Director for Environment

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Paris, , FR




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.

In line with the strategic orientations of the Secretary-General, the OECD Environment Directorate (ENV) 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 110 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

We are looking for a dynamic and visionary Director to provide leadership and strategic direction to leverage the comparative advantage of the Environment Directorate, ensuring high relevance and impact of its work and alignment to the 21×21 strategy of the Secretary General. As a key member of the Senior Management team of the Organisation, s/he will be responsible for advancing the strategic orientations of the Secretary-General in ENV’s areas of work. S/he will deliver analyses, policy advice and support for policy reforms promoting environmental policies that are both economically efficient and effective at achieving their environmental objectives. S/he will provide intellectual leadership, and in line with the New Approaches to Economic Challenges, will ensure that the OECD is at the forefront of policy thinking in the environment domain. S/he will work closely with the senior management team, providing guidance and support in the co-ordination and management of its programme of work and budget, and its Committee, Working Parties and Expert Groups. S/he will also promote horizontal work, particularly the Inclusive Growth Initiative, but many others, and foster co-ordination and joint work with other areas of the Organisation, collaborating closely with the Office of the Secretary General and with the OECD Sherpa and her office.

The breadth and the complexity of the policy issues for which ENV is responsible, call for a highly motivated executive with an excellent understanding of environment issues, political processes, and effective institutional settings. S/he should be someone who thrives in a multidisciplinary work environment, and who exhibits innovative strategic thinking and political sensitivity. Finally, s/he should have a proven track record of managing a complex programme of work and budget, as well as a diverse international team, while maintaining a wide professional network, representing the OECD in international meetings, conferences and media events.

Main Responsibilities


  • Support the advancement of the strategic orientations of the Secretary-General, and delivering on the 21×21 strategy. 
  • Ensure that the OECD is at the leading edge on the areas covered by the Directorate and in the development of standards and best practices.
  • Ensure timely and relevant policy advice and support to member countries, contributing to their efforts to advance reform agendas in member and partner countries and ensure the impact and relevance for our work.
  • Ensure that the Directorate’s work is at the forefront of international policy debates; provide intellectual leadership and identify key emerging trends.
  • Actively contribute to the development, promotion and implementation of these objectives, which involves enhanced engagement with key partners and other non-member economies and “horizontal” (multidisciplinary) work. 
  • Enhance the OECD’s position as a leading player in the environment policy dialogue and in the identification of good international public environment practices. 
  • Carry out the strategic planning, orientation and oversight of the Directorate’s activities, providing advice on substantive issues. Exercise a critical oversight of the analytical and policy content of reports, policy recommendations and work proposals, designed to inform the policy process in national governments and international bodies. 
  • Reinforce synergies within ENV’s extensive co-operation programmes with non-members in order to achieve better overall value for the Organisation.
  • Guide ENV managers in making effective contributions to corporate outputs and in planning committee work programmes to achieve high policy relevance and impact; and identify with them opportunities to promote the visibility and effectiveness of OECD’s work. 
  • Actively participate in the development and execution of the Programme of Work and Budget, ensuring coherence with the rest of the work of the Organisation.

Liaison and representation

  • Promote collaboration with the Secretary-General’s Office, the G20/G7 Sherpa and other Directorates, and effective relations with the relevant policy communities and permanent delegations, both within and outside the OECD to ensure a coherent strategy of OECD support for economic growth and social progress. 
  • Represent the OECD at high-level meetings and conferences involving senior policy makers and representatives of business, academia, NGOs and the media. Lead high-level missions to member and partner countries. 
  • Lead and oversee policy missions to OECD member countries and several non-OECD member economies, involving meetings with Ministers and other high level policy makers. 
  • Establish and maintain close contacts with other international organisations, national authorities, the private sector, academia, research institutes and the media.

Management and co-ordination

  • Actively participate in the Directorate’s recruitment process, the professional development and performance management of its staff, ensuring optimal use of resources. 
  • Motivate staff to ensure the delivery of high-quality work, effective working methods, good communication and a constructive working atmosphere.
  • Mobilise and secure voluntary funding to support all the main policy areas of the Directorate’s work from a variety of sources.
  • Collaborate with corporate management reforms and initiatives.


Ideal Candidate Profile

Academic background 
An advanced university degree in economics, environmental economics, public polices and administration or another relevant discipline.

Professional background

  • Extensive senior level experience in the environment sector, including experience in formulating and implementing policy recommendations as well as in international co-operation. This experience would have been acquired in a national administration, an international organisation, in the public sector. 
  • Excellent knowledge of current national and international policy challenges in these areas in member countries as well as of the implications of the economic crisis and the role of the emerging economies in the global economy. 
  • Very good knowledge of the economic performance and institutional settings across OECD member countries and non-OECD economies.
  • Well established contacts with key actors and stakeholders in relevant communities.

• This position requires 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
• For this role, the following competencies are of particular importance: Analytical and Strategic thinking, Team Leadership, Influencing, Organisational knowledge and alignment, as well as Managing resources.
Please refer to the full list of OECD Core Competencies and the level 5 indicators.

Contract Duration
Three year fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.

What the OECD offers
• Monthly base salary starting from 12 349 EUR exempt of French income tax, plus allowances based on eligibility.

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.