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Director, Development Impact

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Welcome to FinDev Canada! We are looking for talented members to join our team. At FinDev Canada, we advance economic growth, social progress, and climate action in developing countries through supporting private finance and investment. This is your opportunity to join a growing, dynamic team and leave your mark on our organization, on development finance, and on the world at large.

FinDev Canada is Canada’s bilateral development finance institution established in 2018 to support development through the private sector in emerging markets and developing economies. FinDev Canada provides financing, investment, blended finance solutions, technical assistance, and knowledge to support private enterprise and mobilize private capital, both domestic and international, in and into Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Indo-Pacific. Promoting sustainable and inclusive growth, FinDev Canada is guided by three impact goals of climate action, women’s economic empowerment, and market development in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement commitments. FinDev Canada is a Crown Corporation and a subsidiary of Export Development Canada. 

FinDev Canada encompasses six key functions: (1) Investments; (2) Impact Enablement, (3) Legal & Business Integrity; (4) Risk Management, (5) Strategy & Engagement, and (6) Corporate Affairs. For more information about FinDev Canada, please visit http://www.findevcanada.ca/. 

Team Overview

FinDev Canada is currently looking for a Director, Development Impact to lead the team of impact officers who conduct development impact assessments of FinDev Canada’s financing and investing activities (herein referred to as investments) across Latin America, the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indo-Pacific region. Working closely with other teams, including the Investments team, Portfolio Management team, Impact Strategies & Thought Leadership team, Environmental and Social Risk team, Technical Assistance team, the role ensures that FinDev Canada’s transaction and portfolio management processes are aligned with our corporate development impact objectives. The role reports to the Chief Impact Officer.

The successful candidate will lead and manage a team that works as part of deal teams on financial transactions that support clients that have the potential for positive and measurable impacts at the point of investment, and enable them to realize this potential for positive impacts during the investment period.

This is a unique opportunity to join a growing team of highly talented and committed professionals whose mission is to build a successful, ground-breaking organization whose activities will contribute to changing people’s lives in developing countries by supporting successful and impactful businesses.

Key Responsibilities

As a member of the Impact Enablement team, the Director, Development Impact, contributes to the implementation of FinDev Canada’s Development Impact Framework in our investment portfolio and is responsible for the optimization and application of FinDev Canada’s approach and practices related to development impact as part of transacting activities. This may include, inter alia:

  • Effectively manage team of impact officers, including through regular bilateral and group meetings, and ensure deal teams are adequately resourced.
  • Mentor and support the professional development of team members.
  • Review transaction screening, due diligence and annual review from impact officers, using FinDev Canada’s impact assessment tools to provide clear and compelling development impact analyses for transactions.
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of our impact assessment, management and reporting strategies, tools, practices and processes, ensuring they are in line with leading approaches and latest evidence in the field.
  • Provide internal quality control, consistency reviews and implementation support to ensure consistency of development impact manage across the investment portfolio.
  • Work with the Impact Strategies & Thought Leadership team, Investment team and Portfolio Management team to continue developing and implementing FinDev Canada’s approach for ex-ante and ex-post impact assessments.
  • Contribute to delivering, and lead when appropriate, training on development impact, for internal stakeholders, clients and external stakeholders.
  • Support the technical assistance facility and impact officers in providing capacity building and advisory services to FinDev Canada clients, particularly as it relates to gender equality and women’s economic empowerment, climate and nature action, and data reporting and management.
  • Lead and Contribute to the development of briefing materials, case studies and other documents to illustrate how FinDev Canada’s portfolio and transactions are achieving results.
  • Manage relationships with leading industry organizations and professionals working in development impact management to ensure continued relevance of approaches.
  • Contribute to communications and thought leadership, including the annual report, on topics related to development finance and the impacts that FinDev Canada aims to drive through the private sector.

Screening Criteria 

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field, with a specialization in economics, development studies, international affairs or other relevant disciplines.
  • Minimum of 12 years of relevant practical experience working on development impact issues in development finance, impact or responsible investment, private sector development in emerging markets or another relevant sector.
  • In-depth knowledge of impact management and measurement practices and reporting norms and standards.
  • Technical expertise in one or more of the following subjects: climate finance, gender finance, impact measurement.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail combined with the ability to draw actionable conclusions and pragmatic recommendations for decision-makers.
  • Excellent problem solving, people and conflict management and negotiation skills.
  • Open, engaging and persuasive communication style, strong writing, presentation and facilitation skills, ability to convey complex concepts simply.
  • Bilingual in both official languages (French and English).

Assets

  • Experience in managing a team of professionals. 
  • Experience working the following sectors, preferably in emerging markets: the financial industry, agribusiness, forestry, or sustainable infrastructure.
  • Being a solution-orientated self-starter, with the ability to work collaboratively across multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Strong understanding of FinDev Canada’s three development impact goals.
  • Strong business communications skills, including writing, presentation and facilitation skills; ability to convey complex concepts simply.
  • Demonstrated innovation skills and personal agility, acquired in such contexts as: direct involvement in new product development and launch, leadership responsibilities in a startup or high growth organization.
  • Spanish

What we offer:

  • Salaries are based on qualifications and experience and typically range from $121,836 to 203,059, plus a performance-based incentive. 
  • FinDev Canada’s Total Rewards offering is about much more than a paycheque and provides a comprehensive package that responds to the different needs and moments of an employee’s life. These benefits include cash compensation, competitive premium flex benefits and insurance coverage, pension plan, paid leave for various life circumstances, paid professional development and language training, and a hybrid, flexible, and diverse work environment.

Location

  • Physical office in downtown Montreal, Ottawa or Toronto, with flexibility to work under a hybrid model (home/office).

FinDev Canada’s Commitment to Employment Equity  

FinDev Canada is committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment that respects people from all cultures, backgrounds and with a range of ability, and nurturing a culture of inclusion and belonging where everyone has equal opportunity to grow, develop, succeed and be their truest selves in an inclusive environment. We are committed to employment equity and actively encourage applications from women, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and visible minorities. If selected for an interview, please advise us if you require special accommodations.