Education Financing Partnerships Specialist ECDF

Papua New Guinea
Apply by 19 May 2018
Mid-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 19 April 2018

Job Description

Overview
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.

Purpose
Australia’s education assistance in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is designed to address education access and participation, including for women and girls and other disadvantaged groups, improve the quality of education, and improve young people’s employability. The Australian High Commission (AHC) provides support to the basic, secondary, technical and higher education sectors using a range of mechanisms, including the Education Capacity Development Facility (ECDF).

ECDF is seeking to engage an Education Financing Partnerships Specialist, Short Term Adviser, Adviser Remuneration Framework (ARF) D4. The STA role is required for up to 105 Input Days.

* The role is required to undertake and examination of the current DHERST funding mechanisms and the funding mechanisms of Higher Education Institutions, including TVET CoEs.
* Provide advice and support to the Government of Papua New Guinea at national and sub-national levels to:
* Identify and assess a broad range of potential partnerships with the private sector, NGOs and multi-lateral aid organisations including The World Bank and The Asian Development Bank (ADB), that can help to sustain and extend the capacity and reach of education reforms to date;
* Assist DHERST to assess opportunities to work with multi-lateral partners including development of proposals for funding;
* Explore a range of public/private funding arrangements including Positive Impact Partnerships and Social Impact Bonds; and
* Provide high-level strategic advice and support to both AHC and GoPNG at national and provincial level to develop long-term financing strategies.

Scope of Work
The Specialist will be based in the ECDF Office and for periods of time in national government and provincial locations, and will ultimately report to the Facility Director and the Education Counsellor AHC. The Specialist will develop a work plan detailing activities, timelines, outputs and outcomes also recognising the need to be opportunistic and iterative in approach. The Work Plan will be approved by the Facility Director, ECDF in consultation with the AHC.

The Specialist will work in collaboration with AHC, GoPNG (primarily DHERST), ECDF and key stakeholders in PNG at two levels - macro level financing (national and provincial) and micro-level partnerships institutional levels to:
* Conduct a rigorous review to map and describe the key characteristics of relevant existing education sector partnerships in PNG and evaluate the effectiveness of these from each of the partner perspectives;
* Work with senior officers of Treasury, DHERST and Planning to review education budget forecasts and potential shortfalls in operational funds, salaries and capital works for the next ten years;
* Review the history and likely future opportunities for funding from the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Identify key development priorities of ADB and the World Bank and opportunities for joint activities;
* Review existing regulations or guidelines that facilitate public-private partnership (e.g. agreements with Church/Religious institutions for shared use of facilities, contribution of business to vocational training, higher education funding models etc.);
* Identify examples of major corporate sponsorship or collaborative development activity in PNG and though 3 or 4 case studies (not limited to education), extract lessons learned and key principles to guide potential partnership initiatives;
* Identify strategic entry points for mainstreaming of the GoPNG Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) Policy 2013;
* For Centres of Excellence (CoE) provide specific advice on potential partnership opportunities with the private sector and multilateral banks and other international financing institutions, and how to initiate and manage these effectively;
* Identify government priorities at national and provincial level which could be appropriate for public-private partnership; identify both the barriers and facilitators for partnership in these areas.

Please respond to the following essential selection criteria:
* Demonstrated successful track record of identifying and winning large scale donor funding;
* Significant prior experience working with funding partners in international development; and
* Post graduate qualifications in Finance, Economics or International Development or relevant experience;
* Experience in managing or monitoring public-private partnerships
* Demonstrated experience working in development aid in the Asia/Pacific region

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

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