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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 OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate (TAD) provides relevant and timely information and advice to support the efforts of governments to improve the domestic and international performance of their trade, agriculture, food and fishery policies and to maintain the orderly use of export credits. 

The TAD Director’s Office is looking for a Counsellor with solid knowledge and understanding of TAD’s policy fields. The Counsellor will take a leading role in co-ordinating and managing the foreward looking agenda of TAD and contribute to the strategic development of TAD’s Programme of Work and Budget, help ensure that TAD outputs are of excellent quality, fully relevant in the current policy context, and delivered effectively in line with Member priorities. This includes ensuring effective and impactful representation of TAD and its work in various internal and external high-level fora, e.g. OECD Council, the Trade, Agriculture and Fisheries committees and other OECD bodies; ministerial-level meetings, G7 and G20, high-level bilateral meetings etc.

The successful candidate will be a dynamic and proactive individual, with a willingness to help driving positive change and commitment to teamwork and intellectual leadership for the team of junior counsellors.  S/he will report to TAD’s Director and work closely with other colleagues, in TAD and in other directorates.

Main Responsibilities

Analysis and drafting

  • In line with the strategic orientations of the Secretary-General, provide support to the Director on strategic priorities by staying abreast of policy developments and country priorities of relevance to TAD work.
  • Lead the preparation of TAD inputs to key speeches, talking points and briefing notes for the Office of the Secretary-General, Deputy Secretaries-general and the TAD Director.  Oversee the work of the Junior Counsellors and ensure appropriate inputs from TAD Divisions in co-ordination with other Directorates.
  • Lead, co-ordinate and contribute to policy reports in the context of the G7, G20 and other fora in co-operation with colleagues in TAD and other Directorates, as well as other reports and documents as needed for meetings of the Trade, Agricultural and Fisheries committees and OECD Council, including at the Ministerial Level.

Co-ordination, management and liaison

  • Liaise with Offices of the Secretary General and Deputy Secretaries-General, OECD Legal Department and other Directorates as needed.
  • Co-ordinate the planning and organisation of the activities of the OECD Committee for Agriculture (COAG), including preparation of agendas, organisation of meetings, coordination of bureau meetings and bureau elections and  liaison with Committee delegates and overseeing the relevant work of assistants in charge of the meeting logistics.
  • Manage the Junior Counsellors in the TAD Directors’ Office, encourage co-operation to ensure high quality deliverables.
  • Nurture a network of contacts in OECD Members and Accession Candidate countries, in both Permanent Delegations and capitals.
  • Co-ordinate TAD’s inputs to the G7/G20 in close co-operation with the Global Relations and Co-operation Directorate as well as other substantive Directorates.
  • Participate in, and contribute to, special assignments and specific initiatives.

Communication and outreach

  • Stay abreast of priorities of the OECD Council, Agriculture, Fisheries and Trade Committees and other OECD committees and other International Organisations as relevant to TAD’s work.
  • Represent TAD at internal and external meetings.
  • Establish and maintain professional contacts with key external organisations.

Other Duties

  • Contribute to other areas of TAD’s work and carry out other duties as required.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Academic Background

  • An advanced university degree in economics, law, international relations, public policy, or related fields directly applicable to the work.

Professional Background

  • At least eight years of relevant experience in trade and/or agriculture policy analysis, gained in a national administration or international organisation.
  • Excellent knowledge of trade and agricultural policies in OECD countries and G20 countries is required, good knowledge of OECD legal instruments relating to trade and agriculture would be an asset.
  • Proven experience with drafting speeches, briefing notes and reports for Executive Management as well as other relevant written material, addressed to non-expert audience.
  • A broad and solid knowledge and strategic understanding of the substantive policy issues under the remit of TAD.


  • Fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French) and a knowledge of, or a willingness to learn, the other.

Core Competencies

  • For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: Analytical thinking, Drafting skills, Strategic networking, Diplomatic sensitivity, Teamwork and Team leadership, Influencing, Organisational alignment, Flexible thinking and  Managing resources
  • Please refer to the level 4 indicators of the OECD Core Competencies.

Contract Duration

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

What the OECD offers

  • Monthly base salary starting from 9,567 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.
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  • Please note that the appointment may be made at a lower grade based on the qualifications and professional experience of the selected applicant.

Selection Process

For retained candidates, written tests/video-recorded interviews are foreseen in April 2023 and panel interviews are planned for May 2023.

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.

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