Human & Organizational Capacity Building Specialist - East Timor


East Timor


Counterpart International

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Counterpart International is a global development organization that empowers people and communities to implement innovative and enduring solutions to social, economic, and environmental challenges. For nearly 50 years, Counterpart has been forging partnerships with communities in need to address complex problems related to economic development, food security and nutrition, and building effective governance and institutions.

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Counterpart International is seeking a Human & Organizational Capacity Building Specialist for an anticipated 3-year, $4.5 million Ba Distrito (To the Districts) Program in East Timor. The program aims to increase institutional and human capacity at local levels to deliver basic services effectively and in a manner that is responsive to citizen needs and expectations. With direction from the Chief of Party and designated Counterpart HQ staff, the specialist will aim at strengthening the human and organizational capacity of public and civil society leaders. S/he will work with selected suco councils and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and suggest reforms, train council and CSO leaders and staff, establish transparency mechanisms, and inform councils and CSOs of the legal framework in which they operate.

 Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design program organizational and individual capacity building framework, trainings and evaluation tools
  • Deliver trainings of trainers to partners that will deliver capacity building/institutional strengthening trainings to East Timorese suco council and CSO leaders.
  • Build the organizational development capacity of governance and legal team staff to carry on program operations throughout the life of the project.
  • Work with project staff to translate and streamline all of Counterpart’s OD tools and methodologies into Portuguese and/or Bahasa Indonesia for future use by the program.
  • Support coordination and networking among NGOs and suco councils.
  • Propose and oversee administrative and logistical aspects related to capacity building activities.
  • Implement training and technical assistance for suco councils/CSOs and suco councils/CSO leaders to increase their knowledge of institutional capacity.
  • Design and oversee grants to local NGOs
  • Guide and ensure the highest quality of project monitoring, evaluation, reporting and communications.
  • Develop strong organizational relationships and partnerships with suco, district and national-level government authorities.


  • A minimum of 3-5 years relevant experience in similar local governance and civil society programs in complex environments.
  • Master’s Degree in Political Science, International Development, Organizational Development, Public Policy, or a relevant field of study.
  • Technical expertise in the areas of organizational and human capacity building and institutional development, with a focus on local governance.
  • Strong interpersonal, presentation and communications skills to meet the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the program and to effectively coordinate with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience working in civil society, governance and organizational strengthening in East Timor with an understanding of the current capacity of CSOs and local councils
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate with other donor programs on human and institutional capacity building, and seek synergies and complementarities to maximize results.
  • Excellent public speaking and writing skills in English.
  • Knowledge of Tetun and Portuguese or Bahasa Indonesia is preferred. 
  • Timorese strongly preferred.


Individuals interested in working with Counterpart International on this project should visit: (supported by DevEx)

  • Click on “current openings”
  • Select the position
  • Click on “Apply”
  • Please include CV and a cover letter stating your availability and salary expectation.

Alternatively, you can email CV, cover letter and salary expectation to

Counterpart is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans and the physically challenged are encouraged to apply.