Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

OECD Paris, France

Policy Analyst, Directors’ Office ( Job Number: 15656 )

Application Closing Date: 12-10-2022, 9:59:00 PM

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development ( OECD) is an international organisation comprised of 38 member countries, that works to build better policies for better lives. Our mission is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. Together with governments, policy makers and citizens, we work on establishing evidence-based international standards, and finding solutions to a range of social, economic and environmental challenges. From improving economic performance and creating jobs to fostering strong education and fighting international tax evasion, we provide a unique forum and knowledge hub for data and analysis, exchange of experiences, best-practice sharing, and advice on public policies and international standard-setting.

The OECD Environment Directorate (ENV), in line with the strategic objectives of the Secretary General, provides relevant and timely information, analysis and advice to support governments in identifying and implementing the environmental policies needed to support a cleaner, more resource-efficient, low-carbon, resilient and green growth path. The Directorate currently comprises approximately 165 staff members working across a broad range of issues such as: green growth, climate change, biodiversity, water, eco-innovation, resource productivity and waste, environmental policy tools and evaluation, safety of chemicals, biotechnology and nanomaterials, sustainable finance and linkages between environment and tax, agriculture, energy, transport, development assistance, trade and investment policies. For more information, please refer to (link)

The ENV Director’s Office is looking for a Policy Analyst to contribute to substantive analysis and drafting for special projects overseen by the Directors’ Office (DO). The selected candidate will join the DO team of analysts and advisors and will provide essential analytical and drafting input to major projects managed by the DO. This will include notably the horizontal project on “Building Climate and Economic Resilience for the Low-carbon Transition” ( Net-zero + Resilience), a flagship cross-OECD initiative led by ENV and drawing on expertise and contributions from across the OECD, and which is a further step in mainstreaming climate change across the OECD. It will also include contributions to the the Roundtable on Sustainable Development (RTSD), which has been running since 1998, and regularly gathers high-level policymakers and business leaders to discuss subjects of topical importance related to environment and sustainable development. Recent topics have included maintaining momentum for climate action despite the war in Ukraine; ensuring a “just transition” in the automotive sector; and trade-environment interlinkages in light of the EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM). For each RTSD meeting, the Secretariat provides an analytical background paper to facilitate discussion. The selected candidate may be required to contribute to other projects as needed.

The selected candidate will bring strong knowledge of environmental issues and policies and will have a background in climate change, environmental economics or other relevant policy areas. The candidate will possess good analytical skills, a demonstrated ability to write clear and concise texts, and excellent organisational and liaison skills. The selected candidate will report to the Senior Project Manager responsible for both the Horizontal Project and the RTSD, under the general oversight of the Directors of the Environment Directorate.

Main Responsibilities

Research, Analysis and Drafting

  • Working with the Senior Project Manager and Directors, contribute to core analysis, synthesising and drafting for the Horizontal Project, including:

    • Research, analysis and drafting for specific topics relevant to the project, including on the transition towards net-zero emissions, the resilience of the transition itself, and implications for building resilience to physical impacts of climate change;
    • Synthesising key findings from relevant outputs from directorates across the OECD; summarising key messages into synthesis outputs of the HP;
    • Supporting the compilation, development and refinement of a policy toolkit, drawing on outputs from across the OECD, supporting governments in accelerating a resilient transition to net-zero emissions and building systemic resilience to climate impacts.
  • Research and analysis for key topics selected for meetings of the RTSD and drafting of concise, impactful background papers targeted to the high-level policymakers and business and NGO leaders participating in RTSD meetings.
  • Reviewing and commenting on outputs prepared by contributors from across the OECD.
  • Contributing to other analytical projects and outputs as needed.

Co-ordination, liaison and outreach

  • Contribute to the organisation of meetings, including the RTSD and other expert workshops, internal meetings, seminars and conferences.
  • Support the Senior Project Manager in establishing and maintaining close working relationships with colleagues from participating directorates (including ENV, ECO, CTP, TAD, CFE, STI, DCD and others), and coordinating their inputs.
  • Support the Senior Project Manager in ensuring effective co-ordination within ENV, as well as with all contributing directorates, both for the HP and the RTSD, as well as synergies between the two.
  • Support efforts to fundraise and strengthen partnerships to fund new research
  • Support senior staff in the Environment Directorate and other Directorates with preparation of speeches and presentations related to the communication and dissemination of project outputs, as needed.

Ideal candidate profile

Academic Background

  • An advanced university degree in environmental policy/management, environmental sciences, economics or other relevant policy areas.

Professional Background

  • Three to seven years’ experience in the area of environmental policy and a sound understanding of the economy-environment linkages.
  • Excellent knowledge of a broad range of economic and environmental issues, obtained through work in a national administration and/or an international organisation.
  • Proven experience in drafting concise and pertinent analyses of policies and practices.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively in a small team within a multicultural environment and to ensure a high level of organisational rigour in tracking work flows.
  • Good understanding of internal OECD procedures, inter-governmental OECD processes (e.g. EPOC, OECD Council) and international organisations’ engagement with OECD would be desirable.


  • Fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French) and knowledge of the other, with a commitment to reach a good working level.
  • Knowledge of other languages would be an asset.

Core Competencies

  • For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: analytical thinking, drafting skills, flexible thinking, client focus, diplomatic sensitivity and strategic networking.
  • Please refer to the level 3 indicators of the OECD Core Competencies.

Contract Duration

  • 12 months, starting October 2022, with possibility of renewal depending on funding availability and business needs.

What the OECD offers

  • Monthly base salary starting from 6,415.29 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.
  • Depending on level of experience, monthly salary starts at either 6,415.29 EUR or 7,915.72 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.
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Please note, the appointment may be made at a lower grade based on the qualifications and professional experience of the selected applicant.

The OECD is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes the applications of all qualified candidates who are nationals of OECD member countries, irrespective of their racial or ethnic origin, opinions or beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, health or disabilities. The OECD promotes an optimal use of resources in order to improve its efficiency and effectiveness. Staff members are encouraged to actively contribute to this goal.

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