IDB Cities Network Program Implementation Consultant, Washington

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

IDB Washington

IDB Cities Network Program Implementation Consultant

Background of this search:

The Housing and Urban Development Division is looking for a professional for the IDB Cities Network Program Implementation with sustainable development background.

The team’s mission:

The origins of IDB ‘s Cities Network relates with The Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI). That initiative was launched in 2012 as the IDB’s response to the urban development needs in the region, aiming to improving urban planning practices and shaping development in midsize cities.

The IDB Cities Network was created in 2017 by the Housing and Urban Development Division (CSD/HUD) as a platform for Latin American and Caribbean cities to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and solutions and to address common urbanization challenges by providing mayors and local officials with tools and knowledge to be effective decision makers. To do so, the Network promotes capacity building and facilitates the exchange of knowledge and solutions leveraging internal and external resources. The Network has over 200 member cities of all sizes, having grown initially from 70 member cities.

Given the multisectoral nature of urban development, the Cities Network generates opportunities for dialogue between the different IDB divisions and cities among the public, private and academic sectors of the region. Specifically, the Network supports both its member cities and the IDB group with dialogues among cities and helps HUD’s specialists in the day-to-day conversations with city officials; it offers a platform that collects and easily disseminates knowledge produced within HUD and the IDB group; and it connects cities that otherwise would not have other chances to interact, in terms of actors and topics discussed. Furthermore, the Network promotes and facilitates the exchange of practical experiences and knowledge among cities and serves to strengthen the role of the IDB at the subnational level by providing knowledge and cooperation in search of more equitable, sustainable, and innovative public policies, and territorial development.

The Cities Network main objectives are:

  • Strengthening leadership in urban management through knowledge transfer and dissemination of good practices with technical authorities and stakeholders
  • Capacity building of city officials through the identification of common problems and their solutions.
  • Leverage work with partner institutions and other cities networks to advance and promote sustainable urban development.

In 2022, the Cities Network strategic vision focused on 4 thematic axes: productivity of cities, climate change, innovation, and inclusion. The Cities Network, as part of its strategic vision, identifies the urban challenges, needs and issues of the cities in Latin America & the Caribbean to prepare the annual work plan. To achieve this, it focuses on:

  • IDB Institutional Strategy (social inclusion and equality, productivity and innovation, regional economic integration, climate change and environmental sustainability, institutional capacity, and rule of law).
  • Year-round conversations with the mayors (during workshops, forums & webinars)
  • Surveys of mayors and municipal officials (Annual Mayors Forum, and Year-end survey)

During 2020-2021, the Cities Lab and the Cities Network have consolidated into a single service platform sharing a single vision and a collaborative work structure. The IDB Cities Lab is a platform for innovation, experimentation, and knowledge exchange that contributes to the sustainable development of cities in Latin America and the Caribbean. It provides a space for experimentation and co-creation to trigger innovation processes that seek to generate better solutions to solve the complex challenges of cities in the region. The Lab’s three main lines of action are:

  • Identification and analysis of trends to activate innovation in Latin American cities.
  • Promotion of experimentation processes & pilots for innovation in cities and Bank operations.
  • Connection of cities with relevant actors to foster the exchange of innovative practices.

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) has exhibited remarkable urban growth for several decades now. With 81% of its population living in cities and 210 cities with a population of more than 300,000 inhabitants, the region has been ranked as the second most urbanized on the planet. This situation has led cities to be the protagonists of the development of their countries, becoming spaces that offer opportunities (i.e., human capital, grater investments, employment, etc.), but also face great challenges (i.e., inequality, security, health, spatial segregation, housing deficit, proliferation of informal settlements, pollution, etc.). In Latin-America and the Caribbean (LAC) ¾ of the GDP is generated in cities and 80% of credit is transacted in urban areas, but simultaneously 21% of LAC population is living in slums, 80% of total disaster losses occur in urban areas, and 1/3 of regional GHG are produced by cities. The pace at which cities grow has exceeded the response capacity of local authorities, affecting urban competitiveness, sustainability, and quality of life.

The establishment of the New Urban Agenda (NUA), the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognize the growing leading role of cities in the competitive development of countries, the reduction of poverty and inequality. This new development agenda is of a universal nature and should be implemented in an integrated manner, which will require cooperation and collaboration at different levels. However, the effective implementation of these objectives depends on the success with which they can land locally. It is in this context that the challenge of aligning the efforts to achieve sustainable development with the concurrence of diverse actors who can learn together on issues of relevance for the achievement of the objectives set in the framework of the global agenda emerges. Consequently, we must go beyond learning and cooperation, seeking to develop and implement action-oriented collaboration schemes that encourage local intervention, generating transformative initiatives.

