Gender and Transport Consultant

Technical Support
2100001011 Requisition #

Gender and Transport Consultant


Background of this search:

The Infrastructure and Energy Department (INE), in collaboration with the Gender and Diversity Division (SCL/GDI), is seeking a professional with a background on gender and transport issues, to support gender mainstreaming in transport operations through (i) technical support for projects in design and execution and (ii) knowledge generation and dissemination.

The Bank is committed to improving the lives of women and men and to advancing gender equality across Latin America and the Caribbean. This commitment is clearly articulated in the IDB’s Operational Policy on Gender Equality in Development (2010), (the Gender Policy, OP-761) and the Bank’s Update to the Institutional Strategy 2016-2020 (UIS, AB-3008) which positioned “gender equality and diversity” as one of the institution’s three cross cutting themes. The Gender Policy calls for the development of periodic action plans to ensure that the policy is applied. The Gender Action Plan for Operations (GAP) is a Bank wide instrument that aims to operationalize the policy.

The IDB has made significant improvements integrating a focus on gender equality into its lending operations. For example, the percentage of Sovereign Guarantee (SG) loans that had gender- related analysis, actions and results indicators in design increased from 19% in 2017 to 60% in 2018. INE’s operations exceeded the Bank average, increasing from 18% to 76% of its operations with gender inclusion in design. One key factor contributing to these advances and to overall Gender Policy implementation has been sector-specific technical support.

Given the rapid increase in the inclusion of gender issues in infrastructure project, the demand for gender expertise during the technical supervision of project in execution has increased. As such, the Transport Division seeks additional technical support to improve the mainstreaming gender in both the design and execution of their infrastructure operations.

The team’s mission:

The IDB's Transport Division (INE/TSP) supports the development of transport infrastructure (roads, ports, airports, railways, etc.) and its associated services in the Bank’s member countries. The IDB envisions transport services as a mean towards a more inclusive region and to promote sustainable development. The knowledge strategy of the Division focuses on five strategic areas: Urban Transport, Mega Projects, Freight Logistics, Road Safety, and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). In addition, it also addresses four cross-cutting major challenges: Gender Equality, Sustainable Transport, Nearshoring and Regional Integration, and Impact Evaluation.

Furthermore, the division is actively promoting innovation in project planning, preparation and/or operation of transport projects. From our perspective, innovation in transport can be understood as creating a differential factor (value added) in every stage of a project life cycle: planning, preparation, execution, implementation and operation; while bearing in mind that innovation goes beyond of the incorporation of technology, and it is also related with developing and using new financing instruments, incorporating new theories to analyze and understand behavioral changes, and new regulation schemes; which allows to operate and deliver inclusive and efficient transport services. These topics are particularly important for the post-COVID economic recovery, as the transport sector is a key driver for employment and an enabler of nearshoring opportunities.

What you’ll do:

The consultant will work with TSP to provide technical and analytical support to incorporate gender equality issues and gender-related results in IDB-financed infrastructure operations. The consultant will support operations led by TSP in close coordination with GDI to implement of the following activities:

