[TimorLesteStudies] Vacancy: International Projects Manager - Alternative Technology Association (Melbourne)

Bu Wilson bu.wilson at anu.edu.au
Sat Aug 28 19:43:40 EST 2010

Alternative Technology Association, International Projects Manager, Part Time Contract– 12 months

ATA 1/39 Little Collins St, Melbourne 3000 

Position Description

The Alternative Technology Association (ATA) is a not for profit community organisation that promotes renewable
energy, energy efficiency and water conservation. The organisation provides services to over 5500 members and
promotes sustainability to the wider community through its magazines, research, policy and seminars.
The ATA International Projects Group was established in 2003 by a group of ATA members interested in assisting low
income communities in South East Asia and the Pacific with technologies appropriate to their needs. The group was
founded to:
• Promote and facilitate the uptake of sustainable/renewable and other appropriate technologies in developing
• Empower communities to make their own decisions on how to improve their quality of life.
• Provide the ATA members and staff with the opportunity to contribute their knowledge and skills to work on
projects of assistance to communities in developing countries.
Since 2003 the ATA has conducted projects in every district of Timor Leste including installing solar power systems
ranging from 5W - 1.6kW to power facilities such as community radio, administration centres, health clinics and
schools. Smaller projects have occurred in Vanuatu and Australian indigenous communities. The ATA has a
longstanding interest in training local solar power capacity and has delivered formal and informal training to a large
number of technicians and system users across Timor.
The Timor-Leste Solar Power Training project is supported by AusAID and aims to improve capacity by implementing
a standardised, national training program in solar power design, installation and maintenance. In its final stage the
project will continue through to June 2010.
Since 2007 the International Projects Group has undertaken “Village Lighting Projects”. In a community development
framework these projects provide solar powered lighting and other services to improve community well being. In 2010
over 400 households will be lit by this project. In subsequent years thousands of houses may become eligible.
The International Projects Group aims to consolidate and enlarge these programs in Timor Leste and other locations in
the region.
Position Name International Projects Manager
Employment Basis Part time Contract
Number of Hours per Week 22.5 hours (3 days) with scope for expansion
Remuneration ATA classification 5 - $34,800 p.a.
Reports to CEO
Staff supervision Some Timorese staff supervision and contractor
Role Description
The ATA is currently seeking a Project Manager to deliver a range of renewable energy projects. Projects in 2010/2011
• Timor-Leste Solar Power Training Project
• Village Lighting Schemes
• Volunteer led solar power installations in clinics, workshops and orphanages
• Pilot program for Indigenous Community solar power installations

Dr Bu V.E. Wilson
+61  0 407 087 086

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