Project Coordinator


Dili, , TL


WorldFish has recently established its Project Office in Dili, Timor-Leste in collaboration with the Timor-Leste Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF). Currently, WorldFish Timor-Leste has a number of ongoing projects in the area of aquaculture, fisheries & livelihoods with strong prospects for an expanded program in the near future. An interdisciplinary team of scientists and research support staff are actively involved in carrying out research and development activities in collaboration with a number of local and international partners. To ensure smooth management of the office and field operations, WorldFish is seeking for suitable candidates with multi-tasking skills to take up the position of Project Coordinator – Partnership for Aquaculture Development in Timor-Leste (PADTL) Project for its Project Office in Timor-Leste.

Under overall guidance of the Project Leader, the Project Coordinator will serve as in-country coordinator of PADTL Project, including mentoring of WorldFish aquaculture field staff on a day-to-day basis.


  • Liaising with WorldFish Timor-Leste Country Representative and Project Leader, cover PADTL in-country leadership functions of coordination and support for the management and implementation of the Project.
  • In consultation with WorldFish Timor-Leste Country Representative, serve as liaison and coordination with PADTL implementing partners.
  • Play a lead role in PADTL in-country project partner interfacing (NDA Dili and District based officers, I/NGO partners).
  • Supervise the work of PADTL Project field staff in Timor-Leste.
  • Mentor National Development Agency (NDA) and PADTL in-country team in activities planning, implementation and carrying out M&E.
  • Provide substantial technical and logistical guidance to field-based research activities undertaken by PADTL/NDA and other national partners including NGOs.
  • Provide administrative support to project Leader, including work plans, budgets and preparation and monitoring of partner agreements.
  • Serve as the focal point for communications about PADTL project, liaising with local partners, government agencies, development partners and other institutions.


Essential qualification and competencies

  • University degree in aquaculture, fisheries, natural resources management, social science, rural development or related field.
  • Ability to work with a diverse range of partners in civil society, government and community.
  • Knowledge of Participatory development and livelihoods approaches in support of aquaculture development, or community development projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management and team coordination, including budget planning and financial reporting.
  • Demonstrated experience in the collection and analysis of social and natural research data.
  • Excellent communication skills required with strong command of writing in English
  • Verbal and written proficiency in Portuguese and/Tetum

Desired competencies

  • At least 3 years of professional experience in coordination/management of research and/or rural development projects in Timor-Leste.
  • At least 5 years work experience in relevant field, preferably in Timor-Leste.
  • Field experience of working with I/NGOs or donor-funded projects on aquaculture development, natural resources management, or rural development.


Timeframe and location

This position will be based at WorldFish’s project office in Dili, Timor Leste.Interviews are expected to be held in Dili, Timor Leste, and short-listed candidates should be available to attend.

The successful candidate should be available to commence asap under a fixed term contract, with possibility of extension depending on performance of and funding situation. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Our commitment

WorldFish is committed to promoting a work environment where diversity of thought, style, culture and experience is valued. We support individual performance and potential in achieving our organizational goals and mission. Qualified women and professionals from developing countries are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Interested applicants are invited to submit the following information:

  • A cover letter including a max 2-page description of why you are an ideal candidate and what you would bring to the role.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Names and contacts (telephone, fax, and e-mail addresses) of three professional referees who are familiar with your qualifications and work experience. Your nominated referees ideally should have persons from each of the following category: direct supervisor, internal peer and/or direct report.

Screening will start immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. Only selected candidates will be contacted.

WorldFish’s Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) will receive comprehensive benefits including (but not limited to) paid annual leave, comprehensive insurance coverage, and provident fund contribution. Salary will be paid in local currency of the host country, commensurate with the person’s qualification and experience.