Defined Term Contractual

Inter-American Development Bank
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Commercial
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
    Dec-10-2018
  • Posted
    Dec 04

Position description

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

The People’s Republic of China’s (“China”) rapid economic growth has made it a significant presence on the global stage as the world's largest exporter, the second largest importer, the world's second largest economy, and most important driver of global growth. Since initiating market reforms in 1979, China's economic performance has been remarkable, with GDP growth averaging about 10 percent a year. During the recent global crisis, China remained mostly unaffected, growing at 9.2% while the US and Europe sank into recession and are expected to remain stagnant for some time.

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) as a whole recovered from the global crisis with robust economic growth thanks, in part, to its connection to China, which has boosted exports and terms of trade for LAC’s net commodity exporters. Both direct links (via trade and increasingly also FDI channels) and indirect links (mostly via China’s impact on the international commodity prices) have deepened. Between 2009 and 2010 alone, exports from LAC countries to China jumped by almost US$30 billion, reaching 6% of both Chinese exports and imports. With the current pace of demand growth for LAC products in the US, Europe, and the rest of the world, and assuming similar demand in China grows at only half the pace shown in this decade, China would overtake the European Union in 2013, becoming the second largest market for exports after the US for the LAC region.The region’s relationship with China, therefore, has proved to be a critical source of stability, both during the global economic crisis, the greatest since the Great Depression, and even during the market turmoil in Europe and the United States. For some large LAC countries such as Brazil, Chile, and Peru, China has already become their principal trading partner. 

China joined the IDB as its 48th member nation in 2009, contributing important resources to various programs, part of which generated numerous cooperation initiatives between LAC and China. One of which is the Institutional Capacity Strengthening Fund, created with a special contribution of US$75 million made by the Government of China. By the end of 2018, the ICSF has allocated over US$73 million resources to 180 projects and has currently an active portfolio of 29 projects equivalent of US$12.2 million under execution. 

One of the major projects financed through the ICSF is the LAC-China Policy and Knowledge Summits stablished in 2014 as series of knowledge and dissemination events that bring together high-level policy makers and experts to exchange good practices and lessons learned on topics of shared interest. The last two summits of this initiative are expected to take place during he second semester of 2019 and 2020 in China and a LAC country respectively. 

In addition to the support needed during the organization of the LAC China Policy and Knowledge Summits, there is a need to support the knowledge and dissemination efforts of the outcomes achieved through ICSF financed projects and to identify opportunities for further collaboration between regions.  

Objectives

The objective of this consultancy is to provide support to knowledge and dissemination activities of the ICSF, including support the organization of knowledge exchange events such as the LAC - China Summits and support the development of other dissemination products.   

Main activities

The contractual will carry out the following activities:

  • Support IDB´s team with the Organization of the Knowledge and Dissemination events: arrange travel arrangements for participants, track participants and speakers confirmations, assists in drafting documents related to the event such as the invitation letters, letters of agreement, pre-departure guide and other written document needed for the event, support logistics requirement with the hotel, assist with speakers presentation during the event, provide on-site support to ensure events quality and smooth implementation and assist with other tasks related to the organization of the events.
  • Provide necessary background research support to analyze topics relevant to the China-LAC and IDB’s agenda.
  • Support the preparation of performance review reports related to the Fund. 
  • Support the preparation of dissemination products and activities of the ICSF. Including infographics, and videos.
  • Support other exchange and knowledge events of IFD as needed.
  • Support front office as needed and requested by supervisor. 
  • Support other activities as requested by the supervisor.

Qualifications

  • Academic Degree/ Level & Years of Professional Work Experience: Bachelor’s degree and two years of experience in the areas of Economics, Finance, Political Science, Public Policy, Public Administration, International Affairs or related fields.
  • Languages: Fluent in written and spoken English and Chinese.
  • Areas of Expertise: Solid experience in research and analytical work as well as strong grasp of the LAC-China relations and new trends in this area
  • Skills: 
    • Work as part of a team and collaborate with other colleagues, ability to follow instructions. 
    • Strong spoken and written communication skills including the ability to speak and write persuasively and present ideas clearly and concisely.
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, self-motivated with a record of exercising initiative.
    • Flexible approach and ability to work in multi-cultural, multi-national, multi-sectoral teams.
    • Excellent practical computer skills in word processing, Excel, PowerPoint and others.
    • Demonstrated ability to undertake a diversity of tasks within a rapidly changing and demanding environment within short deadlines.

Characteristics of the Consultancy

  • Contractual category and modality: Defined Term Contractual, Monthly
  • Contract duration: 24 months
  • Place(s) of work: IADB Headquarter, Washington, DC. United States of America
  • Responsible person: Sector Senior Specialist, IFD/IFD

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 contractual, will not be eligible to provide services for the Bank.

Application instructions

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