Research Analyst/Senior Research Analyst
The Fund seeks a dynamic and highly motivated Research Analyst (RA) with strong quantitative and analytical skills. The successful candidate should have proven ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively in a team environment. The Research Analyst will be responsible for a wide range of duties including, but not limited to, data gathering, analysis of economic or statistical data sets, and programming. This is a contractual appointment for one year, renewable for up to four years of cumulative contractual service, depending on business needs and performance. The starting time would be late-Spring, early-Summer.
Research analyst positions are filled with candidates physically residing in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.
The candidate will be assigned to work in the Macro-Financial Division of the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund. The Division conducts policy research on macroeconomic and financial issues critical to Fund surveillance activities, with a focus on macro-financial linkages, financial flows, and financial systems.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
- Clean and compile statistical data, compare and evaluate alternative data sources, and ensure consistency of series and definitions.
- Compute summary analysis, including summary tables and charts for various projects.
- Write, update, modify, and execute computer programs for statistical and model-based analysis.
- Participate in macro-financial research projects such as: linkages between credit markets and the real economy, cross-border banking, effects of macroprudential and other financial sector policies, impact of COVID-19 on the financial sector, fintech, and digital currencies.
Bachelor's degree in Economics, Finance, Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Data Science or other related quantitative field.
The RA will demonstrate excellent data management skills, significant programming experience in standard econometric software (e.g., Stata, R, Python, etc.), familiarity with computer systems, and the ability to handle large databases.
More competitive candidates would have a Master’s degree in Economics or a demonstrated aptitude in computer science.
Prior experience in academic research projects, such as being a research analyst for a Professor while pursuing bachelors or masters studies is highly desirable.
The RA should already have or be able to quickly develop the ability to work with the various sources of financial information and data used in the IMF, such as Worldscope, Datastream, Orbis, Fitch Connect, and Bloomberg.
In addition, the following competencies are critical to the position:
- Sound organizational and data management skills, and ability to handle several responsibilities and work under tight time constraints.
- Ability to work without direct supervision, paying close attention to detail and bearing independent responsibility for assigned tasks.
- Ability to use tact, discretion, and sound judgment when handling confidential information.