Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development , Paris, France

Skill Required:, IT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
7th March, 2021

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 Environment Directorate (ENV), in line with the strategic objectives of the Secretary General, provides relevant and timely information, analysis and advice to support governments in identifying and implementing the environmental policies needed to support a cleaner, more resource-efficient, low-carbon, resilient and green growth path. The Directorate currently comprises approximately 165 staff members working across a broad range of issues such as: green growth, climate change, biodiversity, water, eco-innovation, resource productivity and waste, environmental policy tools and evaluation, safety of chemicals, biotechnology and nanomaterials, sustainable finance and linkages between environment and tax, agriculture, energy, transport, development assistance, trade and investment policies. 

The Environment and Economy Integration (EEI) Division of ENV currently undertakes policy-orientated research in a number of areas at the interface between the environment and the economy, including: environment-economy modelling, resource productivity and waste, environmental policies and policy outcomes, spatial planning, green mobility and transport, trade and environment, and cost-benefit analysis. The modelling team uses large-scale economic models to assess the linkages between economic activity and environmental challenges. Most of the policy analyses undertaken by the team are based on quantitative assessments, using the multi-regional global computable general equilibrium model ENV-Linkages. 

The EEI Division is looking for a Programmer to contribute to the Environment Directorate (ENV) work based on the modelling tools operated by the team and the databases underlying the analysis. The selected candidate will report to the Team Lead; and is expected to work closely together with the other team members.

Main responsibilities

  • Contribute to the maintenance and improvement of the code of the ENV-Linkages model and related quantitative frameworks operated by the modelling team at ENV.
  • Run simulations with ENV-Linkages and the other models in the team’s toolkit, check model outputs, prepare clear graphs and tables to present model outputs to be used in OECD reports and presentations.
  • Prepare computer codes to facilitate the interactions between the team’s modelling tools and external information sources, such as data sources and stand-alone models for specific topics (e.g. the MAGICC model for climate change or TM5-FASST for air pollution).
  • When applicable, update the databases underpinning the models operated by the team as well as the parts of the model codes relative to the database generation.
  • Contribute to the documentation of the databases and of the model code.
  • Contribute to the set-up of data visualisation page that provides users with an interactive interface for the team’s modelling results.
  • Liaise with relevant staff in other Divisions and Directorates or with other organisations on the use of in-house databases and contribute to data requests on ongoing projects.
  •  Perform other programming tasks as required.

Ideal candidate

Academic Background

  • A university degree in economics, econometrics, operations research, mathematics or another relevant discipline.

Professional Background

  • At least three years of experience in programming and handling large datasets.
  • A demonstrated ability in optimization or CGE modelling would be preferable.

Programming tools

  • Proficiency in using the General Algebric Modeling System (GAMS) and in R
  • Broader programming skills would be considered an asset.


  • 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.


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