Palladium International

New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program Assessors

Palladium International

Job Description

Expression of Interest (EOI) - New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program Assessors

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.

About the Program

Palladium has been appointed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) as the NCP Managed Administration and Support Services (NCP MASS) Provider which aims to provide an integrated suite of services to support the delivery of the NCP.

The New Colombo Plan (NCP), launched in 2014, aims to lift knowledge in Australia of the Indo-Pacific by supporting Australian undergraduate students to undertake study, internships, mentorships and language training in the region. The NCP has two programs: the NCP Scholarship Program (up to 19 months) and the NCP Mobility Program (between two weeks and two semesters).

The strategic objective of the NCP is to strengthen Australia’s regional standing by building a diverse cohort of Australian alumni with deeper Indo-Pacific knowledge, capability, and connections.

The intended outcomes of the NCP are:

increased number and diversity of Australian university graduates with Indo-Pacific capability.
deeper people-to-people and institutional relationships between Australia and the Indo-Pacific, and
students and alumni connected with leaders in government, business and civil society in the Indo-Pacific.


The aim of the NCP Scholarship Assessor (Expression of Interest) is to have pre-screened and qualified individuals ready and available for rapid deployment for NCP scholarship assessment work and any other programs managed by Palladium if and where required.

Scholarships assessors will contribute to assessment of scholarship applications for the 2024 NCP scholarship round.

Position reports to: Manager, Scholarships and Mobility
Location: Desk based/remote
Contract type: Casual employee/Contractor until 31 August 2023


Assessments of applications are expected to commence in mid-August 2023 and be completed by 27 August 2023. Assessors must be available during this whole period.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Tasks for the 2024 NCP Scholarship Program assessor include but are not limited to:

Undertake pre-reading of the 2024 NCP Scholarship Program Guidelines, panellist pack support materials (including assessor guide and 2024 Advice to applicants).
Participate in online assessor training (currently tentatively scheduled for 14 August 2023).
Assess, score and provide comments on each application against the assessment criteria in the NCP Online system within the assessment period. Assessors should read the applicant’s proposed scholarship program, response to the assessment criteria, referee reports and other documents including CV where required, and provide an assessment and comments on each applicant’s ability to meet the assessment criteria.
Submit to Palladium a shortlisting assessor report, providing constructive feedback on overall applicant responses to each assessment criteria by 28 August 2023. This feedback will feed into the following round’s Advice to Applicants document.
Complete and abide by the DFAT Deed of Confidentiality and Privacy.

Skills and Experience

Scholarship assessors will have relevant skills and experience in assessment of scholarship applications based on assessment criteria and have the ability to work independently. Experience in working in an Australian Government scholarship program area or in the international education sector is highly desirable.

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.

Applications close 23 June 2023 and will be assessed on a rolling basis.

For more information about the role, please send your inquiry to:

Please note - we are only accepting applications from job seekers with full working rights within (country) as this role is unable to be sponsor ed.

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, plea se email our team at and we will be in touch to discuss.

Palladium recognizes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the country throughout Australia, and we pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.


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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