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Head of Anti-Corruption Division


  • Organization: OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • Location: Paris
  • Grade: A2 - Grade band
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Criminology, Extremism, Police Affairs and Anti-Corruption
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2022-06-06

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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation comprised of 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 OECD has earned a leading role in financial and enterprise issues. The core mission of the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs (DAF) is to assist markets to fund inclusive economic growth, and in turn Better Lives, through setting and implementing standards, providing capacity building and technical assistance, acting as a forum for co-operation and collaboration across the OECD Directorates, external stakeholders and International Organisations. DAF’s work and mission is pursued through seven substantive divisions whose teams provide member and partner countries with policy guidance, analysis and support in the areas of competition, anti-corruption, corporate governance, responsible business conduct, financial markets, and international investment. DAF currently employs about 250 staff members (economists, lawyers, statisticians, support staff, consultants, and trainees), who support work across a broad range of policy areas.

The Anti-Corruption Division (ACD) within DAF supports the global fight against corruption and particularly against the bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions. The ACD is the Secretariat of the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions (WGB), which is the conference of the 44 Parties to the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions and related legal instruments. The ACD supports the WGB to ensure that these instruments are fully implemented and remain at the forefront of the global fight against foreign bribery.

As a key member of the senior management team of DAF, the Head of ACD will work closely with DAF Director and Deputy Directors to ensure that the WGB, with ACD support, continues to lead the global fight against anti-corruption and to support, advance, and provide strategic direction to integrate ACD’s work on anti-corruption into the Directorate’s work and the work of the OECD, by working closely with the Office of the Secretary General (OSG), the Sherpa Unit, and other parts of the Organisation.

The Head of ACD will work under the direct supervision and strategic direction of the Director of DAF.

Main Responsibilities

Strategic Vision and Leadership

  • Support the implementation of the Organisation’s Programme of Work and Budget and the advancement of the Strategic Orientations of the Secretary-General, in particular as they relate to Anti - Corruption and Anti – bribery 
  • Plan, organise and manage the work programme of the WGB, including monitoring of States Parties’ implementation of the Anti-Bribery Convention and ensuring global dissemination and implementation of the Convention.
  • Support the Chair of the WGB and ensure effective and smooth relations with the members of the Working Group and its Management Group.
  • Design, plan, organise, and supervise the Division’s programme of work and its effective implementation, ensuring effective contributions to corporate outputs as well as coherence with the rest of the work of the Organisation.
  • Contribute to the development and exercise critical oversight of analytical and policy content of WGB country monitoring reports, flagship publications, other reports, policy papers and working documents. Ensure high quality and relevance of the Division's outputs in the framework of its programme of work.
  • Contribute to engagements by the Secretary-General related to combating corruption and promoting integrity, in co-ordination with the Office of the Secretary-General.
  • In line with the Strategic Orientations of the Secretary-General, identify policy priorities and new directions of work and strategies, to position the WGB and the OECD as the leading sources of analysis, policy advice, and cross-country co-operation in combating corruption. Develop relevant projects that will deliver value to member and partner countries, the WGB, and to the OECD.
  • Integrate the anti-corruption perspective into high priority OECD-wide projects and ensure the continued relevance of the work undertaken in light of the evolving needs of governments. Ensure effective coordination and coherence with the work of other divisions and good collaboration with other directorates.
  • Contribute to horizontal projects and flagship corporate initiatives, including OECD-wide work on anti-corruption and integrity.
  • Ensure the global impact of the OECD work on anti-corruption, including through increased engagement with key partners, including other internationap organisations and non-government stakeholders, and in line with the global relation strategy of the WGB and the OECD. Provide support to the OECD Sherpa on targeted policy advice and on the Organisation’s contributions in the area of anti-corruption, including to the G20, G7 and APEC.
  • Lead the development of the OECD’s policy messages and communications strategy on topics of the Division with key stakeholders, the media and the public. Ensure an effective communication with key stakeholders in order to maximise the value, visibility and impact of the Division’s work Programme.
  • Promote understanding, awareness, use, and, where appropriate, adherence to the OECD’s flagship instruments and policy tools, including through strategic communications and outreach tools.

Management and co-ordination

  • Supervise, motivate, and contribute to the professional development and performance management of approximately 40 staff to ensure delivery of high-quality work within set deadlines, effective and efficient working methods, and a constructive working atmosphere.
  • Promote excellent team spirit, professionalism, and accountability amongst staff and ensure efficient internal co-operation and communication with all DAF Divisions, the DAF Director’s Office, and other OECD Directorates.
  • Adhere to and promote the highest professional standards and the ethical principles of the OECD's Code of Conduct in all internal and external matters.
  • Ensure the active mobilisation and securing funding to support the programme of work, including by strengthening the division’s capacity for sustainable fundraising. Ensure that the resources of the Division are managed appropriately.
  • Ensure sound management of human and financial resources to meet the commitments of the Division in the implementation of its work programme.
  • Participate actively as a member of the Management Team of the Directorate.

Liaison and Representation

  • Respond in a timely fashion to briefing requests from the Secretary-General’s Office and other parts of the Organisation and co-ordinate the Division’s contributions in co-operation with other staff in the Directorate as appropriate to support and contribute to flagship corporate initiatives and horizontal projects.
  • Ensure close, smooth and mutually beneficial co-operation with other relevant parts of the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs and wider OECD Secretariat.
  • Ensure effective communication with key stakeholders, the media, and the general public in order to maximise the value, visibility, and impact of the work of the Division.
  • Represent the OECD at high-level meetings and conferences involving senior policy makers and representatives of business, labour, academia, NGOs, and the media. Lead high-level missions to OECD Member countries and other economies.
  • Build collaborative working relationships throughout the OECD and across other international organisations. Establish and maintain close contacts with national authorities, the private sector, academia, research institutes, and the media.
  • Take responsibility for increasing co-operation with emerging and developing countries in the areas of work.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Academic Background

  • An advanced university degree in law, economics or political science.

Professional Background

  • At least ten years’ experience at a senior level, including management responsibilities, with at least proven experience in advising or managing a national or international administration (i.e. ministries of finance or justice, anti-corruption agencies, international organisations or international financial institutions) in the areas covered by the WGB’s work programme.
  • Excellent knowledge of the international framework for fighting corruption, including criminal law or other international initatives relevant to the fight against corruption. 
  • Additional relevant private sector experience in the compliance area would be an advantage.
  • Experience in leading discussions and developing consensus in international meetings.
  • Proven experience in setting strategic policy targets and providing leadership in the areas covered by the Division.
  • Experience in the implementation of policies related to the work of the Division would be a desirable addition to the strategic, analytical, and management competencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to secure funding from diverse sources to support the programme of work.
  • Strong communication skills; the ability to build support across member and partner countries for better policies based on evidence-based analysis.
  • Strong culture of collaboration and a proven champion of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
  • Collaborative and inclusive management style.


  • 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.

Core Competencies

  • For this role, the selected candidate will demonstrate professionalism and accountability as well as the following competencies\: Achievement focus, Analytical and strategic thinking, Drafting skills, Managing resources, Teamwork and Team leadership, Client focus, Diplomatic sensitivity, Influencing and Negotiating, Developing talent, Strategic networking.
  • Please refer to the level 5 indicators of the OECD Core Competencies.

Contract Duration

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

What the OECD offers

  • Monthly base salary starting from 10 476 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 to take place between May and June 2022 and panel interviews are planned for July 2022.

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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