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Institutional Policy Advisor , Timor Leste

The Institutional Policy Advisor (IPA) is a 12-month position where the successful candidate will be responsible for providing high-level technical policy support to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MNE) with a particular focus on developing the Ministry’s institutional policies. The Institutional Policy Advisor will be seconded to the Ministry and act as an independent expert to consolidate the results of MNE’s strategic planning processes, oversee the development of procedural manuals and key forms for consular, protocol and administrative services, and ensure human resource planning and training activities are relevant to needs of MNE within Timor-Leste and abroad.

Daily contact with The Asia Foundation’s Program Manager is expected. In addition, the consultant will have regular contact with the Asia Foundation’s Deputy Country Representative, Office Manager as well as other Foundation staff and consultants (e.g. Operations Advisor and Curriculum Advisor). Occasional contact with other Foundation staff in Asia across similar thematic areas is also expected, as is regular contact with the Human Resources unit staff in the Foundation’s San Francisco and Washington D.C. offices.
Daily contact is expected with MNE’s Secretary General as well as with key staff from the Planning and Research Commission. In addition the consultant will have regular contact with Executive Council, national and international staff.
Minimum ten years of professional experience in institutional management and process design, human resource development, and employee evaluation systems. The Advisor will have a proven track record in organizational development for foreign policy institutions, both domestically and within diplomatic missions abroad; a demonstrated understanding of inter-governmental policy harmonization, e.g. incorporation of civil service policy, and intra-institutional policy integration. Experience in ASEAN countries preferred.
Masters degree or higher in public policy, political science, organizational development, law, public administration, or a related field.
Demonstrated ability in multidisciplinary team management, institutional planning; strong analytical and problem solving skills; flexibility, patience, pro-active; proven interpersonal, linguistic and intercultural skills.
Living and working experience in Timor-Leste, the South East Asian region, or Pacific Islands. Fluency in English. Portuguese is preferable and would be beneficial.
Application is due by May 27, 2011. Please send cover letter, resume and contact address/phone addressed to Office Manager, The Asia Foundation, Rua De Nu Luran No. 20, Bairro Dos Grillos, Dili, Timor Leste or to jfonseca@asiafound.org or TAFTimorLeste@asiafound.org. Only short-listed candidates will be acknowledged.
For full position description please contact Hugo Fernandes on (+670 723 0926) or (+670) 3313457 or by email tohfernandes@asiafound.org

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