International Monetary Fund (IMF)

IMF Resident Representative Office in Côte d'Ivoire

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This is a long-term expert position (contractual) open to Fund staff and external candidates. The Statistics Department (STA) of the IMF, and the IMF’s Regional Technical Assistance Center for West Africa (AFRITAC West), have an opening for a second Regional Government Finance Statistics (GFS) and Public Sector Debt Statistics (PSDS) Advisor (hereinafter referred as “Regional Advisor”) based in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

AFRITAC West is a multi-donor financed Center of the IMF.

The Regional Advisor’s initial appointment is for two years (expected to start around October 2022), with the possibility of an extension, contingent on performance and management approval. The Resident Advisor will oversee and undertake capacity development (CD) support in GFS and PSDS areas primarily in three Fragile and Conflict-Affected States (FCS) members (Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Togo) as part of AFRITAC West’s statistical work program.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Regional Advisor will primarily support Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Togo to improve the compilation and dissemination of fiscal and public sector debt statistics, which is intended to inform the authorities’ fiscal analysis and policy formulation and support the IMF’s operational work with those countries in alignment with the IMF’s Strategy for FCS.

The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Offer tailored country advice and hands-on support, as well as multi-country/regional training in GFS and PSDS to assist the three targeted FCS achieve the specific outcomes of the project. In particular, the Regional Advisor will respond to local circumstances and absorptive capacity and support the authorities in achieving sustainable compilation and dissemination of timely and good-quality fiscal and debt data for policy use, with adequate frequency and coverage.
  • Develop and implement the annual work program and manage statistical CD in GFS and PSDS, including public sector balance sheet. In this process, he/she will be guided by the Government Finance Statistics Manual 2014 (GFSM 2014) and Public Sector Debt Statistics: Guide for Compilers and Users (PSDSG), which are the latest internationally accepted methodology for comprehensive, timely, accurate, reliable and cross-country-comparable fiscal and debt statistics of adequate frequency.

  • Manage and backstop missions by short-term experts.
  • Closely coordinate CD activities with the respective AFR country teams and other relevant IMF Departments as well as other AFRITAC West advisors working on related CD fields, including the other GFS advisor as well as the real sector statistics, public financial management, and debt management advisors.
  • Apply IMF standards and policies (and STA’s guidelines) in documenting CD activities
  • Monitor the implementation and evaluation of his activities in the IMF CDMAP IT portal.
  • Contribute to reports prepared for the AFRITAC West Steering Committee, as well as to other outreach activities that promote AFRITAC West and STA’s CD program, including AFRITAC West’s quarterly newsletter.

The Regional Advisor should expect to provide remote assistance to the beneficiary countries until the travel restrictions due to the COVID pandemic are lifted, and thereafter in-person or remote assistance, depending on specific needs of individual countries. The successful candidate will work under the general direction of the AFRITAC West Director and the technical direction of STA staff at IMF headquarters.

Qualifications

The successful candidate should have an advanced university degree in economics, statistics, or related field. He/she should have extensive knowledge of the GFSM 2014 and PSDS Guide concepts and principles, as well as proven experience in the compilation and dissemination of fiscal and debt data. Strong relationship management and negotiating and influencing skills are critical for the position. Excellent interpersonal skills, full proficiency in French and strong English oral and written communication skills, drive for results, and ability to work on various projects under tight deadlines are essential.

The following qualifications are highly desirable: (i) experience in managing and backstopping capacity-building projects; (ii) experience in and knowledge of GFS and PSDS compilation practices and systems in countries with similar GFS/PSDS challenges; (iii) background in the areas of macro-fiscal policy and public sector accounting; (iv) practical experience with countries that have limited capacities; (v) familiarity with the synergies between GFS/PSDS and Public Financial Management reforms in recipient countries; and (vi) excellent oral and written communication skills.

Female candidates and nationals of the IMF’s underrepresented regions (Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia and Middle East and North Africa) are encouraged to apply.

Department:

STAGO Statistics Department Government Finance

Hiring For:

A12, A13, A14

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