Businesses

Are you an entrepreneur with a great idea but not sure how to make it happen? Do you already have a successful business but could do with some strategic advice?

Maybe you are part of an organisation trying to bring key business leaders together to make your sector work better.

Whoever you are, if you’re interested in working with us, drop us a line at info-mdf@thepalladiumgroup.com.


If you are an Australia or New Zealand-based (ANZ) business looking to expand into an MDF partner country, or if you are based in an MDF partner country and are seeking to strategically engage with ANZ businesses, our Australian Business Engagement Unit would like to hear from you.

MDF’s Australian Business Engagement Unit focuses on:

• Identifying partnership opportunities with ANZ businesses trading with the Pacific region – in particular, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu

• Engaging with ANZ businesses interested in trading with MDF’s partner countries across key sectors including high-value agriculture, agritech, tourism, seafood processing and outsourcing services.

If you are interested in working with us, drop us a line at info-mdf@thepalladiumgroup.com

Opportunities 

MDF is committed to offering all of its staff an invigorating work environment.

If you’re looking for a new challenge and are as enthusiastic about reducing poverty and empowering disadvantaged women and men as we are, then take a look at our list of vacancies below.

If you have a question about a position you've applied for or simply want to know more, drop us a line at mdf-vacancies@thepalladiumgroup.com

"I’m continuously exposed to new experiences and opportunities for learning, with such a variety of people! It’s unlike any other place I’ve worked."

Cate, Program Officer  
Take a look at the job opportunities available with Market Development Facility for those who are enthusiastic about reducing poverty and empowering disadvantaged.

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Current vacancies

Australia
Fiji
Sri Lanka
Timor-Leste
Papua New Guinea
Pacific Regional

Director RIMI (Research, Impact Measurement and Inclusion)

The Market Development Facility (MDF) is an Australian Government-funded multi-country initiative that promotes sustainable development in its partner countries.
We work with businesses, government and other organisations to identify and develop profitable and scalable business opportunities that help reduce poverty, empower women economically and combat climate change. We currently operate in Fiji, Timor-Leste, Samoa, Vanuatu, Tonga and Sri Lanka.
MDF is funded by the Australia Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and is implemented by Palladium, in partnership with Swisscontact.

Objectives
The RIMI Director (Research, Impact Measurement, and Inclusion) is a member of the Core Leadership Team (CLT) and will ensure MDF’s monitoring and results measurement (MRM) system runs smoothly and generates timely, high quality and actionable outputs. The RIMI Director provides the technical guidance and quality assurance of the RIMI team across the Facility, consisting of approximately ten people including country RIMI teams and Facility-wide RIMI specialists.
The RIMI Director will also support MDF’s approach to gender equality, disability and social inclusion (GEDSI) and contribute to MDF’s learning and communication agenda.

Key responsibilities
Managing the monitoring and results measurement system
▪ Technical guidance, quality assurance and oversight of the monitoring, results measurement and research framework, including the management information system, across the Facility. This includes but not limited to: intervention guides, results chains, research plans, attribution strategies, concept notes, intervention agreements and value for money calculations.
▪ Ensure that the MRM system fullfills the requirements of management, reporting and communications in line with the DCED Standard, DFAT guidelines, and MDF guidance on cross-cutting issues.
▪ Ensure that projections and results from all MDF countries are accurately aggregated on a timely basis for planning and reporting purposes, including climate finance data, and contribute to the preparation of annual plans and reports.
▪ Capacity development of a skilled and capable cadre of RIMI staff across the Facility, building the knowledge base in high quality, qualitative and quantitative research methods and techniques, working closely with the Team Leader, Country Directors and the Human Resources Manager.
▪ Oversee Facility-wide analytical activities, including cross-cutting issues that influence the quality of impact (e.g. climate preparedness, food security), and support country teams to conduct or commission research initiatives and apply appropriate methodologies.

