Junior Research Economist

World Bank , Washington DC, United States

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th February, 2020

Job Description


Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank consists of two entities – the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). It is a global development cooperative owned by 189 member countries. As the largest development bank in the world, the World Bank provides loans, guarantees, risk management products, and advisory services to middle-income and creditworthy low-income countries, and coordinates responses to regional and global challenges. 

Regional context

The World Bank Group serves 23 client countries in the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region, with a total population of about 2 billion people and a GNI per capita of about $3,862 (in constant 2010 US$). Our clients span the lower- to upper-middle-income range and include fragile states along with a number of small island economies in the Pacific.

We have made the fastest progress in growth and poverty reduction of any region around the world over the last quarter century. Over the period, a succession of countries in the region has progressed from low-income to middle-income and even to high-income status. More than 90 percent of the region’s population now live in 10 countries, many of which can realistically aspire to high-income status in the next generation or two! This dramatic transformation has helped move hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and into economic security. This rapid transformation, coupled with slowing growth in global trade, rapid technological change, rapid urbanization and accompanying congestion, climate change, and demographic aging, are creating new sets of challenges for development policy, however. Countries in the region need to continue longstanding reforms as well as address emerging priorities if they are to continue to grow, reduce poverty, and promote economic security, and do so in a sustainable way!

Job duties and responsibilities

The Junior Research Economist will be part of the EAPCE team, working with other colleagues will carry out research and data analysis to support the preparation of the Office’s various analytical outputs and to fulfill the Office’s quality assurance role.

  • Identify, compile, curate, organize, and document economic data on countries in our region, by consulting databases such as Haver and Bloomberg, as well as counterparts in the region and Prospects Group (PG) staff.
  • Use analytical methods to address relevant empirical questions.
  • Review and digest specialized literature on topical issues.
  • Contribute to the preparation of technical papers, policy notes, and presentations, including as the main author.
  • Contribute to the preparation of analytical studies, including the EAP Economic Update, regional flagship reports, research papers, policy notes, and presentations focused on EAP countries;
  • Undertake and publish research under the guidance of other team members, and disseminate this work through participation in conferences, workshops and seminars;
  • The selected candidate will report to the EAP Chief Economist. On specific tasks, s/he may work directly under the supervision of other staff identified by the Chief Economist.

Selection Criteria

  • Graduate-level training in economics with 2–3 years of relevant experience, or PhD, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in constructing, maintaining, and updating large economic databases and in accessing databases such as Haver, and Bloomberg.
  • Excellent understanding of the latest applied economic methods and fluency in working with economic packages such as STATA, MATLAB, or other programming languages.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and skills in macroeconomic modeling.
  • Communicating and presenting information in a clear and organized manner, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work flexibly on a range of assignments, adjusting to changing needs, while meeting strict deadlines.
  • Ability to work with other team members, demonstrating respect for different points of view.


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