Counterpart International -Governance Officer – CD 21 de Julho de 2014

Counterpart International 




TITLE: Governance Officer

LOCATION:  Dili, Timor-Leste

REPORTS TO: Governance Manager

DATE DUE:  21 July unless a suitable candidate is identified earlier

START DATE: Immediately

DURATION:12 months, renewable depending on funding and performance



Counterpart Internatonal is implementing the four-year U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Ba Distrito program. The goal of the program is to improve local government’s ability to address community needs and increase its capacity to deliver services more effectively, efficiently and sustainably.  The Ba Distrito program will partner with the Government of Timor-Leste in support of its efforts to improve services at the local level by strengthening the ability of institutions such as suco councils and justice sector agencies to engage with and represent the interests of citizens at the grassroots level. The goals of the Ba Distrito program are to 1) build the capacity of suco councils to strengthen citizen participation and representation in local governance, 2) improve communication and linkages of suco councils with district administrations, local GOTL line ministries and other providers of basic public services at the sub-national level and 3) improve the delivery of justice sector services by strengthening legal aid services and improving district court functionality.

Counterpart International is seeking Timorese applicants for Governance Officer for the 4-year, $6 million Ba Distrito (To the Districts) Program in Timor-Leste. The Governance Officer will report to the Governance Manager and will be responsible for supporting the implementation of good governance and decentralization activities including research and legislative commentary, local suku council capacity building and improved government communications and coordination efforts.



·         Assists in the implementation of the Ba Distrito project’s decentralization activities including engaging in research, legislative commentary, local suku council capacity building and promoting improved government communication and coordination efforts at the sub-national level; 

·         Participates in Working Groups and Consultations on draft legislation vis-à-vis decentralization policy and legal framework;

·         Researches and collects information regarding pre-deconcentration and decentralization from a variety of data sources (e.g. communications, publications, the press) to keep abreast of issues/events and provide up-to-date information;

·         Assists in the development of concept papers related to decentralization;

·         Assists in the design of training in organizational capacity development, project management and citizen engagement for local sukucouncils and associations of local councils;   

·         Assists in providing technical assistance and support for any major GoT-L initiative/program either at the suco or district level that is part of GoT-L initiative to prepare for implementation of decentralization plans; and

·         Performs other tasks as assigned.



·        A Bachelor’s degree in political science, law, or any other relevant field;

·         2 years of relevant work experience in an area related to democratic governance, suku councils, local governance or decentralization;

·         Familiarity with effective local governance and decentralization issues in Timor-Leste and capacity development is strongly preferred;

·         Strong research, writing and analysis skills;

·         English and Tetum fluency required. Knowledge of Portuguese and/or Bahasa Indonesia is preferred.



Individuals interested in working with Counterpart International on this project should email CV, cover letter and salary history to Please indicate the position title in the subject line of the email. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.


Counterpart International is a global development organization that empowers people and communities to implement innovative and enduring solutions to social, economic, and environmental challenges. For nearly 50 years, Counterpart has been forging partnerships with communities in need to address complex problems related to economic developmentfood security and nutrition, and building effective governance and institutions. For more information



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