Director, Head of Portfolio Origination & Management

Nordic Development Fund (NDF) Helsinki, Finland
About the Nordic Development Fund (NDF)
NDF is the joint Nordic international finance institution (IFI) established by Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden in late 1988. NDF focuses on the nexus between climate change and development in lower-income countries and countries in fragile situations. NDF’s headquarters is in Helsinki, Finland.
According to the prevailing Strategy, the purpose of NDF is to advance Nordic leadership in addressing climate change and development challenges through financing, knowledge and partnerships. Together with our strategic partners, we develop, launch and scale high-impact projects to support developing countries and the most vulnerable people affected by climate change.
NDF provides financing on concessionary terms and the primary focus is on climate change mitigation and adaptation activities. In addition to its primary focus on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13, calling for urgent actions to combat climate change and its impact, NDF works in a holistic way towards the development challenges spelled out in the other sixteen SDGs, recognising the interlinkages to, and actively seeking co-benefits with, other SDGs, not least with regard to environmental objectives.
NDF is entering 2021 with new capital commitments from its member countries and has undertaken an organisational restructure to effectively implement the new strategy. This new stage of NDF’s development affords the opportunity for a senior and talented development finance professional to be a part of and influence the fulfilment of NDF’s purpose.
You can find further details on their website http://www.ndf.fi/.

Director, Head of Portfolio Origination and Management Role Profile 

A senior level expert with several years of experience of development finance with a strong focus on climate mitigation/adaptation projects both in the public and private sector. Several years of experience from managing teams with highly competent and motivated members working with complex and multi-faceted interventions.
NDF is seeking to recruit to the Portfolio Origination and Management (POM) department a Director and Head of POM. The Director is reporting to the Managing Director. 
The department has the overall responsibility to:
  • Drive NDF’s portfolio origination in line with Strategy 2025 and the agreed business development priorities.
  • Coordinate project and portfolio implementation and monitoring activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Director, Head of Portfolio Origination and Management Role will have the following key responsibilities:
  • As a member of NDF’s executive management team, participate in the development and implementation of NDF’s overall strategy, annual business plans and business development in relation to NDF’s project portfolio.
  •  Lead the POM department and undertake managerial, budget and operational responsibility in delivering on the overall responsibility and main tasks of the POM department.
  • Interact and liaise with NDF’s financing partners, thought leaders and other stakeholders to actively originate projects for consideration to be included in the pipeline.
  • As concerns origination activities, provide support and interact with the Director of BDO and engage in the dialogue around business development and partnerships from a portfolio perspective.
  • Oversee and monitor the portfolio to ensure active stakeholder management and maximum impact to reach the overall purpose. 
  • In cooperation with colleagues participate in developing and ensuring compliance with relevant policies, guidelines and processes in order to guide the staff in the POM department in origination and management of the portfolio.
  • Coach and support the team to reach the full potential on team- and individual level.

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least a Master's Degree or equivalent in a relevant field
  • Minimum of 15 years of experience within development finance both within private and public sector projects 
  • International experience from organization with focus on development and / or emerging markets
  • Managerial experience of at least 10 years
  • Experience from strategy and policy development 
  • Operational field experience from developing countries (posting or extensive travelling) 
  • English, level3
  • Proficiency in a Nordic language is considered a strong benefit.
  • Preferably another (NDF relevant) foreign language such as Spanish or French, level 3 or 2 
  • Leadership and managerial skills
  • Strategic mind-set and analytical skills
  • Oral and written presentation skills
  • High integrity and capacity to interact to motivate without compromising key values    

Terms of Appointment

This is a full-time position with the successful candidate being contracted on a four-year basis with the possibility of renewal. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

How to Apply:

If you wish to be considered for this position, please complete the Application Form below on or before 8 March 2021.  All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. 

If you have an initial query rather than an application, kindly email us at [email protected].

SRI Executive is exclusively retained by Nordic Development Fund (NDF) to undertake this assignment.

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