Policy Consultant for Programme Research in the Bri for Sustainable Development Team ff UNDP China – Beijing

Background

China has become a major emerging player in global governance, able to share its valuable experience with the entire international community, acting at the same time as a bridge-builder between institutions and nations in the sustainable development era. China takes a proactive role in shaping new initiatives which complement existing global governance mechanisms. For instance, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been growing steadily with many countries and international organizations engaged.

Since the launch of UNDP China Global Governance Initiative in 2012, UNDP China has become a key partner of the Government of China in international development cooperation and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UNDP is recognized as a bridge between China and the world – both regarding understanding of development context, as a channel for international development assistance, and as part of and beyond South-South cooperation. The Chinese government counterparts have characterized UNDP as a chosen partner for advising on development cooperation approaches and integrated development approaches in line with the SDGs.

On the margins of the 71st UN General Assembly session in September 2016, UNDP and the government of China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation on the BRI. This was followed by an Action Plan signed in May 2017 during the first Belt and Road Forum. In the meantime, China Development Bank (CDB) was designated as an implementing partner of the Action Plan and a Joint Statement from May 2017 formalized this cooperation. This strategic partnership highlights UNDP’s firm commitment to facilitating sustainable development across BRI partner countries and putting the 2030 Agenda into action. In the list of deliverables of the 2nd BRI forum, National Development and Reform Commission of China and UNDP co-initiated the Belt and Road Innovation and Development Platform project, authorizing the China Development Bank to execute in name of the Innovation and Development Centre under the project.

Towards this end, the office is looking for a Research Associate/Policy Consultant to help the UNDP Cjina CO to conduct evidence-based research and develop think- pieces under the Global Partnerships Cluster (GPC) and the BRI for Sustainable Develpoment Team

Duties and Responsibilities 

Under the guidance of the Team leader of the BRI for Sustainable Development, the Policy Consultant is responsible for identifying and producing and/or commissionin research and analysis on global and regional development issues. He/she will assist the team to identify policy options in the areas of global and regional development studies, with a focus on the Belt and Road Initiative and of China’s role within it. He/She is expected to:

1. Support the BRI-related research  with a focus on Economic, Enviromental and Social Sustainablility Development

  • Map and analyse key features of the investment environment of countries along the Belt and Road, including economic, legal, social, and policy factors;
  • Collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data on China’s role in global economic governance and regional development issues with a particular focus on the Belt and Road investments and projects.
  • Conduct background research pieces on global economic governance and regional development studies with focus on the Belt and Road for external and internal purpose and draft speeches for UNDP Senior Management under this portfolio.
  • Perform statistical analysis, such as regression analysis using historical data along BRI;
  • Map existing BRI investments and financing standards/regulations/polcicies along BRI countries for the forthcoming research report;
  • Support the drafting of the report related the Belt and Road, including by contributing analytical inputs, charts and tables;

   2. Support the implementation of projects under the BRI programme

  • Facilitate information-gathering, field study, and pre-project research of the seclcted project;
  • Facilitate the coordination of country studies, events, forums and workshops under the joint program with the Chinese government and China Development Bank
  • Support environmental and social impact evaluation on local BRI projects.
  • Provide support in the preparation of program positioning, functions, budgets, and proposals on implementation arrangements –such as BRI Innovation and Development Center

3. Support to the team’s specific initiatives

  • Provide support to high-level delegation visits including drafting the briefing package and preparing the Note to File.
  • Provide support to the formulation and implementation of the team’s work plan as well as provide the operational support to the team’s daily housekeeping issues, such as contributing to the team work and periodically reports.
  • Assist policy advocacy and programme advisory tasks such as preparing project briefs, speeches, presentations, and strategy papers related to international development cooperation and brief visiting missions, donor agencies and national counterpart agencies.
  • Maintain good partnership with the relevant UNDP internal units and national counterparts, as well as donors.
  • Conduct the missions in China if needed.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s Degree or Doctor’s Degree in Financing and Investment,  Political or Social Sciences, Economics, International Development Studies or related disciplines.

