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Gender-Smart Investing Specialist, CATALYZE Innovative Blended Finance Project

Online/Remote - Candidates ideally in
Washington - DC District of Columbia - USA , 20319
Company: Palladium Group, Inc.
Remote/Work from Home position
Listed on 2021-07-02
Job specializations:
  • Finance
    Accounting and Finance, Financial Analyst, Financial Services, Senior Financial Analyst
  • Management
Job Description & How to Apply Below
Gender-Smart Investing Specialist, CATALYZE Innovative Blended Finance Project

Company Overview:

About Palladium - Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with governments, businesses, and investors to solve the world's most pressing challenges. With a team of more than 3,000 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of over 35,000 experts, we help improve economies, societies and, most importantly, people's lives.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - We welcome applications from all sections of society and actively encourage diversity to drive innovation, creativity, success and good practice. We positively welcome and seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce; and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment regardless of their background or personal characteristics. These include: (but are not limited to) socio-economic background, age, race, gender identity, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, veteran, marital or Indigenous status.

Should you require any adjustments or accommodations to be made due to a disability or you are a neurodivergent individual or any other circumstance, please email our team at accessibility

Safeguarding - We define Safeguarding as "the preventative action taken by Palladium to protect our people, clients and the communities we work with from harm". We are committed to ensuring that all children and adults who come into contact with Palladium are treated with respect and are free from abuse. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced selection process including safeguarding-focused interviews and a rigorous due diligence process.

Purpose of position:

To oversee and contribute to development of a pipeline of investor-grade deals and technical assistance opportunities that support women's economic empowerment and equality in target countries and sectors. The Gender-smart Investing Specialist will be an important member of the USAID-funded $250 Million CATALYZE program, which intends to utilize these U.S. government resources to mobilize $2 Billion in blended finance from mostly private sector actors over an eight-year period.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide technical leadership and support

* Provide technical assistance and guidance to support CATALYZE technical teams and field teams to infuse women's economic empowerment (WEE) concepts into the work of field programs under CATALYZE

* Engage with entrepreneurs, USAID, Development Finance institutions, other donors and commercial actors in target countries to generate interest and action in expanding innovative and blended finance solutions in target countries, to meet CATALYZE's ambitious financing goals among women

* Engage with a broad network of stakeholders including businesses, international impact investors, local financial intermediaries, NGOs, transaction advisors and other service providers to develop a pipeline of investor-grade deals (or deals that could be made investor-grade with blended finance interventions). Apply a gender lens in assessing and shaping investment opportunities

* Provide direction and guidelines to technical teams and implementing partners in target countries to develop and execute a robust pipeline of innovative financing transactions together with financial institutions, and ensure transactions are designed to promote WEE. Advises field technical teams to help analyze and articulate the effect of programming on gender equality on the target beneficiary country to stakeholders, including making the business case gender lens investing for financial institutions and investors

* Develop and maintain relationships with a network of investment support providers as well as potential investors especially focused on WEE

* Provide technical and managerial inputs, guidance and oversight to project stakeholders as required

* Identify, build, and maintain positive working relationships with consultants and partners who can provide technical expertise around WEE concepts

* Develop new approaches for delivering WEE outcomes using blended finance through research; networking; and rigorous monitoring, evaluation and learning

* Contribute to research, analysis and publication of technical studies, case studies, policy and program approaches and results to demonstrate thought leadership

* Conduct speaking engagements on behalf of Palladium to promote WEE concepts and contribute to thought leadership

* Lead buy-ins and buy-in activities related to WEE on an as-needed basis

* Other duties as required

Lead and support project management

* Lead or contribute to project work planning, budgeting, progress and financial reporting internally and for our client, USAID

* In close collaboration with the Chief of Party/Project Director, manage sub-awardees and consultants, both international and local, to ensure that their performance meets or exceed technical and financial contractual requirements

* Support appropriate utilization of U.S. Government resources in line with U.S. Government and Palladium rules and regulations.

Identify project performance and contract issues and lead or support their timely resolution as appropriate

* Use an adaptive management approach to advise project senior management to quickly adopt and scale cost-effective strategies and activities related to WEE


* The role reports to the Chief of Party/Project Director, CATALYZE

* The role will be required to liaise closely, collaboratively and respectfully with members of the home office WEE Project Management Unit and WEE Activity Management Unit, field staff, home office staff, implementing partners, and clients

* The Gender-smart Investing Specialist also serves as a member of the Economic Growth Practice, Americas Business Partnership, Palladium International LLC



* Proven expertise in Gender Smart Investing, investing with a gender lens, or similar framework

* Extensive experience in the inclusive finance, blended finance, and impact investing field

* Existing relationships with local, regional, and/or international investors

* Demonstrated familiarity with relevant ecosystem actors including impact investors, DFIs, technical specialists in gender sector assessments, transaction advisors, USAID and other donors

* Experience in conducting gender analysis on the impacts of programming and executing projects with a gender component.

* Excellent written and verbal communication skills

* Working proficiency in Spanish or French (preferred)

* Sound client relationship management skills

* Demonstrated people management skills

* Demonstrated high level of professionalism, respect and integrity operating within a multi-cultural, values-based organization

* Ability to work collaboratively and independently with minimal supervision

* Financial acumen and the ability to interpret and analyse financial reports

* Sound problem solving, conflict-resolution and decision-making skills

* Willingness to travel and work abroad a minimum of thirteen weeks per year in developing countries and elsewhere
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