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Research Analyst - International Monetary Fund (SPR-DP)


This is a contractual appointment for one year, renewable for up to four years of cumulative contractual service, depending on the business need and performance of the incumbent.

The Fund follows a hybrid work schedule. However, analyst positions must be filled with candidates physically residing in the local Metropolitan Washington, DC area (DC/MD/VA).

Job Description

The Debt Policy Division is responsible within SPR for the review and analytical work pertaining to debt sustainability and Fund policies related to debt. Specifically, the division reviews surveillance and Fund-supported program cases where debt issues are prominent. The Division leads the work on debt sustainability analysis, sovereign debt issues (including sovereign debt restructurings), and monitors the implementation of related policies. 


Main Responsibilities:

  • Support the development and implementation of the debt sustainability framework for Low-income countries counties and the sovereign risk and debt sustainability framework (SRDSF) for market-access countries
  • Maintain existing divisional databases and advancing a database on sovereign debt restructurings
  • Manage queries from member countries and the general public on debt-related topics and coordinating responses with country teams
  • Support the division’s research on debt vulnerabilities and policy development as appropriate (e.g., assist economists in econometric and other quantitative research work)


The successful candidate will have the following: 

  • At a minimum, completion of a Bachelor's degree in economics, computer science, statistics, math, or other related quantitative field. 
  • Knowledge of macroeconomics and financial sector issues
  • Demonstrated ability to handle complex statistical and econometric work
  • Expertise with MS Excel, STATA and Python (knowledge of VBA, MATLAB, R and programming skills will be an advantage)
  • Personal qualities (high level of work accuracy and attention to detail; ability to work independently and reliably on multiple assignments under time pressure; resourcefulness and flexibility; and strong interpersonal skills, collaborate with staff within DP and other divisions as needed; initiative in contributing to the division’s work, excellent written and open communication and presentation skills will be essential. French language skills would be an asset)