Compensation Specialist (National Salary Framework)

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 12 February 2021
  • Dili, Timor-Leste
  • Closing on 28 March 2021
  • Current

Job Description

  • Desk-based
  • Short Term Consultancy – to start in March 2021


The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is seeking to ensure parity across its different investments in Timor-Leste related to pay compensation of national staff and consultants. As a result, and following preliminary discussions with DFAT’s investment contractors, DFAT is interested to develop a Timor-Leste National Salary Framework for long-term national staff and short-term national consultants in line with local legislation and “best practice”.

This Framework is intended to be utilised by all current and future DFAT implementing partners (IP) in Timor-Leste to ensure that staff are paid in accordance with the market-based remuneration rates and prescribed set of allowances outlined. This framework will ensure that the remuneration represents value for money and is appropriate to the type and level of technical expertise required for each particular role.

To achieve this objective, DFAT through Australia Timor-Leste Partnership for Human Development (ATLPHD) is seeking a Compensation Specialist (National Salary Framework).

About the Position

The Compensation Specialist (National Salary Framework) will develop a Timor-Leste National Salary Framework for long term national staff and short-term consultants in line with local legislation and “best practice”. The Specialist will provide an informed assessment of the job levels and salaries as relating to development programs and activity positions, by working closely with a range of agreed stakeholders within the Timor-Leste Labour market, and consolidating key information and advice based the relevant documents provided by DFAT and IPs. This consultation process will inform the creation of a salary scale framework fit for execution by DFAT funded programs in Timor-Leste.

The Specialist will develop guidelines, tools, and templates to support the interpretation and implementation of the framework for all IPs, develop and deliver training/information session to DFAT, and partners (in line with COVID safe practices) and follow through with feedback sessions to aid in the successful roll out of the framework.

The successful candidate will bring:

  • Extensive experience in reviewing, designing, and implementing multi-disciplinary and complex salary and benefits frameworks for organizations operating within developing countries.
  • Extensive understanding and practical application of the Australian Fair Work Act and all relevant labor legislation.
  • Extensive experience in the interpretation and application of labor law from a range of countries particularly within the Asia Pacific region, with knowledge of and working experience in Timor-Leste Labor Code highly desirable but not essential.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders, with DFAT experience highly desirable.
  • Postgraduate degree (or equivalent) in Human Resource Management, Compensation and Benefits, Organizational Development, Organizational Psychology, or a related field.

How to apply

Further information in regard to this opportunity can found in the Position Description available from the Careers page of Abt Associates website:

Applications close Sunday 28th February 2021 (11pm Timor-Leste).

We welcome and thank all applications; however only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

About the Organization

Abt Associates is a recognised leader in the international development sector. Working with our many partners, Abt Associates implements bold innovative solutions to improve the lives of the community and deliver valued outcomes for our clients. We provide a comprehensive range of services from policy to service delivery in the public and private sectors contributing to long term benefits for clients and communities. Operating in remote and challenging environments, we offer innovative solutions, extensive experience in the region, strong technical capacity, and a proven project management track record. We are committed to gender equity in our employment strategies and encourage applications from capable women. Abt Associates is a child safe organisation and promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children.

More information

ToR - Compensation Specialist .pdf

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