Support MDF’s pursuit of GEDSI objectives
▪ Support country teams to understand, integrate and implement GEDSI in all areas of MDF’s work, including sector/market system strategies, implementation guides and results chains, and monitoring and impact assessments.

Contribute to MDF’s learning and communication agenda
▪ Contribute content to and support the delivery of MDF’s learning and communication agenda. This includes analysis and evidence gathering, lesson learning, in-house training, preparation of communication outputs, and participation in events.
▪ Participate in routine processes to ensure the quality of MDF’s implementation e.g. portolio reviews, concept note reviews and Technical Advisory Group (TAG) reviews.

Requirements
▪ Proven experience in managing a large scale, innovative and complex, qualitative and quantitative measurement framework across multi-country settings, ideally in private sector development or related fields.
▪ Familiarity with the DCED Standard for Results Measurement and/or DFAT M&E standards and its application.
▪ Excellent analytical skills, with the ability to translate complex information into succinct and accessible content.
▪ Willingness to travel extensively to MDF countries (approx. 10-12 weeks travel per year)
▪ Advanced numeracy and IT skills, including the ability to work with extensively with spreadsheets, databases and management information systems (MIS).
▪ Strong interpersonal skills with experience managing teams in different cultural settings.
▪ Demonstrated ability to support remote teams and ensure the delivery of a large and diverse number of routine and periodic tasks to tight deadlines.
▪ Fluency in English language (spoken and written).
▪ Degree in relevant fields (desirable but not essential) or equivalent experience.

Closing date: Wednesday 21st February 2024.

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Business Adviser, Market Development Facility (MDF) – Fiji & Regional

Market Development Facility is a multi-country initiative, funded by Australian Government and the New Zealand Government, which promotes sustainable economic development, through higher incomes for women and men, in our partner countries.

We connect individuals, businesses, governments and NGOs with each other, and with markets at home and abroad. This enhances investment and coordination and allows partnerships to flourish, strengthening inclusive economic growth. It is implemented by Palladium in partnership with Swisscontact.

MDF Fiji and Regional are recruiting several Business Advisers. We are looking for candidates with a diverse range of skills. Some of the qualities we are seeking include:

• Business acumen
• Creativity and an eye for innovation
• Robust analytical skills
• Persuasive communication and negotiation skills
• Excellent English communication skills – verbal and written.

This is a unique opportunity to be part of our dynamic and dedicated team working to build a stronger, more resilient and equitable Fiji/Pacific. The position is perfect for individuals that are looking to apply their investigative skills and gain hands-on experience in economic development in a thriving and supportive workplace.

Assignment objectives

The Business Adviser analyses economic opportunities and constraints to growth and develops innovative solutions with businesses and other organisations. The economic sectors in which you will work may change over time but are likely to include one or more of the following: agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, and financial services.

Responsibilities

• Meeting with a wide variety of public and private stakeholders, especially businesses, government officials, workers, and farmers, to understand how the economy, sectors, markets and businesses in Fiji/Pacific function. This will include travel and fieldwork throughout the country/Region.
• With the support of colleagues and management, conducting socioeconomic analysis, including assessing the business environment, poverty, gender, industry competitiveness, as well as the roles of businesses, traders and farmers. This will include identifying constraints to, and opportunities to promote economic growth.
• 
Assisting with the creation of strategies that will allow MDF to address the constraints identified, and achieve MDF’s pro-poor economic development objectives.
• 
Designing innovative activities in line with MDF’s strategies. This will include working with a wide mix of organisations, devising new business models, negotiating with prospective partners, and drafting concept notes and contracts.
• 
Developing strong working relationships with program partners and other external stakeholders, from government, the private sector and non-government organisations.
• 
Monitoring the progress of activities, making adjustments based on lessons, and identifying opportunities to scale up the best ideas.
• 
Working with Research, Impact Measurement and Inclusion staff to create, monitor and update quality and inclusion documentation, including results chains, results measurement plans, field surveys, etc.
• 
Integrate climate change principles of adaptation, mitigation and resilience, intervention and results measurement documents.
• 
Applying inclusion frameworks and strategies (gender equality, disability inclusion) to all programme activities.
• 
Working with communications staff to develop communications products related to MDF’s activities.
• 
Supporting various aspects of program administration, including contracting, budgeting, financial management, recruitment, etc.

