Integration and Trade Sector Economics Lead Specialist

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Integration and Trade Sector - Economics Lead Specialist

The IDB Group is a community of diverse, versatile, and passionate people who come together on a journey to improve lives in Latin America and the Caribbean. Our people find purpose and do what they love in an inclusive, collaborative, agile, and rewarding environment. 

About this position: 

The Integration and Trade Sector (INT) of the Vice Presidency for Sectors and Knowledge (VPS) seeks an outstanding and experienced Economist to lead its policy research projects. INT has a long tradition and a strong record of policy research, whose main motivation has been to consolidate, expand, and better distribute the welfare and growth gains of integration and trade. 

What you’ll do:

Working independently with minimal oversight, you will:

  •      Lead the preparation and execution of policy research projects on trade, investment, productive development policies, and regional integration, ensuring the  production of knowledge outputs abides by the highest scientific standards. 
  •      Contribute to the thorough evaluation of trade, investment, productive development, and regional integration policies and institutions in Latin America and the  Caribbean and provide evidence-based policy recommendations to IDB’s member countries. 
  •      Write working papers and policy research flagships on the topics described above, as well as disseminate them through publications in professional journals, presentations in internal and external scientific and policy workshops and conferences, and pieces for general audiences such as blogs.
  •      Contribute to the effective integration of technical knowledge and analysis into the design, monitoring, and evaluation of INT’s operations, technical              cooperations, and initiatives, including with the private sector (platforms, fora, events). 
  •       Participate in and co-lead joint research projects, data gathering initiatives, and dialogue with other areas of the IDB Group; multilateral, regional,                  international, and national institutions; and leading universities. 
  •        Contribute to IDB’s country programming exercises and policy dialogues. 
  •        Make technical recommendations to relevant IDB Group-wide initiatives and activities.
  •        Build and maintain internal networks, including the Sector Economic Advisor and other INT organizational areas, to access and expand knowledge.
  •        Coach and mentor junior staff to build technical expertise.

What you’ll need:

  •  Education: A Ph.D. degree in Economics.
  •        Experience: You have a minimum of 10 years of professional experience with policy research and data analysis in international trade, investment, productive development, and regional integration, with a proven record of publications, particularly in leading scientific journals.
  •         Languages:  Proficiency in English, spoken and written, is required. Additional knowledge of Spanish, French, and/or Portuguese is a plus.

Key skills: 

Technical track (without supervisory responsibilities): 

·                     Learn continuously   

·                     Collaborate and share knowledge   

·                     Focus on clients   

·                     Communicate and influence   

·                     Innovate and try new things  




·    Citizenship: You are a citizen of one of our 48-member countries. We may offer assistance with relocation and visa applications for you and your eligible dependents.  


·    Consanguinity: You have no family members (up to the fourth degree of consanguinity and second degree of affinity, including spouse) working at the IDB, IDB Invest, or IDB Lab.  


Type of contract and duration  


·          International staff contract, 36 months initially, renewable upon mutual agreement. 

What we offer 


The IDB Group provides benefits that respond to the different needs and moments of an employee’s life. These benefits include:  


·          A competitive compensation package, including an annual base salary expressed on a net-of-tax basis. 

·          Leaves and vacations: 24 days of paid time off + 8 personal days + sick leave + gender- neutral parental leave. 

·         Health Insurance: IDB Group provides employees and eligible dependents with a robust medical benefits program that covers medical, dental, vision, preventive care, and prescription drugs.  

·          Pension plan: defined benefit pension plan that provides financial security and support employees in planning for their future.  

·          We offer assistance with relocation and visa applications for you and your family when it applies. 

·          Hybrid and flexible work schedules. 

·          Health and well-being:  Access to our Health Services Center that provides preventive care and health education for employees.  

·         Development support: We offer tools to boost your professional profile, such as mentoring, 1:1 professional counseling, training and                learning opportunities, language classes, mobility options, among others.  

·          Other perks: Lactation Room, Daycare Center, Gym, Bike Racks, Parking, Spouse Career Program, and others.  

Our culture 


At the IDB Group, we work so everyone brings their best and authentic selves to work, willing to try new approaches without fear, and where they are accountable and rewarded for their actions.  

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) are at the center of our organization. We celebrate all dimensions of diversity and encourage women, LGBTQ+ people, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply.  

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job interview process. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please e-mail us at to request reasonable accommodation to complete this application.  

Our Human Resources Team reviews carefully every application.   


About the IDB Group  


The IDB Group, composed of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), IDB Invest, and the IDB Lab, offers flexible financing solutions to its member countries to finance economic and social development through lending and grants to public and private entities in Latin America and the Caribbean.  


About IDB  

The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social, and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance, and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.  


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