Palladium International Team Leader Jobs in Ethiopia

Palladium is seeking a Team Leader, to be based in Addis Ababa, for the upcoming Accelerated Delivery Component of DFID's Tax System Transformation programme (TSTP) to assist the Ethiopian Government (GoE) in raising tax revenues towards 17.2% of GDP in a responsible and equitable way.


  • The program is expected to run for 5 years.
  • The Team Leader is responsible for leading and managing the programme in-country and has programmatic, financial and management responsibility for the project.
  • The Team Leader is a senior representative of Palladium and as such ensures that risks are minimized, company policies, processes and procedures are adhered to, and the project is compliant with DFID's policies, rules and regulations.
  • The role will also involve providing strategic programme guidance and representing the programme at meetings with Government, DFID, other donor agencies, and other local and international stakeholders.
  • The role ensures that project objectives, outcomes and deliverables are met and that financial, operational and reporting requirements of the client are adhered to.
  • The role works closely with and manages the project team of technical and administrative professionals and other support staff.

    Client Relationship and Stakeholder Management:

  • Maintain excellent working relationship with the client and ensure agreement of the programme's strategy, plans, resource requirements and any other contract amendments required.
  • Maintain regular communication with the client and ensure that activity reports and critical program issues are resolved in a timely manner.
  • Close liaison with the Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority (ERCA), the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MoFEC), the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM)
    Represent the programme in external stakeholder meetings and building rapport with key stakeholders including the GoE and other local and international stakeholders.

    Program Leadership and Management

  • Provide overall guidance and strategic direction to all aspects of the programme, ensuring that activities are implemented to a high quality within expected timeframes and expected results are achieved.
  • Lead the preparation of the annual strategic plans; overseeing the Deputy Team leader to develop the development of three monthly technical and operational work plans and budgets on a monthly basis; staffing plans; performance improvement plans and other plans as required.
  • Assume overall responsibility for the effective implementation of work plans and ensures delivery is
    on time, within budget, meets client and stakeholder expectations and is contractually compliant

    Human Resource Management:

  • Assume overall responsibility for the effective and professional management of the project team.
  • Lead, guide, mentor and manage the performance of technical and administrative direct reports and, with the Deputy Team Leader (DTL), ensure appropriate processes are in place for induction, guidance and management of other staff.
  • Participate as required in HR management including but not limited to recruitment and contracting, performance management, disciplinary and grievance proceedings, and learning and development.

    Financial Management and Administration:

  • Primary responsibility for the use of reimbursable financial project resources.
  • Supports the Team leader to ensure consistent implementation of company Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Guidelines, Security Protocols and, where applicable, recommend modifications.
  • Ensure the project provides and demonstrates good value for money.


  • A post-graduate qualification in relevant field e.g. international development, economics, tax policy, tax reform, public sector reform, administration or related technical field.
  • At least 10-15 years of experience working in a senior position on tax policy, public sector reform or in another related field
  • Good understanding of tax reform and expertise in two or more of the following areas: tax transformation, tax compliance, government revenue increase strategies, tax systems, public sector reform
  • Experience managing large scale donor programmes, preferably in Africa and successfully delivering planning and budgeting responsibilities.
  • Experience managing programmes that have used flexible and adaptive approaches.
  • Fluent written and spoken English.

    Key Competencies and Professional Expertise Required:

  • Understanding of and commitment to fair and equitable tax systems including in relation to gender equality and tackling extreme poverty.
  • Successful track record in delivery of complex programmes.
  • Strong track record in project operations or business management and administration.
  • Excellent leadership, representation and organisational skills.
  • Ability to foster successful partnership approaches and relationships among a variety of organisations/institutions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and negotiate persuasively with high level decision makers.
  • Financial acumen and the ability to interpret and analyse financial reports.


  • Familiarity with DFID programme management, reporting, and systems
  • Amharic language skills will be an asset

    How to apply

  • Interested candidates should apply online by 20th August, 2018

  • For more information and job application details, see; Palladium International Team Leader Jobs in Ethiopia

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