Full Time Positions

The ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) has a vacancy in its Technical Assistance (TA) team for a TA Specialist.

One of AMRO’s three core functions is to provide TA to our members with a view to strengthen members’ macroeconomic surveillance capacities, and facilitate knowledge sharing among members and other international organizations. The TA Specialist is responsible for AMRO’s TA activities and TA Trust Fund management. He/she should have the experience and expertise in handling TA in international organizations, public and private sectors, and possess excellent communication and coordination skills.

Job Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the design of AMRO’s TA strategies, work plans, programs and projects in support of AMRO’s objectives.
  • Coordinate the implementation of AMRO’s TA activities, including secondment, consultancy, and research collaboration programs, conferences and seminars, ensuring efficiency, relevance and high impact outcomes.
  • Manage and administer TA trust funds through the execution of legal, financial and administration processes; strengthen TA trust funds management.
  • Maintain strong and effective communications with the contributors of TA trust funds, especially to secure sustainable financing for AMRO’s TA programs, and to promote financial diversification for TA activities.
  • Develop deeper relationship with TA recipients to expand, design, plan and implement TA programs tailored to members’ diverse needs.
  • Conduct evaluation of TA activities under AMRO’s performance review process.
  • Provide members with timely updates on AMRO’s TA work plans and progress, including delivering presentations during ASEAN+3 members’ meetings.
  • Collaborate with relevant international financial, research and academic institutions through TA and research projects.
  • Contribute to AMRO’s strategic plan such as Annual Work Program and Medium-Term Implementation Plan.

Institutional Responsibilities

  • Participate in any institution-wide activities as assigned, e.g. be an active member of AMRO’s internal committees or task forces.
  • Lead and conduct training/seminars to share knowledge with AMRO staff or external stakeholders when requested.
  • Perform any other duties as may be reasonably required in furtherance of AMRO’s overall goals.

Qualifications

Educational and Professional Experience Requirements

  • A PhD or Master’s degree in public administration, finance, accounting or other relevant fields from a reputable university.
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience and knowledge in bilateral and multilateral TA programs, including TA trust fund management and established engagement with financial contributors; experience in similar international organizations/government agencies/central banks would be an added advantage.
  • Familiar with accounting standards for trust fund management and evaluation framework for TA activities.
  • Experience in facilitating ASEAN+3 financial cooperation or in managing bilateral and multilateral international relationships is preferred.

Other Requirements

  • Strong track record of teamwork and collaboration, and excellent communication skills to interact effectively with colleagues and officials of diverse cultural backgrounds across multiple levels.
  • Ability to achieve AMRO’s objectives by producing high quality results in a timely manner.
  • High proficiency in written and spoken English.

The last day for applying to this position is June 11, 2021.

The Group Head and Principal/Lead Economist for Regional Surveillance will report to the Chief Economist. The candidate should be an expert in macro-financial surveillance and research, financial programming and modelling, and have strong management and coordination skills.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop the work programme for surveillance of the ASEAN+3 region, as well as of countries that are of systemic importance, such as the United States, Europe and major emerging markets.
  • Assist in developing the country surveillance program for the ASEAN+3 economies.
  • Plan, implement, and supervise the group’s work program, ensure efficiency, relevance, and impact of AMRO’s surveillance work.
  • Conduct regional surveillance, including:
    • data collection;
    • monitoring and analyzing global and regional developments;
    • monitoring and analyzing global and regional financial markets in coordination with the Financial Surveillance team;
    • developing systemic risk monitoring tools in collaboration with the Financial Surveillance, Fiscal Policy, and country teams;
    • identifying risks and vulnerabilities in the external environment and their implications for the region and AMRO’s member economies;
    • developing policy options to deal with risks and vulnerabilities by working closely with the country surveillance teams; and
    • compiling, presenting, and disseminating the ASEAN+3 Regional Economic Outlook (AREO) report and other monthly, quarterly, and/or ad hoc topical reports.
  • Lead, manage, and coach the regional team, comprising staff and consultants, to conduct in-depth studies on structural issues and challenges, such as digital technology, ageing populations and globalization, which will impact the growth and stability of the region. Such studies would complement the surveillance work on conjunctural issues and feed into the thematic chapter of the AREO report or published separately.
  • Coordinate and deliver technical assistance to member economies on multilateral surveillance topics and tools.
  • Initiate and oversee rigorous research and other projects by conducting thematic studies arising from bilateral and multilateral surveillance, risk modelling, etc., and developing and disseminating key policy conclusions.
  • Liaise with and maintain good relations with member authorities on surveillance matters.
  • Assist the Chief Economist and other senior management in dealing with various surveillance issues of strategic importance.
  • Conduct ad hoc tasks as assigned by the AMRO Director and/or Chief Economist.

