Water and Sanitation Sector Research Consultant

Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The Water and Sanitation Division (INE/WSA) is looking for a research consultant to contribute to quality knowledge production.


The team:

Established in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is today the main source of multilateral financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. It provides loans, grants, guarantees, policy advice and technical assistance, and produces and disseminates knowledge products, to the public and private sectors of its borrowing member countries.


The Water and Sanitation Division (INE/WSA) within the Bank is committed to expanding access to quality services for low-income and vulnerable populations, promoting comprehensive and sustainable solutions, improving sector governance and financial sustainability, and incorporating the concept of water security in the sector, particularly by increasing wastewater treatment coverage, protecting supply watersheds and reducing flooding risk.


In light of these commitments the Water and Sanitation Division is dedicated to knowledge production, management and dissemination that serves to assess needs and priorities, inform practices, advise clients and contribute to an evidence-based approach to lending.  


The objective of this consultancy is to contribute to quality knowledge production through support in activities related to data gathering, analysis and research paper writing.


What you’ll do: The selected candidate will perform the following activities:


  • Assist in the preparation of research papers, reports, and presentations;
  • Identify, compile, and organize databases;
  • Perform econometric and statistical analyses;
  • Prepare literature reviews;
  • Participate in academic discussions on research findings.
  • Assist with miscellaneous administrative duties related to knowledge organization, production and management.

What you’ll need:

Citizenship: You are a citizen of one of our 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 degree in economics, public policy, or related field preferred. Candidates should have a strong quantitative background (e.g., econometrics, programming).

Experience: At least five years of experience and knowledge in the following areas:

  • Applied research at a recognized university, research center, or government agency
  • Strong background in econometrics, mathematics, and statistics
  • Econometric analysis and data visualization using Stata, R, QGIS or Python.
  • Experience with news scrapping, text analysis or behavioral economics desirable. 

Languages: Fluency in English, command of Spanish desirable.


Core and Technical Competencies: Motivation to do research, ability to work independently, and willingness to participate in research teams. Strong analytical abilities as demonstrated by academic achievements and other personal accomplishments. Excellent writing skills in English and in one other Bank language


Opportunity Summary

Type of contract: Consultant Modality, Full Time

Length of contract: 12 months

Starting date: October 2019

Location: Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Responsible person: Senior Economist (INE/WSA)

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.


Additional Information

  • External Opening Date: Aug 7, 2019
  • External Closing Date: Sep 17, 2019
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  • External Contact Name: Jobs Online