Strengthening Accountability in the Global Economy Project Lead (closed)

1 June 2022 | Project news

The Bretton Woods Project, an ActionAid UK-hosted project, acts as a World Bank and IMF watchdog, challenging their power and opening space for civil society organisations and social movements to contribute to the development of policies that are gender transformative, equitable, environmentally sustainable and consistent with international human rights norms.

The Project seeks a project lead to manage its Strengthening Accountability in the Global Economy Project, which will seek to promote improved governance and equity at the World Bank and IMF.

The successful candidate will be responsible for research, collaboration and coordination of advocacy efforts that will support civil society’s efforts to push for substantial reforms to the IMF and World Bank’s governance structures, in order to increase the equity between country shareholders in these institutions. They will also work closely with partners to combat the drive for post-pandemic austerity by supporting calls for new international debt architecture and by investigating the role of Special Drawing Rights as a debt-free tool of development finance.

The selected candidate will track developments and discussions about the governance structures of the IMF and World Bank, including the 16th IMF Quota Review, which is planned to take place in 2023, capitalising on advocacy opportunities to push for more equitable representation of the Global South at both institutions.

They will also lead on BWP’s support to the End Austerity Coalition, which seeks to combat the IMF’s austerity drive by promoting progressive alternatives, including reforms to debt restructuring mechanisms and highlighting the link between IMF austerity policies and the World Bank’s market-led development agenda.

Finally, the Project Lead will also manage the commissioning of research on the use of Special Drawing Rights as a debt-free development finance tool and promote its findings within the context of wider advocacy objectives.

The successful candidate will have a post-graduate degree in economics, international relations, development, finance, or related field and familiarity with the current criticisms of the IMF and World Bank within the context of international economic justice policy debates. They should ideally demonstrate a solid understanding of IMF governance structures, including quota review processes and formulas, Special Drawing Rights and familiarity with debates about the most recent allocation as well as in-depth understanding of discussions about debt and austerity dynamics and the role of IMF and World Bank within the debate.

Please note that virtual interviews will be held from the week of the 4th July 2022.

As the Bretton Woods Project is hosted by ActionAid, please apply on ActionAid’s recruitment portal.