Management job vacancies


The ideal candidate's competencies for management job vacancies listed below are those on which you will be assessed on during a panel interview.



1. Strategic vision

  • Ability to anticipate and identify major emerging [Directorate-specific] issues and policy implications, to evaluate the analytical work achieved in the Directorate concerned and to propose ways and means for advancing its programme of work.
  • Sensitivity to political issues and to sensibilities within and between countries.

2. Leadership: motivating high performance in others

  • Outstanding ability to lead, motivate, energise and develop multidisciplinary and multicultural staff, to manage budgets, and exercise quality control on both the policy and technical content of analytical reports, policy papers and programme proposals designed for senior officials (Ministerial and Ambassador-level) in national governments and international bodies.
  • Facility and commitment to pursue and lead team-oriented approaches to achieve high performance by communicating a clear sense of purpose, direction and priorities and by being a role model for action and commitment.

3. Analytical and conceptual thinking and decisive judgement

  • Ability to conceive and direct complex analysis, identify critical issues and draw out practicable conclusions.
  • Ability to analyse issues and problems in a thorough, systematic manner, to identify patterns and connections between issues/situations that are not obviously related to understand complex situations and solve problems; a capacity to take timely decisions when the available information is incomplete.

4. Planning and organisation

  • Ability to establish plans and priorities and to implement them effectively so as to deliver the Directorate's work programme.

5. Performance management

  • Ability to appraise accurately the skills, competencies and performance of staff members and of candidates for recruitment.


6. Teamwork

  • Effectively promote collaboration and teamwork within the Directorate and across Directorate in the OECD.

7. Open communication

  • Ability to present concepts and information clearly and persuasively, both orally and in written form, and to command attention, establish credibility, gain influence and lead, thus serving as an effective representative of the Directorate, and the OECD more broadly, at both senior policy and technical consultations and meetings at national and international levels.

8. Relationship building - networking

  • Ability to identify and build relationships with people inside and outside the OECD who can be helpful/influential in creating opportunities, in getting things done and in achieving work-related goals.
  • Tact, discretion, courtesy, tolerance and diplomacy when dealing with internal and external contacts.
  • Client-oriented approach.
  • Demonstrated negotiation skills.


9. Results orientation

  • A demonstrated drive for closure, results and success.

10. Adaptability

  • Openness and flexibility — ability to accept, and succeed in, new roles and situations.

11. Developing self

  • Ability to assess realistically one's own strengths, weaknesses and impact on others - and to act on that knowledge to ensure one's personal development.


  • Commitment to equal opportunities.


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