Korean Research Fellow For Connectivity, Market & Finance Division (CMF)

Korean Research Fellow For Connectivity, Market & Finance Division (CMF)


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.

Connectivity infrastructure is at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution and holds the potential to increase productivity, stimulate economic growth, and foster social inclusion. Studies reveal that half of the LAC region still lacks connectivity, while the other half faces connection of insufficient quality. To address this, Connectivity, Market, and Finance division (CMF) is working to design innovative financing solutions for digital connectivity infrastructure while supporting the strengthening of the policy and regulatory frameworks required to incentivize these investments and promote the digital transformation of the region.

There are many challenges in connectivity service in the LAC countries; lack of government budget, high-level of technology, skillful labor, well-organized systems, legal framework to proceed with the projects and the lack of critical infrastructure protection awareness for the stable operation of the relevant infrastructures. The research on Korea, which is known for well-developed ICT and its protection measures, will be very useful for providing practical ideas and momentum to support the development and protection of connectivity infrastructures in LAC.


The team’s mission:

To address and support member countries in inclusive and environmentally sustainable productive development, the Connectivity, Markets and Finance Division assists member countries to overcome the financing barriers that limit their productive development. Areas of work include financial inclusion, financial and fiscal risk management, financial transparency, housing finance, public debt management, green finance, among others.


What you will do:

  • Provide technical and administrative assistance in various activities related to the broadband infrastructure and critical information infrastructure protection.
  • Communicate with the relevant Korean institutions for knowledge dissemination
  • Participate in operational activities, including the development and implementation of CMF projects related to Korea.


Main activities

The selected candidate will:

  • Contribute to developing knowledge products in infrastructure connectivity and critical infrastructure protection sector such as technical notesstudies, tools, and strategies in English.
  • Support the implementation of investment and technical assistance to the development of CMF projects.
  • Actively engage the knowledge sharing and lessons learned in the benchmark study on Korea to strengthen further the ongoing and collaboration in the areas relevant to CMF between Korea and IDB.
  • Support the ccommunication with government officers of each Latin-American country to prepare the benchmark study on Korea.
  • Support and participate in workshops for the collaboration between Korea and the IDB.
  • Assist other related works to achieve the main objectives.


What you’ll need:

  • Minimum requirements: The program is open to recent graduates (3 years or less) or current students in recognized universities or accredited institutions under 33 years of age by the 1st of January of the year when the contract will begin.
  • Citizenship: You must be a citizen of Korea. Subject to the IDB’s policies and procedures. 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, IDB Invest, or IDB Lab.
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree(Master preferable) in computer science or related discipline is required.
  • Experience: A minimum of two years of Public Infrastructure, Broadband infrastructure, infrastructure protection sector experience is preferred
  • Languages: Fluent English and Spanish required.


Core and Technical Competencies:

  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, Access.) and database management for report generation, as well as any other reporting tool.


Opportunity Summary:

  • Type of contract: Consultant – Research Fellow.
  • Length of contract: 12 months, with possible renewal.
  • Starting date: February 2022 to January 2023.
  • Location: IDB Headquarters, Washington, DC, US.
  • Responsible person: Telecommunications Lead Specialist (IFD/CMF).
  • 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.  

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 opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, afro-descendants, and indigenous people to apply.


Korean Research Fellow For Connectivity, Market & Finance Division (CMF)


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 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.


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.


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