  • Technical Support for Projects in Design: Provide technical assistance to effectively address gender equality issues in project design for TSP. The specific projects will be defined during the consultancy.
  • Provide brief diagnostic/background information on key gender issues in the transport sector in specific project and country contexts.
  • Participate in project preparation missions and as a team member of TSP loans that are identified as priorities for gender mainstreaming.
  • Design and propose gender-related actions to address gender needs and priorities associated with the project.
  • Recommend indicators for the project that will measure gender-related results.
  • Develop technical inputs to integrate gender-specific criteria and guidance into the project’s operational regulations, as relevant.
  • Prepare progress reports for projects, which includes updating project information within IDB’s operational systems and documents.
  • Coordinate calls for proposals for sector studies, review, and awards processes, prepare Terms of Reference (TOR) and contract packages, follow up on the status of operations, sector consultancies, prepare evaluations.
  • Propose innovative ways to approach and include gender activities and components in all the IDB projects.
  • Technical Support for Projects in Execution: Provide technical assistance to support the effective implementation of gender specific actions and the achievement of gender- related results during project for TSP, ENE and WSA project teams. The specific projects will be defined with each division. Proposed activities include:
  • Provide direct support to IDB project teams and executing agencies to facilitate the implementation of gender-specific project components/activities: prepare Terms of Reference (TOR) and contract packages, support the structuring of pilot projects included in the loans.
  • Monitor results during project execution and prepare progress reports on the execution of gender related actions.
  • Participate in project supervision missions for TSP loans that are identified as priorities for gender mainstreaming in project execution.
  • Support TSP to document good practices and lessons learned for a subset of emblematic projects that mainstream gender in project execution.
  • Knowledge Generation and Dissemination: Generate products and activities to expand knowledge of gender mainstreaming in infrastructure and support the dissemination of such products. Proposed activities include:
  • Participate in the design, implementation and monitoring of TSP technical cooperations that address issues related to gender and infrastructure.
  • Develop specific gender and transport knowledge products.
  • Design and support of learning events to disseminate the content of knowledge products and good practices.
  • Support the dissemination of knowledge and operational results in the Bank social network (blogs, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn).
  • Support TSP in preparing/updating their sectoral gender action plans.

Deliverables and Payments timeline:

The selected candidate will deliver the following products:

  • Deliverable 1:

Strategy for accelerating the execution of gender related activities included in transport projects approved between 2016 y 2020.

  • Deliverable 2:

First draft of the gender and transport annexes for all the transport projects in Pipeline A y B for 2022 (including diagnostic, proposed intervention, indicators, and budget).

  • Deliverable 3:

First draft of the publication assessing the impacts of pilot programs to train women as heavy machinery operators.

  • Deliverable 4:

Progress report of the execution of gender related activities included in transport projects.

  • Deliverable 5:

Communications materials (Power point presentations, booklets, 3 short blog posts written in collaboration with the team).

  • Deliverable 6:

Final version of the gender and transport annexes for all the transport projects in Pipeline A y B for 2022.

The payment schedule will be as following:

  • First payment: 20% after approving Deliverable 1.
  • Second payment: 20% after approving Deliverable 2.
  • Third payment: 20% after approving Deliverable 3.
  • Fourth payment: 20% after approving Deliverable 4.
  • Fifth payment: 20% after approving Deliverable 5.
  • Sixth payment: 20% after approving Deliverable 6.

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 its equivalent experience in economics, social sciences, international development, engineering, or other relevant fields.
  • Experience: Minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience in the field of international development, with knowledge of social development and gender issues in transport projects. Also, two years of experience in conducting econometric analysis, providing statistical and economical support, preparing background analysis (literature review), and data collecting (drafting survey questionnaires).
  • Languages: Proficiency in two of the official Bank languages required (preferably Spanish and English). Working knowledge of one of the Bank’s additional official languages (e.g., Portuguese) will be highly valued.

Core and Technical Competencies:

Familiarity with infrastructure projects financed by the IDB or other IFIs. Excellent operational, analytical, and writing skills. Facility with performing detail-oriented tasks, and ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

  • Soft Skills:

Self-management, flexibility, relationship building, results-driven, with strong communication skills. Strong ability to quickly absorb and process large quantities of complex information and produce concise analyses of the issues at hand. Ability to write clear and precise analytical documents and to adapt communication style to different audiences.

  • Technical skills:

Strong technical and analytical skills for development of economics and social analysis from a multidisciplinary perspective. In-depth knowledge and working experience in the design of development projects (vertical logic, theory of change, and SMART indicators).

Opportunity Summary:

  • Type of contract and modality: Products and External Services Consultant (PEC) Lump Sum.
  • Length of contract: 12 months
  • Location: Consultant residence
  • Responsible person: Transport Specialist, Transport Division
  • 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 all diversity and encourage women, LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, afro-descendants, and indigenous people 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.


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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