Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment (GE+WEE) Executive (12m FTC)

Team: Operations

Location: London, UK

Employment Type: Fixed Term

Salary: Competitive

Closing Date: 23 March 2020

Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment (GE+WEE) Executive (12m FTC)


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


Team and role overview

  • We are seeking to hire an Executive to join our Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment team (the “gender team” GE+WEE). The gender team provides expertise and resources to create both commercial and impact value to our deal teams, our portfolio companies, fund managers and key stakeholders, through the lens of gender. We sit within CDC’s Value Creation Strategies Team (VCS) and are part of CDC’s wider Impact Group. This is a very exciting opportunity for someone keen to be involved in a high impact strategy for an institution which has significant influence and leverage to deliver GE+WEE impact through the investments CDC make.
  • The GE + WEE Executive will report to CDC’s Gender Lead based in London to continue operationalisation of the gender strategy, and the candidate will have significant experience setting up new systems and operational processes, ideally related to development impact and finance. The candidate will also have a proven understanding of corporate value chains and experience in helping fund managers and companies improve their social and economic bottom line and generate development impact, ideally though a gender lens. 


CDC’s gender strategy focusses on how to advance women’s economic empowerment throughout our investment lifecycle, by identifying interventions across the corporate value chain that would help to optimise the underlying social and economic value for the companies and markets in which we invest. More information about the strategy can be found here.


  • Capacity building and training of CDC staff on gender-smart investing principles and practices to enable them to help them deliver against CDC’s corporate commitment to advance WEE across our investments including advising on transactions and opportunities to integrate gender across the investment cycle
  • Developing tools, training materials and guidance notes for internal and external stakeholders to advance the implementation and operationalisation of mainstreaming gender into investment processes
  • Provide tailored support, sometimes through designing and implementing technical assistance projects for investees (with a focus on our Africa portfolio) to build the commercial case for and to help operationalise: (a) gender diversity & inclusion initiatives at an organisational level; and/or (b) strategies to more effectively target untapped female markets. Support the team in ‘Productising’ successful gender interventions to replicate across other investees
  • Act as technical lead for key gender strategic programmes and partnerships and priority initiatives both internally within CDC and across DFIs.
  • Identify and design portfolio level solutions to common business challenges and conceptualise how gender-smart thinking could address these with a view to developing market-shaping interventions which can deliver gender impact at scale.
  • Nurture strategic relationships and convene and build the capability of key stakeholders to strengthen the wider gender finance ecosystem in CDC’s core markets and sectors
  • Represent the Gender Team at key events, convenings, and networks as required
  • Conduct gender based research and market mapping to help inform and integrate gender across sectors and sector strategies as needed


The Candidate

Background, skills, aptitude

The ideal candidate will have all or a good selection of the following:

  • You must have solid technical Gender (GE + WEE) knowledge and experience gained in the private sector and/or investment/private equity experience
  • Strong business, investment and sustainability acumen with the ability to quickly grasp varying investment and business models 
  • Previous experience working in international development or emerging markets or demonstrable knowledge working within local contexts and having cultural sensitivity
  • Experience designing and implementing technical assistance programmes in developing countries for private equity or private sector
  • Excellent listening and facilitation skills and an ability to deliver impact across matrix based organisations 
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative research skills and ability to structure and report findings in a coherent and practical way 
  • Very strong project management experience including setting up systems and embedding new processes into existing operations

The ideal candidate will have all or a good selection of the following:

  • Advanced degree or comparable experience in the domain of research methods, gender and development, statistics, social science or business
  • Advanced MS office: Excel, PowerPoint, Word, SharePoint
  • IFC Performance Standards, ILO conventions or similar
  • MBA, CFA, ACA or similar


CDC’s Values

We look for colleagues who are:

  • Impact-led and commercially rigorous
  • Tenacious in the face of challenges
  • Collaborative and caring

CDC is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes all applicants regardless of gender, age, educational background, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation and religion.


Please provide a cover letter with your application.

Role opened: 4 February 2020

Role closes: 23 March 2020

Salary: Competitive

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