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New Zealand Business Engagement Manager ,Market Development Facility (MDF)- New Zealand

United States, New York, New York
June 27, 2022

New Zealand Business Engagement Manager ,Market Development Facility (MDF)- New Zealand

Project Overview and Role:

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) and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
(MFAT). It is implemented by Palladium in partnership with Swisscontact.

A core element of MDF's work is connecting the Australian and New
Zealand business communities with businesses in the Indo-Pacific regions while
also supporting the operations of MDF's regional investment component.

We are looking for a business engagement extraordinaire to join our A/NZ
Business Engagement Unit tasked with liaising with New Zealand businesses who
invest in the Pacific region.
This role will work collaboratively with an equivalent Business
Engagement Manager in Australia to achieve objectives for the broader business
unit. The position will also support the program's broader set of activities
including strategy, analytical work and reporting.

We are looking for candidates with a diverse range of skills, which

  • thorough understanding of the New Zealand business community, in particular those businesses with an interest in the Indo-Pacific region
  • creativity and an eye for innovation
  • ability to self-motivate and drive an independent work plan
  • persuasive communication and negotiation skills

Your Opportunity
This is a unique opportunity to be part of a dynamic team working to
build a stronger, more resilient and equitable investment landscape in the
Indo-Pacific region. The position is perfect for a highly driven individual
looking to apply their networking skills and gain hands-on experience in
economic development in a thriving and supportive workplace.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

primary responsibility of this position is to lead engagement between MDF's
country offices and the New Zealand business community. The position will also
support MDF's overall engagement across countries, consisting of a range of tasks
to support of the program's overall objectives by:
Key tasks include:

  • Meeting with a wide variety of public and private stakeholders to
    understand the linkages between New Zealand and industries and businesses in
    the region.
  • Liaising with diaspora groups of relevant countries to identify
    innovative business models and investment opportunities.
  • Contributing to a variety of economic and socioeconomic analysis,
    including business environment, roles of market actors, poverty, gender,
    industry competitiveness, etc.
  • In support of country programs, promoting the creation of a portfolio of
    innovative interventions in line with existing strategies and the MSD approach.
    This will include working with a wide mix of organisations to plan market
    system changes and devise new business models, negotiating with prospective
    partners, and drafting accompanying documentation.
  • Overseeing the technical quality of interventions, monitoring progress, making adjusting based on lessons, identifying opportunities to scale interventions.
  • For full Terms of Reference (TOR) of this role,
    please .

Required Qualifications:

We are looking for
candidates with a diverse range of skills, which include:

  1. Demonstrated experience of engaging with the private sector either in New Zealand and/or in the Indo-Pacific region (ideally both).
  2. Proven interpersonal skills with both colleagues and external stakeholders, including in cross-cultural settings.
  3. An entrepreneurial and practical attitude, and a strong interest in working with the private sector and innovative business models.
  4. Proven success in program/project management, including contracting.
  5. Highly analytical mindset, with a bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline, such as economics, business, international development, agriculture or equivalent work experience.
  6. Excellent written and spoken English language skills, including report-writing.
  7. Knowledge of, and experience with, the Market Systems Development (MSD) approach, or related approaches to economic development. (Desirable)

How to Apply
By clicking on the "Apply Now" button below, please submit
your CV and brief cover letter (no more than one page) outlining your
suitability in line with the requirements of the position.

This position will
remain open until a suitable candidate is identified. Start date is expected to
be in June/July 2022 with some flexibility available for exceptional candidates.
Early submission of applications is advised.

Company Overview:

About Palladium - 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 governments, businesses, and investors to solve the world's most pressing challenges. With a team of more than 3,000 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of over 35,000 experts, we help improve economies, societies and, most importantly, people's lives.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion - Palladium is committed to embedding equity, diversity, and inclusion into everything we do. We welcome applications from all sections of society and actively encourage diversity to drive innovation, creativity, success and good practice. We positively welcome and seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce; and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment regardless of their background or personal characteristics. These include: (but are not limited to) socio-economic background, age, race, gender identity and expression, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, veteran, marital or Indigenous status.

Should you require any adjustments or accommodations to be made due to a disability or you are a neurodivergent individual or for any other circumstance, please email our team at accessibility@thepalladiumgroup.com and we will be in touch to discuss.

Safeguarding - We define Safeguarding as "the preventative action taken by Palladium to protect our people, clients and the communities we work with from harm". We are committed to ensuring that all children and adults who come into contact with Palladium are treated with respect and are free from abuse. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced selection process including safeguarding-focused interviews and a rigorous due diligence process.

This position is open to New Zealand nationals and permanent residents
with authority to live and work in New Zealand.