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The Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is seeking an experienced expert for the position of macro-fiscal advisor at the South Asia Regional Training and Technical Assistance Center (SARTTAC), based in New Delhi, India. SARTTAC provides capacity development support to six South Asian countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
The advisor will coordinate and deliver training and technical assistance (TA) to ministries of finance and related institutions in these countries, including at subnational level in India. She/He will support the reinforcement of the macro-fiscal planning and forecasting functions, strengthening of macro-fiscal units’ operational frameworks, and the development of tools for the analysis of the fiscal impact of macroeconomic risks, with a focus on those related to uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The advisor would deliver a mix of country-specific TA missions and training seminars, as well as organize and contribute to regional workshops. The advisor will need to liaise effectively with senior officials, technical staff, and other TA providers.
The advisor will be based in SARTTAC’s offices in New Delhi, India and work under the administrative control of the SARTTAC Director and technical supervision of the Fiscal Affairs Department. She/He will be appointed for a period ending in late April 2023, subject to renewal pending satisfactory performance reviews and continuation of the project.
Applicants should have a relevant University degree or equivalent (at least at master’s level) in economics.
The successful candidate will demonstrate his/her experience of supporting development of macro-fiscal forecasting function, medium-term fiscal and expenditure frameworks and fiscal risk analysis in a developing and/or emerging country environment. This includes: (1) expertise and experience in macro-fiscal forecasting techniques (development of macroeconomic and fiscal forecasts, evaluation of fiscal space, assessment of macro-fiscal linkages, simulation of the macro-fiscal impact of new fiscal policy measures, quantification and analysis of the fiscal impact of macroeconomic risks); and (2) supporting quantitative skills and familiarity with Excel-based models. Preference will be given to candidates who have practical experience in a senior or advisory position within a ministry of finance, central bank, policy institute, or international financial institution, and who can additionally show appreciation of institution building challenges in emerging market and developing economies, and experience in building traction for policy reforms. Familiarity with the IMF’s work on financial programming and fiscal risk management is an asset. Broader PFM expertise, as well as experience in managing and overseeing TA work is also desirable.
Applicants should be proficient in English.
Applicants should have strong oral and written communication skills and excellent planning, organizational, and interpersonal skills. In addition, this position requires the ability to work as part of a team, including working closely with SARTTAC’s other advisors. The advisor is expected to maintain effective and cooperative relations with national authorities at a senior level and handle sensitive issues with discretion in a multicultural environment. Experience in developing, organizing and conducting training courses and workshops would be desirable. A willingness to relocate to India, as necessary, and travel extensively (as permitted by the COVID-19 situation) will be necessary.
The IMF is committed to achieving a diverse staff, including gender, nationality, culture and educational background.
Special Eligibility Provisions for Internal Applicants
A staff member whose open-ended appointment decision has been approved is eligible for consideration. A staff member appointed to SARTTAC will retain their staff employment status, remain on the Fund’s payroll, and move laterally for the duration of the assignment subject to the limit of staff assignments earmarked for this purpose. The selected staff will be eligible for overseas assignment benefits. At the end of the assignment, a staff member is expected to return to his/her home department in the Fund, unless other arrangements have been made (e.g., the staff member has applied and is selected in another department). In the event an external or a contractual candidate is selected for this assignment, the candidate will be hired on a contractual appointment basis, and the provision under the Handbook for Experts on Long-Term Assignments will continue to apply.
Department:FADM2 Fiscal Affairs Department Public Financial Management II
Hiring For:A11, A12, A13, A14
The IMF is committed to achieving a diverse staff, including gender, nationality, culture, and educational background.