Associate, CDC Plus, Value Creation Strategies

Team: Operations

Location: London, UK

Employment Type: Permanent

Salary: Competitive

Closing Date: 28 September 2018

Associate, CDC Plus, Value Creation Strategies

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


In the context of DfID making grant funding available to CDC to leverage and “scale” the impact we can achieve, it is proposed that a team be built who specialise in using grants to fund “value creation” projects that will complement and enhance the impact of our investments. CDC’s grant facility, “CDC Plus”, will enable CDC to fund initiatives that will create value both within and beyond the portfolio and the team will contain staff who specialise in both these types of projects. This JD relates to the duties, tasks and responsibilities of an Associate working as part of this team. The duties, tasks and responsibilities will vary to some extent depending on the portfolio of opportunities that arise and will, of necessity, remain flexible as strategies evolve.

The CDC Plus Associate will:

  • Play an instrumental role supporting the CDC Plus team in the development and operation of CDC Plus as well as sharing lessons learnt with the broader impact investing community.
  • Support CDC deal teams and investees in identifying, designing and implementing high impact projects
  • Support the process of the CDC Plus Committee appraisal of applications
  • Work with the rest of the CDC Plus team to monitor and oversee CDC Plus funded projects to maximise their impact and the impact of the facility
  • Coordinate a process of continuous improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness of CDC Plus processes and systems


Provide leadership within CDC on TA/grants

  • Contribute to establishment of CDC Plus processes and systems and the communication of those internally
  • Identify and meet potential service providers
  • Complete and occasionally update landscaping on other TA/grant facilities in the market

Ensure high quality projects are funded

  • Raise awareness of CDC Plus principles and guidelines in all interactions with CDC deal teams and investees
  • Supporting process of onboarding new investees and their deal teams on grants available
  • Flag potential opportunities for CDC Plus projects in discussions with deal teams
  • Review, and occasionally draft, CDC Plus applications and provide feedback to deal teams/fund managers
  • Proactively update and maintain database of TA service providers – become the “go to” person on TA providers at CDC

Enable CDC Plus Committee to function efficiently

  • Work with others in the team to ensure smooth logistics for Committee meetings
  • Coordinate and synthesise feedback from Committee members on TA applications; document key decisions in minutes; coordinate with others in the team to file minutes

Monitor and report on CDC Plus projects

  • Monitoring – develop and maintain strong relationships with CDC Plus project champions in order to maximise the impact of projects; proactively support project champions to oversee project implementation, developing/refining tools and processes as needed
  • Reporting - Ensure inputs received from CDC deal teams on time; review and collate inputs for TAC; maintain project tracker; support CDC Plus facility level reporting

Capture and disseminate learnings from CDC Plus projects

  • Work with the rest of the CDC Plus team to develop a high quality annual learning plan that includes case studies, evaluations, annual feedback and impact survey and other opportunities for capturing and disseminating learning
  • Work with the rest of the CDC Plus team to develop a high quality annual (internal and external) communications plan that includes high impact, up to date Sydney and website pages as well as plans for regular updates/experience sharing with relevant audiences
  • Coordinate with evaluations and communications teams to deliver on CDC Plus learning and communications plans
  • Finance / administration for CDC Plus projects
  • Coordinate with finance and support review of invoices and supporting documentation as needed for CDC Plus payments/reimbursements
  • Maintain records of key documents such applications, contracts, memos for all CDC Plus projects


The Candidate


  • Relevant work experience in a related field
  • Experience on the ground in Africa and Asia is a must
  • Passionate about working through the private sector to have impact

Technical Skills

  • University degree (MBA, Economics, or International Development degree
  • Project management/consultancy experience
  • Experience in operating or using technical assistance facilities is an advantage
  • Experience of the private sector strongly preferred

Core competencies

  • A practical and results oriented individual who has a proven record of delivering effective and high impact solutions and change on the ground
  • Excellent listening and facilitation skills resulting in an ability to deliver impact across matrix-based organisations
  • Project management experience
  • Ability to critically examine propositions 


Posted on: 30 August 2018

Closes on: 28 September 2018

Salary: Competitive

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