Labour Mobility Engagement Manager, Timor Leste, PLF

Palladium International

Labour Mobility Engagement Manager, Timor Leste – Pacific Labour Facility

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.

Project Overview:

The Pacific Labour Facility (PLF) works with DFAT and DEWR to support the administration of the PALM scheme and facilitate opportunities for Australian employers to connect with workers from the Pacific and Timor Leste. The PLF is managed by Palladium and has been established as a trusted inter mediary in supporting Australia-Pacific circular labour mobility.


The Labour Mobility Engagement Manager (LMEM), Timor Leste in consultation and partnership with SEFOPE will be responsible for developing and implementing a program of assistance to the Government of Timor Leste through SEFOPE in meeting the government of Timor Leste’s labour mobility objectives.

The LMEM will work very closely with the Senior Management within SEFOPE to support strategic and long-term planning, policy and process improvements including high level engagement with labour mobility stakeholders.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Pacific & Timor Leste Labour Mobility Manager, the Labour Mobility Engagement Manager, Timor Leste will undertake the following:

Strategy and Policy: consult with SEFOPE to determine labour mobility objectives, priorities and assist with developing strategy, policy, and process improvement in line with the Government of Timor Leste Labour Mobility direction and priorities.
Planning: in line with the interest of the Government of Timor Leste, develop and implement a program of assistance to SEFOPE, and other in-country stakeholders to ensure productive engagement in the PALM scheme. The work will include working with the SEFOPE to develop and manage in-country planning, budgeting and undertake capacity assessment activities to meet LSU priorities and needs.
High level stakeholder engagement: work with SEFOPE to facilitate linkages and build strong stakeholder relationships between SEFOPE, bi-lateral programs, APTC and other education providers and community groups to harness synergies, and to encourage cross-learning and effective communication. This includes working with SEFOPE to build a strong LM ecosystem between service providers (Constituency Offices, Immigration, Police, Health, etc) and set up formal mechanisms where appropriate.
PALM Alignment: Work with SEFOPE and DFAT post in supporting the roll out of PALM alignment and assist with change management within the LSU to ensure smooth transition under PALM.
Public advocacy and awareness: Support SEFOPE with marketing and awareness programs to inform the public, communities, workers, and key LM stakeholders on the PALM program.
Provide support to SEFOPE Senior Management in the day to day coordination of staff performance and offer leadership advice and guidance to improve staff performance and LSU operations.
Support the PLF Program Manager with reintegration initiatives by leveraging connections with other DFAT funded programs and in-country networks.
Work closely with the AEs, PLF, DEWR and DFAT teams in Australia and Pacific government agencies to support marketing activities to enhance awareness of Pacific workers amongst eligible employers.
Manage and provide direction to the PLF Program Manager, provide direction and guidance to other PLF positions within SEFOPE and support relevant activities if need be.
Promote inclusion across all aspects of labour sending activities, including equality, disability and child protection.
Ensure communication, cross-learning and sharing of tools across the Pacific Labour Facility team and LSUs.
Participate as a member of the PLF team and contribute to planning and reporting activities.

The Labour Mobility Engagement Manager will possess the following qualifications and experience:

Tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline with demonstrated experience in policy development and policy writing in the pacific, and experience working in a project management, and/or partnership brokering role.
A demonstrated ability to build respectful, productive and sustainable working relationships with a variety of stakeholders (including partner government, civil society and the private sector) and working together to achieve results.
Demonstrated skill and experience at convening and facilitating productive interaction between diverse groups of people.
Experience working with programs in the Pacific with a strong understanding of gender equality concepts and issues.
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of different individuals and organisations across countries and time zones.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, particularly in a cross-cultural context.
An understanding of current issues in relation to circular labour mobility, including related policy and regulatory frameworks, and the ability to translate these to implementation.
Experience in policy design and implementation, excellent written and communication skills, and delivery of training programs and/or facilitation
Demonstrated understanding of best practice human resources and recruitment practices.

Remuneration, Allowances and Support Costs:

This position is classified under the Aid Adviser Remuneration Framework (ARF) at C3 classification, and any allowances and support costs the Adviser may be eligible to receive will be in accordance with the ARF.

Application Requirements:

Candidates must have current unrestricted work rights or be eligible to apply for a valid visa for Timor Leste.

Applications close on 2 April 2023.

The successful candidate will be offered an initial contract to 31 December 2023 with possibility of further extension.

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 an d 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.

How to apply

Deadline: 28 Mar 2023