Communications Manager - Pacific, Pacific Labour Facility

  • Senior-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 12 September 2019
  • Ashmore and Cartier
  • Closing on 12 October 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.

The Pacific Labour Facility (PLF) facilitates the seasonal and longer-term work opportunities for Pacific workers to Australia. It connects Australian employers with Pacific workers, supports the administration of the Pacific Labour Scheme and provides targeted support to Seasonal Worker Programme. The PLF acts as a trusted intermediary in connecting Australian employers with Pacific workers and in its partnerships with Pacific countries, the private sector and other stakeholders. The PLF is managed by Palladium on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs &Trade (DFAT).

The Communications Manager - Pacific is responsible for the quality, frequency and delivery of Pacific Labour Facility’s communications with a range of stakeholders and audiences (DFAT, the wider development community, host governments, industry stakeholders and partners, the general public) via a range of print, broadcast and digital formats including social media.

For the Facility, communications are not only about informing various stakeholders and audiences, but also engaging them directly to promote the benefits and achievements of labour mobility and influencing perceptions within the industry and the Australian public.

The Communications Manager - Pacific is also responsible for knowledge management, ensuring that information is properly stored and shared, and that lessons are learned and shared across all countries both online and face-to-face.

The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience:


  • A degree in the area of marketing, communications, journalism, international development or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education.
  • Minimum 10 years’ relevant work experience in developing and implementing targeted communications and/or marketing strategies.
  • Demonstrated experience operating in Pacific island countries and an understanding of political, cultural and communications environments in the Pacific and Timor-Leste.
  • High-level writing, editing and proofreading skills, preferably combined with ‘investigative’ skills.
  • Demonstrated digital content production skills, including video and static content for social media, web sites and news channels.
  • Experience in writing and content production for a range of stakeholder groups, (e.g. the Australian Government, private sector and the general public) and for a range of channels.
  • Demonstrated media relations experience, including the ability to liaise with journalists, produce media backgrounders, pitches and press releases, and an understanding of the Pacific media environment.
  • Experience in managing communications teams, including sub-contractors, preferably across different geographical contexts.
  • Good working knowledge of commonly-used software (Microsoft suite and Adobe CS software).
  • Working knowledge of website design, CMS and Mailchimp.
  • Willingness to travel frequently (up to 50%) throughout the Pacific and other locations as required.
  • Personal initiative, creativity, and drive.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.


  • Experience working in the international development sector is highly regarded.
  • Experience working on DFAT-funded programs and a subsequent understanding of reporting and representation requirements.

This is a Brisbane based position with extensive travel throughout the Pacific. Candidates who are willing to relocate to Brisbane for the position must do so at their own expense as no relocation package is available.
​​​​​​​You must have valid Australian work rights to apply for this role. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

For full Terms of Reference and to apply please visit the Palladium website via the link.

About the Organization

Palladium develops and delivers solutions that create positive impact for communities, businesses, societies and economies. We transform lives and create enduring value by working with governments, corporations and non-profit organisations.

Palladium is built on the idea that progress will be supported by four key pillars: • International Development • Strategy Execution Consulting • Impact Investment • Training and Events We create positive impact through more than 100 current projects with more than 2000 employees operating in over 90 countries.

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