Operations Principal Specialist

Inter-American Development Bank





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.


  • Proficiency in at least two of the Bank’s official languages (one being English or Spanish).

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