Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Access to Information External Review Panel Expert. IDB, Washington DC. Open until 23 August 2019

Access To Information External Review Panel Expert
Background: On May 12, 2010, the Board of Executive Directors of the IDB approved a new Access to Information Policy (the "Policy"), which entered into effect January 1, 2011. The IDB Policy on Access to Information provides for a two stage review process by which parties requesting information can request a review of the IDB's decision to deny access to information pursuant to the terms of the Policy.
The review mechanism under the Policy establishes roles for both an Access to Information Committee (AIC) and an Access to Information External Review Panel (Panel). The Panel, which is composed of three external members independent of IDB Management, conducts second stage reviews in response to requests from interested parties in cases where the AIC, in conducting first-stage reviews, upholds Bank Management decisions to deny a requester access to information. The Panel has the authority to uphold or reverse the AIC's first stage review decisions to deny access to information. If the Panel reverses the AIC's decision to deny access to information, the Panel will grant the requester the information requested, which is the sole remedy available. Decisions of the Panel are final and will be published on the Bank's website within five days of the Panel issuing a decision. The Office of the Secretary (SEC) will act as the Secretariat to the Panel.
The Panel will be composed of three (3) individuals nominated by the President of the Bank and appointed by the Bank's Board of Executive Directors. Panel members will be selected and hired by the Bank using Bank procedures for the selection and hiring of individual consultants. Each member of the Panel will be appointed by the IDB for a three-year, renewable term, up to a maximum of six years.
What you’ll do: The primary responsibilities of the members of the Panel include the following:
  • Review and pass judgment upon any request for a second-stage review, following the decision of the AIC to uphold Bank Management's decision to deny access to information, as indicated above and in accordance with any rules of procedure governing the review mechanism and the Panel. Each member of the Panel will provide input leading to decisions to either uphold or reverse the decision of the Access to Information Committee, for each request for review that is presented to the Panel.
  • Prepare for and participate in the sessions of the Panel. Members will meet virtually (and in person as may be required).
  • Submit conclusions of its review to the President through the Secretariat.
  • Provide all necessary input for the preparation of reports to the IDB’s Board of Executive Directors and publications concerning the Panel’s activities and decisions.

Skills you’ll need:
  • Education: Advanced degree in law, journalism, and/or development-related fields of expertise.
  • Experience: At least 15 years of relevant professional experience and demonstrated competence.
  • Knowledge of borrowing and non-borrowing Bank member countries. Preference will be given to knowledge of regulatory frameworks governing access to Information and transparency.
  • Knowledge of and experience with the operations of multilateral development organizations and international financial institutions is considered an asset.
  • Proven strong ability gathering, analyzing and synthesizing information from multiple sources and presenting it concisely and clearly.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; good exposure to international and multicultural environment.
  • Languages: Fluency in Spanish and English. Knowledge of Portuguese and/or French is considered an asset.
Core and Technical Competencies:
  • Subject Matter Expertise: Knowledge of and experience with drafting, implementing or reviewing Access to Information policies internationally. Ability to manage a thorough and systematic review process.
  • Analysis and problem-solving: Ability to make decisions and/or develop recommendations based on systematic analysis and sound judgment in a timely and constructive manner.
  • Communication and knowledge-sharing: Well-developed writing and editing skills, advanced presentation skills sufficient to convey complex information on relevant issues.
Opportunity Summary:
Type of contract: Products and External Services Consultant.
Length of contract: 3 years.
Starting date: November 1, 2019.
Location: remotely from consultant’s country of residence and HQ when needed
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.
Special Characteristics
Service on the Panel will be on an on-call basis, and the number of hours to be dedicated to the work of the Panel will vary depending upon the case-load of the Panel at any given time. The Panel may conduct its activities through videoconference, through meetings at the Bank's Headquarters in Washington D.C., and through other appropriate means.
Panel members will not be eligible to accept any staff, consultant or contractor position for the IDB Bank Group during the term of their appointment to the Panel and until three years have elapsed from the date of the end of their service as a member of the Panel. For purposes of this paragraph, the IDB Bank Group is understood as the IDB, the Multilateral Investment Fund and the Inter-American Investment Corporation.
Membership on the Panel does not represent full-time employment by the Inter-American Development Bank.
Our culture: Working with us you will be surrounded by a diverse group of people who have years of experience in all types of development fields, including transportation, health, gender and diversity, communications and much more.
About us: At the Inter-American Development Bank, we’re devoted 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. Payment and Conditions: Compensation will be determined in accordance with Bank’s policies and procedures. The Bank, pursuant to applicable policies, may contribute toward travel and moving expenses. In addition, candidates must be citizens of an IDB member country.
Visa and Work Permit: The Bank, pursuant to applicable policies, may submit a visa request to the applicable immigration authorities; however, the granting of the visa is at the discretion of the immigration authorities. Notwithstanding, it is the responsibility of the candidate to obtain the necessary visa or work permits required by the authorities of the country(ies) in which the services will be rendered to the Bank. If a candidate cannot obtain a visa or work permit to render services to the Bank the contractual offer will be rescinded
Diversity: The Bank is committed to diversity and inclusion and to providing equal opportunities to all candidates. We embrace diversity on the basis of gender, age, education, national origin, ethnic origin, race, disability, sexual orientation, and religion. We encourage women, Afro-descendants and persons of indigenous origins to apply.

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