Wednesday, December 9, 2009

PROGRESSIO (CIIR), Gender Advocacy Adviser, Deadline January 2, 2010.

Gender Advocacy Adviser

Salary: See terms and conditions in the placement description
Education: Bachelor (BA, BS, etc.)
Location: Dili, Timor-Leste
Posted by: Progressio (formerly known as CIIR)
Job Category: Activism & Organizing
Sector: Nonprofit
Last day to apply: January 2, 2010
Last updated: December 7, 2009
Type: Contract
Language(s): English
Job posted on: December 7, 2009
Area of Focus: Women's Issues


Two-year placement (with the possibility of renewal for a further year).

As part of an exciting advocacy strengthening programme involving various partners and collaborating institutions, the Development Worker (DW) working as a Gender Advocacy Network Adviser, will work alongside the national women’s umbrella network – Rede Feto – strengthening the capacity of staff and member organisations in coordinating and facilitating advocacy work amongst its constituency on promoting and protecting women’s human rights and gender equality in Timor-Leste.

Additional Qualifications:

You should have a degree level qualification or equivalent diploma in a relevant discipline; and education/training in specific aspects of community development and gender, and also in social research and analysis.

You should have a minimum of three years’ work experience with an NGO in an advisory support capacity, preferably with umbrella organisations in a developing country, and on women’s rights and advocacy networks. Experience in training methodologies and direct training ability, including strong participatory facilitation skills; of designing, implementing and monitoring advocacy initiatives; of campaigning, community mobilisation and networking; of conducting participatory research/analysis and reporting on the results in jargon free language, and of working in a resource poor environment are essential.

You should also have an understanding of the mechanisms of advocacy and the dynamics of coalition and network building; the role that NGOs play in national and community development, and knowledge of gender and development issues, including domestic violence and the political marginalisation of women. You should have tact, determination and a clear and strategic approach to coalition building in a highly politicised environment; skills in strategic planning and participatory monitoring methods; team building and consensus led approach to work, and the ability to transfer skills and knowledge. Commitment to participatory/consultative methods; demonstrated commitment to gender awareness, equality and mainstreaming, and a willingness to learn Tetum and/or Bahasa Indonesia are also essential

Experience or knowledge of securing women’s rights in Timor-Leste and/or in the region; of working in international settings and post-conflict countries with national NGOs or community based organisations; of liaison with a range of different organisations at a policy level, including national and international decision-making bodies and legal frameworks; of reporting back to donors; skills in producing materials for extension work/mass-information (including attractive leaflets, comics, songs, theatre etc.), and an understanding of the issues facing a newly emerging democracy are highly desirable.

How to Apply:

It is essential that you complete the application form in full, as very specific information is required and will be used to decide whether or not you will be short-listed for an interview. Please note that CVs/resumes will not be accepted.

For further information and an application form visit

Interviews: Early/mid January 2010

Please return the completed application form to:

Progressio does not place development workers in their own countries.