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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.

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Project Overview and Role:

The Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Promoting Rural Incomes through Support for Markets in Agriculture (PRISMA) is a five -year program (2019 – 2023) funded by the Australian Government’s aid program and implemented in cooperation with the Government of Indonesia. The program will build upon the achievements and results of Phase 1 (2013-2018), using a market systems development (MSD) approach to support inclusive economic growth in Indonesia’s agriculture sector in six target provinces: East Java, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), Papua, West Papua and Central Java. 

The Portfolio Adviser will play a strategic role as part of PRISMA’s Management Team. Reporting to the Chief Technical Officer – Portfolio, the Portfolio Adviser is responsible for the development and management of a portfolio of selected sectors and/or cross-sectors. This position will lead and support a team of consultants in identifying market system constraints in a range of agricultural sectors, including cross-sectors of finance and ICT, designing, and managing the implementation of interventions to address these constraints, and, together with the Results Measurement team, monitor and evaluate its success and learnings.

PRISMA has recently undertaken a Strategy Refresh to ensure the remaining 2 years of the program place a stronger emphasis on achieving wider systemic change from the portfolio. With revised Market System Strategies (MSS) for the PRISMA target commodities and cross-sectors, and a stronger focus on achieving behaviour change at an organisational level with private and public partners, the Portfolio Adviser will work closely with the CTOs, other Portfolio Advisers, and Heads of Portfolio to ensure delivery of program targets and strategy outcomes by the end of the program.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 

The Portfolio Adviser manages and oversees a team of Principal Business Consultants, Senior Business Consultants and Business Consultants.  The responsibilities of the Portfolio Adviser will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Manage, support, and supervise the portfolio team to develop high quality Market System Strategies (MSS) taking into consideration GESI mainstreaming, environmental impact, and wider systemic change, and implement the MSS from sector analysis through to intervention implementation and results measurement utilising the associated PRISMA tools and systems.
  • Manage and supervise the portfolio team to craft effective systemic change (SC) pathways for the respective sectors/sub-sectors and, with the CTO-Inclusion and Engagement, agree to and monitor SC targets that will contribute to the achievement of End of Program Outcomes (EOPO). Periodically review the progress of assigned sectors towards achieving systemic change.
  • Manage the portfolio team to effectively monitor the progress of their sectors and interventions to assess the overall quality of the portfolio with a view to improving, retaining, expanding, or dropping sectors and/or interventions.
  • Manage the portfolio team members’ day-to-day activities, as well as technical and management capacity development, including periodic performance assessment, and facilitation of capacity development Action Plans and portfolio team-wide mentorship to assist staff members reach their full potential.
  • Manage and supervise the portfolio budget, its utilization, and associated fiduciary responsibility that comply with the DFAT and Palladium’s financial regulations and guidelines. 
  • Collaborate closely with all other portfolios, units, and teams in PRISMA, including the GESI team, Policy Engagement team, and the Results Measurement team to ensure the delivery of a cohesive and mutually supportive portfolio of interventions that meets EOPO and achieves PRISMA’s strategic goals.
  • Be responsible for the relationship management of intervention partners, the provincial and district government, in collaboration with the Policy Engagement team, and other key stakeholders in the sector including but not limited to associations, the GoI, other development partners and DFAT as directed by the CEO and/or CTO’s. 
  • Act as a mentor for other sectors and periodically review the associated sectors and actively participate in any strategic review meetings as part of PRISMA’s review processes, thereby supporting the CEO to analyse the intervention quality and portfolio composition. Where needed, proactively propose changes in review systems and tools to better assess the intervention quality and progress.
  • With the CTO-Portfolio and CTO-Inclusion and Engagement, actively engage in the review, improvement and/or development of appropriate tools to assist overall portfolio management and review of portfolio quality.
  • With the CTO-Portfolio and CTO-Inclusion and Engagement, be part of an assessment team that ensures that intervention concepts and intervention plans, and proposed interventions have the required background analysis and quality, prospect to achieve envisaged systemic change, and are coherent with the overall sector growth strategy and the relevant MSS.
  • Initiate and participate in cross-collaboration of ideas and learning across portfolios and actively contribute to the capturing of practical experiences, lessons learnt, and case studies for the Policy Engagement and Communications teams to strengthen the knowledge management of the program.
  • Support the CEO to provide a leadership example to the Heads of Portfolio and drive a positive, inclusive, and supportive cultural dynamic within the Management Team and the broader team, and actively participate in all MT forums and activities.
  • Support the CEO in the preparation of key management reports including progress reports and annual implementation plans;
  • Perform other duties as requested by the CEO that are relevant to the achievement of program goals. 

Required Qualifications:


  • A minimum of 10 years’ relevant professional experience;
  • An excellent understanding on the market systems development, business and financial analysis, political economy and knowledge on different development approaches;
  • Demonstrated professional experience in strategic planning, evidence-based decision-making, leadership, and mentoring to lead a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural working environment and dynamic and learning culture;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Good understanding of Results Measurement and Learning principals;
  • Working experience in the private, public sectors, and/or having exposure to agri-business in Indonesian and international context;


  • Familiarity with international donor funded projects, its systems and requirements, DFAT in particular;
  • Having networks among public and private stakeholders in agriculture sectors and program target areas
  • Having technical skills in value chain finance
  • Familiar with Bahasa Indonesia as a working language

Female candidates and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Application closed on Tuesday, 7 December 2021.

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