Job Title
Operations Officer (Energy)
Date Posted
Job Type
Full-Time Regular
Job Description






Below is the Opportunity Profile for the position of Operations Officer (Energy) in the Economic Infrastructure Division of the Projects Department at the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The profile consists of a description of the job, the qualifications and competencies required, and a brief description of the Bank.

Before you proceed to apply, please consider the following requirements:

  1. You must be a national of one of CDB’s member countries.
  2. You will be required to produce evidence of any educational and professional qualifications to support your application if you are selected for an interview.
  3. All appointments are subject to satisfactory background checks and references.
CDB is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex or religion. In order to be considered for this position, you must submit the following items:
  1. A cover letter addressed to the Director, Human Resources and Administration, outlining how your experience and qualifications match the profile described; and
  2. A résumé indicating nationality, and including the names and contact information (telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) for four persons who know you and your work well enough to comment on your suitability for this role.

CDB fully respects the need for confidentiality of information supplied and assures you that your background and interest will not be discussed with anyone including references, without your prior consent.

Please submit your résumé online, as indicated on the CDB website, with the required information in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format, in English. The deadline for submission of applications is November 2, 2018 at 23:00 hrs EST.

We thank you for your interest.


The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB/the Bank) is seeking to recruit a strong professional to assume the role of Operations Officer (Energy), Economic Infrastructure Division. The successful candidate will be based at CDB’s office in St. Michael, Barbados.


CDB is a regional multilateral development bank which was established in October 1969 to contribute to the harmonious economic growth and development of the member countries in the Caribbean Region and to promote economic cooperation and integration among them, having special and urgent regard to the needs of the less-developed members of the Region. CDB began operations in January 1970 and has become a leading catalyst for providing development financing, technical assistance and policy advice to its Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) for the reduction of poverty.

CDB’s member countries are Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, the British Virgin Islands, Canada, the Cayman Islands, Colombia, Dominica, Germany, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Italy, Jamaica, The People’s Republic of China, Mexico, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the United Kingdom and Venezuela.

CDB is committed to the objectives of sustainable development in all of its dimensions. It promotes the achievement of inclusive growth and supports initiatives that strengthen BMCs’ resilience to external economic shocks and the effects of natural hazards and that address gender equality, poverty reduction and inequality and environmental sustainability.

CDB adheres to the highest standards of integrity, ethics, compliance, transparency and accountability with zero tolerance for fraud, corruption, money laundering, financing of terrorism and similarly corrosive conduct. CDB also works to ensure that the projects it finances do not cause environmental or social harm.


The Projects Departments (PD) is accountable for the pipeline and portfolio of capital and TA projects. The PD is responsible for the identification, appraisal and supervision of all capital and TA projects and sector loans in the Bank’s portfolio. In addition, the Department is responsible for monitoring and reporting on the status of the Bank’s loan portfolio; for the preparation of sector analyses and policy papers, delivery of capacity development training in BMCs in the areas of project development, project management and macro-economic management; and for provision of assistance to micro- and small- enterprises.

The work of the Department is delivered through three Divisions and three Units, each providing a focus on one of the following – the social sector, economic infrastructure, technical cooperation, environmental sustainability, private sector development and procurement policy.


The Economic Infrastructure Division (EID) is responsible for project cycle activities from project identification through implementation, associated with infrastructure projects, including tourism heritage sites. Post-disaster response is also the responsibility of EID.


Operations Officers (OOs) are collectively responsible for the identification of potential projects and Technical Assistance (TA) interventions for inclusion in the Bank’s pipeline. Project preparation, appraisal and implementation supervision activities account for a significant portion of the responsibilities of the position. The OO (Energy) is accountable for due diligence, probity and professional excellence in the discharge of the position’s key responsibilities. He/she is expected to stay abreast of advances in the energy sector, identify areas for improvement of operational policy, procedure and practice, “lessons learned” and best practices to support project development activities and project performance assessments. He/she will work directly with clients to contribute to the achievement of their development priorities, relating to the energy sector, and the Bank’s strategic objectives.


The OO (Energy) will be required to:

1. Contribute as a team member to the screening of requests for assistance and the preparation and appraisal of assigned projects. Inputs will include, inter alia, assessment of the energy sector of the country from which the request originated, ensuring that the developmental need is appropriately addressed in the project design, as well as ensuring that all issues related to compliance with CDB’s policies and procedures are identified and resolved at the preparation stage and/or during the appraisal process.

2. Identify new opportunities using, among other methods, existing contacts and lead the development of capital and technical assistance projects in the energy sector. Among these should be opportunities for the integration of renewable energy and energy efficiency across all social and economic sectors, including education, industry, agriculture, transport and water.

