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Research Assistant

Job title: Research Assistant / Economics Analyst

Reports to: Chief Economist and Head of Research

Location: City of London

Salary: Competitive + Benefits

The role:

The role entails undertaking quantitative and qualitative research for bespoke projects as well as OMFIF’s flagship annual Global Public Investor report, monthly Bulletin, and regular commentaries on economic, financial and policy issues.

Among leading themes for research, closely integrated with OMFIF’s extensive programme of worldwide meetings with monetary and financial decision-makers are:

  • macroeconomic policy (particularly central bank policies, but also fiscal and trade policies)
  • global financial regulation and supervision (including digital currencies and fintech regulation, and the development of capital markets in emerging economies)
  • reserve and asset management, particularly among global public investors (central banks, sovereign funds and public pension funds) and including the development of asset classes such as green finance and real assets.
  • governance of public investment institutions (including the subject of central bank independence, as well as diversity in leadership positions of policy-making institutions)

Key responsibilities:

  • Conducting primary and secondary research on global economic and financial issues
  • Data collection and analysis, including creating and maintaining databases and indices
  • Assisting with surveys of public and private sector institutions and interviews with high-level officials, used for in-depth research reports
  • Writing, proofing and commissioning articles and reports from external contributors from OMFIF’s network of academics, policy-makers and private sector practitioners
  • Managing individual projects and contributing to the output and development of the research team

Skills, experience and qualifications:

The ideal candidate will be a self-starter interested in the world economy with good common sense and used to working in a team. We are looking for applicants with a background in economics, politics, finance or international relations. Having written or worked on one or more of the following topics is desirable:

  • the global multicurrency reserve system, including the evolution of the renminbi and the dollar;
  • the European and UK economies after the Brexit vote;
  • the proliferating tasks of central banks; 
  • the growing role of sovereign funds;
  • challenges facing the euro and the European Central Bank;
  • the changing shape of world capital markets;
  • China’s planned transition from an export-orientated to a consumer-driven economy;
  • the integration of Asean financial markets;
  • the gradual transformation of Africa;
  • the future of official debt agencies;
  • and overall financial market interactions between official and private sector institutions.

The right candidate must have demonstrable quantitative skills, with good knowledge of Microsoft Excel essential and further software such as Tableau and data provider software desirable, and will have experience of delivering high-quality research projects. Good writing skills, strong eye for detail, an ability to prioritise and a strong sense of responsibility are important.

Native-level spoken and written English, attention to detail and a confident phone manner are essential. A second language would be an advantage.


Applicants who meet the application criteria and have the right to live and work in the UK are invited to send their CV and cover letter to: jobs@omfif.org, with 'Application for Research Assistant’ in the email subject line. Only those applicants under consideration will be contacted.

OMFIF strictly adheres to the Equality Act (2010) and provides equal opportunities to applicants and employees from all demographic backgrounds.

If you don’t quite meet the criteria for this position but are interested in what we do, we encourage you to send us your CV to be considered for other roles.

By applying for this role, you agree to OMFIF retaining your CV/Cover Letter for six months, until our recruitment and onboarding process is complete.