Sanitation Adviser - BESIK Program, Dili - closes 13 December

06-12-2012 07:59





Aurecon provides management, engineering and specialist technical services for public and private sector clients globally with projects in over 80 countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and the Americas. We seek to foster human achievement in all aspects of our work. We work with governments, communities, the private sector, NGO and other partners to deliver basic services.

Aurecon (as IDSS) have successfully implemented the first phase of BESIK (Bee, Saneamentu no Ijene iha Komunidade (2007-12) and have now commenced activities for the BESIK phase 2. BESIK is funded by the Australian Government through AusAID to provide assistance to the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste for the development of rural water supply, sanitation and hygiene (RWASH) activities. BESIK works closely with key ministries, NGOs, private sector and other institutions. It is an AUD$43million program funded over four-years.


We are currently recruiting for the following role:

  • Sanitation Adviser, AusAID Advisor Remuneration Framework (ARF) Category, C2 or C3


This position will be based in Dili but with regular travel to districts.  


Please submit your application online:


A covering letter addressing selection criteria in the job description (below) and a CV should be submitted by the closing date, Thursday 13th December.


Candidates should have qualifications in a relevant field, excellent communications skills (including across cultures), sensitivity to gender and social inclusion and experience in working in a complex development environment. Candidates with an understanding of the development context in East Timor and with a proven background of working with AusAID are strongly encouraged to apply.

Conditions for employment, including rate scales and allowances, will be as per the AusAID ARF Guidelines. Personnel employed on the BESIK program must adhere to Aurecon child protection, anti-fraud and other key policies.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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Terms of Reference

Sanitation Advisor (SA)



Bee, Saneamentu no Ijene iha Komunidade (BESIK) phase 2, is funded by the Government of Australia through AusAID to provide assistance to the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste for the development of rural water supply, sanitation and hygiene (RWASH) activities in Timor-Leste. BESIK phase 2 is a $43m program funded over four-years. The Managing Contractor for BESIK is Aurecon (previously known as IDSS).


The Sanitation Advisor (SA) will be work with both the Ministry of Health through the National Directorate of Community Health (DNSC), with the Head of Environmental Health Department, and with the National Directorate for Basic Sanitation Services (DNSSB) within the Ministry of Public Works.


There have been significant achievements in the Timor-Leste Sanitation Sector over the past four years, with a National Sanitation Policy approved in January 2012, expansion of sanitation demand creation programs so that now projects are being implemented in 60% of Timor-Leste’s rural sub-districts. There has been increased resourcing by the GoTL to the sanitation sector and a marketing strategy and implementation plan for marketing affordable and accessible sanitation products has been developed. BESIK will focus on strengthening the delivery of sanitation services to achieve Timor-Leste government targets and work with the private sector, Government and non government agencies on strengthening the supply of sanitation products.


The SA will provide technical advice and mentoring to strengthen the delivery of sanitation, hygiene and environmental health interventions; coordination and implementation of national sanitation interventions and collaboration among key stakeholders (including other relevant ministries, NGOs, CBOs, multilateral agencies) at National level. The SSA will be responsible for the management of and monitoring or BESIK funded sanitation projects. Developing an evidence base and ongoing learning is a key component of BESIK support to the Government of Timor-Leste in scaling up rural access to improved sanitation.


Responsible to:      BESIK Program Director (PD): For strategic direction, tasking and performance review

                            Operations Manager (OM): For contract related matters and administrative matters

Works with:           Designated counterparts in the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Public Works,

                            Key BESIK Advisers and national staff

Manages:              Sanitation and Hygiene Mentors (three)          

Duration:               1 March 2013 – 17 September 2016

Location:               Dili, Timor-Leste with regular travel to the Districts

ARF Level:            AusAID remuneration level C2 or C3 



·         National Directorate of Community Health (DNSC) in MoH, National Water Services Directorate (NWSD) in MoI, design, pilot, and up-scale their defined functions within, a nation-wide approach to sanitation and hygiene behaviour change. (central level outcome, 6.7.7) – 55%

·         District Health Services (DHS) in MoH, District Water and Sanitation Services (SAS) in MoI, and other district agencies carry out their defined functions in the scale-up of a nation-wide approach to sanitation and hygiene behaviour change (6.7.6, district level) – 20%

·         District Health Services (DHS) in MoH, District Water and Sanitation Services (SAS) in MoI effectively plan, budget and monitor for equitable and sustainable service delivery (district level, 6.8.1) – 20%

·         Department of Health Promotion and Education (DPHE) in MoH delivers effective national hygiene promotion campaigns directly or with private sector partners (central level outcome, 6.7.8) – 5%




·       Provide overall strategic advice to Directorate Heads (DNSC and DNSSB) on achieving improved access to rural sanitation at scale, in line with the GoTL national targets.

