Team Leaders for Climate Programme (including water)

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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:


We are currently welcoming applications for Team Leader (TL) candidates for a number of upcoming climate programmes in Africa, South America and Asia that we expect to tender for during 2020 and 2021. Projects are expected to be mobilised in mid-late 2021 and will run for 4-6 years. Programmes will funded by bilateral or multilateral agencies: including the Governments of UK, USA, Australia, the European Union, and development finance institutions.

We are particularly keen to hear from Team Leaders who can rise to the challenge of:

- Delivering ambitious, complex, innovative, multi-country projects and programmes, across a range of sectors / themes and across a number of teams
- Crafting the best mix of tailored support to governments through programmes with a range of instruments (e.g. expert technical assistance, finance and grants to build capacity, work with private firms and supply chains, private and blended finance and incubation, knowledge services) in themes or sectors such as:
- Climate policy, accelerating climate transitions, low carbon initiatives (including renewable energy, urban spaces), raising national ambitions on climate
- The integration of climate change and risk management into the design, delivery and monitoring of current and future government and development partner programmes
- Climate adaptation and resilience to rural and urban climate (and disaster) shocks
- Governance and management of natural resources (including land, forests, transboundary water resources, minerals)
- Sustainable finance, including blended finance solutions, across multiple sectors

Scope of Work and Potential Locations
A TL in Palladium is responsible for leading and managing programme delivery. The role involves providing strategic programme guidance and representing both Palladium and the programme at meetings with representatives of country governments, donors, civil society and private sector partners.
The role will require oversight of all project objectives, outcomes and deliverables and that financial, operational and reporting requirements of the client are adhered to. The TL will manage a group of experts across multiple countries and will be a senior representative of Palladium.
Depending on the project, TLs may need to be based in funders “home” cities, such as London, Brussels, Washington DC, or in capitals in Africa, Asia, and Latin America countries, such as Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Jakarta, Delhi, Sao Paulo, Bogota, Mexico City and others.  Palladium has other offices – for example Bristol in the UK, and New York City – which may offer some location flexibility.

Primary responsibilities
Specifically, the TL will:

Program Leadership and Management:
- Provide overall guidance and strategic direction (“big picture” thinking) across all aspects of the project, ensuring that different activities contribute to the overall impact/objective of the project.
- Be responsible for the timely delivery of quality services and contractual commitments including milestone deliverables. This may include:
- capacity building and institutional support to national institutions
- technical assistance and analysis to support national policy and planning, regional cooperation and preparation of investment projects
- challenge funds and grant fund management
- Ensure effective engagement and communications, for example engagement plans, strategic meetings and dialogues to disseminate knowledge, facilitate peer learning;
- Oversee and direct cross-cutting elements throughout the project lifecycle and adapt and reorientate the project to take advantage of new opportunities when they emerge;
- Oversee quarterly and annual project technical and budgetary forecasts, as well as regular assessment and management of external, technical, financial and delivery risks for both Palladium and the client.

Client and Stakeholder Relationships:
- Be the main point of contact for clients and maintain and nurture strong working relationships to ensure alignment of the programme’s strategy, plans, resource requirements and any other contract amendments as required;
- Undertake high-level policy and programme engagements with country governments, regional institutions, multilateral organisations, finance and private sector organisations
- Participate in multi-stakeholder platforms within the programme’s strategic scope and ensure programme learnings are captured and disseminated more widely; and,
- Lead the timely and accurate reporting of the programme to the client.

Team Management:
- Lead, guide, mentor and manage the performance of project staff;
- Optimise benefits of diverse and inclusive teams, including understanding and planning for others’ positions and needs, providing formal recognition of team member contributions, and coaching and nominating team members for development opportunities; and,
- Develop and maintain a positive and productive work environment with partners and any subcontractors.

Support and Reporting Lines
- As a core member of the Senior Management Team, the TL will report directly to a Palladium Project Director that will be based in the UK.  You will be supported by project and programme management specialists including technical, operational, and financial managers.

Required Qualifications:

- Academic qualification(s) in a relevant field e.g. environmental science / economics, climate change adaptation/resilience, disaster risk management, natural resource management, international development, political science, public policy, sustainable finance, public finance, economics, or a related field;
- Relevant experience working in a Team Leader role on climate change policy, adaptation, climate risk and disaster resilience, natural resources governance, international development, sustainable finance and investment, public sector, or similar assignments;
- Extensive experience working in Africa, Asia, or South America, ideally with established professional networks in governments, civil society, the private sector, finance and donors;
- Strong understanding of climate change resilience and expertise in two or more of the following areas: government planning and investment, community-based approaches, climate information services, transboundary land and water management, climate finance reform, green economy/greening investment/trade;
- Experience managing large-scale donor programmes (>£5m) and/or technical assistance facilities in Asia: proven track record of successfully delivering planning and budgeting responsibilities, and using flexible and adaptive approaches;
- Ability to develop, nurture and manage relationships with partnership organisations in line with the programmes’ and clients’ working principles and standards;
- Financial and commercial acumen, sufficient to interpret and analyse programme financial reports;
- Interest and ability to spearhead approaches that can improve women’s empowerment and gender and inclusivity awareness across staff and programme activities;
- Excellent verbal communication skills including the ability to influence and convince stakeholders. Professional fluency in English is required and working proficiency in other languages (French, Spanish, Portuguese, Bahasa, Swahili) may be an advantage;
- Excellent leadership, representation, organisational and interpersonal skills, both in-person and remotely; and,
- Familiarity with donor programme management, reporting, compliance and M&E systems.