Economics Principal Advisor – Social Sector – HQ, Washington, D.C

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What you will need:

Citizenship: You are a citizen of one of our 48-member countries. We may offer assistance with relocation and visa applications for you and your eligible dependents. 
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: Ph.D. in Economics, Labor Economics, Social Sciences, Political Sciences, Public Policy or other relevant fields.


  • At least 10 years of relevant experience related to the key responsibilities of the position.
  • You are recognized as a leader and authority among peers in the field. 
  • You have a shown experience in similar positions, preferably in Latin America or the Caribbean, including broad experience, at a similar level, in coordinating multidisciplinary teams to develop complex projects in a matrix structure environment, with strong technical background.
  • You combine strong intellectual leadership with: a) a track record of successfully designing or/and implementing projects and programs in the areas described above, and b) broad experience in working with knowledge networks and knowledge dissemination and management.
  • Publications: significant publication record on social issues, preferably on Latin American and Caribbean countries.


Languages: Excellent English and Spanish language proficiency, oral and written, is required. French and Portuguese are a plus.

Expected Values and Behaviors:

The individual is expected to abide by the IDB’s values and behaviors as set forth in the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. 


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Opportunity Summary:  
Type of contract: Fixed -Term
Length of contract: 3 years
Starting date: As soon as possible
Location: IDB Headquarters in Washington, DC. 
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. 


The IDB offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package.

A candidate has been pre-identified for this position and may apply. However, this remains a competitive process and other 
qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will be duly considered. 

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. In the event, the selected candidate cannot relocate to the post of duty, the start date may have to be postponed or temporary work agreement ratified, ad-hoc, in accordance with business needs and applicable policies, with the view of having the candidate physically present in the post of duty by July 1 at the latest, should travel regulations permit it.


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