Research Officer

International Monetary Fund
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 08

Position description

The IMF Legal Department is seeking to fill a one-year contractual Research Officer position to join its Financial Integrity Group (FIG), which is responsible for the Fund's anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/ CFT) and other financial crime-related activities. The Research Officer will undertake work related to IMF Article IV surveillance, assessments, IMF-supported programs and capacity development. Contractual positions at the IMF are intended to fill relatively short-term needs of up to two years. This position is based at IMF headquarters in Washington, DC. Travel to IMF member countries may be required.


The IMF is an international organization with a membership of 189 countries. The IMF Legal Department offers specialists in the area of anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) a unique opportunity, working within a multidisciplinary team of experts, to help strengthen and foster global, regional and country efforts in AML/CFT, with a view to promoting the integrity of the international financial system.  


Under the general direction of the Assistant General Counsel and Head of FIG and under the supervision of a FIG Deputy, the successful candidate will assist FIG staff by participating in the surveillance, assessment, program and capacity development-related work of the Unit, preparing background notes on countries, carrying out research, drafting research documents on assigned topics, and maintaining databases. Specific duties and responsibilities include:


  1. In the context of bilateral surveillance and use of Fund's resources, reviewing and commenting on relevant internal documents for a group of countries and generally keeping abreast of developments in the Fund's relations with these countries, including by managing country information resources and monitoring media reports for AML/CFT related- matters;
  2. Conducting analyses of selected countries' circumstances and AML/CFT regimes;
  3. Acting as the primary contact point with selected country teams, participating in relevant meetings, and preparing briefings for discussions with country authorities, as appropriate. Work may also entail, on occasion, mission participation;
  4. In the context of Fund-led AML/CFT assessments, (i) developing lists of issues, timelines and preliminary program of meetings, (ii) participating in the identification of countries main ML/TF risks and in the scoping of assessments, (iii) reviewing, as appropriate, responses submitted by country authorities to the detailed assessment questionnaires, (iv) following up with country representatives to fill gaps, if any, and (v) more generally, assisting assessment teams in all aspects of reports drafting;
  5. Conducting preliminary reviews of legal and regulatory aspects of AML/CFT assessment reports and ROSCs prepared by the Fund and other assessor bodies;
  6. In the context of AML/CFT capacity development, providing support to project managers, organizing capacity development events and training, and on occasion, participating in capacity development missions;
  7. Researching (library and Internet-based) and analyzing legal, economic, and financial aspects of AML/CFT and contributing to the drafting of articles and publications, including handbooks issued by the Department;
  8. Managing and maintaining the FIG internal database of country information, which includes detailed assessment report results, FATF-ICRG listings, and FIG missions; and
  9. Performing other assignments as instructed by the supervisor.


Candidates should possess an advanced university degree in law, economics, finance, or international relations, and a demonstrated aptitude for research. Knowledge and/or exposure to AML/CFT issues would also be a significant asset. All candidates should also have excellent written and oral communications skills in English, and additional proficiency in other languages (e.g., Arabic, French, Russian or Spanish) would be a plus. Candidates should, moreover, possess strong analytical and time management skills, sound judgement, demonstrated initiative and adaptability, an ability to work with minimal supervision, and an ability to work collaboratively with colleagues at all levels and of different cultural backgrounds.

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