Institutional Responsibilities

  • Participate in any institution-wide activity as assigned, such as participating as a member of AMRO’s internal committees or task forces.
  • Lead and conduct training/ seminars to share knowledge with AMRO staff or external stakeholders.
  • Perform any other duty as may be reasonably required in furtherance of AMRO’s objectives.

Qualifications

Educational and Professional Experience Requirements

  • A postgraduate degree in economics, finance or other related fields from a reputable university; a PhD would be a significant advantage.
  • At least 15 years’ relevant work experience, notably in macroeconomics, finance, surveillance, and policy.
  • Deep knowledge in the areas of macroeconomics and international finance, with strong understanding of financial markets and issues.
  • Experience in leading a team of economists in undertaking large-scale thematic research projects.
  • Experience in leading and coordinating the development of analytical tools and early warning-type exercises.
  • Additional experience in the following areas would be a significant advantage:
    • debt sustainability analysis;
    • leading country surveillance or program missions;
    • working in an international financial institution, international organization, and/or a public sector environment;
    • coordinating and/or delivering macroeconomic/financial sector technical assistance to member authorities.
  • A solid network of contacts across the public and private sectors and have excellent diplomatic and partnership skills; able to build and maintain relationships with counterparts from other international organizations, senior and working level staff from member authorities, and the private sector.
  • Strong leadership and hands-on management skills to lead and manage a multi-cultural and multi-tasked team, as well as motivate, mentor and coach staff.
  • Ability to work well in high-pressure situations and under tight deadlines.
  • High proficiency in written and spoken English and possess excellent presentation skills.
  • Experience in responding to media enquiries, participating in media interviews, and presenting to high-level officials, both in person and virtually.

The last day for applying to this position is May 28, 2021.

The Surveillance Group of the ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) has a vacancy in its Regional Surveillance team for a Senior Economist/ Economist/ Researcher.

The successful candidate will report to the Group Head of the Regional Surveillance team. The candidate should have experience and expertise in macro-financial surveillance and research, financial programming, and excellent communication and coordination skills.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assist Group Head in the planning and implementation of the group’s work plan in support of AMRO’s overall goals, ensuring efficiency, relevance and impact of AMRO’s surveillance work.
  • Conduct surveillance of the region, including:
    • collecting data from the ASEAN+3 authorities, international organizations, private sector, and other data sources;
    • monitoring and analyzing regional developments;
    • identifying risks and vulnerabilities in the global economy and financial systems and their implications for member economies, and developing policy options to deal with them, in close collaboration with country desk economists;
    • preparing initial drafts of flagship report chapters and other monthly, quarterly, or ad hoc reports;
    • supporting outreach with members, media, other international organizations, and the private sector;
    • supporting ASEAN+3 events.
  • Conduct surveillance of assigned member economies and/ or sectors, including:
    • collecting data, monitoring and analyzing developments in those economies/ sectors;
    • identifying risks and vulnerabilities facing those economies/ sectors and formulating policies to address them;
    • participating in Annual Consultations and interim visits, and preparing briefing notes and drafts of country consultation reports for the assigned economies/ sectors;
    • providing regular updates to his/ her Group Head and Senior Management on emerging events and issues in assigned countries/ sectors.
  • Plan and conduct economic and financial research under the guidance of the Regional Surveillance Group Head.
  • Supervise and guide research assistants.
  • Maintain good relations with the authorities, and liaise with authorities on all surveillance matters between AMRO and member economies as assigned.
  • Assist Group Head in dealing with various issues of strategic importance.

