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.
Palladium was awarded the USAID/Central Asia Enterprises, Employment, and Enabling Environments (E4) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Mechanism, which has a 7-year timeframe and a ceiling of $38 million. Palladium was also awarded Task Order #1, Future Growth Initiative (FGI), a 5-year program with a ceiling of $18 million. The Project will be active in 5 Central Asian countries including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The objective of FGI is to increase the competitiveness of high-growth industries to provide jobs and incomes for Central Asia’s growing workforce, propelling the region toward self-reliance. FGI will take a market systems approach to transform target sectors in ways that help high-potential firms and sectors grow, foster market linkages to match demand for workforce skills with training offered to youth and women, link entrepreneurs to high-growth markets, and build more business- and worker-friendly policy environments and institutions to sustain private sector-driven growth. The program is organized into three interrelated components:
Component 1: Enterprises - Fostering Competitive Industries
Component 2: Employment - Developing a Capable Workforce and Entrepreneurship
Component 3: Enabling Environments - Creating Conditions for Jobs and Investment
The COP will lead overall implementation of the program including technical, operational, and financial management. They will oversee implementation of a market systems approach, lead annual work planning and work with component leads to guide technical approach to programming for both regional and country-specific interventions. They will oversee all aspects of operational implementation, ensuring that the team is adequately resourced, and that all project activities are implemented in compliance with rules and regulations of USAID and countries of operation. The COP will report to Palladium’s Home Office Project Director
Duration: 5 years
Location: Almaty, Kazakhstan
- Leads technical direction and strategy development for implementation of 3 Components (including drafting project work plans), and ensures an integrated vision across components and partners.
- Represents, or ensures adequate representation of the FGI program at key high profile private sector, stakeholder, and donor events.
- Ensures overall quality and cost effectiveness, and establishes and maintains robust and adaptive knowledge management and M&E systems.
- Ensures that FGI communications are illustrative of key program impact and beneficiary case studies, as well as high quality technical deliverables and reporting.
- Ensures effective use of resources, on-time delivery of project activity reports and partner deliverables, and overall compliance with USAID regulations and Palladium policies and procedures.
- Supervises staff and supports recruitment of staff and consultants as needed to carry out activities.
- Works in partnership with a Home Office Project Director, engaging in frequent, routine communication so that the home office is aware of both progress and potential issues, and solicits assistance and input as needed to ensure that performance meets or exceeds technical and financial contractual requirements.
- Oversees consultants and subcontractors, both international and local, to ensure that their performance meets or exceeds technical and financial contractual requirements.
- Serves as the key liaison between USAID, host-country counterparts, project partners, and Palladium.
- Supports implementation of Palladium’s security protocols and provides leadership in handling security-related issues. Addresses local staffing and personnel issues related to security.
- Advanced degree in economics, international development, finance, business, or in a closely related field is required.
- Fluency in English is required; knowledge of Russian would be a strong asset.
- A minimum of 12 years of experience working in economic development, at least eight years of which have been spent in COP or Team Lead level positions, preferably on Economic Growth contracts of similar size, scope, and complexity.
- Experience establishing and strengthening productive and collaborative relationships with government counterparts, local organizations, private sector, and other donor organizations.
- Experience working for large donor organizations such as USAID required; knowledge of USAID contract management, policies, procedures, regulations and reporting requirements strongly preferred.
- Experience supervising personnel and ensuring they acquire the necessary training and skills to meet evolving program needs.
- Strong leadership, program, organizational management and oral and written communication skills.
- Prior work in the Central Asian region is highly desirable.