Content Development Officer - CARE International in Timor-Leste - CITL

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CARE International in Timor-Leste - CITL



Position Title

Content Development Officer


Content Development Team Leader

Position Grade

Grade 4 step 1


From  USD 573 Plus Benefit

Location of work


Position report to

Content Development Team Leader

Contract Period

August 2021 – June 2022

Applications required by

22nd  of July 2021

Application should include

CV and Application letter only

Application should be sent to

CARE is an international development and humanitarian aid organization fighting global poverty, with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities. As a non-religious and non-political organization, CARE works with communities to help overcome poverty by supporting development efforts and providing emergency assistance. We believe supporting women and girls is one of the most effective ways to create sustainable outcomes in poor communities.

CARE’s long term program will focus on women and girls in rural disadvantaged areas with four priority areas: SRM Health and Rights, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Women’s Voice and Education. :

The writer is a critical role that works across the organization to write a diverse range of creative content. In conjunction with the Writer Team Leader, this role will plan, coordinate and optimize the strategic use of stories, photos, and design materials to assist Timor-Leste’s, donors and supporters to understand the key issues facing communities living in poverty and inspiring them to engage with CITL’s work.

Content development includes a range of tasks and skills including researching, writing, editing and commissioning.

You should have an enquiring mind and a good grasp of grammar and punctuation ensuring words and images look great on the page - commissioning and possessing a visual flair is necessary. You will need confidence, great 'soft skills' and the ability to work in a high-pressure atmosphere. You also need the ability to link with teachers and use the Ministry of Education Curriculum for guidance.

The writer works across the organization to write a diverse range of creative content. In conjunction with the Writer Team Leader, this role will plan, coordinate and optimize the strategic use of stories, photos, and design materials to assist Timor-Leste’s, donors and supporters to understand the key issues facing communities living in poverty. It is anticipated this will inspire them to engage with CITL’s work.

The following key skills are important for this role: Perseverance; Excellent written communication; A good grasp of narrative; Awareness of audiences; Key skills for editorial assistants; Excellent verbal and written communication skills; Adaptability; Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines; Proofreading skills; Attention to detail.

In this position you will work and collaborate with the Graphic designer team, Illustration team and Communication team. This position is based in Dili, with possible travel required to conduct field activities such as interviews and field-testing. Attaching previous work samples is an advantage.

