Executive Director, CATALYZE Innovative Blended Finance Project - Washington, DC
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Project Overview and Role
- To provide overall leadership and technical direction to CATALYZE, a large, eight-year USAID-funded innovative finance project that will mobilize $2 Billion in blended finance to USAID target countries and sectors.
- Responsible for client engagement (USAID Washington and multiple field missions); development of a large, growing, and active group of subcontractors and service providers; and ensuring the project meets technical, management, and financial milestones.
ResponsibilitiesProvide overall project leadership and management
Provide technical leadership
- Responsible for the successful leadership and management of all technical and operational functions and activities in line with the project's scope of work and approved annual work plans
- Lead project work planning, budgeting, and progress and financial reporting
- Serve as project's principal liaison with USAID, Palladium home office, counterpart implementing partners, subcontractors and service providers, and other stakeholders
- Support the development of strategic partnerships to mobilize capital
- Identify project performance and contract issues and lead or support their timely resolution as appropriate
- Utilize an adaptive management approach to assess project performance and quickly adopt and scale cost-effective strategies and activities
- Ensure excellent quality of all project deliverables and judicious use of U.S. Government resources in line with USG requirements
- Other duties as required
Communications and Information Management
- Engage with stakeholders to oversee and contribute to pipeline generation of investor-grade deals
- Coordinate with USAID INVEST and other innovative finance mechanisms and other donors
- Work with the Practice Area Leader to promote and deepen Palladium's technical capabilities relating to innovative financing
- Represent the Project to stakeholders and in public forums
- Make formal and informal presentations on request by client or as needed for other parties.
- Oversee the preparation of periodic reports to client on progress towards project objectives.
- Oversee project and team compliance with USAID and Palladium knowledge management requirements
- Serve as the strategic leader of a diverse and talented project team, building on synergies and cultivating a positive environment for collaboration, communication, and successful project implementation
- Provide clear performance guidance and, where required, oversee the implementation of remedial action and performance improvement plans for staff
- Oversee the recruitment and hiring of new project staff, upholding ethical, transparent, and compliant processes
- In support of Palladium safety and security standards, oversee in-country personnel, processes, and systems required to ensure the safety and welfare of the project field team and visiting consultants
- Cultivate a positive and motivating environment for staff at all levels through communication, team building, and responsiveness
- The role reports to the Director, Economic Growth (Innovative Financing)
- The role will be required to liaise closely with staff of the home office Project Management Unit, field staff, home office staff, implementing partners, and clients
RequirementsHighly desirable candidates will have
Key competencies and professional expertise required
- Master's degree in a relevant field
- Minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience
- Experienced leader and management professional with track record of successful implementation of relevant programming in innovative finance
- Proven technical excellence in the inclusive finance and impact investing field
- Proven success leading or supporting deal closure of complex investments
- Existing relationships with existing local, regional, and/or international investors
- Demonstrated familiarity with relevant client programs and policies (USAID, impact investors)
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Working proficiency in Spanish or French (preferred)
- Sound client relationship management skills
- People management skills
- Sound problem solving and decision-making skills
- Proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners and the ability lead multi-disciplinary teams
- Willingness to travel and work abroad a minimum of thirteen weeks per year in developing countries and elsewhere