Key requirements

Essential

  1. 1. An entrepreneurial attitude, and a strong interest in working with the private sector on innovative business models.
  2. 2. Willingness to work hard and travel extensively within Fiji and Region, meeting a diverse range of stakeholders, conducting research and monitoring activities.
  3. 3. Demonstrated interpersonal skills with both colleagues and external stakeholders.
  4. 4. Familiarity with issues affecting the Fiji/Pacific economy, business environment and international business trends.
  5. 5. At least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, such as economics, business, agriculture, tourism, or international development, or equivalent professional experience.
  6. 6. Excellent English language skills (written and spoken).

Desirable

  1. 7. Work experience in economic development, business, or closely related fields.
  2. 8. The ability to undertake short-term travel to other MDF Pacific locations for capacity building (subject to travel and health restrictions).

Applications

The position is open to Fiji nationals and permanent residents with authority to live and work in Fiji.  Rates of pay are based on local labour standards.

MDF is committed to creating creative and diverse workforce. In addition to competitive pay and benefits, we offer internal and external learning and professional development of staff.

Please send your CV and cover letter addressing outlining your skills and experience. Applications close midnight 12 March 2024 (Fiji Time).

Apply

RFQ-FJ23-062: Feasibility Study on After-school Childcare Services for Pacific Centrecom

MDF has been actively involved in the development of the Outsourcing Services (OS) sector in Fiji, focused initially on industry marketing, advocacy, and coordination. The OS sector is a “high priority” sector in Fiji, with women comprising 70 percent of the workforce. OS companies including Pacific Centrecom (Fiji) Limited (Pacific Centrecom) are considering employee incentives such as childcare, to improve staff productivity, reduce absenteeism, and increase staff retention.

Pacific Centrecom is one of the leading OS companies in Fiji, providing contact centre and back-office services to both local and international clients. Pacific Centrecom has experienced rapid expansion, extending its operations from Suva, to Navua, Nadi and Lautoka and employing approximately 950 people, of which 650 are women.

MDF and Pacific Centrecom are now seeking a suitable service provider to conduct a feasibility study on after- school childcare services for Pacific Centrecom employees. The feasibility study will enable Pacific Centrecom to offer quality, affordable childcare solutions for their employees, thereby improving staff retention, productivity, and support long-term inclusive and sustainable economic growth for Fiji.

Register your interest to submit an offer by sending your name, organisation, and contact details to the Contact Person by email on or before Friday, 16 February 2024, 5:30pm Fiji Time.

Send queries to the Contact Person by email on or before Monday 16 February 2024, 5:30pm Fiji Time. Indicate “RFQ-FJ23-062 Feasibility Study on After-school Childcare Services for Pacific Centrecom” in the subject line.

The interested individuals and/or service providers are required to complete the Response Form provided on the TOR to submit an offer. This position is open to firms or individuals of Fiji nationality, permanent residents with authority to live and work in Fiji as well as internationally based with a local counterpart or authority to work in Fiji.

The closing date for submissions is Friday, 23 February 2024, 5:30pm Fiji Time.

Click on “Apply” to download full Terms of Reference (TOR) & Response form.

 

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Business Adviser – MDF Sri Lanka

About Market Development Facility (MDF)

The Market Development Facility (MDF) is an Australian Government-funded multi-country initiative that promotes sustainable development in its partner countries.

We work with businesses, government and other organisations to identify and develop profitable and scalable business opportunities that help reduce poverty, empower women economically and combat climate change. We currently operate in Fiji, Timor-Leste, Samoa, Vanuatu, Tonga and Sri Lanka.

