Head of Employment and Skills Unit

Head of Employment and Skills Unit

Organization: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Country: France

City: Paris, France

Office: OECD Paris, France


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.

CFE is looking for a dynamic and driven Head of Unit for Employment and Skills in the Local Employment, Skills and Social Innovation Division. T o drive forward the OECD's agenda on these topics and further position the Organisation as a global leader , the Head of Unit should have excellent knowledge of employment, skills and local development policies; economic and quantitative analysis; and relevant networks and relationships to support the work and the fundraising for projects. S/He will lead the Employment and Skills Unit under the supervision of the Head of the Local Employment, Skills and Social Innovation Division. S/he will work closely with the Head of Division and CFE's senior management team to support LEED's overall strategic development, as well as with coordinate closely with other Directorates to further strengthen horizontal work in these areas.

Main Responsibilities

Leadership and management

  • Provide leadership for the design and implementation of the LEED Committee’s Programme of Work and Budget (PWB) in areas related to employment and skills.
  • Attract, seek and obtain new sources of financing to support and ensure the financial sustainability of LEED’s PWB and manage the financial resources with high standards of budget management and reporting in accordance with the OECD’s financial rules and practices.
  • Manage the emplyoment and skills team, motivate and contribute to the professional development of staff working on projects under his/her direct supervision and recruit new talent.
  • Contribute to the development of new lines of work by identifying emerging issues and designing projects that respond to them. This includes further developing the economic and quantiative components of the Unit’s work.
  • Maintain strong ties with national and subnational policy makers and practitioners in the areas of employment and skills to build networks and provide policy and programme implementation guidance.

Analysis, drafting and communications

  • Draft in-depth analytical reports on cutting-edge issues related local employment and skills policies.
  • Keep abreast of relevant developments in local employment and economic development policies, research and academic literature.
  • Draft policy briefs, press releases, briefings, speeches and presentations ensuring that key messages are clear and consistent.
  • Oversee and edit documents and analysis prepared by staff or external consultants to ensure high-quality results.

Coordination and liaison

  • Contribute to OECD horizontal work, and collaborate with colleagues in other OECD Directorates on joint projects related to local employment and skills.
  • Develop strong working relationships with OECD colleagues, senior public officials, other international organisations, private sector representatives, civil society and other stakeholders.
  • Develop policy dialogue and work with non-member economies, including through increased engagement with key partners, and in line with the Global Relation Strategy of the LEED Committee
  • Represent the OECD and make presentations on substantive matters to senior officials at international meetings and participate in OECD-wide meetings, as needed.
  • Coordinate the Division’s inputs for local employment and skills issues related to international networks, institutions and fora.
  • Carry out other related duties as assigned.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Academic Background

  • An advanced university degree in economics, public policy, political science or another related field.

Professional Background

  • A minimum of eight years' experience of policy-oriented research or analytical work with employment and skills policies.
  • Experience in international comparative analysis.
  • Excellent knowledge of  labour market and local development policies in OECD and partner countries.
  • Experience in economic analysis of local labour market issues in a multidisciplinary context.
  • Experience in team management and fundraising.


  • Fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French) and knowledge of the other, with a commitment to reach a good working level.
  • Knowledge of other languages would be an asset.

Core Competencies

  • For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: Achievement focus, Analytical thinking, Drafting skills, Managing resources, Teamwork and Team leadership, Diplomatic sensitivity, Strategic networking, Strategic thinking.
  • Please refer to the level 4 indicators of the OECD Core Competencies.

Contract Duration

  • Two years fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.

What the OECD offers

  • Monthly base salary starting from 8 886.75 EUR , plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax. Click here to learn more about what we offer and why the OECD is a great place to work.
  • Click here to browse our People Management Guidebook and learn more about all aspects relating to people at the OECD, our workplace environment and many other policies supporting staff in their daily life.

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


Applicants can click HERE for more information and application details.

Closing date: 13-04-2021, 9:59:00 PM

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