Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Remote Winter Internship Program (Research Department + Behavioral Economics)

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Job Description

2021 IDB Remote Winter Internship Program | Research Department + Behavioral Economics Background of this search: The Behavioral Economics Group is looking for an active master’s degree or Ph.D. student, OR a recent graduate (from graduate level) with studies in behavioral sciences, economics, psychology and/or empirical methods and a strong background in data Analysis to be hired as a Remote Winter Intern under Products and External Services Consultant (PEC) modality.   The team’s mission: For nearly a decade now, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has included behavioral insights in its projects, in country dialogue, and in policy Design. By using insights from behavioral economics, at IDB we have been able to improve educational outcomes and higher education decisions, we have increased individual savings and social security contributions, we have promoted greater tax compliance and the cancellation of debts with the fiscal, we are improving the health indicators of children and adults, and we are improving the relationship between citizens and institutions, among many others. The Behavioral Economics Group is a specialized inter-departmental working group with the mission of deepening these efforts to improve policy design using behavioral insights while situating the IDB at the forefront of the topic in Latin America and the Caribbean. The research department (RES) oversees the activities of the Group working alongside with the different IDB departments and member countries. Our goals are: (1) to build institutional capacity at the IDB and in the region about behavioral insights; (2) to generate new knowledge through country-based interventions and; (3) to disseminate results and best practices.   What you will do:  
  • Perform Data Analysis of 2-3 ongoing behavioral interventions in health, public services compliance, gender, and social norms.

  • Write 5-6 behavioral briefs of finished behavioral interventions (health and Covid-19, water, heuristics training).

  • Review and edit policy and technical documents, such as an applied behavioral economics handbook for better public policy design.

  • Build a knowledge matrix of behavioral insights (reviewing and compiling literature) by tool, country, sector, and short summary

Deliverables and Payments timeline: Deliverable 1: 5-6 behavioral briefs according to template, detailing interventions (health and COVID-19, water, heuristics training). Deliverable 2: Files of data analysis of interventions on health, public services compliance, gender and social norms. Deliverable 3: Handbook of applied behavioral economics for better public policy design with track changes Deliverable 3: Knowledge matrix of behavioral insights in Excel.   The payment schedule will be as following: 25% on January 30, 25% on February 15, 25% on February 28, and 25% on March 15, 2021. What you will need:
  • Education: Active master's degree student OR recent graduate from a graduate program (maximum of 1 year after graduation date) in behavioral science, economics and/or psychology in an accredited university.

  • Experience: Minimum two years of experience.

  • Languages: Be proficient in English and Spanish.

  • Soft Skills: Self-management, flexibility, dependability, relationship building, results-driven, with strong communication skills.

  • Technical skills: strong analytical and programming skills, with experience using quantitative and qualitative empirical methods and software packages as well as good writing skills. Medium knowledge about behavioral insights required.

  Remote Internship under PEC modality Requirements: To be part of our Remote Internship you will need to comply with all the following requirements:
  • Be a national of any IDB member country.

  • Be minimum 23 years of age as of the starting date of the remote winter internship.

  • Be an active master’s degree or Ph.D. student; OR be a recent graduate (up to 1-year after graduation) from a graduate level program in an accredited university.

  • Not be former staff member, Complementary Workforce (“CW”), contractors for the Corporation or the Bank or have previously provided services to the Corporation or the Bank through a contractor or under any other contractual modality.

  • Not have family members (up to fourth degree of consanguinity and second degree of affinity, including spouse) working at the IDB or IDB Invest.

  • Have access to Internet connection.

Opportunity Summary:
  • Type of contract and modality: Remote Winter Intern hired under Products and External Services Consultant (PEC) modality

  • Length of contract: Two months

  • Internship date: January 16 to March 15, 2021

  • Location: Remote

  • Responsible person: Economics Principal Technical Leader RES/RES

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.   We encourage women, afro-descendants, people of indigenous origins, and persons with disabilities to apply. About us: At the Inter-American Development Bank, 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.   Accessibility, Logistics, and Expenses: In case of providing services on your post of hire, or an alternate location, the contractual remote intern will be responsible for setting telephone and computer accesses required to provide the services under this Agreement. The contractual remote intern is fully responsible for any expenses incurred for these purposes, such as but not limited to computer, phone lines and/or network connections. Also, the intern must be accessible to be contacted and respond within a reasonable time frame (1 day) by means of telephone and/or e-mail for matters related to this contract. Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.   Additional Information





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