster Risk Management (Geo-DRM) portal offers state-of-the-art courses on space technology, along with Geographic Information System (GIS) applications for early warning and multi-hazard risk assessment.
United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, said the online Geo-DRM platform is part of ESCAP’s determination to advance regional implementation of the newly-adopted Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

Internally & Externally
CARE International in Timor-Leste - CITL

Department / Project                    : Safe Motherhood Project
Position                                               : Deputy Project Manager-Field Implementation
Grade                                                   : C3
Salary                                                    : From $779 per month plus benefits
Duty Station                                       : Atsabe OR Covalima District
Report to                                             : Health Program Manager
Contract period                                : 31 August 2015 to 30 June 2016 subject to funding

CARE is an international humanitarian organization, with a vision of empowering women and girls to fight poverty and bring lasting change to their communities. We work in over 80 countries around the world. We work with partners to achieve lasting results for marginalized communities.

People are CARE’s greatest assets. CARE international in Timor –Leste (CITL) ha s a diverse team of dedicated, talented professionals who work together to make a lasting impact.
The Safe Motherhood Project is aligned with the Government of Timor-Leste’s National Reproductive Health Strategy (2004-2015) which supports birth spacing using family planning services and men’s involvement in fertility management, and commits to ensuring all pregnant women can access maternal care.
The overall goal of the project is to decrease maternal mortality and morbidity. To achieve this goal, the project will focus on improving RMH health and nutrition behaviors and improving, access, utilization and provision of quality RMH services.  To achieve these health related outcomes, the project will focus on achieving the following intermediate outcomes (also the program’s objectives):
·         Empowered women, youth and communities
·         Expanded, inclusive, and effective spaces for negotiation and dialogue
·         Empowered, effective, responsive and accountable health system

These outcomes will be facilitated by working with the Ministry of Health, civil society partners and local leaders to implement the following strategies: Mothers’ Caring Groups (MCGs) & Kitchen Gardens, Birth Preparedness Plans, Family Health Days, Social Analysis and Action, Mutual Accountability Tool, and training Skilled Birth Attendants.
·         Line manage Project Officers and Drivers including doing their Annual Performance Appraisals and  ensuring CITL codes and policies are adhered to by all staff based in the districts
·         Responsible for planning, implementation, and reporting on activities for the project
·         Ensure timely and open communication with Program Manager in order to facilitate appropriate decision making
·         Ensure all aspects of  Finance, Administration, Procurement and HR issues are followed up on as per project plan
·         Together with the management team, will help all staff develop ownership and responsibility for the project as a whole and create a team spirit amongst the project staff
·         Identify critical staff capacity needs and communicate to Technical Advisors and Program Manager as appropriate
·         Work together with Base Administrators to track vehicle movement and liaise with CITL Fleet and Project Support Officer to ensure condition of vehicles
·         Plan project expenditures and monitor the spending against the donor budget including preparing project advances and submitting financial acquittal on time
·         Lead on coordinating with SSM, CHC or HP at the municipalities for project activities
·         Represent CARE in any internal or external working groups and meetings as assigned
·         Adhere to all CITL policies and procedures
·         Any other tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the Program Manager

  • Minimum relevant Bachelor’s degree with at least 5 plus years of management experience in the districts
  • Experience in project planning and monitoring of budget and  expenses
  • Excellent ability to work independently and in a team
  • Good leadership and management skills
  • Candidate needs to be creative, organized and well motivated
  • Demonstrated experience in capacity building and skill transfers to staff
  • Computer literacy within standard Microsoft Office programs, i.e. Word, Excel, Power Point, and Data Bases
  • Excellent communication skills in English and Tetun both written and spoken. Local languages such as Bonak, Kemak and Tetun Terik an asset.
  • Ability to drive a motorbike in remote location and must have valid a license  
  • Willingness to stay in district and travel to both districts for a period of time

In return of your commitment you will benefit from ongoing professional development fostered within an innovative and forward thinking environment, plus a comprehensive benefits package.

To apply to this position, please submit your application letter and Curriculum Vitae with two references (Please DO NOTattached the other documents) to  OR to HR Unit, CARE International Timor-Leste, Bairo Pitte, Dili, OR by email before or by 5pm 10 September 2015. 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.


Oxfam’s global vision is for a just world without poverty: a world in which people can influence decisions that affect their lives, enjoy their rights,
and assume their responsibilities as full citizens of a world in which all citizens are valued and treated equally.

Our vision for Timor-Leste is for Timor-Leste to be a country enjoying prosperity and equality,
where all citizens; women and men, actively shape the development process and enjoy the well-being that flows from this process, even in times of crisis.

Oxfam Timor Leste program is seeking national staff for 4 (four) Officer Positions: 

1.    Monitoring and Evaluation  Officer -Dili
2.     Land Inclusive Development   Officer –Covalima
3.     Land Inclusive Development  Officer –Oekussi
4.     Land Inclusive Development   Officer –Dili
Oxfam offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits, which include health care and pension contribution, paid annual leave, study cost reimbursement and more. Oxfam is an equal opportunity employer and women are encouraged to apply.

Scope  Position
Key Selection Criteria
Monitoring and Evaluation  Officer
The Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer is responsible for providing technical support to program staff and local NGO partners to strengthen the MEL of the programs.
·     Understanding qualitative and quantitative programme information and how this can improve the system of an organization.
·     Research skills required in gathering information and learning through a variety of channels for specific topics.
·     Good influencing, negotiating and networking skills, conceptual and analytical skills with a practical perspective.
·     Training and facilitation skills.
·     Keep up to date with developments in program area in order to priorities new perspectives or work and develop key competencies applying learning across country.
·     Understanding different approaches of donors, Oxfam affiliates and effectively work in multiple systems.
Land Inclusive Development  Officer
The Land and Inclusive Development (LID) Officer is responsible for supporting the LID Manager to achieve the objectives of the LID program.

·         Proven experience of public campaigning works, including through the social media.
·         Proven advocacy work and ability to negotiate and agree policy positions amongst different stakeholders
·         Good insight and contacts with major actors on Land and Inclusive Development issues (CSOs, NGOs, journalists, Government, Private sector)
·         Proven record of development of staff and partners advocacy and policy skills
·         Demonstrable understanding of gender and diversity issues and proven commitment to and evidence of promoting gender and diversity equity
·         Relevant qualifications or skills in a Land and/or Inclusive Development discipline.

To Apply: 
Applicants can request a detailed position description from Sra. Benigna Martins, Human Resources Manager, by e-mailing her, calling 670-331-2605 or obtaining the position description from the Oxfam office at Rua Jacinto Candido, Bidau Akadiru-Hun, Dili, Timor-Leste.

You must submit a covering letter that responds to the Selection Criteria listed above for the position in this advertisement and a current Resume.  Applications can be written in Tetun or English.

If you wish to apply for more than one position please send an application for each position you wish to apply for.

Please note that only applications submitted with a covering letter addressing the Selection Criteria with a resume and received by 9th September 2015, 5pm will be accepted.  They can be sent to the above e-mail address, mailed to P.O. Box 152, Dili, and Timor-Leste or delivered to the Dili office.

Only Short Listed Applicants will be contacted