Senior Market Development Adviser, Market Development Facility (MDF) - Timor-Leste

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 1 June 2020

Job Description

Senior Market Development Adviser, Market Development Facility (MDF) - Timor-Leste


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.


Market Development Facility (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. MDF is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT). It is implemented by Palladium in partnership with Swisscontact. MDF’s two priority sectors in Timor-Leste are agriculture and tourism, with some activities in other sectors such as manufacturing.


The Senior Market Development Adviser will be responsible for leading and managing one of the two technical units in the Timor-Leste Country Team. The sector focus of this unit may change over time but is likely to include work across the entire Timor-Leste portfolio, including agriculture, tourism, manufacturing and financial services.


Technical direction and strategy:

  • Meeting with a wide variety of public and private stakeholders to understand how sectors, markets and businesses in Timor-Leste function.
  • Leading a wide variety of socioeconomic analysis, including assessing the country context, business environment, roles of market actors, poverty, gender, industry competitiveness, etc. This will include a focus on identifying constraints to, and opportunities to promote economic growth.
  • Utilising analysis to draft country, sector and market strategies that will allow MDF to achieve its pro-poor economic development objectives.
  • Driving the creation of a portfolio of innovative interventions in line with written strategies, and the MSD approach. This will include working with a wide mix of organisations to plan market system changes and devise new business models, negotiating with prospective partners, and drafting concept notes and intervention agreements.
  • Working with Quality and Inclusion staff to create, monitor and update quality and inclusion documentation, including results chains, results measurement plans, field surveys, etc.
  • Overseeing the technical quality of interventions, including monitoring progress, making adjusting based on lessons, identifying opportunities to scale interventions, and other aspects of performance improvement.

Team management and capacity development:

  • Leading and managing a technical team of local staff, including all aspects of human resources management and technical oversight.
  • Building the capacity of staff, especially to improve their ability to implement the MSD approach and on Quality and Inclusion issues.
  • Supporting the Country Director and MDF shared resources to foster a culture of learning and continuous improvement.

For complete Terms of Reference (TOR) click here.


  • Extensive knowledge of, and experience with, the Market Systems Development (MSD) approach, or related approaches to economic development.
  • Proven ability to lead and manage teams, and demonstrated interpersonal skills with both colleagues and external stakeholders, including in cross-cultural settings.
  • An entrepreneurial and practical attitude, and a strong interest in working with the private sector and innovative business models.
  • Excellent attention to detail, and proven success in program administration, contracting, budget and financial management, and related activities.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, such as economics, business, international development, agriculture or tourism, or equivalent work experience.
  • Excellent written and spoken English language skills.


  • Strong experience in monitoring, results measurement, quality and inclusion, or similar.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with implementing the DCED Standard for Results Measurement.


Please submit a CV and a brief application (no more than two pages) responding to the Selection Criteria
Applications close 5pm (Timor-Leste time) on Friday, 03 July 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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