The IMF’s Statistics Department (STA) has an opening in its Real Sector (STARE) Division for an Economist/Senior Economist that will contribute to the implementation of its work program in the area of national accounts.
The Statistics Department (STA) provides global leadership on macroeconomic statistical methodologies and standards for the Fund, its member countries, and the international statistical community at large. It supports Fund surveillance and lending operations by strengthening member countries’ capabilities to produce and disseminate macroeconomic and financial statistics for sound policy-making. STA collaborates with other Fund departments, donors, and other external partners to ensure that data needs for bilateral and multilateral surveillance and lending operations are met.
The Real Sector Division (STARE) serves as a knowledge resource to the IMF on methodology for national accounts, price statistics and other real sector statistics, and contributes to the development of international macroeconomic statistical standards. It is the major contributor to the STA’s Capacity Building program through delivery of Technical Assistance and training in national accounts and price statistics to member countries. It supports statistical surveillance missions for STA and area departments. It is responsible for the Design, development and delivery of global national account, price statistics and high frequency indicator statistical products. The role of the economist is to support the division’s work in methodology, capacity building and surveillance in the national accounts area.
The successful candidate will have strong technical skills and the ability to conduct statistical, analytical and conceptual work aimed at implementing STA’s general and STARE’s specific work programs in the area of national accounts statistics. S/he will be involved in the full breadth of the division’s work, including the development of international standards, statistical methodology and/or related advice; the management and implementation of Capacity Development activities (including technical assistance missions and training); the development, implementation, and management of a Statistical Data program; the support of area departments in the surveillance and data areas; collaboration with international agencies; and the pursuit of research and other projects that furthers the department’s objectives, including showcasing STA databases and/or using them for evidence-based policymaking.
STA is seeking a dynamic, highly motivated economist with proven ability to work independently as well as being effective in teams.
The candidate would have an advanced degree in economics, statistics, or related fields with a good grounding in quantitative Analysis and, possibly, experience in empirical and policy-oriented research. Knowledge of national accounts is essential. Knowledge and experience in additional statistical areas (prices, balance of payments, monetary and financial statistics) would be an asset. Strong written and Oral Communication 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.