Professionals job vacancies


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


1.  Professional competence and analytical/conceptual ability

  • Great expertise and technical/analytical/conceptual skills and the ability to apply them effectively in the OECD. Ability to identify key issues with clarity despite complexity/ambiguity.
  • Commitment to identify important trends in the area of specialisation and commitment to continual professional and personal development.

2.  Organisational Awareness

  • Understanding of the OECD’s institutional context and internal workings and an ability to apply this knowledge to get things done. A good grasp of OECD’s wider strategic concerns and priorities.

3.  Political Sensitivity

  • A consistent awareness and monitoring of the political context of OECD’s work and of the challenges and opportunities that it presents.
  • Knowledge and sure judgement about the political dimensions of projects and situations.

4.  Work Organisation

  • Ability to develop and implement effective short and long range plans and follow up arrangements in order to deliver the work programme: set and fulfil roles and responsibilities, establish and achieve deadlines, co-ordination and management skills, appreciate time and resource implications for projects.
  • Constructive and effective participation in meetings. Running of efficient and focused meetings.

5.  Professional Integrity

  • Demonstration of the highest professional values and standards: objectivity, independence, analytical rigour, credibility, discretion, confidentiality and ethical behaviour. Resistance against political pressure.


6.  Communication

  • Ability to express thoughts clearly and succinctly, orally and in writing. Effective and tactful communication with colleagues of all nationalities. Avoidance of unnecessary jargon. Creative presentations.

7.  Inter-personal skills

  • Ability to establish relationships based on an awareness and recognition of the values and perspectives of others in a multicultural environment. Listening skills. Non-hierarchical behaviour.

8.  Team Work and Collegiality

  • Ability to work co-operatively and effectively in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams. Ability to motivate others and build team spirit.
  • Diplomatic disagreement and persuasion by reasons and arguments.


9.  Adaptability/Flexibility

  • Ability to anticipate and accept new demands and challenges and work constructively under stress and in unclear situations.

10.  Drive and Stamina

  • Persistence, task focus, innovation and results-orientation in a stressful environment. Liking of challenging assignments and search for new responsibilities.

11.  Curiosity

  • Demonstrated interest in a wide range of subjects going beyond the immediate specialisation and work assignment. Active in professional networks. Openness to new ideas, models and techniques and fast development of new expertise when required.

12. Self Direction

  • Self motivation and result orientation: track latest developments, recognise own strengths and weaknesses and take appropriate development actions. High work discipline and ability to work independently.


  • Commitment to equal opportunities.


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