Lead Economist

Islamic Development Bank
  • Location
    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Mar 03

Position description

Role Purpose:

  • To conduct cutting-edge research and analysis to form the basis for policy advice and strategic partnerships with member countries;
  • To lead Country Diagnostic Studies (CDS), which will form the basis of Member Countries Partnership Strategies (MCPSs);
  • Identify binding constraints to economic growth and development facing member countries and critical sectors in member countries and provide recommendations to enhance the quality of interventions and relax binding constraints to macroeconomic growth/sectoral development;
  • Prepare papers on current global development issues for internal and/or external use as well as publish in high quality Journals in accordance with relevant IsDB's policies (e.g. Communication disclosure and intellectual property Rights);
  • To provide analytical insights of emerging trends, issues and challenges in the global development landscape to guide;
  • Management decision on appropriate responses to help member countries cope with these challenges. To apply economic and development analysis to improve the quality of operations especially relating to project design and implementation to improve quality at entry and quality of delivery.


Policy and Strategy Planning:

  • Contribute to the Economic Research and Statistics Division annual work plans, programs and activities;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategies, policies, procedures and guidelines of the Islamic Development Bank Institute;
  • Contribute to the development and effective implementation of the relevant framework and tools for the Research Work under the Economic Research and Statistics programs of the IsDB Institute;
  • Contribute to the determination and development of the MCPS, its process and delivery for IsDBG.

Economic Research & Analysis:

  • Keep abreast of best practices and latest developments involving other;
  • Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and apply best practices to improve the quality of research and analysis;
  • Oversee and undertake economic research, country diagnostic studies, and sector analysis to guide strategic engagements with member countries and formulate appropriate interventions;
  • Undertake gap analysis of the IsDB Group activities/ initiatives to identify areas for improvement;
  • Coordinate the effective use of data for quality analysis of member countries and generate insights on social and economic development challenges;
  • In collaboration with economists in the regional hub, ensure proper and regular update of the economic and development situation of member countries;
  • Identify key challenges and opportunities to enhance economic, trade and financial cooperation at OIC level;
  • Review the work of Senior Economists and provide guidance on improving the quality of research and analysis.

Knowledge Sharing and Dissemination:

  • Coordinate with relevant IsDB Business Units as well as other MDBs in sharing and disseminating research findings;
  • Collaborate with the IsDB Group, other MDBs and stakeholders to generate operationally relevant knowledge and new insights to enhance quality at entry and quality of delivery;
  • Coordinate with other MDBs and research institutions to leverage knowledge creation, dissemination and application;
  • Represent IsDB at high level international events on knowledge sharing and dissemination of relevant economic research, global development and other areas of interest to the IsDB;
  • Contribute to the knowledge transfer of the Division programs to other employees within IsDB Group and externally to regional hubs to ensure awareness.


  • Prepare regular internal status reports of all activities in the unit and highlight any concern areas and success stories;
  • Prepare reports for external use;
  • Manage with other stakeholders to present the reports and publication related to the performance of Division programs;
  • Establish a robust system for gaining feedback from various internal and external stakeholders on the operations of the Division.

Academic and Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree in Economics or related fields;
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in advanced economic analysis focusing on economic and developmental issues 3 years is in an international development institution;
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in leadership or supervisory role.

Skills & Necessary Knowledge:

  • Advanced research methodology;
  • Statistical techniques;
  • Advanced knowledge of development issues;
  • Problem solving skills;
  • Advanced diagnostics techniques;
  • Advanced analytical thinking;
  • Accurate and methodical;
  • Ability to work under pressure;
  • MS Office skills;
  • Advanced knowledge of statistical and data analysis software.


  • 20% or more, depending on the need.

Application instructions

Please be sure to indicate you saw this position on Globaljobs.org