Chief Economist at World Bank, Washington, DC, United States


Deadline: 24 February 2019

The World Bank Group (WBG) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Chief Economist in Washington, DC, United States. The duration of this post 4 years.

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The Chief Economist is the principal economic advisor to the Regional Vice President with accountability for the quality and relevance of regional economic and analytical and advisory services.

WBG has set two ambitious goals to push extreme poverty to no more 3 percent by 2030, and to promote shared prosperity and greater equity in the developing world.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

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The Chief Economist will perform the following functions-

  • Bring the best possible knowledge to bear on development issues facing EAP, in collaboration with global practices (GPs) and country management units (CMUs), and with internal and external partners. In doing so, s/he will interact with the academic and policy communities, both in client countries and internationally, including enhancement of global and regional knowledge sharing; and liaise with the economic units of other international and bilateral agencies working with the region.
  • Provide intellectual leadership to and ensure the quality and relevance of the region’s analytical and advisory work, economic analysis, and programmatic lending operations.
  • Ensure that the region’s Analytical and Advisory (ASA) portfolio of the Region is strategic focus and work program reflects latest and cutting edge economic research findings from inside and outside the Bank, working with GPs and the country teams.
  • Undertake due diligence review and provide regional comments on key corporate products, such as World Development Reports, the Global Economic Prospects reports, Systematic Country Diagnostics (SCDs), and Country Partnership Frameworks (CPFs) as well as for selected, high-profile regional and EAP country products.
  • Support EAP CMUs in carrying out quality assurance on high-profile and strategic analytical products, as needed.
  • Provide or facilitate regional analytical inputs, as requested, to high-profile and strategic corporate and global analytical products; provide inputs, as needed, to the EAP regional strategy and regional strategy updates that are presented to the Bank’s Board.
  • In consultation with the Regional Leadership Team (RLT), commission and provide guidance on regional studies to help set and/or inform forward-looking agendas for analysis and policy dialogue in the region; lead or oversee the EAP regional studies program.
  • Regularly update the regional management team on economic developments in the Region, including through the twice-yearly EAP Update.
  • Support analytical excellence by working to attract the best economic talent to the Region.
  • Contribute to the strategic development and implementation of the Bank’s activities and programs in EAP.
  • Support GP teams and CMUs in critical, high-profile policy dialogue.
  • Together with the relevant global and regional managers, lead cooperation with the IMF on regional and country economic issues.
  • Manage and mentor a small team of economists in the chief economist office.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have-

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  • Ph.D. or equivalent in economics.
  • Minimum 17 years of relevant experience.
  • Familiarity with the political, economic, social and cultural context of the region.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit WBG.

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