Team Leader – Climate Adaptation

Palladium International

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

Palladium is seeking a Team Leader for a DFID-funded Knowledge, Policy and Implementation Support Manager (KPISM) project, in support of the larger five-year (2018-2023) Building Resilience and Adapting to Climate Change in Malawi (BRACC) programme. BRACC aims to improve people’s climate resilient livelihoods, to strengthen social protection systems and to develop scalable social safety net systems that respond predictably to weather a climate related shocks in Malawi. The programme focusses on southern Malawi, targeting districts with the highest levels of vulnerability to weather-related shocks, poverty and chronic food insecurity.

KPISM will support BRACC on evidence, policy influence and coordination functions. If approved, it is anticipated that the KPISM team will mobilise in January 2020 and operate for three and a half years.

The KPISM team will be responsible for the delivery of short and long-term technical assistance to:

  1. Support DFID in the implementation of the BRACC programme;
  2. Develop the overall strategy for monitoring, evaluation, learning and facilitating adaptive management;
  3. Fill evidence gaps through high quality research;
  4. Develop credible policy advocacy strategies; and,

Strengthen coordination, coherence and compliance across the BRACC programme

The Team Leader is responsible for leading and managing the KPISM project. The role will involve providing strategic programme guidance to improve the knowledge and understanding of poverty, vulnerability and climate risk for all stakeholders in Malawi; provide advice, evidence and innovation that drive adaptive implementation, particularly climate resilient livelihoods and deliver evaluations to generate lessons learned.

The role will help DFID to ensure that BRACC programme objectives, outcomes and deliverables are met and that financial, operational and reporting requirements of the client are adhered to. The role works closely with and manages the project team of technical and administrative professionals and other support staff. The Team Leader is a senior representative of Palladium and as such ensures that risks are minimised, and that company policies, processes and procedures are adhered to.

The Team Leader will be the primary point of contact with the client (DFID Malawi) and represents the company with other donors, partners and stakeholders, including the Government of Malawi.

Specifically, the Team Leader will be responsible for:

Stakeholder Relationships:

  • Maintain excellent working relationships with DFID, Malawi government agencies, civil society groups and private sector firms in order to collaboratively assist in the reduction of extreme poverty and end the recurrent cycle of hunger and humanitarian assistance through robust monitoring, evaluation and learning;
  • Represent the KPISM project and Palladium in external meetings with government, civil society and private sector stakeholders in climate smart development, natural resource management, agriculture, social protection and disaster resilience sectors;

Project Leadership:

  • Provide overall guidance and strategic direction to all aspects of the programme;
  • Assume overall responsibility for the effective and professional leadership of the KPISM project team;
  • Convene and chair strategic meetings with DFID Advisors and key stakeholders to help shape national policy implementation;
  • Oversee the measurement and communication of robust results and impact;

Project Management:

  • Lead, guide, mentor and manage the performance of technical and administrative direct reports;
  • Ensuring that work plan activities are implemented to a high quality and on time, and expected results are achieved; holding the team and downstream partners accountable;
  • Collaborate with the Palladium Project Manager to ensure:
    • appropriate processes are in place for induction, guidance and management of other staff and sub-contractors;
    • timely financial and activity planning, reporting and forecasting;
    • effective and proactive management of project risks and opportunities;
  • Participate as required in HR aspects of team management including recruitment and contracting, performance management, disciplinary and grievance matters, mentoring, learning and development; and
  • Assume responsibility for the use of reimbursable financial project resources


  • Relevant academic qualifications in a relevant field, such as agriculture, social policy, international development, climate smart development, natural resource management, humanitarian and disaster resilience;

Extensive experience managing programmes in either:

    • resilience and adaptation to climate change;
    • Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning (MEAL); or
    • a related and relevant field for this role

Strong understanding and prior experience of:

    • adaptation and resilience, climate smart development, natural resources management, agriculture, social protection and disaster resilience processes;
    • monitoring and evaluation method, tools and processes that support learning and adaptive management;
    • facilitating evidence-based decision-making and policy support to support positive change, working with a range of different stakeholders, including government
    • Experience managing medium to large scale donor programmes in Africa (with prior DFID and Malawi experience being advantageous);
    • Ability to effectively communicate, engage and negotiate with high level decision makers and influencers;
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, team leadership, representation and organisational skills;
    • Financial acumen and the ability to interpret and analyse project financial reports; and to successfully deliver on planning and budgeting responsibilities, using flexible and adaptive approaches ensuring value for money;
    • Familiarity with DFID strategies, priorities, programme management, reporting, and systems as they apply both in Malawi and more broadly;
    • Preferably, an established network within communities of practice in the climate change adaptation, social protection and resilience sectors, including: lead organisations, think-tanks, relevant government ministries, civil society organisations, private sector stakeholders and donors; and
    • Fluent written and spoken English; knowledge of Malawi languages an advantage.

The position will be based in either Lilongwe or Blantyre, Malawi.

Competitive salary and benefits package.

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Malawi nationals are strongly encouraged to apply