Job Description

Director of Development Centre ( Job Number: 14028 ) Application Closing Date: 02-02-2021, 10:59:00 PM The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development ( OECD) is an international organisation comprised of 37 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 supporting developing and emerging economies advance their sustainable and inclusive development. The OECD Development Centre (DEV) is a key player for OECD's work on sustainable development in non-member economies and within the OECD Development Cluster for the OECD's work on international development.

DEV works to support developing countries and emerging economies find innovative policy solutions to promote sustainable development, reduce poverty and inequalities, address Gender Equality and improve people's lives. The Centre brings together 56 member countries and facilitates policy dialogue between governments, involving public, private and philanthropic actors. Countries from Africa, Asia and Latin America participate as full members in the Centre, where they interact on an equal footing with OECD members. DEV is looking for a visionary, dynamic, and highly motivated Director, with proven experience in working with and in developing countries as well as with a sound knowledge of the Development Centre's areas of work. As a key member of the Organisation's Senior Management team, s/he will provide management and orientation and will advance the Centre's work as well as being responsible for implementing the Programme of Work and Budget and advancing the Strategic Orientations of the Secretary-General in all areas of the Development Centre. S/he will support the Governing Board of the Centre (GB) to carry out its mandate to help its members in sharing their experience of economic and social development policies and to help decision makers find policy solutions to improve living conditions in developing and emerging economies.

DEV currently employs approximately 100 staff that work across a broad range of geographical and policy areas related to sustainable development. The ideal candidate will provide intellectual leadership and demonstrate innovative strategic thinking, strong communication skills and a track record of effectively managing international teams. S/he will have vast experience and high level networks in these fields. S/he will provide tailored and timely advice to member and partner countries. S/he will maintain a wide professional network, representing the OECD in international meetings and media events. S/he will be an attentive manager, ensuring that her/his team develops to its full potential in a harmonious working environment. S/he will ensure effective Coordination with the rest of the Development Cluster, the Office of the Secretary General, the Global Relations Secretariat and the different policy directorates.

Main Responsibilities Leadership
  • Support the advancement of the OECD's and the Development Centre priorities as reflected in the Programmes of Work and Budget, as well as in the Strategic Orientations of the Secretary-General, in particular as they relate to sustainable development in emerging and developing economies, to co-operation with non OECD member economies and developing regions, and to advance the implementation of advice in member and partner countries.
  • Identify emerging challenges and ways in which the Development Centre can assist emerging and developing economies to achieve greater development and to adapt their policies to harness global opportunities.
  • Ensure that the Development Centre's work is at the forefront of international policy debates and enhance the relevance of the Centre regarding the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Exercise critical oversight of the analytical and policy content of all outputs, including reports, policy recommendations and work proposals in relevant areas of work such as Productive transformation, Gender, Youth Inclusion, Migration and Development, Social Protection, Quality Infrastructure as well as national reviews and regional outlooks.
  • Carry out the strategic planning, orientation and oversight of the Centre's activities, providing advice on all substantive issues. Identify emerging opportunities to advance the Centre's engagement in these areas ensuring that they are well-founded, effective and timely contributions to the policy process in national governments and international bodies.
Liaison and Representation
  • Promote collaboration within the OECD Development Cluster for its work on international development as well as between the Centre and the relevant policy communities both within and external to the OECD, to ensure strong co-ordination and coherent policy advice on development-related issues.
  • Represent DEV and the OECD at high-level meetings and conferences involving senior policy makers and representatives of business, unions, academia, foundations, NGOs and the media in order to maximise the value added, impact and visibility of the Centre's works.
  • Lead and oversee policy missions to DEV and OECD member countries and several developing economies, involving meetings with Ministers and other high-level policy makers.
  • Establish and maintain close contacts with other international organisations, national authorities, the private sector, academia, research institutes and the media.Ensure the global impact of OECD and DEV work on sustainable development, including through supporting collective approaches, initiating and promoting joint work where appropriate with major actors in the broader international development community, such as international organisations and regional initiatives, in line with the strategy of the Development Centre Governing Board.
Management and Co-ordination
  • Contribute to the overall management and Administration of the Centre, as well as the development and execution of its Programme of Work and Budget and the timely delivery of rigorous policy analysis and advice.
  • Proactively lead and guide DEV managers in making effective contributions to corporate outputs to achieve high policy relevance and to identify with them opportunities to promote the visibility and effectiveness of the DEV and OECD's work.
  • Ensure cooperation, collaboration and coordination to implement crosscutting activities in the Centre and their contribution to OECD horizontal initiatives.
  • Ensure effective coordination with the rest of the Development Cluster, the Global Relations Secretariat and the different policy directorates.
  • Oversee the timely provision of relevant briefing material and contributions to the initiatives led by the Office of the Secretary-General and senior staff. Support their role in representing the work of the Centre and the OECD to the wider public.
Build and lead a cohesive, multicultural and multidisciplinary team, promoting excellence, inclusion and diversity through selection, effective Performance Management and professional development of staff. Ensure a caring environment, where senior managers promote respect and support staff in developing their full potential.

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.

Mobilise and secure sufficient voluntary funding from a variety of sources to support all key policy areas of the Centre's work.

Ideal Candidate Profile Academic Background
  • An advanced university degree in economics, development economics or other another relevant discipline.
Professional Background
  • Extensive senior level experience in development, including experience in formulating and implementing policy recommendations as well as in international co-operation.
  • Extensive experience in the analysis of development policies at a senior level, in a national administration, research institute, international organisation or the private sector.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of key policy issues in emerging and developing economies and of major issues related to Global Development and multilateral cooperation.
  • A proven record of conducting relations at senior level within a political decision-making environment, ability to achieve consensus and interact effectively with multiple high-level stakeholders; ability to influence policy decisions at the national and international level.
  • 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.
  • An excellent written and oral command of one of the two official languages of the OECD (English and French); and working knowledge of, or willingness to learn, the other. Knowledge of other languages would be an advantage.
Core Competencies
  • For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: Achievement focus, Analytical and Strategic Thinking, Strategic Networking, Diplomatic Sensitivity Team leadership, Influencing and Drafting skills.
  • Please refer to the full list of OECD Core Competencies and the level 5 indicators.
Contract Duration
  • Three year fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.
What the OECD offers
  • Monthly base salary starting from 13,168 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.
Please note that the appointment may be made at a lower grade based on the qualifications and professional experience of the selected applicant.

The OECD is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes the applications of all qualified candidates who are nationals of OECD and Development Centre 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 contribute actively to this goal.

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