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Deputy Team Leader, Biodiversity Landscape Fund

The City, Central London, United Kingdom
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Nov 25, 2021

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Full Time
Level of qualification
Qualified, CIMA
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**Deputy Team Leader, Biodiversity Landscape Fund**

London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom **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.

**Diversity, Equity & Inclusion** - 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, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, veteran, marital or Indigenous status.

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**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.

**Overview of the Programme**

The Defra-funded Biodiversity Landscape Fund aims to reduce poverty and create sustainable economic development for communities living in, and dependent upon, environmentally precious landscapes. It will restore landscapes and deliver their long-lasting protection through sustainable management practices, improving the quality of ecosystems and safeguarding biodiversity. Protecting landscapes and habitats will also help to tackle climate change with a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions through protection of natural carbon sinks. It will address the drivers of environmental degradation and support local governments, local and park authorities and communities to deliver long-term sustainable management and use of natural resources.

We are currently welcoming applications from experienced Deputy Team Leaders for an upcoming global grant and fund management programme. The £100M programme is expected to be mobilise in mid to late 2021 and will run for 7-9 years.

We are particularly keen to hear from Deputy Team Leaders who can rise to the challenge of:

* Delivering ambitious, complex, innovative, multi-country projects and programmes across a number of teams.
* Crafting the best mix of tailored support to governments through programmes with a range of instruments (e.g. expert technical assistance, finance and grants to build capacity, work with private firms and supply chains, private and blended finance and incubation, knowledge services) in themes or sectors of climate change and biodiversity.

The Deputy Team Leader will need to be based in the United Kingdom with frequent global travel. Under the leadership of the Team Leader, you will be responsible for the successful implementation of the Fund.


Grant Management

* Lead the design and process map of the fund management cycle, including establishing SOPs, process, and the manuals for the Fund.
* Lead on designing the due diligence assessments form and quality assuring the assessments for successful lead grantees.
* Responsible for ensuring fair and transparent evaluation of grant applications, including pre-screening of applications, with support from the wider grant team.
* Reviewing and approving grant agreements, deliverables and request for payments.
* Accountable for the management of all grants, including administration of funds and management of operational and financial risks, with support from the wider grant team.
* Lead on the development and implementation of a central grant management information system to manage the full fund process.

Planning and Delivery

* Coordinate the development of work plans at landscape and programme level, working with Grant Managers.
* Responsible for landscape programme coordination to ensure interventions are coherently planned, communicated and weighted between outcomes.
* Responsible for critical review of plans to ensure programme interventions are integrated, tracked and reported on.
* Liaise with Project Management team to ensure coherence of work planning, budgeting and resourcing.
* Monitor progress of all outputs in implementation of work plans, including identification of implications for expenditure and forecasting.
* Assist the Team Leader in quality assurance of deliverables, as per quality assurance framework.
* Support the wider team in monitoring delivery partners' performance and manage the Fund's learning cycles.

Team Management

* Lead, guide, mentor and manage the performance of remote project staff.
* Optimise benefits of diverse and inclusive teams, including understanding and planning for others' positions and needs, providing formal recognition of team member contributions, and coaching and nominating team members for development opportunities.

**Required Qualifications:**

* Significant experience in delivering complex, multi-million pound (or equivalent currency) grant or fund management programmes, ideally for the UK public sector (e.g. DEFRA, FCDO, BEIS)
* Strong understanding of grant and fund management best practices, tools, mechanisms
* Experience in grant management in climate change or biodiversity desirable
* Experience in designing and using Grants Management Information Systems
* Ability to develop, nurture and manage relationships with partnership organisations in line with the programmes and Defra's working principles and standards.
* Demonstrated self-starter who thrives in a dynamic and fast-moving commercial environment and able to get to grips with our business quickly.
* Excellent leadership, representation, organisational and interpersonal skills, both in-person and remotely
* Written and verbal fluency in English; French and Spanish language skills desirable
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