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Literacy Program Officer

Data Publika: 11/06/2019
Data Modifika: 11/06/2019
  • Fatin: Becora, Dili, Timor-Leste, Dili, Timor-Leste

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Position Description

Literacy Program Officer, Timor-Leste


Organisational Environment:


Mary MacKillop Today (formerly known as Mary MacKillop International) is the aid and development organisation of the Sisters of St Joseph.  It was established to bring justice and hope for a better future to marginalised and vulnerable communities internationally and currently supports programs in Australia, Timor-Leste, Peru, Fiji and Papua New Guinea in the area of education, health and livelihoods.  Mary MacKillop Today also includes a registered Fair Trade department.

Mary MacKillop Today is a signatory organisation to the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Code of Conduct which calls for a commitment to ‘good practice’ in the work of aid and development – transparency, accountability of the organisation and the programs and full participation of stakeholders.

The Sisters of St Joseph commenced work in East Timor in 1994 as the Mary MacKillop Institute of East Timorese Studies, and is now registered as an international NGO.  Our projects focus on literacy education in the Tetun language, health education, parents’ workshops and livelihoods.


Literacy Program Officer

Reports to:

Literacy Program Coordinator

Primary objective of the role:

The Literacy Program Officer works as part of the Literacy team to assist in delivering MMT’s Teacher Training and Tetun Literacy program in Ermera, Manufahi, Dili and Viqueque. This program implements a range of activities aimed to increase the quality of education in Timor-Leste, including  providing training and mentoring to teachers, developing new Tetun language storybooks and resources, supporting volunteer teachers and preschools, and administering small grants to schools. The Literacy Program Officer will work with the Literacy Team to deliver quality training for teachers, develop new Tetun storybooks in consultation with the community, support the Field Based officers to monitor and mentor teachers, and assist in the administration and reporting involved in the program.

Major areas of responsibility:

The Literacy Program Officer has the following major areas of responsibility:

1.     Training, monitoring and mentoring of teachers

2.     Resource development and production

3.     Program Administration and Reporting

4.     Representation for relevant ministries and partners

Statement of duties:

The following duties are aligned to the 3 major areas of responsibility of the Literacy Program Officer:

1.     Training, Monitoring and Mentoring of teachers


The Literacy Program Officer will:

·       Work with the Literacy Team in the preparation of literacy materials and resources for Teacher Training Workshops

·       Deliver training to pre primary and primary teachers in-line with MMT’s training course.

·       Work with the Literacy Team in the preparation of literacy materials and resources for Teacher Mentoring sessions.

·       Assist the Field Based Officers to develop Monitoring and Mentoring Plans for the teachers

·       Assist and monitor the Filed Based Officers to ensure they are delivering quality mentoring to teachers

·       Conduct monitoring and mentoring for Dili-based and volunteer teachers

2.     Resource Development and Production

·       Assist the Literacy Program Coordinator to hold participatory community events to develop new Tetun Storybooks

·       Liaise with key stakeholders to develop new Tetun Storybooks in-line with key cross-cutting issues

·       Assist with the editing of MMT storybooks into INL Tetun

·       Assist with the delivery of materials and resources to schools

3.     Program Administration and Reporting

The  Literacy Program Officer will:

·        Assist the Literacy Program Coordinator in ensuring all project activities are carried out within the timeframe and budget

·        Assist the Literacy Coordinator in the preparation of progress and final reports, change stories, and reports to the Country Director.

·        Assist the Literacy Coordinator to make financial requests and liquidation of expenditure.

·        Assist the Literacy Coordinator in the coordination of the Field based officers (FBOs) including overseeing timesheets and workplans, organizing fund requests and transfers, and providing overall support as necessary

·        Assist in the administration and management of 9 Pre-Schools TEKA of Railako

·        Assist in the administration of small grants to schools, including assessing grant applications

·        Translate material from English to Tetun and Tetun to English as required

4.     Representation for relevant ministries and partners

The Literacy Program Officer will:

·       Attend meetings when required with Ministry of Education, Catholic Education authorities, to present relevant material and provide feedback to the team

·       Act as liaison person in the development and implementation of literacy education

·       Attend other meetings and relevant courses related to the role


The Literacy Program Officer will, at times, be required to undertake other duties related to the role as directed by the Country Director. This may include assisting in specific tasks required in the Literacy Team such as communication, monitoring and evaluation, and coordination of meetings.

The Literacy Program Officer will undertake staff development programs that are made available in order to maintain a high level of awareness of best practice in literacy education.

It is possible for this role to evolve to capitalise on the individual strengths and initiative of the person in the position.

Qualities and Capabilities:



All staff based in Timor-Leste agree to uphold the values, policies and procedures of Mary MacKillop Today in Timor-Leste by:

1.     Being honest, reliable and hardworking

2.     Respecting the rights and dignity of each person

3.     Listening attentively to the views of each person

4.     Working as part of a team

5.     Acting in the best interests of Mary MacKillop Today in Timor-Leste at all times

6.     Maintaining confidentially

Background and skills

1.     A high level of knowledge of teaching methodology and understanding of the literacy education process

  1. Experience in working with teachers and children in pre primary and primary school settings and knowledge of the national education curriculum

  2. Experience in training others, or minimum Cert III in Training and Assessment

  3. Experience in program administration and report-writing

  4. Experience in developing education and training resources for children and teachers

  5. Strong interpersonal and networking skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders in the community

  6. High level written and oral language skills in both Tetun and English

  7. Time management, scheduling, task allocation and financial management skills

  8. Willingness to travel domestically for extensive periods of the year in often remote and rural locations

  9. Adherence to all MMT policies and procedures including the Child Safeguarding Policy and willingness to undergo a criminal record check or local legal equivalent,



The application deadline is due on  25 Jun 2019 at 5pm and your application can be sent to Getrudes da Silva at or delivered application to Mary MacKillop Today office at Rua Liberdade Impressa, Becora, Dili. It’s opposite to Becora Church.


Data 2019-06-25


Level Edukasaun Bachareladu


English Yes
Tetum Yes

Tinan Esperiensia

Tinan 3

Area Espesialidade

Teaching Yes
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