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Project Officer - Entrepreneurship

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Dili, Timor Leste
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Posted date:
August 30, 2023
Close date:
September 10, 2023
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Job Description

Grade: NOA

Vacancy no.: DC/DILI/NO/2023/10
Publication date: 28 August 2023
Application deadline (midnight local time): 10 September 2023

Job ID: 11127
Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific
Organization Unit: CO-Jakarta
Location: Dili  
Contract type: Fixed Term

Contract duration: One year with possible extension subject to funds availability and good performance

Under article 4.2, paragraph (e) of the Staff Regulations, the filling of vacancies in technical cooperation projects does not fall under Annex I of the Staff Regulations and is made by direct selection by the Director-General.

In order to support the best informed process in the filling of the above-mentioned vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their application online by the above date.

The following are eligible to apply:

  • ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates*

*The recruitment process for National Officer positions is subject to specific local recruitment and eligibility criteria.

The ILO values diversity among its staff and welcomes applications from qualified female candidates. We also encourage applicants with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to

Technical cooperation appointments are not expected to lead to a career in the ILO and they do not carry any expectation of renewal or conversion to any other type of appointment in the Organization. A one-year fixed-term contract will be given. Extensions of technical cooperation contracts are subject to various elements including the following: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance.

*Conditions of employment for external candidates: In conformity with existing ILO practice, the appointment of an external candidate will normally be made at the first step of this grade.


The European Union (EU) Agroforestry Skills for Employment and Resilience in Timor-Leste (EU Agroforestry-Skills Programme) seeks to promote green and sustainable economic diversification and resilience in Timor-Leste through private sector development, technical and vocational education training (TVET) for youth integration in the labour market.

Carried out over 48 months, the Programme will contribute to the diversification of the Timorese economy, youth employment and strengthening of rural TVET. The entry point is through private sector development, namely by tapping into the potential of the agroforestry sector.

One of the priorities of the Government of Timor-Leste is to diversify the economy, giving special focus to Agroforestry private sector development. This involves enhancing the small and medium enterprises sector, while also removing some of the binding constraints to private sector growth and improving infrastructure, increasing efficiency in the public sector, facilitating credit, and the building up of skilled labour.

A lack of skilled workers and high youth unemployment, particularly of young women, are major development challenges.  The Agroforestry-Skills Programme aims to increase quality employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in the agroforestry sector through skills and private sector development, for youth, particularly young women and girls, while promoting a green and circular economy.

The Programme will facilitate skills provision in TVET to be more closely aligned with the needs of the local rural economy of the target geographies, supported by improved capacity of trainers and training institutions and greater participation of industry and the private sector.  These factors are critical for ensuring that TVET programmes are producing graduates with the skills that employers in the area are seeking and/or local entrepreneurship capabilities are enhanced.

The Programme is focused through four outputs:

  • Creation and development of an observatory of the Agroforestry Sector to identify the green and circular economy needs and opportunities for employment of the agroforestry sector in Timor-Leste.
  • Improvement in the quality and inclusivity of the TVET through the development of processes and methodologies linked to the private sector demands and training offers.
  • An increase in the skills and competences of managers, trainers, and trainees of Agroforestry TVET organisations in Timor-Leste.
  • Youth and women are further integrated in the labour market and employment, using digital platforms and facilitation services.


The Project Officer will report directly to the Programme Manager. He/she will receive technical guidance and support from the Programme Manager, Rural Development TVET Officer and relevant skills and employability specialists, employment specialists, youth employment specialists, enterprise specialists, employers and workers’ specialists at the HQ and in the region.

He/she will work in close collaboration with stakeholder partners of the Programme, other ILO project/programme in Timor-Leste and UN Agencies in Timor-Leste.

Description of Duties

General duties:

1. Assist the Programme Manager and Rural Development TVET Officer to create an enabling condition to increase quality employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in the agroforestry sector through skills and private sector development.

2. Work in close collaboration with Private Sector representatives (including Chamber of Commerce and Industry Timor-Leste and Business Association of Timor-Leste Women) and training centres to facilitate skills provision in TVET to be more closely aligned with the needs of the local rural economy of the target geographies, supported by improved capacity of trainers and training institutions and greater participation of industry and the private sector.

3. Establishing support ecosystems to facilitate entrepreneurship including liaison with government at national and municipal level, local and national supply chains, NGOs and finance institutions, for achieving the objectives of the project.

4. Compile, contribute and submit progress reports and other documentation, as required.

5. Undertake any other tasks as assigned by the Programme Manager that are within his/her area of expertise and that are relevant to the assignment.

Technical duties:

6. Based on strategic and sustainable agroforestry roadmap and value chain analysis, identify new local or potential growth of agroforestry options for entrepreneurship opportunities, with a focus on gender, and considering the green and circular economy needs and opportunities for employment.

7. Develop an agroforestry private sector and TVET development Road Map.

8. In close collaboration with private sector, worker organizations and other stakeholders, map professional profiles across the agroforestry value-chain.  Identify the key actors involved in each stage of the value chain and Identify skills needs and TVET delivery gaps in support of strengthening and supporting existing businesses and new entrepreneurship opportunities.

9. Support in the development of entrepreneurship skills Programme to stimulate the demand-side through the establishment of micro and other enterprises across the agroforestry value-chain in the target localities.

10. Facilitate the enabling condition for entrepreneurship systems, and work with the Timor-Leste partner organizations and training centres to develop solid business models for long-term service delivery.

11. Conduct field survey, preparation, and delivery of entrepreneurship training.

12. Mainstreaming gender and social inclusion in training design and delivery.

13. Mainstreaming industry responsiveness and environmental sustainability /circular economy in training design, and delivery.

14. Provide on-site mentoring and quality control for the training activities.

15. Support in the development of a digital platform and application for employment opportunities, and other offers and demands from the private sector.

Required qualifications


University degree in business, economics, education, skills or TVET system development, social sciences, development studies or a related discipline.


  • One to two years of experience on private sector development, entrepreneurship skills related activities
  • Appropriate qualifications and employment experience in entrepreneurship, private sector development, rural development, and preferable experience on technical and vocational education, and training
  • Experience in delivering training or mentoring on entrepreneurship activities.
  • Experience working with rural or disadvantaged communities and/or cooperatives.
  • Experience on increasing participation of women and youth in development programmes


Excellent English and Tetum


  • Knowledge of the context of the private sector market Timor-Leste
  • Ability to interpret project information and to identify and analyze problems with implementation
  • Intra-personal skills including working with groups and ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy
  • Communication and facilitation skills
  • Good computer applications skills
  • Report writing skills
  • Good organizational skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as member of a team
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes

Recruitment process

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.

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