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Parliamentary Public Outreach Expert (Decentralization)
Procurement Process :IC - Individual contractor
Office :Timor-Leste - TIMOR LESTE
Deadline :21-Sep-20
Posted on :08-Sep-20
Reference Number :69809
Link to Atlas Project :
Non-UNDP Project
Documents :
Individual Contract_Offerors Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability
UN P11 form
IC General Terms
Sign TOR for Parliamentary Public Outreach Expert
Overview :

A.     Project Title

UNDP Timor-Leste is looking for International Consultant in the position of Communication and Engagement Specialist will lead the development and implementation of the communication and advocacy strategy for the UNDP Projects:

  • Strengthening integral local development by building the capacities of the municipal authorities in Timor-Leste (00126960)

B.     Project Description

I.       Strengthening integral local development by building the capacities of the municipal authorities in Timor-Leste

Since the beginning of the country, decentralization has been considered a tool for the nation’s development. Initial steps towards this process began nearly 10 years ago with the territorial administrative division of Timor-Leste and the initiation of the deconcentrating process.

In 2016, progress was seen with the establishment of four Municipal Authorities (Baucau, Bobonaro, Ermera, and Dili) and eight Municipal Administrations (Aileu, Ainaro, Cova Lima, Lautem, Liquica, Manatuto, Manufahi, and Viqueque) in the country. This was further reinforced by the adoption of a new Suco Law in 2016 and the Decree Laws 4/2014 and 3/2016. In 2019, with the Government Resolution N 11/2019, the government reaffirmed its “commitment and determination to implement the Strategy for Decentralization”. To make this process possible and further consolidate local development in the country, new skills and capacities need to be built, particularly in the areas of finance, administration, procurement, management, transparency, as well as data collection and analysis.

In order to address the abovementioned challenges, the Government of Timor-Leste, with the support of EU, has launched a national programme on Deconcentration and Decentralization called “Supporting Programme to Deconcentration and Decentralisation process in Timor-Leste (SPDD-TL).” This project “Strengthening integral local development by building the capacities of the municipal authorities in Timor-Leste”, also supported by EU, is a component of that national programme whereby UNDP will facilitate to provide technical support. 

This project will promote informed policy development and capacity building of municipal public servants. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to Timor-Leste's sustainable development. More specifically, it aims to support the deconcentration and decentralization process, bringing governance, public administration and services closer to people, for both women and men, giving special attention to the needs and priorities of people living in vulnerable situations.

The project activities were designed around three different components which will contribute to three main expected results:

  • Result 1: Strengthened capacity of the National Parliament in Timor-Leste.
  • Result 2: Improved capacity of municipal public servants to deliver services at local level.
  • Result 3: Improved capacity of local institutions to collect, analyse and use reliable and timely socio-environmental disaggregated data (development of a Municipal Portal).

For the support to the National Parliament (Result 1), UNDP is hiring a national expert to support Parliament on the public outreach, facilitate contact with CSO´s, organize TV and radio debates and provide necessary support to produce materials during Parliament discussions and debates on the decentralization process. The outreach expert will provide support to the work of the standing committees, especially Committee A (Constitutional Affairs and Justice Committee) and C (Public Finance Committee), and also to the Parliament communications department, that includes Parliament TV/radio and public relations office.

Bringing Parliament closer to citizens and creating opportunities for citizens’ engagement in parliamentary processes is a key component of any strategy to strengthen Parliament. However, Parliament still lacks effectives systems, mechanisms and strategies to reach out to the public, and engage people in parliamentary processes and, therefore, Parliament’s external communications systems need to be strengthened in order to bring Parliament closer to the citizens.

The Parliamentary Public Outreach Expert will contribute to the successful implementation of the Output 1 (Enhanced capacity of commission A Legal and Justice and commission C Public Financial Management at the National Parliament to perform informed discussions and increase awareness of the Timorese population of the decentralization process) of Component 1 (Improved policy framework and informed discussions at the National Parliament) of the project.


To download  the ToR, P11 form, Financial Proposal form , IC Terms of References, please click this link:

 Application deadline before COB, 21 September 2020 (TLS Time), Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic communication to