Principal Advisor - The Office of Evaluation and Oversight

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What you’ll need:

  • Education: Ph.D. (or equivalent) in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related field, with in-depth knowledge of evaluation in international development.
  • Experience: The successful candidate should be a recognized knowledge leader in the field of evaluation in international development with at least 10-15 years of relevant hands-on experience. The following dimensions are desirable for the position:
    • Superior level of understanding of the design and delivery of complex evaluations. Strong practical understanding of designing and conducting rigorous multi-level, multi-site, and theory-based evaluations under real-world evaluation parameters of time, resource, and data constraints to advise all OVE teams working on a wide range of evaluation topics.
    • Advanced knowledge of qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods, including data science applications. Advanced knowledge of evaluation design challenges and how to address them. Demonstrated capacity to provide intellectual leadership on evaluation methods and issues within and outside the IDB. Experience advising evaluation teams on evaluation design and methods and engaging in evaluation capacity-building activities.
    • Advanced knowledge of evaluation processes and products in the context of Multilateral Development Banks. Knowledge and understanding of Multilateral Development Bank operational strategies, processes, and instruments. Knowledge and understanding of OVE products and processes.
    • Significant experience in representing an independent evaluation function among peers and partners and speaking on behalf of the function on evaluation products, processes, practices, and methods.
    • Strong analytical, critical thinking, and writing skills; in-depth knowledge of evaluation and research methods; mature judgment and ability to conceptualize and prioritize issues.
    • Excellent communication, diplomatic, and negotiating skills, with demonstrated personal solid maturity, balanced judgment, and a track record of building and maintaining partnerships with colleagues and counterparts. Excellent teamwork and interpersonal skills, capacity to motivate, develop, and supervise teams, and ability to operate collaboratively across organizational boundaries. Extensive experience in managing staff and consultants.
  • Language: Proficiency in English required. Additional knowledge of Spanish, French, or Portuguese is a plus. Spanish is highly desirable, so if you are not proficient, we will ask you to commit to learning once you join us since the skill is essential for long-term success in this role.

Key skills

  • Mentor and develop.
  • Promote Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging.
  • 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 supports employees in planning 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 which 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 central to our organization’s core values. 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 a 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, it 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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