3. Develop and build relationships at the technical/professional level with clients and key specialists in other multilateral and bilateral institutions and other international organisations, in order to promote cooperative activities and generate new business for the Bank.

4. Stay abreast of developments in assigned BMCs and provide information and analyses towards the revision, when necessary, of the Bank’s policy and strategies for the energy sector, including on issues of climate change, renewable energy, energy efficiency and other issues in BMCs in consultation with relevant government and development institutions/agencies.

5. Provide technical inputs, when necessary, on energy sector related matters to inter-departmental working groups.

6. Provide technical guidance to executing agencies on CDB’s policies and procedures during design, preparation and implementation of energy sector projects.

7. Supervise approved projects through to completion, including, inter alia, review of project reports for consistency with CDB’s policies, procedures and approved financing agreements, review of and comment on technical and other reports, timely preparation of project supervision reports, including Back-to-Office reports, ensuring the collection of data to facilitate the monitoring and evaluation of projects and providing assistance to clients in resolving any project-related issues during implementation.

8. Participate in or contribute to internal and external fora on the energy sector to facilitate advocacy of Bank products and services, information dissemination and knowledge-building, including technical support in the preparation of speeches/presentations by senior officers of the Bank.


The OO (Energy) should have the minimum qualifications outlined below and should demonstrate strong proficiency in the defined competencies.

Technical Grounding and Expertise

The successful candidate must have:

1. A first degree from an accredited university in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering and a post-graduate degree from an accredited university in Economics, Finance, Business Administration or a field directly related to energy.

2. A minimum of eight years of relevant professional experience in the energy sector including substantial practical experience and experience in project design and appraisal to support economic development.

3. Sound knowledge of the latest developments in the energy sector and of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and financing mechanisms.

4. Familiarity with issues of sustainable development and climate change mitigation and adaptation as it relates to the energy sector in the Caribbean Region.

5. Ability to lead and/or participate in Bank missions to BMCs and other fora.

6. Experience working in the Caribbean or in developing countries with similar conditions.

The following is considered an asset for this position:

1. Demonstrated knowledge of project cycle management, energy policy development, energy planning and management and energy regulation.

2. Academic qualification in Engineering with an emphasis on power systems.

Function-specific Competencies

The OO (Energy) must have:

1. Demonstrated ability to achieve results and an aptitude for problem-solving.

2. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to interface with the public and persons at all levels in government and in institutional settings.

3. Strong analytical skills and the ability to gather information, assess risk, consider the impact and articulate the implications of decisions to both internal and external stakeholders.

4. Ability to effectively adapt to tight deadlines, heavy workloads and sudden or frequent changes in priority in order to accomplish objectives.

5. Excellent written and oral communications skills including an ability to communicate complex issues in simple terms and to engage in evidence-based dialogue with stakeholders/clients.

Organisational Competencies

The successful candidate should demonstrate a strong proficiency in the following competencies:

Competency Definition

Acting as a Champion for Change

Actively identifies problems and opportunities for change and implements solutions where appropriate. Maintains effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or the work environment; and supports people in their efforts to try new things.

Acting Decisively

Moves quickly to make decisions and commits to a clear course of action; comfortable making decisions based on partial information; willing to take risks in order to maintain momentum; shows a strong bias toward action.

Acting Strategically

Aligns day-to-day activities around broader organisational goals and objectives; prioritises resources based on the strategic objectives of the organisation; recognises and rewards people based on how their actions support the broader needs of the organisation.

Championing Customer Needs

Calls attention to issues that impact customer satisfaction; views situations from the perspective of customers; encourages people to think about customers when making decisions and develops and sustains productive customer relationships.

Communicating Effectively

Consistently communicates with clarity and thoroughness to optimise audience understanding. Communicates information in a clear, concise, and timely manner. Demonstrates effective speaking and presentation skills.

Delivering High Quality Work

Critically reviews work processes to ensure quality; addresses problems that could impact quality; makes sure project deliverables and services meet all requirements and expectations; does not make the same mistakes twice.

Displaying Technical Expertise

Keeps his/her technical skills current; effectively applies specialised knowledge and skills to perform work tasks; understands and masters the technical skills, knowledge, and tasks associated with his/her job; shares technical expertise with others.

Driving for Results

Bottom-line oriented and pushes self and others to achieve results. Keeps current on project status; makes sure people are aware of project status and what they need to do to keep things moving; redirects project resources and activities to overcome setbacks; elevates project concerns to senior levels of leadership when appropriate.


This is a full-time position with the successful candidate being contracted on a two-year basis in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. A pension plan, life and medical insurances are included in the benefits package.

CDB Job Type
FTE - Full Time Employee