Research and Data Officer (Environmental Finance and Investment)

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Paris, France 🇫🇷

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 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.
ENV’s Division for Climate, Biodiversity and Water (CBW) is looking for an experienced Research and Data Officer in the area of environmental finance and investment. The selected candidate will mainly focus on climate change-related analyses but is expected to contribute to other areas of work of the CBW division e.g. water. Her/his main responsibility will be to lead the identification, collection, aggregation, analysis and interpretation of data from a range of sources towards informing the division’s streams of work and related policy needs. S/he will work under the supervision of a senior Policy Analyst.
Main Responsibilities
Research and data collection 
  • Carry out research and methodological work to develop approaches for measuring financial flows and their consistency with environmental policy objectives, in particular in the area of climate change.
  • Identify, compile, review and process data on environment-relevant financial flows and investments from a range of sources including (but not limited to) international and national statistics, commercial databases.  
  • Check data for completeness, accuracy, plausibility, and comparability, as well as for consistency with available international definitions and classifications.
Data processing and analysis  
  • Convert the data collected in database formats towards producing the desired analytical outputs as well as to facilitate future replication and expansion of analyses.
  • Maintain documentation on the data sources and the methods by which data have been processed.
  • Conduct data and, where appropriate, statistical or econometric analysis with a view to both generate estimates of financial flows and investments (aggregate, per country, per sector), as well as to analyse the role of specific actors and instruments.
  • Prepare tables, charts and technical annexes to be included in reports, presentations and analytical outputs.
  • Draft explanatory notes on the data and methods used
  • Contribute to reports, working papers or briefs by drafting technical sections to analyse and interpret results.
Other tasks
  • Contribute to the organisation of meetings and workshops
  • Present results at meetings and workshops
  • Contribute to the preparation of communication material
Ideal Candidate Profile
Academic Background
  • An advanced university degree in economics, econometrics, finance, statistics, environmental sciences, or related fields with a strong quantitative component.
Professional Background
  • Experience in research and analysis of private and public finance (e.g. investment flows, banking, national expenditures and taxes) acquired in e.g. a financial institution, research or international organisation.
  • Hands-on experience and proven expertise in data analysis and database management.
  • Experience in developing graphical representations of data, and in the preparation of analytical documents, including towards non-technical audiences.
  • Knowledge of and experience with environmental data and indicators would be a valuable asset.
  • Expert command of Microsoft Office softwares, especially Excel
  • Excellent knowledge of state-of-the-art methods for quantitative data analysis.
  • Good command of statistical softwares and programming languages
  • Willingness to learn and ability to adapt to new analytical techniques.
  • 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.
N.B. Shortlisted candidates for this vacancy will be required to undergo a written exercise, as well as the corporate statistics test. Candidates will be contacted to arrange for these tests to be held.
Core Competencies
  • For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: Achievement focus, Analytical thinking, Flexible thinking, Teamwork, Client focus and Drafting skills.
  • Please refer to the full list of OECD Core Competencies and the level 2 indicators.
Contract Duration
  • 13 months fixed-term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.
  • Monthly base salary starting from 4,487.39  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.