Young Associate 2020-22 – Hybrid Nuclear Energy Systems [NEA], Paris, France 120 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 Nuclear Energy Agency ( NEA) facilitates the co-operation among countries with advanced nuclear technology infrastructures to seek excellence in nuclear safety, technology, science, related environmental and economic matters, and law. The mission of the NEA is to provide authoritative assessments in support of the safe, environmentally sound and economical use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

The work of the Division of Nuclear Technology Development and Economics (NTE) focuses on cross-cutting strategic issues in the nexus between technology, innovation, economics and policy. NTE staff cover a range of topics related to nuclear technology development, the role of nuclear in climate change and sustainable development, economics and finance of nuclear energy in current and future energy systems and markets, accelerating innovation into nuclear energy, or global capacity and supply of uranium and medical radioisotopes.


The Young Associate under the NEA/NTE Division will report to the Head of NTE Division. (S)he will provide policy analysis and carry out background research on topics and projects related to the use of nuclear energy for the production of low-carbon hydrogen. (S)he will also support the Head of Division in cross-cutting work including co-ordinating contributions from the Division to broader horizontal activities, communication and outreach.

Main Responsibilities

  • Fact compilation and analysis, and elaboration of policy recommendations based on study results. Writing of policy and technical briefings.
  • Project management, including the management of competing priorities and timelines, and the coordination of NEA’s work in the context of relevant multinational initiatives.
  • Event and meeting management, including the preparation of agendas, programme updates, talking points, drafting of meeting minutes, and preparation of materials for the NEA websites and social media. The work may also include the oversight of the logistics related to the organisation of the meetings themselves, liaising with host countries and organisations, and facilitating the organisation of the meetings.
  • Stakeholder engagement, including governments of NEA member countries, other international organisations, industry and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Dissemination the work of the NEA externally to different audiences through participation in workshops, making presentations and holding meetings.
  • Depending on the background of the YA, (s)he could focus on (1) Modelling and analysis of energy and electricity systems and markets, including diverse energy products such as electricity and hydrogen; (2) Coupling of the nuclear and hydrogen-production systems for current and advanced nuclear reactor designs, including small modular reactors.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Academic Background

  • Undergraduate degree in one of the following disciplines: engineering, economics, environmental science, public policy.
  • Course work in economics and quantitative analysis required.


  • Data analysis and quantitative skills (experience with Excel) would be a distinct advantage.
  • Ability to synthesize and condense complex information into key relevant messages.
  • Ability to carry out research, draft methodological and analytical papers, as well as briefing notes, brochures and meeting summaries.


  • 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.

Core competencies

  • For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: Analytical thinking, Flexible thinking, Achievement focus, Organisational knowledge.
  • Please refer to the level 1 indicators of OECD Core Competencies.

What the OECD offers

  • Basic monthly salary from EUR 3 468, plus allowances and benefits depending on personal circumstances, exempt from French income tax.

The OECD is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes the applications of all qualified candidates who are nationals of NEA or 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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