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Manager, Economic Growth

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

This position will advance Palladium's ability to design, implement, and support critical and innovative programmes engaging private sector companies to deliver positive impact through new and existing programmes with donors such as DFID and other clients. The ideal candidate for this role will bring an interest and established experience of working with mature and/or early stage companies on delivering impact through mission-oriented business models and shared value initiatives -ideally through a consulting background.

The candidate will support some of Palladium's leading edge projects working in inclusive business, innovation, and positive impact, through providing business development support, project management, and technical expertise. In particular, the candidate will dedicate 50% of their time as a Portfolio Manager on our existing programme -SPRING -a DFID-funded global business accelerator seeking to reach adolescent girls with life enhancing products and services.


The primary dual responsibilities of the Manager, Economic growth, are tied to:

Core activities within the Economic Growth Practice
  • Business Development:
    • Support the strategic approach to business development through coordination of research on issues, countries, clients, partners and competitors and market intelligence gathering;
    • Manage the development of new and maintenance of existing client relationships through interactions with clients at a technical level during the business development cycle;
    • Manage the identification, assessment and pursuit of new business opportunities, contributing to the analysis of our prospects for winning opportunities;
  • Project Management:
    • For assigned portfolio projects, interface with clients and other project stakeholders to plan, implement, review and report on projects as needed and requested;
    • Provide support to project work planning, budgeting, progress and financial reporting;
    • Provide technical support to projects at all stages;
  • Providing Technical Input/Sector Expertise:
    • Provide technical input into the design, planning and delivery of projects;
    • Provide short term inputs and/or consultancy assignments;
    • Provide support to monitor and quality assure Palladium's services;
Portfolio Manager role (50%) on the SPRING programme
  • Take responsibility for co-ordinating, aligning and communicating SPRING's strategy for enterprise and prototype development for participant companies, through the funding and support provided outside of core Bootcamp activities.
  • Lead and document all decision-making related to prototype development support and funds provided to each participant per cohort (currently: end of Boot Camp 1 for research and prototyping, post Boot Camp 2 for and before end of cohort).
  • Ensure all participant-facing documentation is clear and fit for purpose, working with the Palladium Grants Architect and wider Palladium resources.
The full Job Description for this role can be viewed here.


Minimum education and experience required
  • Master's degree in a relevant field(MBA ideally);
  • Minimum of 8 years relevant work experience;
  • Minimum of 4 years of government client project management and business development experience that includes management of one or more projects including experience in start-up and closeout or equivalent of 4 years private sector experience in consulting,social or impact investing and emerging market initiatives;
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience in working in a developing country or in a project based environment;
  • Business development background or experience contributing to or managing at least 4 successful major bids (including each of or a combination of structuring bid financials, team selection, drafting technical response and partner negotiations).
Key competencies and professional expertise required
  • Formal Project Management training and experience;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong technical writing skills;
  • Ability to conceptualise and write a bid proposal or project report;
  • Sound business development and Client Relationship Management skills;
  • People management skills;
  • Financial acumen and the ability to interpret and analyse financial reports;
  • Sound problem solving and decision making skills;
  • Willingness to travel and work abroad a minimum of eight weeks per year in developing countries and elsewhere;
  • Technical expertise and experience in Economic growth, including one or more of:
    • Economics, development economics, private sector development;
    • Social investment
    • Private sector consulting
    • Developing or emerging economies/markets experience;
    • Agriculture and rural livelihoods;
    • Market systems, M4P, and or value chains;
    • Business development services;
    • Enabling environment and policy reform.