Agribusiness Technician, Dili, Timor-Leste

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Timor-Leste

City: Dili, Timor-Leste

Office: UNDP Timor-Leste

Closing date: Sunday, 13 September 2020

Job ID: 31767

Practice Area - Job Family: Democratic Governance - AGRIBUSINESS TECHNICIAN

Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 13/09/2020

Duty Station: Dili, East Timor

Education & Work Experience: C-HS Graduate or Equivalent - 5 year(s) experience, G-Bachelor’s Level Degree - 2 year(s) experience

Languages: English, Tetum


Grade: SB3

Vacancy Type: Service Contract (SC)

Posting Type: External

Bureau: Asia & the Pacific

Contract Duration: 6 Months with possibilities of extension upon availability of resources and satisfactory performance


The constitution RDTL provides a provision of special status to Oé-Cusse, stating that it shall be ‚governed by a special administrative policy and economic regime‘ (Article 71, Clause 2) and a law on Oé-Cusse has recently been passed by the National Parliament.

UNDP has been providing Policy advice to the Special Economic Zone for Social Market Economy (ZEESM) Office since its establishment and has developed a program to support ZEESM conceive, establish and support governance and sustainable and innovative development structures and systems in Oé-Cusse. The framework for UNDP’s support to Oé-Cusse ZEESM is built around two components: (i) governance (ii) sustainable and innovative development. Thus, as part of the roll out process of ZEESM there is a need to formulate policies and provide high quality advice to support priority areas that have clear and strong forward linkages to the ZEESM. The proposed assistance is aligned with the priorities of the Fifth Constitutional Government as articulated under Timor-Leste Strategic Development Plan 2011-2030 to establish special zones of social market economy to transform the lives of the people of Oé-Cusse with an integrated approach to sustainable, social and economic development.

In many more competitive economies, agribusiness development programme is one of the programme that have helped to create new entrepreneurial skills and new businesses in the area of agriculture.

The overall strategic objective of the Oé-Cusse Agribusiness Development Program is: To foster sustainable livelihoods in Oé-Cusse through Agribusiness development and to build regional capacity to promote a business enabling environment.

UNDP is looking for an enthusiastic person for specialist position of Agribusiness and farmers engagement technician. The person will work under the direction of the Agribusiness Coordinator and the UNDP Project Manager and will work to support the Agribusiness Programme implementation.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Project Manager (PM), and the Secretary for the Agriculture and Rural Development RAEOA&ZEESM TL, the technician will execute and ensure specific activities for the implementation of the Oé-Cusse Agribusiness Development Program and related activities of ZEESM Project.

Under the supervision of the Agribusiness Coordinator the selected candidate will execute and ensure specific activities for the implementation of the Oé-Cusse Agribusiness Development Program development and related activities of ZEESM TL Project.


The Technician will be working to increased agriculture productivity of selected value chain, especially mandarin, pineapple and fig.

In addition, the technician will be responsible for supporting organizational development and market access of local producers for the mentioned value chains.

Project activities implementation:

Support implementing the project activities: workshops, nursery establishment, pruning, pest and diseases control, harvesting etc.

Ensure best practices implementation along the plantation cycle.

Organize farmers group to promote collective work and knowledge exchange ensuring women and youth participation while implementation.

Provide the capacity building for farmers and agriculture staff related to production and marketing through each product specialist.

Organizing cross visit of the producers to Indonesia and inside Timor-Leste with the objective to add more knowledge and experiences.

Participate all meeting upon request from partners or government.

Liaise with other institutions and local partners related to mandarin, pineapple and fig production.

Research activities:

Research innovative solutions to improve water irrigation systems.

Research smart agricultural practices to be implemented at mandarin, pineapple and fig plantations.


Support the team on logistic activities.

Provide report to supervisor and the government.


Advocacy/Advancing a Policy-Oriented Agenda


2: preparing information for advocacy

Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating UNDP’s mandate;
Maintains a functioning network of contacts with a variety of stakeholders to promote a better understanding of UNDP’s mandate and to support advocacy efforts.

Building Strategic Partnerships


2: Maintaining a network of contacts

Maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and to remain up-to-date on partnership related issues;
Analyzes and selects materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders;
Establishes and nurtures positive communication with partners.

Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing


2: Basic research and analysis

Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things

Documents and analyses innovative strategies and new approaches

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise


2: Fundamental knowledge of own discipline

Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position;
Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks;
Analyzes the requirements and synthesizes proposals;
Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning;
Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments.

Creating Visibility for UNDP/Supporting UNDP’s Capacity to Advocate


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2: Research and data analysis

Promotes awareness of UNDP’s centrally to development through dissemination of information and materials;
Maintains networks and knowledge assets for use in visibility and image activities.

Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals


2.: Preparing information for global advocacy

Identifies and communicates relevant information for advocacy for UNDP’s goals for a variety of audiences;
Maintains a functioning network of contacts in the media and civil society, to promote a better understanding of UNDP’s mandate and to support advocacy efforts.

Conceptual Innovation in the Provision of Technical Expertise


2: Research and analysis

Keeps updated in his/her area of substantive expertise;
Identifies opportunities for conceptual innovation.

Client Orientation


2: Establishing effective client relationships

Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion;
Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines;
Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients;
Core Competencies:

Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity;
Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
Self-development, initiative-taking;
Acting as a team player and facilitating teamwork;
Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively;
Creating synergies through self-control;
Managing conflict;
Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member;
Informed and transparent decision making.

Required Skills and Experience


High school and Bachelor degree in agriculture, rural development, biology, health or related areas (is an advantage)


5 years of experience in relevance experiences for high school and 2 years for bachelor’s degree or in agriculture production increase or similar projects.

Minimum of 2 years professional experience supporting farmers groups.

Experience in facilitating trainings

Experience in community development

Previous experience working with UNDP in Oecusse

Ability to work effectively with MS office.


English (Very Good), Tetum (Excellent)

Portuguese (Good) Baikeno (Excellent).


Important applicant information

All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment.

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