Interpretation Section Chief (SEC/INP)

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Interpretation Section Chief (SEC/INP)


The Office of the Secretary of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is looking for a Section Chief to lead the Interpretation Section (SEC/INP). The successful candidate will have the capacity to plan, direct, and manage all activities related to the provision of conference interpretation services for the IDB Group in addition to performing the duties of a staff interpreter.

The team’s mission:

The INTERPRETATION SECTION (SEC/INP), provides conference interpretation services to the IDB’s Group executive decision-making bodies, including the IDB and IDB Invest Boards of Governors, Boards of Executive Directors and their committees, and the IDB Lab Donors Committee[1]. The IDB Group’s four official languages are English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

As SEC/INP Supervisor you will:

  • Coordinate the delivery of interpretation services for the full range of IDB Group meetings and events, at Headquarters and in member countries.
  • Lead, manage, mentor, and assess a high-performing team of staff and contractual interpreters.
  • Work as a full-time staff interpreter for working meetings of the IDB Group Boards of Executive Directors and their committees, IDB Lab Donors Committee and Senior Management.
  • Act as Chief Interpreter for the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the IDB Group.
  • Manage the Section’s work program ensuring the optimal allocation of resources, including contractual interpretation services.
  • Recruit, assign, and coordinate freelance interpreters for events organized by client departments in the IDB Group, and manage business relations with these departments.
  • Serve as an authority on interpretation-related issues and advise the Office of the Secretary (SEC) and client departments on best practices related to interpretation, including professional working conditions and evolving technology related to simultaneous interpretation (e.g., Remote Simultaneous Interpretation).
  • Network with the heads of interpretation services of multilateral organizations and government agencies to exchange information and best practices.

[1] The Inter-American Invest Corporation and the Multilateral Investment Fund have been re-branded as IDB Invest and IDB Lab respectively in 2017 and 2018. 

What you will need:

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 fourth degree of consanguinity and second degree of affinity, including spouse) working at the IDB Group.


An advanced university degree in conference interpretation or a related field.

Languages: Native command of English and Spanish with a strong working knowledge of French and/or Portuguese.


Professional experience as a conference interpreter in an international setting, ideally with multilateral organizations (at least 10 years).

Proven track record planning, organizing, and managing interpretation services, including personnel, budget, and/or project management experience.

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Superior simultaneous interpreting skills (working into English and Spanish from at least three of the  four official languages (English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese). Short-listed candidates will be required to take a simultaneous interpretation test. Candidates who have previously taken the IDB test and passed may be exempt from this requirement

Substantive understanding of international affairs and particularly of LAC socioeconomic, political, and cultural contexts; demonstrated knowledge of a broad range of subjects dealt with by the IDB Group and the corresponding terminology, i.e., development, finance, economics, energy, agriculture, urban development, digitalization, etc.

In-depth knowledge of institutional policies and procedures, as well as familiarity with other organizations’ policies and business practices regarding the recruitment, staffing, and remuneration of interpreters.

In-depth knowledge of the Washington D.C. and regional freelance markets.

Ability to run a one-stop-shop operation, meeting institutional needs while enabling high-quality interpretation services.

Decisiveness and good judgement.

Sound interpersonal skills, leadership, and team-building abilities.

 Demonstrated ability to:

  • Communicate effectively with staff, team members, and officials at all levels.
  • Enable performance and growth. Ability to deliver results by recruiting the right talent, coaching, and mentoring staff, and effectively managing people and resources. Setting performance standards and providing feedback and guidance to drive growth and continuous improvement.
  • Promote diversity and inclusion, modeling inclusive behaviors and leveraging diversity to achieve business results.
  • Lead strategically, understanding the strategic issues facing the IDB, setting business priorities which translate into initiatives that provide the greatest value for the organization. Being future-oriented, taking a broad and long-term view of options, challenges, and opportunities
  • Handle multi-disciplinary tasks, with proven well-honed integration skills.
  • Maintain and develop excellent interpersonal skills with supervision and management. Proven ability for teambuilding and consensus-building. Ability to work and incorporate diverse views from stakeholders.
  • Lead change. Charting a new course by demonstrating support for innovation and by defining the organizational changes needed to improve business effectiveness. Gaining the necessary support to implement key changes.
  • Manage paradoxes, remaining energized and focused, even when faced with conflicting interests between own expectations and organizational demands and pressures. Executing leadership decisions in the face of adversity and ambiguity.

Opportunity Summary: 

Type of contract: Fixed-Term

Length of contract: 3 years

Starting date: Q1, 2021

Location: Washington, D.C.

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 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. 

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.

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.

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