RDTL – Ministério do Planeamento e Investimento Estratégico – Secretariado dos Grandes Projectos – National Environment Specialist – CD 18 de Maio de 2015



I. Job Title : National Environment Specialist

II. Job Reference : RDTL-MPIE-MPS-2015-004

III. Terms of Reference : Attached

IV. Application procedure

Applications need to be addressed to the MPS Office at Hudi Laran, Fatuhada, Timor-Leste, or to email address, mps.jobs.apps@gmail.com, no later than 17:00 hours Timor-Leste time on Monday, the 18th day of May, 2015.


Applications should include (a) a covering letter (b) a detailed resume of no more than 7 pages.


Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.




Term of Reference


Position           : National Environment Specialist

Reference       : RDTL-MPIE-MPS-2015-004

Reporting to   : Coordinator of MPS

Classification : Technical Contract

Duration         : One Year with a 3 Months Probation Period (with possibility of extension based   on performance assessment and the need)

Division          : IF Management Unit, Major Project Secretariat, Ministry of Planning and Strategic Investment




The Government of Timor-Leste has established an Infrastructure Fund since 2011 to finance major projects identified by the Line Ministries responsible for their planning, implementation and management. The Major Project Secretariat (MPS), under the guidance of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and Council of Administration of the Infrastructure Fund (CAFI), to which the Major Projects Secretariat provides technical and management support services.  To provide these services, the Major Projects Secretariat consists of the following main units: IF Management Unit, Payment Unit, Planning/Project Appraisal Unit, Loans Unit, Public Private Partnership Unit (PPP) and Database / Reporting Unit.

Further to restructure of V Government Constitutional in February 2015, the MPS has shifted to the Ministry of Planning and Strategic Investment while Public Private Partnership (PPP) and Loan Unit remain with the Ministry of Finance. Hence, the main duties of MPS still in the area IF Management Unit, Appraisal & Budgeting Unit, and Database & IT Unit.





The National Environmental Specialist will assist MPS and implementation agencies identify projects suitable for inclusion in the Infrastructure Fund portfolio, determine actions and studies that are required to comply with statutory requirements and otherwise to mitigate negative environmental impacts. He/she will also contribute to related procurement activities, project implementation management and environmental monitoring and management of on-going projects. He/she will be required to coordinate his/her activities with the relevant line ministries and with the National Procurement Commission particularly with respect to the preparation of project appraisals and preparation of Bid documents.



The consultant(s) shall undertake the following tasks:


  • Review existing and any updated legislation relevant to investment in capital infrastructure projects and prepare recommendations on amendments and additions to ensure better that the Environmental Assessment and Review Framework (EARF) is effective and efficient;
  • Review existing  and any updated procedures for the conduct and evaluation of Initial Environmental Impact Assessments, the statutory and regulatory requirements of project owners and their contractors and consultants, and follow-up studies prior to the granting of approval for implementation of projects;
  • Review the existing and  any updated  procedures for monitoring environmental impacts during construction and enforcement of negative impact mitigation measures;
  • Review the IEIAs for projects proposed for implementation commencing in 2014, 2015 and 2016 to the extent that these have been proposed or determined, and provide actions plans for their amendment as necessary to comply with the existing statutes and regulations;
  • Prepare, with relevant line ministries, IEIAs as necessary for projects proposed for implementation commencing in 2014, 2015 and 2016 where these have not been carried out and proposed projects have been determined;
  • Prepare Environmental Management Plans (EMP) for incorporation into Project Appraisal Reports (PAR) for all projects proposed for commencement of implementation in 2015, as a minimum, and for incorporation into other PARs  under preparation by MPS together with line ministries;
  • Assist line ministries prepare bid and contract documentation such that appropriate environmental protection and mitigation measures are incorporated;
  • Assist the Director of MPS determine staffing requirements within MPS for sustainable oversight of compliance with the EARF for projects to be funded from the Infrastructure Fund;
  • Assist and advise the Director of MPS with the procurement of staff as determined to be necessary and desirable;
  • Assist line ministry in preparing TOR for environmental specialist  recruitment to conduct environmental impact assessment of infrastructure project, TOR of environmental related project from line ministry
  • Oversee the infrastructure programs as require within the MPS, including  review of project brief,  review/revised TOR prior to the submission to ADN/NPC, CPV/PR, PO, and payment to the project
  • Perform other related duties as required.




  • A review, with recommendations for improvement, of the EARF;
  • IEIAs for all projects proposed for implementation commencing in 2016;
  • Approvals from the agency issuing such approvals for the implementation of construction of works proposed for commencement in 2016;
  • Action plan for the preparation of documentation necessary to obtain approvals for construction of projects proposed for commencement in 2015 and 2016 to the extent that these have been determined during the Environmental Specialists contract period;
  • A report on the staffing requirements of MPS for the oversight of environmental aspects of projects to be funded by the IF;
  • Advice and assistance to all staff of MPS with respect to the oversight of environmental management of project design and implementation, particularly to any staff recruited to MPS during the period of employment of the Environmental Specialist.





  • First degree in Environmental or a related discipline;
  • Relevant professional experience of minimum 3 years in performing the above or similar tasks;
  • Excellent English language skills both speaking and writing;
  • Excellent computer skills;
  • Readiness to work with other international/national staff within a multi-cultural environment.



  • Masters in Environmental is preferable;
  • Ability to speak and write Portuguese language will be expected;
  • Have previous experiences knowledge of national and international contracts procedure will be an asset.




The performance of the National Environmental Specialist will be assessed by the Director of Major Project Secretariat, using the Performance Appraisal System put in place and carried out by the Ministry of Planning and Strategic Investment.

There will be a probation period of three months.



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