Political Director at Palladium Tanzania January, 2022


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Job Position: Productivity for Prosperity (P4P) Political Director

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.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – 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, 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 any other circumstance, please email our team at [email protected] 

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.

Project Overview and Role:

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 


FCDO’s Productivity for Prosperity (P4P) will be a sustainable economic transformation programme that will look to increase labour productivity and climate-resilience in Tanzania’s job-creating sectors. It will achieve this through private sector development (investment facilitation, trade facilitation and building capabilities of firms) and business environment reform (supporting proportionate and predictable regulation). P4P will also provide a single streamlined platform to support the UK’s economic and climate diplomacy in Tanzania, in partnership with CDC and the Department for International Trade.

The key responsibilities of the Political Director are outlined below. It is to be noted that these are not exhaustive and may evolve with the delivery of the programme.

Primary Responsibilities 

Relationship Management:

  • Bring and/or develop strong working relationships with the programme’s contact points at all levels of the Tanzanian Government and amongst business leaders. 
  • Represent the programme at a national level, among senior government officials and business leaders in Tanzania.  
  • Manage closely relationships with stakeholders in Tanzania, including senior government officials and business leaders; and put forward FCDO’s P4P objectives at the highest level possible and throughout the duration of the programme to ensure impact.  
  • Act as the primary point of contact to FCDO’s Advisers on P4P’s on business environment reform, influencing and lobbying. 
  • Develop strong working relationships and a regular dialogue on programme progress and challenges with Palladium’s core team and the client. 
  • Maintain a strong working relationship with the Programme Director.

Strategy and Operational Planning
  • Support the development and implementation of the Investment Ecosystem Facility Workstream strategy and an adaptive approach to deliver the related programme outputs, including pipeline development, market intelligence, and transaction services, in cooperation and consultation with technical advisors, Programme Director, senior Progamme Manager,  Strategy Directors, FCDO, partners, the government and other key stakeholders. 
  • Support the Programme’s Director & Senior Manager in the preparation of workstream relevant work plans and budgets; staffing plans; performance improvement plans and other plans as required.
Operation Planning
  • Lead on the development of a clear and coherent stakeholder engagement approach in Tanzania, in line with the programme’s strategy. This will be developed in collaboration with the Programme’s leadership, and will be reviewed on regular interval to adapt to any necessary changes. 
  • Plan regular and meaningful engagements with key stakeholders in the government of Tanzania and among business leaders. 
  • Engage relevant government officials to discuss operational planning of relevant programme activities to ensure alignment with Government of Tanzania priorities.
Programme Management
  • Act as a Country Representative of the programme towards senior officials and business leaders. 
  • Provide guidance, oversight and quality assurance for programme activities, outputs and deliverables related to Business Environment Reform Advocacy. 
  • Monitor implementation progress; maintain up-to-date logs and registers; work to resolve issues, manage and mitigate risks; and escalate any issues and risks related to his engagement with political and business leaders in Tanzania. 
  • Develop internal/external communication material on topics related to his position, such as approach to business environment reform in the Tanzania context.   
  • Ensure good staff management practices including staff planning, recruitment, on-boarding, appraisal and development. 
  • Support the Programme Director, when relevant, in preparing high level discussions with FCDO and other relevant stakeholders.
Team Management
  • Guide, nurture and manage STTAs, supporting them in delivery of their workplan deliverables. 
  • Coach and offer feedback and advice and technical input in and when required. 
  • Recruit, hire and manage consultants as needed to carry out activities.
Financial Management and Administration
  • Where relevant, ensure the programme provides and demonstrates Value for Money. 
  • Where relevant, assume responsibility for consistent implementation of company Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Guidelines, Security Protocols and, where applicable, recommends modifications. 
Required Qualifications:
  • Substantial experience in working in the financial sector, notably in Tanzania. 
  • Experience working with DFIs and other financial institutions involved in private sector funding, notably in agricultural sectors. 
  • Very good understanding of the financial system in Tanzania, and of the local financial ecosystem. Experience working with donor (preferably FCDO) funded programmes 
  • Strong expertise in leading complex programmes, including managing and mentoring senior members of staff. 
  • Strong experience in managing complex teams. 

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