The Statistics Department (STA) has an opening in its Resource Management (STARM) Division for a specialist economist (A11-A14) that will contribute to the implementation of its work program.
STA provides global leadership on macroeconomic and financial statistics. Our analytical, policy, and operational work advances the international statistical agenda and contributes to carrying out the IMF’s mandate and core functions:
- Multilateral, bilateral and financial sector surveillance and use of Fund resources: STA gathers and analyzes macroeconomic and financial statistics underpinning IMF multilateral, bilateral and financial sector surveillance and use of Fund resources, identifying and addressing data gaps and quality deficiencies, and promoting best practices in the dissemination and communication of macroeconomic and financial statistics;
- Global economic policy advice: STA plays a critical and central role in the analytical development, drafting, and promotion of internationally-accepted statistical standards and methodologies and works with statistical standards bodies to address the data needs of policy makers;
- Capacity development (CD) activities: STA provides technical assistance (TA) and training to member countries, strengthening their capabilities to produce macroeconomic and financial statistics consistent with international statistical standards and to disseminate internationally comparable macroeconomic and financial statistics, consistent with operational policy needs.
STARM provides back office functions for the STA work program, especially on the budget and CD planning and implementation. In addition, STARM leads or contributes to STA and Fund-wide strategic initiatives, such as Results-Based Management (RBM), modernized STA TA reports, online learning, new media communications on STA CD, statistical scorecards, and CD evaluations.
The successful candidate will conduct operational and conceptual work aimed at implementing STA’s general and STARM-specific work programs. S/he will be involved in the full breadth of the division’s work and support divisional management, including on the budget and the management and implementation of STA’s CD program; STA support of area departments in the surveillance and data areas; collaboration with international agencies; and work on inter-departmental initiatives.
The successful candidate would work under the direct supervision of the RM Division Chief and Deputy Division Chief, and would also have opportunities to work directly with the STA Deputy Director responsible for CD. The selected economist would participate in both STARM back-office and strategic activities, and would have opportunities to lead STA projects and/or contribute to IMF-wide projects. She/he would work on various issues relevant to STA, including matters relevant for macroeconomic analysis. STA aims to ensure the quality of CD activities and places increasing emphasis on outcomes (results), including in relations with funding partners and member countries. In this regard, the successful candidate would be involved in all aspects of STA’s reform efforts on CD, especially those aimed at modernizing STA’s governance, documentation, and priority-setting framework to improve decision-making and streamline processes. She/he would also play a lead role in implementing the IMF RBM framework and be at the center of STA’s work to modernize CD reporting. The economist would support STA efforts to diversify its funding and promotion of proposed multi-partner funding vehicles. In addition, the successful candidate would be expected to contribute to the STA implementation of the forthcoming strategy for data and statistics in the IMF. In these tasks, the successful candidate would be expected to collaborate closely with staff in STA divisions, ICD, HRD, FIN and area departments, as well as with HQ-based TA project managers, STA experts and advisors and national authorities.
STA is seeking a dynamic, highly motivated economist with proven ability to work independently, as well as being effective in teams.
In addition to the qualifications set forth in the job standards, the candidate would have an advanced degree in macroeconomics, public finance, public administration, statistics, or related fields with a good grounding in quantitative analysis and, possibly, experience in empirical and policy oriented research. The successful candidate should have extensive experience with IMF TA. Knowledge of at least one major area of statistical methodology (national accounts, prices, balance of payments, monetary and financial statistics, or government finance statistics) would be desirable but is not required. Strong written and oral communications skills, and strong interpersonal and negotiating and influencing skills will also be important in developing relations with national and international authorities. Working knowledge of French or Spanish would be additional assets.
The position is open to all economists, both fungible and specialists, as well as other qualified candidates.