Loker Lowongan Kerja Economist di The World Bank
COUNTRY CONTEXT, THE MTI PROGRAM AND THE POSITION: The MTI practice is looking for an Economist who will focus on macro-fiscal policy issues. The position is to be based in Jakarta, Indonesia. The selected candidate will be an integral part of the Indonesia country team and MTI global practice and will provide on-site technical assistance with up to half their time to the Fiscal Policy Agency of the Ministry of Finance. The position offers an exciting and rewarding opportunity to join a strong performing team of about 16 MTI staff within a dynamic country office and program. The selected candidate will report to the MTI Practice Manager covering Indonesia. Rebounding from the Asian crisis of the late 1990s, Indonesia has emerged as a vibrant and stable democracy and as a self-assured middle-income economy with a fast-growing private sector, and global and regional influence. Over the past decade, Indonesia has seen strong growth and job creation, supporting poverty reduction, but the end of the commodity boom has exposed structural weaknesses. Following the recovery from the Asian financial crisis, annual growth averaged 5.6 percent over 2001-12. Since then, as the external tailwinds of commodity prices and demand have turned into headwinds, growth has slowed, down to 5.2 percent in 2018 and projected to ease to 5.1 percent in 2019. From 1999 to 2018, the poverty rate more than halved to 9.8 percent, largely through sustained growth and job creation. Recently, however, the pace at which poverty is reduced has become slower. The number of vulnerable in 2018 (i.e., those between the poverty line and 1.5 times the line) remains high at 20.2 percent of the population, mainly due to a lack of productive employment and vulnerability to shocks. Together, the poor and vulnerable are 30 percent of the population. Inequality, as measured by the Gini coefficient, increased from 0.30 in 2000 to 0.41 by 2014, but has since declined to 0.38 as of March 2019. Eliminating poverty and increasing shared prosperity in Indonesia requires delivery on three challenges: (a) sustaining economic growth that generates quality jobs, by addressing a broad range of structural weaknesses including infrastructure bottlenecks; (b) improving the quality of spending and access to key services; and (c) enhancing the quality of natural resource governance and management. The MTI Program: Strong, effective, macro and fiscal management has a fundamental role in supporting Indonesia to achieve its goals of generating and sharing prosperity in the coming decade and to mitigate and address risks to their sustainability. The MTI engagement in Indonesia is broad, deep and dynamic, aiming to support the ability of the Government of Indonesia to formulate and effectively implement high quality evidence-based macro-fiscal policy and management. The engagement is structured around the following main pillars: 1. Macro management and growth analysis and support;2. Fiscal policy management and sustainability analysis and support; 3. Trade and investment analysis and support; 4. Natural resource management and green development; 5. Policy-based financing Activities within these pillars incorporate a mix of business lines from cutting edge and integrative analytical work through to long-term technical assistance and capacity enhancement and support to World Bank financing. One such capacity enhancement initiative is the SEMEFPA program (Support for Enhanced Macro Economic and Fiscal Policy Analysis). The aim of SEMEFPA is to enhance the capacity of the Government of Indonesia (GoI) for evidence-based macro and fiscal policymaking through support to the relevant agencies, in particular, the Fiscal Policy Agency (FPA). This program objective aligns with the broader development goal of developing a strong enabling policy environment to support Indonesiaâ€™s growth and development outlook. To achieve these objectives and outcomes, SEMEFPA is comprised of three program areas which include: (A) Thematic work-streams to support policy analysis and development taking the form of projects and just-in-time support; (B) Cross-cutting skills and institutional support; (C) Policy dialogue and outreach, including through the Indonesia Economic Quarterly (IEQ) report. Duties and Accountabilities:The Economist would work closely with the MTI team, in particular, the Senior Economist leading the macroeconomic work of SEMEFPA and the Lead Economist. He or she would, in particular, play a key role in the delivery of the SEMEFPA program, and support the macroeconomic management pillar of the MTI engagement. The work program of the Economist will focus on: Provide on-site technical assistance to FPA on a range of macroeconomic issues such as improving/designing macroeconomic forecasting models and guiding the formulation of policy papers. These will include:Models and empirical tools. The FPA has a range of macro tools (quantitative and qualitative) to use to formulate policy advice. The Economist will be required to provide technical assistance to improve these tools (for example econometric models);Macro management, growth, and fiscal policy analysis and support. The Economist will work with the broader Indonesia MTI team to deliver high quality quantitative and policy analysis, including contributing to the flagship IEQ report as well as economic modeling and forecasting. Areas of focus will include real sector, prices macro-financial and external sector policy issues. The Economist will also provide economic monitoring and research in the form of â€˜think-piecesâ€™, just-in-time policy notes and briefing, and reports, to support the governmentâ€™s macro policies, and to strengthen the World Bankâ€™s knowledge base. Institutional strengthening relating to macro-fiscal topical areas. The Economist will contribute as a core SEMEFPA team member to general institutional support, cutting across all topical areas. The Economist will also play an important role in policy dialogue and outreach with key government and development partner counterparts. The selected candidate is also expected to play a role in the development of the SEMEFPA work program and its implementation. In delivering these workstreams, the Economist will:â€¢ Lead or serve as a team member in a delivering a broad range of analytical work and technical assistance, working across multiple Global Practices in the World Bank, and bringing in relevant cross-country experience and appropriate analytical techniques. â€¢ Manage, supervise and quality control the inputs and work of research analysts and consultancies (individuals and firms). â€¢ Play a key role in the policy dialogue with government counterparts, development partners and other stakeholders, including investors, academics and businesses. â€¢ Participate actively in the MTI Global Practice including through knowledge sharing, and by providing support to programs outside Indonesia in other regions. â€¢ He or she may also be required to work on other MTI engagement pillars and workstreams as required. Selection Criteria â€¢ Masters or Ph.D. in economics or related field.â€¢ At least 5 years of relevant professional experience or equivalent combination of education and experience on macro-fiscal policy and management issues in resource-rich contexts.â€¢ General economic knowledge and analytical skills. â€¢ Has excellent skills with Microsoft Office, econometric software and other relevant applications. â€¢ Knowledge and experience in the development arena.â€¢ Policy dialogue skills. â€¢ Written and verbal communication. â€¢ Macroeconomic skills and country economics experience. This job is open until September 5, 2019. Please apply via the World Bank job website at: https://www.worldbank.org/careers. The job number is req4092.
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