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Executive, Gender & Diversity Finance

at CDC Group in London, UK

About the Job

As a development finance institution, CDC has a dual mandate to create both investment and development impact. In the context of CDCs new 2022-21 five-year strategy, CDC has prioritised promoting gender equality and increased representation of women in our portfolio at all levels as well as Black ownership and leadership in our investments in sub-Saharan Africa.

We approach our Gender & Diversity lens investing by focusing on three pathways:

  • Mainstreaming consideration of diversity elements as a core factor in investment decision-making and portfolio management
  • Originating with a gender and diversity lens to intentionally target our capital to enterprising, financial institutions and funds that meaningfully support women and Black business leaders.
  • Value creation across our portfolio by partnering with our investees to make changes to improve gender balance and diverse representation across the business, particularly in senior leadership.

The Role

This job description relates to the duties, tasks and responsibilities of the Gender & Diversity Finance Executive position – the weighting of which may change over time. These will vary to some extent depending on activities and evolving priorities across the Gender & Diversity Finance team and will, of necessity, remain flexible as workplans evolve. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter who is highly collaborative and innovative in nature, be a strong communicator and have an interest in how the private sector can drive impact CDC’s markets and portfolio. The candidate will ideally come from a commercial background with expertise across gender, finance/business and sustainability more broadly.


Implementing CDC’s gender strategy and managing cross-cutting projects will involve working closely with both investment and impact teams. With the investment teams (Infrastructure and Climate and/or SMART funds) you will be working on transaction management engaging with pipeline investments to support building gender finance into the investment process. With the impact teams (Climate, ESG, CDC Plus and Development Impact) you will be working across a variety of gender value creation-related opportunities ranging from building in-house capacity within investees, designing gender lens investing tools and training materials, managing a pipeline of gender-based projects and maintaining ongoing gender strategic partnerships and grant funding allocated from CDC’s technical assistance facility, CDC plus.

Core responsibilities of the Executive include (but are not limited to):

  • Transaction management
  • Support the investment process through working closely with both impact and investment teams to help identify, articulate and monitor the gender & diversity case across the investment lifecycle using the 2X criteria framework
  • Value creation project management
  • Identify opportunities for in-depth technical assistance projects to support investees to make positive changes in their business to promote gender balance across the business or or racial equity in leadership. Oversee procurement and project management for these projects across a range of topics (e.g., recruiting and talent management, skills development, product design and development, etc)
  • Internal Gender Finance Working Group admin/support
  • Maintain portfolio tracking systems
  • Provide reporting inputs to CDC’s Gender & Diversity Finance Steering Committee, ExCo, Board
  • Lead special projects (TA, cross-firm, research)

CDC is a high profile company but with a relatively small number of employees. It is essential that the candidate is highly flexible, proactive, has a proven ability to work effectively in a matrix based environment, happy to work in a close-knit team and to get involved in all aspects of office 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 age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or educational background.

Salary: Competitive


The Candidate

Skills and Experience

The ideal candidate will have all or a good selection of the following:

  • Significant professional experience in finance, business operations, impact investing or international development (experience in emerging markets preferred)
  • MA in relevant field preferred
  • Strong private sector and/or investment experience, ideally in relation to gender equality preferred
  • Strong business, investment and sustainability acumen with the ability to quickly grasp varying investment and business models
  • Previous experience working in international development or emerging markets or demonstrable knowledge working within local contexts and having cultural sensitivity
  • Sector experience in infrastructure, climate finance, private equity or venture capital funds a plus
  • Experience designing and implementing technical assistance programmes in developing countries for private equity or private sector
  • Excellent listening and facilitation skills and an ability to deliver impact across matrix-based organisations
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative research skills and ability to structure and report findings in a coherent and practical way
  • Very strong project management experience including setting up systems and embedding new processes into existing operations

Technical competencies

The ideal candidate will have all or a good selection of the following:

  • Advanced MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word, SharePoint
  • Understanding of the IFC Performance Standards
  • Understanding of the 2X Criteria/2X Challenge/2X Collaborative
  • IMC, CFA, ACA or similar

To apply

Please provide a cover letter with your application

CDC Group

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