Policy Analyst, Paris, France At Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Closing date: Thursday, 25 May 2023

Policy Analyst ( Job Number: 16180 )

Application Closing Date: 26-05-2023, 9:59:00 PM

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development ( OECD ) is an international organisation comprised of 38 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 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 and the Expert Group on Multi-level Governance, the Committee on SMEs and Entrepreneurship (CSMEE), the Tourism Committee and its Working Party on Tourism Statistics, and the Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Directing Committee.

The CFE is looking for a Policy Analyst to work on policies for entrepreneurship and the development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The selected person will contribute to a range of projects undertaken by the Entrepreneurship Policy and Analysis Unit involving assessments of policies to support business creation and development of related indicators and evidence. This will include analysis and recommendations on inclusive entrepreneurship policy, i.e. policies and programmes to improve equality of opportunities in entrepreneurship, notably among women, youth, seniors and immigrants. The successful candidate will also contribute to other projects, for example on national and regional start-up ecosystems, business incubation, clusters and indicators or entrepreneurship policies. The post will involve preparing analytical reports with policy recommendations, working with online capacity-building tools for policy development by policy makers, and organising workshops and conferences.

The successful candidate will work as part of a team, under the direction of the Head of Unit of Entrepreneurship Policy and Analysis Unit, and will be under the overall supervision of the Head of the Entrepreneurship SME and Tourism (EST) Division.

Main Responsibilities

Research, analysis, drafting and data collection

  •  Assemble, check and analyse international data on entrepreneurial activities and barriers, including for disadvantaged and under-represented groups in entrepreneurship.
  •  Prepare short discussion papers on youth entrepreneurship policy issues (e.g. effective delivery of support, provision of entrepreneurship finance, provision of entrepreneurship training).
  •  Prepare working documents on inclusive entrepreneurship policies in selected countries and on selected inclusive entrepreneurship policy topics, e.g. financing entrepreneurship, building networks for entrepreneurs, providing advice to entrepreneurs.
  •  Undertake assessments of international practices in the design and delivery of selected entrepreneurship policy instruments.
  •  Prepare case study reports on entrepreneurship in selected countries or regions.
  •  Keep abreast of research and policies for entrepreneurship.
  •  Supervise preparation of papers by external experts/consultants and review and edit these papers.
  •  Draft clear, concise contributions to reports for consideration by OECD committees as well as policy briefs and other communications aimed at policy-makers and wider audiences.
  •  Draft other documents, such as seminar proceedings and meeting minutes.

Liaison and representation

  •  Develop and maintain working relations with senior officials in national administrations and international organisations, as well as colleagues in CFE and across the organisation in developing joint outputs.
  •  Lead and contribute to the organisation of seminars, conferences and workshops.
  •  Participate in missions and represent the OECD in relevant international and national fora and deliver presentations and papers.
  •  Keep abreast of policy issues and general developments in the area of policies for entrepreneurship.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Academic Background

  •  An advanced university degree in economics, social sciences or a related field.

Professional Background

  •  A minimum of three, preferably five years’ experience in policies for entrepreneurship, acquired in a policy environment or research institution.
  •  Sound knowledge of the theory and practice of entrepreneurship policies.
  •  Experience in research and analytical activities, excellent drafting skills, ability to organise and summarise complex material clearly.
  •  Proven ability to organise and manage projects within strict deadlines and budget with a minimum of supervision.


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

Core Competencies

  •  For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: Analytical thinking, Drafting skills, Client focus, Diplomatic sensitivity, Strategic networking.
  •  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

  •  Depending on level of experience, monthly salary starts at either 6,672 EUR or 8,232 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 in late May / early June 2023 and panel interviews are planned for week of 3-7 July 2023.

Please note that our Rules and Regulations stipulate that the mandatory retirement age is 65.

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.


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