International Monetary Fund


Staff of international civil servants

Working at the IMF

Highlights of this section:

The IMF currently employs about 2,400 staff, half of whom are economists. Most of them work at the IMF's Washington, D.C., headquarters but a few serve in member countries around the world in small IMF overseas offices or as resident representatives.

With its nearly universal membership, the IMF strives to employ a staff that is as diverse and broadly based geographically as possible.


The IMF has nine functional departments that carry out its policy, analytical, and technical work and manage its financial resources.

Communications Department (COM): Works to promote public understanding of and support for the IMF and its policies. Read bio of the Director, Gerry Rice

Finance Department (FIN): Mobilizes, manages, and safeguards the IMF's financial resources. Read bio of the Director, Andrew Tweedie

Fiscal Affairs Department (FAD): Provides policy and technical advice on public finance issues to member countries. Prepares the Fiscal Monitor. Director, Vitor Gaspar

Institute for Capacity Development (ICD): Provides training in macroeconomic analysis and policy for officials of member countries and IMF staff. Read bio of the Director, Sharmini Coorey

Legal Department (LEG): Advises management, the Executive Board, and the staff on the applicable rules of law. Prepares decisions and other legal instruments and provides technical assistance to member countries. Read bio of the Director, Sean Hagan

Monetary and Capital Markets Department (MCM): Monitors financial sectors and capital markets, and monetary and foreign exchange systems, arrangements, and operations. Prepares the Global Financial Stability Report. Read bio of the Director, Tobian Adrian

Research Department (RES): Monitors the global economy and the economies and policies of member countries and undertakes research on issues relevant to the IMF. Prepares the World Economic OutlookRead bio of the Director, Maurice Obstfeld

Statistics Department (STA): Develops internationally accepted methodologies and standards. Provides technical assistance and training to promote best practices in the dissemination of economic and financial statistics. Read bio of the Director, Louis Marc Ducharme

Strategy, Policy, and Review Department (SPR): Designs, implements, and evaluates IMF policies on surveillance and the use of its financial resources. Read bio of the Director, Martin Mühleisen


The IMF's five area, or regional, departments are responsible for advising member countries on macroeconomic policies and the financial sector, and for putting together, when needed, financial arrangements to support economic reform programs.

African Department (AFR): Covers 45 countries. Read bio of the Director, Abebe Selassie

Asia and Pacific Department (APD): Covers 33 countries. Read bio of the Director, Changyong Rhee

European Department (EUR): Covers 46 countries (44 of which are IMF members). Read bio of the Director, Poul Mathias Thomsen

Middle East and Central Asia Department (MCD): Covers 31 countries. Director, Jihad Azour

Western Hemisphere Department (WHD): Covers 34 countries. Read bio of the Director, Alejandro Werner


The IMF also has four support departments:

Corporate Services and Facilities Department (CSF): To best serve the Fund’s business partners, CSF leverages their specialized knowledge, best practices, and innovation to continually adapt and respond to changing business requirements and to integrate our activities seamlessly into the work programs of the Fund. These activities range from day-to-day transactions to large scale undertakings in areas that include Facilities, Hospitality, Interpretation & Language Translations, Joint Bank-Fund Library, Multimedia, Procurement, Security, and Transportation. Read bio of the Director, Chris Hemus

Human Resources Department (HRD): Provides staff with a full range of information and personnel services. Manages the system of compensation and benefits, oversees staff training, offers career and education counseling, and provides legal services. Read bio of the Director, Kalpana Kochhar

Information Technology Department (ITD): Provides services to manage information; facilitates communication, including across languages; and helps build an effective work environment. Read bio of the Director, Susan Swart

Secretary's Department (SEC): Organizes and reports on the activities of the IMF's governing bodies and provides secretariat services to them. Assists management in preparing the work program of the Executive Board and other official bodies.  Read bio of the Director, Jianhai Lin


Office of Budget and Planning (OBP): Prepares, monitor, and control the Fund’s administrative and capital budgets, helping to plan and develop strategies to steer the institution, consistent with its changing mandate and priorities, in a cost effective manner. Advises management on budgetary and administrative policies, and plays a lead role in developing systems to better track budget performance, outputs, and costing of Fund activities. Read bio of the Director, Daniel Citrin

Office of Internal Audit and Inspection (OIA): Provides independent and objective assessments of the governance, risk management, and internal control processes of the Fund; acts as consultant and catalyst for the improvement of the Fund's business processes; conducts internal investigations, as requested by the Managing Director; and assists with external audit processes. Director, Nancy Asiko Onyango

Independent Evaluation Office (IEO): conducts independent and objective evaluations of IMF policies and activities. It is fully independent from the Management of the IMF and operates at arm's length from the Board of Executive Directors. Its mission is to enhance the learning culture within the IMF, strengthen the IMF’s external credibility, and support Institutional governance and oversight. Read bio of the Director, Moisés Schwartz


The IMF has small offices in countries around the world. These comprise resident representative posts; overseas offices (Guatemala City, New York, Paris, Tokyo, Warsaw); and regional technical assistance centers and training institutes.

Organizational Chart