Early Child Care Development Manager & Disaster Risk Reduction Coordinator, Plan Timor-Leste

Job Vacancy / Vaga Servisu
Plan Timor-Leste

Various Positions

Application deadline: 3 August 2012

Languages required: English & Tetun

“Founded 75 years ago, Plan is one of the oldest and largest children's development organisations in the world.  We work in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations” .We have been working in Timor-Leste since 2001.

In support of its current growth, Plan Timor-Leste wishes to recruit:
1.      Early Childhood Care Development (ECCD) Manager (1 position)

Location: Plan Timor-Leste Country Office in Dili with travel to Districts when require

Position Level: D1

Reporting to the Program Manager

ECCD is a key component of Plan’s interventions in Timor-Leste and the main purpose of this role is to:

  • Ensure the successful planning, implementation & overall management of ECCD program component, including budget management and staff supervision.
  • Ensure capacity building of ECCD Coordinators, NGO partners, government partners, communities and volunteers to manage the planning, implementation and monitoring of the ECCD program.
  • Work with various stakeholders at the national level to advocate for access to quality ECCD services in Timor-Leste.
  • Maintain effective working relations with government, NGO partners and Plan National Organisations  in donor countries
Dimensions of Role:
  • Manage program budget (budget to end December 2014 $930,000)
  • Supervise and mentor two District ECCD Coordinators, and through them four District ECCD staff
  • Manage relationships with NGO partners (two at July 2012), including negotiation of MoUs as necessary

The successful candidate will have:

  • At least tertiary education preferably in the field of education, psychology, social sciences, and community development
  • Professional courses on:  child development,project management,  community organizing an advantage
  • At least 5 years experience in managing  education/community development programs and teams preferred
  • Understanding of Timor-Leste’s current development trends, especially with regard to babies, infants and young children.
  • Experience in working with child-centered development organization would be an advantage 

Leadership Behaviors
  • Ability to maintain strategic vision of the ECCD program and link it with daily program coordination and activities
  • Clear and effective communication
  • Accountability and responsibility for own decisions
  • Promote team work and cooperation
  • Confident in taking initiative and exploring new opportunities

2.      Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Coordinator (1 position)

Location: Dili (30%) and District (70%)

Reporting to the DRM Manager


The DRR Coordinator will be responsible for the implementation of the disaster risk reduction project plan in two districts (Lautem and Aileu) which will be in integrated in Plan Timor Leste’s four country programs. The safe school program focuses on 8 schools and their communities and centers around increasing the capacity of students, teachers, directors of schools, parents and disabled children on disaster risk reduction.


Dimensions of Role:

  • Coordination of implementation of the safe school plans in two districts (Lautem and Aileu)
  • Ensure the DRR project is implemented as per schedule and according budget
  • Monitor implementation of disaster risk reduction (safe school) programs interventions and achievement of the objectives/targets
  • Ensure training and development activities are carried out in schools and communities

The successful candidate will have:
  • Bachelor or advanced (higher) university degree or equivalent in social/community development or in related fields
  • At least 2 years experience in development work on disaster risk reduction in education or safe school, and being responsible for budget
  • Demonstrated capacity building and training skill.
  • Have knowledge and experience working with schools and communities.
  • Ability to advocate for child center disaster risk reduction
  •  Have knowledge about disaster risk reduction and preparedness plans
  • Have a commitment to work with vulnerable communities
  • Have skills to coordinate with other partners (government and other NGOs).
  • Ability to analyze, document and report
  • Ability to manage time effectively and prioritize tasks
  •  Able to speak and write English.
  • Ability to drive motorcycle and in possession of driving license.
  • Able to use Microsoft word, excel and etc.

Skills specific to the post
  • Networking and collaboration with stakeholders
  • Ability to manage time effectively and prioritize tasks
  • Strong understanding of the disaster risk reduction network in  Timor-Leste specially district level
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships
  • Having  inter-personal skills
  • Strong team work and problem solving skills.
  • Strong communication skills – both oral and written
  • Strong facilitation skills (especially in relation to children)
Copies of the job description can be obtained via email from info info.timorleste@plan-international.org or from Plan Timor-Leste, Rua Pantai Kelapa, Dili, Timor-Leste. Applications need to be in writing with a covering letter and a current CV. Application may be submitted by email or by hand, not later than 3 August 2012.  Any questions can be directed to the above email address or phone(+670) 331 2492.
These positions are open to residents of Timor-Leste and these are long-term appointment, salary and benefits will be highly competitive for the right candidate.
Plan is committed to gender equity, and suitably qualified female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
Only short listed applicants will be contacted for interview and the successful applicant will be expected to comply with Plan’s Child Protection policy, “Say Yes to Keeping Children Safe.”

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