Operations Lead Specialist in Sustainability

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What you’ll need:


Education: You hold an advanced degree (master’s or equivalent) from an accredited university in a field of the natural or social sciences that is relevant to sustainable development. 

Professional Experience:

  • You have a minimum of 8 years of proven experience in operations, supporting the implementation of development operations at the project or portfolio level.
  • You have experience working with multilateral funding mechanisms and/or donors at a strategic and technical level.
  • You have participated in programming dialogues and have experience in connecting strategic-level discussions with realities at the operational level.
  • Experience with managing/ supervising projects in execution is highly desirable.
  • Experience working in a country of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is highly desirable.
  • A working understanding of the GEF partnership is highly desirable.


  • You have a collaborative spirit that allows you to integrate quickly and contribute effectively in a wide variety of teams and groups, a strong capacity for both analysis and synthesis, and excellent communication skills.
  • You are proactive, resourceful and thorough.
  • You are open to learning about new sectors and perspectives as needed to best attend internal and external clients.
  • You are at ease working in teams or independently, able to quickly adapt to changing circumstances while maintaining focus on quality, priorities and results.


  • You have excellent proficiency in English (written and spoken)
  • You are proficient in Spanish (written and spoken)


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You are expected to abide by the IDB Groups values and behaviors as set forth in the institutional Code of Conduct. 

Opportunity Summary:  

  • Type of contract: Fixed term
  • Length of contract: 3 years, with possibility for renewal as per mutual agreement
  • Starting date: Upon agreement
  • 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 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.

 The IDB offers an attractive remuneration and benefits package.
 Our recruitment team will review all applications and those meeting the requirement will be duly considered.


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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