Finding the Right IMF Job

The following table is intended to provide a high-level overview of the types of vacancies which may be available at the IMF. For full details on eligibility requirements and the application process, please see the relevant program description and the job advertisement. You can subscribe to receive email notifications as new positions are listed on JobLink.

Program

Desired Applicants

Application Process and Timeline

Economic and Research Roles

Experienced Macroeconomists 

Economists with relevant professional experience at the national and regional level in macroeconomic policy, quantitative techniques, and country surveillance.

Generic vacancy advertisements will be posted to JobLink seeking candidates for inclusion in our economist pipeline. The advertisement is typically posted twice a year or when the candidate pipeline needs replenishing. Cleared candidates are invited to compete for specific economist job vacancies visible only to candidates included in the pipeline.

Experienced Specialized Economists 

Economists with detailed experience and knowledge in a field that is of relevance to a specific area of the IMF’s work (e.g. finance, taxation, etc.).

Apply to specific job advertisements through JobLink. Vacancies will be posted on an as-needed basis.

Externally-Financed Appointees (EFA) 

Public-sector officials from member countries with a graduate-level degree in a field related to our work and at least four years of relevant experience. These are two-year positions providing the opportunity to build first-hand knowledge of the IMF’s work.

The IMF issues a formal call for candidate nominations to member countries through their respective Executive Directors (ED) on an annual or bi-annual basis.

Special Appointee Program (SFE) 

Government officials from member countries with a post-graduate university degree and at least three years of relevant experience in a public financial institution, economics-related ministry, research institute, or university who are interested in expanding their experience by working for one year with the IMF.

Candidates are nominated by the authorities in their home country or through their nation’s Executive Director at the IMF.

Short-Term Experts 

Highly-experienced economists who can bring specialized skills to a specific short-term project at IMF HQ or in the field.

Candidates are selected from rosters maintained by hiring departments. Applications to be added to the roster are made directly to relevant departments. Application instructions are found in the webpages on Short-Term Experts .

Technical Assistant Experts

Highly-experienced economists who can bring specialized skills to lead capacity development work at IMF HQ or in other member countries.

Apply to job advertisement through JobLink. Vacancies will be posted for those with specific expertise on an as-needed basis.

Visiting Scholars

Short-term assignments for established academics to work with the IMF on a specific and previously defined research project.

Typically not advertised. The IMF will identify experts in relevant fields and contact them directly.

Economist Program 

Economists about to obtain or who have recently obtained their PhD. Applicants must be under age 34 on entry into the program.

Apply to job advertisement through JobLink. Advertisements for a starting date in the following year are posted in late September.

Research Assistant Program (RAP) 

Recent graduates with a bachelor’s degree in a relevant area such as economics, computer science, statistics, math, or business administration. Unlike other Research Assistant vacancies which are only open to candidates already living in the DC metro area, candidates for the RAP can be located globally at the time of application.

Apply to job advertisement through JobLink. Vacancies are posted on an as-needed basis. Candidates will be added to an RAP pipeline and selected by departments as positions arise.

Research Assistants 

Candidates should have at least a bachelor’s level degree and should have relevant work experience in economics analysis, research, or database management. Research Assistant candidates must be located in the D.C. Metro area.

Apply to job advertisement through JobLink. Vacancies are posted on an as-needed basis. Candidates will be added to an RA pipeline and selected by departments as specific positions arise.

Fund Internship Program (FIP)  and other internships

Current students studying for a PhD or master’s in monetary policy, international economics, public finance, financial markets, or related fields.

Other internships in Legal and IT fields will be periodically advertised. Requirements for these internships will be defined on the job advertisement.

Apply to job advertisement through JobLink. Position openings will be posted annually in December.

Non-Economist Roles

Experienced Specialized Career Stream Professionals 

Candidates at all levels of seniority with experience and qualifications in a wide variety of fields.

Apply to job advertisement through JobLink. Vacancies will be posted on an as-needed basis for specific jobs.

Specialized Assistants / Administrative Assistants

Typically, a minimum of two years of relevant work experience. Candidates must be located in the DC Metro area.

Apply to job advertisement through JobLink. Administrative Assistant positions are opened periodically as needed to replenish the candidate pipeline. Specialized Assistant vacancies are advertised on an as-needed basis. 

All Functions

Senior Managers

Highly-experienced leaders who can combine specialist knowledge in their field with a track record of applying thought leadership and managerial skills to shape the direction of their team and organization.

Apply to job advertisement through JobLink. In connection with an advertised position, the IMF will occasionally utilize the services of an external executive search firm to help identify suitable candidates.