Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Project Assistant (Competitiveness, Technology and Innovation Division)

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Job Description

Project Assistant Consultant of the Competitiveness, Technology and Innovation Division (IFD/CTI) Background of this Search: Established in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is the main source of multilateral financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. It provides loans, grants, guarantees, policy advice and technical assistance to the public and private sectors of its borrowing member countries. The Competitiveness, Technology and Innovation Division (IFD/CTI) supports Bank operations in the areas of Science and Technology, Competitiveness and Innovation, as well as Entrepreneurship to strengthen development in the region and promote specific projects that foster national, regional and sector innovation systems. The team’s mission: The CTI Division, provides funding, technical assistance and knowledge products to support governments in key action areas such as firm-level innovation, entrepreneurship ecosystems, green innovation, Digital Transformation, creative economy, social innovation, and productive development. IDB programs in these areas incorporate common themes, such as training in science, technology and innovation for advanced human capital; strengthening scientific and technological infrastructure; designing public policies to promote innovation; strengthening the institutional capacity of the agencies and ministries that are responsible for implementing these policies. CTI is also responsible for the preparation and implementation of the Bank’s Strategy and action plan in all the above-mentioned areas. To address and support member countries in all these topics, the CTI Division requires a core team that can give support to the entire staff group in each one of the production lines. What you’ll do: To assist CTI’s project team leaders throughout the preparation, processing, and execution of the Bank’s operations (including loans, technical cooperation’s, Capacity Building and knowledge products, operational inputs, loans results reports). Provide technical and analytical support to the Division’s project team leaders in their operational and administrative activities. The selected candidate will:
  • Contribute on the preparation and execution of lending operations and technical cooperation.

  • Participate in drafting, proofreading, and processing operational documents, including Development Effectiveness (DEM), Results Matrices, Environmental Safeguard Screening and Classification Forms, Environmental and Social Strategies (ESS), before their submission to the different committees throughout the project cycle.

  • Review project reports for loans and technical cooperation’s 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 project team leaders 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.

  • Manage effective monitoring systems to follow-up on Technical Cooperation and related activities across sectors.

  • Work closely with the Division’s Operations Coordinator to assist in the monitoring of the division’s operations.

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

  • Work closely with the Division’s Resource Planner and Budget Coordinator to assist on administrative requirements and processes that are related to the corporate side of the Division.

  • Provide support on the processing of individual contracts and firms contracts as well as helping on the contract Administration, (using pertinent bank systems) and payment processing requests.

  • Support all administrative tasks that accompany the operations under the assigned portfolio.

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

  • Other tasks as needed

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: Technical studies, associate degree in Business Administration, Economics, or any related field, desirable bachelor’s degree.

  • Experience: Minimum two years of relevant work experience. Having worked at the IDB is a plus.

  • Languages: English and Spanish are required.

Core and Technical Competencies:
  • Advanced computer skills in MS Office, knowledge of Bank’s operating systems (convergence) (iii) knowledge of Bank’s administrative and operational policies and procedures; (v) ability to provide clear, concise and timely information; (vi) ability to work independently, within initiative and responsibility, and establish work priorities; (vii) effective communication orally and in writing with diverse audiences and professional presence through clear and respectful communication; and (viii) ability to work as team member to complete work assignments, achieve common goals, and contribute towards a positive work environment.

Opportunity Summary:
  • Type of contract: Consultant modality, full time,

  • Length of contract: 19 months as a minimum recruitment period. To be defined at the moment of contracting.

  • Location: Washington D.C., Headquarters

  • Responsible Person: Division Chief of IFD/CTI will supervise this consultancy.

  • 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: Our people are committed and passionate about improving lives in Latin-America and the Caribbean, and they get to do what they love in a diverse, collaborative and stimulating work environment. We are the first Latin American and Caribbean development institution to be awarded the EDGE certification, recognizing our strong commitment to Gender Equality. As an employee you can be part of internal resource groups that connect our diverse community around common interests. 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: At the IDB, we’re committed to improving lives. Since 1959, we’ve 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. Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications. “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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