Water Policy Analysts

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Paris, , FR

The OECD is a global economic forum working with 35 member countries and more than 100 emerging and developing economies to make 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. The Organisation provides a unique forum in which governments work together to share experiences on what drives economic, social and environmental change, seeking solutions to common problems.
The water programme forms part of the activities carried out under the GREEN Action Programme which was established within the framework of the “Environment for Europe” process. The work is carried out to support, amongst others, the EU Water Initiative in the EECCA region, and involves close cooperation with the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). In addition, close cooperation is maintained with the OECD water programme to ensure a consistent approach and to exploit potential synergies.
The Environment Directorate (ENV) is looking for one or more Policy Analysts to join the Green Growth and Global Relations Division (GGGR). They will support work on the economic and financing analysis of water policy reform in the countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA Region). They will work under the supervision of the Senior Programme Manager for Water. The position requires regular travel to countries in the EECCA region and to donor countries.
Main Responsibilities
Analysis and drafting
  • Prepare high quality, evidence based analytical reports on the economic and financial aspects of water management and water sector reform in EECCA countries including consultation with internal and external stakeholders as required.
  • On the basis of analysis conducted, formulate practical policy recommendations for water sector reform.
  • Provide peer review and expert advice to colleagues on reports and project documentation.

Project management, collaboration and dissemination

  • Plan and co-ordinate project implementation, identifying human and financial resource needs, ensuring effective liaison with beneficiary countries and donors.  Monitor project delivery, including budget expenditures to programme.
  • Where appropriate, identify and select experts to assist in project implementation, develop terms of reference for projects and consultants in line with OECD standards, monitor and facilitate the work of experts including supervision of the work and quality control of deliverables to programme and budget.
  • Organise expert and policy related meetings including the preparation of all meeting documentation and summary reports.
  • Communicate findings of projects and analysis at national and international forums as required.
  • Contribute to the organization of meetings of the bodies overseeing work on water in EECCA countries including preparation of the agenda, documents and summary reports. Maintain good communication with the members of these bodies.
  • Support the collaboration and development of partnerships with institutions responsible for water management in EECCA and other countries, including international organisations, international financing institutions and academics active in the field of water management and policy reform.
  • Contribute to the further development of co-operation with EECCA countries in the water sector by identifying promising new projects and areas of work.
  • Identify opportunities for co-operating with the OECD horizontal water programme, both drawing on and contributing to the further development of OECD work on water.
  • Contribute to fundraising efforts by preparing inputs to project proposals, terms of reference and grant reports, and by liaising with donors in co-operation with team management.
  • Represent the OECD/GREEN Action Programme at international events as required.
  • Contribute to the development of the team and Divisional  work programme and communication strategy.
  • Supervise the work of support staff as required.
Ideal Candidate Profile
Academic Background
  • An advanced university degree in environmental economics, finance or other relevant discipline.

Professional Background

  • Three to seven years of relevant experience in the field of water management, preferably including water supply and sanitation, irrigation and water resources management with knowledge of international good practice on the same topics. Experience within the EECCA region would be an advantage.
  • Demonstrated experience of project planning and management including project tendering and project execution.
  • Experience of working with international donors including knowledge of funding requirements; experience of working with international financial institutions would be an advantage.
  • Proven ability to draft clear, policy relevant and analytical reports.
  • Proven ability to deliver high quality oral presentations.
  • Ability to adjust to shifting priorities and to explore new areas of work.
  • 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 Russian and other EECCA languages would be an important asset.

Core Competencies

  • For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: Analytical thinking, Achievement focus, Drafting skills, Teamwork and Team leadership, Client focus, Strategic thinking.
  •  Please refer to the level 3 indicators of the OECD Core Competencies.

Contract Duration

  • Two-year fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.
  • Depending on level of experience, monthly salary starts at either 5,500 EUR or 6,800 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.
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, and countries participating in the EAP Task Force*, 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.
* Countries currently participating in the EAP Task Force are: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.