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Team Leader, Nabilan Program, Timor-Leste

Location: Timor-Leste
Program area: Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality
Deadline: October 3, 2022

Must be legally eligible to work in Timor-Leste without sponsorship, and must have proof of Covid-19 vaccination

Asia plays a crucial global role in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region?

You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Informed by more than six decades of experience and deep local expertise, The Asia Foundation’s programs—inclusive economic growth, women’s empowerment and gender equality, environment and climate action, good governance, and regional cooperation—address critical issues affecting Asia and the Pacific in the 21st century. Together with our partners, we encourage Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving world region.

The team leader will lead the Nabilan team to implement Phase III of the Nabilan Program (2022-2026) on a one-year contract with the possibility of extensions to 2026. She/he/they will ensure activities are implemented according to the work plan budget submitted to the donor (DFAT), with a strong focus on the quality of all programming and progress towards the two ends of program outcomes. She/he/they will also be responsible for leading the team, ensuring their well-being and performance. The team leader will be supported in her/his/their role by a management advisor and finance manager and report to the Foundation’s country representative.

This position will have:

  • Daily contact with the Nabilan team, country representative, and other relevant program staff in the Foundation’s Timor-Leste office regularly. Regular contact with the Finance and Compliance teams, Human Resources, Administration, and Operations management. Ongoing direction to consultants, interns, and external Foundation contractors. Contact as needed unit staff in the Foundation’s San Francisco and Washington D.C. offices.
  • Regular contact with the Australian Embassy, program representation and liaison with program partners, representatives of relevant government ministries (MSSI & SEII), civil society organizations, local authorities, and national and international agencies supporting women’s ending violence against women and children in Timor-Leste such as UN agencies.


Program Leadership and Management:

  • Accountable for progress towards Nabilan’s end-of-program outcomes through ensuring progress of program activities as per the work plan budget approved by DFAT.
  • Effective coordination and liaison with DFAT (Australian Embassy) and Foundation senior management.
  • Develops and submits timely donor reports. maintains, updates, and ensures the availability of accurate monitoring and evaluation data and documentation.

Technical Input

  • Oversee both pillars of the program – services, and prevention – and provide technical input as required.
  • Oversee all M&E for the program, including preparing for the 6 monthly verbal progress reporting and annual narrative progress reports to DFAT—this will be supported by the M&E senior program officers and external M&E Advisor.
  • Ensures program standards for prevention and quality service provision for women and children experiencing violence.
  • Supervises, monitors and evaluates the impact of all program activities and continuously improves and updates the program strategy to achieve results.

Financial Management and Compliance

  • Overall accountability for all project expenditures in line with donor and Asia Foundation policies and regulations.
  • Develops project budget and spending projections for fiscal year together with the finance manager and management advisor.
  • Ensures that budgets and spending projections are kept up-to-date. ensures expenditures are within approved budgets and that spending targets are met.
  • Complies with all grant and contract requirements, and related regulations and procedures.
  • Ensures compliance with administrative, grant management, and financial policies and practices.
  • Handles all policy compliance issues within the team and externally with the donor (child protection. prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment. fraud in particular).

Human Resource Management, Supervision, and Staff Development

  • Manages all Nabilan program staff and consultants.
  • Participates in the recruitment, orientation, training, supervision, and staff development of program staff.
  • Undertakes staff performance reviews and identifies disciplinary or corrective actions as required.
  • Provides regular, ongoing performance feedback to staff.
  • Identifies and coordinates opportunities for the professional development of staff.


  • Maintains effective coordination and professional relationships with DFAT, Timorese Government agencies—MSSI and SEII, program partners, development assistance agencies, other donors, and national and international NGOs.
  • Assists the representatives in establishing and maintaining constructive public relations in Timor-Leste, and assures a positive profile of the Foundation and the Nabilan project through media coverage of programs and events.
  • Participates in meetings and events to enhance public awareness of Nabilan and to expand the Foundation’s professional network and access to relevant information.
  • Participates in Foundation meetings and other relevant professional forums and events.


  • Minimum 10 years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience, including experience in the management and implementation of GBV programs. Demonstrated experience managing multidisciplinary teams, especially national staff, and supporting their professional development. Experience in program management, financial and grants management and budget control, research, proposal and report writing, strategic planning, fundraising, and managing international donor-funded projects.
  • Master’s degree required in Gender Studies, Social Work, International Development, Political Science, Law, or a related field. Demonstrated ability in multidisciplinary team management, team building, and supervisory skills. strong analytical and problem-solving skills. flexibility, patience, optimism, and sensitivity. proven interpersonal, linguistic, and intercultural skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues related to ending violence against women and children in Timor-Leste.
  • Demonstrated understanding of social-norms change theory and implementation of quality services (social services and access to justice).
  • Demonstrated understanding of DFAT systems, reporting processes, M&E, and reporting standards (financial and narrative), and proven experience navigating complex relationships with host governments.
  • A personal commitment to promoting gender equality and to modeling personal behaviors consistent with the program focus, and a commitment to working on evidence-based programs, working respectfully and collaboratively with individuals and organizations at a range of levels.
  • The candidate should demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills. ability to communicate orally and in writing in English, and desirably in Tetum. ability to use email, Word, and Excel or equivalent programs, and a willingness to travel to remote areas as required.
  • The candidate should be comfortable moving between managing team activities and taking on specific deliverables based on the need of the program and office.
  • Experience of or familiarity with The Asia Foundation programs is preferred.


Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV by October 3, 2022 to [email protected] with the position title listed in the subject line. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, EOE/M/F/D/V. No phone calls, please.