Peace Corps Timor Leste – Staff Development Specialist (SDS) – CD 16 de Maio de 2016

Peace Corps Timor Leste

Peace Corps Timor Leste

Position Announcement

Position                      Staff Development Specialist (SDS)

Department               Works with all units of Peace Corps Timor-Leste

Level of Effort            12-month position

Location                     Dili

Reports to                  Director of Management and Operations (DMO)

Salary                          Negotiable, dependent on experience and salary history

Closing date               Open until filled, apply by 16 May 2016 for primary consideration


The United States Peace Corps is a non-political, non-religious organization. The Peace Corps is an agency of the United States Government and was founded by President John F. Kennedy in 1961. General information about Peace Corps can be found  Peace Corps Timor-Leste is in its second year after re-opening its program since its 2008 suspension.  Since the program is still in its infancy, Post is prioritizing building staff capacity.


Under the supervision of the Director of Management and Operations (DMO), and working closely with the Country Director, theStaff Development Specialist (SDS) will support the Post through the development of individual staff development plans, designing and supervising individual staff development curricula to potentially include English (speaking and writing), presentation skills, computer skills (Office applications), coaching/Volunteer support, time management and organizational skills. This position will be an integral part of the management team to ensure a strong foundation for the Post.  This position will collaborate closely with the DMO, DPT and the CD to help build a cohesive team across multiple units. The SDS will need to be creative, flexible, patient, self-directed and have an excellent sense of humor.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

·         Assess and inventory available staff development resources, such as online training available to all PC staff through PC University and, external online resources, and local services providers.

·         Design and deliver assessments to staff to evaluate base capacity and ongoing capacity levels in appropriate target areas as determined by consultation with staff and supervisors in reference to Statements of Work.

·         Design and develop individual staff development curricula and track staff progress. Regularly meet with staff and supervisors to evaluate and provide feedback on staff development needs.

·         Provide and/or organize targeted instruction and training to appropriate staff in English language: conversation, elocution, report writing, email correspondence, and in other areas as needed. Organize small group instruction based on levels and topic areas.

·         Provide training and coaching in presentation skills, including incorporating creative training methods and activity-based training. Serve as an audience and provide constructive feedback to staff on both training design and delivery.

·         Design and deliver staff skill development sessions around requisite topics including, but not limited to, time management, critical thinking skill development, providing empathetic Volunteer support, coaching, training design, cross culture communication, English language skills.

·         Assess longer range professional development needs of the staff and assist staff members in developing individual plans for improving performance.

·         Coordinate with senior staff to ensure that all mandatory Agency training requirements are met.



·         Experience developing human and staff capacity strongly desired.

·         Experience developing and delivering staff training programs desired.

·         Experience working in cross cultural contexts required.

·         Experience teaching English as a foreign language to adults desired.

·         Previous experience with Peace Corps is an advantage.

·         Experience in Timor-Leste is an advantage.


·         Native English speaker required.

·         Tetun language skills are an advantage.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

·         Strong interpersonal, presentation and communication skills

·         Ability to design, implement and evaluate training

·         Skill as a trainer, teacher, facilitator, and mentor in a cross-cultural setting

·         Skill and ability to deal with personnel management issues: recruitment, training, evaluation, and development of a team

·         Skill with Office computer applications

·         Diplomacy and tact with staff, Volunteers and Trainees

Important!  For consideration, all applicants must submit a Resume (CV) of NO MORE THAN 4 PAGES, together with a Cover Letter stating in detail how their education and experience fulfills all the listed qualifications of the position; please do NOT send any additional attachments.  Both Cover Letter and Resume (CV) must be type written in English, saved as a Word or PDF file with applicant name in the filename (example: JSmith_CV.pdf, JSmith_CoverLetter.pdf) and emailed to: Email subject line should state position abbreviation and applicant name:SDS_JSmith.


Closing date: Applications should be received by Monday May 16 for consideration in the first review. Position is open until filled. No phone calls or personal visits related to this vacancy will be accepted. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Due to federal contracting regulations, Peace Corps Timor-Leste cannot consider applicants currently residing in the United States for this posting. US citizens temporarily or permanently residing abroad are welcome to apply. US residents are encouraged to visit and for opportunities to work with Peace Corps.


The Peace Corps is an equal opportunity employer.

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