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Manager, Development Impact – Evaluations (12-month Maternity Cover)

at CDC Group plc in London, UK

About the Job

CDC Group is looking to recruit an experienced full-time Manager for a fixed term maternity cover position in its Development Impact Evaluations team, responsible for driving forward implementation of the FCDO-CDC Evaluation & Learning Programme . You will be expected to initiate and progress multi-year evaluations across CDC’s priority sectors, as one of the core elements of the programme. Two of the sector studies – Financial Institutions and Infrastructure – are already underway, and the Evaluations Manager will be responsible for initiating the final evaluation covering CDC’s remaining five priority sectors; Health, Education, Food & Agriculture, Manufacturing and Construction & Real Estate.

You will be expected to progress and oversee the portfolio of sector evaluations at different stages. This will entail liaising with a wide variety of stakeholders, both internally and externally and it is essential that the Manager is impact-led, collaborative and tenacious. You 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. You will also be required to lead engagement with companies to build their buy-in to participate in the studies. You must be an effective stakeholder and project manager with a strong work ethic and a proactive, can-do attitude as you will be required to manage multiple workstreams and priorities simultaneously.

The DI Evaluations Manager will be responsible for:

  • Convening and managing Steering Group meetings, working with FCDO colleagues
  • Overseeing a portfolio of evaluations at different stages covering CDC’s priority sectors, including weekly oversight meetings with FCDO and bi-weekly project management meetings with up to three groups of evaluators
  • Onboarding consultants for the final evaluation (covering five priority sectors) with support from the DI Evaluations Director and Executive to ensure a common understanding of the aims and context of the evaluation between CDC, the evaluators and FCDO – and ensuring internal stakeholders are effectively briefed
  • Managing data and information flow to the evaluators and ensuring confidentiality requirements are upheld
  • Managing evaluators 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 and negotiating investee company participation
  • Providing quality assurance of all outputs and ensuring that learning is captured and acted upon
  • Building and maintaining a good understanding of broader existing research and evidence for impact in CDC’s priority sectors, to ensure the studies are additive
  • Supporting the development and coordination of the FCDO-CDC evaluations programme for 2017-2021 and beyond


The candidate

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

Technical Skills

  • 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
  • People management skills to manage a small project team (full-time Executive plus Analyst time on an as-needed basis)
  • Strong project management skills and the ability to manage and progress a portfolio of studies at different stages
  • Ability to critically review written materials, identify salient points and ensure these meet CDC’s quality standards and learning needs
  • Knowledge of different evaluation approaches in a private sector context, and/or experience commissioning, managing or administering evaluations in a private sector context
  • Strong MS Excel skills – confident managing and collating data – with good attention to detail
  • Strong verbal and written 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.
  • Personal effectiveness: organising self and others to meet agreed deadlines. Track record in efficient, high-quality delivery. Good time management, prioritisation and productivity.
  • Effective at building and maintaining relationships, representing CDC’s values.

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 provide a cover letter with your application

Role opened: 28 Sept 2020
Role closes: 26 Oct 2020

Salary: Competitive

To apply

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 2020.

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 like-minded ambitious people who are primarily motivated by our mission to deliver impact. We are a growing team of over 400 and place immense value on diversity within our organisation.

Read more about us on our website