Deputy Country Director, Market Development Facility

Palladium International, Sri Lanka

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationFinance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
30th 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 Market Development Facility (MDF), our teams work with businesses, associations and governments in Asia Pacific to help farmers and workers thrive. We use a market systems development (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.
  • In Sri Lanka, MDF's focus is on diversifying tourism with new products and services and supporting authentic Sri Lankan products which promote the country.


  • Together with the Country Director, the Deputy Country Director will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the country team and the running of the office, technically and operationally.
  • The Deputy Country Director (DCD) will take the lead in coordinating many of the day-to-day activities of the Country Team (CT) such as sector analysis, negotiations with potential partners, inclusion, results measurement, and engagement, influencing and learning events. As such s/he will play a pivotal role in grooming a team of Business Advisers in the Facility's approach to development as well as the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) Guidelines for Results Measurement and help develop the right organisational culture, business skills and development ethos.
  • The DCD will foster a culture of honest inquiry and continuous learning, ensure coherence of MDF RM efforts across the sectors and partnerships and ensure seamless integration of the Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) framework and other inclusion strategies across program implementation.
  • S/he will also ensure the effective integration of other emerging themes which help increase MDF's and DFAT's relevance in the country context.
  • With the Country Director, s/he will be the face of MDF in the country and involved in communications and maintaining relations with DFAT and development partners. The DCD is a member of the Country Management Team.


  • Support the development and management of a portfolio of interventions to generate pro-poor growth in a sustainable, effective, and efficient manner to meet the Facility's development objectives in the country.
  • Lead, manage and mentor the country CT to intervene in market systems (sectors and the supporting industries and services around them) in line with the Facility's systems approach to development and DCED Guidelines for Results Measurement.
  • Lead market systems analysis, and support the CT to develop a deep understanding of their functioning and identify constraints to pro-poor growth as well as opportunities to unlock this growth.
  • Contribute to sector growth strategies and ensure that all interventions and other CT activities have a clearly demonstrated link to these strategies.
  • Identify potential strategic partners in the private and public sector to trigger innovative business practices to reduce constraints to pro-poor growth in a systemic and sustainable manner, and negotiate comprehensive 'deals' with them, as the basis for interventions.
  • Lead the recruitment of qualified staff for the country CT as well as short-term advisers to provide support to the country CT and partners.
  • Support day-to-day operational management of the country CT including technical and operational staff, in line with the MDF Operations Manual.
  • Ensure that all procurement within country is in line with the Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines and the MDF Procurement Manual and oversee that all financial transactions are in line with MDF procedures.
  • Contribute to Annual Strategic Plans, Annual Report and other reports, as required.


Essential requirements:

  • Post graduate qualifications in development economics, business, agriculture or another relevant field(s).
  • A strong business orientation and at least three years' work experience at a senior level.
  • Experience implementing the 'Making Markets Work for the Poor' approach or related development approach; experience implementing the DCED Guidelines for Results Measurement.
  • Proven ability to conduct economic analysis and translate the findings into pro-poor growth strategies and interventions.
  • Proven ability to negotiate, design and assess strategic, sustainable market systems development activities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated capacity to constructively engage with the private and public sector, development partners, other development programs, and other similar stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and spoken English language skills, numeracy, analysis and networking skills.
  • Willingness to work in a challenging environment and to travel nationally and internationally.


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