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Policy Analyst


  • Organization: OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • Location: Paris
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Political Affairs
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2022-10-02

The OECD is a global economic forum working with 38 member countries and more than 100 emerging and developing economies to develop 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.

The Public Governance Directorate (GOV) supports countries to promote good governance through more strategic, agile and action-oriented public sectors that improve the functioning of national economies and support growth. For further information, please consult our website through the following link http\://

In GOV’s Open and Innovative Governance Division (GOV/OIG), the Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) works to empower public sector innovators with new insights that can help them explore and fulfil new possibilities. OPSI\:

  • Uncovers emerging practice and identifies what’s next, by finding out what’s happening at the edge of government, connecting those engaging in new ways of thinking and acting, and considering what these new approaches mean for government;
  • Explores how to turn the new into normal, by studying how innovation has been undertaken in different public sector contexts around the world. OPSI investigate the frameworks, skills, and methods that can be used to unleash creativity and innovation and connect it with the day-to-day work of public servants; and
  • Provides trusted advice on how to foster innovation, by sharing guidance about how governments and public servants can embed innovation in order to consistently get better outcomes for citizens.

The Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) in GOV is looking for one or more experts for imminent and upcoming needs in two distinct areas\:

  • Embedding foresight and anticipation at the core of government\: OPSI supports member countries by building their strategic foresight capacity including advising on institutional set up, supporting the development of community of practice; developing and testing curricula for capacity building; and advising on pilot experiments to embed these new capacities in core functions.  In 2022, the OPSI has conducted projects in Finland and Ireland and is planning to conduct additional ones in Malta, Italy, Lithuania and Sweden.
  • Assessing, strengthening and measuring the innovative capacity of the public sector\:   Complex challenges require an innovative public sector capable of identifying, adapting and sustaining impactful solutions.. OPSI is helping governments to understand, evaluate, monitor and enhance their innovative capacity, ultimately supporting their ability to deal with complex challenges, adapt to changing environments and deliver more impactful and sustainable policies. The work is being conducted through innovative capacity studies of Romania and soon in Latvia.

The selected candidate(s) will work under the supervision of the Head of the Observatory of the Public Sector Innovation. He/she will join a diverse team of international innovation experts.

Main responsibilities

Research, analysis and drafting

  • Contribute to country-level projects (including conducting studies, organizing and leading workshops, building communities of practice, and designing pilot interventions) in Lithuania, Italy and Malta in the area of foresight and anticipatory innovation governance.
  • Contribute to innovative public sector capacity studies and action-oriented support, including using systems thinking and systems approaches for analysis, developing practical reports, strategies and action plans and to work on the ground with countries, for example Latvia and Romania, to improve their innovative capacity.
  • Support the work in Malta, Italy, Lithuania, Ireland, Sweden, Portugal and elsewhere in developing strategic foresight systems
  • Provide expertise and help when needed in strategic foresight in ongoing anticipatory innovation governance action research projects
  • Take lead responsibility for drafting and quality control of chapters; draft and edit other documents as necessary, including\: blogs, research and analytical papers, case studies.
  • Contribute to the presentation of the results in relevant networks and/or working parties of the Organisation, including the National Contact Points of the Observatory of Public Sector Innovation.
  • Contribute to other OPSI projects and research as needed, for example the measurement of public sector innovative capacity.

Ideal candidate’s profile

Academic Background

  • An advanced university degree in social sciences, public management/administration, economics, law, strategic foresight, innovation or applied sciences.
  • [for the foresight area] A strong background in foresight and futures studies, including independent research, developing novel frameworks OR designing and leading exploratory workshops would be important for foresight or anticipation projects.
  •  [for the innovation area] A strong background on public sector reform and innovation with a multidisciplinary perspective would be important for innovative capacity projects.

Professional Experience

  • [for the foresight area] Experience in foresight and future thinking at national/federal or state level, or at the international level or working together with public sector counterparts - to make sound policy recommendations. Practical experience in analysis and evaluation of anticipation and foresight mechanisms would be an asset.
  • [for the innovation area] Experience with designing and leading reform and change efforts in the public sector, in particular across core functions (policy making, budgeting, regulation, procurement, audit and control).
  • Good understanding of the public sector process and mechanisms through a professional experience in government at national/federal level (either in an innovation agency/lab, central or line ministry)
  • Knowledge and proven application of social science research methods
  • Experience with cross-country surveys and indicator development would be an asset.


  • 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 following competencies would be particularly important\: Analytical thinking, Drafting skills, Flexible thinking, Teamwork, Diplomatic sensitivity, Strategic networking, and Strategic thinking
  • Please refer to the level 3 indicators of the OECD Core Competencies.

Contract Duration

  • 13 months fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.


What the OECD offers 

  • Depending on level of experience, monthly salary starts at either 6,308 EUR or 7,784 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.
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If selected, candidates will be invited for a written test in October and an oral interview in November.

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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