Head of Unit (Energy Environment and Climate Change)

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 International Energy Agency (IEA) is an intergovernmental organisation committed to advancing security of energy supply, economic growth and environmental sustainability through energy policy co-operation. The IEA operates as an autonomous body within the framework of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Both the OECD and the IEA seek opportunities to work with an increasing number of non-members of growing importance to the world economy. The IEA seeks to recruit the Head of the Energy Environment and Climate Change Unit (ECC), who will manage and contribute to the Agency’s work primarily on climate change, energy transitions, and environmental policy. The ECC sits within the Energy Environment Division (EED, Directorate of Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks), and the Unit Head will work under the direction of the Head of EED. The person will manage and develop a small team of dynamic professionals, and will play a key coordinating role with offices throughout the Agency.
The selected candidate will contribute to the work on the linkages and interplay between energy, on the one hand, and climate, environmental and natural resource objectives (air quality and water) on the other hand, an essential component of the IEA mandate for a more sustainable and competitive energy future. This will include: coordinating colleagues across the Agency to help set the strategic direction of the Agency’s climate and other environmental policy analysis: contributing to world-class research and publications on climate change, energy and environmental issues; collaborating with OECD colleagues to support the Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG); acting as the Agency’s principal interface with the UNFCCC negotiations; securing funding for research and cooperation projects; and managing the team within the Unit.
Leadership and management responsibilities: 

  • Work with the head of EED and other IEA management to set the strategic direction of the Agency’s climate, energy transitions, and other environmental policy analysis and its strategy for external co-operation and outreach in this area.
  • Build and guide a small unit working on climate and other environmental policy analysis.
  • Ensure the timely delivery of high quality analyses to meet the needs and priorities of Member countries.
  • Contrubute personally to these activities, provide intellectual and technical leadership, and develop staff.
  • Help coordinate the Agency’s overall energy environment  sustainability efforts, including extension of the Agency’s efforts with Association and other key emerging countries and regions.
  • Aquire and manage funding from Member countries and other donors to support projects.
  • Participate in recruitment and identify external experts.
  • Help promote better coordination among the full Agency on issues of climate change, energy transitions, and energy environment policy.

Analysis responsibilities:

  •  Lead the development of and participate in the Agency’s analysis of climate change policies (including carbon pricing) relating to the energy sector, including through the writing of reports led by her/his unit as well as active participation and leadership in climate change components of other key IEA reports.
  • Monitor and survey developments in the implementation of climate policies in IEA Member and Partner countries across all sectors of national programmes and provide advice to governments.
  • Advise on, and develop new work in the area of environment problems related to energy, beyond climate change. This includes air quality, water and energy nexus, and natural resources management.
  • Support the broader activities of the IEA through analytical, written and verbal contributions.
  • Contribute to the development of the Agency’s programme of work, including more in-depth efforts with key emerging economies.
  • Identify key priorities for action.
  • Work collaboratively with the OECD Environment Directorate to support the Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) through organization of meetings and development of papers relevant to the UNFCCC context.

 Liaison and Outreach:

  •  Represent the ECC Unit at meetings of IEA committees i.e. Standing Group on Long-Term Policy Cooperation.
  • Represent the Agency at high level international fora on climage change and energy/environmental issues.
  • Collaborate with other units and divisions in the Agency, including the Executive Office, and other organisations on cross-cutting projects, publications, policy reviews, and conferences relating to climate policy, energy transitions, and other energy environmental policy.
  • Explore and identify opportunities for collaborative projects and co-operative actions in the field of climate and other environment policy in the energy sector.
  • Maintain contacts with policy-level officials in government, other international organisations, industry, research institutions, and NGOs. Promote the work of the Agency externally to a wide range of audiences through organising and participating in workshops, making presentations and holding bi-lateral meetings.

 Academic Background:

  • An advanced university degree(s) in relevant disciplines, such as energy, sustainable development, economics, environmental policy.

  Professional Background:

  • At least eight years of experience in environment, sustainable development, climate or energy issues, with at least 7 years in climate specifically. Familiarity with other environmental aspects of energy issues.
  • Practical experience of policy or programme design, implementation and evaluation of economic analysis and developing funding proposals.
  • Excellent understanding of the energy sector and climate change policies.
  • Experience with the UNFCCC negotiations process and/or other climate change-related international collaborations.


  • 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:

  • Please refer to the level 4 indicators of the OECD Core Competencies.

Contract Duration:

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

 What the OECD offers:

  • Depending on level of experience, monthly salary starts at 8358.35 EUR exempt of French income tax, plus allowances based on eligibility.