Environmental Economists

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Paris, , FR

The OECD is a global economic forum working with 37 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 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.


ENV is looking for experienced and motivated environmental economists to support projects in the area of environmental policy evlaution in the Environment and Economy Integration Division (EEI).  EEI is currently undertaking work on interactions between trade and environment policy, circular economy and resource productivity, environment-economy modelling, environmental policies and economic outcomes, spatial planning, greening mobility and transport, and on cost benefit analysis. The positions will focus on Individual Household and firm Behaviour and environmental policies.  The successful candidates will work under the supervision of the Team Lead for Empirical Policy Analysis.

Main Responsibilities
  • Apply state-of-the-art quantitative and econometric methods to empirically investigate the effects of different policy instruments on economic and environmental outcomes and their behavioural implications.

  • Contribute to all aspects of the preparation of empirical and/or modelling-related analytical reports. This includes carrying out surveys, econometric regressions, analysis and interpretation of results, summarising the main findings, drafting of reports, presenting the work, and contributing to briefings for senior management.

  • Gather and process data for cross-sections of countries from existing data sources, with a view toward applying them in comparative empirical analysis. This could include monitoring surveys to assess the evolution of household and/or firm behaviour in different environmental areas, such as waste management, transport and mobility and energy efficiency.

  • Represent the OECD at internal and external meetings, contribute to publications and communication activities.

  • Develop and maintain partnerships with institutions working on environmentally-related behavioural subjects in OECD Member countries and beyond.

  • Contribute to the dissemination of findings, including through maintaining contacts with relevant government officials and other experts.

  • Carry out other related duties, as assigned. 

Ideal Candidate Profile

Academic Background

  • An advanced post-graduate university degree (Ph.D. preferred) in environmental economics, behavioural economics environmental sciences, or a related subdisciplines.

Professional Background

  • Minimum three, preferably five to seven years of experience working in environmental or energy policy analysis, research or other policy-related fields, preferably within a research organisation, government or an international organisation

  • Experience in the areas of environmental and economic policy analysis, and behavioural economics;
  • Proven experience in economic analysis of policy instrument choice for addressing environmental concerns and the relationship with key outcomes such as behavioural issues, distributional effects, transport, land use, and technological innovation.
  • Very good knowledge of common statistical and econometric packages (particularly Stata and R).
  • Proven ability to draft analytical and/or policy-relevant papers that are clear, concise and reader-friendly.


  • 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 langues 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, Client focus, Diplomatic sensitivity, ,Strategic thinking.

  • Please refer to the level 3 indicators of the OECD Core Competencies.  

Contract Duration
  • Two-years fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.

  • Depending on level of experience, monthly salary starts at either 6,130 EUR or 7,563 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax

Selection Process

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

Please note that the appointment may be made at a lower grade based on the qualifications and professional experience of the selected applicants.

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.


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