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Agriculture and Food Security Specialist


World Vision International – Timor Leste

Country Program Office – Dili


World Vision Timor Leste, a non-profit Christian Humanitarian Organization, committed to working with the poor and vulnerable, is seeking qualified nationalstaff to fill the following vacant position in Dili as:

Agriculture and Food Security Technical Specialist (1 Position)


World Vision Timor-Leste (WVTL) is a child focus Christian humanitarian organization and part of the global Christian humanitarian organization, World Vision, which has been serving the world’s poorest people for more than 60 years.

WVTL began its first development project in 1995 in Aileu District with support from WV Indonesia. After the referendum and emergency period, WVTL opened its national office in Dili in September 1999. In 2014, in a stable political environment, WVTL is running 19 projects worth $US 6.6 million. Its programs aim to improve the well-being of the poor, especially children, through sustainable development, maternal and child health, nutrition, water and sanitation health (WASH), agriculture and climate change , education, food security and economic development. The World Vision Timor-Leste country office is based in Dili, Timor-Leste and fully funded by grants.

WVTL is part of a group of four countries – Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Timor-Leste – overseen by the WV Pacific Timor-Leste (WVPTL) National Office in Brisbane. This approach has enabled the country programs in Timor-Leste, PNG, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to benefit from shared leadership, management and other support services of a single National Offices.

The heart of World Vision's work is in helping communities build stronger and healthier relationships. World Vision helps communities help themselves. World Vision focuses on children because they are the best indicator of a community's social health. When children are fed, sheltered, schooled, protected, valued, and loved, a community thrives.


The Agriculture and Food Security Technical Specialist will take the lead in technically managing all Agriculture and Food Security projects and contributing technical expertise towards acquiring new Agriculture and Food Security resources in order to achieve set strategic directions. Capacity development of National staff will be a key priority. This will include, but not limited to:

  • Support Area Managers of donor funds to ensure funding is spent according to budget and on time

  • Ensure quality Agriculture and Food Security technical designs and outputs that meet project objectives and are aligned with International best practice and consider cross cutting issues such as gender and sustainability

  • On the job training in Agriculture and Food Security approaches, management and project implementation for local staff

  • Monitor and evaluate projects and write reports for donors

  • Host donor visits and manage donor relations in regards to all Agriculture and Food Security projects

  • Represent WVTL within the Agriculture and Food Security sector in Timor-Leste in working groups and Government

  • Contribute technical expertise to new Agriculture and Food Security project designs

  • Work with WV regional specialists to ensure partnership standards are met

The Agriculture and Food Security Technical Specialist is accountable for:

  • Leadership and management of the Agriculture and Food Security Sector

  • Donor and Sectoral relations in relation to Agriculture and Food Security projects

  • Provision of sector expertise towards resource acquisition

  • Capacity building of program staff


End Results Expected

Time Spent

  1. Project Support


  1. Support area managers and project co-ordinators of Agriculture and Food Security projects to ensure quality implementation that meets WV and Timor-Leste government standards. This includes technical and budget aspects of the project, with a key consideration to ensure underspending is minimalized.

Annual operating plans for all Agriculture and Food Security projects are in place and agreed on by PM and AMs.

Annual plan for M&E developed.

Designs are implemented to achieve project objectives

  1. Ensure technical documentation related to Agriculture and Food Security projects, especially manuals and tools, are filed and updated

Technical documentation, manuals etc are produced and filed

  1. Maintain register of demonstration plots, nurseries and farmers groups and update as bi-annually

Track achievement of Agriculture and Food Security projects

  1. Capacity Development


  1. Capacity development of local staff in all areas related to the Agriculture and Food Security sector including technical aspects and project management

Local staff increase in confidence and can better work unsupervised

  1. Donor and Reporting Support


  1. Develop and maintain good relationships with existing donors.

# meetings with donors

Positive feedback from stakeholders.

  1. Contribute to writing Agriculture and Food Security project proposals with Grants Acquisition Officer and support Program Quality Manager to complete project designs

# of proposal developed.

# of project designs approved

  1. Review all reports related to the sector, especially annual reports, mid-term reviews and evaluations and provide technical comments as needed. Ensure reports meet WVI standards, LEAP (including Horizon) and donor requirements.

% reports submitted on time.

Reduced donor questions on reports ITTs and MELF indicators are reviewed and accurate

  1. Representation


  1. Representation and Networking with appropriate UN/NGO/donor meetings, joint agency assessments, Agriculture and Food Security sector working groups

# of meetings attended

  1. Support PTL on technical aspects of the sector, especially technical approaches

Contribution to PTL Technical Approaches

  1. Technical Analysis


  1. Collate annual lessons from projects. As needed update Technical Program Design and share lessons with Communities of Practice within Timor-Leste and World Vision

Updated Technical Program Design

Lessons learnt disseminated

  1. Provide annual analysis of sector performance, including contribution to the Child Well-being report

Technical areas is better understood

  1. Resource Support


  1. Participate as needed in finance meetings as related to the Agriculture and Food Security sector. Work closely with the Finance and Programs Departments to ensure that Agriculture and Food Security projects are fully resourced.

Projects are adequately resourced.

  1. Participate as needed in HR meetings as related to the Agriculture and Food Security sector. In conjunction with the Area Manager, ensure that Agriculture and Food Security projects are well staffed. Manage any direct reports.

Contribute to all Agriculture and Food Security staffs are on performance plans.

  1. Other


  1. Spend approximately 20-25 days in the field every 3 months.

# of days in field

  1. Attend and contribute to spiritual and team devotions.

Devotion attended once each week

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

(The following knowledge, skills, and abilities may be acquired through a combination of formal schooling, self-education, prior experience, or on-the-job training.)


University degree in Agriculture or related field


Specialist Agriculture technical and social training to degree level



Competence in written English communication


Good presentation and facilitation skills


Effective proposal and report writing skills and some knowledge of grant acquisition procedures


Literacy in computer Microsoft Word and Excel



Minimum 1 years of appropriate professional experience in resource acquisition (proposal writing); development programs; and Design, Monitoring and Evaluation


Working experience with NGO, INGO is an advantage


Demonstrated ability to work effectively under pressure


Work Environment

Be willing to work in a team environment, travel and stay overnight at project site.


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Women are strongly encouraged to apply.