OECD Chief Economist and Head of Economics Department

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OECD Chief Economist and Head of Economics Department: The OECD is a unique forum where the governments of 30 market democracies work together to address the economic, social and governance challenges of the globalizing world economy, as well as to exploit its opportunities. The OECD is one of the world’s largest publishers in the fields of economics and public policy.
In order to remain an influential actor in the global architecture of international policy analysis, dialogue and rule-making, the OECD has embarked on an innovative and selective strategy to adjust its membership to the new global context. This enhanced engagement will support more countries' efforts in their process of reform while at the same time increasing OECD's global reach and impactThe Economics Department of the OECD aims at enhancing economic performance in member countries through sound and innovative advice. It deals with a wide array of policy areas including macro-economic management, but with a very strong emphasis on structural policy issues. Its policy advice is derived from a variety of sources such as country surveillance, cross-country benchmarking and evidence derived from empirical research. Much of the Department’s policy analysis and advice is provided as input to committee-based peer revicw and multilateral surveillance processes.The OECD Chief Economist provides leadership and strategic guidance to the work of the Economics Department and plays a prominent part in strengthening OECD’s role in the field of economic policy in order to contribute effectively to achieving the strategic objectives.The Chief Economist reports to the Sectretary-General and works in close co-operation with directors throughout the Organisation. Expressions of interest should be sent to the following e-mail: secretary.general@oecd.org by
6 January 2008 midnight Paris time.

For any enquiries concerning the post of Chief Economist or the OECD, please e-mail chiefeconomist@oecd.org

The Duties In his/her role, the Chief Economist:
  • Has a broad understanding of economic frameworks and institutions across a range of OECD countries and some non-member economies, ensuring the economic consistency and analytic quality of the substantive output of the Secretariat.
  • Ensures a high degree of co-operation with Directors of the OECD and with the senior management of national administrations and of other international organisations.
  • Leads and oversees policy missions to OECD member countries and several non-OECD member economies, involving meetings with Ministers and other high level policy makers. Engages at a high policy making level on complex policy matters across a full range of issues affecting the economic performance through a dynamic, visionary role.
  • Provides direction with respect to the shaping of the global economic assessments presented in the Economic Outlook.
  • Identifies upcoming policy challenges and how policy makers can meet such challenges.
  • Ensures collaboration between the Country Studies Branch and the Policy Studies Branch and with the relevant policy communities both within and outside the OECD to ensure a coherent strategy of OECD support for economic growth.
  • Acts as the Secretary-General’s spokesperson on economic issues. Participates with the Secretary-General to the International Monetary and Financial Committees and to the G10 Ministers and Governors.
  • Represents the OECD and the Economics Department at other high-level meetings around the world; interacts with Ministers, Central Bank Governors, Chief Economists of international organisations, other senior policy makers, private sector players and representatives of academia and civil society to further the objectives of the Economics Department and the Organisation.
  • Ensures effective communication and close collaboration with Ambassadors and Economic Counsellors stationed in Paris.
  • Steers and manages the Economics Department’s programme of work and its resources to ensure the achievement of results and impact. Leads and motivates a multicultural team to deliver high quality results leading to relevant and effective policy recommendations. Promotes excellence within the Economics Department as a whole through effective recruitment, performance management and professional development of staff.
  • Fosters organizational changes and promotes best people management practices.

The Profile of the Chief Economist
  • An advanced university degree in economics or another relevant field and has a good command of economic theory and empirical literature and, on that basis, communicates effectively on policy analysis and reform.
  • Extensive, senior-level experience in formulating and implementing policy to support economic performance, preferably gained through working in a national administration, a Minister’s office or an international organisation. Good knowledge of the economic performance and institutional settings across a range of OECD member countries and emerging economies.
  • A recognized track record of intellectual leadership and well-established contacts with key actors and stakeholders in the economic community, combined with experience of operating at a senior level within a policy-focused decision-making environment. Is at the centre of international economics debates and at the forefront of the latest developments in economic thinking.
  • A dynamic and energetic personality, able to provide strategic direction and vision to the work of the Department and to engage at a high policy-making level on complex policy matters across the full range of issues affecting economic performance.
  • Strong leadership skills and proven ability to motivate and manage a multidisciplinary and multicultural team and spearhead changes.
  • An excellent teamplayer, capable of working on horizontal issues and of fostering a cooperative working environment with peers.
  • Is creative and can make the link between the economic analysis and the policy needs of member countries
  • Excellent political sense, proven skill in creating consensus and the ability to interact effectively with multiple high-level stakeholders.
  • Ability to influence senior audiences on complex political issues.
  • Strong analytical skills combined with an ability to identify emerging issues with implications for economic performance and to develop frameworks within which such issues can be assessed.
  • Excellent skills in public speaking, presenting and dealing with the media in order to communicate with a wide range of audiences. Excellent oral and written communication skills in one of the two official languages of the OECD (English and French) and very good working knowledge of the other.
Expressions of interest should be sent to the following e-mail: secretary.general@oecd.org by 6 January 2008 midnight Paris time. For any enquiries concerning the post of Chief Economist or the OECD, please e-mail chiefeconomist@oecd.org

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