[TimorLesteStudies] UNFPA Project Manager- Gender Based Violence

Bu Wilson Bu.Wilson at anu.edu.au
Thu Jan 29 08:19:05 EST 2009

Project Manager - Gender based Violence
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) 
Closing date: 27 Apr 2009
Location: Timor-Leste - Dili

General Overview of Position: 

UNFPA works in partnership with the Office of the Prime Minister for the
Promotion of Equality in Timor-Leste to implement a large national programme
to address Gender Based Violence (GBV). The main project outputs the Project
manager will contribute include: 

1) To be involved and facilitate the final drafting and submission to the
national parliament of the national Domestic Violence law.
2) When approved, start the initial steps for the implementation of and
socialization of the Domestic Violence Law. 
3) strengthening the capacity of the Office for Promotion of Equality and
other national institutions, such as the national police force and the
judiciary, to respond to GBV; 
4) Establishing a functional network of services for victims of GBV
(emergency medical assistance, shelter and trauma counseling, legal and
other services) through technical support and funding to local NGOs; 
5) implementation of various strategies to prevent GBV. 

The Project Manager will be responsible for managing and overseeing this
programme using a multi-sectoral approach in collaboration with local and
international partners. In light of the current humanitarian situation in
Timor-Leste, the Project Manager will, in addition, provide technical
assistance to address the needs of internally displaced persons affected by
sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) and ensure UNFPA input into the SGBV
humanitarian response provided by different stakeholders (local authorities,
UN agencies, national and international NGOs). Specific Duties and
Responsibilities: Under the direct supervision of the UNFPA Representative,
the Project Manager will be responsible for overall project management in
collaboration with the Implementing Agency (The Office of the Prime Minister
for the Promotion of Equality) and perform the following duties:

1. Advise the Head of the Implementing Agency, the Secretary of State for
the Promotion of Equality (SEPI) on various legal and policy developments
related to GBV in Timor-Leste as required;
2. Act as Technical Advisor to the Implementing Agency on all substantive
and administrative matters relating, directly or indirectly, to the project;
3. Plan, implement and supervise all project activities, including by all
subcontracted partners;
4. Select, contract and supervise the work of sub contracted partners,
consultants and project staff to achieve the overall project objectives;
5. Supervise and provide on-the-job training to the project staff members; 
6. Develop and implement strategies for presentation of the national
Domestic Violence legislation to the Council of Ministers for final
7. Plan and develop IEC materials and national campaigns on the prevention
of GBV, strategy plans and training manuals with counterparts, ensuring the
involvement of all major stakeholders in the development of such tasks;
8. Prepare annual work plans and corresponding budgets relating to the
project and revise where necessary;
9. Receive and manage funds relating to project expenditures by the
Implementing Agency;
10. Report to the Implementing Agency and UNFPA on possible constraints to
implementation and recommended solutions to overcome challenges;
11. Prepare progress reports as required by the Implementing Agency and
UNFPA, including preparation for annual Mid-Term and End-of-Year Reviews; 
12. Being the UNFPA focal point for gender issues, the project manager
liaise with the UN System, international and national NGOs on matters
relating to gender based violence in projects, programmes and other
activities in Timor-Leste with a view to coordinating activities and
possible cooperation;
13. Support a comprehensive approach to physical protection issues, in
particular those related to human rights abuse and SGBV and develop
strategies to address and prevent these violations among populations
affected by conflict;
14. Build capacity of local NGOs, UN agencies and uniformed forces by
conducting training courses on prevention of gender based violence and
gender equity awareness when required;
15. Provide advice to the Country office on the overall humanitarian
strategy of UNFPA in Timor-Leste and contribute to its implementation, in
the framework of UNFPA humanitarian strategy;
16. Liaise with Technical Services Division (TSD) at UNFPA HQ in its
implementation of the Women Peace Initiative Project, participating in
technical cooperation and training on GBV in addition to performing
follow-up at a regional level.


- Integrity/Commitment to UNFPAs mandate/Valuing Diversity 
- Performance management 
- Developing People/Fostering Innovation and Empowerment 
- Working in teams 
- Communicating information and ideas/Knowledge Sharing 
- Self-management/Emotional intelligence and Conflict management/Negotiating
and resolving disagreements 
- Appropriate and transparent decision making 
- Analytical and Strategic Thinking/Results Orientation/Commitment to


- Advocacy/Advancing a policy-oriented agenda 
- Results-based programme development and management 
- Leveraging the resources of national governments & partners/Building
strategic alliances and partnerships 
- Innovation and marketing of new approaches 
- Resource mobilization 
- Job knowledge/Technical expertise 


1. Masters Degree in Law or Gender and Development with at least 3 years of
relevant professional experience, including experience in project management
(or a Bachelors Degree in either of these fields with at least 6 years work
experience in law or gender and development). Field experience in complex
emergencies, including humanitarian emergency response an asset; 
2. Experience in drafting and implementing legislation, in particular,
related to gender based violence issues; 3. Knowledge of gender issues in
development, particularly gender based violence, including relevant
international human rights standards; 
4. Fluency in oral and written English essential;
5. Ability to communicate clearly (oral and written) in Tetum (national
language of Timor-Leste) and/or Portuguese and/or Bahasa Indonesia will be
an advantage; 
6. Experience in managing large multi-sectoral projects and actively
liaising with relevant and potential project partners; 
7. Must use own initiative, have ability to work independently, execute
sound judgment and demonstrate good interpersonal relations with staff
members from different nationalities and cultural backgrounds; 
8. Experience and knowledge of Timor-Leste cultural and political context an
asset, especially in relation to gender issues.

Temporary position (3-4 months) 

How to apply

Please send your summary CV with a introduction letter to the UNFPA Timor
Leste country office parade at unfpa.org cc to Agudelo at unfpa.org

Reference Code: RW_92908A

Bu Wilson
Regulatory  Institutions Network (RegNet) Research School of Pacific and
Asian Studies
College of Asia and the Pacific,
Australian National University 
Canberra   ACT   0200 

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