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EOI - Vanuatu Education Support Program Phase II

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

In preparation for an upcoming request for tender for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) funded Vanuatu Education Support Program Phase (VESP) II, Palladium are looking to identify a number of key education related roles, including a Team Leader, to be based full time in Vanuatu from January 2019.

The Vanuatu Education Support Program Phase II supports the Vanuatu Ministry of Education and Training (MoET), on behalf of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It is expected that VESP Phase II (following on from VESP Phase I 2013-19) will support the MoET in the implementation of its corporate plan in five focus areas: training and supporting teachers to implement primary curriculum; strengthening early childhood education; engaging the community through school based management; improving infrastructure planning and management; and, improving the capacity of MoET to manage an effective, devolved education system. Phase I will be completed in January 2019 and is expected to be continued, after the re-tendering of the program, as Phase 2. In the past, Vanuatu Australia Awards Scholarships have been managed separately, though it is expected that they will be included in the scope of VESP II.


Palladium are looking for appropriately qualified individuals with specific skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Senior leadership, activity planning and implementation;
  • Institutional strengthening;
  • Teacher development;
  • Policy, planning & data management;
  • Curriculum, development and delivery;
  • Monitoring, evaluation and learning;
  • Gender, social inclusion and disability;
  • Organisational management;
  • Finance, grant administration, human resources and, information technology


  • Degree in education or relevant development subject and significant, relevant experience in education, public policy, or social sciences, advanced degree advantageous;
  • Demonstrated understanding of basic education and the challenges and conditions for improving and sustaining quality education;
  • Experience working with DFAT or other development agencies, including in implementing DFAT's gender and disability inclusive development strategies.
  • Sound operational management skills across all aspects of financial, contractual, budgeting, communications, logistics and administration
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English (fluency in French or Bislama is desirable);
  • Sound problem solving and decision-making skills;
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team; and
  • Experience in the Pacific, preferably Vanuatu, will be highly desirable.