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Research Economist Job Vacancy

Kenya Commercial Bank, renowned for its diversity and growth in the Region is currently strengthening its support for group operations and business with the aim of maintaining Best Practice whilst also responding to the growing Business needs to support internal and external Customer Service delivery objectives and increase shareholder value.

To this end the following challenging positions have arisen and candidates with the requisite competencies and qualifications described below are hereby encouraged to apply.

Research Economist

Job Ref:
 SNB 02/2011

The Position

Reporting to Head of Research and Planning, the Research Economist will be responsible for tracking and providing Macro-economic information to the bank.

He/She will also be required to analyze and evaluate national and international economic and financial indicators and assess their impact on various markets, develop econometric models and financial asset classes.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Global & Regional Market Assessment/Intelligence to support informed decision making.
  • Manage a broad range of sources of current market information, including undertaking and managing periodic aspects of economic market investigations (sectoral, money markets, commodities, etc).
  • Tracking Macro-economic trends encompassing the real economy, inflation, monetary & banking trends, fiscal situations, external trade & balance of payments.
  • Tracking economic developments within the regional & emerging economies.
  • Forecasting critical macro variables GDP, GNP, Interest rates, inflation e.t.c.
  • Analyze and characterize future markets by assessing the current market size/growth, dynamics, key players, etc.
  • Identify investment opportunities by undertaking qualitative and quantitative assessments of financial markets, including time-to-market-acceptance.
  • Tracking regional / global regulation and legislation that impacts on the markets in which KCB invests.
  • Develop econometric models, evaluate asset classes in the financial sector both locally and internationally.
  • Regular clients and stakeholders interaction on macroeconomic trends in the region.
  • Authoring regular thematic research reports on economic developments in the region with actionable recommendations.
  • Making thematic presentations on macro-economic trends in relation to the banking industry and eliciting feedback on the same whilst instilling confidence in market research.
Qualifications & Experience
  • University Degree with any of the following fields as a major (Concentration) Economics and Statistics. A professional qualification in Finance/Accounting and /or research field will be an added advantage.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in General Banking.
  • Understanding of the dynamics of financial markets.
  • Ability to manage change effectively.
  • Proven verbal and written communication as well as negotiation skills.
  • Computer literate - in particular competence in MS Office applications.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Excellent planning and organizing skills.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and tight deadlines.
  • Good presentation skills.
  • Leadership skills.
The above position is a demanding role which the bank will provide a competitive package for the successful candidate. 

If you believe you can clearly demonstrate your abilities to meet the criteria given above, please submit your application with a detailed CV, stating your current position, remuneration level, e-mail address and telephone contacts quoting the job title/reference in the subject field to

To be considered your application must be received by 21st October 2011.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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