International Consultant for Development of Human Rights Manual and Training for the Timor-Leste Defense Force

Location : OHR-RC Office, Timor Leste
Application Deadline :30-Jun-16 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :40 days
Expected Duration of Assignment :40 days


The Timor-Leste Defense Force and the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI), The Provedoria for Human Rights and Justice, with support from the Ministry of Defense, have recently embarked on a programme to strengthen human rights knowledge among members of the Defense Force.
Based on a request from the NHRI, the Human Rights Adviser’s Unit in Timor-Leste provides technical assistance for the programme of capacity building, and with funds from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva (OHCHR), seeks the services of an international consultant to provide technical support to produce a human rights training manual for the armed forces, as well as to conduct training of members of the NHRI and the Defense Force to become human rights instructors to deliver training to members of the armed forces, as part of this programme. The manual and the Training of Trainers, both of which to be written and conducted in Tetum, one of Timor’s official languages, will be key to ensuring the quality and standardization of material that will be used for future trainings. Through building national capacity within the NHRI and the Defense Force to conduct the training based on the manual, sustainability of the programme is envisaged. The support by OHCHR is provided under the Office’s thematic priority of combating impunity and strengthening accountability and the rule of law.
The consultant with work closely together with the reference group that is being established as part of the programme, and that is led by the NHRI, and has the Timor-Leste Defense Force, the Ministry of Defense Force, the Human Rights Adviser Unit’s, and civil society participating as members.

Duties and Responsibilities

The IC is tasked to deliver two key outputs:

  • Produce a human rights training manual in Tetum for use in training for the Timor-Leste military;
  • Conduct a training of trainers, in Tetum, to staff of the NHRI and to F-FDTL on the manual, so that they can conduct training to the military recruits and officers.

The IC will carry out the following activities:

  • Provide inputs on a draft structure for the manual that will be prepared by the reference group composed of NHRI, the Ministry of Defense, the Defense Force, relevant UN partners and civil society;
  • Search for additional documents, including legislation, relevant to the functioning of the Defense Force, identified and integrated as relevant in the manual;
  • Produce a first draft manual based on an agreed draft structure and based on relevant materials submitted to the consultant by the reference group;
  • Present the draft manual to the reference group and other stakeholders, and integrate comments and suggestion as relevant;
  • Prepare a second draft of the manual;
  • Conduct a training of trainer programme for staff of the NHRI and the Timor-Leste Defense Force using the second draft;
  • Integrate comments and lessons from the Training of Trainers and submit the final version of the manual; and
  • Produce a report on the consultancy.


  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure without compromising quality of the work and deliverables;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience in working in a team of diverse people with multicultural background; and
  • Display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s Degree in law, human rights, education or related field with five years of work experience, or a Bachelor Degree in these areas with seven years of experience.


  • At least two years of experience in capacity building in human rights;
  • Excellent knowledge of the internationals human rights system, its standards and the mechanisms protecting them;
  • Demonstrated experience in drafting of human rights training materials;
  • Proven experience and excellent training skills to transfer knowledge in practical ways;
  • Sensitivity to local situations and contexts.


  • Fluency in written and spoken of both English and Tetum are required (documents will be produced in English and Tetun versions and the training will be conducted in Tetun language).

TOR and application documents are available and accessible via this link 

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