Full Time Positions

Posting date: 10 FEBRUARY 2020

Closing date: 9 MARCH 2020

The Data Management Associate will be required to help AMRO develop its data and analytics infrastructure to support its surveillance and ChiangMai Initiative Multilateralization work. The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for collecting, compiling and managing macro-financial data and writing programs to convert AMRO economists’ models into interactive, online tools. S/he will report to the Group Head of the Financial Surveillance team. 

Main responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • managing and analyzing large volumes of economic and financial data and metadata to ensure data quality, integrity and consistency;
  • data collection/compilation (from various sources and media), processing (including transformation and aggregation), validation and dissemination, and their automation;
  • processing data submissions, evaluating and analyzing data quality, and providing solutions to identified problems;
  • documenting processes and work flows relating to data management activities;
  • developing ontologies for datasets;
  • building sufficiently versatile and flexible data management dissemination processes;
  • communicating actively with internal and external users and responding to all data queries;
  • negotiating with stakeholders to enhance data acquisition and sharing;
  • providing training to staff (and possibly stakeholders) on the data infrastructure and processes;
  • advising on visualization software/tools and developing visualizations for collected data;
  • helping economists develop or convert their quantitative models into appropriate programming languages for implementation as interactive tools on ARTEMIS, AMRO’s macro-financial surveillance tools and database platform; and
  • implementing any other task as assigned by supervisor and/or Senior Management.

The candidate should possess:

  • at a minimum, a postgraduate degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Economics/ Finance/ Engineering/ Mathematics or other related fields from a reputable university, with a keen interest in economics and financial markets;
  • at least 5 years’ experience in the specified areas, preferably at an international organization, or at a buy or sell-side firm that deals with large economics and financial markets databases;
  • extensive knowledge of data life cycles and their automation;
  • experience working with major international economics databases, such as those published by the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Bank for International Settlements, etc. and commercial data such as Haver Analytics, Bloomberg, Refinitiv, etc.;
  • deep expertise in multiple programming languages, with ability to code in HTML, Julia, Matlab, Python, R, SAS, SQL, VBA, and other similar languages;
  • knowledge of, and experience with, data visualization tools; and
  • high proficiency in spoken and written English.

Added advantages include:

  • previous exposure to economics, econometrics and operations research (e.g. optimization);
  • experience with Amazon Web Services, Azure, Google Cloud or equivalent cloud services; and
  • ability to communicate with IT/computer science professionals and those without deep field knowledge.

Personal attributes should include:

  • excellent interpersonal skills, able to work collaboratively and foster internal cooperation, as well as the ability to develop relationships with commercial vendors and counterparts at other international organizations;
  • strong motivation—a self-starter, who is interested in keeping up with the latest technology and practices in the field, and implementing them as relevant for AMRO’s operations; and
  • a positive, can-do attitude, always prepared to take on a variety of tasks and new challenges that will move AMRO’s data and analytics infrastructure forward.

Posting date: 2 October 2019

Closing date: —

The Economist/Specialist will report to the designated Group Head in the Surveillance team. The candidate should have experience and expertise in macro-financial surveillance and research, financial programming and modelling, and excellent communication and coordination skills.

Main responsibilities include but not limited to:  

