Economists (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.


In April 2016, 47 agriculture ministers and representatives from OECD countries and beyond agreed on the high priority of developing policies to underpin productive, sustainable and resilient farm and food businesses. In this context, NRP is looking for two Economists who will contribute to the work on analysing policies at the intersection of agriculture and the environment. Staff supervision and coordination responsibilities may also be involved. The selected persons will work under the supervision of the Head of the NRP Division.


Main Responsibilities


Research, analysis and drafting

  • Develop policy-relevant analysis, draft reports and recommendations for consideration by senior policy makers in the area of agriculture and the environment. Examine policy options to improve agriculture’s environmental performance and its resilience to environmental risks.  

  • As part of a directorate level effort, jointly carry out and in some cases lead country reviews analysing policies to improve agriculture productivity growth sustainably. Examine the effect of a broad array of policies on productivity and the sustainability performance of agriculture and the agro-food chain.

  • Actively participate in, and coordinate NRP’s inputs to, the development of tools and methods to reinforce OECD capacity on analysing the links between government policies, agricultural sustainability and productivity in collaboration with other divisions.

  • Design and implement strategies for the development and strengthening of indicators to monitor changes in agriculture’s environmental performance. Contribute to further development of OECD’s agri-environmental indicators. Organise the communication and dissemination of the trends and challenges identified to inform and help improve policy making.

Representation and liaison

  • Participate in and provide support to the OECD 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 OECD delegates. 

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

Staff supervision

  • Supervise a team of Statisticians in charge of updating agri-environmental indicators as required.

Ideal Candidate Profile


Academic Background

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

Professional Background

  • Between three and five years’ experience in applied economic analysis of agricultural and/or environmental policies. 

  • In depth knowledge of agricultural and environmental policy issues, of the major reforms in that field and of their challenges and implications.

  • A track record in autonomously 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.

  • Experience in managing or supervising support staff would be a strong asset.

  • Proven ability to operate in an international environment and communicate effectively with a range of audiences, interact with policy stakeholders, and 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.

  • Excellent writing and editorial skills.

Core Competencies

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

Contract Duration

  • Depending on the position either one or two year fixed term appointments, with the possibility of renewal.

What the OECD offers

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