Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Apply by 29 October 2012
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 8 October 2012

Job Description

Job Description

Advisor(Job Number: 08381)


The OECD’s mission – Better Policies for Better Lives – promotes policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. It provides a unique forum in which governments work together to share experiences on what drives economic, social and environmental change, seeking solutions to common problems.

We are looking for a dynamic Advisor to play a pivotal role in co-ordinating the strategic planning and management of all meetings of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC).

OECD’s Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD) supports the DAC in building better policies for better lives in the developing world by publishing data on development finance and tracking performance on commitments; monitoring and reviewing development co-operation practices to stimulate more and better aid; and providing evidence-based analysis and guidance to improve policy. DCD helps build consensus among members of the DAC and the wider development community to improve development effectiveness. It also promotes coherent policies to ensure that these support, rather than conflict with, development.

The Advisor will play a key role in ensuring the smooth planning, shaping and management of the forward-looking DAC agenda in close collaboration with the DAC Chair’s Office and the Director’s Office. The successful candidate will also take lead responsibility to co-ordinate inputs from across the Directorate for a very broad range of requests from the Office of the Secretary-General and DCD senior management. S/he will also assume responsibility for special assignments at the level of the Directorate.

The successful candidate will work very closely with the Director and the Deputy Director, and will report to the Head of Management, Communication and Co-ordination Unit (MCC).

Main Responsibilities

Lead the Secretariat’s support for the Development Assistance Committee

• Plan and develop the agenda for DAC meetings (including Senior- and High-Level Meetings), supervise meeting logistics, and co-ordinate and draft succinct and pertinent summary records.

• Improve information flows and consensus building by liaising closely with the Director’s Office, DCD colleagues, the DAC Chair’s Office, the DAC Bureau and delegates.

• Contribute to the Directorate’s support for DAC decisions on Committee governance, including on DAC architecture, mandates and the designation of the DAC bureau, and ensure that the Directorate fulfils all requirements associated with OECD rules and regulations.

• Explore, propose and implement options to improve and facilitate constructive and productive communication with members and delegates between DAC meetings.

Planning, management and co-ordination

• Ensure that all requests received in the Director’s Office are handled efficiently and that divisions are tasked effectively for their inputs.

• Supervise staff and oversee the distribution of work to assistants supporting DCD-wide work within the Director’s Office and MCC.

• Manage DCD resources for core services (e.g. translation, interpretation and room reservations).

• Plan the agenda for, and draft succinct summaries of, DCD senior management meetings and DCD all staff meetings.

• Explore the use of new and existing collaborative tools (e.g. eDCD and Sharepoint) that would enhance communication and productivity for the Directorate.

• Establish mechanisms to improve the quality, timeliness and pertinence of corporate briefings for the Director’s Office, the DAC Chair’s office and the Office of the Secretary General.

Strategic and analytical contributions to OECD-wide projects and events

• Draft briefs, speeches, and presentations for use by senior level officials (OSG, Director’s Office), drawing on a wide range of material available and ensuring that all submissions from DCD are pertinent, and that key messages are clear and consistent.

• Lead, participate in, and contribute to special assignments and specific initiatives as required.

Candidate’s profile

Academic Background

• An advanced university degree in international relations, development or other relevant discipline.

Professional Background

• Three to seven years’ experience in dealing with international affairs and development.

• Experience in, and very good knowledge of, international organisations. Knowledge of OECD and DAC strategies, governance and processes would be an advantage.


An excellent command of one of the two official languages of the OECD (English and French) with the ability to draft clearly and concisely for a range of documents and audiences in that language. A good working knowledge of the other language.

Key Competencies

• Excellent team player, interpersonal and networking skills for effective collaborative work.

• Flexibility and capacity to deliver high quality results in a dynamic environment and flexibility to adjust to new priorities.

• Strong organisational, co-ordination and project management skills; capacity to lead projects, organise high profile events, to manage staff and budgets and deliver work according to strict deadlines .

• Demonstrated ability to analyse, draft, synthesise and communicate clearly around a range of issues related to international development co-operation.

• Sound political judgment, stakeholder management and consensus-building skills.

Contract Duration

Fixed-term appointment of two years (renewable), starting ideally in January 2013.

Note: candidates retained for the next stage of the selection process will be invited to take a written test which is likely to be organised early/mid-November. Successful candidates would subsequently be invited for panel interview.

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