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Economist – Joint Vienna Institute, Vienna

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Economist – Joint Vienna Institute (Vienna, Austria)

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Applications are solicited for the position of Economist at the Joint Vienna Institute (JVI), Vienna, Austria. The JVI—an international organization—is a regional training center created in 1992 by Austria, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and several other international organizations. The JVI’s objective is to train public sector officials from countries in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Iran and Turkey. Drawing on its longstanding partnerships and the expertise of its member organizations, the JVI offers a unique set of courses, seminars, and workshops covering a broad range of economic issues.

Job Summary

The JVI has a faculty of seven economists with different backgrounds and specializations. Under the general supervision of the JVI Deputy Director, the Economist has responsibilities for teaching, curriculum development, cooperation with staff from the IMF and other JVI partner organizations, and other JVI-related activities, including economic research.

The current opening would be particularly well suited to a macroeconomist with specialization in fiscal & public financial management issues and in macroeconomic frameworks for forecasting and policy analysis.

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate’s duties include the following:

  • Teaching: Teaching and coordinating training courses (delivered in classroom, virtual, or hybrid form), often in conjunction with the IMF, the Austrian Authorities, and/or other partner organizations.
  • Curriculum development: Active involvement in the continuous review of the curriculum (including the IMF’s online course program), as well as in the development of new JVI-sponsored courses in collaboration with the IMF, the Austrian Authorities, and other partner organizations.
  • Research: Conducting analytical work on economic issues relevant to the JVI’s training mandate and, as the occasion arises, participating in external conferences and seminars.
  • Technical assistance: Depending on prior experience, potentially engaging in technical assistance projects on macroeconomic frameworks and/or fiscal issues in JVI-eligible countries.
  • Other : Organizing webinars and other events; active engagement in internal working groups and outreach activities; also, depending on experience, guiding and mentoring more junior colleagues.


  • D./Ph.D. candidate in economics and a demonstrated ability to conduct high-quality research.
  • Strong analytical skills and at least three years of practical experience in analyzing macroeconomic and fiscal issues and/or providing policy advice in these areas.
  • Strong teaching record, especially in applied macroeconomics and fiscal policies; ability to teach econometrics would be a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, initiative, and ability to work effectively in teams.
  • Strong drafting and reviewing skills.
  • A solid knowledge of statistical and econometric techniques and related software, including EViews and Stata; familiarity with MATLAB, R, and/or Python would be a plus.
  • Fluency in English; working knowledge of Russian would be a plus.

Salary and Benefits Package

This fixed-term position is full-time, initially for two years with the possibility of renewal, and carries a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience and qualifications. IMF staff would need to take LWOP (leave without pay) for the duration of the assignment. JVI staff members are exempt from national immigration restrictions.

The JVI is committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive staff, including gender, nationality, culture, and social background .

The closing date for applications is Sunday, September 12, 2021. It is expected that the successful applicant will take up the post in January 2022.


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