Deputy Head of Human Resource Management
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Close on 1 Nov 2020
Location: Paris (France)
Grade: Mid-level Professional
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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.


On behalf of the Secretary-General, the Executive Directorate (EXD) supports the Organisation in the following areas: financial management, human resource management, information technology, internal communications, conference management, security (both physical and digital), translation and interpretation, knowledge and information management (in co-ordination with the Public Affairs and Communication Directorate), risk management, crisis management and all operational services including building infrastructure and logistics.


Within the Executive Directorate, the mission of the Human Resource Management Service (EXD/HRM) is to develop and implement policies, programmes and services which support and foster:


• the recruitment, retention and promotion of the best-qualified individuals, while recognising and encouraging diversity in the workplace,

• a workplace environment that is inclusive, ethical, safe and healthy, while respecting individual needs and goals,

• a competitive employee value proposition, including with regard to salary and benefits,

• the development of staff’s potential by providing learning and development opportunities and supporting professional growth and career progression, and

• effective leadership capacity and management excellence.


EXD/HRM employs a workforce of approximately 80 staff members who provide stewardship of the Organisation’s human capital on behalf of the Secretary-General.


EXD/HRM is currently seeking a Deputy Head. The position is located in Paris, and the selected candidate will report directly to the Head of Service on a wide range of HR matters covering corporate HR management, policies and practices. 



Main Responsibilities




  • Lead by example, providing HRM team members with clear, ethical and actionable direction, in support of EXD/HRM strategic and operational initiatives. 

  • Assist the Head of EXD/HRM with oversight support and operational management of the Service at large to ensure the timely provision of high quality advice, support and HR service delivery across the OECD.

  • Foster cohesion across the Service and with other Services in EXD, as well as strong support for business relations with client Directorates.

  • In her/his capacity as Deputy Head and a key member of EXD/HRM’s senior management team, represent or replace as necessary, the Head of EXD/HRM at internal senior level meetings, meetings with Members and key stakeholders (i.e. Council, Executive Committee, Budget Committee, Audit Committee, Staff Association and Delegations).

  • Play a key role in supporting the Head of Service in the modernisation of the HR management framework, functions and projects currently underway. 

Liaison and co-ordination 

  • Oversee the timely provision of relevant briefing material to the Executive Director and senior staff within EXD, supporting and contributing to integrated EXD advice and to EXD horizontal projects.

  • Ensure effective liaison with the Head of Ethics, including a smooth, progressive working relationship on Ethics related activities.

  • Validate communications to All Staff and Staff Groups (i.e. Directors, Heads of Service, RMAs) on a wide range of HR related matters.

  • Engage with Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), i.e. Internal and External Auditors, Staff Association, Data Protection Officer (DPA), Resource Management Advisors (RMAs), GLOBE, Women’s network and other key stakeholders on a wide range of HR related matters, and brief up to Head of Service and to Executive Director, for situational awareness, as necessary. 

HR policies and rules 

  • Contribute to the drafting and oversight of HR people management policies as required, including modifications to the Staff Regulations and Rules applicable to Officials in liaison with EXD/DO, HR legal staff, the Directorate for Legal Affairs and external consultants when applicable.

  • Collaborate with Client Services Group team members and Directorates on client and employee relations, providing related advice and guidance as necessary. 


Ideal Candidate Profile


Academic Background


Advanced university degree in human resources, business administration, employment law, or organisational development.


Professional Background


  • Minimum ten years of relevant professional experience with proven capacity in the successful management of HR programmes in public or private sectors

  • Minimum five years’ of people management experience with proven positive results

  • Substantial professional experience in an international or diverse, cross-cultural setting

  • Knowledge and understanding of HR policies, rules and procedures in an International Organisation would be an advantage


    Key Skills

  • HR policy development and implementation
  • People management
  • Diplomacy
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, gender balance, and sensitivity to cross-cultural issues


    Fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French) and knowledge of the other, with a commitment to reaching a good working level in the medium-term.


    Core Competencies


    The following competencies, mastered at Level 5, are of particular importance for this role: Achievement focus; Managing resources; Teamwork and Team leadership; Client focus; Diplomatic Sensitivity; Influencing and Organisational alignment.

Please refer to the level 5 indicators of the OECD Core Competencies.


Contract Duration


3-year fixed term appointment, renewable


What the OECD offers


  • Monthly base salary from 10 179 Euros/month, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax

  • The appointment may be initially made at the level immediately below if the qualifications and professional experience of the selected applicant better correspond to that level; in that case, the duties, responsibilities assigned, and salary will be adjusted accordingly

  • The OECD is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes the applications of all qualified candidates who are nationals of member countries, irrespective of their gender, racial or ethnic origins, opinions and beliefs, sexual orientation, health or disabilities

  • The OECD promotes the optimal use of resources to continuously improve its efficiency and effectiveness.  Staff members should 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.