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Management Advisor Nabilan (Ending Violence Against Women and Children) Program

The Asia Foundation

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Management Advisor Nabilan (Ending Violence Against Women and Children) Program

Job Type: Full-time

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Management Advisor Nabilan (Ending Violence Against Women and Children) Program Dili, Timor-Leste

Two years with a possibility of extensions to 2026

Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, The Asia Foundation addresses critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women's empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia's continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

The Asia Foundation (the Foundation) is implementing the Nabilan Program: Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) in Timor-Leste under a Grant Agreement with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Phase III of the Nabilan Program is expected to run from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2026. The Nabilan end of program outcomes are (1) Women and children experiencing violence are supported with consistently high-quality services; and (2) Individuals, communities, and institutions act to prevent violence against women and children.

Reporting to the TAF-TL Country Representative, the Management Advisor will support the Nabilan Team Leader in the transition of the program to a national senior leadership team in Phase III (2022-2026). She/he/they will support the Team Leader to ensure that activities are implemented according to the work plan budget submitted to the donor (DFAT), with a strong focus on the quality of all programming and progress towards the two end-of-program outcomes. She/he/they will provide strategic advice, support financial oversight and controls, management of program risks, and professional development opportunities for the Team Leader and other team members.

Daily contact with the TAF-TL Country Representative, Nabilan team, and other relevant program staff in the Foundation’s Timor-Leste office regularly. Regular communication with the Finance and Compliance teams, Human Resources, Administration, and Operations management. Ongoing direction to consultants, interns, and external Foundation contractors. Contact as needed unit staff in the Foundation’s San Francisco and Washington D.C. offices.
Regular contact with the Australian Embassy, Program representation and liaison with program partners, representatives of relevant government ministries (MSSI & SEII), Civil Society Organizations, local authorities, and national and international agencies supporting women’s ending violence against women and children in Timor-Leste such as UN agencies.

Program Leadership and Management:

  • Supports the Team Leader with tracking progress towards Nabilan’s end of program outcomes through ensuring progress of program activities as per the work plan budget approved by DFAT;
  • Ensures effective coordination and liaison with DFAT (Australian Embassy) and Foundation senior management.
  • Supports the Team Leader and senior staff to track program risks and ensure proper controls are in place;
  • Identifies and advises on opportunities for the professional development of staff;
  • Promotes program learnings and agile implementation.

Technical Input:

  • Provides technical input on prevention and services intervention as required;
  • Ensures that the MELP is properly implemented, including supporting the Team Leader, M&E Coordinator, and M&E STAs to prepare the 6 monthly verbal progress reports and annual narrative progress reports to DFAT;
  • Supervises, monitors, and evaluates the impact of all program activities and continuously improves and updates the program strategy to achieve results.

Financial Management and Compliance:

  • Supports the Team Leader to ensure project expenditures are in line with donor and TAF policies and regulations;
  • Supports the development of the project budget and spending projections for a fiscal year together with the Finance Manager;
  • Supports the Team Leader to ensure compliance with financial, fraud and safeguarding policies (child protection; prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment);
  • Undertakes other duties as assigned.

Master’s degree required in gender studies, social work, international development, political science, law, or a related field.

  • Minimum 10 years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience, including experience in the management and implementation of GBV programs.
  • Demonstrated experience managing multi-disciplinary teams, especially national staff, and supporting their professional development.
  • Experience in program management, financial and grants management and budget control, research, proposal and report writing, strategic planning, fundraising, and managing international donor-funded projects.


  • Demonstrated ability in multidisciplinary team management, team building, and supervisory skills; strong analytical and problem-solving skills; flexibility, patience, optimism, and sensitivity; proven interpersonal, linguistic, and intercultural skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues related to ending violence against women and children in Timor-Leste.
  • Demonstrated understanding of prevention theory and implementation of quality services for women and children experiencing violence.
  • Demonstrated understanding of DFAT systems, reporting processes, M&E, and reporting standards (financial and narrative), and proven experience navigating complex relationships with host governments.
  • A personal commitment to promoting gender equality and to modeling personal behaviors consistent with the program focus, and a commitment to working on evidence-based programs, working respectfully and collaboratively with individuals and organizations at a range of levels.
  • The candidate should demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills; the ability to communicate orally and in writing in English and Tetum; and a willingness to travel to remote areas as required.
  • The candidate should be comfortable moving between managing team activities and taking on specific deliverables based on the need of the program and office.

Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment
The Asia Foundation has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment, harassment based on gender and sexual identity, and the abuse and exploitation of children. All employees must demonstrate that they are committed to eliminating such behavior in the workplace and with those we work with.

Why work at The Asia Foundation?
At a critical moment in history, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the development, stability, and growth of the Asia region. You will help promote a more constructive engagement between government and citizens and advance learning and awareness about The Asia Foundation. You will work with and learn from dedicated, intelligent, and accomplished colleagues and local partners and, in the process, improve your skills and expertise.

To be considered, please upload your cover letter and resume/CV in one document. You can also upload both in separate documents, but please note that to do so, you will have to sign out of the system and go back into your record for additional documents. Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (required).

The Asia Foundation offers excellent salaries commensurate with experience. We are an equal-opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

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