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Web Design Engineer


  • Organization: OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • Location: Paris
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
    • Design (digital, product, graphics or visual design)
  • Closing Date: Closed

Web Design Engineer

  • Full-time
  • Grade: CF4

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.

Directorate for Communications (COM)

Under the guidance of the Secretary-General, the core mission of the redesigned Directorate for Communications (COM) is to maximise the reach and impact of the OECD and its work through clear, cutting-edge, evidence-based communications carried out in conjunction with policy directorates. The Directorate carries out its functions in accordance with the OECD Communications Strategy and pursuant to Annual Communication Plans for which it is responsible, steering organisational efforts on strategic priorities and supporting policy directorates in their communications to specialised audiences. Working in concert with communications professionals across the OECD, it drives forward a coherent communications function, serving as a standard setter for excellence and measuring communications impact. It leads on corporate level media, social media, stakeholder and parliamentary engagement; the architecture and implementation of the Organisation’s online presence, including multimedia digital content; and the dissemination of OECD publications, while performing an important role in risk identification and management in the public sphere. The Directorate holds as a core value an agile, collaborative and supportive culture marked by positive interaction and accountability among professionals.

Within the Communications Directorate, the mission of the Digital Communications, Web and Publications division is to drive the development of communications plans, design and deliver cutting-edge digital communication and outreach products and services, including the OECD website, data visualization, videos and others. The division will serve both corporate priorities and Directorates needs for their communications to specialised audiences through a competitive portfolio of communications products and services.

Specifically, the division will work with communicators across the Organisation (ONE communications function) to:

  • Support the development of the corporate communication plans as coordinated by the Editor in Chief, in full collaboration with Directorates, both focusing on corporate priorities and supporting directorates specialised audience priorities on demand.  Implementation of communications on corporate priorities is to be undertaken in close collaboration with the divisions on Media, social media & external engagement and Communications impact, standards & capacity building to ensure the strategic alignment of the corporate narratives.
  • Define digital strategies, policies, standards, and processes to enable the production of digital communication and its dissemination on digital platforms with quality and consistency in coordination with the Division on impact, communications standards & capacity building
  • Define a corporate offer of communications and publications services adapted to the Organisation’s needs with adequate service level agreements, pricing strategy and direct billing mechanisms for directorates to support revenue generation for the Communications Directorate
  • Act as liaison and partner for Directorates for the development of the sub-areas of the communications plan, and for directorates needs for the implementation of directorates specialised priorities
  • Design digital communications proposals to support corporate and Directorates’ communications plans with appropriate communications products & services
  • Create corporate creative and compelling digital and data products to engage and reach target audiences through OECD digital platforms, in collaboration with directorates.
  • Design and manage a-state-of-the art OECD-wide web presence, work with internal stakeholders, OECD-wide community of Communications experts, and external partners to build long-term capabilities for OECD web properties, maximize OECD content discoverability and increase audience engagement; manage digital communications infrastructure, workflows, and systems
  • Centrally manage, produce, and disseminate OECD publications in high quality formats through and non-OECD channels.

Job Description

The Directorate for Communications is looking for a Web Design Engineer who will work in the Digital Communications Solutions Design unit of the Digital Communications, Web & Publications division and be responsible for conceiving, building, maintaining and continuously improving communications and dissemination solutions, where in-house processes and platforms coexist with externally hosted third-party services. S/he will work under the supervision of the Head of Digital Communications Solutions Design unit.

Main Responsibilities

  • Play a constructive role in the transformation of the OECD communications function, contributing to an agile, collaborative and supportive culture marked by positive interaction and accountability among colleagues 
  • Ensure good collaboration with other divisions of COM to ensure strategic alignment 
  • Work closely with all relevant teams in order to understand web communication and dissemination needs and take active part in the building of new projects requiring technical assistance.
  • Translate the functional web products roadmap into a technical roadmap and work with the Digital Product managers to develop a detailed implementation plan.
  • Maintain the design system of the new web content management system and develop new design components as needed in coordination with the product managers in charge of design evolution.
  • Develop new features for the Organisation’s corporate web platforms to make sure it is modern, performant and secure. Ensure the architecture is scalable and future-proof.
  • Use a DevSecOps approach to ensure product quality at all technical levels, from development to testing and deployment in production, including security and privacy by design.
  • As a FullStack developer, design the overall architecture of new web applications, from database design, to website technologies, to deployment methods.
  • Explore new technologies and identify emerging trends and opportunities through constant technology watch to proactively improve the existing solutions.
  • Develop on-demand proofs of concept using a “test and learn” and user-centric approach to support the Division’s innovation strategy.
  • Adopt a continuous improvement culture focused on problem solving to improve quality, efficiency and time-to-market of web developments.
  • Assist Digital project managers and Digital Product managers with technical advice for their projects in their different phases.
  • Develop technical requirements for market consultations and call for tender processes for web and digital agencies, new tools and platforms, in liaison with corporate IT services as needed.


Academic Background

  • Advanced university studies in Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering or an equivalent experience.

Professional Background

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in areas related to web application development design, content management & dissemination solutions, integrating design & implementation.
  • Deep understanding and knowledge of software application and database design, mastery of NoSQL database architecture (especially MarkLogic, but also SQL databases), Restful API design and implementation.
  • Hands-on experience in continuous improvement methodologies (Agile like Scrum or Kanban, DevOps, Lean).
  • Experience in managing IT indicators to monitor IT environments.
  • Experience in successfully leading change in a complex environment across multiple processes, changing requirements, data models and technologies.
  • Significant project or product management experience and experience in international environment are assets.
  • Technical expertise and tools
    • XML technologies, among them: XQuery, XSLT, XPath, XSD Schema
    • NoSQL databases like MarkLogic database, MongoDB database
    • SQL databases like Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL
    • Scripting languages such as C#, PowerShell, Ant
    • Web technologies (HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Node.js, React)
    • Building and consuming RESTful APIs
    • DevSecOps via Jenkins pipelines, GitHub actions or similar approaches
    • Code management via Git or Subversion

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 1); 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 other major languages (or specific language) 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 Sunday, May 26, 2024 at 23:59 (Paris time).

Contract Duration

  • Two-year fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.
  • Ideal start date: September 2024

What the OECD offers

  • Depending on level of experience, monthly salary starts at either 6 534.41 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.

Salary Information

  • 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. (Internal and external)

Selection Process

For retained candidates, written tests/video-recorded interviews and panel interviews are planned for June 2024.

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. (Internal and external, delete * rephrase for areas with derogations to hire non-member nationals, adding “or [entity’s name] member countries”.)

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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