Foka Ba Futuru is a website for young Timorese to access information about careers in different sectors and pathways from school into those professions.

Meet individuals talking about each job profile in a Career Introductory Video. Find out where to gain the skills and what study is available in Timor to qualify for careers you are interested in. Discover how to access information about educational courses, and Job Listings by Sector

The Asia Foundation, through the Australian Aid-funded Foka Ba Futuru project is working to promote employment for youth in the different sectors through raising awareness of different kinds of career opportunities in these sectors, and the pathways between school and a particular career.

The youth competition

The Foka ba Futura project has created a competition for university and technical vocational education and training (TVET) students to develop, film and produce short films that profile specific careers and persons in the tourism and hospitality industry. These films are hosted on this website and Facebook and will form the basis for a growing library of career reference videos. Over time, The Asia Foundation will include other sectors. If you wish to submit a Career Introductory Video, click here. A goal of Foka ba Futura is to build connect young Timorese to jobs in the local economy. It is built on similar successful video competitions in Cambodia, examples of which can be found at

Timor context

  • Timor-Leste’s population is very young, 39% was under the age of 15 in 2015, and in the next few years the working age population will grow from 696,300 in 2013 to 913,800 in 2023.
  • The hospitality and tourism sector represents an opportunity for job growth as the Government of Timor plans to grow the Trouism Economy from $24M per year to over $150M by 2030

Creating the change

One of The Asia Foundation’s (TAF) main objectives in Timor-Leste is to expand economic opportunity and increase diversification of the non-oil economy. In recent years, TAF has been working to grow the tourism and hospitality sectors through support to both government policy as well as private sector engagement. One of the key outcomes for an expanded Tourist Economy is the generation of jobs for the growing youth job seeker population. To achieve the headline goals in the Tourism Policy there will need to be a significant shift in the labour market to produce highly skilled workers, but also for young Timorese to see the tourism and hospitality industry as a desirable career. As the tourism industry is new, there is a lack of knowledge by young people about what types of jobs are available now and what will be available in the future. Further, there is a lack of understanding on how to get a job in the tourism industry, what qualifications and skills are necessary, and what jobs are suited to different personality types. The lack of a career counseling support-system and information about careers in hospitality and tourism, low visibility of role models and personalities in the industry, and the absence of a mentoring system that could shape student-talents to choose the right career of their preference (personal talent, strengths or interest) can result in frustration among students. This website and Facebook page aim to provide information and resources to youth and job-seekers to assist with career choices and understand pathways between school and employment in a specific career. TAF is collaborating with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)’s Work Force Development Program on the Foka ba Futuru (Film the Future or FTF) project.

We hope that this website and the related Facebook page  provide useful information to jobseekers and students. We appreciate any feedback on what you would like to see here – please use this feedback form.