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Mirtha sees security in being an IMF programmer

Economist Program (EP)

Joining the IMF as part of our Economist Program (EP) will jump-start your career by giving you hands-on exposure to a cross-section of IMF work and an opportunity to apply your research and analytical skills directly to essential policy work which impacts our 190 member countries. We are looking for young economists who want to influence the global stage and who can bring the latest in economic thought and multidisciplinary approaches to help us address key global economic challenges, such as fostering global monetary cooperation, securing financial stability, boosting international trade, promoting employment and sustainable economic growth, and reducing poverty.

How to Apply

  1. If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to a 30-40-minute preliminary interview during which you will be asked for a high-level overview of your research paper and to respond to questions on economic topics related to the work of the IMF and on your interpersonal and communication skills. Dates for IMF campus visits will be added here.
  2. Following the preliminary interview, you may be asked to forward your most recent university transcript from your PhD program, provide three academic references (references cannot be from current IMF staff members) and submit a research paper (ideally of publishable standard) or one or two chapters of your dissertation.
  3. Successful candidates this year will be invited for an in-person panel interview comprised of two or three senior IMF economists and a Human Resources officer. The interview will follow a similar format to the preliminary interview, focusing on your knowledge of monetary, fiscal, balance of payments, and financial sector issues and your behavioral skills, to provide a deeper assessment of your analytical abilities, judgment, oral communication and interpersonal skills, knowledge of macroeconomics and related fields, and ability to convey complex issues in a logical and structured way. In addition to the panel interview, you will also be asked to take a 40-minute online psychometric assessment and a 90-minute written exam. The psychometric assessment is designed to identify preferred behavioral skills and approaches, while the written exam will assess your writing skills.
  4. Once the panel interviews have been completed (normally by late January), all candidates who reached the panel interview stage will be referred to an internal committee of senior staff for review and this committee will make the final selection. The committee will review all seven assessments (bolded above) with the highest weighting given to the panel interview and the research paper review.
  5. The Managing Director’s Remarks to the UN Security Council
  6. Good morning. Thank you to the United Nations and the United Arab Emirates—and Her Excellency Mariam Almheiri [UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment]—for hosting us today.
  7. And to Sima Bahous for your leadership of UN Women, your excellent remarks, and our growing collaboration.
  8. Our session today, on International Women’s Day, is an opportune time to reflect on the strength of women in the face of war and destruction.
  9. Tragically, in far too many places this strength is being relentlessly tested. My heart goes to all the women bracing the horror of war, protecting their children, caring for the wounded, sacrificing for their countries, their communities, their families.
  10. Today this is the fate of our sisters in Ukraine — we admire your courage, we share your pain, and we stand with you. 
  11. Women bear disproportionately the devastation of wars, and yet women are the best hope for peace. In the words of Zainab Salbi “Like life, peace begins with women. We are the firstin woman.
  12. To change that, we need all hands on deck to bring peace, reduce fragility, increase resilience, and close gender gaps—which is my third point.
  13. Washington, DC: The Heads of the World Bank Group (WBG), International Monetary Fund (IMF), United Nations World Food Program (WFP), and World Trade Organization (WTO) today called for urgent action on food security. World Bank Group President David Malpass, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, WFP Executive Director David Beasley and WTO Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala issued the following joint statement ahead of the Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank Group next week:



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