Timor-Leste - Farming for Prosperity Monitoring & Evaluation Intern

Programming Dili, Timor-Leste (East Timor)




LENGTH OF INTERNSHIP:  June – November 2019


INTERN SUPERVISOR & CONTACT INFORMATION: Social & Behavior Change and Nutrition Specialist





Mercy Corps responsibilities

For the duration of this internship assignment the intern will receive:

  • Airplane tickets (deploy and return to home of record)
  • Accommodations (group housing)
  • ISOS Emergency Med-Evac coverage
  • Visa fees
  • Workspace
  • Costs associated with work related domestic travel outside of Dili (e.g. lodging, per diem, travel)
  • Reimbursement for work related public transportation in Dili
  • $10/mos phone credit for work related calls
  • Work computer and temporary phone and/or SIM card (to be returned at end of service)


Intern responsibilities

Intern will remain responsible for all costs associated with:

  • Travel insurance
  • Health insurance
  • All other costs associated with this internship





Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.

Mercy Corps is a major partner in the implementation of the To’os Ba Moris Diak (Farming for Prosperity) Program (TOMAK) – a five-year agricultural livelihoods program funded by the Australian Government in Timor-Leste.  TOMAK’s goal is to ensure rural households live more prosperous and sustainable lives.  TOMAK will achieve this through parallel and linked interventions that aim to:

  • Component 1: Establish a foundation of food security and good nutrition for rural households; and
  • Component 2: Build their capacity to confidently and ably engage in profitable agricultural markets.

The main purpose of this internship is to provide support to TOMAK’s Component 1 team in assessing progress towards changing food security and nutrition-related practices being promoted under TOMAK. This includes supporting TOMAK’s nutrition and M&E teams to design and utilize a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods aimed at assessing existing practices, attitudes and intentions to act across a select number of behaviors articulated in TOMAK’s social and behavior change (SBC) strategy. The results of these small assessments will be used to inform TOMAK’s ongoing approaches to influence changes in behaviors around the following themes: Household nutrition; Infant & young child feeding and care; Maternal nutrition, care and support; and Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture (NSA).


As a result of this internship, the intern will develop and refine the following key knowledge, skills and experiences – which are highly relevant and attractive in the global humanitarian workforce:

  • Applied monitoring and evaluation principles and strategy
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the drivers and inhibitors of behavior change, in particular around key aspects of improving food security and nutrition
  • Completion of a discrete project that directly impacts program quality
  • User-driven monitoring and evaluation and adaptive programming
  • Engagement with a wide variety of stakeholders including: program leadership, managers, implementing partners and government counterparts
  • Networking with Mercy Corps’ Global Agency resources and personnel



The intern is expected to complete the following:

  1. Develop a 6-month plan of action/work plan with her/his supervisor.
  2. Design and carry out interviews with a select group of TOMAK beneficiaries aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of how TOMAK’s SBC approaches are addressing barriers to key NSA practices.
  3. Develop interviews into short case studies for discussion amongst TOMAK and implementing partners.
  4. Design and carry out targeted spot surveys focused on specific NSA related practices. Analyze results and develop brief reports.
  5. Design participatory workshop sessions to share assessment results with implementing partners in an engaging manner that maximizes analysis of assessment results and their field experience.




  • University degree (in agriculture, food security, nutrition or a related field is preferred)
  • Experience with M&E
  • Knowledge in the application of quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Experience using MS Excel to collate and analyze data
  • Familiarity with SPSS, PowerBI is a plus
  • Fluent in written English
  • Ability to work autonomously and within a team, strong problem-solving skills, and cultural sensitivity



This internship is based in Dili, Timor Leste and will be expected to travel up to 30% of the time –to areas with only basic accommodations and limited access to medical facilities and amenities. The Mercy Corps guesthouse is located in a tourist-friendly neighborhood and within short walking distances to multiple grocery stores and restaurants. Interns are expected to utilize the public transportation system of ‘microlets’ to get to and from the office from the guesthouse. While generally considered a safe city, harassment of females is a known challenge, and prospective intern candidates are expected to remain aware of their surroundings and cautious when traveling/walking alone and in public transportation. 


Mercy Corps interns and team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours and are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.


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