Deputy Team Leader

  • Senior-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 1 July 2020
  • Suva, Fiji
  • Closing on 19 July 2020
  • Current

Job Description


DT Global aim’s to be a leader in international development. Building on over 50 years of combined experience and with support and guidance from GPD Charitable Trust , DT Global will offer a broad array of technical capabilities and creative, adaptive approaches to delivering high-quality interventions. With corporate offices in the USA, Spain, and Australia, DT Global’s portfolio of development projects – from water infrastructure to economic growth to conflict and transition programming – spans more than 90 countries. We have dedicated project offices in 31 countries and talented technical experts in every region of the world. We draw on a rich history of supporting leading international donor agencies, including USAID, EU, DFAT, NZ MFAT, DFID, and government and private sector clients globally.

DT Global is the managing contractor of the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Plus Program (PHAMA Plus) – an Australia and New Zealand Government funded aid program promoting agricultural and horticultural exports from six Pacific countries (Fiji, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu). For details on the program please visit

We are currently seeking a Deputy Team Leader to join our PHAMA Plus team. The Deputy Team Leader will provide high level, strategic and staff management support to the Team Leader in managing the PHAMA Plus program. The Deputy Team Leader will act as Deputy to the Team Leader (TL) to achieve quality technical, operational, relationship, communication and risk management outcomes.

Under the direction of the TL, the DTL’s responsibilities include:

Strategic Guidance and Leadership

  • Support the TL to build and maintain an effective organisation that delivers the expected results and achieves program impact.
  • Support the TL to develop strategies to effectively deliver PHAMA Plus.
  • Manage program reporting and deliverables
  • Provide strategic and technical guidance for intervention planning across all PHAMA Plus countries.

Staff Management

  • Contribute to a lesson-learning culture across the whole team and support the TL to develop team cohesion and effectiveness.
  • Support the TL to identify opportunities/challenges and work with the team, DFAT and MFAT to adjust the PHAMA Plus strategy, staffing and resourcing as appropriate.
  • Manage the PHAMA Plus country teams and other direct reports

Market Systems Development (MSD)

  • Incorporate MSD, Private Sector Development (PSD) and Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) principles into all PHAMA Plus program activities to maximise value for money and effectiveness.
  • Support Market Access Working Groups (MAWGs), Industry Working Groups (IWGs), National Facilitators (NFs) and other PHAMA Plus stakeholders to adapt MSD thinking to conduct market analysis, develop Intervention Concept Notes, Intervention Plans, pilot interventions, negotiate and manage partnerships successfully, and measure results.
  • Translate market systems theory into (Pacific) practice by ensuring MSD and PSD lessons and theory are considered in all activity planning, implementation, remediation and results measurement.
  • Facilitate partnership agreements for PHAMA Plus interventions.
  • Drive innovation and learning throughout implementation and DFAT’s broader learning agenda for MSD and PSD.

Monitoring and Results Measurement (MRM)

  • Systematically use information from the MRM system and lead program reporting requirements, aligned to DFAT M&E Standards.

Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE)/Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI)

  • Ensure WEE/GEDSI is integrated into PHAMA Plus interventions and MRM systems, with a focus on: ensuring data are utilised for management decision making; assess the ‘invisible’ roles of women, youth, rural communities and People with Disability; and, ensuring that data are commercially useful for our stakeholders.
  • In collaboration with the WEE Adviser and Inclusivity Officer, track the WEE/GEDSI Strategy.
  • Work with the WEE Adviser and GEDSI Manager to identify WEE/GEDSI training needs and development training/mentorship programs which are practical and task based.


  • Ensure that PHAMA Plus processes and procedures are effectively implemented in accordance with the PHAMA Plus Operations Manual and DT-Global policies and procedures including but not limited to the DT-Global Code of Conduct, Fraud and Anti-Corruption Policy, Confidentiality, Child Protection and Health and Safety, as well as being compliant with the requirements of relevant Australian and Pacific Island country laws.
  • Ensure the efficient delivery of activities, with a zero-tolerance approach to fraud.
  • Provide client-focused, responsive technical support to all PHAMA Plus countries with the aim of achieving a high level of internal and external customer satisfaction.

