Timor-Leste Program Coordinator

Independent Consultant, Part-time
Dili, Timor-Leste
Position Responsibilities

Reporting directly to the Timor-Leste Program Manager, the Program Coordinator will provide technical support and work alongside the local implementation partners to carry out Program Activities and monitor results. This person will lead coordination between the Terra Global team, the Governmental Agencies, and local partners involved in the Program.

Coordinate Field Activities

  • Serve as a program management resource for Terra Global in Timor-Leste, which includes helping local communities be aware of the REDD+/ARR Program, actively engaged in planning and committed to forest protection through a participatory process.
  • Travel frequently to Timor-Leste’s Jurisdictional Program areas for local implementing partner and local participating communities’ meetings including to remote areas.
  • Work with the local implementing partner and technical service providers on the development of social and livelihood programs including improved agricultural outcomes, promotion of sustainable harvesting and production of Non-Forest Timber Products (NFTPs), alternative fuelwood sources, gender empowerment, and promotion of eco-tourism jobs.
  • Gather and share lessons learned with community stakeholders.
  • Gather information and local data needed for business plans to expand and develop the Program into commercially viable projects and products.
  • Coordinate training sessions and discussions with relevant government agencies and participating local communities.
  • Hold workshops for the Timor-Leste REDD+ and Coffee Jurisdictional Program and participate in workshops with other relevant stakeholders on REDD+ issues.
  • Gather field data from offices and store in a secure location.
  • Identify and engage with local stakeholders from the coffee sector that could potentially join the Program.

Coordinate Program Activities (office-based)

Support and act as a liaison for Tera Global and the Timor-Leste REDD+ and Coffee Jurisdictional Program including:

  • Support all partners for best communication with Terra Global
  • Overall oversight of the M&E processes undertaken by the local implementing partner
  • Fiscal management procedures for Terra and Timor-Leste REDD+ and Coffee Jurisdictional Program
  • Procurement of goods for the local partners
  • Program management oversight and support for the Program overall
  • Prepare quarterly reports for the Program including monitoring of Program Activities
  • Ensure consistent and timely flow of information and data from the field to the Terra Global International team.

Lead in Monitoring Data Collection

The Consultant will work closely with the local implementing partner and local partners, and lead field activities to gather, organize and store field-based data for monitoring the Timor-Leste REDD+ and Coffee Jurisdictional Program. These monitoring data needs tasks include:

  • Collect monitoring data from local participating communities and local implementing partner, including all field-base data
  • Digitize and organize field-based data for current and future use and reference
  • Work with program partners to set-up and maintain the monitoring processes and procedures
  • Create systems in place necessary to support program validation and verification on an on-going basis, and roll-out of the Terra Monitoring System
  • Establish local capacity for monitoring with local communities trained on collection of program data and record keeping
  • Gather specific data necessary for the VCS/CCB Project Document and Monitoring Reports for the Program
  • Coordinate with consultants in conducting biodiversity surveys, biomass surveys, and social assessments
  • Assist stakeholders with Public Comments and, when necessary, assist with translation of specific texts relating to the Validation and Verification of the Program 
  • Assist in the field audit of the Program, by hosting the VVB and coordinating logistics of field visits.
Essential Skills and Qualifications
  • Must be a Timorese National and have a Timorese driver’s license
  • Minimum 5 years of work experience in natural resource management, sustainable agriculture, coffee production, renewable energy, and/or REDD+ and ARR projects
  • High ability to work with MS Office programs especially Excel and Word
  • Very knowledgeable of mobile monitoring, and smartphone use for field data collection
  • Experience in capacity building and training, and facilitating community-level adoption of tools and policies
  • Demonstrated and successful past performance building relationships with governmental organizations, private and community organizations
  • Experience in implementation of community-based projects at a field-level
  • Able to train, motivate, and manage field crews with different degrees of experience and education
  • Able to work independently and self-manage deadlines and deliverables
  • Must be based in Dili or near Program areas and travel frequently to rural areas
  • Exceptional verbal/written communication skills, especially working across cultures
  • Must have English fluency. Proficiency in another language such as Portuguese is a plus.

