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Australia: Chief Operating Officer - MDF

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Organization: Palladium International
Country: Australia
Closing date: 18 Jan 2018

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, colour, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.


The Market Development Facility (MDF) is a multi-country private sector development program managed by Palladium on behalf of the Australian Government. The program currently operates in Fiji, Timor-Leste, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea. MDF utilises a market systems development (MSD) approach to trigger lasting systemic change and create broad-based, sustainable pro-poor growth. We are currently recruiting three key positions for our Core Leadership Team (CLT).

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) is a key member of the MDF's Core Leadership Team (CLT) and will work closely with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to shape and drive the future growth and development of the Facility. Responsible for ensuring the overall responsiveness, quality and efficiency of operations throughout MDF, the COO will also lead the development and implementation of MDF's capacity building, learning and development program. This role can will be based in Canberra, Australia and applicants should have work rights in Australia for the duration of the initial contract commitment required. MDF is a five year program, and a minimum two year commitment will be required from the successful applicant; with scope for extension depending on performance.

  • Delivering MDF's multi-country operating model, including oversight of finance, administration, logistics, procurement, HR, ICT and security;
  • Leading strategic development and operationalisation of growth opportunities;
  • Developing and delivering MDF's Annual Strategic Plan and Annual Report;
  • Ensuring human resource planning and talent management is in line with business strategy;
  • Leading the strategic design and implementation of MDF's capacity building, learning and development program;
  • Ensuring effective, coordinated and responsive engagement with DFAT;
  • Supporting MDF's Engagement, Influencing and Learning agenda as required.


  • Prior experience in a management or team leadership role delivering large, complex donor programs, ideally with experience in DFAT funded programs;
  • Demonstrated ability in developing and delivering business strategy;
  • Ability to develop and maintain operations systems and processes across multiple jurisdictions;
  • Ability to manage a large, diverse team across multiple countries,
  • Strong communication and coordination skills in cross-cultural environments;
  • Ability to develop the operational management skills of largely technically focused team members;
  • Significant knowledge of best practice HR policies and procedures including the implementation of strong diversity and inclusion policies;
  • Ideally a tertiary qualification in business, finance or HR; or equivalent practical experience;
  • Willingness to work in a challenging environment and to travel throughout MDF countries.

    Applications close 17 January 2018, but will be reviewed as received. Please include a CV (maximum four pages), together with a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role. If you have any queries on your application or experience any technical difficulties please contact Sarah Cox, APAC Talent Manager:

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