Environmental Economist

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Paris, , FR

The OECD’s mission – Better Policies for Better Lives – promotes policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. It 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 and low-carbon green growth path. The Directorate currently comprises approximately 120 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, 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.
The Environment and Economy Integration (EEI) Division of ENV undertakes policy-orientated research in a number of areas at the interface between the environment and the economy, including: the links between policy settings and economic and environmental outcomes, environment-economy modelling, resource productivity and waste, spatial planning and trade and environment.
The EEI Division is looking for a dynamic and experienced Environmental Economist with confirmed skills in econometrics and/or spatial modelling to contribute to quantitative analyses on environmental policy design and evaluation.
Main Responsibilities

Policy analysis

  • Apply state-of-the-art quantitative and econometric methods to empirically investigate the effects of different policy instruments on economic and environmental outcomes.
  • Summarise the main findings from the comparative analyses, both across and within countries and draw relevant policy conclusions.
  • Contribute to all aspects of the preparation of empirical and/or modelling-related analytical reports. This includes carrying out econometric regressions, model simulations, analysis and interpretation of results, drafting of reports, presenting the work, and contributing to briefings for senior management.

 Data collection and processing

  • Gather and process data for cross-sections of countries from existing data sources, with a view toward applying them in comparative empirical analysis.
  • Provide assistance to the Senior Economist to oversee the development of the data foundation for such work with a view to addressing policy relevant questions. This might include exploitation of a variety of different existing micro-data sets and/or contribute to the further development of spatial modelling framework for policy simulations.

Organisation-wide collaboration, liaison and outreach

  • Maintain close contacts and good working relations with relevant staff in the Environment Directorate, other OECD Directorates, and other relevant Organisations;
  • Maintain contacts with members of national delegations, other international organisations, representatives of industry, and other relevant institutions.
Ideal Candidate Profile
Academic Background
  • Advanced university degree in environmental economics, urban economics or econometrics.

Professional Background

  • Three to seven year’s experience in applied environmental economics analysis with a demonstrated interest in policy-relevant research.
  • Proven experience in economic analysis of policy instrument choice for addressing environmental concerns and the relationship with key outcomes such as technological innovation, spatial planning and, firm and household behaviour.
  • Experience in spatial general equilibrium modelling is an asset
  • Very good knowledge of common statistical and econometric packages (particularly Stata and R).
  • Excellent level of computer literacy and programming with relevant modelling software.
  • Familiarity with state-of-the-art methods for spatial and GIS analysis and good command of GIS software would be an asset.
  • 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 languages would be an asset.
Core Competencies
  • 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.
Contract Duration
  • 16 months fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.
NB. Short-listed candidates may be asked to take a written test and submit a writing sample or a research paper as part of the screening for candidates.
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.