IDB Invest - Principal Investment Officer – Food and Agribusiness

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IDB Invest- Principal Investment Officer – Food and Agribusiness

With our team you can originate projects in food and agribusiness sector to build the future and have a positive impact in the lives of millions. Apply today and join us either at our Headquarters or in one of our Country Offices.

Background: We are currently looking for a highly qualified Principal Investment Management Officer dedicated to the Food and Agribusiness sector, reporting to the Division Chief of the Corporates Division (“SMC”) within the Investment Operations Department (“INO”).

INO follows a matrix model, with three segment Divisions covering Infrastructure and Energy, Financial Institutions and Corporates, and transversal areas such as the Financial Products Division (in charge of capital market solutions, trade and supply chain finance, equity and resource mobilization), the Portfolio Management Division, and the Advisory Services Team.

The team: Our division encompasses four main sectors: Food and Agribusiness, Manufacturing, Tourism, and Telecommunications, Media and Technology. You will be responsible for developing new business opportunities and leading client engagements as well as originating and executing highly developmental transactions in the sector.

What you’ll do:

  • Support the SMC Division Chief in crafting and executing the Division’s business and action plan
  • Lead the identification, selection, origination and execution of equity, quasi-equity and debt (loans and guarantees) transactions, including evaluation of both lending and non-lending projects, initial screening of project applications, evaluation of feasibility studies, and preparation of project concept notes, assessing project risks and advising on appropriate risk mitigation actions;
  • Develop creative and appropriate financial structures for complex transactions, assessing and structuring transactions to improve the potential for commercial co-financing and catalyzing of additional sources of capital;
  • Coordinate with product experts within IDB Invest in areas like supply chain, equity and capital markets, as well as the environmental, social and governance safeguards, finance, development effectiveness, legal, and risk functions as it relates to project structuring and closing of deals;
  • Provide technical advice and support the development of IDB Group Country Strategies and IDB Invest’s multi-year Business Plans to help identify and overcome specific institutional and regulatory issues pertinent to the sector;
  • Lead industry and market research in the Food and Agribusiness sector to guide the business origination and execution effort, aligned with the investment strategy of IDB Invest and its mandate for the private sector;
  • Maintain knowledge of the Food and Agribusiness sector, including leading  preparation of lessons learned from projects and disseminating information to project teams on transaction strengths, weaknesses, risks and risk mitigation options;
  • Be recognized as an expert in the sector and representing IDB Invest on the topic in industry related events and activities;
  • Play a significant role in representing and promoting IDB Invest through developing key relationships in the private sector and the development communities by liaising with industry authorities, potential clients, potential partners and stakeholders, while seeking to build new relationships to generate new business possibilities;
  • Provide leadership, coaching, mentoring and support to more junior team members;
  • Coordinating with Country Representative in the design and execution of activities.

Education: You hold a Master’s, MBA, or equivalent in economics, development studies, finance, business administration, or other relevant field.  



  • You have at least 10+ years relevant experience in investment origination, structuring or portfolio management with a validated track-record in leading corporate related transactions. 
  • Your significant experience in a similar role in an investment firm, private equity firm, bank, or other multi-lateral organization would be desirable. 
  • Your additional exposure to the Food and Agribusiness markets is desired.
  • Your Understanding of client needs and challenges, of different country/regional areas, market idiosyncrasies, and drivers of change in Latin America and the Caribbean shall be highly valued.
  • Your strong financial modeling/valuation and analytical skills will be considered a plus. 
  • Your experience of working with both debt and equity participations would be highly desirable.  

Language Skills: Your are proficient in Oral and written in English and Spanish; your knowledge of Portuguese and/or French is a plus.



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Opportunity summary: 

  • Type of contract: Fixed term
  • Length of Contract: 3 years
  • Starting date: Upon agreement with the candidate
  • Location: IDB Invest Headquarters or one of IDB Group’s country offices in LAC


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: IDB Invest, a member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, is a multilateral organization based in Washington, D.C., that is committed to the development of Latin America and the Caribbean through the private sector.

 IDB Invest offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package.


IDB Invest is committed to diversity and inclusion and to providing equal opportunities in employment. We embrace diversity on the basis of gender, age, education, national origin, ethnic origin, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and HIV/AIDs status. We encourage women, Afro-descendants and persons of indigenous origins to apply.











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