Health Policy Analysts
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Closed on 4 Oct 2020
Location: Paris (France)
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Job Description

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation comprised of 37 member countries, that works to build 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.  Together with governments, policy makers and citizens, we work on establishing evidence-based international standards, and finding solutions to a range of social, economic and environmental challenges. From improving economic performance and creating jobs to fostering strong education and fighting international tax evasion, we provide a unique forum and knowledge hub for data and analysis, exchange of experiences, best-practice sharing, and advice on public policies and international standard-setting.


The Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (ELS) is looking to create a pool of suitable Health Policy Analysts for future needs, to work on various projects in the Health Division. The successful applicant(s) will work in a dynamic team of economists, health policy experts and statisticians to develop policy advice on how to improve the performance of health systems. They will work on a number of projects, reflecting country policy interests and the programme of work of the Health Division.


A successful candidate will have a strong background in applying economic concepts to health or in analysing health policies. They will have experience in running complex projects and will be able to work independently. They will be working on some of the following projects: health systems resilience; integrated care; end of life care; analysis of health expenditure and system of health accounts; primary health care systems; measuring of health outcomes; new technologies and pharmaceuticals; long-term care; public health and prevention policies; health workforce; digital health. Successful candidates will integrate a small team and be supervised by a senior health policy analyst/economist. 

Main Responsibilities

Analysis and drafting 

  • Take part in the analyses of selected health policies and help draft analytic, statistical and policy-relevant reports. 

  • Assist in developing state-of-the-art recommendations on good policy approaches to address common problems that face health policymakers.

  • Developing clear and analytically rigorous frameworks for the analysis of policy differences across countries.

  • Drafting chapters, summaries and reports to shed light on health policies and the lessons learned across a variety of countries.

  • Summarising the state of existing knowledge in a form, which is readily accessible to policy makers.

Statistical analysis 

  • Undertake statistical analysis of data in order to explain key differences in outcomes across countries.

  • Review the compatibility of statistical information from national sources with a view to developing data that can be analysed using appropriate statistical techniques.

  • Help develop surveys to fill the gaps in international information.

  • Identify international sources of data and information on policies.  

Liaison and Outreach 

  • Contribute to communication strategies, including by making OECD reports, findings and data products accessible to a range of different users.

  • Present research findings, and represent the Organisation in seminars and conferences in Paris and abroad. Participate in discussions and animate expert groups.

  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with staff in other divisions of the OECD, officials in member and non-member country administrations, in other international organisations, as well as with academics working on health policy issues. 

  • Contribute to fundraising efforts where possible and appropriate.

  • Organise technical workshops and conferences on selected aspects of health policy. 

Ideal candidate profile

Academic Background 

  • An advanced university degree in economics, health policy or other relevant discipline. 

Professional Background 
  • A minimum of three, preferably five, years of experience of applied research and analysis in the area of health policy, acquired in a national administration, international organisation, university or research centre.

  • Strong analytical skills as applied to health policies.
  • Experience in collecting, interpreting and analysing health statistics. Strong quantitative skills would be particularly desirable.

  • Experience in working on health issues in different countries would be an asset.

  • Proven ability to draft reports as shown by research and publications on health policies.

  • Proven ability to work in a multicultural and team oriented environment.

  • Experience supervising junior staff members. 
  • 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 other languages would be an asset.
Core Competencies                                         
  • For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: Achievement focus, Analytical thinking, Drafting skills, Flexible thinking, Managing resources, Teamwork and Team leadership, Diplomatic sensitivity, Influencing, Strategic networking, Strategic thinking.  

Please refer to the OECD Core Competencies and the level 3 indicators. 

Selection Process


For retained candidates, written tests/video-recorded interviews are foreseen in October and panel interviews are planned for November. 

Contract Duration
13 months fixed term, with the possibility of renewal.
What the OECD offers 
  • Depending on level of experience, monthly salary starts at either 6,130 EUR or 7,563 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. 

About OECD

The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. We work with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. We measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment. We analyse and compare data to predict future trends. We set international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.

We also look at issues that directly affect everyone’s daily life, like how much people pay in taxes and social security, and how much leisure time they can take. We compare how different countries’ school systems are readying their young people for modern life, and how different countries’ pension systems will look after their citizens in old age.

Drawing on facts and real-life experience, we recommend policies designed to improve the quality of people's lives. We work with business, through the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC), and with labour, through the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC). We have active contacts as well with other civil society organisations. The common thread of our work is a shared commitment to market economies backed by democratic institutions and focused on the wellbeing of all citizens. 

Today, we are focused on helping governments around the world to:

  • Restore confidence in markets and the institutions that make them function. 
  • Re-establish healthy public finances as a basis for future sustainable economic growth. 
  • Foster and support new sources of growth through innovation, environmentally friendly ‘green growth’ strategies and the development of emerging economies.
  • Ensure that people of all ages can develop the skills to work productively and satisfyingly in the jobs of tomorrow.

The OECD’s core values

  • Objective: Our analyses and recommendations are independent and evidence-based.
  • Open: We encourage debate and a shared understanding of critical global issues.
  • Bold: We dare to challenge conventional wisdom starting with our own.
  • Pioneering: We identify and address emerging and long term challenges.
  • Ethical: Our credibility is built on trust, integrity and transparency.