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Environmental Safeguards Specialist

United States of America, District of Columbia, Washington - Inter-American Development Bank

Background: The Environmental and Social Solutions Unit (Unit) is responsible for the assessment and management of environmental and social impacts and risks in Bank operations. The Unit also develops and disseminates knowledge to enhance the management of impacts and risks in such a way as to benefit clients and partners and to foster sustainable development in the region.   The team's mission: The Unit is seeking a highly motivated environmental specialist to join our group of highly qualified environmental and social professionals. You will lead the design and implementation of safeguards for Bank operations as well as ensure that they meet the requirements of the Bank's current environmental and social safeguard policies, the future environmental and social policy framework (approved in late 2020) and international best practices. You will work within the Support to Operations Group that supports project teams in the management of environmental and social impacts and risks. The Group is also working for operations which have community health and safety as well as climate change and disaster risks. You will contribute to the development of new approaches, guidance, and knowledge products, undertake project reviews, and to effectively disseminate the products of the Unit to build capacity amongst clients and partners.   What you'll do: Identify risks and impacts in Bank operations, programs, country strategies, and sector strategies and provide recommendations on approaches to mitigation focusing on community health and safety as well as climate change and disaster risks including: - Reviewing and screening operations for compliance with safeguard policies and the new environmental and social policy framework - Maintaining and improving risk management processes, systems, and tools (i.e., GIS) - Advise internal and external clients on sustainability in the design, preparation, and implementation of Bank operations, including: < >Developing and maintaining communication and relationships with clientsManaging and conducting environmental and social due diligenceSupervising projects to ensure implementation mitigation measuresSupporting technical cooperation designed to assist clients in the analysis or implementation of environmental and disaster risk measuresLead and undertake prioritized research and training to: < >Guide clients in the interpretation of the current safeguard policies and the future environmental and social frameworkContribute to establishing the Unit as a global leader in environmental (i.e. community health and safety as well as climate change and disaster risks) standardsCommunicate the results of the work of the Unit and help build capacity to: < >Maintain and measure metrics and indicators of successReport on and disseminating results and knowledge generated by the Unit       What you'll need: Education: Master's degree in engineering, environmental management, disaster risk management or other related fields Experience: This position requires a minimum of 8 years working experience and expertise built through working with financial institutions, international nongovernment organizations, government agencies, or the private sector related to environmental and social management of infrastructure projects. You will have proven experience, preferably in Latin America and the Caribbean, in assessing and managing the environmental (i.e., community health and safety as well as climate change and disaster risks) impacts and risks of large-scale projects. You will also possess proven analytical, writing and communication skills. Languages: Oral and written proficiency in English and Spanish required; Fluency in Portuguese is desirable. [Link to Technical Competencies (← please Ctrl + Click)](https://www.dropbox.com/s/a5gfomux1hjsbcf/Sector Technical Competencies.pdf?dl=0) [Link to Core Competencies (← please Ctrl + Click)](https://www.dropbox.com/s/pbl6s4um4ahz9mb/Competencies for Technical and Support Tracks.pdf?dl=0)   Opportunity Summary: 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. Because we are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace diversity based on gender, age, education, national origin, ethnic origin, race, disability, sexual orientation, and religion. We encourage women, Afro-descendants and persons of Indigenous origins to apply.  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. The IDB offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package.Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for our Region, the IDB Group is reviewing its hiring needs and re-prioritizing its areas of talent acquisition. We encourage candidates to continue to apply to the active postings, yet current job openings may be subject to further decisions in terms of timing of the processes, or other actions, in accordance with business needs. Final hiring decisions may also be conditioned to the candidate's ability to timely relocate to the post of duty at the moment of starting service. In the event, the selected candidate cannot relocate to the post of duty, the start date may have to be postponed or temporary work agreement ratified, ad-hoc, in accordance with business needs and applicable policies, with the view of having the candidate physically present in the post of duty by July 1 at the latest, should travel regulations permit it. - Type of contract: Fixed term - Length of contract: 3 years - Starting date: As soon as possible - Location: Headquarters, Washington, D.C., United States of America - Requirements: You must be a citizen of one of the IDB's [48 member countries](http://www.iadb.org/en/about-us/how-the-inter-american-development-bank-is-organized,5998.html?open_accordion=9) and have no family members currently working at the IDB Group               ___________________________________________________________________________ This is how cinfo can support you in the application process for this specific position:  - Before you apply for this position: Improve your application documents by registering for a [Job Application Support](http://www.cinfo.ch/en/job-application-support).  - After you have applied for this position: Swiss nationals are welcome to share a copy (PDF) of their application, as well as of this vacancy with recruitment@cinfo.ch. 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