Apply: IFC Economist

Deadline: 30 April, 2020

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is seeking to fill the position of Economist. IFC’s mission is to end extreme poverty by 2030 and boost shared prosperity in every developing country.


  • Work closely with the Regional Director and provide the economic support to IFC’s activities as needed
  • Act as a local focal point for the Regional Director, working closely with operational staff and liaising with the Regional Strategy Team and the Regional Strategy Manager to ensure adequate support to operations on the economic front, at the project level and strategy level
  • Support the strategy work for major countries and several countries within a region, and work closely with country/industry managers, teams, and stakeholders in developing IFC country and/or industry strategies in the region
  • Contribute to preparation of briefs, reports and presentations to various stakeholders, including senior management and the board, as well as external stakeholders
  • Provide economic advice on investment and advisory projects, including due diligence
  • Draft relevant sections of board papers for investment project approval (macro-economy and country context)


  • Graduate degree in Economics, Public Policy or other relevant graduate degree from a reputable university
  • Five years of experience, minimum, demonstrating analytical skills in Economics and private sector development work in a country/regional context
  • Experience in and strong knowledge of the economic context and challenges of countries
  • Familiarity with IFC’s or similar development finance institutions’ areas of focus
  • Knowledge of IFC operational and portfolio work and a good understanding of investment projects (desirable)
  • Excellent understanding of financial and economic concepts and data
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills
  • Relevant experience in country/regional context
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to communicate effectively with high-level stakeholders in English.

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