Research Associate (Policy Analysis, Communication and Outreach)

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Paris, France 🇫🇷

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

ENV is looking for a Research Associate. The selected candidate will report to the Head of the Environment and Economy Integration (EEI) Division. He/she will provide policy analysis and carry out background research on a variety of topics and projects and support the Head of Division in cross-cutting work including co-ordinating contributions from the Division to broader horizontal activities, communication and outreach. EEI currently undertakes policy-orientated research in a number of areas at the interface between the environment and the economy, including: environment-economy modelling, resource productivity and waste, environmental policies and policy outcomes, spatial planning, green mobility and transport, trade and environment, and cost-benefit analysis.  

Main Responsibilities

Policy Research and Analysis

  • Undertake quantitative and qualitative background research, prepare speeches and presentations for the Head of Division and undertake time-sensitive policy analysis to support high priority areas of the Division.
  • Prepare background briefs and talking points on the work of the EEI Division in response to time-sensitive requests received by the Division.
  • Provide research support to projects in the EEI Division.

Communication and Liaison

  • Contribute to the publication and disseminate EEI’s work, including preparation of print and online material to promote major outputs.
  • Keep track of the pipeline of forthcoming EEI reports and publications and follow up with relevant teams in case of delays
  • Support the 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

  • A university degree in a relevant field such as economics, environmental science and policy, public policy, engineering.

Professional Background

  • Relevant experience in a similar role, preferably in an international organisation or academic setting.
  • Experience in quantatitive environmental policy analysis.
  • Strong technical writing skills and in visual presentation of technical material
  • Prior experience in developing and updating websites would be an asset


  • Working knowledge of both OECD official languages (English and French) would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of other languages would be an asset.

Core Competencies

  • For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: Achievement focus, Analytical thinking, Drafting skills, Flexible thinking, 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 4 210 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.
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Selection Process

For retained candidates, written tests/video-recorded interviews are foreseen in early October and panel interviews are planned for early November.

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.