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Country Manager - Timor Leste

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

About the role

Are you passionate about global health development programs and leading change?

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is a DFAT ANCP accredited, non-government organisation working on health and development programs with our partners across Asia and the Pacific. Our Global Health Program focuses on strengthening health systems and building capacity of health work forces to improve the quality and accessibility of health services, surgical treatment and post-operative care. Our Country Office in Timor Leste is looking for an experienced and committed Country Manager to lead our Timor Leste Country Program. This position is supported by the RACS Global Health Department based in Melbourne.

RACS Global Health, Timor Leste Country Manager (Based in Dili, Timor Leste)

Reporting to the Head of Global Health, the Country Manager will lead the RACS Global Health program in Timor Leste. This critical role includes the development of country level strategy and the planning and design of health focused programs that align with the RACS Global Health Program Strategy and are consistent with National Government plans and priorities. The incumbent will lead, manage and develop a small team of national staff to ensure program quality and effectiveness.

The position requires effective engagement with Government partners such as the Ministry of Health and medical teams at the Guido Valadares National Hospital and those working at provincial and district levels. The Country Manager will sustain effective relationships and collaborate with the Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e, the National University in Dili, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and other local and international donors and implementing partners.

The Country Manager is responsible for effective project cycle management approaches to ensure that monitoring, evaluation and learning plans are generating comprehensive qualitative and quantitative data. The Country Manager will prepare technical/donor reports and oversee the management of program income and expenditure to ensure timely and accurate reporting and fulfilment of all contractual obligations to donors. The incumbent will have the opportunity to grow and develop RACS Timor Leste program through sound business development planning supported by the RACS Global Health Team based in Melbourne.

This role will be offered on a fixed term, two-year contract and it is an unaccompanied posting based in Dili.

Skills and experience

As the ideal candidate you will have:

  • Experience in health and development programming in low and middle-income countries
  • Experience managing complex programs funded by Government and other technical donors
  • Demonstrated strong advocacy, negotiation and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate with confidence, tact and influence with a range of stakeholders from Government, the aid and development sector and clinical staff and volunteers
  • Ability to work autonomously and with a high level of initiative and sound judgement
  • Strong team leadership and management capability
  • Ability to work within a broader Global Health team in a flexible and co-operative manner
  • Highly developed organisational skills in maintaining and implementing effective administrative systems and procedures
  • Ability to coordinate tasks, set priorities and work to timelines in a challenging environment
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong analytical and report writing skills
  • Post-graduate qualification (Master of Public Health or International Development) or related qualification


At our organisation, we are proud to have such a positive impact on improving health outcomes in the community. Our people are very important to us and we treat everyone fairly and are mindful of our colleagues and their wellbeing. Working at RACS you will thrive in our environment where we recognise, we are all one team. Our employees are at their best when they have balance in their lives, so by joining our team you will have:

  • flexibility to combine working from home with time spent in the office.
  • access to mental wellbeing app Groov.
  • wellbeing reimbursement.
  • gifted additional leave at the end of the year.
  • access to online learning portal THRIVE with a catalogue of 70,000+ courses.
  • access to an Employee Assistance Program which includes counselling for personal and work related issues, support for family members, legal support, career development and planning, nutrition & lifestyle advice as well as financial counselling.

We truly care about our employees health and wellbeing and encourage our people to bring their whole selves to work.

About the company

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is a not for profit, membership-based organisation leading the way in surgical performance, professionalism and patient care in Australia and New Zealand.

With service to our members at the forefront of our business, we support ongoing learning and development for our surgical workforce of more than 7,000 surgeons and 1,300 surgical trainees and Specialist International Medical Graduates.

RACS is on an exciting journey to transform the way our members engage with us by making improvements across many aspects of the College - from learning and development to technology and governance. We are focusing on collaboration and innovation to better serve our members and to enhance the contribution of surgeons to the community.


To apply for this role please submit your application by clicking on the “Apply Now’ button to submit a resume, answer the outlined selection criteria and upload a Cover Letter in word or PDF.

Enquiries can be directed to philippa.nicholson@surgeons.org using the subject line: Country Manager - Timor Leste enquiry via EthicalJobs however; applications emailed to this address will not be accepted.

RACS promotes diversity - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are encouraged to apply.

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