What you’ll do:

The general objective of the consultancy is to provide operational and technical support and expertise in sustainable urban development to design, implement, evaluate, and disseminate knowledge exchange and capacity building program with the objective of strengthening and increasing future cooperation in LAC cities. Specifically, the consultant will:

  • Coordinate with counterparts in IDB and external stakeholders to maintain good communications to facilitate exchange of knowledge and innovation to address the challenges faced by the cities in LAC.
  • Participate in the structuring, development, and implementation of in person and virtual capacity building programs and other events of the IDB Cities Network by contributing to the preparation and development of event materials and knowledge products.
  • Support the coordination of events, manage the budget, including follow up with each supplier to track payments. Reach out the potential attendees, including dispatching invitations. Create a database with the list of attendees.
  • Contribute as a team member to the preparation and development of the materials for the event as well as knowledge products aligned to the event.
  • Support the dissemination strategy of the results of the event, update the relevant webpage in coordination with the communication specialist. Support the delivery and collection of post-event evaluation surveys and collaborate with the evaluation of the result of the event.
  • Provide technical and operational support in the execution and management of Technical Cooperation (TC) projects of the IDB Cities Network. The IDB Cities Network funds come from Technical Cooperation (TC), therefore the consultant will have to advice, review, and validate deliverables to ensure the quality of TCs products, contribute to project evaluation and impact assessments.
  • Collaborate in the development and maintenance of new and existing databases of the IDB Cities Network platform to help users retrieve data efficiently and keep it available when needed.
  • Provide technical support for the inclusion of new topics and activities, related to climate change, economic reactivation, productivity, and others within annual work plan of the IDB Cities Network. Collaborating in the identification, preparation, and assessment of new activities related to those topics.
  • Provide technical and operational support for the integration of the initiatives of the IDB Cities Network with the Housing and Urban Development Division and other Sectors of the IDB.
  • Participate in the conceptualization, structuring and execution of cooperation agreements with networks, sub-networks, and other organizations interested in carrying out strategic alliances with the IDB Cities Network and in supporting the development and implementation of training programs for Network cities.
  • Develop and execute activities to promote the establishment and maintenance of internal and external alliances with stakeholders and partners of the IDB Cities Network, collaborating as well with the Cities Lab.
  • Collaborate in the systematization and dissemination strategy of cities’ good practices.

What you’ll need:

  • Citizenship: You are a citizen of one of our 48-member countries.
  • 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 international development, administration, international relations, urban development, or related areas.
  • Experience: Minimum 5 years of professional experience in project management and administration in LAC and in applying theoretical and practical knowledge in urban development and activities related to the TOR (terms of reference). Previous experience with international organizations, public sector and / or think tanks.
  • Languages: Be fluent in English and Spanish, with a working knowledge of a third official language of the Bank (French or Portuguese).

Core and Technical Competencies:

  • Project Management Experience, planning and event coordination and logistics.
  • Experience managing teams and budgets.
  • A proven ability to take initiative and work independently, and to work in a dynamic fast-paced work environment.
  • Ability to carry out multiple and detailed administrative tasks.
  • Attention to detail without losing quality.
  • Ability to work under short deadlines.
  • A high degree of integrity and commitment to achieving results through teamwork.
  • A strong willingness and a proven ability to work across sectors.
  • An ability to earn the trust of peers.
  • Ability to take initiative, work in a team, share knowledge, and information.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in complex, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams.
  • Superior inter-personal skills, client-orientation, diplomatic skills, and mature judgment as well as sensitivity to social and cultural issues.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with multiple participants from various countries.

Opportunity Summary:

  • Type of contract: Full Time Consultant (CNS).
  • Length of contract: 12 months.
  • Location: IDB Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
  • Responsible Person: Coordinator of the IDB Cities Network, Housing and Urban Development Division.
  • 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.

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 IDB, we are committed to improving lives. Since 1959, we have 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.

COVID-19 considerations: the health and safety of our employees are our number one priority. As a condition of employment, IDB/IDB Invest requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Additional Information

  • External Opening Date: Jan 23, 2023
  • External Closing Date: Feb 3, 2023
  • External Contact Email: [email protected]
  • External Contact Name: HR Service Center
  • Job Field: Technical Support