MDF is funded by the Australia Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and is implemented by Palladium, in partnership with Swisscontact.

In Sri Lanka, MDF works in high-value agriculture, high-value tourism and fisheries sectors with cross-cutting investments to promote climate change mitigation and adaptation, access to finance and digital tools adoption.

Role

In this unique role, you will interact with an array of representatives from business, civil society groups, public sector, farming and fisher communities, economists and change-makers, Australian Government representatives, international experts, and colleagues across Asia Pacific.

Business Advisers in our teams have:

•  Business acumen.
•  Creativity and an eye for innovation.
•  Robust analytical skills.
•  Persuasive communication and negotiation skills.
•  Excellent English communication skills – verbal and written.

Responsibilities

This position is ideal for early-career professionals with a passion to build an extensive network, knowledge base and professional profile to propel their career forward. The role entails:

•  Meeting with a wide variety of public and private stakeholders, especially businesses, government officials, workers, and farmers, to understand how the economy, sectors, markets, and businesses in Sri Lanka function. This will include travel and fieldwork throughout the country.
•  Developing a strong network of relationships with MDF partners and other collaborators and utilising this network to gather real-time business and market intelligence.
•  Assisting with the creation of strategies that will allow MDF to address the constraints identified and achieve MDF’s pro-poor economic development objectives.
•  Identifying opportunities in different markets that can improve business performance and increase climate resilience while being socially inclusive.
•  Designing innovative activities in line with MDF’s strategies. This will include working with a wide mix of organisations, devising new business models, negotiating with prospective partners, and drafting concept notes and contracts.
•  Monitoring the progress of activities, adjusting based on lessons, and identifying opportunities to scale up the best ideas.
•  Working with communications staff to develop communications products related to MDF’s activities.
•  Supporting various aspects of program administration, including contracting, budgeting, financial management, recruitment, etc.

Application Requirements

Please submit your CV and a brief cover letter (no more than one page) outlining your suitability in line with the requirements of the position.

Application close date

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until suitable candidate(s) are found.

Interested candidates can apply by clicking “Apply” below.

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Short Term Adviser for Coffee

MDF is seeking the services of an expert to understand the viability of cultivating coffee in plantations via tenures/contract farming model.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

• Understanding MDF’s strategy in specialty coffee and proposed model of working with plantations.

• Finalizing the research plan based on discussions with the MDF team to evaluate the model’s viability.

• Conducting interviews with plantation management, government representatives, union members, and plantation workers to evaluate the model. The consultant will ensure that MDF members are also engaged in those discussions and facilitate introductions.

• The consultant will review existing literature to evaluate whether similar models have been tried in the past, assess their performance, and identify any lessons learned from those models.

• Understanding in detail the opportunities that the model poses for tenured farmers who are estate workers in terms of potential impact on their existing earnings and facilities obtained from estate.

• Understanding the stakeholder response to the model and evaluating the socio and political economy aspects of the model. Expectation is that consultant will investigate and report the views of various stakeholders about the model.

• Analysing the incentive for plantations to plant coffee via the tenured farming model. The consultant is also expected to investigate and report on long-term vision of the plantations.

• Developing a detailed risk mitigation strategy including identifying market actors that can conduct periodic risk assessments and provide guidance on mitigation measures after completing the research.

Please submit your CV and brief cover letter (no more than one page) outlining your suitability in line with the requirements of the position.

Please also send your daily fee in a separate word document.

The deadline for application is 20th October 2023.

 

This position is open to Sri Lankan nationals and permanent residents with authority to live and work in Sri Lanka. Rates of pay are based on local labour standards.

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Market Development Advisor

MDF Sri Lanka is seeking an MDA who will provide technical advice to the Sri Lanka country team and support the overall management of the program’s in-country presence. This position will play a pivotal role in building the capacity of the country team to develop a portfolio of investments and partnerships aligned with MDF objectives. Don’t miss this opportunity—apply now!

