Job title:                            Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) Adviser

Duration:                          January/February 2024 – June 2026

Location:                          Remote (with 20% in Timor-Leste)

Direct Reports:               Gender Specialist, Youth Specialist and Disability Specialist

Reports to:                        Team Leader



The To’os Ba Moris Di’ak Program (TOMAK) is a 10-year agricultural livelihoods program funded by the Australian Government in Timor-Leste. Its goal is to ensure rural households live more prosperous and sustainable lives.

TOMAK Phase 1 (AUD25 million, 2016-21) aimed to enable more prosperous and sustainable rural livelihoods through an innovative mix of nutrition-sensitive agriculture (NSA), market systems development (MSD) and women’s economic empowerment (WEE) activities. Phase 1 was extended until June 2022 to allow for evaluative activities and the Phase 2 design update process. TOMAK Phase 2 (up to AUD20 million, 2022-26) formally commenced in July 2022.

TOMAK Phase 2 takes an integrated ‘food system’ perspective to achieve interlinked objectives relating to food security, nutrition and agriculture-based livelihoods. The program has a strong inclusion focus, articulated in the program design and theory of change. Phase 2 adopted a ‘twin-track’ approach to gender equality, disability and social inclusion (GEDSI) by mainstreaming inclusion alongside specific interventions to ensure particular individuals and marginalised groups can participate equally with others.

TOMAK is being implemented at the community level in Baucau, Bobonaro and Viqueque municipalities through government and NGO partners, with broader reach achieved through various systems-strengthening activities with government and private sector partners.


Position Summary


The Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) Adviser is a key TOMAK leadership team member responsible for day-to-day direction-setting, activity implementation, stakeholder engagement and partnerships, and overall management of this important technical area. GEDSI is a cross-cutting principle within the TOMAK program design, and the GEDSI Adviser plays a critical role in ensuring that the program develops and implements contextually appropriate, best-practice approaches to GEDSI in order to achieve program outcomes.


The Adviser ensures the program implements the best practices and approaches as defined by the approved program’s strategies and key documents (Program Guiding Strategy, GEDSI Strategy, Social and Behaviour Change Strategy, MEL Plan). The GEDSI Adviser will lead the implementation of TOMAK’s Phase 2 GEDSI Strategy, working closely with TOMAK’s GEDSI Team, program leadership and technical personnel. This strategy articulates and guides the program’s approach to mainstreaming inclusion and identifies key areas where TOMAK intends to implement specific interventions (including gender-transformative approaches) to ensure key target groups are reached – namely women farmers, farmers with disabilities and youth farmers. The Adviser will ensure that the strategy is socialised and bedded down within the program and updated regularly based on implementation experiences and learnings.


The Adviser will provide technical leadership for TOMAK’s GEDSI-related research, including managing any short-term consultants engaged to support GEDSI research and assessments (including researches into disability prevalence and inclusion to be used to inform and shape disability inclusion strategies). The GEDSI Adviser will also provide technical input into other research activities led by TOMAK and partners (e.g. food systems research, market systems analyses etc.) to ensure all research has sufficient inclusion focus and employs gender and disability-sensitive methodologies.


The Adviser manages the GEDSI team (gender specialist, disability specialist, youth specialist). The Adviser will be expected to work closely with the GEDSI team to develop and execute an annual workplan and to contribute to the capacity development of any direct reports actively. The Adviser will also work with the GEDSI team to improve GEDSI skills and capacity among the broader TOMAK team, as well as with implementation partners and other stakeholders. With regard to community-level approaches, the Adviser will be expected to play an advisory and technical role in supporting TOMAK’s implementing partner along with other members of the TOMAK leadership team.


The GEDSI Adviser should have high-level leadership skills and the ability to collaborate with diverse teams and effectively communicate new and sensitive topics. Strong organisational skills and the ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines are necessary. The Adviser should be an excellent communicator, capable of expressing the program’s vision and desired outcomes through various formats and with various stakeholders. The Adviser should be willing to travel regularly to the field, including rural/farming communities as required.


