Global Affairs Adviser – DFID

Team: Operations

Location: London, UK

Employment Type: Permanent

Salary: Competitive

Closing Date: 21 March 2019

Global Affairs Adviser – DFID


Our Mission 

Making a world of difference through investment

CDC is the UK’s development finance institution with a mission to invest in the private sector to make a lasting difference to people living in some of the world’s poorest places. By investing for social impact, CDC aims to help countries in Africa and South Asia to build thriving economies that can provide sustainable opportunities for all their citizens.


Established for more than 70 years, this is an exciting time for CDC and development finance institutions. The UN Global Goals set an ambitious agenda for 2030 and laid down the challenge to the private sector to do more to contribute to a sustainable future. In response to this challenge, the UK Government – the sole shareholder of CDC – has committed £3.5 billion to CDC over the next five years and has made CDC a central part of its future relationship with Africa.


Today CDC has assets of £5.1 billion and a portfolio of £3.9 billion in over a thousand diverse businesses, across 70 countries. Whether it’s investing in the world’s largest solar park in Egypt, investing in a remote agribusiness in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or establishing a new company to dramatically reduce the cost of medicines, CDC is driven in its mission to be involved in tackling some of the biggest challenges in global development today.


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.



  • Over the past five years CDC has invested in strengthening its relationship with DFID Private Sector Team. This has involved enhancing the formal shareholder relationship and increasing operational understanding between the two organisations. CDC wants to continue to strengthen this relationship and facilitate effective collaboration between CDC, DFID and the rest of Her Majesty’s Government (HMG).


  • Working with the Head of Global Affairs proactively manage the CDC’s relationship with the Department for International Development (DFID) to facilitate shared learning and enable effective collaboration.


Key Responsibilities

Shared learning

  • Work with the CDC sector specialists, impact teams and country representatives (and others) establish formal processes for inter-organisational learning, including:
  • ensuring learnings from CDC evaluation programmes are disseminated across Whitehall / HMG at-post / DFID programme partners and their implications / findings discussed
  • analysing and increasing understanding within CDC of DFID’s current and future economic development programming
  • mapping and harnessing HMG networks and facilitating institutional relationships (e.g. FSD Africa, Trade Mark East Africa, Agdevco)
  • monitoring future policy trends across Whitehall, but particularly DFID, relevant to CDC and providing short, digestible briefings on their impact

Effective coordination

  • Ensure effective ongoing coordination between CDC staff and DFID officials:
  • lead the weekly CDC-DFID meeting, including preparing the agenda and ensuring follow up on key items
  • act as a first point of contact for HMG requests (ensuring they are answered in an effective and timely manner);
  • liaise with other teams across CDC (inc. overseas offices) to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the relationship is maintained and best practice is shared
  • introduce and maintain systems / tools that facilitate coordination (for example, increasing uptake of the CDC-DFID portal) and ensure protocols (e.g. CDC-HMG collaboration guidance) are functioning effectively
  • support CDC’s Corporate Secretariat with formal shareholder reporting processes (e.g. the agenda for Quarterly Shareholder Meetings, preparation of management reports)

Proactive communication

  • Develop and implement a proactive communication approach to increase understanding of CDC with DFID and wider HMG including:
  • developing a clear narrative of how CDC works, what it offers, where it fits and what its impact is
  • providing regular, tailored communication of CDC’s activities and impact via monthly newsletters and updates (supported by regular mapping of the most relevant officials)
  • rolling out and managing an extensive induction and seminar programme across DFID and HMG (both in Whitehall and in-country)
  • proactively identifying opportunities for CDC to be profiled in relevant HMG internal programmes / events


  • Undertake any projects directed by the Head of Global Affairs


The Candidate


  • Strong knowledge of how the UK Government and political environment operates – with a track record of influencing outcomes.

  • Experience of working within or closely with the UK Government.

  • Demonstrable understanding of international development policy, development finance and the financial sector would be an advantage

  • Proven ability to work with senior leadership team

  • Willingness to undertake occasional travel inside and outside of the UK



  • Role will report to the Head of Global Affairs who has responsibility for CDC’s government relationships, policy influencing and strategic partnerships
  • Role will work across with interaction with frequent interaction with CDC’s senior leadership – especially the Chief Operating Officer, Director of Communications, Regional MDs, Chief of Staff/Head of Strategy.


Please provide a cover letter with your application

Role opened: 20/02/2019

Role closes: 21/03/2019

Salary: Competitive



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