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Business Adviser, Market Development Facility (MDF) – Fiji & Regional

Market Development Facility is a multi-country initiative, funded by Australian Government and the New Zealand Government, which promotes sustainable economic development, through higher incomes for women and men, in our partner countries.

We connect individuals, businesses, governments and NGOs with each other, and with markets at home and abroad. This enhances investment and coordination and allows partnerships to flourish, strengthening inclusive economic growth. It is implemented by Palladium in partnership with Swisscontact.

MDF Fiji and Regional are recruiting several Business Advisers. We are looking for candidates with a diverse range of skills. Some of the qualities we are seeking include:

• Business acumen
• Creativity and an eye for innovation
• Robust analytical skills
• Persuasive communication and negotiation skills
• Excellent English communication skills – verbal and written.

This is a unique opportunity to be part of our dynamic and dedicated team working to build a stronger, more resilient and equitable Fiji/Pacific. The position is perfect for individuals that are looking to apply their investigative skills and gain hands-on experience in economic development in a thriving and supportive workplace.

Assignment objectives

The Business Adviser analyses economic opportunities and constraints to growth and develops innovative solutions with businesses and other organisations. The economic sectors in which you will work may change over time but are likely to include one or more of the following: agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, and financial services.

Responsibilities

• Meeting with a wide variety of public and private stakeholders, especially businesses, government officials, workers, and farmers, to understand how the economy, sectors, markets and businesses in Fiji/Pacific function. This will include travel and fieldwork throughout the country/Region.
• With the support of colleagues and management, conducting socioeconomic analysis, including assessing the business environment, poverty, gender, industry competitiveness, as well as the roles of businesses, traders and farmers. This will include identifying constraints to, and opportunities to promote economic growth.
• 
Assisting with the creation of strategies that will allow MDF to address the constraints identified, and achieve MDF’s pro-poor economic development objectives.
• 
Designing innovative activities in line with MDF’s strategies. This will include working with a wide mix of organisations, devising new business models, negotiating with prospective partners, and drafting concept notes and contracts.
• 
Developing strong working relationships with program partners and other external stakeholders, from government, the private sector and non-government organisations.
• 
Monitoring the progress of activities, making adjustments based on lessons, and identifying opportunities to scale up the best ideas.
• 
Working with Research, Impact Measurement and Inclusion staff to create, monitor and update quality and inclusion documentation, including results chains, results measurement plans, field surveys, etc.
• 
Integrate climate change principles of adaptation, mitigation and resilience, intervention and results measurement documents.
• 
Applying inclusion frameworks and strategies (gender equality, disability inclusion) to all programme activities.
• 
Working with communications staff to develop communications products related to MDF’s activities.
• 
Supporting various aspects of program administration, including contracting, budgeting, financial management, recruitment, etc.

Key requirements

Essential

  1. 1. An entrepreneurial attitude, and a strong interest in working with the private sector on innovative business models.
  2. 2. Willingness to work hard and travel extensively within Fiji and Region, meeting a diverse range of stakeholders, conducting research and monitoring activities.
  3. 3. Demonstrated interpersonal skills with both colleagues and external stakeholders.
  4. 4. Familiarity with issues affecting the Fiji/Pacific economy, business environment and international business trends.
  5. 5. At least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, such as economics, business, agriculture, tourism, or international development, or equivalent professional experience.
  6. 6. Excellent English language skills (written and spoken).

Desirable

  1. 7. Work experience in economic development, business, or closely related fields.
  2. 8. The ability to undertake short-term travel to other MDF Pacific locations for capacity building (subject to travel and health restrictions).

Applications

The position is open to Fiji nationals and permanent residents with authority to live and work in Fiji.  Rates of pay are based on local labour standards.

MDF is committed to creating creative and diverse workforce. In addition to competitive pay and benefits, we offer internal and external learning and professional development of staff.

