Economist-Statistician (ESCB/IO)

Knowledge, Information, Data&Statistics

General Information

Type of contract Short-term contract, which may be extended to up to 36 months subject to individual performance and organisational needs

Contract end date 30.04.2022

Who can apply? EU nationals working for the international public sector organisation or EU organisations performing central banking or banking supervision tasks. Your current contract must extend at least 1 year beyond the end of the potential employment at the ECB

Salary F/G (1) (minimum monthly net salary €4,914 and benefits, see further information section)

Role specialisation Datasets and Statistics

Working time Full time

Place of work Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date 13.04.2021

Your team

You will be part of the Economic Statistics Section in the Directorate General Statistics. You will join a dynamic, multicultural and experienced team of approximately 13 people that strives for continuous innovation to make a positive impact on the lives of European citizens. The Economic Statistics Section is responsible for developing, compiling, managing and disseminating general economic statistics, as well as survey data on non-financial sectors, and providing related user services. It also coordinates the ECB’s contribution to the closing of data gaps and the improvement and harmonisation of statistics in the above areas at EU level, in cooperation with European partners and international fora.

Moreover, in view of the growing importance of climate change and sustainability for central banks, the Directorate General Statistics is actively seeking to address statistical issues relating to the calculation of indicators showing the carbon footprints of financial and non-financial entities and their exposure to physical risks (flooding, wildfires, droughts, etc.), as well as endeavouring to close existing data gaps in that area. Consequently, the Economic Statistics Section is also involved in analytical work relating to the closing of identified data gaps and the assessment of the financial and economic impact of climate change.

The ECB is an inclusive employer, and we strive to reflect the diversity of the population we serve. We encourage you to apply irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or other characteristics.

Your role

As an Economist-Statistician, you will:
  • be responsible for collecting, assessing and organising data required for the compilation of indicators supporting the analysis of the financial and economic impact of climate change;
  • contribute to the design and development of new statistical datasets and indicators showing the carbon footprints of euro area and EU financial and non-financial entities and their exposure to physical risks;
  • work to enhance the systems, processes and tools that are used to compile and visualise statistics in the area of climate change;
  • contribute to relevant public initiatives that seek to establish climate-related reporting and disclosure standards, such as (i) the EU taxonomy of sustainable economic activities, (ii) the EU Green Bond Standard, and (iii) firm-level reporting on environmental, social and governance (ESG) scores;
  • prepare and present documentation for (i) meetings of the Statistics Committee’s various working groups and task forces, (ii) the ECB’s Climate Change Centre, and (iii) other relevant groups and fora across the ECB.

This position will offer excellent opportunities to contribute to the analytical agenda surrounding climate change and sustainability.

Qualifications, experience and skills

  • a master’s degree or equivalent in statistics, economics, mathematics, geography, climate science or another relevant field (click here for details on degree equivalences);
  • in addition to the above, at least two years’ experience of producing or developing indicators by combining different datasets and assessing the quality of new data sources;
  • experience with climate-related issues (such as emissions, exposure to physical risks or sustainability reporting);
  • sound analytical and quantitative skills, and the ability to define and apply statistical and mathematical concepts, procedures and methodologies;
  • experience with complex data management techniques and applications (e.g. using Python, R and/or SQL);
  • an advanced (C1) command of English and an intermediate (B1) command of at least one other official language of the EU, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

  • expert knowledge of statistical reporting and the development and harmonisation of statistical standards/classifications, particularly as regards environmental issues and disclosure (e.g. the reporting of emissions and ESG scores);
  • knowledge of European and global initiatives in the area of sustainability (such as the European Commission’s Sustainable Finance Action Plan, the Network for Greening the Financial System and the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures);
  • experience with geospatial data processing and knowledge of geographic information system (GIS) software;
  • the ability to explain complex technical issues to a variety of stakeholders using simple non technical language and the ability to draft appropriate documentation.

You engage collaboratively with others. You pursue team goals and learn willingly from other people’s diverse perspectives. You signal any need for change by explaining it and proposing alternative solutions. You analyse complex information effectively and can evaluate different views to arrive at solutions. You know and anticipate stakeholder needs.
You are motivated to be part of our team and to use your skills and competencies to achieve the objectives of this position.

Working modalities

We are willing to discuss part-time arrangements. 

Further information

The contract offered will be short-term ESCB/IO, the appointment being for 12 months as of the exact starting date of the selected person, extendable to up to 36 months.

For additional information on this specific vacancy, you can contact the Head of the Economic Statistics Section, Romana Peronaci (+49 69 1344 7394 or, or the Team Lead, Malgorzata Osiewicz (+49 69 1344 17207 or

Application and selection process

For further information on how to join us, read more.

The recruitment process for this position will include a pre-recorded video interview in the pre selection phase and – if you are invited to participate in the subsequent selection phase – a presentation and interviews.