Ideally, the candidate will be based in Timor-Leste. However, a candidate with relevant skills and experience may occupy the role as a remote position for all or part of this consultancy (with at least 20% of the time in-country).


Duties and responsibilities

  • In collaboration with TOMAK’s technical teams, develop plans and lead the implementation of the TOMAK Phase 2 GEDSI strategy, ensuring that this strategy is well integrated across all areas (incl. food systems, nutrition-sensitive agriculture, food security and nutrition, market systems development, resilience, policy and institutional strengthening);
  • Provide high-quality GEDSI technical input into TOMAK’s research and assessments, field implementation approaches, monitoring and evaluation, and policy/advocacy efforts, including for activities implemented by TOMAK partners (GoTL, NGO, private sector);
  • Together with the GEDSI team, manage key GEDSI partnerships, including with GoTL ministries and Secretaries of State, as well as civil society (GEDSI)
  • Ensure provision of high-quality support, training and refresher training for TOMAK staff and implementing partners on GEDSI principles and approaches;
  • Support the MEL system to integrate and adequately track inclusion outcomes
  • Directly supervise and support the GEDSI team through the provision of coaching and support in planning, implementation and monitoring of GEDSI activities;
  • Support the capacity development of staff in relevant GEDSI areas and support the broader TOMAK team to improve program-wide GEDSI knowledge, skills and capacity;
  • As a member of the TOMAK leadership team, play an active role in stakeholder engagement and the development of key deliverables, including writing sections of the annual workplan and annual report and presenting at donor briefings;
  • Recruit and manage any short-term personnel required for key GEDSI assignments to ensure delivery of high quality deliverables (incl. research, training curricula, analysis, etc.);
  • Review as required all TOMAK/ASI policies, procedures and other relevant documentation to ensure they are aligned to DFAT frameworks and adhere to principles of gender equality, disability and social inclusion;
  • Participate in relevant GEDSI-related networks (including those convened by DFAT) to ensure regular communication and coordination with other programs, organisations and agencies. Liaise with and work in line with the DFAT and its programs on addressing GEDSI aspects;


Skills and experience required:

  1. Advanced academic qualifications in gender, agriculture, social science, health, or other related field;
  2. Demonstrated international development experience in gender equality and disability inclusion-related programming and youth inclusion, particularly in the areas of agricultural productivity, food and nutrition security (at least seven years);
  3. Extensive knowledge of integrated GEDSI programming with strong experience in program design, research, and MEL;
  4. Extensive experience in development programming, esp. related to women’s economic empowerment, disabilities inclusion, and youth participation and inclusion in agriculture and rural development, food security and nutrition, and market systems development;
  5. Excellent strategic communication and advocacy skills, analytical and report writing skills;
  6. Strong networks and ability to access complementary resources and expertise in GEDSI;
  7. Sound knowledge of gender, disability and social inclusion issues in Timor-Leste;
  8. Demonstrated high-level organisational skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks competing priorities and complete assignments within timeframes;
  9. Ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team and to synthesise a variety of ideas and present them back to teams;
  10. Experience in capacity building, including training and on-the-job mentoring of national staff, strong leadership and team management skills;
  11. Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  12. Advanced skills in spoken and written English required;
  13. Extensive regional and/or country experience in the Asia-Pacific;
  14. Previous experience on DFAT-funded programs preferred.


To apply:

For further information or to submit your application, please email to and with the email subject line “GEDSI LT Adviser”. Application COB 15th December 2023 (AEST).


Applications should include:

  • a cover letter which addresses the Terms of Reference
  • an up-to-date CV (no more than three pages)
  • a recent example of an authored GEDSI-related document (study, report, analysis).

Adam Smith International is an equal-opportunity employer – women and candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Unfortunately, only short-listed applicants will be contacted due to the high volume of applications received.