Global Technical Advisor: Innovative Development Finance

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Last update: May 5, 2022 Last update: May 5, 2022


Deadline: May 16, 2022 Deadline for applications has passed
Location: Netherlands Netherlands
Sectors: Environment & NRM, Corporate Social Responsibility Environment & NRM, Corporate Social Responsibility
Job type: Contract, 12 months +
English English
Work experience: From 10 years
Date posted: May 4, 2022
Expected starting date: As soon as possible


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Company Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation that applies practical knowledge to make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty. We use our extensive and long-term in-country presence to apply and adapt our expertise in agriculture, energy, and Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH) to local contexts. SNV has over 1250 staff in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organisation that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence.

In its current Strategic Plan (2019–2022), SNV is explicitly aiming for structural change and scale in its programmes in the agriculture, energy, and WASH sectors, as well as bringing knowledge and initiatives from different programmes together at the country level to contribute to systems change. We position ourselves as a learning organisation striving for excellence and invest in making knowledge flow to and from the frontline.

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Job Description

Innovative development finance mechanisms are increasingly recognized as key instruments to achieve the SDGs and Paris Climate Agreements. There are essentially two goals of innovative development finance in development: i) to mobilise additional finance from existing and new sources; ii) to utilise funds more effectively or efficiently in new sectors, geographies or for new purposes. Recent developments in blended finance, climate finance, green economic recovery, guarantee instruments, insurance, carbon credit financing, payment for environmental services and digital financial services, amongst others, have created more momentum on the potential of innovative financing mechanisms to contribute to systems change aiming to attain the SDGs and Paris Climate Agreements. It is important to ensure that the additional sources of finance leveraged through innovative development finance mechanisms result in the stated desired impacts and do not create negative market distortions, negative development impacts or contribute to inequality.

SNV has gained a relevant track-record in innovative development finance through facilities such as the Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (DFCD), the Innovations Against Poverty (IAP) fund and other facilities (global, regional and country-level) where SNV is involved in the provision of early-stage grants, results-based financing, and technical assistance to catalyse private sector investment, carbon credits finance and microfinance, amongst others. SNV wishes to strengthen its critical understanding and assessment of the effects of these investments, in terms of additionality, target audiences and market distortions. SNV seeks to intensify its engagement in this space ensuring that this engagement contributes to the SDGs and Paris Climate Agreements.

Therefore, SNV is seeking a Global Technical Advisor (GTA) Innovative Development Finance to provide strategic leadership, advisory services and backstopping to projects on innovative development finance mechanisms aimed at delivering sustainable and inclusive impact. The GTA is expected to support the development, inception, safeguarding, implementation, and ongoing assessment of innovative development finance initiatives in SNV’s portfolio of projects. Under the direct supervision of the Managing Director Sectors, the GTA Innovative Development Finance will work closely with the global sector teams of Food, Energy and Water, country offices, as well as the Business Development team.

