Business Adviser – Sri Lanka

The Market Development Facility (MDF) – an Australian Government supported initiative implemented by Palladium – invests in innovative businesses to stimulate economic growth in a number of countries across the Asia Pacific region. MDF is currently operational in Timor-Leste, Fiji, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka.

MDF is seeking talented, ambitious and energetic business professionals looking for their next big career move with an international organisation.

The Business Adviser will have the opportunity to design and manage investment plans with a large variety of strategic private and public players in the economy to stimulate innovative practices that create growth, stimulate production in Sri Lanka and increase exports.

MDF represents a challenging, fast-paced international work environment that demands initiative, flexibility and a willingness to travel. In return, MDF offers the right candidates a competitive package and an exciting job that rewards creative thinking and offers an opportunity to develop deep insight into the functioning of the Sri Lankan economy, and possibly beyond. Talent and international experience will be more highly regarded in candidates than technical background per se.

Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

>  Perform economic analysis of key sectors of the economy based on extensive fieldwork.

>   Develop medium-term growth strategies for sectors.

>   Assess the technical and economic feasibility of business plans and/or, in close interaction with business partners, develop such plans.

>   Negotiate and manage investment agreements.

>   Be extensively involved in research activities to assess the performance of the investment portfolio and its impact.

>  Contribute to MDF’s thinking and writing on the economy as well as related discussions, where appropriate.

Essential requirements:

>   A university degree in business, agriculture, economics, or other related discipline. A Master’s degree is highly desirable.

>  Very strong analytical skills including the ability to design and execute qualitative and quantitative research projects.

>  Ability to communicate, negotiate and develop good working relations with a wide variety of players in the private and public sector.

>   Ability to independently plan and manage work streams.

>   Excellent command of English, both verbal and written.

>   Enthusiastic team player, hands on, and flexible.


>   At least three years’ work experience in a related field.

>   International experience, either through work or study.

>  Familiarity with issues affecting the private sector in Sri Lanka as well as international business and economic trends.

>   Fluency in Sinhalese, Tamil or other regional languages.


The complete Terms of Reference can be downloaded here.

A competitive salary package will be offered, in line with local labour law. Interested candidates can apply via the link below:

Please include a current CV and cover letter, combined in one file.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Positions are open to Sri Lankan nationals and Permanent Residents with authority to live and work in Sri Lanka.

The deadline for applications is 26 March 2018.