Wednesday, March 3, 2010

UNFPA, National Project Assistant - Gender Based Violence Referral Network Project (Re-advertised), Deadline March 19, 2009.

Terms of Reference


Job Title: National Project Assistant – Gender Based Violence Referral Networks Project
Organization: United Nations Population Fund
Organization Description: United Nations
Job Location: Timor-Leste (Dili)
Duration: 12 months
Closing Date: 19th March 2010                     

General Overview of Position:

UNFPA works in partnership with the Secretariat of State for Promotion of Equality (SEPI) in Timor-Leste to implement a large national project to strengthen national capacity to address Gender Based Violence (GBV).  One of the main priorities of this project has been the establishment of a functional network of services for victims of GBV.  The existing network includes a Safe Room in the national hospital, psycho-social counseling services, a shelter and a legal assistance service for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.  UNFPA and SEPI provide financial and technical support to these services. 

As the coordinating entity in relation to GBV on behalf of the government, SEPI is now looking to strengthen this network of services and formalise the referral pathway between the various actors.  In particular, SEPI is looking to improve coordination between the services that exist, develop and implement referral protocols, extend and promote the existing services into rural areas, establish uniform data collection standards, and integrate child protection services into the network.  At the same time, SEPI will work with the relevant government ministries, such as the Ministry of Social Solidarity (MSS) to support and formalise the network. 

Accordingly, we now wish to recruit a National Project Assistant with experience working in gender based violence to support the work of an International Coordinator for this project. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator and the Director of the National Division of Social Reinsertion (DNRS) within MSS, the Project Assistant will be required to:

  1. Assist the Project Coordinator in completing all necessary tasks, including:

    1. Updating an existing mapping of the referral network of support services in Timor-Leste for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse;
    2. Establishing a formal coordination mechanism between key service providers within the referral network of support services;
    3. Extending the referral network of support services to the regions, namely, Baucau, Oecussi, Suai and Maliana;
    4. Supporting MSS in its capacity as Joint Chair of the Referral Network Support Services Working Group;
    5. Developing and implementing referral protocols to improve the functioning of the referral network of support services, in consultation with all relevant stakeholders, including NGO partners and government ministries, in line with the principles contained in the draft domestic violence legislation.
    6. Developing and implementing standard data collection procedures for all key service providers. 
  2. Organise consultation meetings, field trips and undertake all other administrative duties as required.
  3. Act as an interpreter and translator for the Project Coordinator.


  1. Relevant university qualification, preferably in Development Studies, Social Work or Public Health
  2. 3 years experience working in Gender Based Violence and/or Child Protection in Timor-Leste
  3. 3 years experience working in Office Administration
  4. Fluency in Tetum and English (written and spoken). Knowledge of Portuguese or Bahasa Indonesia an advantage.
  5. Ability to use own initiative, work independently, execute sound judgment and demonstrate good interpersonal relations with various actors at both the government and community level;

Candidates should submit a Cover Letter, Recent Curriculum Vitae and P11 form in a sealed envelope marking “Confidential” and mentioned the post being applied at the top of the envelope, by 19th March 2010 at the latest, to the following address:

UNFPA Representative,
UN House,
Caicoli Street,
Timor-Leste or email to:

NOTE : P11 form you can take the hard copy from the security at the back gate of Obrigado barracks compound  opposite to the Previous Palacio da Cinzas or you can get the soft copy by sending email to the above email address.