  • Assist his/her 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;
  • Be responsible for conducting surveillance of assigned member economies and/or sectors including:
    • data collection, monitoring and analyzing developments in those economies/sectors;
    • identifying risks and vulnerabilities facing those economies/sectors and formulating policies to address them;
    • drafting briefing notes for management and for annual consultation and interim visits;
    • developing work programs and participating in annual consultations and preparing initial 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 his/her assigned countries/sectors;
  • Be responsible for conducting surveillance of the region including:
    • data collection, monitoring and analyzing regional developments;
    • monitoring and analyzing extra-regional major economies such as the US, Europe and major emerging markets economies;
    • monitoring and analyzing global and regional financial markets;
    • identifying risks and vulnerabilities in the global economy and global financial markets and implications for the member economies of AMRO, and developing policy options to deal with them, in close collaboration with the country desk economists;
    • preparing initial drafts of flagship report chapters and other monthly, quarterly or ad hoc reports;
  • Plan and conduct economic and financial research under the guidance of his/her Group Head;
  • Collect and manage data from the ASEAN+3 authorities, IFIs, private sectors and other data sources;
  • Supervise and guide research assistants;
  • Maintain good relations with the authorities and liaise with authorities on all surveillance matters between AMRO and the member economies;
  • Assist Group Head in dealing with various issues of strategic importance; and
  • Conduct other ad-hoc tasks as assigned by his/her Group Head or Senior Management.

The candidate should possess:

  • A PhD or Master’s degree in economics, finance, or other relevant fields for AMRO surveillance, from a reputable university;
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience and knowledge in economics and/or finance, including macro-financial modelling and policy; experience in relevant international organisations/ 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;
  • Proficiency in software applications such as Microsoft Office and high proficiency in using packages such as Stata, EViews, MATLAB; high proficiency in programming in languages such as R and Python would be a significant advantage;
  • Close familiarity with key third-party economics and finance databases, such as Bloomberg, CEIC, Haver, Refinitiv (Datastream);
  • Strong motivation and initiative, and be results oriented and accountable for the accuracy of both data and information;
  • Strong teamwork and communication skills to interact effectively with staff and officials of diverse cultural backgrounds at all levels;
  • High proficiency in written and spoken English.

Posting date: 2 October 2019

Closing date: —

Fiscal Specialist will report to the respective Group Head of the Surveillance team. The candidate should have expertise in fiscal policy issues and related research, macroeconomic surveillance, and excellent communication and coordination skills.

Main responsibilities include but not limited to:  

  • Assist his/her 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;
  • Be responsible for conducting surveillance of assigned member economies/region including:
    • Monitoring and analysing key fiscal issues,
    • Identifying risks and vulnerabilities of those economies, and formulating policies to address them,
    • Supporting country/regional surveillance teams on fiscal issues,
    • Conducting research on key fiscal issues to support country/regional surveillance
  • Provide regular updates to his/her Group Head on emerging events and relevant issues; draft briefing notes for management and for consultation and interim visits on key fiscal issues; participate in the annual consultation and contribute to country consultation reports; contribute to flagship reports and other reports as assigned by his/her Group Head;
  • Develop work program and conduct research under the guidance of his/her Group Head;
  • Collect and manage relevant data from the ASEAN+3 authorities, IFIs, private sectors and other data sources;
  • Supervise and guide research assistants and associates;
  • Maintain good relation with the authorities and liaise with authorities on relevant surveillance matters between AMRO and the member economies;
  • Assist your Group Heads in dealing various related issues of strategic importance;
  • Conduct other ad-hoc tasks as assigned by his/her Group Head.

The candidate should possess:

  • A PhD or Master’s degree in public finance, economics, international finance or related fields from a reputable university;
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience and knowledge in public finance and/or related fields;
  • 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 development country fiscal policy would be an advantage;
  • Proficiency in software applications such as Microsoft Office and high proficiency in using packages such as Stata, EViews, MATLAB; high proficiency in programming in languages such as R and Python would be a significant advantage;
  • Close familiarity with key third-party economics and finance databases, such as Bloomberg, CEIC, Haver, Refinitiv (Datastream);
  • Strong motivation and initiative, and be results oriented and accountable for the accuracy of both data and information;
  • Strong teamwork and communication skills to interact effectively with staff and officials of diverse cultural backgrounds at all levels;
  • High proficiency in written and spoken English.

Qualified candidates should send (a) CV, (b) a brief description of the relevant working experiences, and (c) earliest possible starting date of employment at AMRO, to AMRO.recruitment@amro-asia.org

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