Professional Experience:

  • At least 1-2 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in fianancial institutions, government institutions, universities or research think tanks, providing policy support and hands-on experience in policy making and project designing.
  • Research experience matured both in China and abroad;
  • Thorough understanding of China, politically and economically as well as its role in the global and regional development sphere with focus on the Belt and Road Initiative;
  • Sound knowledge of global governance mechanisms and regional development cooperation with particular focus on economic issues and the Asia Pacific region.

Skills:

  • Sound knowledge of Microsoft office.
  • Excellent presentation and networking skills.

Language:

  • Excellent skills in both written and spoken English required.

Application closing date: 9 August 2019 

PhD Fellowship Programme (Monetary & Economic Department)

PhD Fellowship programme (Monetary and Economic Department)

Are you a PhD student in economics, finance or a related field? Do you want to acquire practical experience in policy research and analysis in monetary and financial stability issues?

The PhD fellowship programme at the BIS offers you the opportunity to work in an international financial institution at the intersection of research and policy, working alongside experienced economists and research analysts. This programme will give you practical experience in supporting central banks and other financial authorities and contributing to high-level meetings and BIS publications.

Programme duration:   between 3 and 11 months Start date:   flexible

Accountabilities:

  • Conduct research in collaboration with BIS economists
  • Research topics related to the characteristics of financial intermediation, financial innovation and digitisation, post-crisis monetary and financial stability frameworks and the global economy and spillovers

Requirements:

  • Enrolment in a PhD programme in economics, finance or related fields
  • Excellent knowledge of financial and monetary economics, with specialisation in topics relevant to the BIS research agenda
  • Experience in conducting research in relevant fields
  • Ability to apply tools used in economic analysis to a range of topics

What do we offer? If you are selected, you will receive a contract for a period between three months and up to 11 months. We offer a competitive net of tax salary, health insurance coverage and travel and relocation assistance. This position is in Basel, Switzerland, and our status as an international organisation allows us to recruit globally regardless of nationality.

Application process:

To apply please submit your CV (in English) including the names of at least two referees and a cover letter summarising your research topics.

Application deadline:   Monday 30 September 2019

The BIS is fully committed to equal opportunity employment and strives for diversity among its staff.

Research Analyst I

Job Summary:

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Analyst in the Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) at the IFPRI Abuja Office in Nigeria. The selected candidate would conduct research for the Nigeria Strategic Support Program (NSSP) of the Development Strategy. This position is based at the IFPRI-NSSP Office in Abuja and is for is for one year renewable appointment. The NSSP is a country program with a focus on strategy and policy issues in relation to agriculture, the food system, agricultural transformation, and poverty reduction in Nigeria. Interested applicants must be authorized to work in Nigeria.

Essential Duties:

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Collection and analysis of primary and secondary data
  • Conducting high-quality, scholarly literature reviews for the NSSP Office
  • Contributing to the writing of research reports, journal articles, policy briefs, and other publications of relevance to the country program
  • Conducting empirical work for the NSSP Office
  • Contributing to training courses within Nigeria conducted by NSSP as part of NSSP’s capacity building program
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Development Economics
  • Familiarity with both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies
  • Experience conducting economic analysis and familiarity with various statistical software packages, such as Stata
  • Ability to conduct literature reviews, synthesize research findings and draft policy briefs
  • Strong English writing and verbal skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, proactive approach to work, and a team-oriented spirit.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience conducting research in developing countries, especially in Nigeria
  • Ability to engage with policymakers
  • Strong interest in international and rural development

Application closing date: open until filled

Research Assistant / Research Analyst I

Job Summary:

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Assistant / Research Analyst I for a one-year, exempt, renewable appointment in its Development Strategies and Governance Division (DSG). The RA will work with and assist senior researchers in analysis of various data sets, including household and market surveys and secondary data on prices, trade and macro-economic variables. This position is based in Washington, D.C. Final title and grade will be determined by education and experience.

