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Placement Organization: Inter-American Development Bank
Placement Location: Washington D.C.
Eligible Citizenship: Citizenship from one of the 48 IDB member countries (,6291.html)

About: IDB supports efforts by Latin America and the Caribbean countries to reduce poverty and inequality. We aim to bring about development in a sustainable, climate-friendly way. Established in 1959, we are the largest source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, with a strong commitment to achieve measurable results, increased integrity, transparency and accountability. We have an evolving reform agenda that seeks to increase our development impact in the region.

While we are a regular bank in many ways, we are also unique in some key respects. Besides loans, we also provide grants, technical assistance and do research. Our shareholders are 48 member countries, including 26 Latin American and Caribbean borrowing members, who have a majority ownership of the IDB.


Position Overview: The IDB Social Protection & Health Fellow will be an integral team member in the IDB’s Social Protection and Health Division (SPH), participating in the preparation and supervision of health projects, including Salud MesoAmérica 2015 (SM2015) and the Neglected Tropical and Infectious Diseases (NTD) Initiative in Mexico, Guatemala and/or other countries in the region. Examples of work assignments include analyzing health data to establish country epidemiological profiles, designing interventions tailored to address public health challenges, and supervising the implementation of such interventions. The fellow will work with experienced, multidisciplinary teams, and will be supervised by and work closely with SPH economists and specialists.

The objective of SM2015 is to reduce maternal and infant morbidity and mortality through a holistic health strategy that will improve access, utilization, and quality of health services in the poorest areas of countries in MesoAmerica. The objective of the NTD Initiative is to prevent, control and eliminate Neglected Tropical and Infectious Diseases from the Latin American and Caribbean region.



  • Analyze health data to establish country epidemiological profiles
  • Produce background information and review literature to inform project design
  • Support preparatory work to approve public health projects (design of interventions, monitoring and evaluation arrangements, among other activities)
  • Support the supervision of the implementation stage of public health projects
  • Participate in missions to Latin American and Caribbean countries during project preparation and supervision to support team leaders
  • Co-author an article for internal and/or external publication on a topic related to the project(s) the fellow supports


Required Skills and Experience:

  • Citizenship from one of the 48 IDB member countries (,6291.html)
  • Fluency and strong writing skills in Spanish and English


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience working in health economics, public health and/or medicine
  • Demonstrated ability to design and/or implement projects in developing countries
  • Knowledge of statistical programs (e.g. STATA)
  • Experience working with databases
  • Creativity and ability to work well in teams


Living Conditions: Fellows will be provided with housing, health insurance and a living stipend of $750/month. Fellows will also receive an award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year. Flights to and from the placement site and all other costs associated with GHC programming are included.