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Executive, Evaluations team

at CDC Group plc in London, UK

About the Job

Team and Role Overview

Purpose of this Role
CDC Group is looking to strengthen its Development Impact Evaluations team by recruiting an experienced full-time Executive. The Development Impact Evaluations team is responsible for measuring and enhancing CDC’s development impacts. Our aim is to assess, measure and communicate the impact of CDCs investments and to better understand what works in private sector development. See CDC’s Strategic Framework 2017-21.

DFID and CDC have joined forces to implement an ambitious evaluation and learning programme. See DFID-CDC Evaluation & Learning Programme Plan . One of the core elements of the programme is to design and commission multi-year studies across CDCs priority sectors. This is a key priority for both DFID and CDC and the Evaluations Executive will be dedicated to scoping, designing, managing and administering the sector studies, reporting to the Evaluations Manager.

The Evaluations Executive will be expected to oversee a number of sector studies from start to finish. This will entail liaising with a wide variety of stakeholders – both internally and externally – and it is essential that the Executive is impact-led, collaborative and tenacious. They must have a good understanding of the investment context to be able to liaise confidently with investment professionals, understand and anticipate their needs, identify learning opportunities and manage risks. She or he will also be required to lead/support negotiations with companies to build their buy-in to participate in the studies. The Executive must be an effective stakeholder and project manager with a strong work ethic and a proactive, can-do attitude. They will have an impact background, preferably within a development finance and developing country context. They must also have sufficient understanding of evaluation techniques to be able to inform scoping proposals and critically review outputs.

The DI Evaluations Executive will be responsible for:

  • Executing sector studies, beginning with terms of reference, overseeing tendering and contracting processes in line with DFID/CDC procurement procedures
  • Onboarding consultants to ensure a common understanding of the aims and context of the evaluation, whilst building relationships with CDC teams and ensuring all stakeholders are effectively briefed
  • Managing data and information flow to the consultants and working with CDC’s legal team to ensure that confidentiality requirements are upheld
  • Managing consultants to ensure evaluations remain on track against agreed timelines, including regular check-ins, trouble-shooting where needed, and ensuring stakeholders remain informed on progress
  • Critically reviewing proposals for in-depth studies at investee level, ensuring these will deliver high quality learning for CDC and building relationships with CDC investment teams and portfolio companies to participate
  • Providing quality assurance of all outputs and ensuring these generate concise, action-oriented insights, and finding innovative ways to engage CDC’s investment teams and other stakeholders to ensure that learning is captured and acted upon
  • Building and maintaining a good understanding of broader existing research and evidence for priority sectors, related to private sector development and methodologies for impact-related evaluations, to ensure the sector studies are additive
  • Supporting the development and coordination of the DFID-CDC evaluations programme for 2017-2021 and beyond
  • Travel maybe required (up to 10-20% time), for example, to build investee buy-in to participate, ensure effective delivery of in-depth studies and/or troubleshoot

The Candidate


  • Strong academic credentials, including a post-graduate qualification in a relevant field (development economics, finance).
  • At least five years’ work experience in a relevant field, preferably within development finance, programme MEL (monitoring, evaluation and learning), consulting or the investment industry.
  • Work experience in developing countries, including in Africa and South Asia.

Technical Skills

  • Ability to lead sector studies from start to finish
  • Good understanding of the investment context; Ability to liaise confidently and credibly with investment professionals and senior management within private companies
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills with proven ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide-range of stakeholders (including CDC investee companies, investment teams, research consultants, DFID, etc.)
  • Strong project management skills and the ability to manage and progress a portfolio of studies at different stages
  • Ability to critically review written materials (project documents, study proposals, study findings etc.), identify salient points and work with consultants to ensure these meet CDCs quality standards and learning needs, and are effectively tailored for their audience
  • Knowledge of different evaluation approaches in a private sector context, and/or experience commissioning, managing or administering evaluations in a private sector context to be able to critically assess the suitability of study proposals and the quality of study outputs
  • Strong MS Excel skills – confident managing and collating data – with good attention to detail to ensure confidentiality requirements are diligently upheld
  • Strong verbal communication and presentation/PowerPoint skills; ability to present key findings from the sector studies to a range of stakeholders.

Personal skills

  • Collaborative: proven ability to work closely with colleagues from different teams in a constructive and solution-driven manner.
  • Results focus: drive to achieve objectives/results. Skills in socialisation of new concepts. Keen to roll-up sleeves, and also build new ideas.
  • Personal effectiveness: organising self and others to meet agreed deadlines. Track record in efficient, high-quality delivery. Good time management, prioritisation and productivity.
  • Relationships: effective at building and maintaining relationships with DFID, investee companies, fund managers, consultants and the wider industry. Conducts oneself in a professional manner, representing CDC’s values.

Candidates should be strongly motivated by CDC’s development mission and ideally demonstrate some commitment to development or social goals through previous executive or non-executive activity.

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 gender, age, educational backgrond, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation and religion.

To apply

Please provide a cover letter with your application
Role opened: 04/11/2019
Role closes: 03/12/2019
Salary: Competitive

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CDC Group plc

Our mission CDC is the UK’s development finance institution. Founded 70 years ago, we invest in the most challenging markets of Africa and South Asia with the aim of supporting economic development. CDC has net assets of £5.1bn, with over 1300 growing businesses in the portfolio. Last year we committed over £1billion of capital across 50 transactions. CDC is wholly owned by the UK government, who has committed a further £3.5bn of capital for CDC to deploy over the next two to three years. We are expanding our presence in Africa and South Asia with further new offices openings in 2019. 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 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 likeminded ambitious people who are primarily motivated by our mission to deliver impact. We are a growing team of over 380 and place immense value on diversity within our organisation. Read more about us on our website