The Asia Foundation – Program Officer, Nabilan (Ending Violence Against Women) Program – CD 16 de Outubro de 2015

The Asia Foundation Timor-Leste

Improving Lives, Expanding Oportunities




Title                            : Program Officer, Nabilan (Ending Violence Against Women) Program

Unit                            : Timor-Leste Office

Report to                  : Organisational Strengthening/ Access to Justice Coordinator, Nabilan



The Program Officer will support the design and implementation of the Nabilan (Ending Violence Against Women) Program. The PO will assist the Partnerships Deputy Coordinator to manage the grants to Nabilan’s partner CSOs. The PO will also assist with implementation of specific program activities under the Access to Justice/Organisational Strengthening Pillar of Nabilan.



The Asia Foundation (the Foundation) is implementing an Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) Program (Nabilan) in Timor-Leste under a Grant Agreement with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The program will run from 15 April 2014 to 30 March 2018 (Phase 1) with an option to extend for an additional four years (Phase 2). The EVAW Program goal is to reduce the proportion of women who have experienced violence, and to better meet the needs of women and children affected by violence. The objective is to improve outcomes for women in prevention, support services, and access to justice by improving capacity in key ministries, reducing levels of violence, improving services, and strengthening judicial processes serving the needs of women survivors of violence.


The Nabilan program is being implemented based on the DFAT EVAW Design Document. It is informed by research conducted on the underlying causes and opportunities for EVAW in Timor-Leste relating to the core pillars of prevention, service provision, and access to justice.  For the prevention pillar, the program is seeking to involve the government, in particular the Secretary of State for the Support and Socio-Economic Promotion of Women, and civil society in designing, implementing and monitoring research based prevention projects. The Nabilan Program is working with the Ministry of Social Solidarity as the key government implementing agency for services to women and children who experienced violence. The primary mechanisms under this pillar are grants to CSO service providers, and institutional strengthening support to the Directorate of National Social Reinsertion (DNRS) within MSS which is the program’s primary counterpart. The access to justice pillar is supporting the provision of legal assistance to women and children affected by violence. Support to court and case monitoring, and research into alternative sentencing and rehabilitation programs intends to provide demand side pressure for service improvements, while contributing to identifying necessary specific supply side interventions.


Internal Foundation Contacts

Program, finance, and administrative staff in the Foundation’s Timor-Leste office on a regular basis; Foundation offices in San Francisco headquarters, Washington DC, and other field offices in Asia on an occasional basis.


External Contacts

Current East Timorese partner organizations, including CSOs and government agencies; Timorese civil society organizations, government organizations, international NGOs working in Timor-Leste; Australian Aid Program; other bilateral and multilateral donors in Timor-Leste.


All applicants are required to meet the following criteria:

  • Previous relevant experience in development programs in Timor-Leste. The Foundation expects that those applying for the Program Officer will have at least two years of relevant professional experience including experience in implementation of international development programs.
  • Demonstrated work experience in supporting partners implementing grants and program activities.
  • A personal commitment to promoting gender equality and to modelling personal behaviours consistent with the program focus;
  • A willingness to pro-actively identify ways in which the program can better reach disadvantaged or marginalised groups, particularly people with disabilities;
  • A commitment to working respectfully and collaboratively with individuals and organisations at a range of levels;
  • A commitment to working in a multi-disciplinary team with a strong focus on research, evaluation, learning, and networking;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing in English and Tetum.
  • Willingness to travel to the districts.


  1. Working within the Nabilan team, assist the Partnerships Deputy Coordinator and OIS/ATJ Coordinator to manage CSO grant partnerships, this includes:
  • Reviewing applications for grants, including workplans and budgets against assessment criteria
  • Working with the Partnerships Deputy Coordinator to develop annual Organisational Strengthening Matrixes for grant partners
  • Assisting to finalize Letters of Grants to successful grant applicants
  • Working with the grant finance team to ensure timely payments of tranche funding
  • Working with the Partnerships Deputy Coordinator and the partners to assist them on their capacity assessment tools
  • Maintaining grant files in a logical order, including printing and filing of all relevant documents
  1. Support engagement of relevant partners for the Nabilan program.
  1. Assist with review of narrative reports from CSO partners and data collection and analysis for six- monthly reports.
  1. Together with Partnerships Deputy Coordinator, conduct regular monitoring visits to CSOs and provide reports to the ATJ/OIS Coordinator.
  1. Assist with development of Community Based Approaches part of the Nabilan program.
  1. Assist with preparation of program reports as required.
  1. Comply with relevant donor and TAF grant regulations and procedures.
  1. Other duties as assigned.

The Asia Foundation strongly encourages women to apply. The position is open for Timorese national only.


All applications must include a cover letter, an updated CV and must address the selection criteria. Please include three contactable referees. They must be addressed to Odete Laranjinha Pinto –  HR Officer, and delivered by hand to the Asia Foundation’s office at Rua Praia dos Coqueiros, Bairo Metin Rua, Dili, Timor-Leste OR via email before or by Friday, 16 October 2015 at 05.00 PM,

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the interview


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