The GTA will develop innovative solutions and critical metrics, contribute to knowledge and learning, and maintain/expand relations and partnerships with key sector players. The GTA will support SNV Project Managers and project teams to maintain and improve project quality, ensuring knowledge is exchanged between projects and countries to continuously improve our tools and approaches. The GTA will take SNV’s learning to wider audiences in order to increase impact and leads the design of new projects, together with Business Development staff and country teams. The GTA Innovative Development Finance is expected to enhance SNV’s ability to deliver on financial services overall, better meeting the evolving needs of the (sub)sectors and introducing critical awareness about the targeting and additionality of financial services.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Strategy Development: Support identification of SNV’s niche in the innovative development finance landscape, based on an analysis of developments and trends, as well as an internal stocktaking exercise of SNV’s current positioning, track-record and performance. This is expected to cover a diverse range of innovative development finance aspects, including but not limited to: technical assistance provision, business case development, approaches to leveraging private finance, targeting, metrics, evaluation and the potential launch of a stand-alone facility building on SNV’s existing experience. Coordinate and define, with SNV’s Global Sector Teams (Food, Energy, Water), the integration of innovative financing approaches and tools in SNV's products and broader vision on how to transform food, energy and water systems to enable sustainable and more equitable livelihoods for all.
  • Advisory Services, Quality Assurance and Project Cycle Management: Provide advice and support to relevant project and programme staff to implement tools and approaches in innovative development finance according to set standards and safeguards. Develop innovative and relevant methodology enhancements or new products based on experience and external developments, together with other Global Team members and stakeholders.
  • Business Development: Support the Global Sector Teams in design and review quality of new technical proposals on innovative development finance aspects in close collaboration with the global Business Development team. Act as technical lead in business development processes focusing on aspects of innovative development finance.
  • Knowledge and Learning: Support on practice development on aspects of innovative development finance and translate external trends into internal improvement actions and innovations for the 3 sectors.  Support the development, maintenance and updating of the innovative development finance agenda and how it plays out across SNV’s sectors and supports organisational learning.
  • Profiling and positioning: Identify, build and expand global partnerships with appropriate partners and actors within the sector in consultation with the Global Sector Teams. Represent SNV at selected events. Work closely with our Corporate Affairs unit and the Global Sector Heads to develop messaging and engaging in relevant international development debates


·       Master's Degree in Finance, Business Administration, Applied Economics (and management), or any other relevant field.
·       10+ years of relevant working experience, in a role providing financial services, consulting/advisory and/or business administration in the context of development. Balance of hard and soft financial skills.
·       Experience with innovative development finance mechanisms, blended finance and/or leveraging commercial investments in emerging markets targeting sustainable and inclusive impact.

·       Having an extensive (international) network in the innovative development finance sector, including financial institutions, (impact) investors and donors.
·       Proven experience in developing programme strategies, critical evaluation and positioning in innovative development finance, and within an international cooperation context.
·       Deep knowledge and expertise in international commodity supply chains, corporate sustainability (environmental and social issues), and the reality of developing & emerging economies and increasing investment readiness of local companies.
·       Solid expertise and experience with the assessment methods for measuring the target audiences, additionality and broader effects of different financing mechanisms in specific contexts.
·       Strong background in business development with external donors: proven ability and solid experience designing impactful projects and programmes, writing successful proposals and managing international donor relationships.
·       Experience in engaging impact investors, carbon credit financing, public climate funding and payment for environmental services in development programs in food, energy and/or water.
·       International work experience and proven ability to effectively steer, give direction and advice to project managers, effectively coach and lead a team of advisors in a multi-cultural setting.
·       Experience with knowledge management, learning and innovations in development finance.
·       Mastery of interpersonal skills with the ability to be flexible and adaptable.
·       Good communication and negotiation skills as well as intercultural sensitivity.
·       Self-motivated achiever with excellent intercultural leadership, teamwork, coaching, communication, networking and organisational skills.
·       Entrepreneurial, result-oriented and driver for change.
·       Excellent social and networking skills, ability to engage with governments and the private sector including influencing skills and experience of working effectively in a matrix organisation.
·       Experience living and/or working in a developing country will be an advantage.
·       Proficiency in both written and spoken English is required. Proficiency in French is desirable.

Additional Information

Contract Type:                           Full time
Contract Duration:                     2 years with possibility for extension
Expected Start Date:                 As soon as possible
Duty Station:                              Preferably The Hague, The Netherlands (negotiable)
Travel to Projects:                      Approximately 30% (Covid Permitting)

Working at SNV
SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and international working environment. Our staff benefits from, and contribute to, an internal and global network of experts. For more information, please visit our website:

We will require that you provide us with the full details of three people who are willing to act as a reference.  We will not contact these references without your explicit permission.

How to apply?
If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV and motivation letter by 16th of May 2022 by clicking on the link: I'm interested. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Should SNV wish to proceed with your application, two interviews with a Selection Committee will take place. SNV is an equal opportunities employer and female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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