The OECD is a global economic forum working with 36 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 Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE) helps local and national governments unleash the potential of entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), promote inclusive and sustainable regions and cities, boost local job creation, and implement sound tourism policies. It includes the Secretariat serving the Regional Policy Development Committee (RDPC) and its three Working Parties on Urban Policy, Rural Policy and Territorial Indicators, the Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship (WPSMEE), the Tourism Committee and its Working Party on Tourism Statistics, and the Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Directing Committee.
The mission of the OECD in the field of regional and rural development is to maximise the economic, social and environmental benefits of regional and rural development policies through medium and long-term strategic development, and integrated approaches to promote competitiveness and well-being across OECD regions.
The CFE is looking for one or more experienced, dynamic and motivated Economists/Policy Analysts with a strong economic profile to contribute to work on regional development policies and support the programme of work of the Regional Development Policy Committee, including its Working Party on Rural Policy. The selected person will have a very strong track record in carrying out analysis and in making effective policy recommendations in the field of regional and rural development and territorial governance. The selected candidate will report to the Head of the Regional and Rural Unit or to the Head of the Territorial Dialogue and Migration Unit in the Regional Development and Tourism Division
Research and Policy Analysis
- Plan, conduct and supervise economic and policy analysis on regional trends, policies and specific aspects of the broader policy framework for regional and rural development. The subjects to be addressed will evolve in line with the programme of work established by the Regional Development Policy Committee (e.g. productivity, innovation in rural areas, public services for rural communities and towns, technology jobs: the regional dimension, the contribution of regions and rural areas to inclusive growth and sustainable development, public governance reforms to improve policy impact at the sub national level, integration of migrants at the local level).
- Draft and edit high quality substantive papers for maximum policy impact, and oversee the production of statistical and analytical publications, ensuring their timely and quality delivery – including synthesis reports, national, regional, local or thematic rural policy reviews, territorial dialogues, country case studies, proceedings and policy papers.
- Develop comparative applied policy for OECD member countries, including addressing policy outcomes, strategies, and practices in the respective areas as well as identifying best practices.
- Carry out quality control of draft documents, including synthesis reports of expert discussions, seminar proceedings, mission reports and consultants’ contributions.
- Take part in and provide support to the Regional Development Policy Committee (RDPC), its Working Parties and related conferences and events.
- Participate actively in fundraising to support the biennial programme of work of the RDPC.
- Engage and supervise the work of external consultants, statisticians, and interns.
- Collaborate with other staff within the CFE and from other OECD Directorates, and contribute to horizontal and multi-disciplinary projects and outputs as needed.
- Participate in the identification, design and execution of new projects that contribute to the Division’s overall objectives. Act as project manager on at least one core project. This will include participation in the negotiation and management of voluntary contributions, where necessary.
- Assist in the planning and execution of case-study missions, meetings and workshops, for projects in which s/he has a role.
Liaison and Representation:
- Establish and maintain professional contacts with other parts of the OECD, research and government institutions in OECD member and non-member countries, key organisations and individuals outside the OECD, and member country delegations to the OECD.
- Stay abreast of developments related to regional development and rural policy and to institutional and financial reforms affecting sub-national governments in member countries, and on developments in the academic literature on these topics.
- Present the Division’s work at committee and working party meetings serviced by the Division and elsewhere in the OECD, as well as at international events.
- Carry out other related duties, as assigned.
Ideal Candidate Profile
- Advanced university degree (PhD preferably) in a relevant field, such as economics, political science, public policy, economic geography or local economic development, with coursework in statistics and qualitative analysis
- Minimum of three to five years of professional experience in research and analytical activities in the fields of regional development, rural policy, public economics or public policy.
- Training in ArcGIS and R would be an asset.
- Fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French), and working knowledge of, or willingness to learn, the other.
- Knowledge of Arabic would be an asset.
For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: Analytical thinking, Achievement focus, Drafting skills, Teamwork and Team leadership, Diplomatic sensitivity, Strategic networking.
- Twelve months fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.
- Depending on level of experience, monthly salary starts at either 5,975 EUR or 7,372 EUR exempt of French income tax, plus allowances based on eligibility.
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.