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(Senior) Research Fellow/Economist(s)

Department Research
Report to Dean; and Vice Chair of Research
Location ADBI, Tokyo, Japan
Date Posted 11 May 2020
Closing Date 10 June 2020


The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) is seeking two (Senior) Research Fellow/Economist(s). These Level C (senior) or Level D professional (international staff) positions, depending on the experience of the successful applicants, will lead in the conduct of economic research and contribute substantially to the production and dissemination of research outputs and publications. These positions will provide policy advice to middle to top-level policymakers and government officials in the Asia-Pacific region.

The required specializations are:

  • microeconomics and development economics, with a preferable focus on empirical and experimental economics, or
  • macroeconomics and financial economics, with a preferable focus on open-economy stabilization, international trade and capital flows.

For both positions familiarity with advanced econometrics would be an advantage.

See ADBI's research program.


Economic research work

  • Contribute substantially to ADBI publications and ADBI conferences/workshops.
  • Lead in implementing an economic research program of the Department to be assigned by the Vice Chair of Research.
  • Carry out independent work and produce high quality research publications regularly.

Knowledge management

  • Take a lead role in research dissemination and networking.
  • Lead the organization of ADBI conferences as part of ADBI’s knowledge management.
  • Participate in activities organized with ADB Headquarters and/or other international organizations or development partners.
  • Submit research articles for publications and comments to ADBI blog on own initiative.

Staff supervision

  • Take the role of task manager and supervisor for the work of research team members (e.g. consultants and research associates).
  • Supervise the performance of reporting staff, providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance.

Core competencies

Technical knowledge and skills

  • Able to apply technical skills in a team leadership role to resolve and manage complex issues in relation to development policy.
  • Able to apply advanced knowledge of statistics and/or econometrics in economic research and analysis.
  • Able to use technical expertise to advise and support developing member countries (DMCs) in conducting economic and policy analyses.

Client orientation

  • Has a high level of understanding of the needs of key clients in DMCs (e.g. ADB Headquarters, government agencies of DMCs, other international organizations, think tanks, private sector parties, NGOs).
  • Applies highly developed skills to support internal and external client groups.
  • Seeks feedback from clients on the effectiveness of support provided.

Achieving results

  • Focuses on achieving work-related deadlines to meet the expected results of the Department.
  • Regularly monitors the progress of work assignments to meet performance targets on time.
  • Prioritizes work to achieve maximum results.

Working together

  • Develops team working skills of reporting staff.
  • Motivates the team to work effectively, inclusively and respectfully together and with others outside the team.
  • Works cooperatively with ADB Headquarters and other ADBI staff to resolve difficulties and conflicts in relation to priority areas and strategies.

Learning and knowledge sharing

  • Develops innovative processes with staff for knowledge and information sharing.
  • Empowers staff under supervision to make continuous improvements.
  • Encourages the team to share their learning and knowledge.

Selection criteria

  • A university degree in Economics at the Ph.D. or equivalent level.
  • Suitability to undertake the responsibilities mentioned above at the required level.
  • At least 6 years (10 for a Senior position) of relevant professional experience.
  • Evidence of high quality research output and track record of high quality publications in international professional journals that contribute to the debate on social and economic development policy in developing and emerging market economies.
  • Strong quantitative, analytical and conceptual skills in economics.
  • Demonstrated expertise in conducting applied economic research and analysis relating to development issues and policy in developing and emerging economies.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage research projects to coordinate multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams of researchers and manage conferences.
  • Knowledge of social and economic development issues facing ADB's developing member countries.
  • Strong diplomatic skills to interact with senior officials, ADB member countries, and representatives from other international agencies, private sector, and civil society.
  • High order of oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Experience in working in a leading national/regional/international think tank or similar institution is desirable.
  • Experience and interest in ICT, blogs, Knowledge management and results-based management.
  • Experience in working in several ADB DMCs is desirable.

Immediate reporting relationships

Supervisor: Vice Chair of Research - Work planning, performance feedback and results assessment.

Application procedure

This is a project-limited appointment based in Tokyo for a fixed term of only 3 years with the possibility at ADBI's sole option of one extension limited to no more than 2 years. A further extension of appointment or conversion into a regular indefinite appointment is precluded. At the end of the term, the appointee will not be eligible for continuing appointment or for an immediate appointment to other posts or consultancies at ADB or ADBI. ADBI offers an internationally competitive compensation package paid in U.S. dollars. Salaries and expatriate benefits are generally free of tax except for citizens of some countries. Applicants must be nationals of one of ADB's member countries. International and regional experience will be taken into consideration.

Applicants are invited to

  1. apply online (please attach both CV and Personal History Form) or
  2. fax their cover letter and curriculum vitae and Personal History Form to +81 3 3593-5571 marked Research Post.

Applications should be submitted by Wednesday, 10 June 2020, 5:00 pm, Tokyo time.

No telephone or e-mail submissions.

Women are encouraged to apply.

Only short-listed candidates will be notified.