Investment Specialist, CATALYZE Innovative Blended Finance Project
Company Overview
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 foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

  • To oversee and contribute to pipeline generation of investor-grade deals to advance under the USAID CATALYZE Program, which will mobilize $2 Billion in blended finance to target sectors/countries over an eight-year period.


Lead and participate in technical assignments
  • Engage with stakeholders to oversee and contribute to pipeline generation of investor-grade deals,
  • Provide direction and guidelines to technical teams and implementing partners in the development and execution of a robust pipeline of innovative financing transactions
  • Contribute to the establishment of eligibility criteria, in collaboration with Palladium home office team, project team, and relevant stakeholders, and lead implementation of criteria for ranking and selecting potential opportunities to support
  • Develop and maintain relationships with a network of investment support providers as well as potential investors
  • Coordinate with USAID INVEST and other innovative finance mechanisms and other donors
  • Provide technical and managerial inputs, guidance and oversight to project partners
  • Provide support to monitor and assure the quality of Palladium's services and deliverables
  • Engender new approaches and innovate in blended finance through research; networking; and rigorous monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Contribute to research, analysis and publication of technical studies, case studies, policy and programme approaches and results to demonstrate thought leadership
  • Identify, build, and maintain relationships with consultants and partners who can provide technical expertise
  • Work with the Practice Area Leader to promote and deepen Palladium's technical capabilities relating to innovative financing
  • Other duties as required
Lead and support project management
  • Lead or contribute to project work planning, budgeting, progress and financial reporting
  • In close collaboration with the Executive Director, CATALYZE, and Program Manager, manage sub-awardees and consultants, both international and local, to ensure that their performance meets or exceed technical and financial contractual requirements
  • 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
Lead and support business development efforts
  • Manage the identification, assessment, and pursuit of new business opportunities as appropriate
  • Prepare or contribute to capability statements/expressions of interest, technical, and financial proposals
  • The role reports to the Executive Director, USAID CATALYZE
  • The role will be required to liaise closely with Project Director, Program Manager, field staff, home office staff, implementing partners, and clients


Highly desirable candidates will have
  • Master's degree in a relevant field
  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience
Key competencies and professional expertise required
  • Relevant experience and proven technical excellence in the inclusive finance and impact investing field, a large proportion of that being in a transaction environment
  • Technical expertise and experience in one or more of the following:
    • Impact Investing (including, but not limited to, social & development impact bonds);
    • Payment for Results models and Pay-for-Performance incentives;
    • Financial Institutions and Funds Management;
    • Market-based approaches, including Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P), ideally in social as well as economic sectors; and
    • Challenge Funds
  • 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
  • Financial acumen and the ability to interpret and analyse financial reports
  • Sound problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Willingness to travel and work abroad a minimum of thirteen weeks per year in developing countries and elsewhere

Washington, DC, United States
Closing date:
31 October 2019