We announce our vacancies on the IDB’s website, and regularly highlight some opportunities on our LinkedIn and Facebook pages. All applications are submitted through our online application system . We require a lot of information up front, so carve out about 20-30 minutes to complete the application. Filling a vacancy may take up to a couple of months or more.


You must be a citizen of one of the IDB’s 48 member countries in order to qualify for any type of employment. Candidates with relatives working at the IDB are not eligible for any type of employment.



The IDB can request from the U.S. Department of State to provide G(4) status to Bank staff and short-term contract employees who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States. With the same visa status being granted to eligible dependent(s) who reside with the  Bank employee.

The G(4) visa is obtained from a U.S. Consulate outside the United States prior to arrival at a point of entry to the U.S., and is issued normally for a period of one to four years, depending on the reciprocity arrangements between the U.S. and the country of citizenship.

The G(4) visa is based upon employment with a specific international organization and, as such, limits employment in the U.S. to employment with the IDB.

What are the terms of the full-time or contract/consultant positions you offer?

For full time staff, we initially offer a fixed-term contract of up to 3 years that may be renewed. We also hire professionals on a fee basis for specific tasks and projects, under the following terms:

  • Consultants: Individuals who provide consulting services normally associated with specifically defined products or expert advice or services. Contract duration is anywhere from one (1) day to a maximum cumulative lifetime total of thirty-six (36) months within the IDB Group, regardless of whether the service comprised a single contract or multiple contracts (including internships).
  • Products and External Services Consultant (PEC): Contracts without time limits may be to consultants to meet the specific needs of operations, for the delivery of specific products and/or services, which are provided in an independent, autonomous manner (i.e., off-site).

How many staff positions does the IDB fill each year?
We fill approximately 150 staff positions each year.
Do you have offices around the world? Do you recruit for these offices?

We have offices in 29 countries around the world. The IDB is the only multilateral financial institution with offices in all 26 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Our headquarters are located in the United States, and we also have offices in Europe and Asia. We hire for all offices on a regular basis. Based on the business needs, some positions are reserved for nationals, while some positions are open to international recruits.


What does career mobility and development look like at the IDB?

Career development and mobility are important and happen through a variety of ways including developmental work-assignments, lateral transfers, and annual performance review. These opportunities, combined with individual learning and leadership development programs, allow our staff to grow their careers while honing the relevant skillsets needed to meet the IDB’s goals.

What languages are used at the IDB?

The IDB’s official languages are English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. Most positions require oral and written proficiency in English and at least one of the other official languages.

Do you provide relocation assistance and onboarding support?

For staff arriving to headquarters from outside the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, the IDB provides a competitive relocation package that may include air transportation, shipment of household effects and automobile, payment in lieu of shipment, and incorporation allowances such as installation grant, travel grant, and settling-in grant.

We also have an Onboarding Program where new employees are integrated into their work environment over their first three months. The process is designed to foster a positive experience and provide new employees with tools so that they can be fully productive as soon as possible.

Do you offer parental leave for parents of newborns, or other family-related services?

Yes. In addition to “regular” leaves (24 days annual leave, 8 days personal leave) and sick leave, we offer the following to staff:

         Maternal leave:  12 weeks with pay to a female employee with respect to the birth of her child.

         Spousal leave:  10 days with pay available to spousal employee upon birth of child.

         Adoption leave:  12 weeks with pay available to an employee when he or she legally adopts a child and assumes custody of the child.

Other services designed for you and your family include:

         Health Unit: a health unit with occupational and non-occupational service, first aid and emergency.

         Fitness Center: a sponsored fitness center at subsidized rates, with equipment and classes.

         Child Care: onsite regular child care services and offsite emergency child care services.

         Lactation room: facility onsite to accommodate working new mothers.