·       With the BESIK advisers (M&E Adviser, EH Capacity Development Adviser, WASH BCC Adviser & IMS Adviser) provide technical advice on strengthening information management systems relating to sanitation and hygiene, and engage GoTL counterparts in on-going monitoring or BESIK supported sanitation interventions.

·       Oversee the technical elements of pilot design and engaging the MoH and MoPW in undertaking pilots aimed at providing an evidence base for different approaches to scaling up sanitation delivery (including working closely with the M&E specialist, other BESIK advisers and key MoH and MoPW staff to design pilots).

·       Provide technical assistance to the MoH and MoPW to finalise the development, national level approval, implementation and monitoring of a National Sanitation Strategy.

·       Manage BESIK funding and technical support related to the rural component of the National Sanitation Strategy and engage with other stakeholders on the rural componentparticularly providing ongoing strategic advice to MoH and MoPW on the implementation of components of the National Basic Sanitation Policy). 




·       Provide technical advice to Environmental Health Department and to the DNSSB on planning and budgets for sanitation and hygiene in close collaboration with the relevant BESIK advisers.

·       Provide technical and mentoring support to national level staff responsible for rural sanitation programs. Provide support to the ongoing development of the DPHOs in the implementation of PAKSI or other sanitation initiatives;

·       Provide technical advice and mentoring support to DNSSB and DoSA to work closely with other GoTL Directorates on any developments in the Vulnerable Household Program and any other subsidy focused GoTL sanitation initiatives. Work with other advisers on public information on vulnerable households program

·       Provide technical advice to MoPW and engage with private sector actors on the next steps for sanitation marketing in Timor-Leste. Manage short and long term advisory inputs to strengthening sanitation marketing.

·       Provide ongoing strategic guidance to the Sanitation Working Group

·      Liaise closely with other implementing partner programs (e.g. UNICEF, NGOs, CBOs); to inform innovative demand-driven sanitation strategies and development of sanitation marketing.

·      With the BESIK M&E Adviser, develop and implement systems for measuring impact and scalability of different models of implementing sanitation in the context of rural Timor-Leste.

·      With team members, manage the monitoring of BESIK sanitation interventions – identifying areas were small areas of further research can be undertaken to inform the development of sustainable sanitation programs in Timor-Leste.

·      Aim to maximise positive gender outcomes in all BESIK program activities, ensuring that gender and social inclusion aspects are considered in design and implementation.

·       Collaborate with other BESIK Advisors for effective communication and coordination and results from RWASH initiatives;

·       Comply with all program operational, administrative and contractual requirements; and

·       Other duties as may be required by and in agreement with the BESIK Program Director.




·       An advanced degree in a relevant field; eg. Public Health, Civil or Public Health Engineering, Health Promotion, Environmental Health;

·       Experience working in the RWASH sector, with total sanitation programs and behaviour change communication initiatives such as CLTS and sanitation marketing;

·       Experience working with Government Administration; Experience working with and providing support to a national counterpart(s);

·       Experience in sanitation or public health programs. Experience of mainstreaming gender and working with disability is an advantage

·       Experience with supporting policy development, developing guidelines and reference materials;

·       Experience in networking and maintaining relationships across a range of stakeholders and of varying skill levels;

·       Demonstrated experience of working effectively with a team of international consultants; and

·       Excellent communication skills in a cross-cultural environment.



·       Experience designing implementing scaled-up total sanitation programs

·       Experience in policy and planning in developing nations;

·       Proficiency in Tetun, Portuguese or Indonesian;

·       Work experience in East Timor;

·       Experience working and delivering results in an AusAID-funded project;



It is essential that the Sanitation Advisor can establish effective working relationships with the full range of key stakeholders, including senior government officials, national staff, Program Officers, and staff of development agencies.  The key personal attributes include:

·       Sensitivity to and ability to act appropriately in other cultures;

·       Demonstrated capacity to work well with others, particularly peers in team settings and informal situations;

·       Ability to work according to agreed principles and model the desirable behaviours including cooperation, a focus on the wider goals and able to handle conflict appropriately and constructively;

·       Flexibility, responsiveness, discipline and patience; and

·       Commitment to engaging communities and civil society in processes leading to policy and operational reforms.


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