Summer Intern, Strategy Office (1 position available)

Team: Operations

Location: London, UK

Employment Type: Intern

Salary: Competitive

Closing Date: 28 January 2018

Summer Intern, Strategy Office (1 position 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 cdcgroup.com

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 cdcgroup.com

 

 

The Role

The Corporate Strategy Intern will support the various strategic initiatives across CDC. The role requires effective coordination among multiple CDC teams and CDC’s shareholder, as well as  support to CDC’s Executive Committee and Board.

 

The summer intern’s primary role will be to help deliver work as part of a project team, but it is envisioned that they will also be responsible to deliver specific projects independently.   Examples of projects that could be supported by the Intern include: CDC’s value creation initiatives, collaboration with DFID and other CDC stakeholders, including other DFIs and investing organisations; and support for the expansion of CDC’s presence in new country offices across Africa and South Asia.

 

Responsibilities

  • The Strategy Intern may be involved in some of the following:
  • Conducting research and providing input into the design of new initiatives
  • Supporting project implementation and proactively monitoring progress, resolving issues and initiating appropriate corrective action
  • Managing inter-dependencies and prioritisation of activities among the various teams across CDC with regard to cross-firm initiatives
  • Supporting any third party contributions to the initiatives
  • Identifying and managing communications with all project stakeholders
  • Managing risks to the project's successful outcome
  • Supporting new activities and other interventions wherever gaps in CDC’s strategy implementation are identified or issues arise

 

The Candidate

Background

  • MBA or equivalent student with strong interest in Private Equity and the investment process
  • Professional background gathering information and executing projects
  • Experience working independently and unaided, with evidence of ability to deliver quality products on time and to required quality
  • Demonstrable interest in development finance in emerging markets. Professional experience in relevant markets would be desirable

 

Personal Skills

  • Communication: Strong written/verbal communication skills to effectively carry out role
  • Team Working: Collaboration with own team and the larger employee community
  • Results Focus: Drive to achieve objectives/results
  • Personal Effectiveness: Organising self/teams to meet agreed deadlines
  • Influencing/Persuading: Ability to obtain agreement and cooperation in a ‘win-win’ fashion

 

Technical Skills

  • Excellent analytical skills and a proven ability to research and collate data
  • Ability to draw conclusions and present ideas
  • Some knowledge of relevant markets and sectors
  • Understanding of Private Equity and the challenges inherent in this type of investment
  • Knowledge of the investment process is preferred but not essential

 

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

 

Application Process:

  • To apply please visit the CDC website - CDC Careers
  • Please provide a covering letter
  • Please apply for a maximum of two Summer Internships, clearly stating your preference in your covering letter. 
  • The closing date for applications will be 28 January 2018
  • Salary: £47,055 pro –rated over 10 weeks, please note that CDC will not be able to provide relocation costs
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