Environmental Safeguards Support to Operations

Technical Support
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Environmental Safeguards Support to Operations

Background of this search:

The Environmental and Social Solutions Unit (ESG) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is responsible for ensuring that IDB financed projects and other activities are environmentally and socially sustainable and comply with the Bank’s environmental and social policies. Specialists in ESG provide the Bank and its borrowers with guidance on environmental and social safeguard issues and participate in project teams, providing technical input on social and environmental issues during project preparation/due-diligence and supervision.

ESG is seeking an experienced and highly motivated environmental consultant to join a group of social and environmental professionals that provide technical support, direction and leadership in promoting the Bank's strategic environmental and social priorities ensuring that IDB financed projects and other activities are environmentally and socially sustainable.
The Consultant will support the design and implementation of the Bank's operations and will ensure they comply with the IDB's safeguards policies and internationally recognized best practices.

The team’s mission:

The broad objective of the consultancy is to support ESG in the preparation and supervision of high risk and/or complex public-sector projects for countries in LAC.
The consultant will provide guidance on environmental safeguard issues as member of project teams, generally working alongside environmental specialists from ESG, during project preparation and supervision.

What you’ll do:
  • Support ESG in the preparation and supervision of projects in the public sector focusing on the environmental aspects.
  • Support ESG on an "as needed basis" in the performance of the environmental safeguards review of proposed operations as part of the policy compliance assurance process (Environmental and Social Strategy preparation, due diligence preparation, Environmental and Social Management Report preparation, and project supervision) and its documentation.
  • Support ESG in the development and management of research and training programs.
  • Support ESG in tracking and reporting project data, especially in the area of safeguard performance.
  • Support ESG staff in the preparation of, key documents including but not limited to aide memoires, technical cooperation proposals, and terms of reference for specific environmental assessment and management activities related to projects assigned.
The following table shows a list of possible projects that have been pre-identified for this consultancy, other projects may be assigned during the contract according to need and agreement between the supervisor and consultant.


Integral Strengthening of the Health Services Networks and the Nutrition Program in Bolivia


Water, Basic Sanitation, and Electrification Program for the Colombian Pacific R


Santiago Province Urban-Rural water and sanitation integration project


Rehabilitation and Expansion of Puerto Manzanillo


Program to Strengthen the Institutional Healthcare Service Network (PRORISS)

Community Health Program for Rural Municipios

Programa Multisectorial de Atención a Determinantes de la Salud en el Corredor Seco


The consultant will have missions either virtual or physical to the countries where the projects are located. TORs must be drafted and approved by the supervisor for every mission the consultant participates in and informed to ESG Front Office according to ESG administrative manual for processing.

Every report must be submitted to the corresponding supervisor in an electronic file. The report should include cover, main document, and all annexes. Zip files will not be accepted as final reports, due to Records Management Section regulations.


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: Master’s degree or equivalent in environmental management, environmental engineering, environmental sciences or related field.
  • Experience: A minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience desired in the fields mentioned above and also in project research, data collection, analysis and summary, review of environmental assessments including biodiversity aspects, disaster risks impacts among others, good communication and writing skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of teams.
  • Languages: Fluency in spoken and written English and Spanish, Portuguese desirable.
Core and Technical Competencies: 
  • Technical knowledge: knowledge of and experience in implementing the IDB’s various policies relating to environmental and social safeguards.
  • Project Management: experience leading the environmental and social due diligence and supervision of Bank financed projects.
  • Communication, Collaboration and Teamwork: excellent communication skills in English and Spanish with positive experiences collaborating with IDB clients, internal and external.
Opportunity Summary: 
  • Type of contract: International. Consultant (CNS), Full-Time. 
  • Length of contract: 12 months.
  • Location: The work will be performed at the IDB Headquarters in Washington, DC with missions to the project countries assigned as per portfolio in LAC.
  • 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 are committed 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. 

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.”

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