Environmental Support to Operations Consultant VPS/ESG

  • Salary:
    negotiable / YEAR
  • Job type:
  • Posted:
    4 months ago
  • Category:
    Environment and Natural Resources
  • Deadline:


Post of Duty: Washington, D.C. United States.

The IDB Group is a community of diverse, versatile, and passionate people who come together on a journey to improve lives in Latin America and the Caribbean. Our people find purpose and do what they love in an inclusive, collaborative, agile, and rewarding environment.

About this position:


We are looking for an experienced and highly motivated environmental contractual to join a group of social and environmental professionals that provide technical support, direction, and leadership in promoting the Bank’s strategic social and environmental priorities and ensuring that IDB financed projects and other activities are socially and environmentally sustainable.

The contractual will support the implementation of the Bank’s operations and will ensure they comply with the IDB’s ESPF and internationally recognized best practices.

The Environmental and Social Solutions Unit (VPS/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 policy framework (ESPF) and previous environmental and social safeguard policies. Specialists in VPS/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.



What you’ll do:

The selected candidate will be under the supervision of a Group Head in one of ESG’s Support to Operations Groups; providing environmental support in the preparation and supervision of operations and other activities not limited to the following:

  • Provide support to project teams in the preparation of public sector operations which would include among others:

o The preparation of initial Environmental and Social Review Summary (ESRS), and/or ESRS as applicable. This product involves interaction with project teams in the preparation of public sector projects that present potential environmental and social impacts or risks.

o Prepare and review terms of reference for and review drafts and final versions of Environmental and/or Social Assessments, Environmental and/or Social Management Plans, Environment and Social Management Systems, Biodiversity Action Plans, and/or others, as required by Bank Policies.

o Participation in missions and preparation of aide memoires.

  • Provide support to project teams in the supervision of public sector operations in several sectors throughout the region (although there will be a focus in the Caribbean countries) which would include among others:

o Carry out supervision missions to assigned projects and provide ongoing support for operation execution related to all social aspects according to Bank Policies.

o Participation in missions for the supervision of operations with a resulting supervision report and aide memoire.

o Provide written comments and recommendations to documents produced by internal and external clients.

o Review the terms of reference, draft and final versions of Environmental and Social Assessments, Management Plans, Biodiversity Action Plans, among others, of executing agencies required in application of Bank Policies.


  • Perform the due diligence on environmental issues that are relevant to public sector projects.
  • Participate in meetings with executing agencies and project team leaders to carry out supervision and/or preparation activities for projects. This entails providing guidance about application of Policies’ requirements.
  • Provide training on Bank Safeguards Policies or the new Environmental and Social Policy Framework (ESPF) to executing agencies and to internal clients at the Bank.
  • Participate in training on the ESPF, as necessary.


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


What you’ll need:

  • Education:Master’s degree (or equivalent advanced degree) in environmental management, environmental engineering, environmental sciences, or other fields relevant to the responsibilities of the role.
  • Experience: 7 years of relevant professional experience in the fields mentioned above. Knowledge of the IDB’s ESPF or experience working with other multi-lateral development bank’s policies is preferable. Experience in the Caribbean also preferable.
  • Languages: Proficiency in Spanish and English, spoken and written, is required. Additional knowledge of French and Portuguese is preferable. 

Key skills:

  • Learn continuously.
  • Collaborate and share knowledge.
  • Focus on clients.
  • Communicate and influence.
  • Innovate and try new things.


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

  • Type of contract: International Consultant Full-Time.
  • Length of contract: 12 months.
  • Work Location: IDB Headquarters in Washington DC.

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 packages.

  • Leaves and vacations: 2 days per month of contract + gender- neutral parental leave.
  • Health Insurance: the IDB Group provides a monthly allowance for the purchase of health insurance.
  • Savings plan: ​​​​​​​The IDB Group cares about your future, depending on the length of the contract, you will receive a monthly savings plan allowance.
  • We offer assistance with relocation and visa applications for you and your family when it applies.
  • Hybrid and flexible work schedules.
  • Development support: We offer learning opportunities to boost your professional profile such as seminars, 1:1 professional counseling, and much more.
  • Health and wellbeing: Access to our Health Services Center which provides preventive care and health education for all employees.
  • Other perks: Lactation Room, Daycare Center, Gym, Bike Racks, Parking, 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 at the center of our organization. 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 diversity@iadb.org to request 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:

We work to improve lives in Latin America and the Caribbean. Through financial and technical support for countries working to reduce poverty and inequality, we help improve health and education and advance infrastructure. Our aim is to achieve development in a sustainable, climate-friendly way. With a history dating back to 1959, today we are the leading source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean. We provide loans, grants, and technical assistance; and we conduct extensive research. We maintain a strong commitment to achieving measurable results and the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and accountability.

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