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

The Investment Specialist will be responsible for unlocking commercial capital for investments in undercapitalized countries and sectors. The Investment Specialist will design and oversee interventions (including co-investment, research, and technical assistance) that improve the risk-return profile of businesses to develop and execute a pipeline of investor-grade deals in target markets including frontier and conflict-affected countries. The Investment Specialist will be a key member of the USAID-funded $250 Million CATALYZE project, which will mobilize $2 Billion in blended finance to target sectors and countries over an eight-year period.


Lead and support delivery of investment expertise
  • Engage with a broad network of stakeholders including businesses, financial intermediaries, NGOs, and service providers to develop a pipeline of investor-grade deals (or deals that could be made investor-grade with blended finance interventions)
  • 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 and lead implementation of criteria for ranking and selecting opportunities to support
  • Develop and maintain relationships with a network of investment support providers and potential investors
  • Provide technical and managerial inputs, guidance and oversight to project partners
  • Support quality assurance 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 program briefs to demonstrate thought leadership
  • Identify, build, and maintain relationships with consultants and partners who can provide technical expertise
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Investment Specialist is a member of the Economic Growth Practice, Americas Business Partnership, Palladium International LLC.


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:
    • Blended Finance and 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 and economic sectors; and
    • Challenge Funds
  • Proven success leading or supporting deal closure of complex investments
  • Strong relationships with local, regional, and/or international investors
  • Familiarity with relevant ecosystem actors including DFIs, international impact investors, local financial intermediaries, transaction advisors specializing in frontier markets, USAID and other donors
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Working proficiency in Spanish or French (preferred)
  • Sound client relationship and people management skills
  • Sound problem solving, business judgement, 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:
30 November 2019