Senior Adviser, Market Development Facility (MDF) - Fiji

  • Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 21 September 2020

Job Description

Senior Adviser, Market Development Facility (MDF) - Fiji

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.

About Market Development Facility (MDF)

MDF is an Australian Government funded multi-country initiative which promotes sustainable economic development, through higher incomes for women and men, in our partner countries. We connect individuals, businesses, governments and NGOs with each other, and with markets at home and abroad. This enhances investment and coordination and allows partnerships to flourish, strengthening inclusive economic growth. MDF is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT). It is implemented by Palladium in partnership with Swisscontact.

In Fiji, MDF focuses on developing a growing, diversified and inclusive tourism industry, while also improving the
competitiveness of Fiji’s high value agriculture and urban industries.

Due to growth in our Fiji program, MDF is seeking a highly motivated leader with extensive experience in the Pacific and a deep understanding of private sector development and market systems.

About the Role

Reporting to the Country Director, the Senior Adviser will be responsible for providing technical advice to the Fiji team and support overall management of the program’s in-country presence. They will be an integral part of the MDF Fiji management team, helping develop the right organisational culture and development ethos.

The position will play a pivotal role in building the capacity of the country team in to deliver against MDF’s core objectives. Under the leadership of the Country Director (CD) and the Quality and Inclusion Director, the Senior Adviser will be responsible for helping build a portfolio of investments and partnerships that align with the program’s objectives. They will also be involved in communications and maintaining relations with program stakeholders.


Under the guidance of the Country Director:

▪ Supporting the Fiji country and regional team to identify, design, negotiate and implement a portfolio of
investments, partnerships and activities.
▪ Support the Fiji country team to undertake required analysis (e.g. country economic conditions, industry
mapping, regulatory frameworks, feasibility studies etc.)
▪ Provide advice on the design of intervention agreements, including advice on agreement structures, deliverables
and timings.
▪ Integrating inclusion policies into the country portfolio (ethnicity, religion, region, gender, disability), and other
relevant development challenges (e.g., resilience to climate change, nutrition).
▪ Support the development of program strategy and reporting documents.
▪ Support the Country Director to foster a culture of learning and inquiry through informal and formal mentoring of
technical staff
▪ Serve as a representative of the Market Development Facility in country and, as directed by the CLT, maintain
relations with the DFAT Post and relevant t partners and programs.
▪ Support the Fiji Country Team to design strategies and events to influence economic actors and stimulate
systemic change.


The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of Market Systems Development (MSD), private sector
development or other relevant discipline. They will have excellent communication and persuasive negotiation skills.
Extensive knowledge of the Pacific private sector landscape is essential. Knowledge of monitoring and results measurement and application of cross-cutting themes is highly desirable.

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated, independent thinker with strong leadership skills and the
desire to make a difference.

Applicants are encouraged to read through the complete Terms of Reference (TOR).

How to Apply

MDF is committed to creating a diverse and creative workforce. We encourage women, people with disabilities and people from other diverse backgrounds to apply.

To apply, please submit your CV and brief cover letter (no more than 1 page) outlining your suitability in line with the
requirements of the position.

Applications close midnight 6 October 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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