Visiting Research Scholarship Program Consultant

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Visiting Research Scholarship Program Consultant

Background: The Research Department (RES) is currently offering fellows the opportunity to combine independent research with active involvement in the IDB’s programs and activities, including the implementation of behavioral interventions in the field. Fellows enjoy full access to the library and electronic resources. Most importantly, they have access to a broad network of practitioners, scholars, and policymakers, and, in collaboration with IDB staff, may have access to funds for financing field research. Visiting scholars will work alongside RES economists, Sector Economic Advisors, and sector specialists in bringing new ideas to policy design, advising government officials about best practices and solutions, designing behavioral interventions for IDB loans and grants, evaluating the impact of behavioral interventions, and disseminating their work through publications and presentations.

RES is looking for graduate fellows in economics, behavioral economics or related field with a keen intellectual interests and academic potential for working in behavioral economics.

The team: The Department of Research and Chief Economist (RES) generates new ideas to enrich the knowledge base that supports the policy agenda of the Bank and its member countries for achieving sustainable and equitable development in the region. To maximize the impact of its research, RES carries out activities that serve as inputs to Bank departments, governments, the academic community and public opinion in the region.

What you’ll do: Some of the activities expected from Visiting Research Scholars include:

Participation in the design and implementation of behavioral interventions.

Consulting and advising government officials and IDB specialists.

Evaluation of research proposals and knowledge products.

Coordination of trainings and other Group activities.

Production of working paper(s), policy briefs and other knowledge products. The specific outputs and activities will be agreed upon by the fellow and the selection committee prior to the start of the program.

What you’ll need:

Citizenship: You are a citizen of one of the IDB’s 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.

Education: Master’s in Economics and at least 5 years of relevant experience. Ph.D. strongly preferred.

Experience: Behavioral economics or related field.

Skills: The positions are open to applicants with a keen intellectual interest and academic potential for working in behavioral economics. The ideal candidate has some formal training in behavioral economics and has participated in projects in the field (or in the lab) that have led to journal publications, or have had direct impact on policy design. Because of the nature of the appointment (inter-disciplinary, inter-departmental), scholars with experience working in all sector areas are welcome to apply. The position is particularly suited for faculty on sabbatical and Ph.D. candidates looking for a one- or two-year post-doc appointment.

Languages:  English and Spanish.

Opportunity Summary: 


Type of contract:  Consultant.

Length of contract:12 months, with an extension possibility of up to 24 months.

Starting date: February 1, 2020.

Location: IDB Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Responsible person: Carlos Scartascini, Principal Economist, RES/RES.

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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