Global Affairs Associate (Stakeholders)

Team: Operations

Location: London, UK

Employment Type: Permanent

Salary: Competitive

Closing Date: 01 October 2019

Global Affairs Associate (Stakeholders)


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 380 and place immense value on diversity within our organisation.
  • Read more about us on our website


About the Global Affairs team 

This is a new team charged with the goal of increasing the impact of CDC’s stakeholder activity. With new Government funding and an exciting new five-year strategic framework, CDC is keen to ensure that it remains accountable and accessible to all stakeholders and plays a full role in contributing to the ideas and policy debate in the global development community.

The team is responsible for managing CDC’s government and parliamentary relations (including with CDC’s sole shareholder, the Department for International Development); strategic partnerships (particularly with other development finance institutions); and increasing shared learning across civil society, academia and think tanks. It leads CDC’s input into key international fora including at the UN General Assembly, G7 and World Bank / IMF meetings. Internally the team will be supporting our senior team, Chairman and Chief Executive in their engagements and advising and supporting our team of investment and impact professionals in their own outreach.


The Role


  • Work with the Head of Global Affairs to implement a proactive stakeholder engagement programme that effectively communicates CDC’s impact to increase confidence in CDC’s work and develop long-term partnerships.


Key Responsibilities

Increase CDC’s accountability to the UK Parliament by implementing a cross-party parliamentary engagement programme that communicates the impact and the thinking behind CDC’s activities and, including:

  • managing a proactive engagement programme that includes meetings, deep dive sessions, roundtables and seminars
  • coordinating CDC submissions and appearances in front of Parliamentary enquiries
  • monitoring parliamentary debates and developments in policy issues
  • providing regular, tailored communication of CDC’s activities and impact via monthly newsletters, briefings and updates
  • Working with DFID and the relevant CDC investment teams:
  • coordinate Ministerial visits to offices and investee businesses
  • respond to requests for parliamentary questions relating to CDC’s activities
  • Assist in managing CDC’s relationships with other key stakeholders including:
  • Implementing a proactive engagement programme that expands on CDC’s existing dialogues civil society actors
  • contributing and supporting CDC’s outreach at key international development fora e.g. UN General Assembly
  • providing regular, tailored communication of CDC’s activities and impact via monthly newsletters, briefings and updates
  • Undertake any projects directed by the Head of Global Affairs


The Candidate


  • Strong writing and analysis skills for the drafting of briefing materials
  • Highly organised and able to manage competing priorities
  • Proven ability to work and communicate with senior stakeholders.
  • Understanding of UK government, experience of working in private office would be an advantage.
  • Willingness to undertake occasional travel inside and outside of the UK



  • Role will report to and primarily focused on supporting the Head of Global Affairs who has responsibility for CDC’s government relationships, policy influencing and strategic partnerships
  • Role will work across the organisation with frequent interaction with CDC’s senior leadership and management team.


Our cultural values

We look for team members who aspire, as we do, to work at our best and to be:

  • Impact-led, 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: 02/09/2019

Role closes: 01/10/2019

Salary: Competitive

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