Institutional Responsibilities

  • Contribute to any institution-wide activity as assigned, such as, participating as a member of AMRO’s internal committees or task forces.
  • Lead and conduct training/ seminars to share knowledge with AMRO staff or external stakeholders.
  • Perform any other duty as may be reasonably required in furtherance of AMRO’s objectives.

Qualifications

Educational and Professional Experience Requirements

  • A postgraduate degree in economics, finance, or other relevant fields for AMRO surveillance, from a reputable university; a PhD would be a significant advantage.
  • At least 3–5 years’ relevant work experience in and knowledge of economics and/ or finance, including macro-financial modelling and policy; experience in bilateral and/ or multilateral surveillance at international organizations/ government agencies/ central banks would be a significant advantage.
  • Strong analytical ability and capacity to conduct rigorous research.
  • Experience in conducting regional economic surveillance of the ASEAN+3 economies or global advanced economies; experience in financial markets and/ or financial sector surveillance would be a significant advantage; experience with crisis programs would be a plus.
  • Proficiency in software applications such as Microsoft Office and high proficiency in using packages such as Stata, EViews, MATLAB; proficiency in programming in languages such as R and Python would be a significant advantage.
  • Strong familiarity with key third-party economics and finance databases, such as BankFocus, Bloomberg, CEIC, Haver Analytics.

Other Requirements

  • Motivated and willing to take initiative.
  • Results-oriented and accountable for the accuracy of both data and analyses.
  • Strong teamwork and communication skills to interact effectively with colleagues and officials of diverse cultural backgrounds, at all levels.
  • High proficiency in written and spoken English.

The last day for applying to this position is May 28, 2021.

The Surveillance Group of the ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) has a vacancy in its Financial Surveillance team for a Financial Market Specialist/ Researcher.

The Financial Market Specialist/ Researcher will be primarily responsible for the market intelligence and analysis to support AMRO’s surveillance of global and regional market developments. The successful candidate will be responsible for monitoring markets and cross-border capital flows, identifying risks across asset classes, and conducting market research relevant to AMRO’s surveillance mandate. S/he will be required to analyze and communicate key market developments and risks to surveillance staff, Senior Management, and member authorities. This role may require early start times, given the different market trading hours. The successful candidate will report to the Group Head of the Financial Surveillance team.

Job Responsibilities

  • Cover real time, high frequency developments in global and regional equity, fixed income (sovereign), FX and corporate bond markets, as well as commodities markets.
  • Communicate regularly with major players in financial markets, and deliver assessments using sound analyses and judgement.
  • Contribute to AMRO’s macro-financial surveillance mandate by conducting macro-relevant market research, monitoring markets and related macro issues, and building and maintaining market risk models and surveillance infrastructure.
  • Provide technical input to surveillance and/ or CMIM support teams on specific market events or instruments.
  • Work with surveillance teams to develop scenario analyses of markets and their potential impact on capital flows.
  • Prepare and present regular analyses (oral and written) to Senior Management and staff, and/ or to member authorities.
  • Derive policy implications from market developments.

Institutional Responsibilities

  • Contribute to any institution-wide activity as assigned, such as, participating as a member of AMRO’s internal committees or task forces;
  • Lead and conduct training/ seminars to share knowledge with AMRO staff or external stakeholders;
  • Perform any other duty as may be reasonably required in furtherance of AMRO’s objectives.

