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Senior Associate - Inclusive Growth Natural Capital

United States, New York, New York
November 24, 2023

Senior Associate

About Palladium:

Palladium is a
global company working to design, develop, and deliver positive impact on the
lives and livelihoods of people around the globe; broaden access to health,
water, power, and infrastructure; build enduring, sustainable, and
transformative institutions and market systems to address global challenges; and
conserve the natural world. We operate in over 90 countries and have a
workforce of 4,000 talented, motivated, and diverse staff of all religions,
races, languages, and gender identities.

This Opportunity:

Palladium's Inclusive Growth and Natural Capital Practice (IGNC) is
seeking multiple outstanding professionals to join us as Senior Associates,
namely within the Inclusive Growth and Finance and Investment Portfolios. As an
early career-level professional in the portfolio, the Senior Associate(s) will
bring project management experience and technical curiosity to both project
delivery and business development. The Senior Associate(s) will support the
startup, administration, and management of projects and, through business
development, contribute to Palladium Americas' growth and impact around the

The Senior Associate(s) will support project delivery, business
development, and other initiatives across the practice. This may include
technical areas as diverse as finance and investment, financial and digital
inclusion, market systems, business enabling environments, agriculture, climate
change and green economy, enterprise development and entrepreneurship,
competitiveness, export and market development, e-commerce, and innovation.

Palladium professionals at all levels work extensively and
collaboratively with others in the company (including in other Practices/Portfolios
and in other regions) to advance firm-level growth and impact goals; build
relationships and visibility; develop innovative approaches and methodologies;
and manage effective, dynamic teams.

Experienced Senior Associates will have opportunities to support
other units within the firm in our collaborative and agile environment, as well
as to travel for project oversight or business development pursuits. Future
careers within the firm could be in any department or subject area; typically, Senior
Associates grow with the company, becoming Managers, thought leaders, proposal
champions, and Project Directors as they gain experience and skills; they also
may have opportunities to fill short- and long-term assignments overseas.

Location and Compensation:

The position is based in
Washington D.C. office.

For our prospective employees in the United States, please note
that the full-time equivalent annual base salary for this position is expected
to range from $65,000 to $80,000, and successful candidates may also be
eligible for additional, variable incentive compensation dependent on the role.
For part-time employees, the salary will be prorated based on the actual number
of hours worked.
Please be advised
that a final salary offer will be based on various factors, including but not
limited to your qualifications, education, experience, skills, seniority,
performance, and Palladium's business or organizational needs.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the compensation for this
position, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We value your interest in
our company and appreciate the opportunity to discuss this opportunity with

You and Your Career:

If you are a problem-solver, collaborator, and doer, and are
interested in expanding upon existing experience in project management and
business development in the international development space by gaining
additional experience and expertise in economic growth, private sector
engagement (PSE), inclusive growth, sustainable market systems development,
green economy, agriculture, and enterprise competitiveness we are interested in
hearing from you.

We are a
learning organization and provide growth opportunities from the start. We
pride ourselves on giving you the freedom, resources, and guidance to chart a
fulfilling career!

Reporting and Supervision:

This role will report to a Manager, Inclusive Growth or Finance and Investment, depending on project assignment(s).

The position is based in Palladium's Washington, D.C. office with an expectation to be physically present 3 days per week. This position may entail overseas travel for extended periods of time.

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Functions in an agile manner by working with multiple team members to deliver on multiple requests and project/corporate needs
  • In collaboration with Manager and Project Director, ensures clear and timely communication between all stakeholders
    Identifies, builds, and maintains sector-specific relationships with partners and consultants that can provide technical expertise to Palladium-managed projects
  • Serves as the project's liaison between all internal stakeholders including but not limited to corporate services, Senior Managers, the Compliance and Project Excellence Hub
  • Identifies inconsistencies with technical planning and recommends solutions; plans for procurements/grants to ensure resource availability at critical times
  • Supports the management of operational activities associated with the various aspects of the life cycle of a project
  • Processes contract action requests (i.e., travel, personnel additions/changes, partner, grant, budget realignment, etc.)
  • Manages subcontracts and third-party vendor contracts to address contractual and payment matters as needed


  • Contributes to financial forecasting and system uploads, identifies and corrects errors
  • Liaises with project teams on monthly financial reporting requirements
  • Reviews for accuracy and processes project fund transfer requests
  • Conducts monthly reviews and oversight of project expenditures, identifies, reports, and advises on any errors or potentials risks
  • Reviews and processes invoices from consultants, subcontractors, and vendors for timely and accurate submission in accordance with project requirements and Palladium procedures
  • Maintains subcontractor and consultant payment trackers

Resource Management and Recruitment

  • Coordinate input and support from HR for recruitment and contracting staff and consultants
  • Coordinate project staff recruitment and due diligence (i.e., posting job descriptions, due diligence, compliance spot checks, biodata verification, record retention, and contract preparation and onboarding)
  • Maintain project data on relevant systems for short-term and long-term staff and consultants
  • Support the mobilization and demobilization of all international staff (short-term and long-term) including contracting, travel management, security, approvals, payments and induction

Work and Business Development/Other

  • Contributes to the pursuit of new business opportunities
  • Support cross sectoral collaboration as applicable
  • Research trends and identify opportunities for improvement within assigned projects and/or portfolio
  • Contributes to technical activities - workplans, activity deliverables, communication products
  • Contributes to sector-specific research, reports, budgets, workplans, proposals and other outputs intended for distribution to internal and external stakeholders
  • Performs other duties as required

Competencies Required:

  • Ability to learn and apply complex program procedures with exceptional attention to detail
  • Proven ability to train people on new processes
  • Demonstrated competence to assess priorities and manage a variety of activities in a time-sensitive environment and meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality
  • Demonstrated ability to work as an effective team member in a complex and fast-paced environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to interact professionally with culturally diverse staff, clients, and consultants
  • Sound problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Financial acumen and the ability to interpret and analyze financial reports
  • Ability to travel and work in developing countries for extended periods of time if needed
  • Strong
    editing skills and demonstrated competence using Microsoft applications
    (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

Expertise/Competencies Preferred:

  • Experience working within an international organization or firm in private sector-led economic development, agribusiness, inclusive growth, climate and nature, and/or finance
  • Experience supporting work implementing USAID or other donor-funded projects
  • Professional working proficiency in another language, with priority given to Spanish, French, Portuguese and Arabic

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 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 and expression, religion, ethnicity,
sexual orientation, disability, nationality, veteran, marital or Indigenous

you require any adjustments or accommodations to be made due to a disability or
you are a neurodivergent individual or for any other circumstance, please email
our team at accessibility@thepalladiumgroup.com and we will
be in touch to discuss.

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.

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