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Administrative Tribunal of the Inter-American Development Bank Group

Member of the Tribunal

Terms of Reference

General Background

Established in 1959 and based in Washington, D.C., the Inter-American Development Bank (“IDB” or “Bank”) is today the main source of multilateral 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 member countries.

The Inter-American Investment Corporation (“IIC” or “Corporation”) is a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group. Its mission is to promote the economic development of its member countries within Latin America and the Caribbean by encouraging the establishment, expansion, and modernization of SMEs (small and medium-sized private enterprises).

The Administrative Tribunal of the Inter-American Development Bank Group (“Administrative Tribunal” or “Tribunal”), established by the Board of Executive Directors of the IDB in 1981, hears and passes judgment upon any application by which an Employee of the Bank or of the Corporation alleges non-observance of his or her contract of employment or terms and conditions of appointment. In the context of this mandate, the Administrative Tribunal has reviewed, on average, 3 to 5 applications per year.

The Statute of the Administrative Tribunal, approved by the Board of Executive Directors of the IDB, established that the Administrative Tribunal shall be composed of seven members. Members of the Tribunal shall be persons of recognized professional competence and integrity who have the necessary qualifications to occupy a similar position in the highest judicial courts of their countries or who are jurisconsults of recognized competence.

Members of the Tribunal will be appointed by the Board of Executive Directors of the IDB from a list of candidates presented to it by a Nominating Committee

Members of the Tribunal

The Tribunal has the authority to conduct hearings, examine evidence, make decisions and render judgments on controversies and disputes between the Bank or the Corporation and their respective Employees. In carrying out its functions the Tribunal shall not be subject to the laws or jurisprudence of any of the Bank's or the Corporation's member countries or any of their political or administrative subdivisions.

Members will be bound by the Statute of the Administrative Tribunal and its Rules of Procedure.

Key Responsibilities

  • Make decisions and pass judgments based on the Agreement Establishing the Bank or the Agreement Establishing the Corporation, as applicable, and the respective written and approved policies, the rules and regulations of their respective Boards of Governors and Boards of Executive Directors, the Staff Retirement Plans, and the personnel and administrative policies in force at the time of the alleged non-observance.
  • Protect the confidentiality of information taking into account the policies of the Bank and the Corporation.
  • Promote the efficient functioning and the expeditious adjudication of matters within the Tribunals’ jurisdiction.
  • Decide on the admissibility of applications presented by employees based on the Rules of Procedure of the Administrative Tribunal.
  • Interpret the terms of the employment agreements between the Bank or the Corporation and their respective Employees, and the terms and conditions of appointment.
  • Review and decide the request to suspend contested decisions.
  • Conduct oral hearings where the Tribunal concludes that such hearings are deemed appropriate to the resolution of the cases.
  • Conduct the discovery process of the cases.
  • Consideration of cases and the conduct of the discovery process through technological means such as videoconferencing and teleconferencing, as determined by the President of the Tribunal.
  • Participate in the Administrative Tribunal’s sessions at the principal office of the Bank or elsewhere, as requested by the President of the Tribunal.
  • Work in Panels of three judges appointed by the President of the Tribunal to each case, unless the exceptional circumstances of the matter merit the consideration by the full Tribunal (seven judges).

Key Competencies:

  • Experience with administrative law or conflict resolution mechanisms involving international organizations, to address issues such as contracts of employment, and terms and conditions of appointment.
  • Good analytical and evaluative skills combined with good judgment in the resolution of cases.
  • Understanding of duties and obligations of international civil servants and multi-cultural environments.
  • Judicial temperament and objectivity.
  • Demonstrated integrity.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including proven presentation skills.
  • Ability to work as a team with members having different origins and cultures.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; exposure to international and multicultural environments.
  • Ability to work with information technology communications tools such as video and teleconferencing is preferred.


  • Education:
    • Advanced degree (Master’s degree, JD, or Licenciatura) in Law.
  • Experience:
    • 15+ years of professional experience. 10+ years of substantial relevant professional experience is preferred.
    • Candidates should hold a recognized professional competence and integrity with the necessary qualifications to occupy a similar position in the highest judicial courts of his/her country or a jurisconsult of recognized competence.
    • Demonstrated familiarity and experience in administrative law and conflict resolution mechanisms in the context of international development organizations is preferred.
  • Languages:
    • Command of Spanish and English is required; proficiency in French and/or Portuguese is desirable.

Characteristics of the Consultancy

  • Consultancy contract with a retainer.
  • Duration: 6 years, non-renewable term.
  • Place(s) of work: Remote Work and Headquarters, Washington D.C.

Payment and Conditions of Employment

Members of the Tribunal will receive financial compensation as regulated by the Board of Executive Directors.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Individuals with relatives working for the IDB and the IIC within, and including the fourth degree of consanguinity and the second degree of affinity are not eligible.
  • Candidates must be citizens of a member country of the Inter-American Development Bank.
  • Candidates may not be current or former Bank or Corporation Employees.

Preference will be given to qualified candidates who are citizens of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. Women are encouraged to apply.

Applications will be received by email to Closing date: June 16, 2014.


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