World Bank seeks new regional chief economist for Latin America region

By on 04/08/2016 | Updated on 24/09/2020

The World Bank is looking for a new regional chief economist for its branch in the Latin America and Caribbean region to help it address a “rapid mutation and rising complexity of the development process under the forces of technological change, globalisation, demography, and the end of the commodity super-cycle.”


The new recruit will be expected to help shape innovative research to develop a deeper understanding of issues which “spill over national boundaries and are becoming increasingly central to development,” the job advert states.


Applicants must be fluent in English and Spanish, have a Ph.D. in economics and the ability to “work with senior government officials to resolve complex economic problems and provide policy advice at the national level,” to “share knowledge and experience, and to identify and disseminate best practices.”


He or she should also be a recognised expert in the field of international and development economics – especially those economic issues facing the Latin America and Caribbean region – and have a “track record of intellectual leadership.”


The appointee’s responsibilities will include working with partners such as academic institutions, think-tanks and government agencies inside and outside the region to organise “policy-oriented and academic events geared at promoting evidence-based discussion of issues that are key to the region’s economic and social development.”


The new regional chief economist will also be the main economic advisor to the regional vice president and be “expected to contribute to preparation of the regional strategy update to the World Bank’s Board of executive directors, systematic country diagnostics, development policy financing, and policy advice on complex economic issues.”


Applicants from outside the World Bank will be offered a two-year term, while internal candidates will keep their regular or open-ended appointments.


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Winnie is news editor of Global Government Forum. She previously reported for Civil Service World - the trade magazine for senior UK government officials. Originally from Germany, Winnie first came to the UK in 2006 to study a BA in Journalism & Russian at the University of Sheffield. She is bilingual in English and German, and, after spending an academic year abroad in Russia and reporting for the Moscow Times, Winnie also speaks Russian fluently.

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