Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Head of Open and Innovative Government Division

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Job Description

Application Closing Date: 14-02-2021, 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 Public Governance. The Directorate for Public Governance (GOV) is the focal point for the OECD's work on this domain, both international and domestic, and it works to implement the Programme of Work and Budget and to advance the Strategic Orientations of the Secretary-General, ensuring impact of the OECD in Open and Innovative Government work in the international governance architecture, in co-ordination with the OECD Sherpa team.

GOV supports countries to promote good governance in the public sector and the key objective is to assist OECD Member and Partner Countries to build more strategic, agile and action-oriented public sectors that improve the functioning of national economies and support growth. It pursues this mission through teams which provide Member and Partner Countries with policy guidance and support in the areas of regulatory policy; open, innovative and digital government; public sector integrity; budgeting and public expenditures; infrastructure and public procurement, monitoring and evaluation, risk management, and Support for Improvement in Governance and Management in Central and Eastern Europe (SIGMA).GOV employs more than 230 staff (economists, policy analysts, statisticians, support staff, consultants and trainees) who support work across a broad range of policy areas (please refer to for more information).

In today's economic climate, Governments of OECD countries are undergoing rapid and wide-ranging change. The Covid-19 crisis has accelerated megatrends brought by the digital revolution and those affecting equality, while governments face increased fiscal challenges and the need to improve efficiency, as well as more demanding and vocal public opinion. In this context, governments are looking to the OECD to provide guidance on how to make the public sector more innovative and resilient in the way it designs and delivers quality public services, improve governance mechanisms underpinning decision making and strengthen trust. In this respect, the Division undertakes work across the main areas of public sector modernisation, and in particular innovation in Government including systems approaches to Design and deliver quality public services, new forms of citizen and business engagement with Government; as well as work related to digital government and a data-driven public sector.

The Open and Innovative Government Division helps governments identify and prioritise reform efforts to:
  • support transformational power of government to achieve better outcomes for citizens and the economy, supported by digital government and open data, open government and civic participation, public sector innovation, behavioural insights, systems approach and anticipatory innovation;
  • develop and apply open, innovative and digital solutions that meet expectations of a rapidly changing society and economy, in line with the OECD Recommendation on Open Government; the OECD Recommendation on Digital Government Strategy; and the OECD Declaration on Public Sector Innovation;
  • engage actively with citizens, civil society and private sector partners in shaping and delivering public policies and services.
We are looking for a dynamic and experienced manager to lead this work. S/he will have extensive experience in public governance and institutional reform, in addition to strong leadership and management skills.

GOV is looking for a Head of Division for Open and Innovative Government (OIG). As a key member of the management team, s/he will work closely with the Director and Deputy Director to support, advance and provide strategic direction to the Directorate's work and collaborate closely with the Office of the Secretary General (OSG) and the rest of the Organisation in the development and implementation of horizontal initiatives, and on strategies to advance implementation of OECD advice in Member and Partner Countries.

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 Public Governance.
  • Provide strategic guidance to the Division's work and identify emerging opportunities to enhance the policy support that the Division provides to Member and non-Member governments.
  • Coordinate with the Office of the Secretary-General, the OECD Sherpa, and their respective teams on targeted policy advice and on the Organisation's contributions in the area of Public Governance to public fora, including to the G20 and G7.
  • Contribute to ensuring the global impact of the OECD by participating in activities to enhance the OECD's position as a leading global player in the field of government modernisation, both with respect to Member countries and more broadly in the context of OECD outreach activities, and in line with the global relations strategy of the OECD.
  • Exercise critical oversight of analytical and policy content of flagship publications, reports, and policy papers. Ensure high quality and relevance of the Division's outputs in the framework of its programme of work
  • Participate actively as a member of the senior management team of the Directorate and the OECD.
  • 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.
  • Provide advice and briefings to the Secretary-General, his Deputies, the Director and others, as needed.
  • Work with other Divisions in the Directorate and with other Directorates to promote coherence between public governance policies and other relevant policy areas.
Liaison and Representation
  • Ensure close, smooth and mutually beneficial co-operation with other relevant parts of the Public Governance directorate and wider OECD Secretariat.
  • Maintain close contacts with national delegates, ministries, experts and research bodies to ensure that the policy analysis is relevant and draws on the best available data.
  • 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 and non-OECD economies. Act as an effective spokesperson for the Directorate and the OECD.
  • Develop effective communication techniques to maximise the visibility and impact of the work of the Division with key stakeholders, the media and the general public.
  • Generate appropriate resources to support the work of the Division through voluntary contributions from member countries and elsewhere. Ensure that the resources of the Division are managed appropriately.
Management and Co-ordination Identify, recruit, manage and motivate a diverse staff to ensure the high-quality, timely and cost-effective delivery of programme outputs through effective working methods, a positive working environment and good communication.

Build and lead a cohesive, multicultural and multidisciplinary team, promoting excellence, inclusion and diversity in the areas of recruitment, performance management and the professional development of staff. Ensure a caring environment where 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.

Ensure that senior management is well-briefed on the activities, financial management and human resources management of the Division. Assist the Director in the smooth running of the Directorate in the policy fields of the division and in ensuring its optimal contribution to the Organisation-wide objectives.

Oversee the Division's budget and ensure optimal utilisation of available resources. Attract, seek and obtain new sources of financing for the programmes. Maintain high standards of financial management and reporting.

Ideal candidate profile Academic Background
  • An advanced university degree in economics, social science research and/or statistics, preferably with specialisation in public policies and/or public Administration.
Professional background
  • At least 10 years' experience in policy analysis in government, international organisation or a research institute conducting comparative analysis in public governance issues and related policy fields.
  • Good knowledge of public governance issues and ability to quickly acquire an understanding of policy issues in unfamiliar areas, and the ability to work cooperatively with those with detailed expertise. Knowledge of the policy challenges governments face to be innovative and benefit from the digital revolution, openness and inclusion would be an advantage.
  • Strong leadership and management skills; proven experience in team-building and in planning, co-ordinating and supervising the work of a team and ability to motivate staff including a strong attention to Career Development.
  • Ability to plan and implement the articulated Programme of Work of the Division including managing the corresponding budget.
  • Strong achievement orientation and personal initiative as well as an ability to work under pressure, often to tight deadlines.
  • Proven ability to raise external funding to support the work programme of the Organisation.
  • Excellent drafting and editorial skills.
  • Excellent communications skills and the ability to represent the Organisation's key messages on policies to different fora.
Languages 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 languages would be an asset.

Core Competencies
  • For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: Flexible thinking, Teamwork and Team leadership, Influencing, Developing talent, Organisational alignment.
  • 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 10 179 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.
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