Operations Principal Specialist / Lead Specialist , IDB – United States

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Operations Principal Specialist / Lead Specialist


Washington DC, United States of America

The IDB Group is a community of diverse, versatile, and hardworking 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 exciting environment.

About this position

We are looking for an experienced leader that will contribute to the research and technical agenda of the Office of the Special Advisor on Climate Change at the IDB Group.

The Office of the Special Advisor on Climate Change is responsible for enhancing coordination and fostering synergies within the IDB Group and with external partners on Climate Change issues in order to achieve greater impact.

In 2024-25, the Office is working closely with G20, COP, and other Multilateral Development Banks (MDB) task forces on climate, sustainable development, and finance. Its focus will be centered around two main activities: facilitating climate and bio-diversity finance by developing Bank-wide, regional, and international instruments, markets, and policies and coordinating the adoption, development, and reporting of global investment metrics and metrics of the bank’s impact and results in climate and biodiversity actions, It also aims to enhance responses to climate change and biodiversity loss through global advocacy, thought leadership, and innovation.

The Office is actively involved with initiatives to elevate and advocate with internal and external audiences. It will also support the monitoring of the IDB Group’s programming process and prioritization of analytical work to ensure Climate Change issues are well reflected in its operational and knowledge generation portfolio. The Office also advises the President of the Bank on the respective Action Plans, development impact of IDB Group financed activities and related corporate affairs.

What you will do

  • Provide advice to the Special Advisor on Climate Change to advance IDB Group’s agenda on climate change.
  • Spearhead the technical and analytical agenda in internal and external collaborations around metrics of climate impact and results and support the development of new instruments, markets, and policies to respond to climate change and biodiversity loss.
  • Working closely with other relevant IDBG organizational units, champion the generation and collection of Climate Change data for the Office, along with creating technical notes and conducting supplementary research as required.
  • Represent the Office when the Special Advisor is otherwise engaged in other commitments and provide critical intellectual and practical support.
  • Support the engagement with the Office of the Special Advisor on Climate Change and the IDB Group organizational units working on these areas, including the prioritization of specific climate change issues in the knowledge agenda across the IDB Group.
  • Support the establishment of the Office of the Special Advisor on Climate Change in annual planning, implementation, and definition of the Office’s work program, while monitoring the quality of outputs, achievement of long-term goals, and annual objectives and KPI’s for the Office.

What you will need:

  • Education: Master’s degree or equivalent in Economics, Quantitative Methods, Finance, or related fields.
  • Experience: At least 10 years of progressive experience, with preference for a strong academic or practical background in financial economics and quantitative methods. Candidates with other research backgrounds will also be considered.
    • Deep understanding of climate, finance, and data, and will be enthusiastic about tackling challenges across data, investments, markets, and policies to make a practical difference on a large scale today.
    • Understanding of the investment implications of the science around climate change and biodiversity, as well as investors’ motivations, market operations, and the potential for government policies and regulations.
    • Familiarity with research and data methodologies, and the ability to use and interpret the results of analytical and statistical software is essential.
    • Strong communication skills, including the adept presentation of data.
  • Languages: Proficiency in at least two of the Bank’s official languages (one being English or Spanish).

Key Skills:

  • Innovate and Take Risks
  • Communicate and Influence
  • Focus on Clients
  • Learn Continuously
  • Collaborate and Share Knowledge


  • Citizenship: You are a citizen of one of our 48-member countries. We may offer assistance with relocation and visa applications for you.
  • Consanguinity: You have no family members (up to fourth degree of consanguinity and second degree of affinity, including spouse) working at the IDB Group.

Type of Contract and/or 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 which covers medical, dental, vision, preventive care, and prescription drugs.
  • Pension plan: defined benefit pension plan that provides financial security and support employees in planning for 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 wellbeing: 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 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

The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB 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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