The Asia Foundation – Consultancy – CD 30 de Junho de 2016

The Asia Foundation Timor-Leste

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Development of positive messaging for community-based work to prevent and respond to violence against women and children


The Asia Foundation (the Foundation) is implementing an Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) Program (called “Nabilan”) in Timor-Leste under a Grant Agreement with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Nabilan (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 Program has two main counterparts from the Government of Timor-Leste. One counterpart is the Ministry of Social Solidary (MSS), which is the lead agency for addressing VAW including in its role as coordinator of the Gender-based Violence (GBV) Rede Referal (Referral Network) at district level, manager of key staff responsible for receiving cases of violence against women and children, as a funder to service providers and in its responsibility to create standards for services. The Nabilan Program’s Services and Support Pillar is providing grants to civil society organisation (CSO) service providers, and institutional strengthening support to the Directorate of National Social Development (DNDS) within MSS. The focus is on improving the quality and expanding the reach of existing services. The Secretary of State for the Support and Socio-Economic Promotion of Women (SEM), as the coordinator of the National Action Plan (NAP) on GBV and as the body tasked with promoting institutionalization of gender equity throughout government ministries, is the main counterpart for the Nabilan Program’s Prevention Pillar. The Prevention Pillar is providing technical guidance to SEM, primarily on using evidence for policy design – including for the design of the new NAP GBV – and on behavior change and social norms change prevention approaches. The Prevention Pillar also provides grants to four CSOs working on the prevention of violence against women and children. Three of these CSOs are implementing activities in the same Suku (village) where the Program is rolling out its community-based prevention and response work.

The Program recognizes that there has already been considerable work done related to service provision, in particular, by MSS itself, CSOs and UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women and initiatives which were previously funded by Australia through the Justice Sector Support Facility (JSSF) and Irish Aid. MSS is leading a process to improve the quality and reach of services provided to women and children. This includes full and effective implementation of procedures, improved case management and risk management, training, mentoring, and monitoring of civil society and government services for women and children.



The Nabilan Program is working together with partners, local leaders and the community to find innovative and appropriate approaches to both prevent and respond to violence. The program is building on work already done in Timor-Leste, local resources and capacities, research which has been conducted by the Foundation, and also learnings from other countries. In its work to prevent violence against women and children and to promote positive and equal relationships between women and men, the program wants to facilitate people at a local level to develop messages which can promote these objectives.


Key responsibilities will include:


  • Review and analysis of relevant Nabilan documentation
  • Contribution of ideas to the design of the Nabilan Program’s ongoing discussions at Suku level on key issues related to violence against women and children
  • Development of a process for discussions at Suku level regarding how to develop positive messaging aimed at prevention of violence and shifting social norms Facilitation of Suku level discussions and analysis of findings
  • Consultation with key local leaders
  • Development of proposed messages and process to utilize these messages in Nabilan’s programming
  • Development of draft design ideas for presentation of messages
  • Presentation of final proposals to relevant staff of Nabilan and the Foundation
  • Presentation of summary of outcomes of mission to Suku to key actors at Suku level and initial testing of messages





  • A work plan identifying activities, timing and supports needed from the Nabilan Program and program partners.
  • A plan for facilitation of community level discussions
  • Implementation and documentation of community level discussions
  • Development of 4 page proposal regarding key messages for community based work. This document should identify:
    • An analysis of key contextual and cultural issues which must be considered in messaging
    • Key and distinct groups which must be considered in communications and messaging
    • Suggested methods for sharing messaging, based on what would be most effective and feasible in the context
    • 3 – 5 proposed key messages
  • A 2 page proposal about an event which would be appropriate to start sharing the new messages to the community



Up to 20 days, between 23 June and 30 September 2016. At least 15 of these days must be in Timor-Leste, with travel outside of Dili.




The Consultant will be supervised by Xian Warner, Prevention Coordinator, Nabilan Program.


  • A personal commitment to promoting social justice, gender equality and to modeling personal behaviors consistent with program focus;
  • A minimum of three years’ experience working in community-based development;
  • Demonstrated experience on working on ending violence against women and children;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Timor-Leste context;
  • Experience in behaviour change and communications related to prevention of violence against women and children and addressing social norms;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of learnings and best practice regarding work on social norms related to violence against women and children;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Fluency in written and spoken Tetum (essential), English (essential), Portuguese and Bahasa Indonesia (desirable);
  • Design and layout skills (desirable);





Expressions of interest must be submitted no later than 30 June 2016 containing the following information:

  • Cover letter outlining prior relevant experience, availability, proposed Professional Rate and contact details of two referees
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • An example of written work which the consultant has completed, which is relevant to this project


Applications should be submitted to Dian W. Saputri – email

Questions regarding this TOR may be directed to Xian Warner, Prevention Coordinator,

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