The Team

The WDPTL team includes 23 Timorese and internationals with extensive experience in scholarships, education, training, labour mobility, employment and program management. We are a team committed to supporting Timor-Leste’s existing and future workforce to build the skills and knowledge they need to fulfil their potential.  

To succeed we support each other’s work and well-being and always look for ways to collaborate to increase impact. In decision making, we actively cultivate a diversity of voices, respecting our Timorese staff in particular as our memory bank and navigators of local context.

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Our Partners

WDPTL partners with a range of government, private sector and civil society organisations. We recognize the limits of our own knowledge and capacity and understand that only by listening to and supporting the success of local organisations will our work have lasting impact.

We also work closely with other Australian funded programs, including the Pacific Labour Facility and Governance for Development which supports central agencies to improve evidence-based decision and policy, and through this strengthen the delivery of services to Timorese citizens.

Working in partnership helps us maximise the amount, quality and sustainability of education & employment pathways available for Timorese workers and young people.

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Working with the Government of Timor-Leste

We work with government organisations to strengthen their ability to deliver more high quality training, employment pathways and jobs for Timorese people.

We listen to government and embed our work in government plans to enhance sustainability and shared outcomes.

Our key Government partners are:

  • The Secretariat of State for Training and Employment (SEFOPE), where we support the training system through DNFP, the National Directorate of Vocational Training and the delivery of Australian labour mobility programs through DNEE, the National Directorate of Overseas Employment
  • The National Labour Force Development Institute (INDMO) and government funded training centres where we work to strengthen Timor-Leste qualifications and the quality of training courses.
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Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI)

Achieving gender equity and social inclusion in Timor-Leste is challenging. Men in Timor-Leste earn three times more than women and for every 80 women, there are 100 men enrolled in higher education. And, whilst The Council of Ministers 2017 adopted an Inclusive Education Policy in 2017, people living with disabilities (PWD) are still much less likely to get an education or job than their peers who live without a disability. Further, research findings from the Word Bank’s Poverty in Timor-Leste report highlight people living and working in rural areas in Timor-Leste have both lower incomes and job opportunities than people based in the capital.

Recognising that these factors both compound inequality and put at risk the achievement of our program goal ‘A skilled workforce to support Timor-Leste’s post COVID-19 economic recovery’, the program is working hard to re-address these imbalances, implementing a range of GESI strategies and initiatives.

In the TVET sector, women managers were supported with a three-month leadership training program and Timor-Leste maintained the highest representation of women in labour mobility in Australia of all ten participating Pacific countries.

Targeted support has also been provided for PWD with a scholarship place reserved each year for the past four intakes. This has been complimented by the provision of academic English language training, required for scholarship and international internship applications, through a three-month English Language Training short course delivered in 2019.

Key successes and initiatives include:

  • Increases in scholarship applications from women and a positive shift in the gender breakdown of 2020 awardees (40% male/60% female)
  • Timor-Leste maintains the highest representation of women in labour mobility in Australia of all 10 participating countries (28%)
  • Reserving a scholarship place for a person with a disability for the past 4 years
  • Providing TVET sector women managers with three-month leadership training
  • Supporting people with disabilities to increase their academic English language skills via an intensive 3 month course.
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