Qualifications

Educational and Professional Experience Requirements

  • A postgraduate degree in Economics/ Finance/ Mathematics or other related fields from a reputable university, with a keen interest in economics and financial markets research; a PhD would be a plus.
  • Between 4–6 years of experience covering financial markets, preferably cross-assets or with particular focus on fixed income and FX (and be willing to pick up knowledge about other markets).
  • Experience with ASEAN+3 and/ or emerging markets; knowledge of US and European markets would be an advantage.
  • A solid understanding of fundamental investment concepts, market risks, and how major institutional investors think, sound economic and market judgment, and the ability to anticipate key issues that will impact capital flows.
  • Diverse contacts among financial market players, on both the buy and sell sides.
  • Ability to formulate independent views and policy recommendations; experience with financial surveillance at a policy institution would be a plus.
  • Proficiency in software applications such as Microsoft Office and high proficiency in using packages such as Stata, EViews, MATLAB; proficiency in programming languages such as R and Python would be a significant advantage.
  • Strong familiarity with key third-party economics and finance databases, such as Bloomberg, CEIC, Haver Analytics, BankFocus.

Other Requirements

  • Motivated and willing to take initiative.
  • Results oriented and accountable for the accuracy of both data and analyses.
  • Strong teamwork and communication skills to interact effectively with colleagues and officials of diverse cultural backgrounds, at all levels.
  • High proficiency in written and spoken English.

The last day for applying to this position is May 28, 2021.

The Human Resource Officer will provide expertise in key areas of HR management, which include recruitment and staffing, compensation and benefits, staff development and organizational effectiveness, HR services, and data management, etc.

Main responsibilities include but are not limited to supporting the Group Head of Budget, HR and Support Service in:

  • Reviewing, developing, and implementing HR policies/programs and initiatives;
  • HR strategic planning, talent acquisition, and retention, performance evaluation and rewards management;
  • Managing payroll, staff retirement plan, and other AMRO staff benefits, ensuring the effectiveness of compensation and benefits policies and programs for staff;
  • Managing HR data, analyzing and monitoring key HR metrics and statistics;
  • Liaising, communicating, and consulting with other groups/teams on HR policy/program issues;
  • Coordinating with various authorities and IFIs on HR-related issues, maintain good working relationships with stakeholders; and
  • Performing other functions as determined by Director/supervisor.

The candidate should possess:

  • An advanced degree from a reputable university in the related fields of public/business administration, HR management, organizational development, economics, or social sciences;
  • At least 5 years of relevant professional HR work experience; experience with International Financial Institutions (IFIs) or other International Organizations (IOs) would be advantageous;
  • Affiliations with and/or certified/accredited by recognized professional HR associations, such as CIPD, IPMA-HR, SHRM etc. (a plus);
  • Deep understanding/experience of IFIs’ best practices in dealing with HR strategy, policy and practice, staff planning and recruitment, performance management and career development, compensation and benefits policies, pension and insurance management, learning and organizational effectiveness, HR analysis, HR planning, and budgeting and HR services (including on-boarding, in-service, and off-boarding);
  • Excellent organizational skills, solid teamwork, excellent oral and written English communication skills, strong interpersonal skills to interact with staff and external contacts of diverse cultural backgrounds at all levels, broad experience in coordinating activities in accordance with organizational practices, procedures and policies;
  • Ability to lead, mentor, and coach, specifically, be able to supervise and plan the responsibilities of the assigned team, with oversight from supervisor;
  • Strong persistence, and be efficient and timely in handling multiple tasks, be able to work under pressure and manage tight deadlines; perseverance when faced with difficult problems or challenges, and ability to remain calm in stressful situations; and
  • High proficiency in software applications such as Microsoft Office (specifically Excel, PowerPoint, and Word).

Applicants should submit the following to amro.recruitment@amro-asia.org :

(1) An updated CV.

(2) A brief description of all relevant academic qualifications and work experience.

(3) The earliest possible start date.

(4) Referee details.

We will acknowledge receipt of all the applications. However, we regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.