Economist – Business and International Taxes Unit
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Closed on 27 Sep 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 OECD has earned a leading role in international tax issues. The Centre for Tax Policy and Administration (CTPA) is the focal point for the OECD’s work on all taxation issues, both international and domestic, and it works to advance the Strategic Orientations of the Secretary General and his “21 for 21” agenda, ensuring impact of the OECD tax work in the international governance architecture, in co-ordination with the OECD Sherpa team. The CTPA collaborates with other parts of the Organisation on issues such as the digitalisation of the global economy, tax and climate change, tax and inclusive growth, and the impact of taxation on labour markets and several other multidisciplinary projects. The CTPA also provides analytical support to the OECD’s Committee on Fiscal Affairs, which consists of senior tax policy and administration officials from OECD countries, Associate and Partner countries and other international and regional tax organisations. It also supports the work of the 137 members of the Inclusive Framework on BEPS.  Through its work, the CTPA enhances the OECD’s global role in standard-setting, building knowledge, communicating with the world and interacting with governments and stakeholders from around the world to inform and influence policy making in the tax area.

 

CTPA is looking for a dynamic economist to join the Business and International Taxes Unit with strong experience in the field of tax policy, including economic, statistical and econometric analysis, and experience in evidence-based policy analysis. S/he will work on a range of topics in the area of corporate, business and international taxation. The work will include the ongoing measurement and monitoring of BEPS and ongoing economic analysis of corporate taxation, such as the international tax reform proposals currently being considered by the Inclusive Framework on BEPS, in the context of its work on the tax challenges arising from the digitalisation of the economy.

 

The selected candidate will report to the Head of Unit of the Business and International Taxes Unit in the CTPA’s Tax Policy and Statistics Division (CTPA/TPS).

 

N.B. This vacancy is open to nationals of countries and jurisdictions participating in the Inclusive Framework on BEPS (see link for full list of members).

 
Main Responsibilities

Analysis and Implementation
  • Carry out economic analysis of business and corporate taxes, including the international tax reform proposals currently being considered by the Inclusive Framework in the context of the tax challenges arising from the digitalisation of the economy.

  • Contribute to the development of high quality tax statistics and tax policy analysis, including through the provision of country specific advice in the area of corporate, business and international taxation.

  • Participate in the OECD’s ongoing work on the measurement and monitoring of BEPS through the Inclusive Framework on BEPS, including through new quantitative and economic analyses and the development and dissemination of enhanced data sources, including the OECD’s Corporate Tax Statistics database and aggregated and anonymised Country-by-Country Report (CbCR) data. 

  • Contribute to the further development and publication of the Corporate Tax Statistics database.

  • Improve the analysis of BEPS, including refining the analytical tools and indicators to monitor the scale and economic impact of BEPS and to evaluate the effectiveness of the BEPS package and other international corporate tax reform initiatives.

Co-ordination, liaison and representation
  • Assist governments in improving reporting of business statistics, particularly for Multinational Enterprises (MNEs), and promoting best practices and new approaches to collaboration in BEPS research.

  • Work in close collaboration with the Working Party No.2 country delegations to support the implementation of the Action 11 recommendations, including by working with countries to improve data collection and to assist countries in measuring and monitoring the scale and economic effects of BEPS and BEPS countermeasures.

  • Foster collaboration both within CTPA and other relevant OECD Directorates to ensure strong co‑ordination on work associated with the BEPS project, particularly the Economics Department (ECO), the Statistics Directorate (STD), the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs (DAF) and the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).

  • Represent the OECD in international meetings and liaise with other relevant international organisations.

  • Present, discuss and explain the OECD’s work in the area of BEPS and the economic analysis of BEPS and related issues at meetings, seminars, conferences and briefings.

Ideal Candidate Profile

 
Academic Background
  • An advanced university degree or equivalent in economics, business, accounting, taxation or law, with strong quantitative training. 

Professional Background

  • Minimum of three, preferably five years’ experience in tax policy analysis in a tax administration, Ministry of Finance, financial institution, law or accounting firm, or another type of organisation involved in measuring the scale and economic impact of tax policy issues, developing methodologies and data to estimate the economic and revenue effects of tax proposals, working with both aggregate and micro-level data.

  • Strong writing skills with a demonstrable ability of conveying complex ideas to technical and non-technical audiences.

  • Proven experience in presenting complex issues at meeting and conferences.

  • Good knowledge of the principles of international and multi-jurisdictional taxation. 

Languages
  • 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, Teamwork, Diplomatic sensitivity, Influencing, Strategic networking and Strategic thinking.

 
Please refer to the level 3 indicators of the OECD Core Competencies.
 
Contract Duration
 

Two-year fixed-term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.

 

What the OECD offers

  • Depending on level of experience, monthly salary starts at either 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 and nationals of countries and jurisdictions participating in the inclusive framework on BEPS 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.