Communications Director, Market Development Facility

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 27 June 2019
  • Canberra, Australia
  • Closing on 11 July 2019

Job Description

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status. At MDF, our teams work with businesses, associations and governments in Asia Pacific to help farmers and workers thrive. We use a market systems (MSD) approach to achieve long-term, lasting growth and create sustainable jobs for poor women and men.

Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) is central to our work on the ground, and our teams in Fiji, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are dedicated to ensuring that our activities benefit women and girls.

MDF is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT). It is implemented by Palladium in partnership with Swisscontact.

Role:
For MDF, communications is not only about informing various stakeholders and audiences, but also engaging them directly and influencing perceptions and (investment) decisions within the industry. There is also a strong focus on helping development professionals, within and beyond DFAT, learn lessons from MDF experience. Communications is part of a broader MDF Engagement, Influencing and Learning agenda. How MDF communications products are developed and deployed are aligned and influenced by this. The Communications Director is a member of the Core Leadership Team (CLT). S/he is responsible for the quality and frequency of MDF’s external communications with a range of stakeholders and audiences (DFAT, the wider development community, host governments, industry stakeholders and partners) via a range of formats including print, video, online and, to an extent, in real time via social media.

Where required, the Communications Director will take the lead in the production of content and events to support implementation in countries. S/he heads the MDF communications working group, made up of MDF country office-based Communications Specialists. This group safeguards the quality and coherence of MDF communications, ensuring relevant audiences identified by MDF have access to regular, informative and diverse communications materials in various formats on what MDF does.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
* Under the guidance of the Team Leader, maintain delivery and implementation of the facility’s communications strategy
* Ensure that all communications material including press releases, country narratives, technical notes and case studies are effective, of high quality, contain accurate information and meet DFAT guidelines and procedure
* Provide technical communications leadership and quality assurance to Communications Specialists, including best practices in communications, engagement, influencing and messaging to specific target audiences, especially in the public sector. Where needed, edit these materials and tailor them to audiences needs
* Proactively communicate lessons learned and MDF experiences in a simple and tailored fashion to all relevant DFAT stakeholders both in Canberra and at Posts, including those branches that do not directly oversee the program
* Manage and monitor the flow of communications emanating from each country and ensure relevant information is then captured, packaged and fed into facility-wide communications products
* Maintain an attractive, fresh, interesting and responsive website and social media presence
* Support the development of key facility-wide reporting deliverables and communication pieces; format and edit these to ensure the highest level of professional presentation
* Organise and/or represent MDF at (international) events to increase the facility’s public profile and contribute to international learning; support international representation of staff; maintain a calendar of potential events suitable for DFAT’s economic diplomacy purposes and/or international learning
* Promote the circulation of information, experience and lessons learned within the Facility to support the functioning of the multi-country facility as one
* Procure and manage communications consultants and service providers where required (e.g. copy editors, photographers, software suppliers, or web developers).

For complete Terms of Reference (TOR) click here Requirements:
* A degree in the field of international relations/development, social sciences, English, journalism, communications, or a related area (or equivalent professional experience in that field)
* At least ten years’ experience in communications, marketing and editing in an international environment
* Experience managing teams, contractors and service providers in different countries
* Experience with designing diverse effective communications formats for print and digital use, preferably with some experience in international development assistance projects
* Excellent writing, design and creative skills, including photography, video and social media project direction
* Proven ability to work with often complex content and translate into simple, clear formats
* Experience managing and organising public events
* Demonstrated personal initiative, creativity, and drive
* Native English speaker with excellent writing and editing skills
* A police clearance certificate.

Desired:
* Understanding and experience in working on market systems development programs in Asia and the Pacific
* Experience working on DFAT-funded programs and demonstrated understanding of reporting, public diplomacy and representation requirements

Application Requirements:
To submit your expression of interest, please submit your cover letter and CV as a single document.

Expressions of Interest must include a succinct covering letter (no more than 1-2 pages) outlining an overview of your experience and qualifications as relevant to the TOR.

Communications Director is DFAT Adviser Remuneration Framework Classification B3 level position.

Location(s): Australia - Australian Capital Territory - Canberra

About the Organization

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved – and is committed to continuing to improve – economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

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