Suriname Economics Research Consultant

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Suriname Economics Research Consultant


Background of this search: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) wishes to contract the services of an Economics Consultant for its Country Office in Suriname (CSU). The Consultant will contribute to the IDB’s economic work in Suriname, and general work of the Country Office, with the gathering of data and information, outreach with other organizations and offices of government, research and data work, and other tasks to be determined by the Regional Economic Adviser, Country Economist and Resident Representative.


The team’s mission: The team will consist of the Regional Economic Adviser (manager) and the Country Economist and others as required by specific projects. Will also work closely with other CCB economists on research and cross-cutting projects, as well as specialists from the office. 


The Caribbean Country Department of Suriname is responsible for the promotion and development of country/regional strategies and programming. The Department supports the conceptualization, processing and negotiation of regional and country-specific projects and programs; leads and maintains the relations of the Bank with member countries; supports the implementation of country-specific and regional operations; promotes and coordinates the use of funds administered by the Bank; and helps to monitor the project-related fiduciary activities of Bank borrowers and beneficiaries.


What you’ll do:  


  • Data compilation, manipulation, and database development.
  • Contribute to the design and execution of economic and related research, as assigned by the Country Economist.
  • Liaise with govenrment and other agencies for the purpose of gathering information, data, and outreach regarding work of the economics team and CCB.
  • Contribute to the preparation and dissemination of the Economics’ team publications: the Economic Quarterly Bulletins, monographs, and working papers.
  • Prepare or assist in the preparation of the Independent Assessments of Macroeconomic Conditions, briefings, talking points, PowerPoint presentations and other material for internal and external dissemination related to the CSU’s analytical and programming work.
  • Support the preparation of the Country Strategy.
  • Assist CSU in any other duties deemed necessary or that may arise in carrying out the assigned work program.


What you’ll need:


  • Citizenship: You are either a citizen of Suriname or a citizen of one of our 48-member countries with residency or legal permit to work in Suriname.
  • Consanguinity: You have no family members (up to the fourth degree of consanguinity and second degree of affinity, including spouse) working at the IDB Group.
  • Education: Graduate degree (masters) in Economics, Finance, or related discipline with considerable course work in macroeconomics and quantitative methods (e.g., econometrics and statistics). Familiar with standard techniques of econometrics and use of related software including STATA.
  • Experience: 5 years of experience in a related area (could include research assistance in academic setting).
  • Languages: English and Dutch will be an asset.


Core and Technical Competencies: Familiar with standard techniques of econometrics and use of related software including STATA. Proficient in use of office software, including MS excel and word, outlook. Well spoken and well written. Able to draft preliminary drafts of sections of publishable work with minimal supervision and editing.


Opportunity Summary:


  • Type of contract: Full time consultant CNS.
  • Length of contract: 12 months.
  • Starting date: March 2021.
  • Location: IDB Country office Suriname.
  • Responsible person: Economics Senior Specialist – Economics CCB/CSU.
  • Requirements: You must be a citizen of one of the IDB’s 48 member countries and have no family members currently working at the IDB Group.


Our culture: Our people are committed and passionate about improving lives in Latin-America and the Caribbean, and they get to do what they love in a diverse, collaborative and stimulating work environment. We are the first Latin American and Caribbean development institution to be awarded the EDGE certification, recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality. As an employee you can be part of internal resource groups that connect our diverse community around common interests.


Because we are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, afro-descendants, and indigenous people to apply.


About us: At the IDB, we’re committed to improving lives. Since 1959, we’ve been a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social, and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. We do more than lending though. We partner with our 48-member countries to provide Latin America and the Caribbean with cutting-edge research about relevant development issues, policy advice to inform their decisions, and technical assistance to improve on the planning and execution of projects. For this, we need people who not only have the right skills, but also are passionate about improving lives.


Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.  


“Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for our Region, the IDB Group is reviewing its hiring needs and re-prioritizing its areas of talent acquisition. We encourage candidates to continue to apply to the active postings, yet current job openings may be subject to further decisions in terms of timing of the processes, or other actions, in accordance with business needs. Final hiring decisions may also be conditioned to the candidate’s ability to timely relocate to the post of duty at the moment of starting service.”

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