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Australia Awards Timor-Leste - Team Leader

The Palladium Group

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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.

About Program

The Australia Awards in Timor-Leste (AATL) is managed by the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and is administered by Palladium.

Australia Awards are provided to build the skills and knowledge of individuals so that they can contribute to their country's development, and to support the ongoing development of links between Australia and the countries to which it provides aid.

The Australia Awards are an important part of the Australian Government's focus on public and economic diplomacy, and provide long term Scholarships, Short Course Awards and other training opportunities.


The Team Leader (TL) is responsible for the delivery of quality services, including strategic and annual planning, high level stakeholder engagement, and management and leadership of a program team of Short-Term Advisers and national staff.

The TL works in close consultation with DFAT Dili Post and other key stakeholders, including other Australian Government departments, alumni, Australian universities, private sector organisations and associations, and civil society actors, to drive progress of Australia Awards Timor Leste against the Australia Awards Global Strategic Framework and Australia Awards Global Monitoring and Evaluation Framework towards end-of-program outcomes. The TL also works to enhance the Australia Awards’ prestigious reputation in Timor Leste.


The role is based in Dili, Timor-Leste on a full-time basis.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The key responsibilities of the position will be to:

  • Advise the Australian Embassy/DFAT on the most effective use of a range of education and training options including scholarships and short courses, in line with DFAT’s priorities and in response to human resource development needs
  • Lead development of Annual Reports, Annual Implementation Plans, progress reports and exception reports
  • Lead development of strategies and other required operational documents
  • Actively and strategically engage and work with senior DFAT and other partners (including through the use of the Scholarship Advisory Committee and Alumni Board in defining strategies and implementing activities)
  • Provide technical, strategic, management and operational advice and support to DFAT on all aspects of the Program
  • Participate in discussions with DFAT and respond to all requests in a timely fashion
  • Lead Program staff in the pursuit of social inclusion, equity of access and ethnical standards, including attention to gender, disability, anti-corruption and participation
  • Lead and oversee the identification of pilot initiatives to improve identified disadvantage group’s access to Australia Awards Scholarships
  • Ensure the Program aligns with relevant policies and overarching strategies
  • Be accountable for effective and efficient management of the Program and the team:
  • Implement and oversee administrative systems and procedures to ensure that financial management, record keeping, procurement and reporting requirements are met
  • Supervise day-to-day program management and administration, to ensure acute, timely and transparent delivery of activities
  • Manage the Program team, including providing mentoring and capacity development opportunities for national staff, and dealing promptly and professionally with any performance issues in order to maintain the integrity of the Program
  • Ensure the Program team maintain positive and professional communications with Program partners and stakeholders, in keeping with the importance and profile of Australia’s broader bilateral relationship
  • Support opportunities to find synergies and value for money solutions with other Australia Awards programs, including in relation to Short Course options
  • Ultimate responsibility to coordinate and ensure the timely submission of high-quality deliverables as per the requirements of the head contract

Reporting/Working Relationships

The Team Leader reports to the Contractor Representative, Australia Awards Timor-Leste (Director, Higher Education at Palladium). The Team Leader supervises the Program team, including the:

  • Finance and Operations Manager
  • Senior Coordinator

The Team Leader is the direct report for the program’s Short-Term Advisers and consultants and manages their input in collaboration with other members of the leadership team.

Essential Qualifications and Experience

The AATL Team Leader will:

  • Have a relevant tertiary qualification in development, program management or other relevant field
  • Have experience leading or implementing programs and activities in donor settings, preferably related to education, skills development and capacity building
  • Have proven experience leading and motivating high performing teams and building their capacity
  • Have high level written and spoken English language skills including report writing and public speaking
  • Have proven experience working with overseas government stakeholders at a strategic and/or policy level
  • Have experience working on GEDSI issues at a strategic level
  • Have experience with leading and/or implementing/supporting media, communication and/or public diplomacy efforts in a government, education or development organisation
  • Have knowledge and experience of implementing Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning plans in a development (or similar) program


  • Experience working on an Australia Awards program
  • Experience working in Timor-Leste or with Timor Leste organisations
  • Tetun Language proficiency

Special Conditions

Palladium is an Equal Opportunity Employer which requires all staff to read and comply with our Corporate Policies including Code of Conduct, Work Health and Safety, Child Protection Policy, Fraud Prevention, Detection and Investigation Policy and complete Police and security checks where required under the policy.

Choose Palladium for

If you are looking for an opportunity that will allow you to create a positive impact in the international community development space, then this is the place for you.

For more information about the role, please send your inquiry to: [email protected]using the subject line: Australia Awards Timor-Leste - Team Leader enquiry via EthicalJobs.

We are considering citizens from Timor Leste and Australia for this role. We are not accepting resumes from recruitment agencies for this role.

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 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 status.

Should you require any adjustments or accommodation to be made due to a disability or you are a neurodivergent individual or for any other circumstance, please email our team at [email protected] and we will be in touch to discuss.


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