Special Projects Analyst, Pacific Labour Facility

  • Senior-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 15 January 2020
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • Closing on 15 March 2020

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, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status. The Pacific Labour Facility facilitates seasonal and longer-term work opportunities for Pacific workers to Australia. It connects Australian employers with Pacific workers, supports the administration of the Pacific Labour Scheme and provides targeted support to the Seasonal Worker Program. 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 Pacific Labour Facility (PLF) resourcing structure is based on the delivery of End of Program Outcomes (EOPOs) and activities outlined in pre-agreed annual work plans. The PLF also responds at short notice to ad-hoc requests on specific thematic and cross cutting issues relating to Pacific circular labour mobility.

These requests generally take the form of Tasking Notes identifying specific research, monitoring and reporting deliverables as well as required short term coordination functions. In order to effectively respond to these requests, the PLF is establishing a Special Projects Team.

As a member of this team the Analyst will manage, respond to and report on progress against these ad-hoc requests. This will include producing high quality reports and briefings, managing specialist inputs and coordinating events and working groups on a range of topics. When the Analyst is not working on specific ad hoc tasks, they will support the PLF EOPO leads with priority issues.
Under the direction of the Strategy & Partnerships Manager, the Special Projects Analyst will be responsible for the following duties and accountabilities:

Strategic management and delivery

  • Working with PLF senior management, the Analyst will respond at short notice to ad hoc requests and Tasking Notes from DFAT, negotiating timelines, content and agreeing outputs
  • Produce high quality research, monitoring and reporting deliverables as part of Tasking Note response
  • Undertake economic and financial analysis with regard to forecasting visa numbers, assessing economic impact in Australia and in the Pacific, analysis of remittances and understanding productivity gains in Australia, etc
  • Undertake agreed internal sub-projects designed to improve PLF performance, provide greater resources for Pacific Workers or improve labour systems
  • Provide coordination and secretariat functions as part of Tasking Note responses
  • Provide regular progress reporting on PLF special projects to PLF senior management, DFAT and other key stakeholders
  • Provide surge support to PLF leads on the delivery on other key program activities


  • Attend a range of program meetings with DFAT during implementation, to report on progress of tasking notes
  • Work with PLF stream resources - where required - to clarify or finalise special project deliverables

Our ideal candidate will be a self-starter who can demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Experience working in a project management context;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with PLF senior management;
  • A demonstrated ability to build respectful, productive and sustainable working relationships with a variety of stakeholders (including partner government, civil society and the private sector) and working together to achieve results;
  • Demonstrated skill and experience at convening and facilitating productive interaction between diverse groups of people;
  • 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;
  • Excellent written English skills;
  • Relevant qualifications in management, economics or a related discipline
  • High level proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and web browsers;
  • Ability to work to deadlines, and to balance competing priorities.

Desirable skills and experience:

  • An understanding of current issues in relation to circular labour mobility in the Pacific;
  • Experience working on large DFAT facilities and programs
Applicants must have full permanent work rights for Australia as no visa sponsorship will be provided. Candidates who are willing to relocate for the position must do so at their own expense as no relocation package is available.

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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