European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Principal Economist (Financial Sector)

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Job Description

The Economist" id="link" class="link">Principal Economist, Sector is a member of the Sector Economics and Policy (SEP) pillar in the Economics, Policy and Governance department (EPG) in VP Policy and Partnership and plays a core role in implementing the Bank’s mandate to promote transition in the EBRD’s countries of operations (COOs). Working in close cooperation with the Banking department and other Bank groups (Credit, ESD, E2C2, OGC, OCE) he/she designs, assesses and monitors projects that achieve high transition impact and engages in related policy dialogue activities, in particular related to the Vienna Initiative. The Principal Economist contributes to Country Diagnostic Studies and provides sector-wide assessments of “transition gaps” and “reform challenges” in each of the COOs in the regions they cover, which are used to identify operational priorities in sector and country strategies and to focus sector policy dialogue. Accountabilities & Responsibilities
  • Designs, appraises and monitors individual investment projects and TCs for their impact on transition through engagement with Banking project teams and due diligence visits to the region;

  • He/she contributes to the Country Diagnostics Studies and sector strategies and may also be responsible for the delivery of specific sector policy objectives;

  • Provides expert input to drive forward specific sector policies, through policy dialogue, in particular under the Vienna Initiative platform; prepares briefing notes and presentations for the VP Policy and Partnerships senior management (or alternate’s) contributions to ExCom, SP Com and RiskCom deliberations;

  • Responsible for associated input into management briefing for Board and other Committee meetings, including management responses to the Board and, on occasion, bespoke papers, presentations or other inputs for such Committees;

  • On occasion represents the Bank in external events (conferences, dialogues with IFI counterparts, government officials, think tanks, etc.) in the area of expertise;

  • Supports the sector analysts by giving them analytical tasks and guiding their outputs, in conjunction with management by the Senior or Lead team manager.

Qualifications & Skills / Experience & Knowledge
  • Sound financial sector knowledge and work experience, gained for example through full-time employment in a private sector financial or governmental institution, international financial institution, or consultancy/company;

  • A postgraduate degree in economics/finance or related field from a leading university; a PhD in economics/finance or closely related discipline is an advantage;

  • Proven analytical and quantitative skills;

  • An ability to understand credit Analysis of investment projects;

  • Experience in stakeholder engagement;

  • Good client-facing skills and experience in communicating with senior officials;

  • Excellent written and Oral Communication skills in English;

  • Familiarity with the EBRD region of operations and work experience in the region is helpful

  • Knowledge of one or more languages of the region is an advantage.

Diversity is one of the Bank’s core values which are at the heart of everything it does. A diverse workforce with the right knowledge and skills enables connection with our clients, brings pioneering ideas, energy and innovation. The EBRD staff is characterised by its rich diversity of nationalities, cultures and opinions and we aim to sustain and build on this strength. As such, the EBRD seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities and works in an inclusive environment. The EBRD encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of the EBRD member countries to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. As an inclusive employer, we promote flexible working.
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