Policy Analyst / Economist on Climate Change Adaptation

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Paris, France 🇫🇷

Application Closing Date

: 08-08-2021, 5:59:00 PM

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation comprised of 38 member countries, which works to build 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.  Together with governments, policy makers and citizens, we work on establishing evidence-based international standards, and finding solutions to a range of social, economic and environmental challenges. From improving economic performance and creating jobs to fostering strong education and fighting international tax evasion, we provide a unique forum and knowledge hub for data and analysis, exchange of experiences, best-practice sharing, and advice on public policies and international standard-setting.

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 of the OECD Environment Directorate (ENV/ETR) seeks an experienced and motivated policy analyst or economist to work on climate change adaptation within the Resilience, Adaptation and Water (RAW) team. S/he will be responsible for the delivery of high quality, high-impact research and analytical outputs within the overall Programme of Work and Budget of the OECD’s Environmental Policy Committee. 

Main Responsibilities

Research and analysis 
•    Lead in the design and implementation of specific projects and deliverables on adaptation to climate change, in close coordination with the senior policy analyst
•    Deliver high quality, evidence-based, policy-relevant research, analyses and policy recommendations, working independently and seeking guidance when appropriate
•    Contribute to the identification of priorities of work on climate change adaptation, in the international landscape and taking into account countries’ needs and priorities and fund raising opportunities

Project management
•    Manage, motivate and support the personal development of junior staff in the joint work on project deliverables
•    Coordinate with partners within and outside the OECD, in line with OECD rules and procedures
•    Provide support and back-up to the senior policy analysts.

External Engagement, communications and partnerships
•    Engage with countries, notably through OECD bodies and the OECD Task Force on Climate Change Adaptation, with a view to identify priorities for future work, build partnerships and convey policy-relevant messages
•    Enhance networks on adaptation, with policy makers and international institutions, to create synergies and increase the impact of the Directorate’s work
•    Disseminate and communicate policy-relevant messages on climate change adaptation to maximise the impact of OECD work in this area, under the supervision of the senior policy analysts and ETR management
•    Represent the OECD at external meetings and conferences involving senior public policy officials of OECD and non-OECD member countries;  
•    Contribute to identifying opportunities for projects funded by Voluntary Contributions, to support the delivery of the work programme in future years. 

Corporate 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.

Candidate’s profile

Academic Background
•    An advanced university degree in an environmental discipline (e.g. economics, engineering; geography or public policy), climate science or a related field.

Professional Background
•    3-5 years‘ experience of managing projects relevant to climate change adaptation, preferably gained in an international organisation, national administration or research institution.
•    Strong understanding of climate change adaptation and policy, ideally supported by a track record of publications on climate change adaptation, or related topics (e.g. resilience, disaster risk management, water management)
•    Ability to produce technically rigorous and politically relevant research and analysis in an independent manner, identifying strengths and weaknesses of prevailing policies and practices, and proposing workable improvements or alternatives
•    Ability to draft concise and engaging material, with robust evidence and clear policy-relevant messages
•    A track record in facilitating coordination of a range of partners, on politically sensitive issues
•    Strong co-ordination and networking skills, both in working within a large organisation and bringing in inputs from external stakeholders (e.g. government officials and experts).

•    Proficient in Excel
•    Familiarity with online databases, statistical packages and programming languages such as Python or R is desirable. 

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

Core Competencies

•    For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: Achievement focus, Analytical thinking, Drafting skills, Flexible thinking, Teamwork, Diplomatic skills 
•    Please refer to the level 3 indicators of the OECD Core Competencies

Contract Duration

12 months fixed term, with the possibility of renewal. 

What the OECD offers 
•    Depending on level of experience, monthly salary starts at either 6,197 EUR or 7,647 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.
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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.
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