BA DISTRITO PROJECT
TITLE: District Coordinator – Ermera and Liquisa
LOCATION: Ermera or Liquisa, but covering both districts
REPORTS TO: Capacity Building Manager primarily line of reporting, but also the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager and the Grants Manager
DATE DUE: 29 September 2014 but will close earlier if a suitable candidate is identified
START DATE: 15 October 2014
Counterpart International is implementing the four-year U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Ba Disrito 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 is 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.
With the support and under the supervision of the Capacity Building Manager, the District Coordinator will oversee all Ba Distrito activities taking place in Ermera and Liquisa districts. In addition to providing logistical support to Dili-based program staff on short-term assignments in the district, the District Coordinator will assist Ba Distrito senior staff to conduct district needs assessments, design requests for applications for competitively awarded grants to local organizations, oversee grantee selection and activities, design and implement training based on the program’s overall training plan, and facilitate monitoring and evaluation of program activities.
· Work with suco council members, CSOs, and district court actors to identify capacity building and technical assistance priorities, utilizing Counterpart and Tetra Tech DPK methodologies.
· Support design and implementation of capacity building and training activities with partners and counterparts at district, sub-district, and suco-level.
· Assist in the design and deliver of training to suco councils, CSOs, court actors and legal aid organizations, working closely with program partners and counterparts.
· Provide day-to-day coordination and monitoring of program activities and take primary responsibility for monitoring and evaluating project activities in Ermera and Liquisa districts;
· Provide input to development of supportive legal aid and other legislative frameworks
· Assist the Ba Distrito program, suco councils, CSOs, and district court to engage in public outreach activities.
· Act as the focal point for grants activities in Ermera and Liquisa districts, with responsibility to conduct pre-grant meetings, assist with development of grant applications, preliminary evaluation of grant applications, following up on grant awards and monitoring and evaluating the implementation of grants awarded under the Ba Distrito project
· Establish strong relationships with relevant stakeholders and the district and national level, including participating suco councils, CSOs, district and sub-district government staff, PNDS, PDID staff, MSA, MOJ and other and line ministry staff.
· Drive the project vehicle in Ermera and Liquisa districts for project activities and take responsibility for ensuring its regular maintenance;
· Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
- A minimum of 3 years relevant experience. Experience on donor-funded capacity building programs or working in a relevant government or nongovernmental organization preferred.
- Degree in law, public administration or other relevant subject or equivalent experience.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively coordinate with a wide range of stakeholders.
- Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and to work independently with minimal supervision
- Excellent public speaking and writing skills in Tetum. Good English-language skills preferred. Knowledge of of local languages highly preferred.
- Drivers license and motorcycle license highly preferred.
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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 development, food security and nutrition, and building effective governance and institutions. For more information visitwww.Counterpart.org