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

Team: Operations

Location: London, UK

Employment Type: Permanent

Salary: Competitive

Closing Date: 09 August 2018

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

Our Mission

  • Our mission is to support the building of businesses throughout Africa and South Asia, to create jobs and make a lasting difference to people’s lives in some of the world’s poorest places.
  • We aim to invest in countries where we can have the greatest impact. In countries where the private sector is weak and jobs are scarce.
  • We invest in sectors where growth leads to jobs – both directly and indirectly. In sectors such as manufacturing, agribusiness, infrastructure, financial institutions, construction, health and education. Last year, the businesses we invest in created more than a million jobs. 
  • We are successful because we are a high quality investment organisation, using the best commercial skills and judgement to make investments in great companies and support them to grow over the long term.  We therefore want to attract people with these skills but who are motivated to use them to dramatically improve the private sector in Africa and South Asia
  • For further information, please visit our website


The Role  


As a development finance institution, CDC has a dual mandate to create both investment and development impact. In the context of CDCs five-year strategy and the evolving focus on strategic initiatives (on gender, human capital, climate and job quality), we are seeking to hire an Executive to join our newly formed Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment team (the “gender team” GE+WEE). CDC’s new 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. The strategy has four key themes: supporting women’s leadership, improving women’s job quality, promoting access to finance and entrepreneurship, and applying a gender lens to products and services. More information about the strategy can be found here.

The gender team will primarily focus on providing expertise and resources to create both commercial and impact value in our portfolio companies, funds and wider markets in which we invest, through the lens of gender. This is a very exciting opportunity for someone keen to take a leading role in shaping a high impact strategy for an institution which has significant influence and leverage to deliver GE+WEE impact through the investments CDC makes (directly through its debt and equity lines and also through CDCs investments via Private Equity funds and through financial institutions).

The ideal candidate will be a self-starter who is highly collaborative and innovative in nature, be a strong communicator and have an interest in how the private sector can drive GE+WEE. The candidate will ideally come from a cross-cutting background with expertise across gender, finance/business and Environment Social and Governance (ESG) to help drive forward CDC’s gender strategy.

The GE + WEE Executive will report to CDC’s Gender Lead to help implement 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 companies improve their social and economic bottom line and generate development impact, ideally though a gender lens.


Implementing CDC’s gender strategy will involve supporting both investment and operational teams (i.e. ESR and Development Impact) across a range of gender value creation-related opportunities ranging from building in-house capacity with investees, designing and testing sector and team specific due diligence tools, managing a pipeline of gender-based projects and identifying and nurturing strategic partnerships.

Core responsibilities of the Executive include (but are not limited to):

  • Developing, testing and finalising in-house due diligence tools which would be used to guide deal teams and the operational teams on the application and integration of GE+WEE across the investment process, and across sectors, geographies, and business lines.
  • Managing and monitoring gender projects across CDC’s pipeline and portfolio, working closely with both operations and investment teams to set up systems which will track progress, implementation and impact management including contributing to investment committee papers.
  • Leading on the development and coordination of both internal and external communications and events related to GE+WEE including building and maintaining CDC’s intranet gender page, developing newsletter updates, briefing senior members of the organisation who are participating in GE+WEE events.
  • Supporting investment and operational teams to conduct both qualitative and quantitative research which helps to consolidate, inform and build the evidence for gender lens investments in terms of how it helps to drive business performance and development impact.
  • Support the development and delivery of training and capacity building sessions on the topic of gender lens investing to a range of internal and external audiences.
  • Work with a range of stakeholders including peer group DFI’s, NGO’s, gender advisors and DfID to design and scale initiatives, products and programmes which would support individual companies or markets more broadly to advance GE+WEE.    


The Candidate

Skills and Experience

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

  • Strong private sector and/or investment experience, ideally in relation to GE+WEE
  • 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

Technical competences

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

  • Advanced MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word, SharePoint
  • IFC Performance Standards or similar
  • IMC, CFA, ACA or similar


Please provide a cover letter with your application

Posted on: 11 July 2018

Closes: 9 August 2018

Salary: Competitive

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