The Asia Foundation- Senior Program Officer for Security Sector Policy and Research – CD 03 de Fevereiro de 2016

The Asia Foundation Timor-Leste

Improving Lives, Expanding Opportunities


Title:                     Senior Program Officer for Security Sector Policy and Research

Program:               Community Policing Support Program  (CPSP)  

Reports to:            CPSP Team Leader and CPSP Program Coordinator

Supervises:                      Six Municipal Officers (MOs)

Unit:                               Timor-Leste Office

Work Location:                Dili, with frequent travel to all municipalities

Contract Duration:      February -March 2016) with possibility of extension for up to three years based on program funding approval




The Senior Program Officer for Security Sector Policy and Research (SPO-SSPR) will support the design and implementation of the Community Policing Support Program (CPSP).

The SPO-SSPR will lead the CPSP’s support of Security Sector Policy and Research work. The SPO-SSPR will be the program’s key focal point for government liaison and will work extremely closely with PNTL, particularly in support of the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) National Department of Community Policing (NDCP).

The SPO-SSPR will support NDCP in its advocacy for relevant institutional support and resourcing of Community Policing within and beyond the PNTL. The SPO-SSPR will lead the development of policy documents and national operating procedures in full collaboration with the NDCP, PNTL and other relevant government institutions. The SPO-SSPR will lead the coordinatoin of the CPSP’s research portfolio including the bi-annual Community Police Perceptions Survey and various qualitative research pieces as required by the program. The SPO-SSPR will develop the CPSP Research agenda and will manage sub-contractors working on research to support program objectives. The SPO-SSPR will convene the Policy Leader’s Group on Security issues when relevant to discuss important policy developments.

The SPO-SSPR will work with the CPSP Team Leader, Program Coordinator, Field Management SPO, Program Officers (POs) and Municipal Officers (MOs) in the design and implementation of all program activities. The FMSPO will represent the program in liaising with the representatives of the PNTL, Ministry of State Administration, local authorities and other stakeholders, to ensure the leadership by state actors of community policing activities.

The SPO-SSPR will work extremely closely and collaboratively with the program counterparts under the New Zealand Police component of the CPSP towards the joint objectives and activities of the program.



The new CPSP, beginning in January 2016, consolidates accomplishments in community-oriented policing policy and practice achieved during the course of the previous Conflict Mitigation through Community Oriented Policing (CMCOP) programs, branded in Tetun as HAKOHAK (Hametin Kooperasaun Hamutuk  Polisia no Komunidade) (2009 – 2015) and its partner program, the Timor-Leste Community Policing Program (TLCPP) implemented by the New Zealand Police. The new CPSP program supports a sustainable and locally-relevant model of community policing and its absorption by the Timorese State to become the full responsibility of PNTL and relevant ministries. It aims to ensure viable sustainability through integration with local governance structures. Another key focus is on the development and integration of effective crime prevention, and improving response approaches to common issues including domestic violence that are consistent with the law. Following best practice, TAF will commission and carry out research that generates an evidence base to inform policy development.

Internal Foundation Contacts

CPSP Team Leader, Program Coordinator and team, other relevant program staff, finance, and administrative staff in the Foundation’s East Timor office on a regular basis.

External Contacts

Timorese partner institutions and organizations, including the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL), Ministry of State Administration, other government representatives, civil society representatives, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), New Zealand Police and other stakeholders working on conflict prevention and police development.


Working within the CPSP team, provide significant contributions based on experience and knowledge of institutional development, security sector strategy and policy, crime and conflict prevention to the program design and development of the CPSP implementation plan.

Lead the program’s support of security sector policy and research work. Create an annual workplan for all research and policy development activities. Design a strategy for the development of a sustainable model of community policing, and ensure leadership by PNTL and relevant ministries. Plan, manage, monitor and evaluate the CPSP’s impact in research and advocacy towards implementation of the program goal and objectives. Lead consultation with key state and government agencies and non-government organisations during the design and implementation of the program.

Ensure integration of key principles of gender equality, child protection and do-no-harm into the program implementation.

Specific  responsibilities:


  • Design the program’s annual research and policy development strategy for the development of a sustainable model of community policing, to ensure leadership by PNTL and relevant ministries.


  • Plan, manage, supervise, monitor and evaluate the work of the research and policy development components of the program.


  • With support of the Team Leader and other Foundation staff, lead the research, analysis and writing of CPSP program quantitative and qualitative research pieces.
  • Coordinate data collection and management of research sub-contractors;
  • Present research findings to state leaders and policymakers including representatives of the Office of the President and Prime Minister, National Parliament, Council of Ministers, Policy Leaders Group and other implementing agencies relevant to security sector policy development.
  • Work with the program team and MOs to integrate research learnings as appropriate across the program;
  • Assist in the development and refinement of the program  monitoring and evaluation framework   and plan in accordance with  MFAT Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Produce relevant information for media release including summaries of research findings and program impact stories.
  • Work with Team Leader and Program Coordinator to help review program theory and logic and accompanying M&E  frameworks as part of the design of new activities.
  • Develop and Implement a Crime and Conflict Prevention, Strategy and Manage Integrated Security Grants with other govenrment and organizational partners including Minsitry for Social Solidarity, Department for Peacebuilding and Social Cohesion (MSS, DPBSC); National Directorate for Communtiy conflict Prevention (NDPCC); SEcretrariat of State for SEEM; and other relevant stakeholders.
  • On a quarterly basis, insert all M&E data into draft quarterly report to donors and stakeholders and submit to Program Coordinator for finalization.
  • Assist in developing and drafting donor reports.
  • Ensure strategy for increasing active women’s participation implemented across all municipalities, and monitor women’s participation.
  • Ensure integrated strategy with other program pillars within The Asia Foundation, including Nabilan Ending Violence Against Women Program, Support for Public Policy Program, Local Governance and Women’s Empowerment Program.
  • Assist with preparation of program reports as required.
  • Comply with relevant donor and TAF grant regulations and procedures.
  • Monitor relevant political, social, and economic developments and assess impact on the CPSP.
  • Other duties as assigned.



All applicants are required to meet the following criteria:

  • The Foundation expects that those applying for the Senior Program Officer will have at least five years of relevant professional experience of increasing levels of responsibility, including experience at a senior level in design and implementation of international development programs.
  • Previous relevant experience working with state actors or organizations focusing on organizational development of government institutions, development of security sector institutions or conflict prevention in Timor-Leste.
  • Demonstrated work experience in grant management and management of field activities.
  • Extensive experience in developing Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (M,E & L) Strategies and supervising M,E&L for larger international Development Programs.
  • Proven experience of responsible mangement and monitoring of program activity budgets.
  • A personal commitment to promoting gender equality and child protection 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 women and 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;
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills in English and Tetun.
  • Experience in publication to online and print media of success stories in English and Tetun.
  • Willingness to travel to districts on an occasional basis.
  • University Masters degree or equivalent in relevant discipline a distinct advantage.


The Asia Foundation strongly encourages women to apply. The position is open for Timorese nationals 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 Wednesday, 3 February 2016 at 05.00 PM,

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the interview

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