Young Associate 2020-22 – Trade and Agriculture Directorate [TAD], Paris, France 291 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 Trade and Agriculture Directorate ( TAD), provides relevant and timely analysis and tools in support of governments’ efforts to improve their trade, agriculture, food and fisheries policies at the domestic and international level.

TAD is looking for a Young Associate to work closely with the Counsellor to the Head of Directorate. At a time when trade tensions continue to dominate the headlines and are adding to the uncertainty surrounding international trade and the world economy, the Director’s Office of TAD will provide an exciting opportunity for a Young Associate to work on OECD’s effort to promote an open world trade system, based on the robust evidence-base built by the OECD Trade Committee. The Young Associate will also benefit from a first-hand experience in OECD’s work on agriculture and fisheries – two strategic policy areas for achieving a sustainable, productive and resilient global food system, which has been assigned the highest priority in recurring G7 and G20 deliberations and is prominent also in the UN SDGs.


Under the guidance of the Counsellor, the Young Associate will monitor relevant policy developments in trade and agriculture, work with analysts to prepare a variety of policy-focused material, and represent TAD in relevant inter-Directorate meetings.

Main Responsibilities

  • Prepare briefings, talking points and speeches.
  • Research, revise and update TAD master policy briefs.
  • Attend and follow-up TAD Committees and other relevant meetings.
  • Conduct background research, edit, fact-check and proof-read a variety of material.
  • Support for the organisation of a wide range of Ministerial/expert meetings, workshops and seminars.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Academic Background

  • Undergraduate degree in one of the following disciplines: Economics, Political Science, Agricultural Economics, Public Policy, International Trade and Finance, Law.

Skills and Tools

  • Excellent writing skills and ability to develop messages for a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to carry out research, draft methodological and analytical papers, as well as briefing notes, brochures and meeting summaries.
  • Ability to work on different projects with varying timelines.


  • 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 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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