[TimorLesteStudies] Job Vacancy: Peace Dividend Trust Country Director Timor-Leste

Bu Wilson bu.wilson at anu.edu.au
Mon May 23 07:33:49 EST 2011

Peace Dividend Trust

Job Description 


Dili, Timor-Leste, with possible travel to other locations in-country 

Organizational Overview: Peace Dividend Trust is a non-profit social enterprise 
that tests and scales new ideas that improve the impact and efficiency of aid and 
peacekeeping. Operating in Timor-Leste, Haiti and Afghanistan, PDT has 
redirected over $650 million in international spending into these local economies 
and created the first ever mission start-up guide for the launch of new U.N. 
peacekeeping operations. In 2010, the Skoll Foundation recognized PDT as one 
of a handful of social enterprises effecting measurable and sustainable change in 
the developing world. U.S. President Obama awarded the organization the G20 
SME Finance Challenge prize at the annual heads of state gathering in Seoul, 
Korea in November 2010. For more information, please 
visit www.peacedividendtrust.org 

Timor-Leste Context: Peace Dividend Trust is continuing its award-winning 
Peace Dividend Marketplace (PDM) model in Timor-Leste. PDM is an innovative 
approach to market development in countries recovering from conflict and 
disaster. Through targeted services that link international, regional and local 
buyers with capable national suppliers, the PDM works to increase and leverage 
the economic impact of international assistance and investment efforts. This in 
turn helps drive money into the domestic economy, restoring livelihoods, 
generating competition in the marketplace, and contributing to wider growth and 
development (see www.timor.buildingmarkets.org) 

Operational since 2007 in Timor-Leste, the PDM has redirected or accelerated 
over $20 million into the local economy. Going forward, the PDM will build on its 
success and focus on a) rural businesses development and b) supplier 
development in the oil and gas sector. The Country Director will need to be 
comfortable building strong relationships with government ministries, 
international organizations, multinational corporations, and local businesses, as 
well as managing a multifaceted project and a team of national and international 

Position Overview: PDT is seeking an entrepreneurial Country Director (CD) 
who will lead the continuation of the Peace Dividend Marketplace project in 
Timor-Leste. This includes both material and personnel aspects of project 
leadership and implementation, as well as building strong relationships with a 
range of stakeholders. The CD will have successfully led private sector-related 
programs in the region, preferably in Timor-Leste. Bringing a strong alignment 
with the mission and values of PDT, the CD will promote an entrepreneurial and 

results-driven environment, be flexible to changing needs and contribute 
strategically to PDT’s overall mission. 

Responsibilities and Duties 

The Country Director reports to the Projects Director based at PDT’s 
headquarters and is responsible for all aspects of Peace Dividend Trust’s work in 
Timor-Leste, including: 

Strategic Leadership 

Lead in-country implementation in accordance with workplan, proposal, 
contracts, budget, PDT and donor policies and procedures 
Develop country strategy based on workplan and other documents to 
adapt standard PDM to local context 
Lead continuous improvement efforts to ensure activities are responsive to 
local context and emerging trends 
Oversee needs assessments, evaluations, monitoring visits 
Contribute to strategic planning 
Provide guidance on substantive issues including: achieving results, 
private sector development, procurement, SME business development, 
market research and training 

Represent PDT and coordinate appropriately with the Government of 
Timor-Leste, international organizations, Chamber of Commerce and 
Industry of Timor-Leste, business associations, local businesses, 
international corporate entities and other partner organizations 
Delegate representation appropriately, based on activity streams 
Ensure coordination with stakeholders on issues of relevance to country 
Staff Management 

Ensure line management of staff 
Implement internal HR systems, in collaboration with Human Resources 
management in headquarters 
Recruit national staff directly, and recruit international staff in coordination 
with Project Director and Human Resources at HQ 
Mentor and build capacity of national and international employees 
Carry out annual performance appraisals, according to PDT policies 
Finance Management 

Coordinate budget planning with Finance Director and Projects Director 
Oversee financial reporting from country office 
Communications and Reporting 

Prepare monthly quantitative and qualitative reports for HQ and other 
reporting requirements 
Ensure tracking of activities and contribute to donor reporting 
Ensure regular and effective internal communications with project team, 
including regular meetings with middle management and regular all-staff 
Participate in a minimum of weekly phone calls and regular 
correspondence with the Projects Director 
Ensure results and success stories are communicated appropriately in 
cooperation with Communications Director 
Security Management 

Responsible for safety and security of all staff, based on security risk 
assessment and training program 

Master’s degree in Business, International Affairs/Development, related 
field or substantial equivalent in professional experience 
Minimum 8 years field experience, preferably in Timor-Leste 
Experience in relations with government, local businesses, international 
organizations and multinational corporations 
Demonstrable experience in organizational representation 
Experience in managing a budget of at least $2m 
Experience in security management in post-conflict environments 
Experience in successfully leading and managing a team of national and 
international staff 
Experience working on projects funded by public and large private donors 
Ability to speak Tetum and other local languages is strongly preferred, 
willingness to learn Tetum and other local languages is essential 

Competitive salary, in-country adjustment, and benefits. 


If you have the talents to lead an award winning organization into the its next 
phase, to build PDT’s reputation for changing the way aid works, send your CV 
and a cover letter, clearly explaining how you would meet these qualifications to: 
vacancies at peacedividendtrust.org with subject line “Timor-Leste Country 

Only applicants being considered for an interview will be contacted. To learn 
more about our activities see: http://www.facebook.com/peacedividendtrust 

Thank you for your interest in Peace Dividend Trust 


Dr Bu V.E. Wilson
T: Australia +61  0  407 087 086
T: Timor-Leste + 670 744 0011
E: buvewilson at gmail.com

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