Business Advisor, Market Development Facility

Palladium, Sri Lanka

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource Mobilization
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th June, 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 3000 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 a business development program focusing on sustainable economic growth. MDF works with private businesses, government, industry associations and other organisations to improve market competitiveness.

MDF is currently present in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Fiji, Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea. In Sri Lanka, MDF works to strengthen the tourism industry, as well as improve specific value chains of Sri Lankan products such as coffee, seafood, and organic herbs and spices. MDF works to make these markets function better and create significant change through sustainable income and job creation.

MDF is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT). It is implemented by Palladium in partnership with Swisscontact.


The purpose of the Business Advisor is to design and manage interventions working closely with a large variety of strategic private and public players to achieve sustainable inclusive growth. Business Advisors work very closely within a team of MDF staff to design and implement interventions, measure their effectiveness and then learn and share the results/ knowledge.


  • Identify the potential for pro-poor growth and help find innovative solutions to unlock the growth potential of country’s identified business sectors.
  • Contribute to research to assess the performance of MDF’s investment portfolio and its impact on the country economy.
  • Identify potentials to address other forms of inclusion: Women economic empowerment, minority participation, nutrition, disability and environment.
  • Apply effective results measurement practices in line with DCED guidelines.
  • Working with a team, develop intervention plans and results chains, and execute those plans, applying good research practice.
  • Work closely with the Quality and Inclusion Director and the Quality and Inclusion Specialist to construct logical result chains (flow of activities that lead to impact), result measurement plans and manage them accordingly.
  • Assess the technical and economic feasibility of business plans from potential partners and/or in close interaction with business partners, develop such plans.
  • Manage at least two partnerships each along with cross-cutting duties such as research and scoping for potential partners.


The ideal candidate should possess the following:

  • A degree in business, agriculture, economics, business management or other related discipline (or equivalent professional experience in that field)
  • Excellent command of English, both verbal and written.
  • Be prepared to accept the physical demands of extensive travel throughout the country to meet potential partners, conduct research and monitor activities
  • International experience, either through work or study (preferred)
  • Familiarity with the issues affecting the country, as well as international trends in business and the economy (preferred)


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