Sector Specialist, Direct Equity (six positions available)

Team: Investment

Location: London, UK

Employment Type: Permanent

Salary: Competitive

Closing Date: 08 February 2018

Sector Specialist, Direct Equity (six positions available)

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



  • The Sector Specialist’s primary role is to help formulate and communicate, a clear and consistent CDC wide view of the trends and opportunities in the sector, and how CDC may aim to contribute towards development outcomes in the sector
  • This will involve research and identification of key long term themes shaping the sector in Africa and South Asia and relate these to the investable opportunities that CDC sees
  • The Sector Specialist will also assist the investment team on targeted research requirements and deal teams in developing due diligence plans on transactions in the sector




  • Formulation of sector strategies
  • Formulation will involve researching the sector in South Asia and Africa for key development and investment themes, guided by the key long term trends and needs shaping the sector
  • Articulation of the strategy will involve working across product teams to create a coherent pan CDC strategy document for the sector and regular updating to ensure relevance
  • The Sector Specialist will work with relevant teams to articulate how CDC’s investments are aligned with CDC’s view on the sector


  • Communication with stakeholders
  • Representing the CDC sector view externally as part of CDC’s marketing efforts by representing CDC at trade conferences, development fora and other external facing events to communicate CDC’s sector framework/strategy
  • Liaising with DFID on the sector to communicate CDC’s sector strategy and view, seek greater co-ordination of initiatives and enlist DFID help as required
  • Assisting in the building and maintaining of relationships in the sector relevant to CDC’s work


  • Sector Advice
  • Market and sector mapping, undertaking research into regions, countries and specific sub-sectors as required – to help identify strategies, themes or criteria for investments that can drive the dual mandate of development and financial returns.
  • Monitoring industry news, views and sector trends - synthesizing these and updating the team of issues relevant to CDCs mandate, target countries and sectors
  • Keeping up to date with relevant macroeconomic conditions including political, social and economic trends affecting the sector
  • Supporting the investment team in formulation of due diligence plans on transactions
  • Providing input and guidance to investment teams on deals as requested



The Candidate



  • University degree (MBA, Masters in Finance, Accounting degree or equivalent sector specific qualification)
  • Proven relevant business experience in relevant sector or from specialized international consulting firms.
  • Exposure to emerging markets, is necessary, and ideally the candidate should have had business exposure to Africa and South Asia


Technical Skills

  • Deep understanding of the execution and financial risks associated with RAC projects gained through involvement in multiple completed projects
  • Good business communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to build relationships, develop a network of relevant external contacts, as well as internally across different teams
  • Ability to work to deadlines and manage time effectively
  • An active interest in investing in developing countries
  • Demonstrable alignment with CDC mandate, mission and values


CDC Identities

  • We look for candidates who share our culture and reflect our identity, the CDC identities are described as follows:
  • Compassion is central to everything we do
  • We owe our clients and prospective clients a fast and thoughtful process
  • We accept the tough challenges inherent in our mission
  • We are quick and non-defensive when things go wrong
  • We oppose bureaucracy
  • We never forget that we are investing and spending tax payers’ money
  • We promote a fulfilling work environment


Please submit a cover letter with your application.

Posted on 10th January 2018

Closing on 8th February 2018

Salary: competitive

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