Global Affairs Adviser – DFID

Team: Operations

Location: London, UK

Employment Type: Permanent

Salary: Competitive

Closing Date: 23 November 2018

Global Affairs Adviser – DFID


Our Mission

  • CDC is the oldest Development Finance Institution, created in 1948 wholly owned by the UK Government. We have a commitment to support the building of businesses in some of the world’s poorest places. In the words of our second chairman Lord Reith ‘Doing good, without losing money’.
  • We invest only in Africa and South Asia, and focus on sectors, such as manufacturing, agribusiness, infrastructure, financial institutions, construction, health and education. You can read more about the development impact we have in our Annual Review.
  • CDC is growing its portfolio and organisation as our shareholder injects up to £3.5bn of capital over the next 2-3 years. We are also broadening our approach to development impact, growing our presence in regional markets, and upscaling our ability mobilise other investors.
  • We have great people and we seek a culture of inclusivity & diversity as the foundation of strength to support the execution of our mission.


The Role


  • Over the past five years CDC has invested in strengthening its relationship with DFID Private Sector Team. This has supported both the formal shareholder relationship and resulted in a greater shared understanding between the two organisations.
  • Due to its importance, the relationship with DFID sits across multiple individuals, teams and levels. This role will provide a central resource to help facilitate those relationships and help build a holistic approach to our engagement


  • Proactively manage CDC’s relationship with the Department for International Development (DFID)
  • Work to identify and manage collaboration opportunities with DFID that assist the delivery of CDC’s five-year strategy 
  • Provide internal coordination on DFID-related matters and increase understanding of DFID / CDC priorities within both organisations

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with the Head of Global Affairs, proactively manage the DFID relationship effectively representing CDC’s views and long-term interests
  • Organise, implement and maintain effective channels of communication (e.g. weekly CDC-DFID meeting; manage the CDC-DFID portal)
  • Act as a first point of contact for DFID requests identifying how best to answer them and effectively manage such requests in a timely and sensitive manner
  • Liaise with other teams in CDC and overseas offices to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the interaction and effective working between CDC and DFID
  • Support the Corporate Secretariat with formal shareholder reporting processes (e.g. the agenda for Quarterly Shareholder Meetings, preparation of management reports)
  • Advance the CDC-DFID collaboration agenda - including proactive management of Ministerial visits, inductions, delegations and inputs into DFID strategic documents
  • Understand DFID’s wider economic development priorities and increase awareness and understanding of DFID programming among CDC staff (e.g. articulating where we fit in the country’s economic development strategy)
  • Increase understanding of CDC among DFID staff – positioning CDC as the go-to expert in investment / development finance
  • Oversee and ensure protocols and systems are functioning effectively
  • 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 the UK Government. Experience at working within DFID or in private office would be an advantage.
  • 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 include a one-page cover letter with your application

Role Posted on: 25/10/2018

Role Closes on: 23/11/2018

Salary: Competitive

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