CARE TL-Consultant Writing Workshop – LAFAEK Community Media Project-CD 03 de Junu de 2014

CARE International in Timor Leste

CARE International in Timor Leste


Internally & Externally

CARE International in Timor- Leste – CITL


Job Title                       : Consultant Writing Workshop – LAFAEK Community Media Project

Reports to                    : Assistant Country Director of Program

Location                       : Based in Dili, with frequent travel to field locations



Access to information of any kind is very limited in rural areas of Timor-Leste, particularly for the most disadvantaged members of the community. Televisions and radios have limited presence due to their cost and the limited availability of electricity.  Newspapers are only available in urban centers and rarely get distributed to the rural areas. There are few libraries, most of them in urban centers, and only a very limited number of titles available in a local language.

The restricted availability of information for low-literate community members reduces their capacity to identify and participate in locally available opportunities for business and economic development. Low literacy and a lack of information also lead to a decreased ability to participate actively in their children’s schooling (ultimately also affecting the capacity of families to value formal education). This often spawns a pattern of generational illiteracy. Children of low-educated or illiterate parents are more likely to repeat grades and drop out of school due to lack of parental support and have restricted time available to study, thus perpetuating a cycle of poverty and disempowerment. This situation leads to endemic poverty making these communities particularly vulnerable to diseases, malnutrition, and infant, child and maternal mortality.

The lack of economic opportunity in rural communities also leads to the migration of youth, particularly males, to urban areas in search of low-skill and low-wage work.  Given the scarcity of opportunity and their low skill level, those migrants become part of the poorest layers of the population and are more likely to become involved in crime and social conflict. The remaining members of rural communities, particularly women caring for large families, are left in a vulnerable situation, with little or no opportunity to generate enough income to support themselves.


Key Objectives

  • Promote a better understanding of local opportunities for business and microfinance
  • Develop numeracy and literacy skills
  • Improve agricultural and health practices
  • Develop concepts of early childhood care and parental participation in children’s schooling


This project aims to develop community magazines and radio programs for low-literate adults to promote economic and social development, particularly for the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of rural communities. The magazine has been developed based on the highly successful model of the pre-existing Lafaek Magazine, using the same characters, similar formats, and capitalizing on its highly respected brand. Some new adult characters have been introduced who are tailored to appeal to the new adult target.  In order to fulfill this objective, the magazines provide content to develop basic literacy and numeracy skills, help community members to identify business opportunities and microfinance initiatives to create/supplement their income, improve agricultural, health and sanitation practices, and develop concepts related to appropriate early childhood care.

The magazines display content in a format sensitive to a low-literate public, in a culturally appropriate and locally relevant manner.  The project has completed a three year with 22,000 households and is on the stage to another five year project.

  1. Purpose of the Consultancy

The purpose of this consultancy is to assist production staff to increase their knowledge on writing focusing on young children, low literate adults and capturing beneficiary or community stories/success stories.

  1. Roles and responsibilities

The training should be conducted in both theory and practice sessions, including;

  • Designing the training module
  • Review existing products to identify areas for improvements (writings structure, style, etc)
  • Conduct training on how to write stories and articles for children and low literate adults in an simple, easy and attractive way
  • Deciding best pictures and illustration to represent the story or articles
  • How to conduct interview with children and adults


  1. Time Frame

This training is aimed for three days between May 20 and June 10, 2014


  1. Qualifications and experience
  • Advanced university degree in art, creative writing, communication or related field.
  • At least 5 years professional work in media preferably children and adult literacy publications;
  • Previous experience in Timor Leste and fluency in Tetun or Indonesian are desirable



  1.  Applications

Please send CV and covering letter with your application with reference or links to published works. Included in your application, please indicate intended training schedule and outputs aimed to achieve and complete cost of consultancy.

Please be announced that CARE is advertise the position for Consultant Writing Workshop-Lafaek Community Media Project internally-externally with the deadline until 03 June 2014 at 5:00 P.M. And please visit the CARE Australia website




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