Environmental, Natural Resource, Agricultural and Urban Economics Visiting Scholar Consultant

Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)

Washington, DC, US

Background: IDB seeks to hire one or more Environmental, Natural Resource, Agricultural and Urban Economics Visiting Scholar Consultant to work in its Climate and Sustainable Development (CSD) sector.

The objectives of the CSD Visiting Scholar program are to:

  • Augment CSD capacity for conducting and disseminating rigorous, objective social science research on climate change, environment, natural resources, agriculture, tourism, natural disasters, housing, and urban development;
  • Help guide CSD lending, policy advice, and technical assistance; and
  • Help CSD research and operations staff to stay apprised of frontier research and methods and build ties to external research intuitions and networks. 

The Team: CSD focuses on issues related to climate change, sustainability, agriculture, natural disasters, tourism and urban development. CSD staff include more than a dozen of PhD-level economists who conduct and help to disseminate rigorous research related to the sector’s operations.

What you’ll do: The specific outputs and activities on which Visiting Scholars work will be agreed upon by the Scholar and the selection committee prior to the start of the program. In general, these activities and outputs are expected to include:

  • Conducting independent research, ideally in collaboration with IDB researchers;
  • Consulting and advising government officials and IDB specialists;
  • Presentations at meetings and seminars (2 seminar presentations required);
  • Producing working paper(s) and/or policy briefs (at least 1 IDB working paper with at least 1 IDB co-author is required);
  • Providing guidance and feedback on specific projects carried out by the Bank; and
  •         Evaluating research proposals and knowledge products.


Skills you’ll need:

  • Education: Graduate studies in Economics or related field (PhD strongly preferred).
  • Experience: At least 2 or 3 years of relevant experience.
  • Languages: English or Spanish.
Core and Technical Competencies:

They are open to applicants with a keen intellectual interest and track record of scholarly achievement in areas on which CSD works:

  • Climate change
  • Environment
  • Natural resources
  • Agriculture
  • Tourism
  • Natural disasters
  • Housing
  • Urban development
Application Requirements:
  • A cover letter
  • A research statement (no longer than 3 pages) that describes: 
    • previous work and experience;
    • research goals during period of affiliation; and
    • proposed arrival date and length of stay 
  • Curriculum vitae, including list of publications,
  • A recent working paper and
  • A list of references
Opportunity Summary:
  • Type of contract: Consultant
  • Length of contract: Visiting Scholar appointments, which can range from 6 to 12 months, are well-suited to academics on sabbatical, researchers on-leave from permanent positions, and one- or two- year post-docs. Visiting Scholars will join CSD staff housed at IDB headquarters in Washington, DC. Scholars are required to be in residence for the duration of their appointment.
  • Starting date: Multiple between May 2018 and January 2019.
  • Location: Headquarters in Washington, DC. United States of America.
  • 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: Working with us you will be surrounded by a diverse group of people who have years of experience in all types of development fields, including transportation, health, gender and diversity, communications and much more.

About us: At the Inter-American Development Bank, we’re devoted 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.

Payment and Conditions:Compensation will be determined in accordance with Bank’s policies and procedures. The Bank, pursuant to applicable policies, may contribute toward travel and moving expenses. In addition, candidates must be citizens of an IDB member country.

Visa and Work Permit: The Bank, pursuant to applicable policies, may submit a visa request to the applicable immigration authorities; however, the granting of the visa is at the discretion of the immigration authorities. Notwithstanding, it is the responsibility of the candidate to obtain the necessary visa or work permits required by the authorities of the country(ies) in which the services will be rendered to the Bank. If a candidate cannot obtain a visa or work permit to render services to the Bank the contractual offer will be rescinded.

Consanguinity: Pursuant to applicable Bank policy, candidates with relatives (including the fourth degree of consanguinity and the second degree of affinity, including spouse) working for the Bank as staff members or Complementary Workforce contractuals, will not be eligible to provide services for the Bank.

Diversity: The Bank is committed to diversity and inclusion and to providing equal opportunities to all candidates. We embrace diversity on the basis of gender, age, education, national origin, ethnic origin, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and HIV/AIDs status. We encourage women, Afro-descendants and persons of indigenous origins to apply.