International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Economist/Senior Economist

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Job Description


The IMF’s Statistics Department (STA) has an opening in its Balance of Payments Division (STABP) for a specialized Economist/Senior Economist who will contribute to the implementation of its work program in the area of external sector statistics (ESS).


STA provides global leadership on macroeconomic statistical methodologies and standards for the IMF, its member countries, and the international statistical community at large. It supports IMF surveillance and lending operations by strengthening member countries’ capabilities to compile and disseminate accurate and reliable macroeconomic and financial statistics. STA collaborates with other IMF departments, donors, and other external partners to ensure that data needs for evidence-based policymaking are met. To this end, it works towards: identifying and addressing data gaps and quality deficiencies; promoting data dissemination; and calibrating its Capacity Development (CD) program to achieve measurable outcomes.

The Balance of Payments Division (STABP) serves as a knowledge resource to the IMF and its members on the methodology for balance of payments, international investment position (IIP), external debt, reserve assets, and other ESS; and contributes to the development of international macroeconomic statistical standards. It is a major contributor to STA’s CD program through the delivery of Technical Assistance and training on ESS to IMF member countries. STABP also supports the analytical and bilateral/multilateral surveillance work of other IMF departments, including through its methodological expertise, and Data Collection and CD programs.


The successful candidate will conduct analytical, conceptual, and data work aimed at implementing STABP’s work program, focusing particularly on the update of the current methodological standard—the Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual, sixth edition (BPM6). S/he will also be involved in the full breadth of the Division’s ESS work program, including: implementing international standards and statistical methodology for ESS and/or related advice; coordinating and implementing CD activities (including by conducting technical assistance and training); developing and maintaining the relevance of STABP’s specialized databases; supporting IMF departments in surveillance and data areas; collaborating with international agencies; and pursuing research and other projects that furthers STA’s objectives, including showcasing STA databases and/or using them for evidence-based policymaking.


STABP is seeking a dynamic, highly motivated economist with proven ability to work independently as well as in teams; manage a wide range of assignments and work under tight deadlines; and provide intellectual contributions to the work on updating BPM6.

The candidate would have an advanced (postgraduate) degree in economics, statistics, or related fields, and a proven record of strong analytical and technical skills on ESS statistical compilation and methodology. A minimum of five years’ professional experience in compiling balance of payments and/or IIP statistics is essential; and exposure to other statistical areas and understanding of their linkages would be a strong asset. A track record of published research on ESS methodological issues is ideal. Good grounding in quantitative Analysis and, possibly, experience in empirical and/or policy-oriented research would be an asset. In addition to technical expertise, the candidate should possess strong diplomatic skills, and excellent written and Oral Communication skills in English.

A working knowledge of French or Arabic would be an additional asset.

The IMF is committed to achieving a diverse staff, including gender, nationality, culture and educational background.

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