Gender and Diversity Specialist – Headquarters

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Gender and Diversity Specialist – Headquarters


Are you passionate about improving people’s lives? How about joining us?


Background: We are currently looking for a Gender and Diversity Specialist to join our Gender and Diversity (GDI) Division. You will contribute to our operational and economic and sector work program in Latin America and the Caribbean particularly focusing on the supervision of our broad portfolio, both through direct investments and through the mainstreaming of gender and diversity in other Bank operations.

Our Social Sector (SCL) is a multidisciplinary team convinced that investing in people is the way to improve lives and overcome the development challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean. Jointly with the countries in the region, the Social Sector formulates public policy solutions to reduce poverty and improve the delivery of education, work, social protection, and health services. Our objective is to advance a more productive region, with equal opportunities for men and women, and greater inclusion of the most vulnerable groups.


The team: The Gender and Diversity (GDI) Division promotes gender equality, development with identity of Indigenous Peoples, and inclusion of persons with disabilities, African Descendants and LGBTQ+ persons, while using the talent and potential from individuals in these population groups to promote social and economic development in the region. It prepares and supervises direct and indirect investments, technical assistance, analytical work, and training. 


What you’ll do:

  • Lead or participate in the origination, conceptualization and preparation of operations with other team members and respective authorities.
  • Lead or assist in the supervision of the execution and the monitoring and evaluation of operations for which the IDB has approved financing.
  • Support other Bank teams in the mainstreaming of gender and diversity in operational, analytical, and strategic activities (including country strategies, country development challenges, and other), with a focus on the Panama portfolio.
  • Collaborate with and support the activities of the IDB Invest and IDB Lab, within the IDB Group.
  • Develop and apply innovative economic and sector analytic work to support the preparation of country, sector and regional strategies, loan operations and technical assistance programs in areas of gender and diversity.
  • Engage in policy dialogue with Government authorities and development partners based on your proven knowledge of the topics, development challenges of client countries, and IDB policies, strategies and guidelines.
  • Lead or participate in ground-breaking research on gender and diversity topics. 
  • Share and disseminate economic/sector knowledge and learning tools to improve the relevance of the IDB to borrowing countries and the region.
  • Build networks and actively engage with gender and diversity specialists in other multilateral and bilateral institutions, academic institutions, think-tanks, NGOs and professional bodies to promote cooperative research initiatives. 

What you’ll need:


  • Education: You hold a Ph.D. degree in social sciences, applied economics or related field.
  • Experience: You have at least 6 years of relevant and substantive development policy and operational experience.
  • Languages: You are proficient in Spanish and English. Your Portuguese or French knowledge would be a plus.


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Opportunity Summary:
Type of contract: Fixed term
Length of contract: 3 years
Starting date: May 1st, 2021 
Location:  Washington DC, USA


Requirements: You are citizen of one of the IDB’s 48-member countries and have no family members currently working at the IDB Group.
As an international specialist, you will be expected to rotate between country assignments every 3 to 5 years. 

Our culture: Working with us you will be surrounded by a diverse group of people who have years of experience in all types of development fields, including transportation, health, gender and diversity, communications and much more.

About us: At the Inter-American Development Bank, we’re devoted 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.

Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications. 

The IDB is committed to diversity and inclusion and 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.


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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