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Senior Economist

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Asian Development Bank
Manila - Philippines
S: Competitive

Job Purpose

Identify, design, and undertake analytical work/technical assistance projects in the areas of social dimensions of development (poverty, human capital, and social protection), provision of social and economic infrastructure and conduct of impact evaluation. Contribute to Country Diagnostics Studies by undertaking the diagnostic analysis and drafting chapters in the areas of research expertise. Conduct collaborative research/activities and share knowledge with specialists and audience across disciplines, within as well as outside ADB. Support regional departments in conduct of economic analysis of country partnership strategies, policy based loans and investment projects in relevant fields. Contribute to the preparation and dissemination of Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department's (ERCD's) research outputs and publications, and support relevant ADB operations. Work within general policies, principles and goals, working directly with clients.

Expected Outcomes

a. Economic Research Work • Undertake research and implement technical assistance (TA) projects in the relevant fields • Contribute to Country Diagnostics Studies and provide analytical support in the areas of research expertise • Work independently and in research teams to produce high-quality knowledge products. • Support Management on the direction of ERCD's research work and activities in the above field.

b. Knowledge Management and Sharing • Conduct collaborative research/activities and share knowledge with specialists and audience across disciplines, within as well as outside ADB. • Contribute to the preparation and dissemination of ERCD's research outputs and publications • Participate in and contribute to relevant internal and external training and conferences and other activities for advocacy, dissemination and knowledge building.

c. Operations Support • Provide knowledge and technical support to operational departments particularly in areas of public policies, social and urban sectors • Support economic analysis of projects, particularly in the areas of social sector and urban infrastructure

d. Staff Supervision • Provide leadership and support to reporting staff • Supervise the performance of reporting staff, providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance • Ensure the on-going learning and development of reporting staff.

Core Competencies

Application of Technical Knowledge and Skills

Provides supervision to others in completing their technical tasks
Called upon for advice and guidance based on expertise gained by working in different countries and organizations
Contributes advanced knowledge and expertise to different parts of the Department
Client Orientation

Proposes effective services and solutions to staff beyond presenting issues and past challenges
Assists colleagues adapt to the cultural and business norms of diverse clients and country situations
Gains respect for the breadth and depth of expertise demonstrated in effectively managing diverse clients and country situations
Called upon to resolve client situations that may impact their long-term ADB relationship

Achieving Results and Problem Solving

Resolves situations where client needs are not being met
Shares past experiences from different projects, organizations, and countries to help achieve quality results
Ensures that thorough analysis includes current and relevant factors from different countries and contexts
Sought out for guidance and experience in overcoming the most challenging situations
Draws on long-term relationships with stakeholders to help plan for and achieve results

Working Together

Addresses team members not contributing to required standards
Commits to delivering timely and high quality work to assist in the team's success
Develops and maintains good internal and external peer and senior level relationships
Helps teams understand common features to build rapport and overcome challenges

Communication and Knowledge Sharing

Provides stakeholders with the level and quality of information required to achieve outcomes
Encourages others to seek long-term solutions to address feedback opposed to focusing on immediate concerns or reactions
Uses breath of multi-country and multi-client knowledge to equip clients and staff for more effective outcomes
Designs and implements project and program knowledge and services

Innovation and Change

Consistently seeks more effective and practical ways for the Departmental delivery of services, products, and processes
Proposes new ways to improve the quality and relevance of products and services
Includes the core benefits and reasons for change when developing comprehensive change roll out plans
Influences and persuades decision makers by presenting business cases supporting the proposed changes


Education Requirements

Doctorate degree, or equivalent, in Economics or related fields with specialization in development economics. Master's degree in Economics, combined with specialized experience in similar organization/s, may be considered in lieu of a Doctorate degree.
Relevant Experience

• At least 10 years of professional experience in the areas of economic development. • International experience working in several countries.

Reporting Relationships

Supervisor: Director
The following staff positions may be supervised by the incumbent:
Administrative Staff
National Staff

Job summary


Asian Development Bank


Manila, Philippines







Job Type:





16th February 2017

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1st March 2017

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