Financial Stability Expert (ESCB/IO) – ESRB Secretariat

Analysis and Policy Advice
ESRB Secretariat

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 30.11.2027

Who can apply? EU nationals working for national central banks of the ESCB, international governmental organisations or other employers performing central banking or banking supervision tasks within the framework of the Eurosystem

Salary F/G (bracket 1 - step 1) full time monthly net salary: €6,909 plus benefits, for further information see what we offer.

Working time Full time

Place of work Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date 15.04.2024

Your team

You will be part of the Secretariat of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB), a body of the European Union. The ESRB brings together independent experts and representatives from some 80 different institutions. It is responsible for the macroprudential oversight of the EU financial system, thus helping to prevent and mitigate systemic risk. It collects and analyses information on a broad range of financial institutions and markets, monitors macro-financial developments and issues warnings and recommendations to policymakers and supervisors.

The ESRB Secretariat is part of the European Central Bank (ECB). The Secretariat provides analytical, statistical, logistical and administrative support to the ESRB. Our tasks include identifying and analysing systemic risks to the EU financial system, proposing macroprudential policies, assessing the macroprudential policies of EU Member States, preparing ESRB warnings/recommendations and monitoring their implementation. The Secretariat also cooperates with national central banks, supervisory authorities and other EU institutions, supports ESRB committees and working groups and prepares documents for meetings of the ESRB’s General Board and ESRB substructures.
We are looking for a Financial Stability Expert to work primarily on macroprudential topics in the area of asset management and investment funds.

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 a Financial Stability Expert you will:
  • analyse developments in the financial sector, particularly in investment funds, to identify risks to financial stability in the EU, and draft analytical and policy notes highlighting these risks and proposing measures to address them;
  • support the ESRB Secretariat’s contribution to the implementation and further development of the macroprudential policy framework in the EU;
  • contribute to ESRB warnings and recommendations aimed at preventing or mitigating systemic risk;
  • provide analytical and secretariat support to ESRB committees and working groups, and represent the ESRB Secretariat in these fora;
  • work closely with colleagues in the ESRB Secretariat and the ESRB community, and establish strong working relationships with colleagues in other ECB business areas;
  • engage with ESRB stakeholders to ensure open and effective communication across different authorities;
  • prepare reports, briefings, papers and presentations.

We are seeking candidates for this role who demonstrate the potential for growth, and we will support the selected candidate in their future development of the required knowledge, skills or competencies.

The position offers you excellent opportunities to work at the heart of macroprudential policymaking in Europe and to interact with numerous stakeholders. You will be part of a multicultural team that strives for continuous innovation to make a positive impact on the lives of European citizens. 

Qualifications, experience and skills

  • a master’s degree or equivalent in finance, economics, accounting, law or another relevant field (see How you can join us for details on degree equivalences);
  • in addition to the above, a minimum of three years’ professional experience (other than as a trainee or intern) in financial stability analysis, supervision and/or policymaking covering financial markets, asset management and/or investment funds at a member institution of the ESRB or an international organisation;
  • a sound understanding of the EU macroprudential framework, economics, financial institutions, financial markets and financial regulation;
  • 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.

  • experience in advising policymakers or decision-making bodies and working with multidisciplinary teams through international expert groups and/or supporting/coordinating such groups;
  • experience in programming and/or analysing (large) datasets using tools such as R, Python and SQL.

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 develop and use your skills and competencies to achieve the aims of this position.
You are aware of your strengths and areas for development and know what motivates you to perform at your highest level.

Further information

The contract offered will be short-term ESCB/IO, the appointment being for 24 months as of the exact starting date of the selected person, extendable to up to 36 months. 

Candidates must have a contract of employment with their home institution for a period of at least one year beyond the duration of the ECB contract being offered. 

For additional information on this specific vacancy, you can contact the hiring manager, Olaf Weeken, by sending an email to

Application and selection process

If you are currently employed at an ESRB member institution but it is not on the ESCB/IO institutions list, please select “NONE OF THE ABOVE” in the application form.

The recruitment process for this position will be conducted remotely. It will include a written exercise, a presentation and interviews.

If you are not selected for this position but are still considered suitable, you will be placed on a reserve list (see step 4 of How we hire), from which you might be considered for similar positions within the ECB.

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