Associate Economics Officer

Job Vacancy | Wednesday, May 17, 2023


Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and is composed of 68 members, 49 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. ADB combines finance, knowledge, and partnerships to fulfill its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.

ADB only hires nationals of its 68 members.

The position is assigned in the Office of the Chief Economist and Director General (EROD) within the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department (ERCD). The ERCD, led by the Bank’s Chief Economist and Director General, is supporting the Bank’s mission through providing macroeconomic forecasts, producing statistical databases, undertaking country diagnostic studies and other analytical work, and fostering regional cooperation and integration.

Job Purpose

The Associate Economics Officer will serve as focal point in the oversight of department documents, in coordinating with staff and stakeholders across the organization, and in liaising with Management; undertake independent economic research; prepare presentations, talking points, speeches, memos, and other briefing materials for use by ERCD Management; administer technical assistance projects; implement new initiatives; and ensure the quality of front office documents. The incumbent will report to designated International Staff (IS) and Senior National Staff (NS).


Economic Research Work
• Provides research support, analyzes economic data using statistical software and pursues self-directed and co-authored research work, including data collection, database management, statistical analysis, and data presentation; review and analysis of related economic literature; and clear, logical presentation of ideas and empirical results.
• Prepares presentation materials and other supporting materials for dissemination of research work.
• Provides research support in the preparation of various briefing notes for Management and data requests from other departments.
• Provides support and draft qualitative analytical sections with corresponding quantitative support for various reviews/studies on project economic impact including those that have methodological, sectoral or policy related issues.
• Provides support in the preparation and updating of the department’s research priorities document.

Technical Assistance Processing and Implementation
• Provides technical and administrative support in planning, processing, and implementing knowledge and support TA projects from conceptualization to completion, by drafting concept papers and TA reports; preparing cost estimates; selecting/evaluating consultants; regularly monitoring TA budgets; arranging conferences and workshops under the TA; communicating and liaising with consultants, cooperating agencies, and other ADB departments/offices; assisting the processing of TA study outputs for publication; and preparing TA completion reports as may be assigned by International Staff.

Flagship Publication Management
• Facilitates the development and dissemination of the new ERCD flagship publication, Asian Development Report, by preparing the production schedule; overseeing day-to-day production activities; and coordinating among department staff, other ADB researchers, and editorial consultants to ensure timely completion of the reports.
• Leads the publication team to balance the workload at critical points in the production process, identifying bottlenecks and recommending solutions.
• As the focal point for report publication and dissemination activities, coordinates with the Department of Communications.
• Supports briefings to Management and the Board on issues related to the flagship publication topics.

Operations Support
• Prepares presentations, talking points, speeches, briefing materials, data, and other information as requested by operations departments and other stakeholders.
• Formulates cohesive department comments based on inputs from various divisions/units.

• Contributes to the formulation of the department’s work plan and budget process.
• Supports the organization of ERCD events such as town halls and retreats.
• Monitors progress of the department’s key deliverable outputs and provides timely advice to the ERCD Management.
• Supports the addition of content in the ERCD hub site.
• Performs other assignments as may be assigned by supervisor and reflected in the incumbent’s work plan.


Relevant Experience & Requirements

• Master’s degree in Economics, Statistics or Data Science with specialized training in econometrics. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and at least 5 years advanced training relevant to the position can be considered.
• At least 6 years work experience in related field, with some experience in economic research.
• Good knowledge and understanding of macroeconomics, economic policy issues, and development trends in the region.
• Good knowledge and understanding of official statistics, applied statistical/econometric techniques, and other related analytical tools.
• In-depth knowledge and understanding of the research process.
• A high level of analytical and conceptual skills.
• Excellent skills in oral and written English, preferably with demonstrated economic research writing ability.
• Proficiency in using spreadsheets, statistical/econometric software (particularly Stata/Eviews and Matlab), database applications, and knowledge in implementing automated routines.
• Good interpersonal and communication skills to work successfully with colleagues and clients.
• Able to work collaboratively with teams as a constructive team member.
• Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for National Staff Level 1.

General Considerations

The selected candidate, if new to ADB, is appointed for an initial term of 3 years.

ADB offers competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package. Actual appointment salary will be based on ADB’s standards and computation, taking into account the selected individual’s qualifications and experience.

ADB seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. ADB encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

Please note that the actual level and salary will be based on qualifications of the selected candidate.