Country Director

Palladium International, Sri Lanka

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource Mobilization
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th June, 2019

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.

Project Overview and Role:

  • At MDF, our teams work with businesses, associations and governments in Asia Pacific to help farmers and workers thrive. We use a market systems (MSD) approach to achieve long-term, lasting growth and create sustainable jobs for poor women and men.
  • Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) is central to our work on the ground, and our teams in Fiji, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are dedicated to ensuring that our activities benefit women and girls.
  • MDF is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT). It is implemented by Palladium in partnership with Swisscontact.


  • Due to internal movements, MDF is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced leaders to fill Country Director roles, placed across various MDF countries.
  • Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Country Director will be responsible for the day-to-day management and technical oversight of operations in country to deliver successful market development interventions. This is a unique and rare opportunity to lead a country team and to be an active member of the CLT.


  • Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Manage a portfolio of agricultural, industrial and service sectors and interventions to generate pro-poor growth in a sustainable, effective, and efficient manner to meet the Facility's development objectives
  • Train country teams to undertake market systems analysis, identify constraints to pro-poor growth and identify opportunities to unlock growth
  • Ensure the effective integration of cross-cutting themes such as gender, disability and environmentally and socially responsible business in the portfolio
  • Day to day management of a team of local and international staff, including security, recruitment, procurement, HR and financial management and budgeting, and compliance with local laws
  • Serve as a representative of the Market Development Facility in country and, as directed by the CLT, maintain relations with the DFAT Post and relevant development partners and programs.


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