Policy Analyst: Better Environmental Regulation (Temporary Assignment)

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Paris, France 🇫🇷

Application Closing Date: 29-11-2021, 1:59:00 AM

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 www.oecd.org/env.

The Environment Directorate (ENV) has a temporary opening for an experienced and motivated analyst to undertake and deliver policy-relevant research and analysis related to promoting better environmental regulations of industrial operations to support greening of the economies of the countries in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA Region) and in other non-OECD Members. For more information on GREEN Action Programme Task Force, please consult our website: http://www.oecd.org/environment/outreach/

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the Senior Programme Manager for Environmental Finance in the Green Growth and Global Relations Division (GGGR).

Main Responsibilities

Analysis, drafting and supervision

  • Co-ordinate and draft analytical, methodological and assessment reports that are country-specific and policy relevant on promoting better environmental regulations of industrial operations, based on analysis of datasets and policies, literature reviews, and consultation with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Provide effective supervision of external consultants as required.
  • Provide peer review and expert advice on relevant reports and project documentation.

Project management, collaboration and dissemination

  • Develop terms of reference for regional and in-country projects and for consultants in line with OECD standards, identify and select experts to assist in project implementation, monitor and facilitate the work of experts, including quality control of deliverables to programme and budget.
  • Work collaboratively with relevant experts within and outside the organisation to support the delivery of the GGGR work programme on environmental finance and governance. Contribute, as required, to horizontal and multidisciplinary projects within the Environment Directorate and OECD.
  • Support the collaboration and development of partnerships with institutions responsible for environmental regulatory reform in OECD non-Member countries, including relevant international organisations, international financing institutions and academics.

Meetings, representation and liaison

  • Plan and organise multi-stakeholder meetings and conferences in support of the work programme, including preparing draft agendas, background documents and summary records.
  • Identify opportunities and disseminate outputs from this work by representing the OECD at internal and external meetings, contributing to publications and communication material and activities, including policy briefs, webinars and social media.
  • Establish and maintain a network of relevant contacts with policy makers, experts and officials from a wide range of countries as well as from international organisations, private sector, research institutions and NGOs.

Ideal candidate profile

Academic Background

  • An advanced university degree in economics, environmental and industrial policies, or a related field.

Professional Background

  • Three to seven years’ relevant experience in environmental economics, environmental and industrial policy, or a related field, acquired in a national government, international agency, research organisation, international NGO, or in the private sector.
  • Strong understanding and an analytical approach to the environmental, economic and policy issues relevant to environmental regulation of the industrial operations, including the overall political and economic context, implementation challenges and the current research landscape.
  • Expertise relating to a design of environmental effective and economically efficient regulatory framework for managing limits of emissions from large sources to the environment, including setting environmental quality standards (EQS) based on best-available techniques (BAT) in line with international best practices, such as the European Union Industrial Emissions Directive as well as environmental regulatory frameworks for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of environmental enforcement/non-compliance instruments (such as monetary payments, penalties for pollution and environmental liability) and compliance promotion approaches (information-based instruments and the environmental certification schemes) will be an important asset.
  • Proven ability to write clear, concise, convincing and well-structured reports. Demonstrated experience of tailoring written work to the respective needs of specialist and non-specialist audiences.


  • 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 Russian would be 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 for more details.

Contract Duration

20 months (to end December 2022), starting as soon as possible.

The OECD is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes the applications of all qualified candidates [who are nationals of OECD member countries] and countries participating in the GREEN Action Programme Task Force*, irrespective of their racial or ethnic origin, opinions or beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, health or disabilities.

* Countries currently participating in the GREEN Action Programme Task Force are: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.* Countries currently participating in the GREEN Action Programme Task Force are: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

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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