Economic Adviser - Emerging Market Economies (Range E)

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International Group

The International Group (IG) is responsible for promoting and protecting the UK’s economic and fiscal interests overseas. We support the Chancellor and senior officials in building relations with key international partners and represent the UK in the G7, G20, IMF (International Monetary Fund), Paris Club, FATF (Financial Action Taskforce),  AIIB (Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank) and EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development). We also analyse macroeconomic developments at a country, regional and global level; take forward the Treasury’s interests in specific issues from counter illicit finance and asset freezing to climate change, energy; and ensure value for money from DfID spending. IG is also responsible for continuing European business.

 

International Group recognises the value a diverse workforce brings to our work, and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. Although an important part of some roles, not all roles in IG require international travel.  We actively encourage flexible working practices, including part-time working and job-sharing so please feel free to discuss different working patterns with the recruiting line manager.


About the Team


The Global Economics (GE) team works at the heart of International Group on some of the most high-profile and important international issues facing the UK. The team is responsible for economic policy advice on key global issues, prospects and risks, and on major international economies and central banks outside the EU – including the US, China, and Japan. The team is also responsible for delivering Ministers’ ambitions around transforming the UK’s relationships with major advanced economies now the UK has left the EU. And, more broadly, we are the Treasury leads for HMG engagement with most non-European countries.

 

The team comprises of two branches:

 

• The Global Prospects and Advanced Economies (GPAE) branch, which leads on: HMT’s overall assessment of the global economy; analysis and advice on non-European advanced economies, including the US, Japan, Canada and Australia; and the team’s work on economic security issues, including by developing strategic bilateral engagement with the UK’s major non-European advanced economy/security partners.

 

• The Emerging Markets (EM) branch, which has overall responsibility for economic analysis on emerging markets, leads on policy advice relating to economies including China, Russia, Turkey, the MENA Region, SE Asia and Latin America, and leads on a range of cross-cutting EM-focused global economic issues.

 

The team works in as flexible and collaborative a fashion as possible to deal with the challenges presented by a fast-moving policy area, and to ensure a joined-up approach to each of the countries for which we are responsible, as well as cross-cutting analytical and policy work. We take pride in being friendly, supportive, and providing excellent opportunities for professional development.

 

We work very closely with other teams in the International Group, especially the International Institutions and Policy team (IIP), the Prosperity and Multilateral Investment team (PMI, who lead on the UK’s Economic and Financial Dialogues with China, India and Brazil) and the European Strategy and Engagement team (ESE, who lead on the euro area and European economies), with the Defence, Diplomacy and Intelligence team, and with a number of other Groups in the Treasury, including Economics Group, Financial Stability, Financial Services, and Enterprise and Growth, to inform and shape international economic policy. We also work closely with the FCO, including British Embassies overseas, the Cabinet Office, and with UK delegations to international institutions such as the IMF and the OECD, to help shape HMG strategy on key countries and global issues.

 

Key Accountabilities

 

The Global Economics team is looking to appoint an Economic Adviser in the Emerging Markets branch, to lead our work on MENA, Turkey, Russia & CIS, and South-East Asia.


We are looking for candidates with strengths in economic analysis, policy development and delivery, stakeholder management, and organisational skills. You will need to produce high-quality economic analysis to inform HMT positions on fast-paced and sensitive international policy debates.


Are you a confident and clear communicator, who will be able to work with Ministers, senior officials and partners across Whitehall and internationally, and a highly credible and effective representative of HM Treasury? Experience of international policy development, and working through international bodies and institutions (such as the G20 and IMF), and with foreign governments would be useful, though is not essential. Knowledge of international economics and of emerging economies would be an advantage.


 

Existing DV/STRAP clearance, or a willingness to go through enhanced security vetting procedures, is a key requirement.


Within the team, we work flexibly and there will be some scope to develop responsibilities in line with the successful candidate’s skills, expertise, interests and development priorities. We envisage the key accountabilities for the post as follows:


1. Deliver HMT’s policy analysis and advice on the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey, Russia & CIS, and South-East Asia. Ensure HMT’s interests are reflected in cross-Whitehall thinking and international negotiations and that work is informed by strong country-specific and regional economic analysis. Advise the Chancellor and senior officials on National Security Council discussion of issues relating to these countries;
2. Lead HMT’s economic analysis on the countries in question, with a focus on G20 members and IMF programmes. Support the branch head on cross-cutting Emerging Market issues, using country and regional insights to shape our work;
3. Oversee HMT’s analysis of oil prices and energy markets, and, working with BEIS, lead HMT work on the implications of oil price developments for the domestic and global economy.
4. Support wider UK bilateral and multilateral policy delivery, providing analysis and briefing to Ministers and senior officials attending meetings at key institutions including the IMF, G7, G20 and OECD.
5. Play a proactive role in wider debates and policy development in HMT and HMG, to ensure that global economic developments, in particular those relevant to emerging market economies, are fully taken into account;
6. Build positive relationships across the Treasury, Whitehall (including with FCO and the National Security Secretariat) and British Embassies abroad. Represent the Treasury in external meetings with Whitehall departments, foreign governments, the private sector, and international organisations.
7. Actively support the efficient management of the branch, and be part of ensuring that we are an excellent place to work. Play a full and active part in at least one of the International Group’s corporate work-streams;
8. Line-manage one HEO/Range D.

 

Candidates will be interviewed against the following criteria:
Behaviours:
Seeing the big picture
Making effective decisions
Communicating and influencing
Working together
Delivering at pace

 

Strengths
Technical Skills
Experience

Sift Criteria

 

Candidates – Please note, you will be asked to give evidence in your application of how you meet these criteria.


Required Qualifications:

 

1. A degree in economics


Required Behaviours, Experience and Technical Skills:


2. A good understanding of, and ability to apply, open-economy macro and international economics.
3. Experience of producing high quality macroeconomic analysis and reporting, demonstrating your ability to consider political and other factors;
4. A track record of working autonomously and flexibly to deliver against opposing deadlines and objectives, including by building effective relationships with a range of partners whose input you require (delivering at pace).
5. Strong communication and stakeholder management skills, with a proven ability to build effective working relationships to influence and deliver objectives (working together).

 

The lead criteria is: Experience of producing high quality macroeconomic analysis and reporting, demonstrating your ability to consider political and other factors.
If we receive a large number of applications, applications will be assessed against this criteria alone first. They will then be assessed against the other criteria if they have met the minimum score on the lead criteria.

 

 

Complaints Procedure
Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of recruitment based on fair and open competition with decisions made on the basis of merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact HMT by email: hrrecruitment@hmtreasury.gov.uk
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission, which regulates all Civil Service recruitment.

 

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