Green Finance Lead Specialist

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Green Finance Lead Specialist 


Background: The Connectivity, Markets and Finance Division (IFD/CMF) is looking for a Financial Sector Lead Specialist to contribute the division’s efforts in green finance. The specialist will play an important role in the design and implementation of programs to scale up private investments supporting the transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient future while also leading the strategic partnership and knowledge exchange initiatives.


Our team: Our division develops funding mechanisms and risk mitigation structures to mobilize private sector investments and to support public investments in public-private partnerships, capital markets development, digital connectivity infrastructure and green financing. We also conduct extensive work on financial markets regulation, digital transformation and FinTech while adhering to the highest standards of sustainability and inclusion. Our division also bring innovative risk financing instruments and insurance mechanisms to foster financial resilience building to natural disasters, climate extremes and other relevant threats.
In terms of green finance, the division works collaboratively with policymakers, financial institutions, and civil society organizations to support a climate-resilient future with investments that will boost economic growth, generate new jobs, and set the region on a more sustainable and inclusive development path. Mobilizing national and international private capital, IFD/CMF helps to build the institutional and technical capabilities of financial intermediaries and defines a clear framework to guide capital towards interventions with high potential for socio-economic, environmental and climate benefits as the operational levers of this coordinated approach.

What you’ll do:

Support the public financial sector in LAC to address its specific climate change and sustainability challenges and its needs to scale up green finance in the region through:


  • The identification, preparation and delivery of sovereign-guaranteed loan and/or guarantee operations.
  • The design of strategic partnership efforts and coordination with other multilateral, bilateral agencies, donors and all relevant international initiatives.
  • The identification of additional sources of funding and the preparation of technical assistance proposals.
  • The promotion of technical dialogues with government authorities.
  • The preparation and execution of technical assistance programs to support climate change initiatives in the public financial sector in the LAC Region. 
  • The coordination of the climate finance mainstreaming efforts in all IFD/CMF operations.
  • The coordination of outreach programs and alliances including knowledge sharing networks with relevant regional and international partners.
  • The development of green finance knowledge and dissemination strategy. 


What you’ll need: 

Education: You have a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Economics, Finance, Public Affairs, Engineering, Mathematics, or other relevant field. 
Experience: You have at least 10 years of relevant work experience in finance, economics or related fields from the public and/or private financial sector, or multilateral organizations, mainly focused on the development of new energy financial products, climate finance, green financial instruments and project management in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Languages: Proficiency in at least two of the Bank’s official languages (English and Spanish). Proven understanding of an additional official IDB Group language (Portuguese and French) is a plus.


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Opportunity Summary:  
Type of contract:  Staff Fixed Term
Length of contract: 3 years
Starting date: Upon agreement
Location: Headquarters, Washington  D.C., USA. The IDB reserves the right to reassign the staff member to a different location based on business needs. Frequent travel may be required.
Requirements: You must be a citizen of one of the 48 IDB 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 innovative 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. 


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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