Call for Application: Trainers for Journalism Clinic 2020 at UNTL

The National University of Timor-Leste (Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa'e, UNTL) and UNESCO Office Jakarta, with the support of the Netherlands Funds-in-Trust project, will organize a Journalism Clinic for students of Department of Social Communication. The Department of Social Communication, under the Faculty of Social Sciences, was established in 2008 with aim to educate Timor-Leste’s future journalists to enter the industry as qualified professionals, and, thus, improve the quality of journalism in Timor-Leste.

The Journalism Clinic is an intensive extracurricular practical journalism writing programme focusing on news writing with structured classes mentored by Timor-Leste’s senior editors and journalists. The programme aims at improving the news writing ability in Tetum of the students of Social Communication so that they can enter the media industry with practical writing experience, making them job-ready.  

During the 6-week course, each trainer will meet at least twice a week with a group of no more than 12 students to have a mentoring class to improve the quality of their news writing in Tetum language.

The Journalism Clinic will be start from 16 August 2020 to 26 September 2020 (Tentative), at Department of Social Communication, Faculty of Social Sciences, UNTL
The course is using Tetum as language of instruction in class.  

We are looking for up to five trainers who are passionate about improving journalism education and standard in Timor-Leste and is willing to commit their time for the entire 6-week of the journalism clinic.


1. A 6-week Teaching Plan or syllabus (in Tetum with translation in Indonesian or English) which must include, at the minimum, the following information:  

  • The Objective of the course;
  • Topics to be covered over the 6 weeks;
  • Pre-training assessment for the students administer at the start of the course;
  • Post-training assessment for the students at end of the course;
  • List of resources.

2. Mid-term (3-week) Progress Report (in Indonesian or English)
3. Final Narrative Report (in Indonesian or English) with lesson learned and recommendations for future journalism clinic, and a summary of the assessment of the students




1. Based in Dili or surrounding area;
2. Degree or equivalent professional experience in communications, journalism, humanities, or related field;
3. At least five years of working experience in media organization in Timor-Leste, with a proven record of competency in the news writing in Tetum;
4. Experience in designing a training curriculum/module, particularly on news writing, is an advantage;
5. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, in Tetum and working level of English/Indonesian;

How to Apply:  
Please send your CV and samples of previous published written news articles (in Tetum/English) through email to  
Ms Elizabeth Soares (  
with copy to Mr Megi Primagara ( )  

The deadline for application is 14 August 2020.  

Selected participants will be notified via email. We do not accept hard copy applications or telephone inquiries.