Senior Environmental Safeguards Contractual Support to Operations

Technical Support
1900000697 Requisition #


Senior Environmental Safeguards Contractual Support to Operations


Background: The Environmental and Social Safeguards Unit (ESG) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is responsible for ensuring that IDB financed projects and other activities are environmentally and socially sustainable and comply with the Bank’s environmental and social policies. Specialists in ESG provide the Bank and its borrowers with guidance on environmental and social safeguard issues and participate in project teams, providing technical input on social and environmental issues during project preparation/due-diligence and supervision.

The team: ESG is seeking an experienced and highly motivated environmental consultant to join a group of social and environmental professionals that provide technical support, direction and leadership in promoting the Bank's strategic environmental and social priorities ensuring that IDB financed projects and other activities are environmentally and socially sustainable.

The Consultant will support the design and implementation of the Bank's operations and will ensure they comply with the IDB's safeguards policies and internationally recognized best practices.

What you’ll do: The broad objective of the consultancy is to support ESG in the preparation and supervision of high risk and/or complex public-sector projects for countries in LAC.

The consultant will provide guidance on environmental safeguard issues as member of project teams, generally working alongside environmental specialists from ESG, during project preparation and supervision.

The selected consultant will:

  • Support ESG in the preparation and supervision of projects in the public sector focusing on the environmental aspects;

  • Support ESG on an "as needed basis" in the performance of the environmental safeguards review of proposed operations as part of the policy compliance assurance process (Environmental and Social Strategy preparation, due diligence preparation, Environmental and Social Management Report preparation, and project supervision) and its documentation;

  • Support ESG in the development and management of research and training programs;

  • Support ESG in tracking and reporting project data, especially in the area of safeguard performance.

  • List of projects in LAC to be defined and assigned accordingly by supervisor.


Reports / Deliverables

The consultant will prepare and support ESG staff in the preparation of, key documents including but not limited to aide memoires, technical cooperation proposals, and terms of reference for specific environmental assessment and management activities related to projects assigned.

TORs must be drafted and approved by the supervisor for every mission travel the consultant participates in and shall be delivered according to ESG administrative manual for processing.


Every report must be submitted to the corresponding supervisor in an electronic file. The report should include cover, main document, and all annexes. Zip files will not be accepted as final reports, due to Records Management Section regulations.

What you’ll need:

  • Citizenship:  You are a citizen of one of our 48-member countries.  

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

  • Education: Master’s degree or equivalent in environmental management, environmental engineering, environmental sciences or related field.

  • Experience: A minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience desired in the fields mentioned above and also in project research, data collection, analysis and summary, good communication and writing skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of teams.

  • Languages:  Fluency in spoken and written English and Spanish, Portuguese desirable.

  • Core and Technical Competencies: Knowledge of and experience in implementing the IDB’s various policies relating to environmental and social safeguard. Project Management – experience leading the environmental and social due diligence and supervision of Bank financed projects. Communication, Collaboration and Teamwork – excellent communication skills in English and Spanish with positive experiences collaborating with IDB clients, internal and external


Opportunity Summary: 

  • Type of contract: Consultant (CNS), Full-Time.

  • Length of contract: 12 months.

  • Starting date: November 16, 2019.

  • Location: The work will be performed at the IDB Headquarters in Washington, DC with mission travel to the project countries assigned as per portfolio in LAC.

  • Responsible person: Sector Lead Environmental Specialist (VPS/ESG).

  • 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.  


We encourage women, afro-descendants, people of indigenous origins, and persons with disabilities 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.  


Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications. 

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