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Communication Officer (NO-A)

Dili (Timor-Leste)

  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Dili (Timor-Leste)
  • Grade: NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2019-10-01

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Grade: NOA  

Vacancy no.: DC/DILI/NO/2019/14
Publication date: 11 September 2019
Application deadline (midnight local time): 1 October 2019

Job ID: 1751 
Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Organization Unit: CO-Jakarta 
Location: Dili   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: One year (with possiblity of extension) 

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.

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 Roads for Development Program (R4D) is the Government of Timor-Leste’s leading rural roads program. R4D is implemented by the Government of Timor-Leste (GoTL) through the National Directorate of Roads, Bridges and Flood Control (DRBFC) of the Ministry of Public Works (MPW). The overarching rationale and goal of R4D is: ‘Women and men in rural Timor-Leste are deriving social and economic benefits from improved rural road access’.

Following Phase I, the GoA agreed to continue to fund technical assistance for a second phase (April 2017 – March 2021 – AUD 26 million). This technical assistance programme is called Roads for Development Support Programme (R4D-SP) and is implemented through ILO. R4D-SP’s ILO technical assistance team is embedded in DFRBC and works in line with the structure of MPW in general, and DRBFC in particular. Under phase II, the GoTL has committed to fully fund all capital works, provide budget for operational costs and provide adequate staffing.   

Under phase II, there is a renewed focus on capacity development and on the creation of an enabling environment, to ensure the sustainability of R4D once the technical assistance programme has come to an end. In line with the GoTL’s decentralization agenda, R4D-SP also needs to focus significantly on supporting the GoTL in strengthening the capacities of the Municipalities – in particular with regards to their roles and responsibilities in the rural road sector.

In support of the R4D-SP project, the ILO is recruiting a National Communication Officer. This position will assist R4D-SP to build awareness of all project and its achievements through a range of public relations and media (electronic, print, signage, merchandise, etc.), including the preparation of promotional materials, supporting events management, and social media content, and to concurrently support to the Australian Embassy’s public diplomacy agenda.

Reporting lines

Working under the direct supervision of the Project manager and in close collaboration with the other Project team members.

Description of Duties
  1. Develop an annual Communication work plan for the R4D-SP Project.
  2. Design and, if required, assist with the procurement of printed marketing, communication and promotional materials including, media inserts, brochures and posters.
  3. Capture high quality images of R4D and Australian Embassy events, and manage a growing photo library for ILO and DFAT for use in promotional activities
  4. Maintain relationships with journalists and contacts from major media outlets in order to attract media attention to R4D events and activities
  5. Ensure compliance with ILO’s and DFAT’s media requirements for all programme activities
  6. Provide inputs for budget preparation and other administrative related matters, including R4D-SP communication and advocacy initiatives.
  7. Collaborate closely with other DFAT and ILO programmes and projects, for the purpose of joint communication and advocacy initiatives.
  8. Prepare background information, programme briefs, press releases periodical reports, of programme activities for  internal  and  external distribution.
  9. Liaise with the ILO Jakarta Communication Officer, in support of effective project’s and global communications and knowledge sharing.
  10. Perform other duties as requested by the immediate supervisor.
Required qualifications

First level university degree degree in communication, public relations, journalism,  marketing or similar area of expertise.


At least  two  years of professional experience in a relevant field,  in supporting the development and implementation of a media and communications plan. Experience in implementing development projects funded by donors is an asset.


High level written and spoken English (Tetum and Portuguese will be an advantage).

  1. Proven ability to act with integrity and transparency, in conformity with social, ethical and organisational norms, maintaining the neutrality of the ILO;
  2. Strong sense of responsibility and commitment to deliver assigned outputs within the prescribed time and authorized budget, meeting the ILO quality standards;
  3. Strong inter-personal, inter-cultural skills and customer service skills; and ability to work effectively with individuals and teams at all levels of an organization
  4. Ability to build networks, influence and engage stakeholders in project activities;
  5. An understanding of the social, cultural, political and institutional factors affecting development in Timor-Leste including gender and disability inequalities
  6. 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 ILO People. The system provides instructions for online application procedures. 

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