Executive, Evaluations Team

Team: Operations

Location: London, UK

Employment Type: Permanent

Salary: Competitive

Closing Date: 20 December 2019

Executive, Evaluations Team


Our Mission 

  • CDC is the UK’s development finance institution. Founded 70 years ago, we invest in the most challenging markets of Africa and South Asia with the aim of supporting economic development. CDC has net assets of £5.1bn, with over 1300 growing businesses in the portfolio.
  • Last year we committed over £1billion of capital across 50 transactions. 
  • CDC is wholly owned by the UK government, who has committed a further £3.5bn of capital for CDC to deploy over the next two to three years.
  • We are expanding our presence in Africa and South Asia with further new offices openings in 2019.
  • At CDC, we take an entrepreneurial approach to investment. We think innovatively about ways to deploy our capital, attract and mobilise other investors, and drive transformational impact.
  • Primarily, CDC invests to achieve impact and a financial return which is reinvested into more businesses. We aim to create jobs and accelerate economic prosperity and focus on sectors that will do this; manufacturing, food and agriculture, infrastructure, financial institutions, construction, health and education.
  • CDC works with like-minded ambitious people who are primarily motivated by our mission to deliver impact. We are a growing team of over 400 and place immense value on diversity within our organisation.
  • Read more about us on our website cdcgroup.com


Team and Role Overview

Purpose of this Role

CDC Group is looking to strengthen its Development Impact Evaluations team by recruiting an experienced full-time Executive to support implementation of the DFID-CDC Evaluation & Learning Programme . One of the core elements of the programme is to design and commission multi-year studies across CDCs priority sectors. This is a key priority for both DFID and CDC, and the Evaluations Executive will be dedicated to scoping, managing and administering the sector studies, reporting to the Evaluations Manager.

The Evaluations Executive will be expected to oversee a number of sector studies from start to finish. This will entail liaising with a wide variety of stakeholders – both internally and externally – and it is essential that the Executive is impact-led, collaborative and tenacious. They must have a good understanding of the investment context to be able to liaise confidently with investment professionals, understand and anticipate their needs, identify learning opportunities and manage risks. She or he will also be required to lead negotiations with companies to build their buy-in to participate in the studies. The Executive must be an effective stakeholder and project manager with a strong work ethic and a proactive, can-do attitude. They will have an impact background, preferably within a development finance and developing country context. They must also have sufficient understanding of evaluation techniques to be able to inform scoping proposals and critically review outputs.


The DI Evaluations Executive will be responsible for:

  • Executing sector studies, beginning with terms of reference, tendering and contracting processes
  • Onboarding consultants to ensure a common understanding of the aims and context of the evaluation, and ensuring all stakeholders are effectively briefed
  • Managing data and information flow to the consultants and ensuring confidentiality requirements are upheld
  • Managing consultants to ensure evaluations remain on track against agreed timelines, including regular check-ins, trouble-shooting where needed, and ensuring stakeholders remain informed on progress
  • Critically reviewing proposals for in-depth studies at investee level, ensuring these will deliver high quality learning and negotiating investee company participation
  • Providing quality assurance of all outputs and ensuring that learning is captured and acted upon
  • Building and maintaining a good understanding of broader existing research and evidence for impact in CDCs priority sectors, to ensure the studies are additive
  • Supporting the development and coordination of the DFID-CDC evaluations programme for 2017-2021 and beyond
  • Travel maybe required (up to 10-20% time)

The Candidate


  • Strong academic credentials, including a post-graduate qualification in a relevant field (development economics, finance).
  • At least five years’ work experience in a relevant field, preferably within development finance, programme MEL (monitoring, evaluation and learning), consulting or the investment industry. 
  • Work experience in developing countries, including in Africa and South Asia.

Technical Skills

  • Good understanding of the investment context; Ability to liaise confidently and credibly with investment professionals and senior management within private companies
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills with proven ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide-range of stakeholders
  • Strong project management skills and the ability to manage and progress a portfolio of studies at different stages
  • Ability to critically review written materials, identify salient points and ensure these meet CDCs quality standards and learning needs    
  • Knowledge of different evaluation approaches in a private sector context, and/or experience commissioning, managing or administering evaluations in a private sector context
  • Strong MS Excel skills - confident managing and collating data – with good attention to detail
  • Strong verbal and written communication and presentation/PowerPoint skills; ability to present key findings from the sector studies to a range of stakeholders.


Personal skills

  • Collaborative: proven ability to work closely with colleagues from different teams in a constructive and solution-driven manner.
  • Results focus: drive to achieve objectives/results.
  • Personal effectiveness: organising self and others to meet agreed deadlines.
  • Track record in efficient, high-quality delivery. Good time management, prioritisation and productivity.
  • Relationships: effective at building and maintaining relationships, represents CDC’s values.

Candidates should be strongly motivated by CDC’s development mission.




Please provide a cover letter with your application

Role opened: 06/11/2019

Role closes: 20/12/2019

Salary: Competitive

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