United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Office in Timor Leste has been working to support the country to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and reduce human poverty. UNDP’s on-going Country Programme Action Plan 2015-2019 (CPAP) is positioned within the overarching objective of the Timor-Leste United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2015-2019, which elaborates on four outcomes and seventeen sub-outcomes to respond to the evolving needs within each sector. The formulation of the UNDAF in turn has been guided by the SDGs and the National Development Priorities which were defined in the Government’s Strategic Development Plan 2011-2030. One of the current Governance Programme’s projects is the Parliament Project.


Since the inauguration in 2002, the National Parliament has successfully fulfilled its constitutional mandates – legislative, oversight, representational functions - which led the political, economic, and social development in Timor-Leste.

Despite the considerable progress, the National Parliament is facing with several challenges in terms of its institutional capacity which constrain it to perform its mandates the best. These challenges are namely insufficient technical expertise and systemic training mechanism, low digital capacity, absence of effective engagement with citizens, and weak in international relation management.

To address the abovementioned challenges, the project will focus on the National Parliament’s further institutional development particularly in training and capacity building, technical expertise, regulatory impact analysis, digital transformation, citizen engagement, communication, and international relations. The project will also ensure that all the support are mainstreaming gender, human rights, environment, and SDGs.


Additionally, the Parliament Project is supporting the UNDP-EU Project for Strengthening technical and functional skills of Supreme Audit Institutions, National Parliaments, and Civil Society for the control of public finances in the PALOP and Timor Leste (Pro PALOP-TL SAI in implementing the COVID-19 Mitigation Plan to favor relevant national counterparts in each beneficiary country, including Timor Leste.

Within this context, the Parliament project is seeking to engage a consultant for provision of professional interpretation services for the vast webinars/dialogues programme that is project has. The consultant’s work will aim to ensure that all events, internal documents, and publications issued by each of the projects have a coherent and uniform understanding by the different counterparts involves in the initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities

The interpreter/translator will work under the direct supervision of the Parliament Project’s Chief Technical Advisor, and for the above-mentioned projects, and he/she will be requested to deliver the services below:

1. Translation Services (Portuguese/Tetum to English, English to Portuguese/Tetum)

  • Produce 100% accurate translation from Portuguese/Tetum to English or vice versa of various documents, written / recorded speeches, talking points, presentations, brochures, fact sheets, reports, website content, press releases, etc.  as assigned by UNDP.
  • Use the appropriate terminology considering the style and nuances of the original text. Areas frequently covered by such documents include legal, public relations and Business texts, etc.
  • Quality check and proofreading of translation ensuring no typographical errors in the final text.
  • Make necessary corrections or changes required by UNDP or its partners and re-submit corrected text within the agreed timeframe.
  • Deliver the translated documents as per the plan developed by the Chief Technical Advisor of the Project, as per each specific assignment.

2. Consecutive Interpretation Services (Portuguese/Tetum to English, English to Portuguese/Tetum)

  • Provide consecutive interpretation during project events (ceremonies, workshops, webinars, trainings, conferences, informative community events, etc.) and meetings (technical working groups meetings, meetings between international advisors/experts or UNDP representatives and local counterparts, etc.).

3. Simultaneous Interpretation Services (Portuguese/Tetum to English, English to Portuguese/Tetum)

  • Provide simultaneous interpretation during project events (ceremonies, workshops, webinars, trainings, conferences, etc.) and meetings (technical working groups meetings, meetings between international advisors/experts or UNDP representatives and local counterparts, etc.).



Achieve Results:

LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible

Act with Determination:

LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies (insert up to 7 competencies)

Thematic Area



Business Management

Result based Management

Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results

Business Management

Partnerships Management

Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies

Business Management


Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience

Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels

Business Management

Operations Management

Ability to effectively plan, organize, and oversee the Organization’s business processes in order to convert its assets into the best results in the most efficient manner.

General (across the functions)

Public relations

Ability to build and maintain an overall positive public image for the organisation, its mandate and its brand, while ensuring that individual campaigns and other communications and advocacy initiatives are supported in reaching the public

External Relations and Advocacy

Creative direction and copywriting

Ability to creatively communicate concepts in an engaging and simple way

Partnership management

Relationship management

Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Academic Education

High school graduate or bachelor degree in the field of literature, international development, or relevant field.

Min. years of relevant Work experience

Secondary education with minimum of 6 years or University degree with 3 years of relevant working experience in Interpretation and translation services, programme or management support in an international organization and/or a non-governmental organization and/or the private sector;

Required  skills and competencies

  • Experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders, from non-governmental organizations to international organizations and government institutions, is an advantage.
  • Experience in performing translation services (Portuguese/Tetum to English, English to Portuguese/Tetum)
  • Experience in Consecutive Interpretation Services (Portuguese/Tetum to English, English to Portuguese/Tetum)
  • Simultaneous Interpretation Services (Portuguese/Tetum to English, English to Portuguese/Tetum)

Desired additional skills and competencies

  • Experience of working with UNDP and National Parliament Timor-Leste is an advantage.
  • Previous work experience as interpreter/translator is an advantage.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: being able to listen and collaborate with a wide range of players, being able to work independently, being pro-active and taking initiative.
  • Ability to manage workload individually and collaborate with a wide range of colleagues while meeting deadlines.
  • Excellent writing skills, as well as strong analytical aptitude and strong communication skills

Required Language(s) (at working level)

  • Fluent in Portuguese and Tetum (speaking, reading, and writing skills); excellent knowledge of English (speaking, reading, and writing skills).