The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is the premiere multilateral institution promoting sustainable economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. One of its recent projects was the Integrated Socio-environmental Program in Porto Alegre, Brazil, which proposed a comprehensive and integrated solution to the quality of urban living in the area, covering enhancements in water quality, storm water protection, population resettlement, housing, environmental protection and sewerage services.
Hubert Quille, one of IDB’s Team Leaders, spearheaded the design and preparation of the said project. “As Leader of the IDB Team for the preparation of the project, my responsibility was to ensure that each aspect would be carefully designed, and that the complexity would resolve into an orderly and timely implementation, to effectively deliver the expected benefits to the population,” he explained.
“The TL [Team Leader] has the responsibility to justify all the orientations, options and decisions taken in the design of the project submitted to the approval of the Bank,” Quille continued.
“The objective of this work [being a Team Leader] is to ascertain the soundness of the project so as to reach the best possible use of the funds to solve the development problem addressed by the project. The TL has the responsibility to justify all the orientations, options and decisions taken in the design of the project submitted to the approval of the bank,” he discussed.
According to Quille, time management is a primary concern as project preparation can take as much as over a year due to the different workload peaks between the client and the bank. “The most rewarding aspect is the establishment of a sound and efficient collaboration with client, where both teams are sharing the same will to achieve the same goal, knowing that the effort will result in a real development benefit,” he said.
Prior to serving as IDB Team Leader, Quille worked for the Water and Sanitation division of the Lyonnaise des Eaux/Suez Group for 15 years. He holds a Master’s degree in International Industrial Economics from the University of Paris.