Reporting Requirements:

  • Quality Assurance of Intervention Concept Notes and Intervention Plans, Intervention outputs and Completion Reports
  • Manage the development and delivery of program reporting, including:
    • Annual Report and Workplan
    • Quarterly Management Reports
    • Six-Monthly Progress Report
    • Annual Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Export Context Analysis
    • Evaluative studies, knowledge products, value for money portfolio reviews and case studies
    • Project Completion Report.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Strong professional experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience in Pacific agriculture and international development.
  • Existing strong working relationships and networks in the Pacific
  • Strong understanding and experience in applying MSD principles, preferably in the Pacific
  • Previous experience in a senior management position on a large program, and proven experience managing complex tasks in multi-location programs.
  • Demonstrated experience of supporting the strategic direction and providing management support to multi-disciplinary teams in a cross-cultural context.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully designing and/or managing gender, disability, social inclusion, and/or other critical cross-cutting topics in programming.
  • Strong understanding of DFAT policies, systems and requirements, including on gender, environmental and other safeguards, private sector engagement, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Excellent verbal, graphic and written communication skills in English.

Key Relationships:

  • Report to, work with, and receive strategic direction from the TL.
  • Supervise and provide strategic guidance to the country teams, Market Systems Development Specialist, GEDSI Manager, Partnerships Manager and allocated short term advisers (STAs).
  • Work closely with DFAT, industry and government partners.
  • Work collaboratively with the Operations and Finance Manager, MRM Manager, Biosecurity and Trade Development Adviser, Biosecurity and Environmental Safeguards Adviser and WEE Adviser.
  • Work closely with complementary programs at regional (e.g. Pacific Women, Pacific Rise, PFIP, PSDI), country (e.g. Fiji MDF; PNG MDF, PPAP and PGF; Samoa MFAT Cocoa; Solomon Islands RDP and Strongim Bisnis; Vanuatu MFAT Beef) and whole-of-government (e.g. MFAT/ MPI Tonga HTFA/Horticultural SPS Program) levels.

Deliver Lasting Results and Impact:

  • Achieve results and deliver on time; ensuring deliverables are of high quality, accurate and meet the defined requirements.
  • Build capacity and transfer knowledge to key counterpart(s).
  • Effective leadership and management.
  • Undertake sound monitoring and evaluation reporting that includes quantitative and qualitative evidence of progress against objectives.
  • Promote sustainability and if applicable, prepare for transition out of program activities.

Maximising Value for VfM

  • Ensure robust systems and procedures are in place to monitor and manage VfM and deliver defined services within budget.
  • Eliminate inefficiency and duplication and apply lessons learnt and employ effective, ethical, efficient and economical use of funds.
  • Scrutinise costs to pursue the most cost-effective options and consider proportionality in planning/allocating resources

Collaboration, Communication and Responsiveness

  • Work collaboratively, communicate effectively with stakeholders and counterparts (including partner government, other donors, private sector, communities and beneficiaries) and respond to emerging issues.
  • Build effective relationships and ensure DFAT is consulted on key developments and emerging issues.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct, cultural sensitivity, communicate effectively, work collaboratively and build effective relationships.
  • Demonstrate appropriate flexibility and responsiveness to DFAT (and/or its implementing partner) and the Partner Government’s requests.
  • Address problems/issues openly and constructively

Policy Alignment, Risk Management and Innovation

  • Effectively manage risk, fraud and corruption, informing DFAT of any risks or issues that may adversely affect timing, cost or quality of services.
  • Take appropriate account of DFAT policies including Child Protection, Environmental and Social Safeguards; Gender Equality and Disability Inclusive Development and Animal Welfare.
  • Follow branding guidelines, including use of the DFAT crest and Australian Aid Identifier, and promote the visibility of Australian Government funded aid investments as appropriate.
  • Propose, promote and implement innovative development approaches (e.g. results-based aid; trialling/adapting).

Applications are encouraged immediately and will close 19 July 2020 at 11:59 pm Australian Central Standard Time.

All applications MUST include a cover letter and resume.

Enquiries can be directed to Email:

DT Global is an equal opportunity employer of choice and is committed to child protection. We encourage women and men and people living with disabilities to apply.

Managed by DT Global and funded by the Australian & New Zealand Governments.

About the Organization

With corporate offices in the USA, Spain, and Australia, DT Global’s portfolio - from water infrastructure to economic growth to conflict and transition programming - spans more than 90 countries. We have dedicated project offices in 31 countries and talented technical experts in every region of the world who work collaboratively to ensure seamless programming across continents and technical sectors.

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