Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Director of The Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Job Description


The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is the largest and oldest regional multilateral development institution. It was established in 1959 to help accelerate economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB is based in Washington, D.C. and is now reviewing candidates for the following Executive staff position:

Director of the Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (ICIM)

The ICIM Director will have overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the ICIM, oversight, supervision, and management of all ICIM employees (including the Consultation Phase Coordinator and Compliance Review Phase Coordinator, operations and administrative staff, and consultants). He or she will be responsible for the effective and efficient delivery of ICIM’s work program, and for managing and overseeing the ICIM operations and budget. The ICIM Director may delegate some duties, as needed, to other ICIM employees. However, the ICIM Director is accountable for the overall proper functioning, organization, and integrity of the ICIM. The ICIM Director will serve for a five-year term with one renewable term if the Board of Executive Directors (the Board) so approves. He or she will serve at the discretion of the Board. His or her employment may be terminated by the Board at its discretion; any severance payment will be made in accordance with the Bank’s staff rules.
The ICIM Director will report directly to the Board and will review his/her work program periodically with the Board. He or She will be independent of Bank Management. The ICIM Director will be subject to the IDB Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, Access to Information Policy, and other Bank policies, and will protect against conflicts of interest that could weaken the objectivity and integrity of the ICIM Office.

Key responsibilities include:
  • Provides leadership and direction to the ICIM team and oversees the attainment of objectives, operational goals, guidelines, and work programs for the Office.

  • Establishes and manages the ICIM’s work program and budget, and manages all ICIM employees to ensure effective and timely handling of all Mechanism Requests.

  • Consults with the Board regarding questions on the interpretation of policies as applicable to the ICIM, if needed.

  • Meets with the relevant Board Committee Chair in order to keep the members of the Committee and of the Board informed of the ICIM’s activities. Produces reports for the Board, as needed.

  • Calls regular staff meetings to share information and promote teamwork.

  • Intervenes and resolves any issues arising from the interaction and synergies of the ICIM employees as they interact in their respective areas of functioning.

  • Supervises the work of the ICIM employees, approves their work programs and administrative authorizations, including engagement of contractuals, leave, mission travel, and expenses.

  • Consults with the Human Resources Department to build a roster of independent experts (e.g., in areas such as mediation, dispute resolution, compliance, auditing, resettlement, indigenous peoples, environmental and social safeguard policies, among others).

  • Hires staff and consultants as needed in accordance with Bank policies and procedures and within the available budget.

  • Reviews and monitors the status of all current and ongoing ICIM cases, ensuring time frames are met, as well as quality control and the integrity of the ICIM process.

  • Establishes internal operating procedures or guidelines in collaboration with the Consultation and Compliance Review Phase staff.

  • Oversees the receipt of Requests, notice of receipt, and determines eligibility of Requests in consultation with the Consultation Phase Coordinator and the Compliance Review Phase Coordinator.

  • Ensures the integrity and quality of the reports issued by the ICIM and their compliance with Bank policies and procedures.

  • Presents ICIM budget requests to the Board annually and ensures adherence to budgetary levels established by the Board.

  • Ensures adherence by the entire ICIM to pertinent administrative and personnel rules and the adoption of proper workplace practices and behaviors.

  • Ensures maintenance and updating of the ICIM website, inclusive of the Public Registry, as well as maintenance of an archive system.

  • Assumes other functions related to the ICIM as may be prescribed by the Board.



Education: Advanced degree (master’s or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (business administration, public administration, project management, sociology, anthropology, economics, environmental studies, law, international relations, engineering, or other fields relevant to international development).


  • Proven leadership and management skills; management experience in a multicultural environment; and experience in the Latin American and Caribbean region. Demonstrated track record of leading an organizational office or team and managing change.

  • Knowledge of and experience in project and personnel management, including budget management experience. Minimum of 12 years of relevant experience. Understanding of and experience in international development and multilateral financial institutions and private sector financing in Latin America and the Caribbean are preferred and desirable.

  • Knowledge of and experience with other independent accountability mechanisms is considered valuable.

  • Demonstrated integrity and independence. Ability to deal objectively, impartially, and efficiently with the Requests brought to the Mechanism.

  • Demonstrated results orientation. Proven ability to formulate objectives, set priorities, identify and optimize the use of resources, and drive results.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience and skill with supervision and management. Proven ability for team-building and consensus-building. Ability to work and incorporate diverse views from stakeholders.

Languages: Command of Spanish and English is required; proficiency in Portuguese and/or French is a plus.


  • Enabling performance and growth: Delivers results by recruiting the right talent, coaching, and mentoring staff, and effectively managing people and resources. Sets performance standards and provides feedback and guidance to drive growth and continuous improvement.

  • Promoting diversity and inclusion: Models inclusive behaviors and leverages diversity to achieve business results.

  • Strategic leadership: Understands the strategic issues facing the IDB, setting business priorities which translate into initiatives that provide the greatest value for the organization. Is future-oriented, taking a broad and long-term view of options, challenges, and opportunities.

  • Leading change: Charts a new course by demonstrating support for innovation and by defining the organizational changes needed for improving business effectiveness. Gains the necessary support to implement key changes.

  • Managing paradoxes: Remains energized and focused, even when faced with conflicting interests between own expectations and organizational demands and pressures. Executes leadership decisions in the face of adversity and ambiguity.

Below you will find the link to the terms of reference for this position in Spanish, Portuguese and French:


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