Essential Duties:

The selected candidate will:

  • Assist with data collection, compiling, and data cleaning of primary and secondary data from various sources.
  • Assist with the development and documentation of constructed datasets.
  • Assist with economic modeling and statistical analysis.
  • Conduct literature reviews.
  • Assist with the drafting of research papers and project reports.
  • Other relevant duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications:

  • At the Research Assistant level, Bachelor’s degree in economics, agricultural economics, development studies, public policy, public administration or a relevant discipline.
    • At the Research Analyst I level, Bachelor’s degree and two years of relevant professional experience or Master’s degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Experience conducting and writing up literature reviews for academic publications.
  • Experience working in an international setting abroad doing research, capacity building or other development related activities.
  • Experience with data analysis using statistical software packages (e.g., Stata).
  • Experience in quantitative research methods and data processing, analysis, and management, including manipulation of large datasets.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and produce completed products on time.
  • Knowledge of issues related to poverty, economic transformation, agricultural development and governance in Africa or South Asia.
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills in English.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in interdisciplinary and cross-cultural teams.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background in macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometrics.
  • Experience with simulation modeling software (e.g. GAMS).

Physical Demand & Work environment:

  • Employee will sit in an upright position for a long period of time
  • Employee will lift between 0-10 pounds.
  • Employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform activities such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing computer terminal; extensive reading.

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is an equal employment opportunity employer – F/M/Disability/Vet/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Application closing date: open until filled

Research Analyst I/Research Analyst II

Job Summary:

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Analyst I (RA I) or Research Analyst II (RA II) within the Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division (MTID). The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand field and analysis experience in an international organization undertaking cutting-edge development research based in Washington D.C., with travel overseas. This is a one-year, exempt, fixed-term, renewable appointment.  Final position title will be based on experience.  The RA I/ RA II will support senior research staff in MTID with evaluations and experiments related to information and communication technologies, agricultural extension, and nutrition programs in Central America.

Essential Duties:

Specific Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Organization, cleaning, management and statistical/econometric analysis of large household data sets.
  • Assisting with the development and implementation of quantitative surveys in developing countries, including questionnaire development and programming for CAPI, field team training and development of software applications for recording interview responses on tablet computers.
  • Assisting with planning and running field operations related to survey collection, ensuring adherence to the research design, monitoring data quality, and supporting data analysis as needed
  • Conducting literature reviews, preparation of tables and graphs to contribute to proposals, project deliverables, briefs and papers.
  • Ability and willingness to travel overseas (including the Central American Region)
  • Assist in preparing large datasets for public access to promote transparency and openness in social science research
  • Contribute to management of research projects and coordination with partners
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • At the Research Analyst I level, Bachelor’s degree in Economics and two years of relevant work experience or a Master’s degree in related field.
    • At the Research Analyst II level, a Master’s degree in Economics and three years of relevant work experience.
  • Excellent skills in programming in STATA and in managing household databases.
  • Familiarity with quantitative research methods used in behavioral and development economics, particularly randomized controlled trials and laboratory experiments.
  • Excellent econometric skills on cross-section and panel data analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform in-depth statistical analysis and report the results.
  • Demonstrated professional level of attention to detail evidenced by accurate and reproducible work.
  • Experienced in conducting literature reviews of academic publications, research reports, etc.
  • Demonstrated fluency in written and spoken English
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task as needed, consistently meet deadlines and manage time well
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and to work in a team-oriented multi-cultural environment
  • Ability to work independently, with initiative and minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated fluency in written and spoken Spanish
  • Ability and willingness to travel.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Skilled in programming in R, Python, JavaScript, SQL, etc.
  • Strong background in applied microeconomics and knowledge of quantitative impact evaluation methods.
  • Experience in survey design, questionnaire design, and conducting and supervising household surveys in developing countries.
  • Field experience related to agriculture and nutrition, is a strong plus.
  • Experience with data entry and CAPI software packages (CSPro, Survey CTO, Survey Solutions, Epi Info, or alike).
  • Proficiency in French, for possible work in West Africa

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is an equal employment opportunity employer – F/M/Disability/Vet/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

Application closing date: open until filled.

