Organization: Palladium International
About the Company
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.
Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper emphasises the importance of engagement with Pacific island countries to improve economic resilience, security and stability of the Pacific region. Circular labour mobility from Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste to Australia is a central pillar of this strategy. Increasing circular labour mobility will build people-to-people links and support increased economic growth, employment and investment across the region. Australia will increase circular labour mobility with Pacific countries through the expansion of the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) and the creation of the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS). The Pacific Labour Facility (PLF) will facilitate the expansion of circular labour mobility to Australia and support both the SWP and PLS
The Pacific Labour Facility (PLF)
The PLF will facilitate seasonal and longer-term work opportunities for Pacific workers to Australia. It will connect Australian employers with Pacific workers, support the administration of the PLS and provide targeted support to SWP. The PLF will be managed by Palladium and provide the backbone of Australia’s future support for circular labour mobility in the Pacific under the direction of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The PLF will establish itself as a trusted intermediary in connecting Australian employers with Pacific workers and in its partnerships with PICs, the private sector and civil society stakeholders.
The Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP)
Under direction of the Department of Jobs and Small Business (DJSB), the SWP provides Australian employers in the agriculture industry nationwide, and in the accommodation sector and tourism sectors in selected locations, that are unable to find enough local Australian labour access to low-skilled and unskilled workers from nine Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste.
The Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS)
The PLS commenced on 1 July 2018. It enables citizens of Pacific countries to take up low- and semi-skilled work opportunities in rural and regional Australia for up to three years. There will be an initial cap of 2,000 workers 2018/19. The PLS will initially be available to Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu, with access to be progressively extended to other Pacific countries based on employer demand, need impact and progress against the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations – Plus (PACER Plus) regional trade agreement.
The purpose of the role is support the Pacific Labour Facility in it’s development of formal partnerships with a range of government and private sector stakeholders, brokering partnering discussions, drafting records of these discussions, and conducting partnership health checks. Workshops are typically held in Australia but may sometimes be held elsewhere. Partnership Brokers will be supported to travel to each workshop location from their home base.
- Preparing for partnering workshops, including liaison with all parties and pre-meeting in some circumstances;
- Brokering one-day partnership workshops, including agreeing objectives, mapping and addressing issues or concerns to increase trust. Brokers will utilise frameworks, tools and templates developed by the Partnership Brokers Association and the PLF;
- Draftig a records of Partnering Discussions, which accurately representsthe discussion about how the partners will work together. And later, following up with all parties to finalise the wording and obtain signature;
- Facilitating partnering health checks using agreed tools and processes, and producing a record of the health check (within 7 days of any meeting);
- Supporting partnership problem solving in the event of any major issues. This may include additional meeting/workshop facilitation.
- Internationally accredited as a Partnership Broker by the Partnership Brokers Association (PBA);
- Demonstrated experience in partnership brokering;
- Experience of working with the private sector, not-for-profit sector, and the international aid and development sector;
- Experience in negotiating agreements between cross-sector partners (from business, government and civil society);
- Good written and spoken English.
We anticipate that the first set of partnering workshops for PLF will be held between November and December 2018. The exact timing of workshops will be determined in consultation with all parties. The number of workshops to be facilitated by each Partnership Broker will be negotiated individually. Each workshop will typically involve 4-7 days input.
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