Background of this search:

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. It provides loans, grants, guarantees, policy advice and technical assistance to the public and private sectors of its borrowing countries.


The objectives of Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility (CCPF) are to 

  • To support firms to grow, innovate and enter new sectors and markets; and
  • To promote an environment that enables innovation and growth. 

The program is structured into two pillars. Pillar I: Productivity and Innovation in Firms; and Pillar II: Business and Innovation Climate. The program is jointly funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Government of Canada (CIDA) and is executed by the IDB, through a Facility Coordination Unit (FCU) based in the IDB’s Barbados Country Office.


The CCPF is currently supporting projects in The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent & the Grenadines. Each of the projects fall into one of the following instruments:


Projects financed by Pillar 1: Productivity and Innovation in Firms fall under one of the following three instruments: 

  • Direct Support to Clusters and Value Chains
  • Stimulating entrepreneurship and innovation in the private sector.
  • Support for productivity through technology adoption 

Projects financed by Pillar 2: Business and Innovation Climate fall under one of the following three instruments: 

  • Supporting institutions in charge of public-private dialogue and private sector development for evidence-based policy-making;
  • Supporting the drafting and implementation of policies or regulations that can significantly improve the business climate, particularly the Doing Business indicators
  • Data and knowledge generation for policy or regulatory reforms related to private sector development 

Compete Caribbean has a strong portfolio of projects that have significant potential to impact private sector development throughout the 13 beneficiary countries.


Compete is looking for an experienced consultant that has successfully managed projects aimed towards increasing innovation or competitiveness in particular economic sectors and/or of a country as a whole.

The Team’s mission:

The FCU comprises a team led by an Executive Director, who is supported by Coordinators (3), the Project Development Consultants and an Administrative Assistant. The FCU is also supported by IDB Specialists who provide technical input into, and serve as Team Leaders for, projects financed under the Facility.  The mission of the team is the efficient management of the resources of the Facility towards achievement of the Facility’s planned outputs, outcomes and impacts.

What you’ll do: 

You will be required to work both as a part of the Compete Caribbean team, under the direct supervision of IDB Specialists/Team Leaders and the Compete Caribbean Pillar coordinators, and independently; taking the lead on project-level activities, for projects of varying complexity.


Within these projects, you are expected to: 

  • Support on the identification, design and preparation of projects. This will involve leading missions and dialogue with counterparts on both the technical content as well as on the operational detail of projects. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and knowledge/prior experience in projects related to at least some of the instruments cited above is a requirement for this activity.
  • Technilcally support and coordinate the day-to-day project implementation by being responsible for timely procurement of consulting services and managing the performance of contracted consultants, including being able to critically review deliverables and suggest improvements and/or acceptance to pillar coordinators. Strong organizational skills, time-management and trouble-shooting skills are required for this activity.
  • Coordinate the relationship between the program and project intermediaries, project beneficiaries and other key stakeholders to ensure smooth implementation and/or to identify opportunities for technical assistance and/or leverage with other partners. Excellent inter-personal skills and a good technical grasp of the concepts behind some of the instruments outlined above is a requirement for this activity.
  • The technical support of the monitoring of project performance by being responsible for the collection and storage of monitoring data (baseline and results data and stories from the field); and preparation of Progress Monitoring Reports (PMRs) and Project Completion Report (PCRs), including recording of this data in relevant Bank systems.
  • Contribute to develop and disseminate material (blogs, presentations, short papers, articles) capturing project results, knowledge products, and other communication products derived from the projects and/or their activities that can enhance the visibility of Compete’s work in the region and/or enhance understanding among policy-makers and key stakeholders of the kinds of interventions that can produce impact.


What you’ll need: 

  • Citizenship: You are a citizen of one of our 48-member countries or non-IDB member countries recognized by the Donors of the Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility as eligible. We 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:  Master’s degree in science, business, economics or related field; and project management certification.
  • Experience: At least five 5 years of project management or professional experience in identifying, preparing, and managing the execution of private sector development projects with a focus on improving innovation, productivity and competitiveness.  Prior experience engaging in dialogue with senior decision makers on issues related to innovation, productivity and/or competitiveness (business climate reforms, e-government, entrepreneurship, innovation systems, clusters, strengthening business support organizations, etc.). Prior experience working with multilateral development institutions and knowledge of procurement policies and programming practices used by these institutions would be an asset. Experience in a developing country setting is required. Experience in the Caribbean would be an asset.
  • Languages: Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Fluency in Spanish is an asset.


Core and Technical Competencies:  

  • Advanced computer skills in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project)
  • Project design and monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative data analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently, with initiative and responsibility, and establish work priorities
  • Ability to communicate effectively and in writing with diverse audiences
  • Ability to work as team member to complete work assignments, achieve common goals, and contribute towards a positive work environment. 


Opportunity Summary: 

  • Type of contract and modality: Consultant, Full Time.
  • Length of Contract: 12 months
  • Location: Barbados, with travel missions throughout the Caribbean.
  • Responsible person: Private Sector Development Lead Specialist and Executive Director of Compete Caribbean (IFD/CTI) will have the technical responsibility for the coordination of the consultant’s activities.
  • Requirements: Candidates must be individuals from any IDB member country (IDB’s 48 member countries) or non-IDB member countries recognized by the Donors of the Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility as eligible. 


External Closing Date: Jun 4, 2020

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