What We Offer

  • “17 Years of Passion and Persistence for People and the Planet”: work for a successful, mission driven social enterprise that is an industry leader in facilitating financially, socially, and environmentally sustainable landscapes in developing and emerging economies
  • Professional Growth: thrive on the opportunity to learn through training and development with dedicated professionals working from different countries around the world
  • Collaboration: join a great team atmosphere and a corporate culture based on mutual respect, partnerships, flat reporting structures and the opportunity to work from home

Company Summary

Founded in 2006, Terra Global is a women-led, for-profit social enterprise. Terra Global's mission is to facilitate financially, socially, and environmentally sustainable landscapes globally, with specific focus on emerging and developing markets. Terra Global is a world leader in the development of sustainable agriculture and forestry programs and projects, the quantification of greenhouse gases in land use, and the provision of technical assistance and investment capital to our client base through a collaborative and innovative approach. Leveraging its global experience in generating positive social and environmental outcomes, Terra Global manages a portfolio of sustainable landscape projects in collaboration with governments, NGOs, and communities. These projects are financed through climate finance. With direct project experience in over 30 countries, Terra Global has designed and supported the implementation of REDD+ and other sustainable landscape programs.

Program Summary

Timor-Leste heavily relies on agriculture and natural resources such as coffee, fisheries, fossil fuels, and forestry. Facing economic challenges due to dependence on diminishing oil and gas revenue, Timor-Leste aims to diversify its income sources. Deforestation, forest degradation, and unsustainable farming practices exacerbate climate and environmental issues, contributing significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. According to Timor-Leste’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), the country has an estimated annual deforestation rate of 1.7% and an estimated forest degradation rate of 5.8% which is one of the highest rates in South Asia and Southeast Asia. Timor-Leste's NDC prioritizes the forestry sector as one of the key climate change mitigation actions. Proposed measures include protecting existing forests, rehabilitating degraded lands, applying customary forestry, reducing emissions, and exploring opportunities for REDD+ activities. Recognizing the need for sustainable practices, the Government of Timor-Leste (GoTL) aims to promote sustainable agriculture and natural resource management, with a focus on coffee revitalization. Coffee revitalization can make a difference as a significant source of cash income for at least 38% of all households, and in the local and national economy. Despite coffee's significance as a cash crop, low yields and poor management contribute to poverty among coffee-producing households. To address all of the challenges above involves a strategic emphasis on non-petroleum sectors such as tourism and agriculture, accompanied by efforts to enhance human capital, sector management, infrastructure, market access, and diversified income streams fostering sustainable socio-economic development.

Aligned with the NDC, Terra Global, the Ministry of Tourism and Environment (MTE), and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Forestry (MAF) propose the Timor-Leste REDD+ and Coffee Jurisdictional Program. The Program aims to bolster rural livelihoods, combat forest decline, and enhance agricultural sustainability using voluntary carbon schemes. The Program can be financed in whole or in part by private sector Climate Finance. Climate finance, generated through the generation and sale of Verified Carbon Emissions Reductions and Removals (“VERRs”) can be a potential long-term revenue stream for community-based natural resource management. Addressing deforestation and forest degradation caused by timber and firewood extraction leading to forest conversion to agriculture, the Program aims to alleviate pressure on forests by enhancing community governance capacity, generating alternative economic activities, and providing sustainable forest management training. Beyond forest protection and biodiversity conservation, these activities contribute to social and economic development in impoverished regions. Their success hinges on long-term economic viability and widespread adoption. Target beneficiaries are smallholder farming families living within the jurisdictional FREL Area.

Key Program activities include:

  1. Sustainable agroforestry (coffee) systems rehabilitation/establishment/expansion;
  2. Diversification of income streams for local communities, especially coffee farmers, through value chain approaches and alternative income generating activities;
  3. Forest protection through community-based conservation systems and enhanced forest governance;
  4. Forest cover increase through reforestation and natural revegetation;
  5. Alternative fuelwood sources through woodlots management and wood energy efficiency management;
  6. Biodiversity conservation;
  7. Monitoring, reporting, and verification of Verified Carbon Emission Reductions and Removals (“VERRs”);
  8. Financing and monetizing of carbon emission reductions.

The program spans seven municipalities in the western part of mainland Timor-Leste, in the “coffee belt” of the country, focusing on degraded areas and forests. The program's priority implementation areas (i.e., selected villages within the municipalities of Aileu, Ainaro, Liquiçá, Ermera, Bobonaro, Manufahi, and Covalima) cover 676,038 hectares (including 334, 444 hectares of forests), with an average deforestation rate of 1.9%, excluding Manufahi municipality from the Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, and Forest Conservation (REDD+) component but including it for Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegetation (ARR) activities.

Contract Duration:

Minimum of 20 hours/week for a minimum period of four (4) months to maximum nine (9) months. Some hours must overlap with Central and Eastern Time.

Interested candidates please apply here. Accepting resumes until position is filled.