Project Manager - Lafaek Water (Timor Leste)
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Project Manager - Bee Lafaek (Timor-Leste) 

  • Full-time
  • Fixed term contract (through to end November 2017)
  • Based in Timor-Leste


Context of the role


INtegrated utilities

Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB Australia) and the Wise Investment Trust are working together on a new venture called Integrated Utilities. Integrated Utilities is currently a program hosted by EWB Australia, and will soon become the parent company for a family of social enterprises, each established for the provision of integrated utilities to communities in vulnerable or disadvantaged circumstances, within a social business model.

Integrated Utilities aims to improve community health, well-being and resilience through the installation and operation of household-scale potable water treatment systems integrated with renewable energy and other utilities. The business model includes water retailing through social businesses that create local training, employment and revenue generation opportunities.

Bee Lafaek

Bee Lafaek is an Integrated Utilities pilot project in Timor Leste. The project commenced in early 2017 and aims to test the Water Source Australia compact water treatment system in multiple locations, providing potable water to communities, schools and health clinics.

CNEFP (technical training college) are a key pilot project partner. The Bee Lafaek team is also trialing a model for water retailing. Young entrepreneurs have been selected to run water kiosks across five locations in or near Dili.


Role summary and purpose 

The Bee Lafaek Project Manager is responsible for the delivery of Stage 3 pilot project activities as described in the 2016 Google Impact Challenge DFAT  Technology Against Poverty grant agreement.

The Bee Lafaek Project Manager reports to the Integrated Utilities Project Director. Their performance will be managed based on an agreed work plan.


Key Responsibilities

The Bee Lafaek Stage 3 Project Manager will be responsible for the following activities:

  • Strategy: identify and develop opportunities to grow Bee Lafaek including ancillary businesses.
  • Contractors: Liaise with Water Source Australia and CNEFP to ensure efficient project delivery and effective management.
  • Public sector facilities: monitor utilities provided to community partners (e.g. Aileu health clinic) and ensure operability.
  • Kiosks: Monitor and support young entrepreneurs operating water kiosks to achieve economic self-sufficiency (including quality assurance, market development and financial management).
  • Stakeholders: Maintain strong positive relationships with key project stakeholders including project partners, government authorities, NGOs, INGOs and other stakeholders.
  • Technical Team: ensure the continued development and engagement of the technical team to support the project.
  • Business Development: work with the Project Director to identify and develop opportunities for the expansion of Bee Lafaek, including data collection for the evidence base.
  • Reporting: undertake monitoring and evaluation for the program and develop reports for management and donors.
  • Finance: manage expenditure in accordance with the project budget.
  • Other tasks as required


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Ability to effectively develop and lead small-scale, or grass-roots social enterprise.
  • Strong program maintenance, monitoring and evaluation skills, applied within a phased implementation model.
  • Strategic thinking, collaborative leadership and ability to make and take decisions.
  • Ability to manage constructively in resource-poor environments.
  • Ability to prioritise and manage competing demands and outcomes.
  • Strong financial, risk management and problem solving skills.
  • Outstanding stakeholder management, communication and liaison skills in a variable cross-cultural setting and across government, civil society.
  • Facilitation, training and capacity-development with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Highly developed communication skills.



  • Knowledge of the Timor Leste political, socio-cultural context and development issues.
  • Understanding of local networks and stakeholders in the water sector and within relevant government, civil society and private sectors in Timor Leste.
  • Strong knowledge of small/social business operations in challenging environments.
  • A working knowledge of Tetum or Bahasa Indonesia, or an established aptitude for learning languages.
  • Experience in community development in an international setting.
  • Demonstrated experience leading new businesses or programs at country or regional level.
  • Experience accessing funding for new programs or ventures.
  • Experience leading, incubating and managing social enterprises for development, with an understanding of the key focus areas and challenges.
  • People management experience, preferably in an international context. Experience managing a small office would also be well regarded.


Approach and Mindset 

  • Action oriented and innovative, able to translate broad goals into achievable steps.
  • Exceptional inter-personal skills and people management focus.
  • Proactive and ‘can-do’ approach to challenges and obstacles.
  • Flexibility, resilience, adaptability to change, stress management and the ability to negotiate/communicate constructively.
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity, self-insight and humility.
  • Commitment to the ethos and vision of partners in Bee Lafaek (EWB Australia and the Wise Foundation).


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How do I apply?

Applications will be reviewed by the Integrated Utilities Advisory Board, then approved by the CEO of EWB Australia.

Applicants are invited to submit their resume with a cover letter outlining why they wish to be considered for this role to Lizzie Brown, Chair of the Advisory Board, at by Friday January 19 2018.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Lizzie as soon as possible to discuss this opportunity and associated logistics.

Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.