CARE TL-SDPP Communications Officer-CD 15 September 2013



Job Title: SDPP Communications Officer
Program: School Dropout Prevention Pilot Project (SDPP)
Reports To: Education Technical Specialist (International)
Duty Station: Dili.  Must be prepared for extensive district-based work with frequent travel to field locations
Period of Contract:    September 2013 – April 2015






Communications and Liaison Officer


The School Dropout Prevention Pilot Program (SDPP) seeks to develop a tailored approach to prevent dropout using an evidence-based approach. The Program is currently working with teachers and community members to track individual student attendance and implement specific extracurricular activities.

The chosen candidate will work to strengthen SDPP’s capacity to identify and document qualitative results of the School Dropout Prevention program through the development of school-level or individual success stories and developing materials to share back with the communities in the intervention schools.  The chosen candidate will work to actively share ideas and initiatives, to strengthen SDPP staff’s reporting abilities. This position will also liaise with the Ministry of Education and other partners in country to share relevant information about the Program, working in close coordination with CITL’s Education Program Manager.

Job Summary   

The SDPP Communications and Liaison Officer will support the program in:

a)      Coordinating with the Education Technical Specialist in documenting the work of the SDPP program for reporting and analysis;

b)      Leading the reporting and compiling of success stories that demonstrate the positive impact of the School Dropout Prevention initiatives including:  interviewing field staff, school directors, teachers, community members and students as appropriate and necessary; taking high quality pictures to support the reporting of success stories;

c)       Leading the planning, reporting, compilation and dissemination of internal newsletters or other communication tools in order to share lessons learned, ideas, tips for implementation, and information from and to field staff;

d)      Work to support encourage and strengthen the cross-fertilization of initiatives among field implementation staff;

e)      Preparation of media information packets (press release, background information and sample materials) and liaison with local media for any SDPP events or media visits;

f)       Supporting, encouraging and training SDPP field implementation staff in basic reporting and data collection skills to improve qualitative information-gathering and documentation, such as the identification of appropriate stories, conducting interviews, identifying appropriate direct quotations, and the compilation of stories, in order that staff are able to report effectively and independently;

g)      Supporting SDPP field implementation staff in district locations to document activities, events; identifying appropriate stories for reports or as possible role models to share their stories at community reflection meetings;

h)      Preparing materials, invitations and notes for the quarterly National Coordination Body meetings;

i)        Archiving photographs, signed photo consent forms, stories, reports and documents in order to present a complete and easily accessible data-bank of SDPP activities for SDPP guides, materials, presentations and reports;

j)        Contributing to the development of reports, especially focusing on sharing back results, successes and lessons learned during the pilot program; assisting in the development of presentations;

k)      Assisting in collecting, reviewing, analyzing and summarizing data on the results of interventions.

The SDPP Communications Officer will report directly to the SDPP Education Technical Specialist, but will also cooperate and liaise with CARE Communications staff and the Country Coordinator.  The duty station will be in Dili with frequent travel to other districts.   The selected candidate must be prepared for extensive field work and travel by motorcycle to various field locations, including to remote regions.



Education Undergraduate degree in Education, Communication or Media-related area preferred, OR related qualification with relevant work experience.
Work Experience Experience in Communications or Media (journalism or media arts) preferred but not essential.  Must have report-writing experience. Experience with qualitative data collection (focus group discussions and in-depth interviews) is a plus.
Skills Excellent reporting skills;Excellent organizational skills;Strong computer skills including report or brochure layout and formatting;

Ability to work in a variety of settings;

Ability to coordinate with field implementation teams;

Ability to use motorcycle for field visit (either driving or passenger).

Languages Excellent command of Tetum;Command of English and ability to present reports, documents and promotional material in English is desirable.

This is a position for an individual who is pro-active, creative and energetic with an interest in communications, research programs and/or media in order to strengthen the reporting capacity of SDPP staff. The selected candidate will be expected to work upon demand at extra times besides the daily schedule.


For those who are interested for this position, please submit the application letter and Curriculum Vitae with two references (Please DO NOT attached the other documents) to HR Unit, CARE International Timor-Leste, Bairro Pite Dili, OR by email The closing date for applications is 15 September 2013 at 5PM. Only the short listed applicant will be contacted for the interview.


CARE is an equal opportunity employer. Women are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

“CARE International Timor-Leste is committed to protecting the rights of children in all areas we work. Applicants are advised that CARE International Timor-Leste reserves the right to conduct police checks and other screening procedures to ensure a child-safe environment”.



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