Global Affairs Advisor - Partnerships

CDC Group
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Aug 01

Position description

Our mission and objectives

  • British International Investment is the UK’s development finance institution, owned by the UK Government. We invest with the aim of solving the biggest global development challenges by investing patient, flexible capital to support private sector growth and innovation.
  • We have over 70 years of experience successfully supporting the sustainable, long-term growth of businesses in Africa and Asia, and have recently expanded to invest in the Indo-Pacific and Caribbean.
  • We invest to achieve impact and a financial return which is then reinvested for more impact. Over the past five years, we have committed almost £7 billion of new investments, with our net assets growing in value to approximately £7.5 billion. We are now invested in 1,200 businesses which directly employ over 900,000 workers and support many more. Over the next five years, we plan to grow further, and aim to commit around £9 billion of new investments over the period.
  • Our new five-year strategy responds to the opportunities and challenges facing developing and emerging economies. To ensure our capital is used in the best way possible to meet these opportunities and challenges, it sets out three clear strategic objectives – to invest in productive, sustainable and inclusive development. These objectives mean an increased focus on climate finance, including investing in green infrastructure; on financing digital transformation; and on driving inclusive outcomes, including through gender and diversity finance.
  • As part of our new strategy, we have changed our name to British International Investment (from 4 April 2022), to more accurately reflect our central role in the UK Government’s international financing offer.
  • 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, Pakistan and Ghana; with additional locations opening soon.
  • 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.
  • Deliver impact. We are a growing team of over 500 and place immense value on diversity within our organisation.
  • Read more about us and the new strategy at

Team and role overview

  • The Global Affairs team is a high-performing team that sits at the centre of a dynamic policy agenda.
  • The team performs 3 roles: 1) monitoring and analysing external trends - identifying opportunities/risks; 2) managing shareholder and stakeholder relationships to build long-term trust; and 3) informing the decisions, policies and opinions that matter most to the institution
  • The team is on the frontline of a diverse range of topics, issues and processes – spanning both public affairs and investor relations. From managing the shareholder relationship with the UK government; overseeing engagement with Parliament and accountability bodies; engaging with the development finance industry on international policy issues.

The role will be responsible for managing BII’s partnerships with external development finance organisations (including DFIs and MDBs) and BII’s engagement with international fora such as G7 and the World Bank Annual Meetings. It will work closely and collaboratively with colleagues across the Global Affairs team responsible for shareholder and political relationships, and leverage expertise from across BII, including investment teams, corporate strategy, development impact and the offices of senior executives. Long-term success will be judged by increasing visibility of BII and improving BII’s ability to shape and influence relevant policy debates and outcomes – all of which contribute to advancing our licence to operate. Success will be tracked via the Quarterly Global Affairs report to senior management and the Board.

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate BII’s engagement with the Association of bilateral European Development Finance Institutions (EDFI) fulfilling reporting requirements; maintaining an overview of working groups and supporting BII’s senior participation in EDFI Board meetings.
  • Manage a proactive bilateral engagement programme with key partner DFIs and MDBs – including actively monitoring key developments, tracking engagement across the organisation, producing internal DFI briefing notes; ensuring regular cadence of senior-level interactions and monitoring follow up areas.
  • Manage BII’s participation at international forums including G7, COP, World Bank Annual Meetings, CHOGM, Finance in Common and the Oxford DFI Fragility Forum. Activities will include working collaboratively with relevant technical teams (e.g. climate and fragility leads) to identify policy aims; delivering a programme of engagement for senior management, ensuring they are well briefed; and lining up potential announcements for BII and the UK Government.
  • Build out and actively track partnership initiatives across the business including oversight for MOUs, reporting standards, participation in special interest groups and new policy commitments.
  • Assist the development of a centralised policy positions on key topics – ensuring coherence in messaging across the business and identifying the opportunities and processes to advance those policies.
  • Undertake other activities relevant to the team as identified by the Director of Global Affairs, including internal reporting.



  • Successful candidates will have a background in international affairs and political engagement – particularly working with DFIs and MDBs.

Essential skills:

  • Experience in managing engagement with international fora, especially in emerging markets
  • Stakeholder engagement and relationship management
  • Effective communicator – exceptional writing skills and ability to distil complex scenarios into clear, understandable analysis
  • Demonstrable understanding of international development policy, development finance and the financial sector would be an advantage

Desirable skills:

  • Rigorous and professional in their work - showing a “can-do” attitude that strives for excellence and can manage/adapt to competing priorities
  • Thoughtful and analytical approach to understanding issues and policies that impact on BII
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues with a readiness to roll-up sleeves to ensure that the team and the organisation succeeds
  • Diplomatic and patient in their approach, with the ability to build trusted relationships
  • Candidates should be strongly motivated by BII’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

British International Investment 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.

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