Labour Mobility Engagement Manager, PNG - Pacific Labour Facility

  • Senior-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 4 February 2020

Job Description

Labour Mobility Engagement Manager, PNG - Pacific Labour Facility

Company 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.

Project Overview and Role:

The Pacific Labour Facility facilitates seasonal and longer-term work opportunities for Pacific workers to Australia through the Pacific Labour Scheme. It connects Australian employers with Pacific workers, supports the administration of the PLS and provides targeted support to SWP.

The PLF is managed by Palladium and provides the backbone of Australia’s future support for circular labour mobility in the Pacific under the direction of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The PLF has been established as a trusted intermediary in connecting Australian employers with Pacific workers.

The Labour Mobility Engagement Manager will be responsible for developing and implementing a program of assistance to PNG government agencies and other in-country stakeholders to ensure effective engagement of PNG in Australian Government labour mobility programs. The position will work to improve the supply of quality workers to these programs and also maximise the development impacts of the programs for workers, their families and their communities.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Labour Mobility Supply Lead the Labour Engagement Mobility Manager, PNG will:

  • Work closely with the Australian High Commission and other stakeholders to identify and adopt the most appropriate strategy to ensure effective engagement of PNG in Pacific Labour Mobility programs.
  • Consult the PNG government and its labour sending authorities to determine their objectives for labour mobility and establish a common understanding of their existing capacities and future requirements to enable improved labour mobility participation in PNG.
  • Develop and implement a program of assistance to PNG government agencies and other in-country stakeholders to ensure effective participation of PNG in Australian Government labour mobility programs.
  • Regularly undertake political economy analysis to inform program implementation.
  • Facilitate linkages between Labour Sending Units, ministries, labour agents, bilateral programs, the Australia Pacific Technical Coalition and community groups to harness synergies between actors and programs that support growth of labour mobility in PNG
  • Manage country-level planning and budgeting, incorporating needs analysis of sending country capacity development and institutional strengthening as required.
  • Implement initiatives to increase the supply of Pacific Labour Scheme and Seasonal Worker Programme participants, in line with PNG government plans and objectives, and to meet Australian industry demand.
  • Facilitate improvement of quality of worker pool for deployment to Australia through the design and delivery of processes that support worker recruitment, including capacity building assistance and training to participating government agencies/recruitment agents and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Encourage government ministries and labour sending units to actively lead annual planning, marketing, monitoring, reflection and learning to ensure they meet employer needs and worker welfare needs.
  • Work closely with the PLF employer engagement team in Australia and PNG stakeholders to support marketing activities that enhance awareness of the potential benefits of PNG workers amongst eligible employers.
  • Deliver training, either one-on-one or to large groups and facilitate workshops to SWP and PLS stakeholders.
  • Support reintegration initiatives by leveraging connections with other DFAT funded programs and in-country networks.
    Promote inclusion across all aspects of labour sending activities, including equality, disability and child protection.
  • Ensure communication, cross-learning and sharing of tools across the Pacific Labour Facility team.
    Participate as a member of the PLF team and contribute to planning and reporting activities.

Required Qualifications: The Labour Mobility Engagement Manager will possess the following qualifications and experience:


  • An an existing understanding of current issues in relation to circular labour mobility within the PNG context, including related policy and regulatory frameworks, and the ability to translate these to implementation (or the ability through good familiarity with PNG government systems to quickly acquire this understanding);
  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline, and experience working in a project management, and/or partnership brokering role;
  • A demonstrated ability to build respectful, productive and sustainable working relationships with a variety of PNG and Australian stakeholders (including partner government, civil society and the private sector) and working together to achieve results;
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously with limited supervision;
  • Demonstrated skill and experience at convening and facilitating productive interaction between diverse groups of people;
  • Experience working with programs in the Pacific with a strong understanding of gender equality concepts and issues (previous work with partners at national and sub-national government levels in PNG is a significant advantage for this role);
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of different individuals and organisations across countries and time zones;
  • High level proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and web browsers;
  • Ability to work to deadlines, and to balance competing priorities;
  • Be able to travel regionally and internationally as required.


  • Experience in the design and delivery of training programs and/or facilitation;
  • Demonstrated understanding of best practice human resources and recruitment practices;
  • Have connections with the Australian agriculture industry and business community.

Closing date for applications is 28 February 2020

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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