Health Programs Director – Marie Stopes Timor-Leste

Marie Stopes Timor-Leste (MSTL), a member of the Marie Stopes International (MSI) global partnership is a non-profit, non-government organization (NGO) specializing in supporting and delivering high quality family planning and sexual and reproductive health services (SRH). We have been working in Timor-Leste since 2007 to support the Ministry of Health (MoH) implement national reproductive health strategies and achieve national maternal health goals. Our guiding principles are to support the MoH to deliver a broad range of high-quality family planning and SRH services, ensure excellence in clinical quality, and support the delivery of services that are client-focused and promote choice.

As part of Marie Stopes Timo-Leste’s (MSTL) Senior Management Team and under the direction of the MSTL Country Director, the Health Programs Director will lead, manage and grow the service delivery channels in line with the strategic goals, priorities and MSTL business plans. MSTL has two established service delivery channels:  1) Outreach that targets those in hard to reach rural and remote communities with unmet needs and unmet demand 2) Centre in capital Dili that provides accessible, affordable, and quality assured Sexual Reproductive Health services including family planning and a Public Sector Strengthening channel with the focus on working closely with the Ministry of Health to strengthen government skills and capacity in family planning.

The Health Program Director role will also lead and manage MSTL’s Evidence to Action work which includes effectively using data and market research insights to develop innovative and inclusive strategies to ensure improved access to MSTL services across the channels.

The Health Program Director will manage the programmatic, financial, and administrative performance of the MSTL service by effectively motivating, empowering, mentoring and supporting service delivery channel managers, evidence to action manager and staff; addressing bottlenecks; coordinating with other MSTL departments, monitoring performance, and insightfully reporting on performance to the Senior Management Team. In conjunction with the CD, this role will perform representational and stakeholder management duties including donor reporting and will ensure that MSTL’s vision, mission and core values are promoted. The Health Programs Director position will be based out of its Dili office with periodic international and domestic travel municipalities.

This position is open to application from both Timorese and foreign nationals.


Key Requirements of the Position:



  • A Master’s Degree in Public Health or Management with at least 5 years of extensive management, strategic and operational experience, preferably with an international NGO and demonstrated experience in the management of large service delivery and/or system strengthening programs, preferably in Asia and the Pacific
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in project design, proposal development and project management



  • Periodic international travel and domestic travel to visit teams in municipalities



  • Proven leadership and people management skills in a cross-cultural context including the ability to manage resources efficiently and effectively
  • Strong strategic thinking and analytical skills
  • Experience managing a team of varying capacity levels
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strategic planning skills
  • Excellent budget development and budget management ability
  • Strong understanding and commitment to safeguarding, gender equality and inclusion
  • Demonstrated ability to build and manage complex and diverse stakeholder relationships
  • Ability to produce high quality work and balance competing priorities within demanding timeframes
  • Advanced skills in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Ability to be flexible and support the needs of the team as required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Fluent in English, knowledge of Tetum is an added bonus


MSTL is an equal opportunities employer. Eligible female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

All interested candidates should submit a cover letter describing their suitability to the above requirements in English. The candidate should include a recent CV, names of three traceable referees with their contact details, and copy of related education certificates.

All applications should be sent by email to MSTL Human Resources department,, with the subject line FirstnameLastname_Positionappliedfor (Ex: NiviaPereira_HealthProgramsDirector).

A detailed job description can be found here.

MSTL has a policy on Safeguarding (protection of children and vulnerable adults) and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment. All successful candidates will need to sign a declaration, undergo a background check and sign the MSTL code of conduct.

All applications must be received by MSTL no later than 5:00pm Thursday, 3 February 2022 Timor-Leste time. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.