Timor-Leste became independent in 2002. A democratic semi-presidential governance system based upon separation of powers and mutual cooperation of the institutions of state was developed.
The National Parliament is the cornerstone of the democratic system and good governance. It is currently comprised of 65 members. It is headed by the President of the National Parliament. Nine political parties have constituted in their benches. Detailed parliamentary scrutiny of legislation and government actions is delegated to 9 standing committees of multi-party composition. The parliamentarians are supported in their work by a Secretariat of approximately 65 staff which is headed by a Director (70% staff in administrative and technical functions). The Secretariat is divided into several functional departments, which assume responsibility for work in the general areas of Finance and Administration, Plenary support, Committee support, and Communications/Library functions. This organizational structure is under revision at the moment to respond to present challenges.
The National Parliament was established from scratch in a setting of largely inexperienced parliamentarians; an acute shortage of skilled personnel and significant language barriers. Systems and processes are in the early stages in some cases and non-existent in others. Achievements are not yet consolidated and many challenges can only be overcome with long-term assistance. UNDP has supported the growth of the legislature since 2003. The revised Parliament Project 2006-08 extended to 2009, comprises comprehensive capacity-development interventions in five strategic areas: oversight capacity; legislative support; democratic representation; gender mainstreaming and; Secretariat capacity building. The overall objective of the project is to develop the institutional capacities that allow the parliament to fully and effectively perform its constitutional mandate. Under the framework of the UNDP National Parliament Project 2006-2009 and an additional Letter of Agreement between UNDP Timor-Leste and the National Parliament of Timor-Leste, the Parliament is pursuing the objectives of improving its institutional and human resources capacity with the objective of strengthening its efficiency, independence and effectiveness.
Legislative Support is a core component of the UNDP Parliament Project. The establishment of a Bureau for Technical Support Services (BTSS) inclusive of capacity building/training of National Legal Drafters/Analysts within the National Parliament was envisaged in the recommendations of the project mid-term evaluation mission conducted in January 2008 and is projected to be commenced in 2009. The Parliament has recently created the Directorate of Research and Technical Information, through the newly approved Parliamentary Administration Law (December 2008). A legal training programme for National Legal Drafters/Analysts has been agreed upon between the UNDP National Parliament Project and the National Parliament of Timor-Leste, including the recruitment of international trainers for the accomplishment of the task.
The implementation of the Legal Drafters/Analysts training programme requires a coordinator to perform primary responsibilities of the implementation of the programme. It also requires a coordinator to perform direct supervision to the training staff, both the Assistant Trainers and the Trainees and provide update to UNDP and the National Parliament.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under direct supervision of the Chief Technical Advisers of UNDP Parliament Project and the Secretary General of the National Parliament of Timor-Leste, the Legal Drafters/Analysts Training Coordinator perform functions as described below:
  • Lay down schedule, including identify research activities, for the implementation of the Legal Drafters/Analysts Training programme according to the established Curriculum for the Training;
  • To identify the team of Trainers, provide recommendations for UNDP Parliament Project’s recruitment, and participate in the recruitment processes;
  • To have full responsibility of the training programme, coordinate the team of trainers and provide direct supervisions to their performance;
  • To prepare lesson plans and teaching-learning materials required by the training curriculum syllabuses applying appropriate pedagogical and teaching methodologies;
  • To perform teaching functions and guidance to the trainees in practicing legal research skills during the training programme;
  • To perform the role as main editor to the draft bills prepared by the trainees during the training programme;
  • To supervise the trainees’ work, review their performance, and evaluate their achievements;   
  • To prepare and submit regular activity reports to the CTA of UNDP Parliament Project;
  • To participate in the regular UNDP Parliament Project Staff meetings;
  • To provide regular update on the progress of the training programme to the Secretary General of the National Parliament and the CTA of UNDP Parliament Project;
  • To update Mesa (the Bureau of the National Parliament of Timor-Leste) and UNDP Management with the progress of the training programme when requested.
Expected Outputs:
  • Definitive Schedule of the Legal Drafters/Analysts training programme
  • Prepare and submit reports of the Legal Drafters/Analysts training implementation
  • Teaching-Learning Materials of the Legal Drafters/Analysts training programme


  • Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong negotiating and managerial skills to be able to work both independently and as a coordinator of a team;
  • Excellent interpersonal, intercultural and networking with a demonstrated ability to build and maintain professional relationships;
  • Cross-cultural management experience and sensitivity;
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Advance degree in law from accredited university ;
  • Minimum of 10 years of teaching experience in law from accredited university;
  • Demonstrated experience in successful implementation of legal training programme;
  • Experience in legal training for government/parliament is preferable;
  • Fluency in Bahasa Indonesia, Tetum or Portuguese, and English. Exceptional English writing skills is an asset;
  • Competent computer skills using (Excel, Word, Access, Outlook and other relevant softwares);
  • Knowledge on the functioning of parliaments and institution building an asset.