Project Assistant , National Directorate for Biodiversity Protection and Restoration (DNPRB), Closing 25 Apr 2014

Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Environment, Secretariat of State for Environment (MCIE-SEMA) / National Directorate for Biodiversity Protection and Restoration (DNPRB) in Timor-Leste is seeking
a Project Assistant (Timorese national) for assisting in managing the project
Revising National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) and develop the 5th National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) by Timor-Leste

Duration            Up to 36 person week (9 months consultancy)

Duty Station       Dili, with travel to districts when required

Responsible      Mr Cristovão Pereira da C. Martins, Lic. Eco., Director - DNPRB


Timor-Leste is a Party to the CBD since 2007. The country’s NBSAP (2011-2020) is being approved in February 2012. Timor-Leste reported first to the CBD through the 4th National Reports in May 2012. The next reporting obligation is due this year. Accurate and comprehensive collection of the relevant data will involve consultation with many stakeholder groups. Inputs from all relevant sectors including industry, education, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, tourism, etc. are critical to a meaningful portrait of the status of implementation of the CBD. Because of the financial support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to facilitate the reporting process, UNEP as the implementing agency will also be involved.



The Project Assistant will be assisting and supporting the Project Manager in his work. The Project Assistant will help to run all planning, organizational and management day-to-day project activities required to successfully conclude submission of the 5th National Report. The Project Assistant will also support the work of the international consultant - Senior Short Term International Expert (SSTIE).

  • Supporting administrative-financial management (i.e., managing implementation of the project through assistance in budgeting, procurement, and support in monitoring/auditing these actions in close collaboration with GEF-UNEP)
  • Assisting the SSTIE upon the request by the Project Manger particularly in collecting data and information
  • Helping to award all service contracts for specialized tasks such as facilitation of national workshops, training realization, Report translation, etc.
  • Supporting interactions with stakeholder groups and partners, and assisting in convening stakeholder workshops
  • Supporting coordination of the thematic working groups (Forest Biodiversity, Agro-Biodiversity, Marine and Coastal Biodiversity) that will be established at the beginning of the project, assisting in collecting their draft reports for review by the Steering Committee
  • Assisting in supervising, coordinating and delivering of all project outputs such as stakeholder workshops, consultations, the 5th National Report etc.
  • Assisting as the public launch of the Report
  • Assisting in commissioning the translation of the completed Report in the country’s local language (Tetum)
  • Supporting organization of trainings on further implementation of NBSAP
  • Assisting with publication of key findings and conclusions from the Report to the general public
  • Assisting with any other duties requested either by the Project Manager or the Project Management Team
Qualifications and Skills:
  • Bachelor/Master degree in MBA, or a related field;
  • At least four years of relevant working experience (i.e., mainly in administrative-financial management, and liasing with stakeholders) of which one should be within a context of environmental policies;
  • Experience in organizing meeting/workshops;
  • Some experience to produce public awareness materials;
  • Very good command of written and spoken English and Tetum (alternatively Bahasa Indonesia);
  • Ability to work result oriented under tight deadlines;
  • Experience in intercultural communication, strong commitment to diversity and tolerance;
  • Experience in working with East-Timorese NGOs, authorities, and local communities is of advantage;

Qualified and interested national experts are requested to submit their letter of interest and CV with two references to Dr Peter Pechacek, Please DO NOT include other documents. Delivery by hand to Mr Cristovão Pereira da C. Martins, MCIE-SEMA, Fomento Building, Dili.


25 April 2014. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.
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