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Timorese Woodwork Artist

Data Publika: 11/06/2019
  • Fatin: Timor-Plaza, Colmera, Dili, Timor-Leste

Scope of Work
USAID’s Tourism for All Project

Timorese Woodwork Artist   

“Bamboo Institute: Increasing Capacity and Tourism Growth”

66 days

I.                   Background

The vision behind USAID’s investment in the tourism sector through USAID’s Tourism for All project is to promote Timor-Leste’s competitiveness as an international tourism destination while preserving its unique environmental and cultural heritage. The purpose of this activity is to expand and improve Timor-Leste’s tourism offerings using an inclusive and sustainable approach. The aim is to facilitate private investment by working with government to establish incentives and obligations that are more private sector-friendly, promote steady and sustainable tourism growth, and safeguard the environment and social characteristics of local communities. 
Bamboo Institute was established in 2008 by UNIDO in collaboration with the government to create a bamboo industry in Timor-Leste. Over the last decade Bamboo Institute has created a community value supply chain through investment and training of nurseries, bamboo plantations, and processing groups. With 28 nurseries, over 300 farmers, and 12 processing groups our supply is stronger than ever and can meet high demands for modern and cultural bamboo products. But the true unique element to our social enterprise are the progressive practices of sustainability, environmentalism, and humanitarianism as fundamental business model in this developing country. Here at BI we believe in producing high quality furniture, handicrafts, blinds, briquettes, and other products. Bamboo Institute is working with USAID’s Tourism for All project to enter the tourism market. Through a USAID supported project, Bamboo Institute is establishing tours and a new product line within the manufacturing facility. Bamboo Institute will be working to establish tours of its nursery, plantation, and production line process while also displaying handicrafts for tourist to purchase. This project will last nine months and fuel Bamboo Institute’s entry into tourism.  
Bamboo Institute is looking for a Timorese artist to contribute to the organizations growth and being a part of a dedicated and committed team. The team will consist of a product designer, handicraft specialist, and Timorese artist. Potential candidates for the artist position will work closely within the team to design new handicraft products. Bamboo Institute understands the challenge of imprinting Timor-Leste’s spirit and culture within our modern handicrafts, but the potential candidate will get the chance to meet that challenge and help produce diverse and desirable works of art. There will be weekly deadlines for the design of products and the candidate is expected to meet those deadlines and Bamboo Institute’s goals. Bamboo Institute is looking for an artist with attention to detail and a great enthusiasm for creativity. This potential candidate will be the drive for innovative ideas and designs. Bamboo Institute wants to foster that spirit and energy through the team to truly create unique and special products. The artist is expected to collaborate effectively within a team and be open to feedback to ensure the best handicrafts are being designed and eventually produced through our carpenters. Working with our team will increase the employability of the artist and give the opportunity to learn product design software. 
II.                Objective 
The Timorese Woodwork Artist will provide an ability to imprint Timor-Leste’s spirit and culture within products designed. The objective is to work closely with the team to create over 40 new modern and cultural products that Bamboo Institute can market and produce potential revenue from. 
III.             Specific Tasks
The Timorese Woodwork Artist will fulfill the duties listed below: 

  • Work to design cultural imprints into modern and cultural bamboo products.

  • Create weekly designs within the handicraft team to demonstrate potential products.

  • Collaborate with team to ensure maximum communication of product designs with handicraft carpenters.

  • Cultivate creative and innovative atmosphere within the handicrafts design team.

  • Work with marketing staff to create marketing material designs that represent the handicraft product line. 

IV.             Qualifications

  • High School Graduate required.

  • At least four (4) years of experience in creating artwork using mediums such as wood and/or bamboo required. 

  • Ability to paint cultural patterns/depictions on wood, especially Timorese motifs a plus.

  • Wood carving expertise for artwork is required.

  • Ability to burn patterns/depictions into wood.

  • Demonstrate creativity and ingenuity within the design process. 

  • Possess initiative in creating content and communicating within a team.

  • Ability to meet deadlines within a major project.

  • Ability to communicate in Tetum and/or Bahasa. 

V.        Supervision 
The Timorese Woodwork Artist will report to Bamboo Institute’s head of production and design, Mario Ribeiro. 
VI.       Post of Assignment 
Timorese artist will primarily work at BI’s manufacturing facility in Tibar, Liquisa. 
VII.     Time frame and Level of Effort
This assignment is planned for August 1 to October 31 for a total of 66 days of LOE.
Application Instructions: Please submit a cover letter and updated CV to ' ’ no later than June 21, 2019. Email subject line should state: YourName_TimoreseWoodworkArtist. 
Only successful candidates will be contacted for the interview
Chemonics is an equal opportunity employer.
Chemonics International – Development Works Here


Data 2019-06-21


Level Edukasaun Eskola Sekundaria


English Yes
Tetum Yes

Tinan Esperiensia

Tinan 4

Area Espesialidade

Graphic Design Yes
Interior Design Yes
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