GIS Programmer and Analyst

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Paris, , FR


 The OECD’s mission – Better Policies for Better Lives – 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 and low-carbon green growth path. The Directorate currently comprises approximately 135 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


The Environment Directorate is looking for a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Programmer and Analyst to provide support for the work of the Environmental Performance and Information Division (EPI) of the  Directorate. The selected candidate will assist in the identification, treatment and documentation of geospatial and geo-referenced data suitable for construction of policy-relevant indicators, development of appropriate methodologies and production of the indicators, management and updating of the associated databases, and in the preparation of related statistical and indicator-based reports. S/he will work under the supervision of a Senior Economist in the EPI Division.


Main Responsibilities


GIS data collection, treatment and processing

  • Identify, compile, review and process geospatial and geo-referenced data on environmental and socio-economic aspects of relevant policy issues, with a view to constructing national and sub-national indicators. Check data for completeness, consistency and plausibility.

  • Liaise with the producers of geospatial and geo-referenced data to resolve data anomalies and definitional issues and ensure best use and interpretation of the available data.

  • Assist in the development of methodologies for the construction of analytically-sound and policy-relevant indicators.

GIS database management

  • Maintain a database and contribute to the production and updating of GIS-based data series and indicators, in collaboration with other team members.

  • Create and maintain documentation (metadata) on the data sources and the methods by which input data have been processed.

GIS analysis

  • Prepare tables, charts, maps and technical annexes to be included in data and indicator reports, and in country peer reviews.

  • Assist in drafting explanatory notes on the data and indicators produced, and relevant technical and analytical documents.

  • Assist in the preparation of data files used in the dissemination of these data (OECD.Stat portal, Statlinks, etc.).

Other tasks

  • Develop and maintain documentation on work procedures covering all aspects of the production cycle.

  • Contribute to continuous improvement of the GIS infrastructure for the production of indicators.

  • Undertake other GIS tasks as may be required in the Division.

Ideal Candidate Profile


Academic Background

  • An advanced university degree in geographic information science, geography, environmental sciences, environmental engineering, remote sensing, computer science, or related field, with specialisation in geographic information science.

Professional Background

  • Proven experience in GIS data management and applied geospatial analysis.

  • Experience in GIS data treatment, interpretation and use, in developing graphical representations of the data, and in the preparation of statistical documents and reports.

  • Familiarity with existing geospatial datasets relevant to natural resources and the environment would be an asset. Good knowledge of environmental policy in OECD countries would be an advantage.

Technical and Quantitative Skills

  • Very good knowledge of state-of-the-art methods for spatial and GIS analysis, and ability to adapt to new statistical and computing techniques.
  • Very good knowledge of the relevant data formats and coordinate systems.
  • Excellent command of desktop-based GIS software (particularly ArcGIS and QGIS).
  • Good knowledge of large computerised databases and practical experience with statistical software to manage those databases.
  • Strong programming skills (Python, PostgreSQL, PostGIS, C++, Visual Basic, Java, etc.) are required.
  • Good command of STATA, SAS or similar statistical software is highly desirable.


  • A very good written and oral command of one of the two official languages of the Organisation (English and French) and a working knowledge of, or willingness to learn, the other.

Core Competencies

  • For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: Achievement focus, Analytical thinking, Drafting skills, Flexible thinking, Teamwork, Client focus.
  • Please refer to the full list of OECD Core Competencies and the level 2 indicators.

Contract Duration

  • Two-year fixed-term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.

What the OECD offers

  • Monthly base salary starting from 4,425 EUR exempt of French income tax, plus allowances based on eligibility.

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.