Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Operations Investment Consultant (Lab Investment Unit)

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Job Description

  Background: At the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB Group), we are devoted to improving lives. Since 1959, we have been a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social, and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. We do more than lending though. We partner with our 48-member countries to provide Latin America and the Caribbean with cutting-edge research about relevant development issues, policy advice to inform their decisions, and technical assistance to improve on the planning and execution of projects. For this, we need people who not only have the right skills, but also are passionate about improving lives. IDB Lab is the innovation laboratory of the Inter-American Development Bank Group. It mobilizes financing, knowledge, and connections to support entrepreneurs to catalyze innovation that can drive inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean. IDB Lab believes that innovation is a powerful tool that can transform this region, as it provides with unprecedented opportunities to solve long-standing problems that are preventing vulnerable populations to improve their quality of live. IDB Lab provides financing and support to private sector driven projects or enterprises that advance innovative approaches, and test new models or technologies with the potential to address social, economic, and environmental development problems affecting vulnerable populations in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Investment Unit (INV) at IDB Lab is the unit responsible to originate and manage the portfolio of reimbursable operations. For over 25 years, IDB Lab has been a pioneer in developing the early-stage innovation ecosystem, as well as in supporting initiatives to advance new business models –with potential for scalability— that facilitate inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region. A key means to advance these goals has been the use of a range of reimbursable financing instruments at its disposal, notably direct investments in companies showing innovative models, and indirect investments through venture capital (VC) funds. IDB Lab has the largest portfolio of early-stage and innovative companies (300+), including the investment in over 55+ venture capital funds as Limited Partner, and an extensive portfolio of loans. IDB Lab is looking for an Operations Consultant, focused on its Investment Unit, to provide operational management of the financial project cycle and funnel of investment opportunities to be appraised in each phase of its approval process, in close cooperation with colleagues and units of IDB Lab. He/she would need to handle multiple tasks, be proactive and able to act independently but also possess the judgement required to know when to consult. He/she would need to be diplomatic and engaged, ambitious, very hard-working, and well-organized. Given IDB Lab’s mission, we are looking for someone who is passionate about using technology as a means to provide services to internal clientele in a way never imagined before. What you’ll do:
  • Manage INV’s project cycle throughout the funnel of appraisal and approval, from origination of opportunities to deployment of first disbursements, assuring operational targets are met, and closely coordinating with other IDB Lab operative unit (Discovery), assuring the operative program of IDB Lab is on track in terms of number, volume and breakdown of projects.

  • Work closely with IDB Lab’s Chief Investment Officer, and INV colleagues to proactively assist in the monitoring and management of the Unit’s financial operations.

  • Support different project teams in the workflow related to operational documents, which may include: participate in drafting, proofreading, and processing operational documents, including Results Matrices, budget, iDELTA, Environmental Safeguard Screening and Classification Forms, Environmental and Social Strategies (ESS), Convergence system, etc. before their submission to the different committees through the project cycle.

  • Participate in project teams to Design, approve, and implement IDB Lab equities and loans and other instruments.

  • Review project reports for loans and equities’ in accordance with Bank’s policies, guidelines, and procedures.

  • Establish and monitor calendar for the preparation of operations, ensuring teams understand their obligations and the relevant milestones for its final approval.

  • Provide guidance to the team in HQ and Country Offices on the preparation, scheduling, and processing of Bank operations.

  • Prepare memos and other communications required for document processing and distribution (example aide memoires).

  • As assigned, maintain and update operation and mission related activities within Bank Systems.

  • Coordinates official travel, telephone/video conferences, staff meetings and meetings with internal and outside guests.

  • Attend project operational review meetings and prepare minutes if needed.

  • Publish approved documents in the Bank’s Internet website, as regulated by policy OP-102 and document GN-1831-36.

  • Have knowledge of regulations and procedures of the Bank to effectively perform each of the processes under responsibility.

  • Assists in the preparation of abstracts, Donors Memorandums and give support to the team to apply products requirements and procedures to comply with institutional guidelines, and liaison with IDB Labs communications team.

What you’ll need:
  • Citizenship: You are a citizen of one of our 48-member countries

  • Consanguinity: You have no family members (up to fourth degree of consanguinity and second degree of affinity, including spouse) working at the IDB Group.

  • Education: Bachelor's degree in areas related to business Administration, economics, finance, Latin America regional studies as well as graduates in other fields such as anthropology, engineering, Computer Science or liberal arts who have taken some business courses.

  • Experience: A minimum of 3 years of relevant experience

  • Language: Proficiency in English and Spanish, both oral and written.

Core and Technical Competencies:
  • Project management and attention to detail, excellent skills in managing business processes with organization and method

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks is a must

  • Excellent excel and data organization skills

  • Great interpersonal skills both with colleagues and clients, highly collaborative and great communication skills

  • Basic understanding and passion for disruptive technologies and the venture capital sector, excellent organizational and project assistance skills, web savvy

  • Understanding and familiarity with IDB tools and systems is a plus

Opportunity Summary
  • Consultancy Category & Modality: Consultant Full Time

  • Contract Duration: 12 months

  • Location: Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

  • Supervisor: Chief Investment Officer

  • Requirements: You must be a citizen of one of the IDB’s 48 member countries and have no family members currently working at the IDB Group.

Our culture: Working with us you will be surrounded by a diverse group of people who have years of experience in all types of development fields, including transportation, health, gender and diversity, communications and much more. Because we are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace diversity based on gender, age, education, national origin, ethnic origin, race, disability, sexual orientation, and religion. We encourage women, Afro-descendants and persons of indigenous origins to apply. About us: The Multilateral Investment Fund (IDB Lab), member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDBG) serves as an IDBG innovation laboratory to promote development through the private sector by identifying, supporting, testing, and piloting new solutions to development challenges and seeking to create opportunities for the poor and vulnerable populations in the Latin American and Caribbean Region. The IDB Lab works with leading organizations to facilitate and foster the generation of scalable solutions to the challenges facing Latin America and the Caribbean. Most of our partners are known for their potential to innovate, their local knowledge and their ability to promote and scale the solutions developed within our partnership. Visa and Work Permit: The Bank, pursuant to applicable policies, may submit a visa request to the applicable immigration authorities; however, the granting of the visa is at the discretion of the immigration authorities. Notwithstanding, it is the responsibility of the candidate to obtain the necessary visa or work permits required by the authorities of the country(ies) in which the services will be rendered to the Bank. If a candidate cannot obtain a visa or work permit to render services to the Bank the contractual offer will be rescinded “Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic and its implications for our Region, the IDB Group is reviewing its hiring needs and re-prioritizing its areas of talent acquisition. We encourage candidates to continue to apply to the active postings, yet current job openings may be subject to further decisions in terms of timing of the processes, or other actions, in accordance with business needs. Final hiring decisions may also be conditioned to the candidate’s ability to timely relocate to the post of duty at the moment of starting service.” Additional Information

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