Director, Quality and Inclusion

Canberra, Australia
Apply by 31 August 2018
Senior-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 2 August 2018

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, colour, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

About
The Market Development Facility (MDF) is a multi-country program, currently operational in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and Fiji.

MDF aims to:
* Create additional employment and income earning opportunities for poor women and men through broad-based and sustainable pro-poor growth;
* Make rural and urban sectors of the economy in which the poor are involved as producers and workers, more competitive and making them grow;
* Reduce constraints to growth and to increase the capacity for firms to innovate and deal with competitive, regulatory, social and environmental pressures, so that the benefits for the poor will sustain and expand in time.
* The Director of Quality and Inclusion (QI) is a member of the MDF CLT. S/he will lead and support the QI Working Group (a team of 15 individuals) across the five countries to ensure effective implementation and smooth running of the results measurement system.

Specifically the Director of QI will:

Monitoring and Results Measurement (Quality)
* Lead, coach and mentor MDF’ s QI teams across countries to ensure high quality, consistent and DCED compliant implementation of MDF’ s MRM system.
* Manage the QI working groups, coordinate and chair meetings, ensure high quality and consistent research practices, develop quality intervention and sector guides, and ensure integration of cross-cutting themes such as WEE, inclusion and environment. Ensure that information gathered through the system is fed into the strategic and implementation decisions and MDF’ s learning agenda.
* Lead facility-wide analytical research efforts and support country teams to commission and/or lead research initiatives, ensure proper use of research tools and methods and assist with research design and analysis where necessary.

Women’ s Economic Empowerment and Inclusion
* Lead facility-wide analytical efforts and support Country Teams to ensure WEE and inclusion strategies are integrated and clearly articulated in all relevant MDF documentation, including intervention guides, monitoring and assessments, strategy documents and results chains
* Ensure that all technical staff understand inclusion strategies and actively apply them to the design, management and monitoring of partnerships
* Contribute to WEE and inclusion-related content for MDF’ s internal professional development program as well as the MDF learning agenda

Other Cross-cutting Themes
* Ensure MDF’ s Environmental Guidelines and Checklists and overall environmental management are compliant with relevant Australian guidelines and national legislation.
* Ensure cross-cutting themes are incorporated in all relevant MDF documents and support the identification and design of suitable interventions where needed.

In addition to the aforementioned, the incumbent is expected to:
* Contribute content to and support the delivery of MDF’ s learning agenda - internally, within DFAT and to the broader global development community
* Actively engage with DFAT (Canberra and country Posts) to build awareness, understanding and appreciation of MDF’ s MRM system, approaches to WEE and inclusion and other cross-cutting themes.

Requirements
* Advanced degree in international development, anthropology/sociology, economics, (agri)business, research or related fields
* Proven qualitative and quantitative research skills, with at least eight years employment within the discipline including demonstrated complex field research in MSD or a related development approach in areas such as productivity, poverty and social norms, sustainability and resilience
* A proven track record in implementation and oversight of a DCED-compliant MRM system, and in the training and ongoing support for a large MRM team
* Excellent critical analysis, synthesis and English language skills (written and spoken), combined with the ability to translate complex findings and ideas into simple, clear and actionable content
* Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated capacity to constructively engage with DFAT, development partners and stakeholders
Willingness to work in a challenging environment and travel extensively to MDF countries

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis. The final date for submissions in the 31 August 2018. Please include a CV (maximum four pages), together with a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role. If you have any queries on your application or experience any technical difficulties please send an email to Cate.Everitt@thepalladiumgroup.com

Organization 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, colour, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

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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