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Cultural Awareness Officer - East Timor Hearts Fund (voluntary)

Employer: Rusher Rogers
Work Type/s: Volunteer
Classification/s: International Aid & Development, Multiculturalism & Diversity
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Sydney

Job posted on: 21 March, 2017.
Applications close: No Deadline – please apply as soon as possible

  • Reporting to: Patient Support Coordinator - Sydney
  • Location: Approximately 40 hours per year (based on 8 hours per patient/5 patients per year), excluding social activities etc undertaken with patients. Indicative only.
  • Position type: Voluntary, Ongoing

Overview of East Timor Hearts Fund

East Timor Hearts Fund was established informally in September 2010 to identify, and arrange treatment in Australia for, young East Timorese people requiring life-saving heart procedures. The organisation currently aims to provide cardiac procedures in Australia for up to 20 patients each year.

Patrons of East Timor Hearts Fund

  • Xanana Gusmão.
  • The Governor General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove. 

Purpose of role

The Cultural Awareness Officer – Sydney assists the Patient Support Coordinator with translation requirements and is present for appointments where translation is required while they are in Australia. Called on also at times to help support the Patient Support Coordinator – Sydney with cultural needs of patients and their families.

Skills and attributes:

  • Cheerful, flexible and responsible outlook and approach
  • Self-motivation and willingness to take responsibility for tasks and self-direct work, with board support as needed
  • Good written and verbal communication skills; must be comfortable communicating (with assistance if needed) with people from Timor-Leste who may not speak English
  • Demonstrated interest in NGO work, particularly in Timor-Leste
  • Ability to maintain positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Driver's license highly desirable but not essential
  • Tetum language required.


  • Liaise with volunteers and maintain positive communications and relationships with them.
  • Translate materials e.g. letters of introduction or instruction patients and support people as needed.
  • Work with the Patient Support Coordinator - Sydney and Patient Support Officer – Sydney with translation as required.
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