Investment Budget Execution Support for Rural Infrastructure Development and Employment Generation (TIM Works) Project (Timor-Leste)

The Project addresses the enormous twin challenges of job creation and the need for infrastructure improvement in Timor-Leste, contributing to employment generation, poverty reduction, economic growth and peace building through the rehabilitation, construction and maintenance of rural infrastructure using labour-based (equipment supported) work methods.

Project description

The TIM-Works Project is a multi-donor funded project with a total budget of USD11.2 million over 4 years with AusAID contributing USD 3.2 from June 2010 to February 2012. The Project aims to improve 300 km of rural roads and provide routine maintenance on 2,100 km of roads, using labour-based methods. This should generate over 1.3 million person days of work, reaching some 28,000 beneficiaries of which 30 per cent will be women. The project will also raise the capacity of the government and the private contracting sector to improve and manage the road network using appropriate sustainable labour-based techniques and procedures.

Project strategy

Roads for rehabilitation and maintenance are identified through a comprehensive and consultative community driven process, which take into consideration priorities of the local authorities, labour and materials availability, connectivity aspects and access to social and economic amenities such as markets, schools and clinics. As roads are rehabilitated they are also included in for routine maintenance.

The TIM Works project employs Labour-based technology (LBT) for rural infrastructure, which optimizes the use of productive labour and complements the use of labour with essential equipment necessary to meet the specified technical and engineering standards.

A key ambition of TIM Works is to generate productive work opportunities for the more vulnerable population in the rural areas through the road works. Community leaders are requested to help identify young women and men to be recruited for the works. Equal opportunity is given to men and women to participate in the works. The gender perspective is an integral component of the TIM-Works Project, during the planning, implementation and monitoring of activities.

The design of Tim Works was to start works through in house resources and progressively introduce contracting approaches. An effective structure for management of the labour-based work activities has therefore been established within the Government counterpart institution (SEFOPE), with capacity building efforts for both public and private sector and procedures development for the effective management and contracting of labour based road rehabilitation and maintenance works.