Junior Policy Analyst

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, France

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
8th July, 2021

Job Description

  • The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation comprised of 37 member countries, that 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 Centre for Skills (SKC) supports countries in the development of skills policies to support the acquisition and use of skills by individuals to improve their employability and social outcomes, strengthen their capacity to adapt to rapidly changing economies and societies, and ensure sustainable and equitable growth and social progress.  The Centre for Skills provides analysis, statistics and policy advice to countries on developing relevant skills over the life cource, using skills fully and effectively in the economy and society, and strengthening the governance of skills systems.
  • The Centre is looking for one or more junior policy analysts to contribute to the work of the Skills Strategy project team. The team works collaboratively with a range of countries in applying the OECD Skills Strategy framework to build more effective skills strategies. Each project offers a highly tailored approach to responding the unique skills challenges, contexts and priorities of countries. The work will involve data and policy analysis to assess the design, delivery and effectiveness of skills policies. This  recruitment process may be used to staff similar positions with other teams in the Centre.

Main Responsibilities

  • Analysis and Drafting
  • Identify relevant policy issues, conduct in-depth analysis of specific topics or countries, extract policy lessons, and develop relevant, constructive policy advice.
  • Undertake analysis of national and international datasets, (e.g. OECD datasets, labour force surveys, longitudinal surveys, administrative data) in the context of Skills Strategy projects.
  • Conduct desk research and draft chapters and content for country and thematics reports, working papers, technical papers designed for policymakers.
  • Contribute substantive input to other Skills Strategy products and/or events, such as country case studies, presentations, briefing notes, peer learning workshops, skills summits, etc.
  • Provide expert input to the skills work of other OECD Directorates as required.
  • Project management
  • Contribute to design and deliver workshops, seminars and high-level meetings using effective tools and methodologies to present analysis and evidence in ways that:
  • facilitate a deep, shared understanding of countries’ skills challenges and opportunities and help to identify appropriate actions; and
  • foster effective engagement across ministries, different levels of government, and with stakeholders to strengthen  the country’s skills system
  • Representation and dissemination
  • Represent the OECD in relevant international and national settings, deliver presentations and disseminate OECD analysis through relevant channels.
  • Establish and maintain professional contacts with relevant external organisations and individuals.

Candidate’s profile

  • Academic Background
  • An advanced university degree in economics or public policy, with a strong foundation in quantitative analysis and statistics. Training to PhD level would be an asset.
  • Professional Background
  • At least two years, preferably three or more years, of experience in economic or public policy analysis acquired in an international organisation, national administration, university or research institution.
  • Expertise in labour economics, economics of education, and/or skills policy analysis would be an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to collect, analyse and interpret quantitative and qualitative information; identify the strengths and weaknesses of policies and practices and propose workable improvements or alternatives. Previous research experience working with microdata, large administrative datasets or surveys such as PISA, PIAAC or TALIS would be an asset.
  • Experience with project management in research and/or policy contexts, and organisation of meetings, workshops and conferences, would be an advantage.


  • Proficiency working with large databases and software (e.g. STATA, R or Python)

Communication and Languages

  • An excellent written and oral command of English, and working knowledge of, or willingness to learn, the other official language of the OECD (French). Knowledge of other language(s) would be an advantage.
  • Effective written communication skills, including the ability to organise and present complex material clearly and simply for both specialised and non-specialised audiences.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to make public presentations and to work collegiately in a team environment.


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