Expert Panel Research Assistant

Canberra, ACT, Australia
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Private Sector
Experience Level: 
3-4 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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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

Australia is committed to helping the people of the Pacific meet the challenge of climate change. At the 2016 Pacific Islands Forum, the Australian Government announced a climate change and disaster resilience support package to the Pacific of $300 million over four years. This is part of the $1 billion climate finance pledged by the Australian Government at the 2015 Paris climate change meeting, to reduce emissions and build resilience in developing countries over five years. 

The Australia Pacific Climate Partnership (the Partnership) is a $75 million investment over four years (2018-2022), funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). It aims to increase the effectiveness of Australia's support for climate change action and disaster resilience in the Pacific and has three key objectives:

  1. Australian aid investments in the Pacific are climate change and disaster risk informed;
  2. Australian supported climate change information is relevant and influential;
  3. Australia is valued as a partner in climate change action in the Pacific.

The Partnership has a dedicated Support Unit with a staff of technical experts, based in Canberra and the Pacific, who deliver climate change and disaster risk reduction (DRR) advice for Australia's aid investments in the Pacific. The Support Unit also tailors and brokers climate and disaster information products and services to communities, businesses and governments in the region. It manages an Expert Panel to support these activities by providing specialist skills in priority sectors.

The Support Unit is implemented by Palladium in partnership with Griffin NRM.

The Expert Panel Research Assistant will undertake scoping, support consultation, and distil findings of the Climate Partnership's Expert Panel advisory services and sector analyses. The position will be part-time (3 days a week) and Canberra-based. The Expert Panel Research Assistant will report to the Deputy Team Leader.


  • Assist in collating and reviewing materials for independent evaluations, reviews and analyses conducted by the Partnership's Expert Panel.
  • Assist with and manage stakeholder consultations for the evaluations, including setting up interview schedules and recording responses.
  • Participate in and assist in facilitation/note-taking in consultations and workshops for the evaluations.
  • Assist, as required, in collating and distilling the findings of Expert Panel analyses for the benefit of the Support Unit and DFAT
  • Other activities as agreed


  • Post-graduate degree, or current post-graduate study, in environmental science, geography, climate change, international studies or development, or other related disciplines.
  • Knowledge of the Pacific and/or international development desirable.
  • Excellent research, analytical, writing and time-management skills
  • Demonstrated experience in stakeholder consultation and engagement
  • Right to work in Australia

Only successful applicants will be contacted. For more information, please contact Rachel Richardson ( ).