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Policy Analyst – Education 2030(Job Number: 11416)

posted 8 May 2017, 03:14 by ICO Education   [ updated 18 May 2017, 00:50 ]



The OECD is a global economic forum working with 35 member countries and more than 100 emerging and developing economies to make 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. The Organisation provides a unique forum in which governments work together to share experiences on what drives economic, social and environmental change, seeking solutions to common problems.


The Directorate for Education and Skills (EDU) leads the Organisation’s work to help member and non-member countries achieve high-quality learning for all, design better skills policies, and turn them into jobs and growth. The Directorate carries this out by providing statistics, analysis and policy advice to countries on a wide range of educational topics.


The Early Childhood and Schools Division (ECS) within EDU, is looking for an experienced and motivated Policy Analyst to contribute to the OECD’s Future of Education and Skills 2030project. The project is designed to assist governments in obtaining a broader view and knowledge of the longer-term challenges facing education. The project has two key focuses during Phase I (2015-18). The first focus is building a solid understanding of the different dimensions of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values which today’s students will need to thrive in and shape their own future towards 2030, and carefully validating them through global consultation. Another focus is to contribute to making the process of curriculum design and development a more evidence-based and systematic process. During phase II (2019), the project will – building on the knowledge base established during Phase I - explore the kind of pedagogies, assessments, learning environments that can support the development of these competencies most effectively.


The Policy Analyst will work under the supervision of the Senior Analyst/Project Manager of the OECD Education 2030 project and under the general guidance of the Head of the Early Childhood and Schools Division.


Main Responsibilities


Analysis and drafting 

  •  Conduct comparative analysis on curriculum, including a policy survey, a content mapping exercise, and in-depth subject-specific analysis. 

  • Conduct in-depth analysis on different dimensions of curriculum, including: a) written curriculum, b) taught curriculum (e.g. pedagogy), c) attained curriculum (e.g. student outcomes), d) experienced curriculum (e.g. learning processes), and e) negotiated curriculum (e.g. student agency in curriculum).   

  • Draft analytical and technical documents, papers, presentations and publications that lead to the formulation of policy advice and form the basis for future work underpinned by sound theory and empirical analysis.

  • Conduct analysis, which should contribute to making progress on the OECD 2030 learning framework. This should form the basis for future work underpinned by sound theory and empirical analysis, as well as the conceptual coherence with the future domains of focus of the OECDProgramme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

  • Undertake literature reviews, evaluate methodologies, and prepare the data and related text for publication.

  • Participate in the review of analytical documents, papers, reports and publications written by external consultants and internal colleagues. 

  • Work towards the continuous improvement and innovation of the collection and analysis of qualitative information, and of the related outputs.

Project management

  • Collaborate with colleagues across the Directorate and the Organisation to ensure the relevance of the data and indicators development work for other activities.  

  • Participate in the co-ordination, preparation and follow-up of OECD Education 2030 meetings and special high-level events.

  • Participate in the co-ordination of multi-lateral partners, by leading a group of country representatives, in close co-ordination with other stakeholder groups, e.g. school networks and social partners.

  • Participate in the ongoing refinement of the project, including the future phase.

  • Identify, recruit and supervise external experts and interns as necessary. 

Representation, liaison and outreach

  • Develop and maintain good relations with officials in member country administrations and agencies, member country delegations, researchers, school networks, social partners, other international organisations, and others working in relevant fields.

  • Establish contacts with OECD countries, accession countries, as well as key partner economies and lead the process for their participation in the project.

  • Represent the OECD externally and promote the work of the Directorate. Respond to enquiries from Delegations, media and stakeholders.

  • Participate in and contribute to horizontal and intra-Directorate projects as appropriate.

Ideal Candidate Profile


Academic Background

  • An advanced university degree in political sciences, education, or public policy and administration.

Professional Background

  • A minimum of three, preferably five years’ experience acquired in a national government, international organisation, or commercial or research institute responsible for, educational research or educational policy in member countries.

  • Knowledge of curriculum analysis and pedagogies in particular in the area of mathematics and physical education would be an asset.

  • Sound knowledge of and proven experience in policy analysis and policy review methodologies.

  • Knowledge of the OECD’s education projects, and policy work would be an advantage.


  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite.  Excellent proficiency in the use of EXCEL, ACCESS and other statistical software, such as SPSS, SAS and STATA.


  • 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, such as German, Spanish, Nordic langauges, Portugese, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese would be an asset considering a wide range of participating countries.

Core Competencies

  • For this role the following competencies would be particularly important: Achievement focus, Analytical thinking, Drafting skills, Teamwork, Client focus, Diplomatic sensitivity, Influencing, Negotiating, Organisational knowledge, Strategic networking.

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

Contract Duration

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

What the OECD offers

  • Depending on level of experience, monthly salary starts at either 5,700 EUR or 7,000 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.

Please note, 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.

Application Closing Date:24-05-2017

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