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Gender Adviser - BPP

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

The Business Partnerships Platform (BPP) has been established to create scalable, shared value partnerships that advance Australia's economic and social development objectives. The BPP assists businesses to invest with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in initiatives seeking social and commercial returns in developing countries. It gives partners access to DFAT's development and business expertise in Australia and in-country accompanied by matching grants. Palladium's BPP team is responsible for developing BPP systems and operating grants rounds in accordance with these systems, including: developing application forms and guidance documents, communication and marketing, financial management, assessment of proposals, due diligence of prospective partners, negotiation and formation of partnership agreements and contracts and assistance in monitoring and evaluation of individual partnerships.


The Gender Adviser will report to the BPP Team Leader and work closely with other team members, working across the portfolio of BPP initiatives through application, selection, implementation and monitoring. There may be opportunities to engage more strategically with BPP partners beyond the scope of each initiative as they look for ways to integrate gender equality and women's economic empowerment within their core operations and business models.


  • Maintain the BPP's Gender Guideline for BPP partners which focuses on effective integration of gender equality and women's empowerment into business operations and BPP initiative implementation.
  • Provide tailored support to BPP partners to improve gender equality outcomes, including helping them to:
Commission and use gender analysis, assessing the likely impact, both positive and negative, of partnerships on women and girls;
Develop strategies for enhancing positive impacts and minimising potential negative impacts of partnerships on women and girls;
Monitor positive and negative impacts on women and girls.
  • Assess applications (including Business Plans) to the BPP, including alignment to the BPP's key selection criteria: partnership, gender equality, social impact, commercial viability, and value for money.
  • Review progress reporting from partners and provide suggestions to clarify and improve gender equality aspects of initiatives.
  • Support BPP MRM adviser to develop and maintain a framework for monitoring gender equality and women's empowerment aspects of the partnership initiatives, identify issues early on, and advise on mitigation measures and capture case studies and lessons learned.
  • Develop knowledge products from the BPP relating to gender equality and women's empowerment, including for BPP progress reports and DFAT publications. This may include working closely with BPP communications staff.
  • Support refinement of gender equality components for future rounds, including application form design, assessment form design, and marketing materials.
  • Ensure DFAT gender and women's empowerment policies are integrated into all aspects of BPP systems and processes.
  • Liaise closely with DFAT Gender Branch to facilitate their involvement in the BPP, and to share progress and results of the BPP.
  • On request, work with BPP partners to integrate good gender practice beyond their BPP initiative.


  • University degree in gender and development, social science, economics, or related field;
  • Extensive experience working in gender and women's economic empowerment;
  • Knowledge and skills in gender and women's economic empowerment;
  • Knowledge and skills in business/economic areas like trade, finance, economics, business development, etc.;
  • Experience working directly with businesses to develop and improve mainstreaming of gender into business operations;
  • Demonstrated experience of taking initiative, and working independently to drive results;
  • Strong relationship-building, networking, and representational experience.
This is a short term role as prescribed by the Aid Adviser Remuneration Framework (ARF). The position is part-time; inputs will be subject to priorities at different stages of the program cycle. Inputs will typically be 2-4 days per month, though may be higher during peak periods or when completing specific deliverables. Inputs can usually be organised flexibly around other work/commitments.