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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.
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Assisting with the creation of strategies that will allow MDF to address the constraints identified, and achieve MDF’s pro-poor economic development objectives.
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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.
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Developing strong working relationships with program partners and other external stakeholders, from government, the private sector and non-government organisations.
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Monitoring the progress of activities, making adjustments based on lessons, and identifying opportunities to scale up the best ideas.
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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.
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Integrate climate change principles of adaptation, mitigation and resilience, intervention and results measurement documents.
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Applying inclusion frameworks and strategies (gender equality, disability inclusion) to all programme activities.
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Working with communications staff to develop communications products related to MDF’s activities.
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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 15 March 2024 (Fiji Time).