Economist -- Asian Development Bank, Manila

Reference Number ADB-HR-15-0589
Department Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Division Development Economics and Indicators Division
Location ADB HQ
Date Posted Tuesday, 15 September 2015
Closing Date Friday, 27 November 2015 5:00 p.m. (1700 Manila Time, 0800 GMT)

Job Purpose
Join economic research teams conducting analytical work on policy-relevant issues of strategic interest to Asian Development Bank (ADB) and its developing member countries (DMCs). Undertake collaborative research and implement technical assistance projects related to labor markets and human capital development, international trade, small and medium enterprises (SME) development, urbanization, infrastructure development and impact evaluation. Contribute substantially to the preparation and dissemination of research outputs and publications, including ADB’s statistical flagship publication, the Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific (Key Indicators). Work within broad policies and objectives with supervision for unfamiliar or critical tasks.

Expected Outcomes
a. Economic Research Work
- Participate in teams preparing the Key Indicators.
- Contribute to Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department’s (ERCD’s) research agenda in the areas of labor markets and human capital development, international trade, SME development, urbanization, infrastructure development and impact evaluation.
- Prepare briefing notes, speeches and operational research papers.
- Work independently and in research teams to produce high-quality research papers.
- Undertake collaborative research with specialists in a global network of knowledge institutions and with other ADB knowledge departments.
b. Project Management
- Design and implement technical assistance projects for the DMCs.
- Support statistics capacity building technical assistance projects by linking efforts to improve data quality and coverage with policy relevant data analysis.
c. Operations Support
- Review and comment on ADB's economic and policy analysis work.
- Provide technical advice and training to other ADB departments on impact evaluations and analysis of survey and administrative data.
- Support the development of online databases and analytical tools for enriching operational and economic analyses.
d. Knowledge Management
- Support ADB Management in its dialogue with clients on development topics related to ERCD's research work.
- Contribute to the dissemination of ERCD’s research work and the Key Indicators.
- Participate in and contribute to internal and external training and conferences and other activities for advocacy, dissemination and knowledge building.
- Participate in research dissemination, networking, and capacity building activities with other institutions.
e. Staff Supervision
- Provide leadership and support to reporting staff.
- Supervise the performance of reporting staff, providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance.
- Ensure the on-going learning and development of reporting staff.

Education Requirements
- A University degree in Economics or related fields with specialization in development economics, international trade, labor economics, or public finance, preferably at post-graduate level or its equivalent.

Relevant Experience
  • Suitability to undertake the responsibilities mentioned above at the required level.
  • At least 6 years of relevant professional experience with proven publications records in economic research or at least 2 years of relevant work experience with at least 4 years of research experience at PhD level.
  • Strong background in econometric analysis.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • International experience working in several countries.

Core Competencies
Application of Technical Knowledge and Skills
  • Regularly shares knowledge on new international best practice trends in comparator situations
  • Proactively applies relevant international best practices to own work
  • Convinces others to adopt international best practice by explaining the situational relevance and benefits
Client Orientation
  • Helps colleagues work effectively with clients in different contexts and from diverse backgrounds and country situations
  • Adapts own approach and style when interacting with clients, as opposed to requiring them to adapt
  • Draws upon international best practice in exploring solutions with clients
  • Confirms the clients’ understanding and agreement before progressing
Achieving Results and Problem Solving
  • Draws on own and others’ multi-country experience to identify viable courses of action when conducting analyses
  • Helps internal and external clients achieve quality results beyond presenting problems and precedent
  • Highlights possible solutions for project issues based on relevant multi-country and/or multi-client experience
  • Regularly contributes insights and experiences to colleagues in the Division to help them achieve quality results
  • Overcomes unexpected difficulties and challenges to produce desired outcomes
Working Together
  • Maintains collaborative relationships within the Department
  • Works effectively with diverse colleagues in own and other Divisions and Departments
  • Flexibly alters positions and adjusts previously stated points of view to support the group consensus
  • Follows through on team priorities in the absence of a team leader
Communication and Knowledge Sharing
  • Checks the audience’s level of understanding and awareness of required follow up actions
  • Consistently seeks and addresses feedback on own performance
  • Creates knowledge products endorsed for wider distribution based on lessons and multi-country experience
  • Independently amends and clarifies messages and documents
Innovation and Change
  • Actively supports work improvement and/or organizational change by work and deed
  • Develops and adopts change plans to support Division initiatives on which one works
  • Considers current and future client needs in proposing ideas
  • Vocalizes early support for change
  • Recommends inputs to new policies, systems and processes in immediate work area

Immediate Reporting
  • Supervisor: Director, ERDI
  • The following staff positions may be supervised by the incumbent:
    • Administrative Staff
    • National Staff
  • We encourage diversity in our workplace and support an inclusive work environment. Women are especially encouraged to apply.
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