  1. Selecting articles for issues and planning publication contents and produce good quality documentation that meets applicable standards and is appropriate for its intended audience.
  2. Ability to write, edit and proofread engaging content to inform, influence and engage different audiences including donors, stakeholders, partners, school students and segments of the Timor-Leste public.
  3. Responsibility to develop the content mapping for all magazines in alignment with relevance sources including links to the CITL LTP as a base for content development.
  4. Responsible for writing texts, stories or articles for educators aimed at promoting professional development in the areas of positive discipline and class management.
  5. Ability to write a variety of articles and create activities that promote child literacy (fiction stories, children’s games, health, agriculture, micro-finance and education).
  6. Pro-actively develop relevant material for sponsorship in Lafaek Magazines, in order to sustain projects. (Liaising with marketing staff, communication officer, designers and artists for sponsorship proposes).
  7. Ability to use MoE curriculum guidance and align the magazines content with the Education curriculum.
  8. Ability to use INL Tetun version in all magazine content.
  9. Undertake background research including desk-based research. Conduct community field visits including interviews with children, communities and teachers in order to write articles on various topics including health, science, civic education, children’s activities.
  10. Secure and verifying information and interviewing sources, proofread and fact- check articles;
  11. Setting deadlines for all content with approval of Content Development team leader;
  12. Rewriting, editing, proofreading and subbing copy to ensure it is ready to go to print.
  13. Ensuring that all feature articles comply with ethical codes of practice and legal guidelines.
  14. Attend and participate in knowledge sharing sessions - present ideas, share opinions, production team meetings, all training sessions, edit and evaluate articles. Generate ideas for future stories and features.
  15. Conduct international surveys of children’s magazines in order to enrich and strengthen the quality of Lafaek Magazines.
  1. Pro-actively collaborate and liaise with marketing staff, communication officer, designers and artists to review relevant material for online sponsorship, in order to sustain projects.
  2. Coordinate with communication officer regarding photographers propose and articles.
  3. Promote and review content on social media (Facebook, YouTube, Website)
  4. Review all-round consistency (style, fonts, images and tone, etc.) and identify customer needs and gaps in our content, recommend new topic.
  5. Attend and participate in knowledge sharing sessions, online production team meetings, and all training sessions.
  6. Rewriting, editing, proofreading and subbing copy to ensure it is ready for online publication.
  • Liaise with clients to determine their requirements and make technical recommendations.
  • Managing client proposals from typesetting through to content design, print and production.
  • Working with clients, briefing and advising them with regard to content design style, format, print production and timescales.
  • Determining size and arrangement of content development material.
  • Preparing rough drafts of material based on an agreed brief.
  • Reviewing final content and suggesting improvements if required, demonstrating and receiving feedback about ideas.
  • Liaising with graphic designer, illustration and communication officers on a regular basis to ensure deadlines are met and material is produced and printed to the highest quality.
  • Keeping client up-to-date with progress on production progress.
  • Testing products for errors and making amendments
  • To proactively participate in the APPA process for all direct reports (annual appraisal, midyear review and regular 1:1 meetings) creating an environment where feedback is valued, acted upon and monitored, and where the APPA process (including the paperwork) is an integral component of Annual Work Plans and activities.
  • Engage in emergency preparedness, assist in any emergency response as required.
  • Promote a safe and secure work environment; foster a culture of safety and security awareness and consistently follow all CARE safety and security policies, procedures and directives.
  • Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to gender equality, diversity, child protection and CITL LTP.
  • Participate in surveys for the magazines (baseline survey, pre and post-tests and final evaluation).
  • Cooperate with the Content development team leader or Publication DPM in order to use all relevant magazine items (picture, illustration, design, ideas or hard copy of the magazines) for interests outside the project.
  • Assist with Lafaek extension activities, including community dialog, competitions and Lafaek Radio broadcasts as required. (Relevant events, fairs and conferences).
  • Minimum University Diploma and/ or Vocational Training in Education and Communications or equivalent.
  • Minimum 2-3 years’ relevant work experience, preferably in Education and Communications in International Non-Government Organisations (INGO’s) and/or local Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s);
  • Ability to support the Production Team function with integrity and implement procedures and processes with minimal supervision.
  • The ability to consistently meet tight deadlines.
  • Exceptional writing skills, including experience writing for a broad range of audiences (especially in education) and proven experience in emotional storytelling.
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills including the ability to manage internal and external stakeholders.
  • A good ‘design eye’, attention to detail and (preferably) basic Adobe Creative Suite skills.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills including the ability to work with different communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to take direction and to work as part of a team.
  • Proven experience in following standard policies, procedures and processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to be creative and motivated
  • Demonstrate good interpersonal skills, sound judgment, planning, team building and facilitation skills.
  • Good oral and written Tetum and English communication skills.
  • Intermediate (very good) Microsoft Office use, with knowledge in Microsoft Word and Excel
In return of your commitment you will benefit from ongoing professional development fostered within an innovative and forward thinking environment, plus a comprehensive benefits package.

To apply to this position, please email or submit your application letter and Curriculum Vitae with three references (Please DO NOT attached the other documents) to OR to HR Unit, CARE International Timor-Leste, Bairo Pitte, Dili, OR by email before or by date deadline on 22nd of July 2021. Only successful candidates will be contacted for the interview.

CARE is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workplace. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

CARE International Timor-Leste is committed to protecting the rights of children in all areas we work. CARE International Timor-Leste reserves the right to conduct screening procedures to ensure a child-safe environment.

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