Junior Environmental Economist / Policy Analyst

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Paris, France 🇫🇷

The OECD is a global economic forum working with 38 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 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, resilient and low-carbon development pathways. The Directorate currently comprises approximately 175 staff members working across a broad range of issues such as: climate change, biodiversity, water, eco-innovation, resource productivity and waste, environmental policy tools and evaluation, green growth, 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 www.oecd.org/env.

The Environment, Transitions and Resilience Division (ETR) in the Environment Directorate is looking for two junior environmental economists or policy analysts to work on projects related to water, resilience and adaptation to climate change. The selected candidates are expected to work primarily on issues related to financing water and /or financing adaptation to climate change. The ideal candidates will have strong analytical skills and a good understanding of the policy challenges related to financing water and/or financing adaptation, the financial sector and approaches to channel capital to investments that contribute to water security or resilience to climate change.

Main Responsibilities

Research and analysis 
•    Contribute to the team’s quantitative research and qualitative analysis, helping to produce accessible, high quality, policy-relevant insights on financing water-related investment and/or on adaptation finance. 
•    Research and draft high-quality documents to elucidate policy-relevant messages that are accessible and impactful for a range of different audiences, both specialist and non-specialist. Developing these reports may require qualitative and quantitative analysis, data collection exercises, literature reviews, seminar proceedings, and country case studies.
•    Synthesise and disseminate results of this research; highlight relevant research gaps and policy issues. 
•    Contribute to joint work relevant to climate change adaptation and water finance; contribute to horizontal and multidisciplinary projects and other output of the Environment and Development Co-operation Directorates as needed.

Stakeholder engagement and events 
•    Under the guidance of the programme lead and working closely with colleagues within the Resilience, Adaptation and Water team, contribute to the organisation of future meetings in relation to the programme of work (such as the Roundtable on Financing Water) and other key events (such as sessions at the Stockholm World Water Week).
•    Draft well-researched, accurate and clearly written internal and external materials to contribute to background papers and briefing materials for key events. 

Wider responsibilities
•    Contribute to the overall work of the Division, including in relation to the Environmental Policy Committee, providing briefing inputs for senior management and liaison across other teams within and across OECD directorates.
•    Attend external conferences, internal meetings and webinars on behalf of the team and share insights and developments with relevant colleagues so as to inform ongoing work. 
•    Contribute to wider policy-relevant discussions on water, resilience and adaptation to a changing climate.

Ideal Candidate Profile
Academic Background
•    An advanced post-graduate university degree in a relevant area (e.g. environmental or natural resource economics, finance, or a related field), ideally with an investment or environmental background.
Professional Background
•    At least 2 years of experience working on policy-related fields (water, adaptation to climate change, green or sustainable finance), preferably acquired in an international organisation, national government institution, financial institution, or research organisation. 
•    Experience working independently to identify relevant data sets and analyse them to respond to policy questions.
•    Capacity to derive policy messages from the analyses and proven experience in drafting documents and analytical reports.
•    Ability to convey complex analysis simply and clearly, tailored to the target audience.
•    Familiarity with issues related to valuing and financing water and/or adaptation, with sustainable finance would be an advantage (including infrastructure investment planning, policies to enhance the enabling environment for investment, blended finance, vehicles and approaches to channel finance for investments). 

•    Fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French) and a working knowledge of, or willingness to learn, the other.

Core Competencies 
•    For these positions, the following competencies would be particularly important: ability to meet deadlines; work simultaneously on multiple tasks with limited supervision; achievement focus; drafting skills; teamwork; analytical thinking; client focus. 
•    Please refer to the Level 3 indicators of the OECD Core Competencies
Contract Duration
•     One year fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.

What the OECD offers
•    Monthly base salary starting from 4,850 EUR.

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.

Selection Process

For retained candidates, written tests/video-recorded interviews are foreseen the week of 16 August 2021.

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.

Background information

The programme of work on financing water will develop policy-relevant analysis to promote the scaling up of investments that contribute to water security and sustainable growth. The team’s ongoing work focuses on documenting financing flows, needs and capacities, options to leverage public and development finance the project development process and strategic planning. The Programme of Work in 2021-22 will include work towards a Global Observatory on Financing Water, Sanitation and Water Security, the enabling environment for investment (policies and institutions that are conducive to investments that contribute to water security and sustainable growth) and strategic investment planning (combining and sequencing projects along investment pathways). 

The programme of work on financing climate change adaptation seeks to respond to the urgent need to scale up action in response to the impacts of a changing climate. The aim of this programme is ultimately to support the Paris Agreement’s goal of aligning finance flows with climate resilience. This means avoiding investments that undermine climate resilience, while also encouraging patterns of finance and investment that actively contribute to societal resilience. The focus in this biennium will be to develop and begin to operationalise a systemic framing of finance and investment for climate resilience. This will include longer-term efforts to identify and analyse relevant datasets to understand emerging trends, support for peer learning to share good practices and the contribution of emerging findings to influence and inform relevant international processes (such as G7, G20 and the UNFCCC).