Research Officer - IFCs Global Markets & Research Unit, Washington
Research Officer - IFCs Global Markets & Research Unit, Washington

Job description

Organization:IFC - International Finance Corporation
Category:Research & Development
Duration: 2 Years with possibility of extension
Deadline: 5 January 2017


IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private
sector in emerging markets. Working with 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our six decades of experience to
create opportunity where it's needed most. In FY16, our long-term investments in developing countries rose to
nearly $19 billion, leveraging our capital, expertise and influence to help the private sector end extreme poverty
and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit

The IFC Global Markets & Research Unit, housed in IFC's Chief Economist Office, is a unique research team that
is in charge of generating a deep understanding of country and market dynamics to identify strategic implications
for IFC business and IFC investment clients. It caters strategic and proprietary research to IFC Senior
Management, IFC's Chief Economist, IFC Investment Departments and existing or potential Investment Clients of
IFC. It combines in-house expertise in macroeconomics, portfolio, financial markets analysis, policy and regulatory
matters. The team leverages IFC operational and industry knowledge and WBG sector expertise to provide a
comprehensive view of global and country-specific industry trends and investment opportunities. The team's
various research offerings support the corporation's thought leadership and fundamental research.

More specifically, the team provides (1) global and regional outlooks on macro-economics and markets drivers
and trends that inform business and portfolio decisions, (2) country-risk ratings based on macro-economic, market
and political developments, (3) strategic asset allocation framework and recommendations, (4) in-house
developed models such as the Medium Term Vulnerability Model and FX Models, (5) tools that support investment
staff, such as pricing tools, equity valuation tools, and M&A tools for sourcing and valuing IFC investments and (6)
applied fundamental research. IFC is looking for a Research Officer to join the IFC Global Markets & Research
Unit within the Chief Economist Office.

Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment,
s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 2 year term appointment

Duties and Responsibilities

Contribute to the development of the unit's analytical apparatus linking macroeconomic developments to the
performance of global industries at the regional level in order to identify sectors trends for IFC's investment

In coordination with industry / regional strategists and economists, analyze macro sector trends and identify
attractive/unattractive global industries per region.

Devise appropriate data gathering techniques, interpret and analyze data and develop meaningful insights,
recommendations and strategies.

Help maintaining existing statistical databases as well as help colleagues preparing reports, presentations, media
talking points and other materials. Actively contribute to the data organization and automation efforts in the unit.

Engage with staff across IFC and WB departments

Help colleagues prepare reports, presentations, media talking points and other materials

The ideal candidate will have strong analytical skills and considerable experience in economic and quantitative techniques; strong interest in applied research in economics and finance; and will be comfortable working independently and with large and diverse datasets.


Strong economics and finance background with a focused interest in applied macroeconomics, asset allocation theory, and market valuation. Knowledge of corporate finance, financial markets and asset valuation (equities, fixed income, commodities)

Work Experiance

Have 4+ years of professional experience in a financial research or analytical role

Proficiency with quantitative modeling and econometric packages desired (eViews, Stata) to support analysis and
policy formulation

Outstanding data management and systems skills. Superior knowledge of Microsoft Excel (including VBA),
Bloomberg and/or Datastream is highly desired. Previous training and experience in basic programming (SQL,
C++, Fortran, Visual Basic, Matlab and/or Gauss); and more importantly, a proactive attitude towards learning new
systems, programming languages, databases and packages.

Extensive experience and knowledge of Microsoft Excel and presentation packages (Tableau, Power Point)

Ability to thrive under pressure and function effectively while managing multiple tasks simultaneously

High level of attention to detail and capacity to deliver high quality work.

Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to function effectively and collaboratively in a team environment,
including the willingness to share information and best practices

Capacity to show initiative



Demonstrated written and verbal communications skills in English

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