SPD/SDV Senior Data Engineer Consultant

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    7 days ago
  • Category:
    Engineering, Research and data science
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Post of duty: Washington D.C.

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 a dedicated, experienced and innovative professional as Data Engineer Consultant or Senior Data Engineer Consultant. As Data Engineer Consultant, you will use your experience in data architecture, big data, and data analytics to maintain and develop the architecture of cloud-based data analysis pipelines, using cloud-based querying tools and knowledge of machine learning algorithms, and mathematical models for classification and prediction.

You will work with the Strategy Development Division (SDV) of the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness (SPD). This team is responsible, among others, for:

  1. Leading, coordinating, and monitoring the IDB Group’s Institutional Strategy.
  2. Leading the implementation of the IDB’s Development Effectiveness Framework.
  3. Assessing the evaluability and development effectiveness of IDB operations.
  4. Monitoring the performance of the IDB’s portfolio.
  5. Designing and reviewing the IDB’s lending instruments.
  6. Leading project capacity-building related to development effectiveness.
  7. Conducting strategic, corporate, and operational research.
  8. Gathering, analyzing, and reporting data to recommend best practices or new courses of action to improve the IDB’s overall performance and transparency.

What you’ll do:

  • Develop and maintain new and existing data pipelines using Python and SQL scripts called through PyAthena.
  • Participate in the preparation of data products, with a focus on providing standardized indicators from various data sources. This may include preparing data visualizations, dashboards, and other deliverables.
  • Support the design and development of data repositories, documentation, and data processing.

Deliverables and Payments Timeline:

Payments will be made upon presentation of invoices on the basis of the number of days worked at the time of delivery of the outputs outlined in these terms of reference.

What you’ll need:

  • Education: Master’s degree (or equivalent advanced degree) in Economics, Statistics, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or related field.
  • Experience: At least five years of relevant professional and academic experience and:
    • Experience and advanced knowledge of statistical programming languages such as SQL, Python, R, or Stata, with a particular emphasis on Python scripting that involves invoking pyAthena and AWS CLI, as well as pushing down data to S3.
    • High level of knowledge and experience in working in cloud computing environments (i.e. AWS, Azure or Google Cloud).
    • Advanced experience working with cloud-based SQL (AWS Athena experience is highly desirable).
    • Advanced experience developing cloud-based data architecture and analysis pipelines in cloud-based environments.
    • Experience working with GitHub-based projects.
    • Experience working in Linux environments, including a strong proficiency in bash scripting and expertise in installing R and Python libraries. The ideal candidate should have experience in creating Python environments and configuring Jupyter notebooks with different kernels.
    • Previous experience in achieving cost optimization for Cloud-based services (Storage, Computing, Query services) in desirable.
    • Experience with geo-partitioning systems such as H3 and geospatial calculations, is desirable.
    • Experience with geo-information systems that can display data in H3, such as Kepler.Gl or other advanced visualization systems, is desirable.
    • The candidate should have experience in troubleshooting and diagnosing technical issues, creating incident cases, and working with other technical teams to follow up on issues until they are fully resolved.
  • Languages: Proficiency in English and one of the other Bank official languages (Spanish, French or Portuguese) is required.

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: Products and External Services Consultant (PEC), retainer.
  • Length of contract: 100 days in a period of 6 months
  • Work Location: Remote

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.
  • A flexible way of working. You will be evaluated by deliverable.

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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About IDB Lab

Is the innovation laboratory of the IDB Group. We mobilize financing, knowledge, and connections to drive innovation for inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean. We believe innovation is a powerful tool that can transform our region, providing today unprecedented opportunities to populations that are vulnerable due to economic, social, or environmental factors. IDB Lab has a commitment to gender quality and diversity as part of its development mandate. The Strategy and Impact unit supports IDB Lab in the development of strategy, connections and knowledge, and impact measurement and reporting.

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About IDB Invest

IDB Invest, a member of the IDB Group, is a multilateral development bank committed to promoting the economic development of its member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean through the private sector. IDB Invest finances sustainable companies and projects to achieve financial results and maximize economic, social, and environmental development in the region. With a portfolio of $14.1 billion in asset management and 325 clients in 25 countries, IDB Invest provides innovative financial solutions and advisory services that meet the needs of its clients in a variety of industries.

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