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Knowledge Manager, Australia Pacific Climate Change Action Program

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, Prime Minister Turnbull 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 Australia pledged at the 2015 Paris climate change meeting to reduce emissions and build resilience in developing countries over five years.
The Australia Pacific Climate Change Action Program (APCCAP) is a $75 million investment over four years (2018-2024), 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 APCCAP Support Unit plays a key role in meeting the Program's objectives. It has a staff of technical experts based in Canberra and Suva who deliver climate change and disaster risk reduction (DRR) advice across the spectrum of DFAT investments in the Pacific, broker knowledge between APCCAP components and other actors, and undertake Program-wide monitoring, evaluation and learning. The Support Unit also manages an Expert Panel to provide specialist skills in priority sectors.

Responsibilities

Reporting to the APCCAP Support Unit Team Leader, the Knowledge Manager will be responsible for improving the generation and sharing of evidence-based knowledge and learning in inclusive climate action and disaster resilience, as well as supporting knowledge brokering. The Knowledge Manager will be required to work with a diverse range of stakeholders, including peak scientific bodies, to ensure climate and disaster information is disseminated in a context and end-user relevant format. Some of the main responsibilities of the role will inlcude:
  • Working with the APCCAP team to develop and nurture communities of practice and shared learning within the program;
  • Developing and sharing examples of good practice in integrating climate resilience, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and low carbon growth across Australia's aid investment sector;
  • Facilitating productive and collaborative knowledge partnerships between the three major APCCAP components and with broader scientific and research institutions in the region;
  • Coordinating and implementing knowledge management and reporting systems for the APCCAP Support Unit ensuring institutional learning is captured and shared;
  • Working across APCCAP to integrate knowledge management into work practices, build a knowledge sharing culture, and support staff on how to effectively access and use knowledge management tools;
  • Supporting knowledge brokering by the Support Unit, to tailor climate and disaster information products and services to the needs of DFAT programs;
  • Overseeing the maintenance and enhancement of the APCCAP website;
  • Working with the APCCAP team to develop quality knowledge products that effectively communicate program results, outcomes and learning while and support DFAT's internal and external climate change and DRR reporting requirements.

Requirements

Some of the key skills and experience required are:
  • Tertiary degree related to science, communication or related fields preferred;
  • Experience developing and implementing knowledge and/or communication strategies for climate change, DRR, resilience building or related fields;
  • Signigicant experience in communicating research and learning using science communication approaches, in a development context, preferably in the Pacific;
  • Demonstrated understanding of how to effectively translate technical scientific information into practical tools and knowledge;
  • Proven knowledge and understanding of DFAT aid policies and strategies;
  • Knowledge of Pacific Island country climate change policies and priorities and regional strategies (like the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific);
  • Proven ability in thinking and working politically; building strategic and collaborative working relationships with government and industry stakeholders; and identifying solutions to sensitive political and cultural issues, preferably in the Pacific;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and a professional commitment to promote a culture of gender equality and social inclusion;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide advisory services, coaching and mentoring to the diverse stakeholders in government, civil society and the private sector, in a complex operating environment;
  • Excellent cross-cultural communication skills, both oral and written;
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain professional, cross-sectoral networks;
  • Highly developed negotiation and problem-solving skills.
The location of the position is flexible and can be based in Canberra, Australia or the Pacific. This position does not include a relocation allowances.