Junior Economist, Trento, Italy 258 views

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 OECD Trento Centre for Local Development, based in Trento (Italy), is looking for a motivated junior economist to join the Trento Centre team and work within the topics of the Spatial Productivity Lab. The work will include aggregate and micro-level data analyses, contributions to various written outputs of the Trento Centre (literature reviews, reports based on the data analysis, briefing notes, etc.) and organising workshops and conferences with experts and policy makers.

The Trento Centre builds the capacity of institutions, localities and individuals and disseminates practical guidance for policy implementation and the design of area-based strategies, through cross-country comparative analysis, peer reviews, multi-stakeholder dialogues and workshops. It is also home to the Spatial Productivity Lab, which contributes a spatial dimension to OECD analysis on productivity and its implications for policies and practices. The work explores the impact of economies of agglomeration generated in cities and of the mechanisms of regional productivity catching-up on aggregate productivity; and the role of local and regional authorities in promoting bottom-up approaches to productivity improvement.

The Trento Centre and the Spatial Productivity Lab are part of the OECD’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE). Many activities of the Trento Centre and the Spatial Productivity Lab are carried out in close collaboration with the Paris-based CFE team. The CFE helps OECD and non-OECD countries to design and implement policies that promote job creation, economic growth and social cohesion. CFE serves as the OECD hub on local and regional development and cities and works to make SMEs, entrepreneurship and territorial development policies more effective at the national, regional and local levels.

The selected candidate will report to the responsible project manager at the Trento Centre.

Main Responsibilities

Analysis and drafting

  • Identify, assemble, check and analyse available evidence and micro-level data on economic and social development of regions and countries, with a particular focus on economic productivity
  • Take responsibility, as required, for drafting and quality control of chapter(s) in reviews or thematic reports, synthesis reports of expert discussions, seminar proceedings, mission reports and consultants’ contributions, as well as inputs for working papers, country reviews, academic literature, monographs, thematic studies, press releases, speeches or background briefings, and ensure their timely and quality delivery.
  • Keep abreast of research and policies on the local dimension of economic and social performance.
  • Ensure timeliness and a high level of analytical and editorial quality in the preparation and publication of OECD documents.

Project management, collaboration and dissemination

  • Support the implementation of case study reviews and organisation of workshops, conferences and other events.
  • Collaborate effectively with other staff from the OECD Trento Centre, the Economic Analysis, Statistics and Multilevel Governance Section (ESG), the Local Employment, Skills and Social Innovation ;Division (LESI), the CFE and other OECD Directorates in developing joint outputs.
  • Contribute to the effective dissemination strategies for the Trento Centre and CFE outputs and to the management and expansion of networks of experts in countries.
  • Support fundraising strategies to ensure the sustainability of the work.
  • Represent the OECD at international conferences and other events.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Academic Background

  • An advanced university degree in economics, social sciences or a related field.
  • A Ph.D. degree would be an asset.

Professional Background

  • At least two years of experience in applied policy analysis in local economic development, preferably acquired in a policy environment or a research institution.
  • International experience in research and analytical activities, through studies, internships or previous employment would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of econometric methods and statistical software; experience in using large (micro) data sets and a track record of publications would be an asset.


  • 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 Italian would be an asset.

Core Competencies

  • For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: Achievement focus, Analytical thinking, Drafting skills, Teamwork, Client focus.
  • Please refer to the level 3 indicators of the OECD Core Competencies.

Contract Duration

  • Twelve months fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.

What the OECD offers

  • Monthly gross salary starts at 3,939 EUR plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of Italian income tax.

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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