Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Headquarter: Paris, France

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.

Work at OECD

There are a multitude of reasons why you may wish to join the OECD. Here are just a few.

You will have the opportunity to be at the focal point of an international network of policy-makers. To engage with talented people with different ideas and backgrounds who are your colleagues at the OECD and partners in the public and private sector, other international organisations and across the world.

You will be part of a growing knowledge network of exchange linking where you came from to where you wish to make that difference. 

You will be involved in some of the most exciting, high profile research and discussions taking place. It’s an opportunity to take research to the table, to share best practice and put forward advice and recommendations based on facts and findings. You will participate in policy in motion in a broad range of areas.

The OECD is building broader and more inclusive partnerships. You will take part in working ever more closely with the most dynamic economies across the globe.

It’s an opportunity to challenge your mind, a constant learning process where depending on your role and experience you will lead projects, contribute to publications, recruit, develop and motivate teams rich in their diversity.

An international environment at home in Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, working at the OECD is an enriching experience both professionally and privately.

Paris, France
Type of Organization
European and Co-ordinated Organizations
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OECD Secretary-General
José Ángel Gurría
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