Strategic Planning Advisor, TAS - Samoa (LTA)
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 Technical Assistance Support (TAS) Facility is a component of the Education Sector Support Program (ESSP) funded by the Governments of Australia and New Zealand. It is designed to provide high quality technical expertise to assist the three Implementing Agencies (MESC, National University of Samoa (NUS), Samoa Qualifications Authority (SQA)) manage and implement the Education Strategic Plan (ESP 2019-24).

The role will provide technical advice and capacity building initiatives to improve the effective coordination of ESP implementation and management of education sector resources.


  • Provide technical support and advice to the ESCD, the Education Sector Working Group (ESWG) and IAs in operational planning, budgeting, reporting and public financial and risk management.
  • Support ESCD to support sector coordination, stakeholder engagement and strengthening of governance bodies (including Reference Groups, ESWG and Education Sector Advisory Committee).
  • Support IA to ensure short term TA inputs are used effectively to assist the sector achieve ESP goals and outcomes.
  • Assist ESCD and ESWG to meet monitoring requirements (outlined in the ESP and ESSP documents) to report progress, manage risks and utilise funding efficiently.
  • Submit detailed 6 monthly workplan and submit quarterly progress reports.


  • Degree in Education, Management or another relevant subject
  • Strong education experience in low and middle-income countries, preferably in the Pacific Region
  • Proven technical expertise and/or relevant experience across a wide range of education sector management tasks including operational planning and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, financial management and budget support modalities
  • Ability to provide high quality analysis and clear advice through written and verbal communication in a cross cultural and bilingual context
  • Proven experience in facilitating workshops, the design and delivery of training and a demonstrated commitment to coaching and mentoring others to build capacity and confidence
  • Experience working with and developing relationships with a wide range of stakeholders in the public and private sector, academic institutions and development partners
  • Demonstrated understanding of Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) principles and practices

For full position details, please see attached TOR here

Note: vacancy closing date has been extended

Closing date:
02 February 2020