Summer Intern, Office of the Chief Investment Officer (1 position available)

Team: Investment

Location: London, UK

Employment Type: Intern

Salary: £47,055 pro–rated over 10 weeks

Closing Date: 28 January 2018

Summer Intern, Office of the Chief Investment Officer (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


The Role

The Office of the Chief Investment Officer is responsible for analysing the performance and risk of CDC’s portfolio and pipeline, and for delivering an efficient and effective Investment Committee process.

The summer intern’s primary role will be to help deliver insightful analytics on CDC’s portfolio and pipeline.


This will include:

  • Producing analytics to support understanding of the investment process and pipeline
  • Developing CDC-relevant analysis of macroeconomic trends
  • Preparing reports as required
  • Analysing materials submitted to the investment committees



  • Assist in the aggregation, validation, and analysis of investment-related data
  • Leverage the database to generate analytics to support and aid the CIO
  • Identify key themes and trends from the historic pipeline that could inform the current investment process
  • Assist in producing reports for CDC’s management team, Board, and Stakeholder
  • Assist with the quarterly production of portfolio updates for the Board
  • Assist with ad hoc requests relating to portfolio analytics or investment risk


The Candidate



  • MBA or equivalent student with strong interest in Private Equity and the investment process
  • Professional background gathering information and delivering analytics
  • 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
  • Good knowledge of Excel. Financial modelling skills would be advantageous but are not required
  • 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:

  • 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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