Watershed Management Consultant

Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 


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The Division of Environment, Rural Development and Disaster Risk Management (CSD / RND) in Haiti, supports the Government of Haiti in the design of new GEF operations on the sustainable management of watersheds and natural resources, in relation to the portfolio of operations financed with the Bank's ordinary capital: agriculture, natural disaster management, land tenure administration, tourism, and fishery.

These current and potential operations require an active and consistent monitoring by the Bank to ensure the preparation and satisfactory implementation of the planned activities. In this sense, it is essential to have the support of a dedicated person who has specialized knowledge in the preparation, execution and management of projects related to the management of watersheds and natural resources.


The team:

Established in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank ("IDB" or "Bank") is the main source of financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean, providing loans, grants, guarantees, policy advice and technical assistance to the public and private sectors of their borrowing countries.

The portfolio of projects of the Division of Environment, Rural Development and Disaster Risk Management (CSD / RND) in Haiti includes operations financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF):

  • Sustainable Management of the High Basins of Southwest Haiti (HA-X1002 / GRT / FM-11803-HA) for an amount of US $3.4 million, co-financed by the operation HA-G1023 / GRT / HR-13930-HA) for an amount of US$ 9 million;
  • Management of the Human Interface-Biodiversity in the Marine Protected Areas of the South of Haiti (HA-G1036 / GRT / FM-16314-HA) for an amount of US $1.8 million.

To promote the inclusive development of agriculture and sustainable use of natural resources it is necessary to deal with the three challenges confronted by the LAC region: (i) the low and heterogeneous agricultural productivity, which affects its competitiveness; (ii) the reduced reach of the sector’s growth benefits among rural peoples, which affects its social inclusion capability; and (iii) the vulnerability of natural resources to climate change, which affects its environmental sustainability in the long run. In this regard, the RND division supports countries in their efforts to have: (i) an agricultural sector with high productivity, whereby climate impacts are managed, demonstrating an overcoming of the competitiveness challenge; (ii) rural families’ incomes from the sector sustainably growing over time, demonstrating an overcoming of the social inclusion challenge; and (iii) natural resources used sustainably, whereby the carbon footprint is low, demonstrating an overcoming of the environmental sustainability challenge.


What you’ll do: 

The main objective of this consultancy is to support the technical and operational management and development of the GEF operations in Haiti. The specific objectives of the consultancy are: (i) to support the administration of GEF operations in Haiti and possibly other countries in the region, (ii) contribute to the identification and preparation of new GEF and IDB operations; (iii) provide technical advice to the executing entities to improve the performance of their operations; (iv) follow up on other CSD / RND operations that are related to GEF projects as a counterpart, or that may facilitate the identification of new GEF operations; and (v) support the IDB-GEF coordination team on corporate matters related to fulfilling its GEF Agency responsibilities.

The main specific functions that the consultant will perform are:

  • Provide technical and operational guidance to the Executing Units in the development of projects, including the development of project execution plans, annual operational plans, semi-annual performance indicators, semi-annual performance reports, monitoring systems, monitoring and evaluation, preparation of terms of reference and technical documents.
  • Collaborate with the executing agencies in full compliance with the respective monitoring and evaluation plans of the projects and prepare the reports required by the Bank to fulfill their responsibilities as project GEF Agency.
  • Participate and contribute to the technical dialogue with the sectoral entities in the topics of sustainable management of watersheds, natural resources, and environment.
  • Maintain fluid communication with the executing agencies of the assigned projects - and other key stakeholders involved - in order to achieve execution goals.
  • Conduct inspection visits to the projects in execution, report the observed findings and provide the pertinent recommendations.
  • Collaborate as a team member in the preparation of the new GEF proposals, as well as other IDB operations. Responsibilities include: coordination of dialogue with project proposing agencies; analysis of executing agencies; support in the preparation of documents and supplies for the processing of operations; support for monitoring and surveillance of consultancies and results for the formulation of documents and annexes required for project preparation.


What you’ll need:

Citizenship: You are a citizen of one of our 48-member countries. The IDB may offer assistance with relocation and visa applications for you and your eligible dependents.

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: You have a master’s degree in environmental sciences, agronomy, agricultural economics, natural resources economics, economics, environmental engineering, natural resources management, or related relevant disciplines.

Experience: You have a minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in planning, implementing and/or supervising projects on environment and/or watershed management and/or related topics. Experience working in multidisciplinary teams, particularly in the context of multilateral institutions, is desirable.

Languages: Oral and written fluency in English and French are required. Knowledge of Spanish is desirable.


Core and Technical Competencies:

  • Technical sector dialogue: Engages in policy dialogue, based on solid knowledge of sector issues, the development challenges of client countries, and IDB policies, strategies, and guidelines.
  • Analysis and design of projects: Conceptualizes, prepares and participates in the approval of projects and programs (for example, loans and technical cooperations), in coordination with other team members and the respective authorities.
  • Project supervision: Effectively supports the execution of projects and programs to maximize their results.
  • Knowledge management and dissemination: Effectively shares and disseminates economic/sector knowledge and learning experience to enhance the relevance of the IDB in borrowing countries and the region.
  • Collaboration, Teamwork and Inclusion: Works cooperatively with others independent of background (e.g., gender, ethnic origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, background, perspective) or organizational role, and takes a team-based and inclusive approach to projects and decision making.

Opportunity Summary: 

Type of contract: Consultant

Length of contract: 36 months

Location : IDB Haiti Country Office (Port au Prince)

Responsible person: Environment Rural Development & Disaster Risk Management Division (RND) specialists in the Country Office.

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.


We encourage women, afro-descendants, people of indigenous origins, and persons with disabilities to apply.


About us: At the IDB, we’re committed 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.


Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.