Please send your CV and cover letter addressing outlining your skills and experience. Applications close midnight 12 March 2024 (Fiji Time).

Apply

RFQ-SM23-025 Vehicle Procurement in Samoa

Market Development Facility is an Australian Government funded multi-country initiative which promotes sustainable economic development, through higher incomes for women and men, in our partner countries.

We connect individuals, businesses, governments and NGOs with each other, and with markets at home and abroad. This enhances investment and coordination and allows partnerships to flourish, strengthening inclusive economic growth.

MDF is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT). It is implemented by Palladium in partnership with Swisscontact.

MDF currently operates and has offices in Fiji, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.

Objective of the assignment
MDF Samoa is seeking to procure an office vehicle to transport staff to partner meetings, field visits and office errands.

Mandatory Criteria
The Service Provider must hold the necessary business registration and relevant permits to legally operate and import in Samoa.

Evaluation Criteria
MDF will assess submissions in line with the technical and financial evaluation process described below. In assessing submissions, MDF, at its sole discretion, may consider information from other relevant sources.

Register your interest to submit an offer by sending your organization name, contact person and contact details to the Contact Email indicated on or before Friday 26th January 2024, 5:00pm Apia Time. 

Interested individuals and/or service providers should click on “Apply” to download full details & Response form. All quotes must be submitted using the response form provided.

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Business Advisers – Market Development Facility (MDF) Tonga

Market Development Facility is a multi-country initiative, funded by Australian Government and the New Zealand Government, which promotes sustainable economic development, through higher incomes for women and men, in our partner countries.

We connect individuals, businesses, governments, and NGOs with each other, and with markets at home and abroad. This enhances investment and coordination and allows partnerships to flourish, strengthening inclusive economic growth. It is implemented by Palladium in partnership with Swisscontact.

MDF is expanding its presence in the Pacific, to Tonga, Samoa, and Vanuatu. MDF Tonga is recruiting several Business Advisers. We are looking for candidates with a diverse range of skills. Some of the qualities we are seeking include:

· Business acumen
· Creativity and an eye for innovation
· Robust analytical skills
· Persuasive communication and negotiation skills
· Excellent English communication skills – verbal and written.

This is a unique opportunity to be part of our dynamic and dedicated team working to build a stronger, more resilient and equitable Tonga and the Pacific. The position is perfect for individuals that are looking to apply their investigative skills and gain hands-on experience in economic development in a thriving and supportive workplace.

Assignment objectives

The Business Adviser analyses economic opportunities and constraints to growth and develops innovative solutions with businesses and other organizations. The economic sectors in which you will work may change over time but are likely to include one or more of the following: agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, and financial services.

Key requirements

Essential

1. An entrepreneurial attitude, and a strong interest in working with the private sector on innovative business models.
2. Willingness to work hard and travel extensively within Tonga, meeting a diverse range of stakeholders, conducting research and monitoring activities.
3. Demonstrated interpersonal skills with both colleagues and external stakeholders.
4. Familiarity with issues affecting the Tongan economy, business environment and international business trends.
5. At least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, such as economics, business, agriculture, tourism, or international development, or equivalent professional experience.
6. Excellent English language skills (written and spoken).

Desirable

1. Work experience in economic development, business, or closely related fields.
2. The ability to speak and comprehend the Tongan language.
3. The ability to undertake short-term travel to Fiji and other MDF Pacific locations for capacity building (subject to travel and health restrictions).

Applications

The position is open to nationals of the country of assignment and permanent residents with authority to live and work in the country of assignment (Tonga). Rates of pay are based on local labour standards.

MDF is committed to creating creative and diverse workforce. In addition to competitive pay and benefits, we offer internal and external learning and professional development of staff.

Please send your CV and cover letter addressing outlining your skills and experience. Applications close midnight 09th February 2024 (Nuku’alofa time). 

Apply

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