Counsel and Office Administration Senior Associate / Staff Association SRE/SAS

InterAmerican Development BankWashington, District of columbiaFull TimeOn Site

Context of this search:

The Staff Association (SA) is currently looking for an attorney that can provide advice to the SA’s President and members on HR and labor matters (staff and consultants), internal grievance processes (grievance & conflict resolution mechanisms), legal issues, and coordinate the administrative and budget matters of the office.

The team’s mission:

Represents the general interest of its members. Promotes the general welfare of the employees through social, cultural, sporting, or recreational activities. Promotes unity among the employees through acts designed to better both human and labor relations within the Institution. Collaborates with the Administration in the promotion of Bank objectives to foster increased productivity, dedication, and passion for the development and integration of member countries.

What you’ll do: As part of the SA team, you will be accountable to:

  • Maintain the SA President informed of potential Human Resources (HR) issues and/or labor grievances. Address consultations and questions from SA members regarding their employment/labor concerns and explains the use of the Bank’s Conflict Resolution system, including Internal grievance processes and other employment issues and support.
  • Review issues presented by SA members, either pertaining to a professional work situation or seeking legal financial assistance; and provide recommendations to the SA President on how to proceed. Prepare communications in response to inquiries from SA members regarding SA services.
  • Provide support to the SA Board’s Internal HR Committee and coordinates workshops to discuss new HR initiatives which affect staff and consultants. Stay abreast of changes to HR and Administrative policies and advise the SA Management and Board of said changes.
  • Ensure that internal procedures are aligned with the IDB Group’s Administrative Tribunal, and coordinate any internal SA matters (including financial assistance) for all cases that the SA is financing and are in the process of being presented to the Administrative Tribunal. . Serve as liaison with the SA’s external Legal Counsel.
  • Handle the overall administrative activities of the office, proposing solutions to resolve administrative issues and implementing needed processes and internal controls. Act as the Time and Labor and Leave Administrator and the Knowledge and Learning Coordinator for the SA.
  • Prepare and perform the administrative budget under established guidelines, propose budget adjustments and transactions, control all administrative expenses and prepare related reports as needed. Overall supervision of the SA budget (funds from SA member fees).
  • Draft letters of agreement and other contracts for the SA.

What you’ll need:

Citizenship: You are a citizen of one of our 48-member countries. We may offer assistance with relocation and visa applications for you and your eligible dependents.

Consanguinity: You have no family members (up to the fourth degree of consanguinity and second degree of affinity, including spouse) working at the IDB Group.

Education: Graduate studies (master degree or equivalent) in Law, Human Resources, or related academic area.


  • At least 6 years of validated experience in HR and labor-related matters, internal grievance processes, conflict resolution mechanisms, and project/budget management. Experience in leading projects and coordinating teams. Excellent client service and communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including a proven ability to deal sensitively in multicultural environments and build effective working relationships with colleagues.
  • Established reputation for integrity, sound judgment, fairness, and discretion in dealings internally and externally.

Languages: Full professional writing and oral proficiency in both English and Spanish.

Computer Skills: Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Professional, knowledge of SAP, Hyperion, Service Now, and Survey Monkey.

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Opportunity Summary:

Type of contract: Fixed-term

Length of contract: 3 years

Starting date: December 16, 2021

Location: Headquarters, Washington, D.C., United States of America

Our culture: Our people are committed and passionate about improving lives in Latin America and the Caribbean, and they get to do what they love in a diverse, collaborative, and stimulating work environment. We are the first Latin American and Caribbean development institution to be awarded the EDGE certification, recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality. As an employee, you can be part of internal resource groups that connect our diverse community around common interests.

Because we are committed to providing equal opportunity in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job interview process and to perform the estimated tasks.

About us: At the IDB, we’re committed 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 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.

The IDB offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package.

Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for our Region, the IDB Group is reviewing its hiring needs and re-prioritizing its areas of talent acquisition. We encourage candidates to continue to apply to the active postings, yet current job openings may be subject to further decisions in terms of timing of the processes, or other actions, in accordance with business needs. Final hiring decisions may also be conditioned to the candidate’s ability to timely relocate to the post of duty at the moment of starting service. In the event, the selected candidate cannot relocate to the post of duty, the start date may have to be postponed or a temporary work agreement ratified, ad-hoc, in accordance with business needs and applicable policies, with the view of having the candidate physically present in the post of duty by July 1 at the latest, should travel regulations permit it.

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