Gender and Program Quality Coordinator, Timor-Leste

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Timor-Leste
Organization: CARE Australia
Closing date: 17 Feb 2021

We are looking for an experienced manager to lead our Gender and Program Quality Unit in Timor-Leste.
● Dili, Timor-Leste
● Fixed Term -1 year with a possibility to extend, Full Time

CARE is a leading international humanitarian aid organisation fighting global poverty, with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities.

About the Role
The Gender and Program Quality Coordinator (GPQC) has responsibility for the leadership and management of the Gender and Program Quality (GPQ) Unit, which is a small team of staff providing guidance to support existing projects and on the designing of new projects in line with CITL’s long-term program and key gender and program quality strategies and frameworks. The GPQ Unit supports the ongoing capacity building of CITL staff in program quality, with a particular emphasis on gender and women’s empowerment, accountability, monitoring evaluation and learning (MEL), child protection and prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse.

The team promotes a learning culture to generate and share knowledge to improve program quality; ensures effective monitoring, evaluation, impact measurement and learning systems are implemented, and builds the quality, scope and effectiveness of CARE’s partnership portfolio with civil society, government, donors and peers. A focus of the team is to enhance CARE's capacity to conduct analyses and produce evidence to better understand underlying causes of poverty and marginalization and the impact of CARE’s work and ensuring that gender and women’s empowerment are central to CITL’s program strategy and activities.

The GPQC has responsibility for improving CITL‘s programming, by applying best practice in design, implementation and evaluation and overseeing the implementation and monitoring of key program quality and gender strategies and frameworks. The role has a particular focus on strengthening CITL staff capacity in program quality, especially in gender equality and women’s empowerment. This includes robust Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) and impact measurement, effective partnerships, accountability and advocacy.

In addition, the role provides strategic and technical advice and ongoing support and coaching to program and project managers and project staff, with a particular focus on strengthening reporting and MEL systems. The role also supports the Country Director (CD) and Assistant Country Director Programs (ACDP) in the development of CARE’s long term programs and resource mobilisation. This includes building strategic partnerships with donors, international and national NGOs and government in Timor-Leste. The role is focused on enhancing CITL’s capacity to contribute to national development outcomes, and CI’s vision and mission in Timor-Leste.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the Gender and Program Quality team to coordinate and strengthen CITL’s program quality systems and approaches including partnerships, impact and learning, accountability, advocacy and gender equality.
  • Lead management of the GPQ team (PQ Project Manager, Gender Project Manager, Deputy Safeguarding Manager, Senior Officer Gender/ Program Quality), and wider gender equality and MEL teams across CITL projects.
  • Lead key MEL and gender processes across projects including project inception process, learning and reflection events, baseline studies, research, evaluations and gender and power analyses.
  • Provide senior gender level advice and support to project teams, partners and senior management to ensure a strong and transformative approach to gender across all of CITL’s work.
  • Foster and organise collaboration within the project and gender and program quality unit to gather and analyse evidence and learning from CITL’s work, in particular on gender equality and women’s empowerment, in order to influence policy and practice within Timor-Leste.
  • Support Country Director and Assistant Country Director – Programs with business development opportunities, with a focus on ensuring project theory of change, impact and evidence are clearly articulated.
  • Work with GPQ staff, gender and MEL positions to support effective ongoing capacity building of staff, with a focus on core program quality approaches and CARE’s approach to gender.
  • Demonstrate a passion and commitment to CARE’s approach and values including gender equality, diversity and cultural sensitivity and inspire leadership of these values.

Ideally you will have

  • Tertiary qualifications in international development, gender or a relevant field and significant experience and skills in the management of people and development programming with an international NGO, aid agency or other development organisation.
  • Demonstrated experience working in program quality, research and MEL, preferably with applied experience in gender programming.
  • Technical knowledge and experience in the implementation of transformative gender approaches, complex gender analysis and advocacy related to gender issues.
  • High-level strategic thinking and experience in the design, development, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of program strategies and project interventions, including MEL systems and familiarity with Theory of Change approaches.
  • Ability to design and develop monitoring and evaluation systems, experience in managing and conducting field evaluations and impact measurement.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both written and spoken) in English, with familiarity of Tetum advantageous.
  • Demonstrated leadership and the ability to respond effectively to challenges, to work effectively in a small, diverse and busy team environment with minimal supervision.
  • Previous experience in Timor-Leste is advantageous.

What we can offer you

  • Access to generous leave benefits, appropriate insurance and allowances
  • Professional development and training opportunities
  • The opportunity to use your skills to fight poverty with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities

CARE Australia reserves the right to seek information from job applicants’ previous employers about incidents of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment, and/or child abuse the applicant may have been found guilty to have committed or about which an investigation was in the process of being carried out at the time of the termination of the applicant’s employment with that employer. By submitting the application, the job applicant confirms that s/he has no objection to CARE Australia requesting the information specified above.

CARE Australia is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and encourage applications from people living with a disability and/or have lived experience of disability. We also encourage people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply, including people of East Timorese background, or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

How to apply:

To apply for this job, please review the Candidate Information Pack linked to the relevant vacancy on our careers page (
Please ensure you attach your CV and a cover letter explaining how your experience matches the selection criteria.
Only applicants who fully address the criteria will be considered.

Questions about the role?
Please contact Alison Darcy via (Please do not email applications to this address).

Applications Close: 11:59PM (AEDT), 17 February 2021.

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