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Inter-American Development Bank

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Washington, District of Columbia

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Tue, 06 Apr 2021 23:59:59 GMT

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Research Assistant Background of this search:To achieve sustainable and equitable development in the region, the Research Department (RES) generates new ideas to enrich the knowledge base supporting the policy agenda of the Bank and its member countries. To maximize the impact of its research, RES carries out activities that serve as inputs to Bank departments, governments, academia, and public opinion in the region. The team s mission: RES advises management on economic and development issues, conducts research and analysis on macro- and microeconomics trends, and oversees the development of the Bank s quantitative and analytical database RES s staff consists of a team of researchers with excellent academic credentials, superior research and policymaking experience, and expertise in different areas. What you ll do: Selected candidates will work with RES researchers and perform the following activities: * Assist researchers in the preparation of research papers, reports, and presentations. * Identify, compile, and organize databases. * Perform econometric and statistical analyses. * Prepare literature reviews. * Participate in academic discussions on research findings. * Provide support in project management or field experiments. * Depending on the merit of the intellectual contribution to the research agenda, the Research Fellow Program sometimes provides Fellows with the opportunity to co-author papers with RES researchers. After working in RES, Research Fellows typically go on to pursue their Ph.D. or master s studies. In recent years, Fellows have gone to Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, Columbia, University of Minnesota, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and others. What_You ll_Need Citizenship:You are a citizen of one of our 48-member countries. We may offer assistance with relocation and visa applications for you and your eligible dependents. Consanguinity: You have no family members (up to fourth degree of consanguinity and second degree of affinity, including spouse) working at the IDB Group. Education: Undergraduate degree in economics. Master s degree in economics, public policy, or related field preferred. Candidates should have a strong quantitative background. Prospects of engaging in doctoral-level studies preferred. Experience:At least two years In applied research at a recognized university, research center, or government agency Strong background in econometrics, mathematics, and statistics Experience in applied econometric methodologies Experience with econometric packages such as Stata, MATLAB, Dynare, R, or EViews. Advanced programming level preferred Some basic programming experience (e.g., Fortran, Python, Perl, C) desirable Demonstrated experience in at_least_one of the following areas: [Candidates should specify the area(s) for which they are applying]: * Microeconomics. Demonstrated experience in any of the following areas: economics of education, health, housing, urban, environment, poverty and inequality, development, labor, microfinance, or public economics. Use of household and/or industry surveys in cross-section or panel formats. Experience with micro econometrics, micro simulation, program evaluation, quasi-experimental and experimental methods; * Macroeconomics,_banking,_and_finance. Demonstrated experience in some of the following areas: open macro and international finance, monetary and fiscal policy, growth and development, productivity, debt sustainability analysis, banking, and finance. Experience in macroeconomics modeling, including VARs, Panel VARs, DSGE modeling or panel data methods for macroeconomics; * Political_economy/Political_science: Demonstrated experience in any of the following areas: game theory, theories of political institutions and economic behavior, political economy of reform, comparative political analysis, and the organization of interest groups. Experience with discrete choice models, survey data, and experimental and quasi- experimental methods. * Languages: Command of at least two of the Bank s official languages: Spanis English, Portuguese, and French. Core_and_Technical_Competencies:Motivation to do research, ability to work independently, and willingness to participate in research teams. Strong analytical abilities as demonstrated by academic achievements and other personal accomplishments. Excellent writing skills in English and in one other Bank language Opportunity_Summary Type of contract: CNS Full Time Length of contract: 18 Months Location: The work will be carried out at the Bank s headquarters in Washington, D.C Responsible person: The Research Department (RES/RES) will be in charge of coordinating and supervising the work of Research Fellows. Requirements: You must be a citizen of one of the IDB s 48 member countries and have no family members currently working at the IDB Group. Our_culture: Our people are committed and passionate about improving lives in Latin-America and the Caribbean, and they get to do what they love in a diverse, collaborative and stimulating work environment. We are the first Latin American and Caribbean development institution to be awarded the EDGE certification, recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality. As an employee you can be part of internal resource groups that connect our diverse community around common interests. Because we are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, afro-descendants, and indigenous people to apply. About_us: At the IDB, we re committed to improving lives. Since 1959, we been a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social, and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. We do more than lending though. We partner with our 48-member countries to provide Latin America and the Caribbean with cutting-edge research about relevant development issues, policy advice to inform their decisions, and technical assistance to improve on the planning and execution of projects. For this, we need people who not only have the right skills, but also are passionate about improving lives. Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews_all_applications. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for our Region, the IDB Group is reviewing its hiring needs and re-prioritizing its areas of talent acquisition. We encourage candidates to continue to apply to the active postings, yet current job openings may be subject to further decisions in terms of timing of the processes, or other actions, in accordance with business needs. Final hiring decisions may also be conditioned to the candidate s ability to timely relocate to the post of duty at the moment of starting service. Additional Information * External Opening Date: Mar 1, 2021 * External Closing Date: Mar 31, 2021 * External Contact Email: * External Contact Name: HR Shared Services * Job Field: Technical Support Show moreShow less