CARDNO – PNDS-Human Resources Management Adviser-CD 16 de Outubro de 2014



PNDS – Human Resources Management Adviser

Job Reference Number

Position no. PC16

Job Type

Locally Engaged Staff




Job Location

Australasia; Timor-Leste; Dili

Job Summary

Cardno Emerging Markets is seeking energetic and enthusiastic candidates to work as part of a team of highly skilled as part of the PNDS Support Program.


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. 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.

An Inter-Ministerial Committee and Technical Working Group have been established to develop PNDS, representing key ministries (Finance, State Administration, Health, Education, Agriculture, Public Works and the National Development Agency).

PNDS Secretariat within the Ministry of State Administration supports these bodies and is responsible for the implementation of PNDS.


The Australian Government is assisting the GoTL to implement PNDS through the PNDS Support Program managed by Cardno Emerging Markets.


Cardno’s PNDS Support Program currently has a vacancy for the position of Human Resources Management Adviser:


The main objectives of the HRM Adviser are to:

  • Assist the Human Resource Management Adviser (LTA) to develop the capacity of individual officers, and the HR and Training Department as a team, to perform the PNDS Secretariat’s personnel management functions.
  • Advise and assist the PNDS Secretariat to ensure their personnel management functions comply with civil service laws and regulations.
  • Support the development of management systems for all HR processes, including recruitment, performance management, sanction and rewards, and personal development.
  • Provide advice and support to the HR and Training Department in the provision of high quality HR services and training and development programs for all staff.

Key Responsibilities

The key responsibilities of the HRM Adviser are to:

  • Work closely with the Human Resource Management Adviser (LTA) to advise and support the HR and Training Department to:
  • Use the PNDS organisational development strategy to review the current organisation structure and staffing pattern, and put in place new arrangements including a staffing profile, recruitment plan and budget.
  • Prepare and implement a medium-term workforce plan and an annual recruitment and mobilisation program to ensure adequate and good-quality staff.
  • Implement, refine and further develop the staff performance appraisal system, including linkages with training, personal development and sanction and rewards systems.
  • Promote the code of conduct and ethics
  • Develop and implement tools and procedures for managing misconduct and discipline.
  • Prepare and implement strategies for personnel retention and development with due attention to management succession and career planning.
  • Develop a competency framework including a work plan and timeline for the attainment of each element identified in the framework.
  • Investigate and implement systems for improved flow of payroll processes for contractors and civil servants.
  • Establish and maintain a personnel management database.
  • Establish procedures for inter-departmental contacts, consultation, and collaborative decision-making on matters pertaining to personnel management.
  • Work closely with PNDS counterparts, MoSA, legal advisers and Civil Service Commission to ensure the organic structure of the PNDS Secretariat, its unit functions and staffing levels are strategically planned, adhere to government regulations and are formalised into a ministerial diploma.
  • Work closely with the Human Resource Management Adviser (LTA) to provide on the job training, coaching and mentoring for the staff of the HR and Training Department to: develop, implement and report against annual work plans; develop and manage all HR procedures; and provide HR advice and support to PNDS management.
  • In all functions, proactively advise and assist counterparts and external agencies to find solutions to problems and thereby produce results.
  • Support the development, implementation and continuous improvement of HR policies, procedures, manuals, guidelines, tools and instruments that are usable, practical and consistent with GoTL policies and laws.


Other Requirements

A copy of the Terms of Reference and Selection Criteria can be found by clicking on the link:—PNDS-Support-Program.aspx

All applications must include a cover letter, responses against each of the selection criteria, CV/resume, and the details (name, phone, email) of three referees.


Applications may be submitted via email to or in hard copy to the Cardno office (Estrada de Balide, Dili).

Employee Benefits

This position to be contracted up to 7 August 2015 with possibility of 12 month extension.


The PNDS Support Program offers a competitive salary in accordance with the programs Salary Framework.  The program also offers benefits including:

  • Communications allowance
  • Medical benefit
  • English education
  • Annual salary review
  • Friday afternoon social events



Email with the reference “PC16 – HRM Adviser” in the subject line.


Closing date: 16 October 2014, 5.00pm Dili time.

Late applications will not be considered.


Cardno is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Cardno encourages women to apply. Cardno recognizes the moral and legal responsibility to provide an equal opportunity workplace by ensuring that all recruitment and selection decisions are based on the best qualified and experienced candidate who can perform the genuine inherent requirements of the position.

Your privacy is important to Cardno.  It is the policy of Cardno to respect the confidentiality of information and privacy of individuals. Personal information provided by you as part of your application (whether oral, electronic, or written) will be collected and processed for the purpose of evaluating your application for employment.  In order to carry out this purpose, your information may be disclosed to appropriate persons in our offices.  Any information we hold will be governed by the most current version of the Cardno Privacy Policy. 

Cardno is committed to Child Protection, Anti-bribery and Fraud prevention in the delivery of our International Development project and programs.  Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect this commitment and may include a relevant police or criminal record check.

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