[TimorLesteStudies] Job - Coordinator of Parliamentary Research
Jennifer.Drysdale at anu.edu.au
Sun Aug 3 15:25:18 EST 2008
>Date: Sat, 02 Aug 2008 06:46:02 -0400
>From: ETAN <fbp at igc.org>
>JOB POSTING/TERMS OF REFERENCES
>Position Title : Coordinator of Parliamentary Research
>Start Date: Immediate
>Duty station: Dili, Timor-Leste
>The National Parliament of Timor-Leste and The
>Asia Foundation Timor-Leste, with generous
>support from the United States Agency for
>International Development, the United States
>House Democracy Assistance Committee and the
>Library of Congress, have established a
>Parliamentary Library at the National Parliament
>building in Dili, Timor-Leste as of January
>2008. The National Parliament now seeks a senior
>Timorese Research Coordinator to lead the
>establishment and management of the nations
>first Parliamentary Research Service.
>This research professional, as Coordinator of
>Parliament Research (CPR), appointed by the
>Secretary General of Parliament, will serve to
>ensure that insightful and impartial research is
>provided to the National Parliament of
>Timor-Leste (NPTL) before and after the
>legislative drafting process. As such the CPR
>will manage the incremental development of a
>Parliament Research Service (PRS) which serves
>parliamentary committees and Members of
>Parliament. The PRS will seek to gather
>interdisciplinary resources, encourage critical
>thinking and create innovative frameworks to
>help legislators form sound policies and reach
>decisions on a host of difficult issues. These
>decisions will guide and shape the nation today and for generations to come.
>The CPR will ensure that the PRS will be able to
>assist at every stage of the legislative process
>-- from the early considerations that precede
>legislative drafting, through committee hearings
>and floor debate, to the oversight of enacted
>laws and various agency activities. However,
>initially given the existing funding and
>management constraints, the CPR will provide the
>Parliament him/her self with the analytical
>support the parliament needs to address
>foundational public policy issues facing the new
>nation and the nascent parliamentary system. The
>CPR will focus initially on early considerations
>that precede legislative drafting. CPR will
>analyze current policies and present the impact
>of proposed policy alternatives, even if it
>means bringing to light facts that may be contrary to established assumptions.
>The CPR will work under the direct supervision
>of the Secretary General of the National
>Parliament of Timor-Leste. The Coordinator will
>be in close collaboration with The Asia
>Foundation and will provide a monthly report to
>TAF. The CPR will work closely with all Members
>of Parliament (MPs). The Coordinator will be
>responsible for the formation and management of technical teams for research.
>The CPR will provide the following services:
> Written reports on current legislative issues to MPs
> Supervising and reviewing the work of researchers
> Expert testimony in parliamentary sessions to MPs
> Tailored confidential memoranda, briefings and consultations to MPs
> Management of information requests for research from MPs
> Establish research team including recruiting
>research staff members for the PRS
> Coordinate with other donor and
>government-sponsored programs providing technical support to the PRS
> Coordinate research with other research
>centers such as Dili Institute of Technology (DIT)
> Produce monthly progress report to The Asia
>Foundation and the Speaker of National Parliament of Timor-Leste
>Qualifications and experience:
> Timor-Leste citizenship
> University Masters degree, preferably in
>social policy or any related subject
> Strong organizational skills
> Understanding of quantitative methodologies
> Proven legal and economic analysis
> Experience with government agencies, and
>international development partners working
>methods and ability to establish and maintain
>working relationships with people from a range of organizations.
> Experience in conducting research through written materials and the internet
> Good communication skills in Tetum and/or
>Portuguese, and English (written and spoken).
> Computer skills including Word, Excel, and Internet.
> Excellent interpersonal skills.
> Ability to work under tight pressure of deadlines.
> Analytical capabilities to integrate multiple
>disciplines and research methodologies.
> Program and legislative expertise.
> Ability to approach complex topics from a
>variety of perspectives and examine all sides of an issue.
> Good person to person communication, rapport
>building and facilitation skills.
> Willingness to contribute to and work in a team.
> Excellent writing skills.
> Committed to assisting the MPs to enrich their
>knowledge on topics to be debated in the Parliaments plenary sessions.
> Demonstrated political impartiality.
>Please send cover letter and resume by COB
>August 16, 2008 to The Asia Foundation,
>Rua.Jacinto Candido (behind BTK/Holiwono store),
>or to P.O. Box 69, Dili, East Timor. Fax. 670-390-324-245.
>Applications may also be sent to
>ftilman at asiafound.org. Only short-listed
>candidates will be acknowledged. Please indicate
>your contact address or phone in your letter.
>Women candidates are encouraged to apply
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