Economist (Agriculture and Environment)

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Paris, France 🇫🇷


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 OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate (TAD), in line with the strategic objectives of the Secretary-General, provides relevant and timely information, analysis and advice in support of  governments’ efforts to improve the domestic and international performance of their trade, agriculture, food and fishery policies and to maintain the orderly use of export credits.  As part of TAD, the Natural Resources Policy (NRP) Division focuses on issues at the cross-road of agriculture, trade, environment, and fisheries.


NRP is looking for a Policy Analyst who will contribute to the work on analysing policies at the intersection of agriculture and the environment. The selected person will work under the supervision of the Head of the NRP Division.



Main Responsibilities


Research, analysis and drafting

  • Develop policy-relevant analysis and draft reports for consideration by senior policy makers in the area of agriculture and the environment. Examine the full range of policy options to improve agricultural and environmental performance, taking into account direct and indirect effects on innovation.


  • Contribute to the OECD’s work on Innovation, Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability, including the analysis of the effect of a broad array of policies on productivity and sustainability performances of agriculture and the agro-food chain. Contribute to the development of tools and methods to further reinforce the OECD capacities in this area of work, in collaboration with other divisions and directorates.


  • Manage the OECD agri-environmental indicators database, and its team of statisticians, ensuring that the indicators are regularly updated, disseminated and used in policy analysis. Analyse the policy implications of indicators’ evolution trends. Ensure the database is adjusted over time to inform strategic orientations.

 Representation and liaison

  • Participate in and provide support to the Committee for Agriculture and its Joint Working Party on Agriculture and the Environment.  Present analysis at meetings, take an active part in the discussions and carry out subsequent revisions which often require follow-up bilateral discussions with delegates. 


  • Participate in and contribute to other activities in the agricultural policies field in accordance with the priorities of the work programme in the Directorate, as required.


  • Establish and maintain contacts with appropriate policy experts and specialists at the national and international level.  Represent the OECD at international, regional and national meetings as required.


 Ideal Candidate Profile


Academic Background

  • Advanced university degree in agricultural or environmental economics or a related field.

Professional Background

  • At least 5 years’ experience in applied economic analysis of agricultural and environmental policies. 

  • In depth knowledge of agricultural and environmental policy and public policy making processes.

  • A track record in writing policy papers or reports, and an ability to translate technical information, including the results of quantitative economic analysis, into clear, concise, policy relevant messages.

  • Capacity to work with a high level of autonomy and deliver high quality outputs with minimal supervision. Experience in managing or supervising support staff would be a strong asset.

  • Proven ability to communicate effectively to a diversity of audiences, to interact with policy stakeholders, and to develop and maintain networks of professionals.


  • 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.

Core Competencies

Please refer to the OECD Core Competencies and the level 3 indicators.


Contract Duration

Two years fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.


What the OECD offers

  • Depending on level of experience, monthly salary starts at either 5,750EUR or 7,090EUR, 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, 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.