Labour Market Economists(
Job Number : 12971)
Application Closing Date
26-07-2019, 5 : 59 : 00 PM
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.
We are looking for several labour market economists to carry out research on a range of labour market and skills issues within the Directorate of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs at the OECD.
The Directorate provides advice to OECD governments on how to build more resilient and inclusive labour markets across a range of key policy areas such as active labour market policies, industrial relations, employment protection, minimum wages and vocational training and adult learning.
This includes country-specific analyses and tailored policy recommendations to help governments create more and better jobs with a special focus on vulnerable groups, such as the unskilled, long-
term unemployed, disabled people, persons with health problems and women with young children. The Directorate’s work involves a mix of analytical and policy-
oriented research which is conducted in a dynamic, multicultural environment by a team of highly-qualified and experienced economists.
The selected candidates’ work will involve a mix of analytical and policy-oriented research and be conducted in a dynamic, multicultural environment by a team of highly-
qualified and experienced economists. The selected candidates will work under the supervision of the Head of Division and senior economists.
The successful candidates will be expected to work initially on one of the following projects :
The future of work : This activity examines how a number of megatrends (digitalisation, globalisation, population ageing, etc.
are changing the world of work and identifies the key policy responses that will be necessary to promote fair and efficient labour markets.
Activation : This activity assesses the delivery and effectiveness of policies in OECD countries to connect unemployed, underemployed and inactive people with good jobs.
Anticipating and responding to changing skill needs : This activity focuses on assessing how skill needs are changing for the future world of work and in assisting countries with the development of responsive and inclusive adult learning systems.
Implementing the new OECD Jobs Strategy. This activity assists countries with the implementation of the new Jobs Strategy by identifying country-
specific reform priorities, policy recommendations and action plans.
Uncovering the Productivity-Inequality Nexus using Matched Employer-Employee Data. This activity mobillises matched employer-
employee data to analyse the role of firms for inequality developments.
1. Research and analysis
Identify policy-relevant issues and messages.
Draft reports and publications in collaboration with colleagues and external experts.
Undertake analysis of complex micro-data, including national labour force surveys, longitudinal surveys, administrative data and linked employer-employee data.
Participate in the general dissemination work of the Directorate, including drafting of briefing material and speeches for senior OECD officials, reviewing and drafting analytical and policy documents as well as contributing to horizontal and intra-
directorate projects as appropriate.
Supervise the work of a junior economist, statisticians and consultants.
2. Liaison and Outreach
Represent the OECD in external seminars and conferences and deliver presentations and papers.
Develop and maintain strategic working relations with senior officials in member country administrations and other international organisations, as well as with academics.
Participate actively in, and possibly lead, missions to member and non-member countries as required.
Keep abreast of relevant economic policy developments in selected member and non-member countries.
Keep abreast of developments in the relevant academic literature.
Minimum three, preferably five years’ experience of applied research and policy analysis in the area of labour economics and employment and social policies, acquired in a national administration, international organisation, university or research centre.
Strong knowledge of quantitative analysis and statistics is essential, with experience in analysing large scale data, including household surveys.
Experience in the use of big data would be an asset for work in the skills team. Experience in using linked administrative data and / or designing and implementing pilots and Randomised Controlled Trials would be an asset for the work on activation.
Demonstrated ability to formulate clear policy recommendations based on solid analytical work.
Ability to clearly explain economic issues and analysis to experts and lay audiences alike.
Experience with managing teams or projects would be an advantage.
Very good knowledge and experience in the use of statistical and econometric software (e.g. STATA).
N.B. Shortlisted candidates for this vacancy will be required to undergo a written exercise.
For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important : Achievement focus, Analytical thinking, Drafting skills, Teamwork and Team leadership.
Please refer to the level 3 indicators of the OECD Core Competencies.
Two year fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.
What the OECD offers
Depending on level of experience, monthly salary starts at either 5,975 EUR or 7,372 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.
This position is twin graded A2 / A3. Appointment will be based on the candidate’s level of experience and demonstrated ability to perform the functions at the expected level.
Please note that 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.