Egon Zehnder


Reference: Open Search for IDB Chief Economist
Position: Chief Economist and General Manager of the Research Department (RES)
Organisation: Inter-American Development Bank
Location: Washington, DC
Added: 11 Jun 2018
Closing Date: 31 Jul 2018

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is devoted to improving lives.  Established in 1959, it is the largest and leading source of financing for economic, social, and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean.  In addition to lending, the IDB partners with its 48 members countries to provide Latin America and the Caribbean with cutting-edge research on relevant development issues, policy advice to inform decisions, and technical assistance to improve the planning and execution of projects.

The IDB Research Department (RES) is committed to pushing beyond established frontiers of development knowledge and providing intellectual leadership on economic development issues for Latin America and the Caribbean. The Department advises Management on economic and development issues, conducts research and analysis on macroeconomic trends and microeconomic foundations for growth, equity and poverty issues, as well as on cross-cutting and long run development issues, and oversees the development of the Bank’s quantitative and analytical databases.  It generates new ideas to enrich the knowledge base that supports the policy agenda of the Bank and its member countries for achieving sustainable and equitable development in the Region.

The Chief Economist and RES General Manager leads a team of researchers with excellent academic credentials, superior research, and policymaking experience, and expertise in different areas. S/he is an IDB Executive staff member and reports to the Vice-President for Sectors and Knowledge.  The appointment shall be for a fixed-term period, with eligibility for renewal, subject to Bank policies.

The IDB is looking for a seasoned intellectual leader with:

  • unquestionable integrity and the highest ethical standards;
  • renowned technical background and expertise in the economics and international development arena;
  • ability to develop innovative approaches;
  • top management experience--an outstanding people manager who models inclusive behaviors, promotes diversity, and effectively manages resources;
  • passion for contributing to the development of Latin America and the Caribbean;
  • outstanding and proactive communications skills and the ability to clearly defend and explain difficult and complex concepts; 
  • collaborative attitude; ability to work in close coordination with other units;
  • solid interpersonal skills, and sound judgment and emotional intelligence.

Post of duty:  Washington, D.C.

More information on the role is available in the attached Role Description (in English and Spanish).

To apply, please send in your resume and cover letter to by July 31, 2018.

Information Packs:
  • Role Specification - IDB Chief Economist (Eng)
  • Especificación de Rol - Economista Jefe (Spa)
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