Specialist or Senior Specialist in Water and Sanitation, Brasília At Inter-American Development Bank ( IDB )

Closing date: Tuesday, 26 September 2023

Specialist or Senior Specialist in Water and Sanitation – Brasília, D.F., Brazil

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

About this position

We are looking for a dynamic and innovative specialist in water and sanitation. As a Water and Sanitation Specialist, you will improve people’s lives in Latin America and the Caribbean, working on expanding access to drinking water and sanitation in Brazil.

You will work in the Water and Sanitation Division, which is part of the Infrastructure and Energy Department. This team is responsible for sectoral dialogue and identification, design and supervision of technical cooperation and investment projects that seek to guarantee universal and sustainable access to quality, accessible, resilient and sustainable water and inclusive sanitation; in addition to urban solid waste management services, in order to contribute to economic development and growth.

What will you do:

  •  Contribute to sectoral dialogue with national and subnational government authorities, lending entities, other donors and non-governmental agencies.
  •  Participate in the identification and preparation, including global feasibility assessment ( technical, economic, financial, legal, social, environmental and institutional ), of investment project financing operations, in addition to technical cooperation, taking into account our policies, strategies and tools, the country’s opportunities and conditions, institutional capacities and available financing mechanisms.
  •  Participate in the supervision of investment projects and technical cooperation in the portfolio, and support activities at the sectoral level, with a strategic and results-based approach, and carrying out comprehensive risk management.
  •  Contribute to the identification, elaboration and development of studies, strategies, tools and other products, in the Bank’s areas of activity in the sector of Brazil, which promote efficiency, innovation and sustainability in interventions.
  •  Participate, as a member of multidisciplinary teams, in the conceptualization and development of innovative and complex technical, institutional proposals according to the needs of the federal, state and municipal governments, as well as the private sector.
  •  Provide technical advice on areas and topics of specialization, related to our activities, to borrowers, national and subnational governments and non-governmental agencies.
  •  Proactively participate with project teams in the quality control of loan proposal documents, technical cooperation and other Bank documents.
  •  Lead and / or provide guidance for the development of knowledge products, conduct research and analysis, and similar ones to promote the development of the sector, and support their respective dissemination.
  •  Work independently with limited supervision.
  •  Provide mentoring to the most junior employees to develop technical knowledge.

What you will need:

  • Formation: Master ( or equivalent ) in civil / health engineering or the like. Doctorate in related areas would be a differential.
  • Experience: Minimum of 7 years of experience and expertise in multilateral or bilateral development institutions, public sector entities, prestigious consulting companies, private sector groups, in the areas of drinking water supply, sewage, wastewater treatment, urban rainwater drainage; water resources management; and urban solid waste management.
  • Languages: You are fluent in Portuguese. Fluency in Spanish would be advantageous.

General skills:

  •  Work independently, with a focus on results and limited supervision.
  •  Strong interpersonal skills, high work capacity, initiative, proactivity, innovation, ability to deal with multiple tasks and work in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, with proven ability to resolve conflicts and offer constructive and pragmatic solutions. Ability to work effectively with project teams and borrowers, providing initiative and leadership when needed. Ability to analyze, process and transmit information in a clear, logical and organized manner, make recommendations based on a systematic analysis that incorporates different sources of information and generate specific points of view for decision making or formulation of recommendations.

Technical skills:

  •  Proven experience in the water and sanitation sector in Brazil. Sectoral analyzes of public strategy and policies and elaboration of plans, specialized studies and water infrastructure and basic sanitation projects.
  •  Proven skill in applying advanced technical knowledge in the industry.


  • Citizenship: Have Brazilian citizenship or be a citizen of one of our 48 member countries with legal or residence permits to work in Brazil.
  • Inbreeding: You have no family members ( up to the fourth degree of inbreeding and second degree of affinity, including spouse ) working at IDB, IDB Invest or IDB Lab.

Contract type and duration

  •  National employee contract, initially 36 months, renewable by mutual agreement.

What we offer: The IDB group offers benefits that respond to the different needs and moments of an employee’s life. These benefits include:

  •  A competitive remuneration package.
  • Licenses and vacations: 24 days paid off + 8 personal days + sick leave + parental leave without gender.
  • Health insurance: the IDB Group provides qualified employees and dependents with a robust program of medical benefits covering medical, dental, ophthalmological, preventive and prescription drugs.
  • Pension plan: Defined retirement plan that provides financial security and supports employees in planning their future.
  •  Working hours hybrid and flexible
  • Health and well-being: Access to our Health Services Center, which offers preventive care and health education for employees.
  • Development support: We offer tools to enhance 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 to ensure that everyone brings the best and authentic to work, willing to try new approaches without fear and where they are responsible 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 +, people with special needs, people of African descent and indigenous people to apply.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities receive reasonable accommodation to participate in the job interview process. If you are a qualified candidate with special needs, send an email to [email protected] to request accommodation due to complete this registration.

Our human resources team carefully reviews each application.

About the IDB Group

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

About the IDB

The Inter-American Development Bank’s mission is to improve lives. Created in 1959, the IDB is one of the main sources of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research projects and offers policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private clients across the region.

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Additional Information

  •  External Opening Date: Sep 5, 2023
  •  External Closing Date: Sep 26, 2023
  •  External Contact Email: [email protected]
  •  Job Field: Sector


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