Senior Advisor to the Director-General for Special Projects

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

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
13th December, 2020

Job Description

The OECD is a global economic forum working with 37 member countries and more than 100 emerging and developing economies to make better policies for better lives. Its 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 Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) is an intergovernmental agency which operates under the framework of the Organisation for Economic Co‑operation and Development (OECD). It facilitates co-operation among countries with advanced nuclear technology infrastructures to seek excellence in nuclear safety, technology, science, related environmental and economic matters and law. The mission of the NEA is to assist its 33 member countries in maintaining and further developing, through international co‑operation, the scientific, technological and legal bases required for a safe, environmentally sound and economical use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. It strives to provide authoritative assessments and to forge common understandings on key issues as input to government decisions on nuclear technology policies.

We are looking for an experienced nuclear specialist to work on cross-cutting activities that span the work of the Agency such as various areas of science and technology research and the development of young scientists and engineers in member countries. S/he will report directly to the Director-General and the Deputy Director-General and Chief Nuclear Officer.

Main Responsibilities

Pursuing Research Project Concepts

  • Co-ordinate consideration of new project concepts in various areas of advanced technology.
  • Work across divisions to assure effective co-ordination as concepts are reviewed and considered.
  • Work under the direction of the Director-General to co-ordinate with member country representatives in the review, evaluation, and collection of recommendations regarding project concepts.
  • Liaison and Outreach
  • Participate in the secretariat of the technical committees and expert groups interested in various areas of nuclear technology research.
  • Maintain strong relations with Russian organisations to pursue their enhanced co-operation with the NEA.
  • Engage effectively with Russian organisations to further discuss concepts for joint projects involving Russian researchers and those from other NEA member countries.
  • Work with relevant organisations in other NEA member country governments to pursue consideration of multinational projects.
  • Co-operate with other OECD Directorates and the International Energy Agency on horizontal activities and projects of common interest .


  • Any other tasks as assigned by the NEA Management.

Ideal candidate profile

Academic Background

  • An advanced academic degree in nuclear engineering, engineering or science. Alternatively, a similar level of qualification in economics backed by sufficient experience in application to nuclear energy.
  • Professional Background
  • A minimum of eight years’ experience in the nuclear industry or a relevant governmental, intergovernmental, non-governmental or international institution.
  • Experience or expertise in analysing the use of nuclear energy at the national and international level covering at least one of the following areas: economic assessment; nuclear fuel cycle issues including resource management and sustainability; infrastructure, equipment and human resource requirements; relation between governmental policies and industrial strategies.
  • Experience in handling policy questions at the interface between government, academia, and/or the nuclear industry.
  • Ability to deal with experts at all levels in national and international administrations and in the private sector.


  • An excellent written and oral command of one of the two official languages of the OECD (English and French).
  • Knowledge of other languages (Russian in particular) would be an asset.


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