Operations Manager, Australia Pacific Climate Partnership Support Unit
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 Australia Pacific Climate Partnership (the Climate Partnership) 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:
  • Australian aid investments in the Pacific are climate change and disaster risk informed;
  • Australian supported climate change information is relevant and influential;
  • Australia is valued as a partner in climate change action in the Pacific.
The Climate Partnership Support Unit plays a key role in meeting the Program's objectives. It has a staff of technical experts based in Canberra and the Pacific who work with DFAT aid investment program managers to integrate climate change and disaster risk reduction (DRR), broker knowledge between Climate Partnership components, Pacific partners 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.


Reporting to the Australia Pacific Climate Partnership Support Unit Team Leader, the Operations Manager is responsible for program administration and compliance and providing integration between Palladium's corporate project management and the Support Unit.
  • Ensuring that the day-to-day implementation of the APCP Support Unit is in accordance with Palladium's contractual obligations, company policies and Standard Operating Procedures
  • Project management and administrative functions of the Support Unit, including financial management, human resources, IT and logistical support and asset and record management, to support high-quality and timely program implementation
  • Procurement and recruitment of Support Unit advisers and expert panel members, managing contracting and tasking of the expert panel
  • Overseeing expenditure on Support Unit-funded projects, and managing the logistics for Support Unit workshops and events
The full list of duties required for the position is available in the terms of reference.


  • Relevant tertiary qualifications or extensive experience in administration or business management, including in program and contract management
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Highly developed problem-solving abilities
  • Experience in client management, recruitment, and financial management
  • Knowledge of DFAT policies and strategies is an advantage
  • Experience working in international development is advantageous
Interested applicants must submit a CV (maximum 3 pages), and a cover letter (maximum 2 pages), addressing their suitability for the role, in specific reference to the selection requirements listed in the full terms of reference.

Both nationals and internationals are encouraged to apply, but applicants must have the right to work in Australia. This position may come in contact with children and applicants will be screened for their suitability to work with children.

Closing date:
27 January 2020