Program Director (Timor Leste)

13 Apr 2022

  • An exceptional opportunity to join Oxfam in Timor Leste’s diverse team
  • Two-year fixed contract with possibility of extension
  • Dili, Timor Leste based


Oxfam has been supporting development and humanitarian work in Timor-Leste for more than 20 years. Oxfam’s vision is a Timor-Leste that is just, sustainable and inclusive Oxfam currently implements a multi-sectorial program by working in partnership with civil society and community development organizations and constructive engagement with government. Under the 2021-2025 Oxfam Country Strategy, OiTL’s country programs are embedded in Oxfam global and Asia strategy frameworks focusing on three pillars: Economic Justice, Climate Justice and Gender Justice. A feminist approach to working and leadership, Inclusion and Influencing are cross cutting themes and approaches that go across all of Oxfam’s work in Timor-Leste.


The Program Director will support the Country Director by providing strategic and high-quality leadership to the Oxfam Timor-Leste country program and supporting the teams in developing and implementing quality programming and strategic influencing. The role will ensure that program management systems and processes support and promote partnership and high-quality program delivery. The Program Director will support an integrated program and approach across the Country Strategy, supporting senior leads and managers in the Economic Justice and Climate Justice, and Gender Justice across all programs. The role will provide day-to-day management and support to a diverse team with responsibilities in Programs, and Partnership Support, Finance and will ensure effective planning, coordination, monitoring, evaluation, learning, and reporting takes place.

A little about you (the key selection criteria)

To be successful in this role you will have;

  • Extensive relevant experience working with INGOs/NGOs in Timor-Leste or a similar context
  • Proven people management skills, with experience managing multi-disciplinary teams of diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated experience as a program leadership and management, developing and leading integrated and complex development program portfolios
  • Demonstrable experience in all aspects of program cycle and institutional contract management, including planning, coordination across multiple stakeholders.
  • Proven coaching, mentoring and facilitation skills
  • Significant experience working with partners and in strengthening programmatic and organisational capacities of civil society organisations.
  • Experience in reporting systems, formats, and skills
  • Experience in development and analysis of donor budgets and financial reports.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills with a range of people working in different situations.
  • High quality written and spoken English language skills. Tetum skills highly desirable.

We offer:

  • Competitive salary and medical allowance, monthly phone, and data allowance
  • Generous annual leave, sick leave, and compassionate & cultural leave entitlements
  • Study and learning funding and support for career pathways
  • Medical allowance for residence staff and medical insurance as per Oxfam Australia policy for non-residence staff.
  • flexible work hours, substantial paternity, maternity, and carers leave and family-friendly work arrangements

Salary + Benefits

  • This is a local hire, and the salary is based on Oxfam in Timor-Leste’s salary scale
  • The Net Salary is US$ 3,615.00 per month
  • Medical allowance for residence staff and medical insurance as per Oxfam Australia policy for non-residence staff
  • A return ticket provided-upon assuming the role and at the end of the contract to non-resident staff

To Apply

Applicants shall submit application letters outlining experience related to the role (no longer than 2 pages) and CV (no longer than 4 pages). No certificates, copies of qualifications or testimonials are required at this stage of applications, and these will not be included in consideration of candidate suitability. Applicants can request a detailed position description from Benigna Martins in the People, Learning and Development Coordinator, by e-mailing

Applications for the Oxfam in Timor Leste Programs Director vacancy have been extended until Sunday, 29 May 2022. Oxfam is an inclusive employer and encourages applicants that identify with any gender, background or having different abilities to consider applying if they have the appropriate qualifications, experience or transferable skills for this role.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Application Deadlines

Applications must be submitted by Friday the 29 May 2022, 5pm Dili Time.

It is required that applicants must submit valid Bom comportment from the ministry of Justice if applicant are successful in the recruitment process.

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. Oxfam is a child safe organization and successful applicants will be required to sign the Oxfam International Employee Code of Conduct and submit a Criminal register certificate from your home country or Bom Comportamentu from ministry of Justice for Timorese

Oxfam is an equal opportunity employer. Woman and Persons with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.


For enquiries relating to this position, please contact Benigna Martins via