Project Coordinator, CDC Plus, Impact Group

Company/ Firm Name

Location

London, UK

Published Date

10 August 2021

About the job:

Our mission

  • CDC is the UK’s development finance institution. Established in 1948 we invest in the most challenging markets of Africa and Asia with the aim of supporting economic development.

  • CDC has net assets of £6.4bn and a portfolio of £4.7 billion. In 2019 we committed over £1.66 billion of capital to business in Africa and Asia and are now invested in 1,200 businesses which directly employ over 875,000 workers and support many more.

  • CDC is a Public Limited Company and is wholly owned on behalf of the UK government by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).

  • In the last few years, we have expanded our presence in Africa and Asia by opening new offices in Bangladesh, Egypt, Kenya, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria and Pakistan with additional locations opening soon.

  • 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 through direct equity, direct debt and funds products 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 485 and place immense value on diversity within our organisation.

  • Read more about us on our website cdcgroup.com

Team and role overview

CDC Plus is CDC’s technical assistance (TA) facility, funded by UKAid. The CDC Plus team is responsible for designing and managing projects and programmes that drive impact within our portfolio and at the market level. The CDC Plus team works on technical assistance projects and programmes within CDC’s three sector groups (FSG - Financial Services Group, ICC- Infrastructure and Climate Change Group and SMART- Services, Manufacturing, Agriculture, Real Estate and Technology Group) as well as market shaping programmes to unlock more investment in CDC’s geographies (‘Country Programmes’) as well as nascent sectors.

The Project Coordinator will report to the CDC Executive leading on Country Programmes and Financial Sector Group technical assistance- However, they may be expected to work in other sectors and on cross-cutting CDC Plus initiatives.

Purpose

The purpose of this role is to provide project management capacity to the growing portfolio of CDC Plus funded technical assistance projects and programmes which aim to drive greater impact in CDC’s portfolio and address challenges in its sectors and markets.

The individual in this role will be excited to work with the CDC Plus team to ensure smooth implementation of technical assistance programmes throughout the lifecycle from project design, close oversight of the budget and milestone delivery as well as reporting and communications. The exact scope of the role may change depending on the needs and strategies of CDC and CDC Plus.

The CDC Plus Project Coordinator will:

  • Play an instrumental role in supporting the CDC Plus team to provide effective project management of a portfolio of CDC-funded projects and programmes to ensure they are delivered to high quality, on time and within budget;

  • Build strong relationships with stakeholders, including other CDC teams, project champions and service providers to ensure high quality of implementation and information capture of CDC Plus initiatives;

  • Support all elements of the project life cycle including project design, budgeting and forecasting, data management and contracting as well as reporting;

  • Coordinate a process of continuous improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness of CDC Plus processes and systems;

  • Support the CDC Plus team in creating thought leadership pieces and sharing lessons learnt with the broader impact investing community and other relevant stakeholders.

Responsibilities

Project management and coordination of CDC Plus-funded technical assistance:

  • Support to CDC Plus team on effective and efficient oversight of key projects;

  • Critical examination of proposals for CDC Plus funding, conducting supplementary research where needed;

  • Procurement and contracting of service providers as needed;

  • Monitoring of project implementation ensuring deliverables are met on time and to high standard;

  • Pro-active risk management including fiduciary and delivery risks;

  • Financial management of a portfolio of projects including budgeting and forecasting CDC Plus expenditure and processing invoice payments;

  • Contribute to the development of CDC Plus processes and systems and the communication of those internally:

  • Maintain records of key documents such applications, contracts, memos for all CDC Plus projects;

  • Oversight of data collection for CDC Plus’ monitoring and evaluation process;

  • Knowledge management and reporting on project progress internally and externally as needed.

Enabling effective procurement of technical assistance service providers and consultants:

  • Managing introductions and relationships with consultants and service providers, ensuring CDC Plus has networks with a diverse set of TA providers in their respective fields;

  • Proactive due diligence on TA providers;

  • Maintaining a database of contacts with TA providers.

Support in quality assurance of design of CDC-funded programmes and initiatives:

  • Support CDC teams in developing proposals for submission for approval at the CDC Plus Committee meetings;

  • Align project activities to principles of the use of subsidy to ensure sustainable behaviour change among CDC investees and other market actors;

  • Maintain a tracker and dashboard of CDC Plus funded initiatives

Thought leadership and communications:

  • Collecting and aggregating evidence of impact from CDC Plus funded initiatives;

  • Contribute to thought leadership pieces in key CDC Plus themes and distributing it to key stakeholders;

  • Capturing lessons learnt and using various communication tools to spur replication of innovative business practices among other market actors

The Candidate

Background

  • Relevant work experience in project management from technical assistance or private sector development programmes;

  • Passionate about working through the private sector to achieve sustainable impact at scale;

  • Experience on the ground in Africa and Asia is strongly desirable.

Technical Skills

  • Advanced degree (Economics, International Development or related degree);

  • Project management and coordination experience, particularly with regards to financial management, data analysis, reporting, knowledge management;

  • Strong analytical and research skills as well as proficiency in MS Office;

  • Some technical knowledge of private sector development (including business advisory), market systems development or business environment reform in the context of Africa or Asia is desirable.

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;

  • Ability to manage a number of moving parts within a project and strong attention to detail;

  • Ability to critically examine propositions and ask the right questions;

  • Strong problem solving and stakeholder management skills.

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 age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or educational background.

Please submit a cover letter with your application