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World Bank – Economist

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To apply as Economist, visit…. Application will close on 12 September 2023 at 11:59 p.m. UTC.

Regional context

We need the greatest talent focused on our region in order to harness the potential and innovation happening across the continent. The East Asia and the Pacific Region (EAP) has made the fastest progress in economic growth and poverty reduction of any region in the last quarter-century! 

Despite this progress, the EAP region still faces huge development challenges. A large portion of the region’s population remains vulnerable to income shocks, including from a global economic slowdown, changing global and regional value-chains, and climate-related risks. 

Are you ready to make an impact? We are looking for dedicated professionals to join our innovative and diverse team to improve people’s lives and help countries build back better after COVID! 

East Asia and the Pacific Region:

Roles and Responsibilities

We are seeking to recruit a highly qualified Locally Recruited Economist to cover the Philippines.  The work program involves a combination of macroeconomic monitoring, analytical work on growth and fiscal issues, and development policy operations. 

The Macroeconomic Trade and Investment (MTI) Team—which is an integral part of the Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions (EFI) Practice Group —is involved in policy advice, analytical work, non-lending technical assistance and lending activities on a wide range of topics: economic growth, public finance management, macro monitoring, trade and competitiveness and private sector development. The team collaborates closely with other Global Practices and the Country Management Unit (CMU) to integrate economic analysis in the wider portfolio of the Bank’s lending, analytical and advisory work. 

The Philippines MTI work program consists of: (1) Growth Diagnostic (Country Economic Memorandum); (2) Fiscal Consolidation Programmatic Analysis; (3) Philippines Economic Update (twice-yearly); (4) Development Policy Financing.  

In addition to the Economist position for this recruitment, the MTI Program is delivered by a Senior Economists, an Economist, a Research Analyst and 3 Short Term Consultants all based in the Manila Office.  The MTI Practice Manager is based in Bangkok.  The EFI Program Leader is based in Manila.

Working jointly with the MTI Philippines Team, the selected candidate will have the following duties and accountabilities: 

  • Support the macroeconomic policy dialogue with Government authorities and development partners.
  • Participate the preparation of Development Policy Operations (DPOs) and Advisory Services and Analytics (ASA).
  • Support the Bank’s engagement with the country on its overall policy reform program.
  • Work within the country team a variety of country economist tasks such as the preparation of the Macro Poverty Outlook (MPO), monthly macroeconomic monitoring, and contribute to Country Partnership Strategies.
  • Work with the EFI Program Leader, participate in the dialogue with development partners.

Selection Criteria

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in Economics with 5 years of relevant professional experience (a completed PhD is equivalent to 3 years of relevant professional experience).  
  • Technical skills on macro-fiscal and growth issues and a proven track record in delivering high quality and technically sophisticated analytical work.
  • Operational and policy dialogue skills, as evidenced by a proven track record in delivering high quality Development Policy Operations.
  • Integrative skills in order to support the CMU in articulating its strategic thinking on economic growth and poverty reduction and to articulate a coherent policy dialogue with the authorities.
  • Proven sense of initiative, results orientation, teamwork and leadership qualities, and ability to work effectively across sectors.
  • Communication skills, including the ability to speak persuasively and to present ideas clearly and concisely with senior authorities.