CARDNO PNDS –Human Resources and Administration Manager (PNDS)-CD 9 December 2013



Human Resources and Administration Manager (PNDS)

Job Reference Number

EMR/DP/PNDS/HR and Admin Manager

Job Type

International Development Assistance/Emerging Markets



Job Location

Asia; Australia; Timor Leste; Dili

Job Summary

The Programa Nasional Dezenvolvimentu Suku (PNDS), or National Program for Village Development, is a new, nation-wide community development program of the Government of Timor-Leste (GoTL). Launched in June 2012 and valued at $300 million over eight years from 2014, it will contribute to rural development by funding the ‘missing link’ to services – basic village infrastructure – and provide jobs and training.

The Government will provide each village with an annual grant of around US$50,000 to plan, construct and manage their own small scale infrastructure projects.
The Australian Government is assisting the Government of Timor-Leste to develop the PNDS through the PNDS Support Program managed by Cardno Emerging Markets. We currently have a vacancy for the position of Human Resources and Administration Manager.
The objectives of this role are to:GoTL). Launched in June 2012 and valued at $300 million over eight years from 2014, it will contribute to rural development by funding the ‘missing link’ to services – basic village infrastructure – and provide jobs and training.
  • Assist the Operations Manager in the day-to-day operations and administration of the support program.
  • Ensure the program attracts, recruits, contracts and retains a productive and professional team.
  • Establish and manage a highly professional and effective HR and administrative support team.
  • Provide high quality HR and administrative services, including training and development programs for program personnel.
  • Provide the management team with professional technical advice about all aspects of HR and administration.

Key Responsibilities

Key Activities

  • Lead strategic HRM activities including workforce planning and reporting.
  • Develop HR and administration policies, systems and procedures, manage roll-out and oversight compliance, reporting and periodic review.
  • Lead and manage all HR activities for the support program including recruitment, selection, contracting, mobilisation and demobilisation; performance management and disciplinary functions; staff training and development; pastoral care; and administrative functions.
  • Coach, mentor, counsel and develop the capacity of personnel.
  • Ensure records (electronic and paper) are managed and maintained.
  • Ensure monthly program reports are completed.
  • Support the Operations Manager with the preparation of program plans, policies, manuals and reports, ensuring outputs are in accordance with professional standards and other requirements prescribed by GoTL and DFAT.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with GoTL, DFAT and other stakeholders.

Selection Criteria


  • Tertiary qualifications in management, HRM, business studies or equivalent discipline.
  • Ten plus years of experience and proven track record in the leadership, management and implementation of HRM programs with emphasis on recruitment, selection and performance management.
  • Demonstrated practical experience in operational HRM, ideally in developing and/or post conflict countries.
  • Proven skills and experience in senior management, and demonstrated experience in management of large, multi-disciplinary and multi-national teams.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, including very high calibre abilities and experience in report writing.
  • Demonstrated organisational and strategic thinking skills with high attention to detail.

Other Requirements


  • Post graduate qualifications relevant to role.
  • Experience and knowledge of Government of Timor-Leste labour law.
  • Language skills in Tetum and/or Indonesian.
  • Prior experience with DFAT – Australian Aid projects.
  • Previous experience working in South-East Asia.

Employee Benefits

This position will be remunerated in line with the Australian Government Adviser Remuneration Framework. It is designated as level A3 (long term) within that framework.

More information about the ARF can be found here:


To apply by email, please send your application with the reference “PNDS – HR&A Manager” in the subject line or apply via our job portal.

Closing date: 9 December 2013, 5.00pm Dili time.
Late applications will not be considered.

Source–>CARDNO Website

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