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Senior Social Advisor


  • Organization: OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • Location: Paris
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
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  • Closing Date: Closed

THE OECD – Who we are, what we do

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 Executive Directorate (EXD) is the steward of OECD resources, on behalf of the Secretary-General.  Our focus is on people and their wellbeing; the effective and efficient management of the budget; the safety and security of staff, Delegations, visitors, and of the OECD’s data; maintaining and sustaining physical and digital infrastructure; and enabling the convening power of the OECD through conferences, meetings and events, whether virtual, physical or hybrid. As well as providing corporate services, functions and management support to our staff and Members, we provide integrated, strategic and expert advice on corporate policies and management issues to the Secretary-General, to Council and to Standing Committees, to which we regularly report on corporate matters. We also provide compliance and risk management functions (for management areas under our purview). Ours is a fast-paced environment focused on delivering management excellence across all of our functions.


Within the OECD's Executive Directorate (EXD), the Human Resources Service (EXD/HRM) employs a workforce of approximately 80 staff who provide stewardship of the Organisation’s human capital on behalf of the Secretary-General. The HR Operations Group (HRO) is one of the three business units in EXD/HRM and provides centralised operational services to the Organisation and its staff. HRO comprises three subdivisions covering payroll, the online HR centre, staffing administration services, medical and social services, and a 'Middle Office' responsible for social security schemes, HRO projects, business analysis and policy advice and support.


The HRO Group is looking for a candidate to carry out the duties of social advisor. S/he will perform his/her duties under the supervision of the Medical Officer, head of the OECD’s Medical and Social Services unit (EXD/HRO/SMS), in a unit which is currently composed of two doctors, five nurses, a social advisor/worker, and a medical assistant, who provide services at two separate sites.

Main Responsibilities

Advice and social services

  • Implement a range of services for the Organisation's staff, aimed at providing advice and support in response, among other things, to psychosocial, behavioural, addiction and psychiatric problems, family problems, work-related difficulties, professional and/or expatriation stress.
  • Take charge of the necessary interventions with social bodies and administrative and legal authorities, in particular those based in France.
  • Produce an annual activity report for the Social Service.

Networks of Social and Institutional Partners

  • Establish and maintain relations with the practitioners, social and medical institutions and social welfare organisations to which staff can be directed for help and appropriate care.
  • Manage and update the social database and useful links for staff.

Statutory Committees

  • Provide the secretariat for the Disabled Children Committees and the Special Education Allowance Committees, in conjunction with the officials concerned and the OECD Medical Officer (organising meetings, preparing and following up cases, drafting the record of decisions and following up with HRM/HRO).

Long-term sick leave

Participate proactively in the management of individuals on long-term sick leave and officials placed on non-active status (cf. Rule 17/1.7 of the Staff Rules), in close collaboration with the units involved in the internal medico-administrative management of the official, and with professionals outside the OECD.

Management of conflicts, work-related stress, and problems relating to multiculturalism and expatriation

  • In order to help staff individually manage difficult situations, and in co-ordination with the psychologist, intervene as a lead and first point of contact in the prevention and resolution of\:
    • Conflicts in the workplace
    • Problems related to harassment
    • Difficulties related to stress at work
    • Issues related to working in a multicultural environment or expatriation

Liaising between Directorates and staff

  • As a resource person (alongside the Organisation's psychologist) act as the liaison between the Organisation and staff or designated contacts in the event of sick leaves and/or 'missing' staff from whom the Directorate has no news.

Information and prevention

  • Prevent and minimise the impact of problems experienced by staff by taking action at the collective and organisational level, in particular by organising and moderating information meetings and training sessions for staff.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Academic Background

  • A social work assistant diploma that is recognised in France.

Professional Background

  • At least ten years of experience, preferably supplemented by significant training or experience in the psychology field.
  • Excellent knowledge of the French social system, and of the legal and regulatory procedures for social assistance in France.
  • Professional experience in a multicultural context\: companies employing expatriate staff or international organisations.


  • Ability to use the OECD's office systems (Microsoft Office Suite).


  • Excellent knowledge of French and English, and very strong writing skills in French.

Core Competencies

  • For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important\: drafting skills, flexible thinking, teamwork and team leadership, client focus, diplomatic sensitivity, Organisational knowledge, Organisational alignment.
  • Please refer to the level 2 indicators of the OECD Core Competencies.

Contract Duration

  • Two year fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.
  • The appointment may initially be made at the next lower grade based on the qualifications and professional experience of the selected applicant; in this case, the duties and responsibilities assigned will be adjusted accordingly.

What the OECD offers 

  • Monthly base salary starting from EUR 4,939, 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.

Please note that our Rules and Regulations stipulate that the mandatory retirement age is 65.

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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