Programme Manager, Roster and Skills
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

Palladium is seeking a Programme Manager to oversee Roster and Skills Deployments for a UK Government-funded Clean Growth Transitions Programme, which will support China, Colombia, Mexico and four more developing and middle-income countries to accelerate their clean growth and low carbon development transitions. If approved, it is anticipated that the programme will mobilise in September 2019 and operate for a minimum of 3 years.

This is an exciting leadership opportunity within an impact-orientated team, delivering a new and innovative response to climate change - the greatest challenge of our time. As the Roster and Deployment Manager you will be responsible for providing a management service through talent acquisition and roster management, as well as leading the deployment process.

The Clean Growth Transitions Programme aims to improve the effectiveness of key institutions (public, private and civil society) in partner countries to deliver accelerated emission reductions and raise the ambition of their Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) targets. Specifically, the programme will deliver the following outcomes:
  1. An increase in the capacity and capability of partner institutions (national, sub-national and civil society) to deliver enhanced and accelerated climate actions; and,
  2. An increase in-country commitment and buy-in to urgently facilitate low-carbon development.

To deliver these results, the programme is composed of three lots: (1) central delivery partner, coordination and bilateral country programming; (2) global challenge fund; and (3) skill-shares and secondments drawing on UK skills, expertise and leadership. Palladium will propose a Roster and Deployment Manager to lead the delivery of Lot 3.

The Roster and Deployment Manager will be responsible for leading the Lot 3 team, which may include a recruiter, a contracting and logistics officer, a training and events coordinator and deployment specialists.
The primary purpose of the Roster and Deployment Manager role is to provide an end to end talent management service, you will be responsible for leading on talent acquisition and managing the relationships with the roster members. Identifying and sourcing best talent in the market and building a strong and diverse specialist network, through advertising, networking and headhunting. Supporting and executing a strong talent strategy will be a core part of the role. The role will have an HR and administrative element. Stakeholder engagement and leading on talent best practice will be an integral part of the role. The role also includes leading the deployment process, from support request to deployee performance management and lessons learned. Operations, logistics and relationship management will be an integral part of this role.
The full-time role will be based in London and may require some international travel.


Primary responsibilities

The roster and deployment manager will be responsible for:
  • Stakeholder engagement and events management: Oversee the organisation of bi-annual Networking and Recruitment Events in key UK locations (London, Edinburgh and Exeter), providing strategic direction to the Training, Events and Relationships Officer. Hold regular engagements with key institutions and HMG offices.
  • Roster development and pre-deployment: Lead the recruitment team in the development of regional, thematic and deployment likelihood rosters. Oversee the contracting and logistics activities including, due diligence processes, framework contracts drafting, security clearance if required, compliance and safeguarding mandatory trainings, security trainings. Lead the team in regular engagements with roster members, including availability updates.
  • Deployment Management: Lead the deployments team in responding to skill share and secondment requests from BEIS and partner countries, this includes: working with HMG to develop Terms of Reference for skill share and secondment needs, identifying and proposing at least three available profiles to the client. The Roster and Deployment Manager is responsible for overseeing all pre-deployment preparation for the selected roster members, including additional trainings, security and assignment briefings, safe and efficient deployment logistics,
  • Performance management and Roster Development: Oversee the collection of feedback from the deployed roster member and deployment recipients. Conduct a bi-annual thorough review of the roster, assessing efficiency of processes and thematic relevance of the rosters. Identify both profiles that should be withdrawn from the roster and any gaps for the next roster recruitment round.
  • Monitoring and Results tracking: Work with the Communications Manager and Impact Manager to develop Monitoring and Evaluation systems that:
  1. Measure efficiency of the programme in responding to skills share and secondment requests;
  2. Identify potential constraints to deployment efficiency;
  3. Monitor specialists on-boarding efficiency and utilisation;
  4. Measure specialist's performance against planned deliverables; and,
  5. Assess recipient satisfaction with programme support.
  • Reporting: Track and synthesise quarterly and annual reporting ensuring all team members are clear on data and reporting requirements and developing and maintaining appropriate trackers and databases for data reporting. Produce briefs and presentations for specific assignments as required
  • Management: Management responsibility for the Lot 3 team, including day to day leadership, strategic guidance and performance management.
  • Learning and knowledge management: Establish a culture of learning and knowledge management by encouraging roster members and Lot teams to:
  1. Share learnings rapidly with the wider programme and HMG teams;
  2. Encourage the uploading of feedback and learnings into the deployment software;
  3. Disseminate lessons learned and best practices; and,
  4. Work with the communications manager to identify innovative methods to expand the reach and impact of UK deployed expertise.


Key requirements
  • Strong experience in talent acquisition, including leading Human Resources (HR) and Talent Management (TM) teams, recruiting expert pools;
  • Strong programme management skills, with an understanding of all aspects of programme delivery including ability to coordinate simultaneous work-streams, ability to lead teams, provide strategic guidance and monitor performance;
  • Experience in developing and facilitating results and performance management systems, including system design, set-up, implementation and revision. Should be familiar with the application of monitoring and evaluation tools such as theories of change and logframes to assess the delivery of technical assistance;
  • Highly organised with an ability to work flexibly, and to report against tight deadlines and deliverable requirements whilst maintaining consistently high standards and attention to detail;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and effective at building relationships and trust across a culturally diverse and multidisciplinary team;
  • Ability to operate in complex situations and willingness to travel to target countries; and,
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills. The ability to communicate in a succinct and clear way is critical.

Desirable Attributes
  • Experience of working collaboratively with a range of private and public organisations, including business leaders, ministries, government agencies, academic institutions, think tanks and the philanthropic and independent sectors;
  • Experience working in developing countries, in Asia, Latin America and Africa;
  • Experience in the management and co-ordination of multi-stakeholder teams, and of dispersed international teams located across a range of countries and time-zones;
  • Experience in environmental programmes and/or low carbon development; and,
  • Experience in working with the delivery of technical assistance and expertise programmes.

Successful applicants will need to have the right to live and work in the UK.

Senior Level
UK, United Kingdom
Closing date:
31 May 2019