Country Director Oxfam in Timor-Leste

Closing date: 10th July 2020 @ 23:00 TLT (GMT+9)

Interviews: Mid-July

Location: Based in Dili, Timor-Leste

Contract: Fixed term until July 2022

Salary and Benefits: National salary and benefits.

The position is open to Timorese nationals only

Are you the exceptional leader we’re looking for?
Do you have significant senior leadership and management experience in the development and delivery of high-quality development programs and influencing strategies in Timor-Leste?

Do you have a proven track record of leading, motivating, supporting and empowering teams in Timor-Leste with a commitment to promoting local leadership, gender equality and inclusion of diversity?

Do you have a high level of influencing and communication skills with a proven track record of success in representing an organization in Timor-Leste with a variety of national, regional and global stakeholders?

If the answer is yes, we would love to hear from you!

Oxfam in Timor-Leste
Oxfam has been working for positive change in Timor-Leste since 1974. Oxfam has maintained an operational in-country presence in Timor-Leste since 2000 and currently has staff present in Dili, Covalima and Oecusse.

Since 2000 the Oxfam program in Timor-Leste has transitioned from a predominately humanitarian response, to long term development, partnership and influencing programs. Oxfam in Timor-Leste works to be a catalyzer and facilitator in development processes, working to support, co-implement and collaborate with a range of partners. Thematic priorities for Oxfam in Timor-Leste in the current country strategy (2018 – 2020) focus on livelihoods, resilience (including humanitarian preparedness) and inclusive development.

Acknowledging the opportunities and challenges for Timor-Leste, Oxfam in Timor-Leste is developing a new influencing country strategy for 2021-2025. This strategy will build on Oxfam’s strengths in partnership, inclusion, gender justice, fighting against inequality and supporting citizen’s voices in decision-making.

Oxfam in Timor-Leste is committed to building local leadership as well as accountability to communities and people we work with, empowerment of marginalized groups, and inclusion of diverse voices. The Country Director will lead a team that delivers these principles.

The Role

The Country Director will be responsible for developing, managing, and representing all Oxfam’s program and operations in Timor-Leste, ensuring high levels of accountability and program impact.

Key areas of responsibility include:-

1. Providing strategic and high quality leadership to the Oxfam Timor-Leste country program and supporting the teams in developing and implementing quality programming in the campaigns/advocacy, development and humanitarian sectors.

2.   Ensuring that the management systems and processes used by the Timor-Leste team support and promote effective management of the country program.

3.   Building strong and effective working relationships with stakeholders on behalf of Oxfam in Timor-Leste, especially in country stakeholders in Government, local civil society, development agencies and the private sector

4.   Overseeing delivery of the Oxfam Country Strategy (OCS) in Timor-Leste.


What we are looking for

In order to lead and deliver Oxfam’s vision in Timor-Leste and to support our commitment to building local leadership we are currently seeking an outstanding and empowering Timorese Country Director. This leader will have demonstrable strategic and creative leadership, management and coordination skills in a network setting, a multi-cultural worldview and understand the systemic challenges and strengths of being a global organization.


Excellent communication skills, including fluency in Tetum and English are essential.


Please see the job description for more information.


What we offer

At Oxfam, we believe that every aspect of our work can lead to a positive outcome. If you have the same opinion, together with the ability to meet the challenges involved, this role offers scope for immense personal fulfilment – as well as outstanding opportunities to develop your career.


Oxfam is committed to providing a fair compensation package and to providing a flexible, supportive, working environment


About us

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.


That means we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty.


We are an international confederation of 20 organizations (affiliates) working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries.


All our work is led by three core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness.



Our commitment to safeguarding

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.


Should we offer you employment, such offer will be subject to satisfactory employment references and to any checks relevant to your role, including counter-terrorism checks. Please also note that Oxfam participates in the Inter-Agency Scheme for the Disclosure of Safeguarding-related Misconduct in Recruitment Processes within the Humanitarian and Development Sector (‘Scheme’). Under this Scheme, if you have been employed by another member of the scheme, we will request information from that organization on any misconduct history in accordance with the terms of that Scheme. For details of the scheme please click here


How to apply

This recruitment of this position is being managed by Oxfam International.

Please apply via their website here


Candidates will be appraised throughout the process against the overall job description.


However we particularly ask that you focus on explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in your cover letter


If you have any questions about the position please do not hesitate to write to Becky Snead, Resourcing Manager at


Due to the volume of applications we receive, regrettably, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted- usually within 2 weeks of the closing date.


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