Policy Analyst / Economist - Social economy and social innovation

  • Full-time
  • Grade: PAL5

Company Description

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. Within the CFE, the Local Employment, Skills and Social Innovation Division (LESI) advises governments on policies and programmes on a range of issues for the LEED Committee.

CFE is looking for an experienced, dynamic Policy Analyst/Economist to join the Local Employment, Skills and Social Innovation Division (LESI), which works on a range of issues including local employment and skills, local economic development, the social economy and social innovation, and culture and creative sectors. In particular, the selected candidate will work on social economy, social entrepreneurship, and social innovation. This includes involvement in projects concerning taxation policies for the social economy, the contribution of social economy in care and housing sectors, business development structures tailored for social economy, as well as social innovation initiatives at both national and sub-national levels. Additionally, projects may focus on addressing informality through the lens of the social economy, as well as tackling issues of loneliness, ageing and the silver economy through innovative social economy initiatives.

The selected candidates will report directly to the Head of the Social Economy and Innovation Unit.

Job Description

Main Responsibilities

Research, analysis and drafting

  • Design and conduct innovative economic and/or policy research on challenges and opportunities related to social economy and social innovation at local, national and global scales.
  • Analyse international evidence and data to inform policy analysis on the Unit’s topics (social economy, social entrepreneurship and social innovation) in OECD member countries and beyond.
  • Draft and edit high-quality evidence-based assessment and tailored recommendations in substantive policy papers, case studies, and chapters in reviews or thematic reports, designed for policymakers and the interested audience.
  • Prepare other high-quality documents, including blogs, seminar proceedings, and policy messages based on research and relevant published material.
  • Economic analysis of data and information relative to the social economy's contributions to areas such as formal employment as well as economic and social sectors such as housing, healthcare, education, and care.
  • Organise and summarise complex material in a clear manner for specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Develop concise briefing materials as needed.
  • Keep abreast of emerging research, exploratory work and evolving policies on local economic development, emanating from governments, other international organisations, non-governmental organisations, academia and the private sector.

Project management and fundraising

  • Contribute actively to the management of projects, including ensuring timely delivery of high-quality outputs.
  • Actively support the Division’s fundraising efforts, including drafting project proposals, and strengthening networks and engagement with potential donors as required.
  • Supervise the work of junior staff, including interns, external and internal consultants as needed.

Co-ordination, representation and liaison

  • Support the activities of the Social Economy Unit, including organising webinars and in-person events, as well as contributing content to the social-economy  on line toolkit. Organise other project-related meetings and events, such as seminars, roundtables and workshops, as needed.
  • Establish and maintain contacts with high-level representatives in relevant ministries and government agencies, as well as intergovernmental organisations and relevant stakeholders.
  • Represent the OECD Secretariat at international conferences and contribute to raising the profile and disseminating LEED and CFE work at local, national and international levels.
  • Collaborate with other Divisions and OECD directorates actively contributing to horizontal and multidisciplinary projects and outputs as needed.

Other duties

  • Provide general support to the activities of the Division as required, in particular as requested by the Head of Division and the Director’s office.


Ideal Candidate Profile

Academic Background

  • An advanced university degree in a relevant area such as economics, public policy, social sciences, or a related field.

Professional Background

  • A minimum of three, but preferably at least five years of professional experience, acquired in an international organisation, a national or subnational government, or in a university or related research institution.
  • Good knowledge of the OECD’s substantive work, especially related social economy.
  • Excellent policy research and analytical skills proven by prior substantive contributions.
  • Proven ability to draft analytical and policy-relevant reports and papers.
  • Proven experience in dealing with stakeholders including representatives of local or national governments.
  • Ability to make and deliver effective presentations to policymakers, expert and non-expert audiences.


  • Strong knowledge of MS Office.

Core Competencies

  • OECD staff are expected to demonstrate behaviours aligned to six core competencies which will be assessed as part of this hiring processes: Vision and Strategy (Level 2); Enable People (Level 1); Ethics and Integrity (Level 2); Collaboration and Horizontality (Level 2); Achieve Results (Level 2); Innovate and Embrace Change (Level 2).
  • There are three possible levels for each competency. The level for each competency is determined according to the specific needs of each job role and its associated grade.
  • To learn more about the definitions for each competency for levels 1-3, please refer to OECD Core Competencies.


  • 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 additional languages would be an asset.

Additional Information

Closing Date:

  • This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should reach us no later than midnight 19th April 2024.

Contract Duration

  • One-year fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.

What the OECD offers

  • Depending on level of experience, monthly salary may start at  6 665EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.
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  • Please note that the appointment may be made at one grade lower in the specified job family, based on the qualifications and professional experience of the selected applicant.

Selection Process

For retained candidates, tests are foreseen mid-May and panel interviews are planned for mid-June.

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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