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Library Consultant

The Asia Foundation
Location: Timor-Leste
Last Date: May 27, 2011
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The Asia Foundation Timor-Leste (an International NGO) is currently seeking International candidates for the position of LIBRARY CONSULTANT. It is a three month position where the successful candidate will be responsible for providing high-level technical support to Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MNE) library development with a particular focus on (1) developing the Ministryís library training curriculum, (2) library cataloguing standards and practices; (3) organizing and cataloguing the current collection of books in the library; (4) creating a database for current and incoming books in the library; and (5) establishing and implementing a lending and tracking system for library patrons, and (6) implementing the new library system.  The LC will act as an independent financial and institutional management consulting expert and will consolidate the results of MNEís strategic planning processes, develop existing materials within MNE and design a short term induction library training manual and also recommendations for library development  



Daily contact with The Asia Foundationís (the Foundation) Program Manager is expected. In addition, ,the consultant will have  regular contact with the Foundationís Deputy Country Representative, Office Manager as well as with other Foundation staff and consultants (e.g. Institutional Policy Advisor, Human Resources Advisor). Occasional contact with other Foundation staff in Asia across similar thematic areas is also expected, as is regular contact with the Human Resources unit staff in the Foundationís San Francisco and Washington D.C. offices. 


Daily contact is expected with MNEís Secretary General as well as with key staff from the Planning and Research Commission. In addition the consultant will have regular contact with Executive Council, national and international staff.




Minimum five years of professional experience in library development, cataloging, database and process design. The Consultant will have a proven track record in library organizational development a demonstrated understanding of inter-governmental policy harmonization, e.g. incorporation of civil service policy, and intra-institutional policy integration. 


Advanced Degree in library studies, archive studies or a related field. 


Demonstrated ability in multidisciplinary team management, institutional planning; strong analytical and problem solving skills; flexibility, patience, pro-active; proven interpersonal, linguistic and intercultural skills. 


Living and working experience in Timor-Leste, the South East Asian region, or Pacific Islands.  Fluency in English. Portuguese is preferable and would be beneficial.  

Application is due by May 27, 2011. Please send cover letter, resume and contact address/phone addressed to Office Manager, The Asia Foundation, Rua De Nu Luran No. 20, Bairro Dos Grillos, Dili, Timor Leste or to  or Only short-listed candidates will be acknowledged. 

For full position description please contact Hugo Fernandes on (+670 723 0926) or (+670) 3313457 or by email to 

The job is open to International Applicants. 



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