IDB Invest Environmental Officer

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


IDB Invest Environmental Officer


Location: Washington DC


The IDB Group is a community of diverse, versatile, and passionate people who come together on a journey to improve lives in Latin America and the Caribbean. Our people find purpose and do what they love in an inclusive, collaborative, agile, and rewarding environment.

About this position

We are looking for an experienced and highly motivated environmental professional to join a group that provides technical support, direction, and leadership in ensuring that IDB Invest’s financed operations are environmentally and socially sustainable and align with its Environmental and Social Sustainability Policy (ESSP).

You will work in the Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance Division (SEG), which ensures which is responsible for ensuring that IDB Invest financed projects and other activities are environmentally and socially sustainable. SEG specialists provide IDB Invest and its clients with guidance on environmental and social issues and participate in project teams and deliver technical input on social and environmental aspects during project due diligence and supervision.

What you’ll do:

  • Support the origination, execution, and monitoring of projects.
  • Provide risk assessments of IDB Invest’s transactions, identifying sensitive critical areas and issues to be addressed.
  • Carry out physical climate risk assessments and natural disaster risk assessments of projects and assess proposed resiliency and other proposed mitigants.
  • Provide and implement solutions to avoid, minimize, and mitigate adverse environmental and social risks and impacts.
  • Conduct and participate in environmental and social due diligence processes of new investment proposals for IDB Invest’s consideration.
  • Ensure that IDB Invest’s clients: i) understand the applicable environmental and social policies, guidelines, and project-specific requirements, and ii) have the necessary dedication and capacity to manage social and environmental impacts and risks adequately.
  • Work on advancing IDB Invest’s climate risk approach (including procedure & policy updates, tools, guidance for environmental and social staff and clients, etc.) in line with the IDB Invest Environmental and Social Sustainability Policy and other relevant institutional commitments. Coordinate closely with other divisions on climate related work.
  • Work with clients and other relevant units of the IDB Invest to mobilize technical and financial support to improve the environmental and social sustainability of the operations
  • Provide internal and external clients with capacity building on SEG related topics by crafting and piloting information sharing schemes.

What you’ll need


Education: Master’s degree in engineering, environmental management, law, environmental sciences, environmental or climate policy, or relevant field.

Experience: At least four (4) years minimum of relevant experience in environmental, climate and disaster risk work. environmental monitoring of development projects, environmental and social due diligence processes, environmental management, and environmental supervision. Experience in Latin America and the Caribbean region related to environmental and climate risk assessment work is highly beneficial.

Languages: Proficiency in English and Spanish, spoken and written, is highly desired. Additional knowledge of French and Portuguese is preferable.


Key skills

  • Learn continuously.
  • Collaborate and share knowledge.
  • Focus on clients.
  • Communicate and influence.
  • Innovate and try new things.


Citizenship: No requirements.

Consanguinity: You have no family members (up to the fourth degree of consanguinity and second degree of affinity, including spouse) working at the IDB, IDB Invest, or IDB Lab.

Type of contract and duration



taff contract, 36 months initially, renewable upon mutual agreement.

What we offer

The IDB Group provides benefits that respond to the different needs and moments of an employee’s life. These benefits include

  • A competitive compensation package.
  • Leaves and vacations: 24 days of paid time off + 8 personal days + sick leave + gender-neutral parental leave.
  • Health Insurance: IDB Group provides employees and eligible dependents with a robust medical benefits program that covers medical, dental, vision, preventive care, and prescription drugs.
  • Pension plan: defined benefit pension plan that provides financial security and supports employees in planning for their future.
  • Hybrid and flexible work schedules.
  • Health and wellbeing: Access to our Health Services Center which provides preventive care and health education for employees.
  • Development support: We offer tools to boost your professional profile such as mentoring, 1:1 professional counseling, training, and learning opportunities, language classes, mobility options, among others.


Our culture


At the IDB Group we work so everyone brings their best and authentic selves to work, willing to try innovative approaches without fear, and where they are accountable and rewarded for their actions.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) are at the center of our organization. We celebrate all dimensions of diversity and encourage women, LGBTQ+ people, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply.


We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job interview process. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please e-mail us at [email protected] to request reasonable accommodation to complete this application.

Our Human Resources Team reviews carefully every application.

About the IDB Group

The IDB Group, composed of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), IDB Invest, and the IDB Lab offers flexible financing solutions to its member countries to finance economic and social development through lending and grants to public and private entities in Latin America and the Caribbean.


About IDB Invest

IDB Invest, a member of the IDB Group, is a multilateral development bank committed to promoting the economic development of its member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean through the private sector. IDB Invest finances sustainable companies and projects to achieve financial results and improve economic, social, and environmental development in the region. With a portfolio of $16.3 billion in asset management and 394 clients in 25 countries, IDB Invest provides innovative financial solutions and advisory services that meet the needs of its clients in a variety of industries.

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