At the Devex International Development Career Forum in Washington, D.C., this spring, I sat down with Rudy Perecin Mareno, a recruiter within the talent management division of the Inter-American Development Bank, to discuss what kinds of career opportunities are available at the IDB, what they look for in candidates and how to stand out.
Economists are always in demand, especially those who combine their economics background with one of the sectors the IDB supports like transport, agriculture or health. Aspiring professionals should look to gain specific, technical skills as they “do not have many generalists” within the bank.
Watch the video above to learn more about what kinds of skills the IDB looks for in candidates and the biggest mistakes job seekers make when applying to jobs.
With about 62 percent of staff based in their Washington, D.C. headquarters, the IDB is looking to increase the amount of staff located in country offices. Working closely with local governments is an important part of their work, so having experience in this area is something they look for in new hires.
Thirty-six percent of IDB staff are actually consultants, with a one to two year contract. This can serve as a testing period for professionals to prove they are a good fit for the organization, before eventually transitioning to full time staff.
To learn more about the different position classifications, how the IDB’s hiring differs from the non-profit space and how internal changes at the multilateral bank are opening up new opportunities in the private sector, watch the video above.
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Kate Warren is the senior director and editor of careers and recruiting content at Devex. With more than a decade of international development recruitment experience working with international NGOs, consulting firms and donor agencies, she has a finger on the pulse of hiring trends across the industry and insider knowledge on what it takes to break in.
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