Development Worker as Advisor (m/f/d) for Agroforestry secondary education in Timor-Leste

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 14 August 2020

Job Description

As a federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.

With the dispatch of qualified specialists as development workers, GIZ contributes to the sustainable improvement of living conditions of people in developing and transition countries.

Job description

The Ai ba Futuru-Project („trees for the future“) aims at improving economic opportunities and employment for marginalized groups in rural Timor-Leste through agroforestry. The project will establish agroforestry systems on an additional 6,000 ha, reaching over 4,000 households and plants more than three million trees. It will increase agroforestry production and productivity, build capacity along agroforestry value chains and improve market access as well as institutional and political framework conditions.

Your tasks
  • Advising the agricultural technical-vocational schools in improving teaching methods and content with regards to agroforestry systems, especially by hands-on learning
  • Revising, complementing and improving curricula relevant to agroforestry/ Ai ba Futuru-project, didactical materials and methods
  • Supporting and accompanying the implementation of the relevant curricula at the technical vocational schools through providing advice and capacity building to teachers, integration of learning material from the project including the agroforestry demonstration plots and its illustrative learning boards
  • Supporting the Timorese Ministry for Education (MoE) and the Ministry for Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) in revising or developing relevant curricula (if requested)
  • Advising the MoE on agroforestry related education
  • Coordinating with key actors, particularly the agricultural schools, MoE and MAF
Your profile
  • Master’s degree in a relevant area (agriculture, forestry, or education)
  • Excellent knowledge of different pedagogical concepts and teaching methods
  • Good knowledge of agroforestry (theory) in tropical countries
  • Experience in developing countries
  • English language skills at proficiency level and willingness to learn Tetum to an advanced level; knowledge of Portuguese is an advantage
Location information

Please use the following link for information about living and working in Timor-Leste.

In general, the security situation is calm. GIZ staff must adhere to security measures at all times. Please also check the county-specific information provided by the German Federal Foreign Office. A contact person for security risk management is appointed at the local GIZ office. There are no special restrictions to freedom of movement in the working environment. GIZ does not impose any restrictions on life partners and family members to move with you to the country of deployment. We kindly ask you to inform yourself which forms of relationships are legally and socially accepted in the country of deployment.


GIZ’s Development Service is looking forward to applications of candidates with a professional qualification and / or university degree and at least two years of professional experience. In addition you hold the German nationality or the nationality of a member state of the European Union.

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You can get an overview of our benefits packages here.

About the Organization

We offer the opportunity to work in an innovative and worldwide operating institution related to development policy. Your competencies and qualifications are demanded on the spot in an interdisciplinary team. You advise governmental and civil society organizations at local or municipal level. The Development Service of GIZ offers a comprehensive service package. It includes a specific technical and personal preparation. The basis for the deployment of specialists in the development service is the German Development Workers Act (EhfG).

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