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Deputy Executive Director

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Last update: Jun 7, 2023 Last update: Jun 7, 2023


Deadline: Jul 15, 2023 Deadline for applications has passed
Location: Timor-Leste Timor-Leste
Job type:Contract, 12 months +
Work experience: Min 7 years
Date posted:Jun 5, 2023
Expected starting date:Aug 1, 2023


Job Description

About Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Timor-Leste

MCA Timor-Leste, collaborating with the Government of Timor-Leste and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) of the Government of the United States of America, is responsible for implementing the $420 million Timor-Leste Compact, together with an additional contribution of $64 million from the Government of Timor-Leste—representing a total $484 million investment in Timor-Leste. The Compact aims to address human capital development as a binding constraint to economic growth in Timor-Leste through two projects: the Water, Sanitation, and Drainage (WSD) Project and the Teaching and Leading the Next generation of Timorese (TALENT) Project.

The Deputy Executive Director, Program, oversees the overall Program function of the MCA, and under the direction of the Executive Director, is responsible for day-to-day management of the Compact’s programmatic functions, in collaboration with the MCA operations functions toward the achievement of the Compact’s objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities

Lead overall WSD Project and TALENT Project Operations functions of the MCA and ensure that integrated functions and initiatives (i.e., Environmental and Social Performance, Resettlement, Gender and Social Inclusion) sufficiently support the programmatic work of the Compact;
Share information, and engage regularly and as needed, to build an integrated strategy with those responsible for overarching programmatic (e.g., Legal, Finance, Communication, Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning, etc.) and administrative functions to ensure support to the Compact WSD and talent projects;
Evaluate the Compact’s statutory and operational requirements and develop systems, and allocate budgets and resources, that are aligned to Project requirements and consistent with the MCA’s programmatic needs;
As delegated by the Executive Director, represent the MCA as a legal entity in the country (e.g. with national/local government counterparts, regulatory agencies, etc.) and expand the MCA’s collaborative network into new partnerships that will sustain the MCA throughout the Compact;
Oversee the production of periodic reports to MCC and the MCA Board to ensure that the overall status of Project operations is shared, and that significant changes to legal and regulatory requirements, matters related to resources and collaborative relationships are communicated to obtain guidance;
Guide functional Operations Directors (e.g., Managing Director, WSD Project and Managing Director, TALENT Project) and ensure a collaborative environment is established to facilitate cooperation, sharing of information, and shared accountability for the success of the Compact;
Build the Operations team through the acquisition of talent and identifying technical resources (e.g. external consultants, MCC technical resources) aligned to the operations needs of the MCA;
Ensure that cross-cutting functions under the Deputy Executive Director’s purview—Environmental and Social Performance (ESP), Resettlement, Gender and Social Inclusion (GSI)—maintain agency and responsibility for planning, assuming risk and implementing their functions as a part of larger Program objectives;
Create a cohesive Operations plan that integrates the different areas of Operations,(i.e. WSD Project and TALENT Project) and defines Operations initiatives and targets throughout the full life cycle of the Compact.

Requirements (Education, Experience, Technical Competencies)


University Degree in business or organizational management, administration, international development, political science, engineering, or a related field.

Experience and Technical Competencies

Minimum of 7 years in holistic program management and administrative systems.
Experience in the Water Sector and/or Infrastructure Development preferred
Fluency in English, both spoken and written.

Applications documents must include: 1). A cover letter highlighting the candidate's background and work experience related to the requirements (education, experience, competencies); 2). A CV describing the candidate's qualifications and experience related to the PDs.; 3). Electronic copy of the relevant Academic Certificate(s); and 4). A list of 3 professional references (including at least 1 former supervisor), including name, title, relationship with the candidate, telephone number, and e-mail address.

To ensure equal opportunity and neutrality, application documents should not include details related to: age, marital status, political and religious affiliation, family information.

Short-listed candidates will be expected to submit samples of relevant past work assignments and demonstrate English proficiency. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and security checks, results of which will form the basis for the final hiring decisions. For any queries, please contact: TimorLeste@developmentaid.org