OECD seeking #systemsthinking role

OECD seeking #systemsthinking role


Source: Job Description – Policy Analyst – Public Sector Reform (13032)

Policy Analyst – Public Sector Reform
(Job number 13032)

Application Closing Date: 09-09-2019, 9:59:00 PM

The OECD is a global economic forum working with 36 member countries and more than 100 emerging and developing economies to make 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. The Organisation 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.

 The  Public Governance Directorate (GOV) works to help governments at all levels design and implement strategic, data-driven-based and innovative policies to strengthen public governance, respond effectively to diverse and disruptive economic, social and environmental challenges and deliver on government’s commitments to citizens. We provide a forum for policy dialogue and exchange, common standards and principles, comparative international data and analysis to support innovation and reform across the OECD, policy reviews and practical recommendations targeted to the reform priorities of specific governments.
Through its Observatory of Public Sector Innovation and Digital Government Unit, the Public Sector Reform Division (RPS) supports government in:
  • Uncovering emerging innovative practices through collecting, mapping and analyzing innovative projects in the public sector;
  • Understanding the key drivers and determinants of innovation at individual, organizational and system level; and designing and implementing appropriate policies to foster public sector innovation at all levels;
  • Embedding innovation as the new normal by providing innovators with access to new methods and tools, and by conducting capacity building activities;
  • Designing the strategies, and developing the frameworks and capacities needed to leverage digital and/or disruptive technologies to foster the digital transformation of the public sector.
  • Establishing the governance required to use data as a strategic asset to foster more open, innovative, connected and efficient public sectors.
    In doing so, RPS works with OECD member and non-member countries and a wide range of partners – including other international organisations, academia and non-government organisations.
RPS is searching for one or more Policy Analysts to carry out the work below. The individual(s) will report to the Head of the relevant work stream.
Main Responsibilities

Research, analysis and drafting   
  • Conduct exploratory studies to map out key determinants, drivers and barriers of innovation in public sector at system level; assess the current development of a country against the OPSI emergent analytical framework, and design scenarios which can help the countries chart the way forward taking into account country context, comparative evidence from OECD member and non-member countries, and principles included in the OECD Declaration on Public Sector Innovation;
  • Lead research and analysis in the area of digital government, data-driven public sector and open data, based on the OECD Recommendation on Digital Government Strategies, to strengthen public sector capacity to use digital technologies and data to deliver on current and emerging mandates. This includes contributing to cross-country comparative analysis, to the development of digital maturity indicators, and to OECD Reviews on Digital Government, Open Data and Data-Driven Public Sector in a specific country.
  • Contribute to the development of the analytical framework for public sector innovation, in particular deepening the understanding of the governance mechanism for each of the innovation facets of OPSI Innovation Facet Model, and contribute to build comparative evidence of how countries are designing and managing innovation portfolios;
  • Lead thematic analysis which provides new evidence on how government works on anticipating the future (anticipatory innovation governance), adopting emerging technologies (blochckain, AI, augmented reality, etc) and opening data for government transformation; trialing new approaches and problem solving methods (system approaches, collective intelligence) to solve complex challenges;
  •  Draft technical and policy documents for consideration by the OECD Public Governance Committee, and relevant networks, including the Working Party of Senior Digital Government Officials, the Expert Group on Open Data and the OPSI Network of National Contact Points, as well as policy briefs and other communications aimed at both technical and non-technical audiences;
  •  Lead country study and review processes, including defining overall planning, managing project timelines, overseeing the work of consultants, organising fact-finding missions with multidisciplinary teams of experts.

Liaison, representation and dissemination
  • Help build, support and maintain formal and informal GOV networks of government officials supporting the work streams indicated above including through the OPSI online platform.
  • Liaise with country officials, experts and colleagues from others OECD Directorates to support and strengthen the community of practice on innovation and digital government.
  • Stay abreast of policy issues in the innovative, digital and data-driven government policy fields as well as in the broader public governance area and ensure, as appropriate, the Directorate’s involvement in OECD wide initiatives.
  • Disseminate on the results of the work by taking up speaking roles in international seminars and events; and using social media effectively to communicate with selected audiences.
 Ideal Candidate Profile
Academic Background
  • Advanced university degree in public policy, public administration, accounting, economics, law, or similar.

Professional Experience
  • A minimum of three to five years of professional experience conducting research and analysis on public sector innovation and/or digital government, at national or international level, an international organisation or an academic institution;
  • Previous experience working at the level of national government or a demonstrated significant track record of working with public sector organisations, is preferable;
  • Demonstrated on-the-job experience of developing, introducing and implementing meaningfully new approaches or initiatives in the public sector context, using methods such as design, behavioural insights, open data, digital tools etc.) and/or significant research/academic experience with examining the policy implications of fostering an open, digital and innovative government;
  • Proven track of writing analytical pieces to different audiences including government practitioners and senior leaders; in presenting highly technical subjects in writing as well as orally to upper management or senior leaders in a compelling manner; in project management and multi-tasking would be an advantage.
  • 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. Good knowledge of Spanish would be considered a strong advantage.
Core Competencies
  • For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: Analytical thinking, Drafting skills, Flexible thinking, Teamwork, Diplomatic sensitivity, Strategic networking, and Strategic thinking.
  • Please refer to the level 3 indicators of the OECD Core Competencies.
Contract Duration
  • 12 month fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.
  • Depending on level of experience, monthly salary starts at either 5,750 EUR or 7,095 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 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 actively contribute to this goal.


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