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Research Department: Research Assistant Program

The Fund seeks a dynamic and highly motivated candidate for the Research Analyst Program (RAP) 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 RAP 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 two years. The starting time would be late-Spring, early-Summer.

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.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in Economics, Finance, Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Data Science or other related quantitative field.

Current Masters students are not eligible.
The candidate 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.

RAP eligibility and appointment length

  • Candidates must have completed a bachelor’s degree within the last year or be in the last semester before graduation. Relevant degrees include economics, computer science, statistics, finance, or mathematics; 
  • have at least a 3.5 GPA (cumulative) in both your principal field of study and in your overall program; and
  • submit a final academic transcript prior to appointment.
  • Appointments are limited to two years and as a program participant, you would be expected to leave the IMF at the end of the two-year period.