Senior Portfolio Manager

Purpose of the job:

We are looking for Senior Portfolio Managers within the BIS Asset Management team.

Portfolio Managers are responsible for managing fixed income portfolios entrusted to BIS AM – namely the BIS’ Own Capital, the BIS Pension Fund and mandates on behalf of Third-Party clients. The unit maintains and develops the active investment decision-making process and runs the portfolio management operations.

The position holder conducts analysis of economic and financial topics relevant for the investment process. He/she actively participates in the investment strategy meetings, constructs portfolios and implements trades. She/he reports to internal and external customers on the investment strategy and the performance of the portfolios and supports the overall objectives of BIS AM.

Principal accountabilities: 

Investment decision-making process

  • Contributes to the development of the investment decision-making process with the aim of supporting an active portfolio management style that targets outperformance of benchmarks.
  • Maintains and develops qualitative and quantitative tools for the support of the investment process.
  • Actively participates in investment strategy meetings. Leads the discussion on specific risk factors/currencies, suggests active positions and generally contributes to the discussion on active positioning.
  • Regularly reports, in writing and orally, to internal and external clients and committees on the unit’s positioning and performance.

Portfolio management operations

  • Implements the agreed investment strategy in all portfolios he is responsible for, comprising portfolio construction, trade execution and input of trades into trade capture systems.
  • Continually monitors and assesses the performance of his portfolios.
  • Monitors portfolio guidelines and ensures compliance of the portfolio with those guidelines at trade execution and on an ongoing basis.
  • Adheres to internal policies and procedures, such as BIS AM’s best execution policy.
  • Maintains good relationships with commercial banks and other intermediaries that facilitate the execution of transactions.

Market research

  • Analyses economic and financial market topics relevant to the investment decision-making process and portfolio management to identify potential risks and opportunities.
  • Identifies market trends with respect to reserve management investment products and services, and fixed income portfolio management techniques.
  • Researches topics of particular interest for the bank’s management.

Banking and Asset Management business area

  • Takes active part in the development of the Asset Management business area as a whole and contributes to the achievement of the units objectives.
  • Supports Central Bank Sales (CBS) in maintaining existing and developing new business and customers.
  • Represents BIS AM in meetings with internal and external clients – including visits to BIS AM’s existing and prospective clients to communicate investment approach, strategy and portfolio performance.
  • Represents BIS AM in working groups, seminars and conferences. Advises central banks on reserve management techniques and solutions.
  • Represents AM in departmental and/or Bank-wide projects.
  • Provides knowledge, guidance and support to other internal units in delivering portfolio management products and services.
  • Demonstrates a proactive approach in establishing and developing good working relationships with internal units and central banks.

Job Requirements: 

  • PhD/MSc in Economics, Finance or equivalent; CFA charter holder is advantageous.
  • At least eight years of experience in fixed income portfolio management.
  • The position holder is a highly respected and seasoned professional with a proven track record in asset management.
  • The position holder demonstrates the highest level of ethical/business standards when interacting with external/internal clients and colleagues.
  • Thorough understanding of the parameters surrounding supranational and central banking institutions.
  • Energetic and proactive attitude. Excellent negotiation and mediating skills. Ability to work under pressure. Multi-culturally adept.
  • Excellent verbal and drafting skills in English and working knowledge of another major language.
  • Ability to multi-task efficiently and back-up team members.

All new staff members are recruited on a fixed-term basis without expectation either of any contract renewal or conversion. The contract may however be extended or converted to an open-ended one at the end of the term, subject to organisational needs and individual performance. The BIS is fully committed to equal opportunity employment and strives for diversity among its staff.

Application closing date: 4 August 2019