The CFC is seeking to recruit a temporary Implementation Manager, based in its Amsterdam office, to support the work of the Operation Unit.
This position is being offered as temporary contract for a maximum period of one year with the possibility of renewal for up to six months in exceptional circumstances. Part time arrangements may be possible. The remuneration will depend on the qualifications and experience of the incumbent in the field of finance.
The ideal candidate for this position would be a seasoned banker or an investment manager, who has experience in loan contracts in the agricultural or the SME sector. Applicants with prior experience in the development sector are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is especially interesting given the work of the CFC for developing countries and the relationships of the CFC with the United Nations and International Commodity Boards.
Duties and Accountabilities:
The focus of this temporary position is on implementation of projects approved by the decision making bodies of the CFC. The duties focus on the implementation of financial interventions for the private sector. The Implementation Manager will report to the Chief Operations Officer and their specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Implementation of debt, equity and fund based projects for commodity based investments by the CFC.
  • Carry out desktop and onsite due diligence as well as consistency checks of project proposals.
  • Execute risk analysis according to CFC calculation system and fix risk classes.
  • Negotiate conditions as interest, reporting requirements, covenants and securing structures for projects with the project initiators and sponsors.
  • Maintain good working relations with organizations important for the operations of the Fund (International Commodity Bodies, Regional Economic Commissions, multilateral (UN or other) organizations, NGO's, private sector representative organizations, etc.), wherever project structures require the same.
  • Secure reporting requirements deliver sufficient data for financial and impact evaluation of individual projects as well as project portfolio.
  • Any other duties which may be assigned by the Chief Operations Officer or the Managing Director.

Furthermore the applicant should show knowledge of or willingness to rapidly acquaint with the following specific fields:
  • Impact monitoring and evaluation methodologies.
  • Tendering procedures, evaluation and contracting.
  • Implementation of agricultural commodity oriented projects initiated by the private sector in developing countries, based on concessional financing structures
Communication and Team Work. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed, solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others.
Strong functional and operational understanding. The successful candidate must possess a clear understanding of what it takes to manage projects in a complex and critical stakeholder environment with diverging goals and objectives.
Core commitment to good governance and ethical business practices. The successful candidate will have experience in best practices in diligence and governance.
Professionalism. The Implementation Manager should show persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges, must remain calm in stressful situations.
Selection Criteria:
The ideal candidate should have worked with a commercial / development bank, an investment fund or a development organization. The position could be especially interesting for a more seasoned personality with several years of experience in the financial sector.
  • Advanced University degree in Business Administration, Development, Economics, Finance, or related fields.
  • Sound experience (at least five years) of working in a financial and or development environment.
  • Knowledge and experience of financial matters associated with implementation of loan and equity oriented agriculture / SME projects.
  • Proven experience with the implementation of loan and collateral structures, a strong background in the management of financial risk.
  • Proven ability of appraisal of financial interventions directed towards loan financed development projects.
  • Understanding of what it means to finance projects on a concessional basis
  • Experience and proven ability in independently planning, conducting and reporting on projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
  • Experience of working in a multicultural environment.
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Strong team player with excellent client service orientation and openness to feedback and new ideas, contributes to a good working environment.
  • Experience and proven ability in the use of databases, spreadsheet programs and word processing.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English. Working knowledge of French or Spanish is an asset.
  • Willingness to travel if and as required.

The closing date for application is 17 June 2016. Applications, including a curriculum vitae, should be sent in English to managing.director@common-fund.org or faxed to +31 20 676 0231.
Applicants must be from Member Countries of the Common Fund and suitably qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.