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Social Enterprise Director - Timor-Leste

CARE Australia
  • Based in Dili, Timor-Leste
  • Fixed Term – 24 months, Full Time

CARE is a leading international humanitarian aid organisation fighting global poverty, with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities.

CARE International in Timor-Leste (CITL) promotes increased gender equality, stronger and more inclusive governance, and improved resilience to disasters and other shocks. CITL provides humanitarian support throughout the emergency cycle including preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery.

About the Role

Make your mark by leading the evolution of the country’s most established social and educational development program into an exciting social enterprise in Timor-Leste. The Lafaek Social Enterprise Director will be the key leader in building the vision and driving strategy and operations for Lafaek. CARE is looking for a leader who will transition this successful project into a social enterprise and open doors for domestic and international funding and partnerships for Lafaek. A key responsibility includes developing an effective and sustainable business model to secure the long-term future of the project’s important contributions to Timorese society. The position reports to the Assistant Country Director for Programs for CARE International in Timor-Leste.

Key Responsibilities

  • To drive the transition of the Lafaek Learning Media Project to a subsidised, sustainable Social Business.
  • To create key recommendations for such a transition in close liaison with the Country Director and Assistant Country Director for Programs of CARE International in Timor-Leste and other key stakeholders.
  • Lead the process of a 3 year business and strategic plan creation and implementation.
  • Develop the sales and marketing strategy for the Lafaek social enterprise in line with the objectives of the Lafaek Business and CARE’s guidelines.
  • To engage, build and develop key partnerships to enhance the effectiveness of Lafaek and CARE to achieve sustainable high impact, including with CARE Member Partners, government, donors, development stakeholders, and private sector companies.
  • Lead business development opportunities within the education sector to enable growth of Lafaek.
  • Promote a safe and secure work environment; foster a culture of safety and security awareness and ensure a consistent application of, and compliance with, CARE safety and security policies and procedures.

Ideally, you will have

  • Experience of working with an international NGO in an international development context.
  • Extensive experience in and knowledge of innovative business approaches including social enterprise development, management and sustainability in developing country contexts.
  • Demonstrated skills in leadership and management in a complex international setting including excellent people management skills and interpersonal skills, and the ability to coach and mentor staff and build capacity.
  • Representational skills including experience building and developing networks and relationships with government, civil society, private sector and other stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment and a commitment to CARE’s approach and values including ethnic diversity and cultural sensitivity.
  • Demonstrated high level organisational and time management skills including the ability to manage workflows and balance competing priorities to ensure timely processing to meet deadlines.
  • High level strategic thinking and analytical skills including the ability to develop and implement strategic and creative communications approaches.

What we can offer you

  • Access to generous leave benefits, appropriate insurance and allowances
  • Professional development and training opportunities
  • The opportunity to use your skills to fight poverty with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities

CARE Australia reserves the right to seek information from job applicants’ previous employers about incidents of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment, and/or child abuse the applicant may have been found guilty to have committed or about which an investigation was in the process of being carried out at the time of the termination of the applicant’s employment with that employer. By submitting the application, the job applicant confirms that s/he has no objection to CARE Australia requesting the information specified above.

CARE Australia is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and encourage applications from people living with a disability and/or have lived experience of disability. We also encourage people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply, including people of East Timorese background, or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

How to Apply?

To apply for this job, please review the Candidate Information Pack and click on Apply Now. Please ensure you attach your CV and a cover letter explaining how your experience matches the selection criteria. Only applicants who fully address the criteria will be considered.

Questions about the role?

Please contact Zubaida via Zubaida.Bai@care.org, using the subject line: Social Enterprise Director - Timor-Leste enquiry via EthicalJobs. (Please do not email applications to this address).

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