Country Director, Mary MacKillop International (MMI), Closing 17 Step 2014

JOB VACANCY:  Country Director

Dili, Timor-Leste


Mary MacKillop International (MMI) is the international aid and development organisation of the Sisters of St Joseph. In the tradition of Mary MacKillop, MMI works in Peru and Timor-Leste to build the capacity of local communities through education, income generation, vocational training, health and community support.

The Sisters of St Joseph commenced work in East Timor in 1994 as the Mary MacKillop Institute of East Timorese Studies, and is now known throughout Timor-Leste as Institutu Mary MacKillop.  In Timor-Leste, MMI is well known for its Tetun literacy program, which includes teacher training and the production of school resources in the Tetun language. For more information about MMI’s projects in Timor-Leste, please refer to the website:

MMI is currently recruiting for the full-time role of Country Director, based in Dili, Timor-Leste. The Country Director manages MMI’s operations in Timor-Leste including facilitating the work of MMI in Timor-Leste, leading, managing and developing the staff in Timor-Leste and managing MMI’s assets in Timor-Leste.

Major areas of responsibility:

The Country Director has the following major areas of responsibility:

  1. Managing MMI in Timor-Leste
  2. Leading, managing and developing the staff in Timor-Leste
  3. Maintaining effective communications between staff in Timor-Leste and Sydney
  4. Managing MMI’s assets in Timor-Leste
  5. Liaising with Government and other agencies to establish relationships and partnerships as appropriate including but not limited to INGO accreditation and VTO accreditation.

Selection Criteria:

  1. At least 8 years experience within humanitarian development preferably with an International NGO
  2. Experience in leading and managing staff including performance management
  3. Extensive experience with financial and program management
  4. High level written and oral language skills in both Tetum and English
  5. Ability to negotiate with Church, NGOs and Government authorities in Timor-Leste
  6. Knowledge and understanding of working cross culturally
  7. Ability to work collaboratively, flexibly, independently and creatively in an intellectually and emotionally demanding, often unpredictable, environment

For a full copy of the position description, please email MMI’s Chief Executive Officer Kirsty Robertson:

Candidates should send a Cover Letter addressing the Selection Criteria and a CV to by close of business on Wednesday, 17th September 2014. Interviews will be held the first week of October.
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