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Philippines: Team Leader, Education Pathways to Peace

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Palladium International
Country: Philippines
Closing date: 15 Nov 2017

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

Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao (Pathways) is a $90 million Government of Australia investment to improve the delivery and quality of education in conflict-affected areas of Mindanao. The nine-year program (six years with possible three-year extension) seeks to address the challenges associated with ensuring effective implementation and sustainability in a conflict-affected area.

Pathways intends to contribute to peace-building by addressing inequity and disparity in participation and performance in basic education. This will be accomplished through facilitating and strengthening effective engagement and collaboration processes and the institutional systems of key stakeholders to support the delivery of quality basic education. The Program will focus on supporting improvements in the participation and performance of learners at the early grade levels (Kindergarten to Grade 3), in teacher education and development, and in the development of context-appropriate curriculum.


The Team Leader will lead and manage implementation of the Pathways program to ensure program outcomes and results are achieved. The main responsibilities of the role will include:

  • Supporting the program to meet contractor requirements stipulated in the Head Contract with DFAT;
  • Providing high-level technical oversight of program activities ensuring sound outputs;
  • Leading program planning, analysis and strategy development;
  • Managing and develop strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders including government counterparts;
  • Managing the provision of contractor inputs to and support the mandates of the Strategic Monitoring Team, the Pathways Consortium Advisory Board, and Program Steering Committee;
  • Leading the development of: plans and budgets, quarterly updates, six-monthly progress reports, and the annual contractor performance appraisal process;
  • Overseeing the work of the Communications Officer to ensure strong positive representation of the program in accord with DFAT branding requirements and promotion of Australian Aid to the Philippines.
  • Supporting and managing in-country staff of the program, including primary responsibility for recruitment, training, performance management, safety, security and compliance with DFAT and Palladium policies.
  • Identifying and manage cross-cutting issues relevant to the program such as security, gender and social inclusion, environment, peace-building;
  • Proactively managing sensitive issues and mitigate risks.
  • Developing and maintaining a strong staff culture of analysis, reflection and learning to ensure that the program is well informed by the political economy at all levels and that program monitoring is regularly utilised to improve program performance and relevance;
  • Ensuring that principles of sustainability are embedded in all planning and evaluation;
  • Demonstrating flexibility, responsiveness and adaptive management appropriate to the complexities of the operating environment
  • Liaising regularly with the Program Manager to ensure compliance with Palladium and DFAT policies and procedures; and
  • Other duties that may reasonably be required by the Palladium Contractor Representative in support of Pathways.


  • Advanced degree in education, governance or relevant development subject;
  • Minimum 10 years of professional experience in senior management positions in support of large, complex development program;
  • An understanding of politically-smart approaches to program implementation;
  • Successful track record in leading and managing a diverse team to achieve outstanding results;
  • Able to think strategically and engage effectively with specialists and DFAT on key issues;
  • Experience working in complex or conflict-affected environments;
  • Familiarity with the application of key Australian Aid policies, including those relating to gender equality and women?s empowerment, disability, the environment and child protection; and
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, liaison and interpersonal skills.

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