Country reports of Barbados, Costa Rica, Jamaica and comparative Policy White Paper on the institutional context for delivering sustainable infrastructure services in targeted sub-sectors

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Country reports of Barbados, Costa Rica, Jamaica and comparative Policy White Paper on the institutional context (including procurement systems) for delivering sustainable infrastructure services in targeted sub-sectors including recommendations for future analyses and action


Background of this search: Sustainable Infrastructure is central to achieving the common global goals as defined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement, and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. Decisions on infrastructure made today will lock in development trajectories where a 2-degree world will be impossible and where infrastructure will be increasingly susceptible to physical climate risks. Without sustainable infrastructure, it will not be possible to meet the growing demands for energy, transport, logistics, communications, water, and sanitation services in growing cities (New Climate Economy 2016). Despite this, the global community is not meeting the scale of investment required and much of the infrastructure being planned and constructed is not sustainable.

The main challenges related to sustainable infrastructure are (1) weaknesses in the institutional contexts for delivering sustainable infrastructure; (2) failure to design and implement infrastructure projects with high sustainability standards; and, (3) financing mechanisms that are not aligned to effectively address climate related risks or to mobilize new sources of finance.

It is against this backdrop that the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Climate Change Division (CSD/CCS) jointly with its Infrastructure and Energy Department (INE/INE) through a regional Economic Sector Work (ESW RG-K1384), builds on previous work done by the IDB Group on sustainable infrastructure, to advance the incorporation of sustainable infrastructure within the Bank’s own operations, as well as within LAC countries’ infrastructure investments.

As part of its efforts to address these challenges, the IDB Group has developed and published a framework for sustainable infrastructure in May 2018 (see “What is Sustainable Infrastructure? – A Framework to Guide Sustainability Across the Project Cycle” for more details). The framework provides guidance for the public and private sector to support the planning, designing, and financing of infrastructure that is economically/financially, socially, environmentally and institutionally sustainable. Furthermore, IDB together with The Brookings Institution in April 2019 launched a new report “Attributes and Framework for Sustainable Infrastructure” (available to contracted consultants).

The team’s mission: Specifically, to tackle the challenge of institutional contexts for delivering sustainable infrastructure, IDB has recently developed a Sustainable Infrastructure Upstream Framework together with The Brookings Institution and has applied it to three countries in Latin America (Peru, Colombia, Mexico) as part of the ESW in 2018. The framework and the results of the country analyses will provide a basis for strengthening the capacity of relevant country systems, institutions, and individuals involved in the upstream institutional context. They are hence crucial in unlocking sustainable infrastructure pipelines at scale.

This assignment will build on and refine further the methodology used to assess the institutional contexts in those countries (available to contracted consultants) and to produce one comparative Policy White Paper based on case studies of Barbados, Jamaica, Costa Rica.


The overall objective of this assignment is to generate understanding of institutional contexts that enable and support the delivery of sustainable infrastructure.

What you’ll do:
The consultant will
  • Deliver three case studies (Barbados, Costa Rica, Jamaica) on institutional contexts to support the delivery of sustainable infrastructure in LAC with a focus on Central America and the Caribbean.
  • Deliver a comparative Policy White Paper building on the 2018 ESW incorporating an analytical framework and three case studies (Barbados, Costa Rica, Jamaica) on institutions to support delivery of sustainable infrastructure in LAC with a focus on Central America and the Caribbean
Key Activities 
  • Country case studies.
  • In close coordination with FMM and specialists in the country offices, apply a revised methodological approach in three additional countries (Barbados, Costa Rica, Jamaica). Work on the country case studies will involve desk research, stakeholder analyses, interviews with relevant local stakeholders (following approval by IDB), participation in a kick-off workshop in Washington DC, and possibly an interim workshop. Consultants shall pay attention to procurement processes, and specifically also to the conditions for private sector participation (PPP). The data stock-take shall explicitly highlight any gaps versus established good practice, both in terms of the laws, rules, regulations and organizational set-ups formally in place and in terms of common practice (implementation gap). While the case studies will look at the institutional context to deliver sustainable infrastructure more broadly, there should be a focus on aspects of (climate) resilience due to its importance in the Caribbean region. Furthermore, the country case studies shall look at one specific sub-sector in more depth, most likely transportation (tbc).
  • Present key findings to IDB in MS PowerPoint format at an internal workshop and incorporate any comments; deliver elaborated case studies in MS Word Format.
  • Comparative Policy White Paper.
  • In coordination with the Fiscal Management Division (FMM) and IDB Group country economists, produce a comparative Policy White Paper on the key steps for improving country platforms for delivering sustainable infrastructure covering the Caribbean and Central America (Barbados, Costa Rica, Jamaica).
  • Present the key findings at an internal workshop at the IDB.
  • Submit final Policy White Papers in line with structure agreed with IDB. 
  • Three Country Case Studies (Barbados, Costa Rica, Jamaica).
  • Comparative Policy White Paper.
Payment Timeline:
  • 10% upon kick-off.
  • 50% upon submission of three country case studies.
  • 30% upon sign off on Policy White Paper.
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 and Experience: MSc, MPhil or similar, PhD advantageous. Academic background preferably in public administration, law, or political economy, or engineering/architecture combined with additional policy qualifications.
  • Experience: Minimum 10 years professional work experience including in an international context and in LAC. Previous experience in government related to infrastructure a plus, preferably in LAC, and ideally in the countries to be analyzed. Experience working with/at MDBs a plus.  Strong regional expertise – especially Caribbean region / countries to be analyzed, infrastructure expertise, public administration, policy-making, public law, previous experience working in government related to infrastructure advantageous, sustainability expertise (economic/financial, institutional, social, environmental – including climate, resilience), in-depth expertise working with and/or creating indices, especially for comparing country performance of their institutional frameworks, business environments or similar. Specific country expertise, ideally resident researcher (or similar) in those countries. 
  • Skills: Report drafting, analytical frameworks, gap analysis, stakeholder analysis/mapping, cost-benefit analysis, regulatory impact analysis, policy sequencing / change management / organizational change, organization of drafting/consultation processes, incl. events. Strong regional networks in LAC (especially Caribbean region and countries to be analyzed) related to infrastructure, incl. in government, regional/international organizations, donor/community/foundations, business, civil society, academia/think tanks.
  • Languages: Excellent command of oral and written English and Spanish required. 
Opportunity Summary:
  • Consultancy Category & Modality: PEC Consultant
  • Location: Remote work from consultant's place of residence.
  • Responsible person: Sector Principal Specialist (CSD/CCS) who will provide comments to any reports, approve reports, documents, work, and give instructions for any changes. The Sector Principal Specialist may delegate such tasks to other team members. It shall be the Firm’s responsibility for ensuring that such meetings are conducted, and such reports are submitted to the Bank.
  • Reporting Requirements: The consultant will prepare reports in English language and deliver them in Microsoft Word. docx format (final report) and MS PowerPoint .ppt (interim results presentation, final results summary) and in case of delivery of any databases or similar in Microsoft Excel .xlsx format.
  • Other Requirements: (Bank policy GN-2765-1 does not allow the procurement of goods and related services except when such goods and related services are necessary to achieve the objectives of the Bank-executed Operational Work and are included in the consulting services contract and represent less than ten percent (10%) of the consulting services contract value.)  If it is determined that acquisition of goods is necessary by the consulting firm, please add a very detailed technical specification of the minimum requirement of said goods.
  • 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.  


We encourage women, afro-descendants, people of indigenous origins, and persons with disabilities 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. 

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