Research Officer (Policy Analysis)

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Paris, France 🇫🇷

Application Closing Date: 13-07-2022, 12:59:00 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 175 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

Within ENV, the Environment Performance and Information (EPI) Division currently undertakes policy-orientated research in a number of areas at the interface between the environment and the economy, including environmental policy instruments, fossil fuel subsidies,  with information and indicators, from its important databases such as the Policy Instrument for the Environment database (PINE), the Inventory of Support Measures for Fossil Fuels database and the Sustainable Ocean database. The EPI Division hosts the OECD Environment at a Glance platform, which gives access to the most recent data on environmental indicators through interactive graphics and provides key messages on major environmental issues.

EPI is looking for a Research Officer to assist in policy analysis and to carry out research on a variety of topics and projects related to Division’s work. (S)he will also support communication and liaison concerning the team’s work priorities. The selected candidate will report to the Head of Division and will work across teams in the division.

Main Responsibilities

Policy Research and Analysis

  • Assist in policy analysis and quantitative and qualitative research on themes relating to the work of the EPI Division.
  • Assist in draft section of statistical and analytical outputs on various environmental -related topics.
  • Support the development of the Environment at a Glance indicators in the LAC region, providing key messages on major environmental trends stemming from the indicators.
  • Contribute to the identification and preparation of background documentation and presentations for the Head of Division and undertake time-sensitive special projects to support high priority areas of the Division.

Statistical work

  • Enhance environmental data collection and monitoring processes in the LAC region and use the OECD Core Set of Environmental Indicators to track environmental performance of the LAC countries. This will involve, as far as possible the improvement of the data availability, the data quality and its relevance for environmental policy-making as well as enhance the monitoring and data collection concerning environmental pressures, conditions and responses in LAC countries.
  • Provide support for extraction, analysis and construction of indicators derived from databases, supporting work across the Division and collaborating with teams across the Organisation.

Communication and Liaison

  • Support the establishment a regional policy network for the exchange of information, best practices and policy experiences between LAC countries to find policy solutions to specific environmental data and indicator challenges in the LAC region.
  • Contribute to initiatives to disseminate EPI’s work, including preparation of material to promote major outputs.
  • Assist in drafting talking points, speeches and presentations for the Head of Division, and undertake time-sensitive special projects to support high priority areas of the Division.
  • Assist in the preparation and organisation of meetings and workshops.
  • Follow the work of relevant OECD committees and maintain links with Member Country Delegations and staff in other Directorates.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Academic Background

  • An interdisciplinary university degree in environmental economics, climate policy, energy policy or related fields.

Professional Background

  • A minimum of two – three years’ relevant professional experience in analytical and empirical analysis of environmental policy, climate change, or energy policies and related policies.
  • A good knowledge of administrative data related to climate and environmental policy instruments.


  • Good knowledge of methods for cleaning data and quantitative data analysis, using Stata.
  • Good knowledge of methods for database management, using SQL and LimeSurvey.
  • Experience with data visualization and creativity in summarising largely qualitative datasets to communicate key messages to non-expert audiences, using Flourish and R.
  • Experience performing time-sensitive data extractions, using SQL and Stata.
  • Experience editing documents in O.N.E Author.


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.

  • Fluency in Spanish would be an asset in this position.

Core Competencies

  • For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: Achievement focus, Analytical thinking, Drafting skills, Flexible thinking, Diplomatic Sensitivity, Teamwork and Client focus. Please refer to the level 2 indicators of the OECD Core Competencies.

Contract Duration

One-year fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.

What the OECD offers

  • Monthly base salary starting from 4 181.16 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.
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Please note that the appointment may be made at a lower grade based on the qualifications and professional experience of the selected applicant. 

Selection Process

For retained candidates, written tests/video-recorded interviews are foreseen for July and panel interviews are planned for the month of September.

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.