Competition Expert

  • Full-time
  • Grade: PAL5

Company Description

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation comprised of 38 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 has earned a leading role in financial and enterprise issues. The core mission of the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs (DAF) is to assist markets to fund inclusive economic growth, and in turn Better Lives, through setting and implementing standards, providing capacity building and technical assistance, acting as a forum for co-operation and collaboration across the OECD Directorates, external stakeholders and International Organisations. DAF’s work is structured under two work clusters - Conduct and Markets - and its mission is pursued through seven substantive divisions whose teams provide member and partner countries with policy guidance, analysis and support in the areas of competition, anti-corruption, corporate governance, responsible business conduct, financial markets, and international investment. DAF currently employs about 250 staff members (economists, lawyers, statisticians, support staff, consultants, and trainees), who support work across a broad range of policy areas.

The Competition Division (DAF/COMP) supports the OECD’s Competition Committee and outreach efforts, serving as a leading source of policy analysis and advice to governments on how best to harness market forces in the interests of greater global economic efficiency and prosperity.

We are looking for a   Competition Expert to support the OECD work on competition policy either from the economic perspective or the legal one.. S/he will work in a dynamic team of lawyers and economists with substantial experience in competition law and policy analysis. S/he will provide support in analysing topics on competition law and policy, developing analytical models, performing economic analysis of markets, drafting reports, reviewing policies, and preparing recommendations to improve pro-competitive market outcomes.

The selected candidate will work under the supervision of the Head of the Competition Division and in co-operation with other OECD staff.

Job Description

Main Responsibilities

Research, analysis and drafting – Competition Expert

  • Carry out research into economic and/or legal, procedural and institutional issues relating to competition law and policy.
  • Collect, clean, manage and analyse legal and/or economic information and data in relation to competition policy and enforcement;
  • Apply statistical knowledge and understanding to the context of competition policy in order to assure data quality, consistency and comparability at international level.
  • Support policy and/or legal analysis to promote competition using economic tools and comparative research as a basis for sound policy options.
  • Assist with the review the functioning of product markets to identify policy options for reform.
  • Assist with the drafting and editing analytical reports and prepare recommendations to improve competition policies and pro-competitive market outcomes.
  • Co-ordinate with government officials to gather information and data.

Capacity Building

  • Assist with the planning and preparation of capacity building programmes.
  • Drafting of agendas of events and co-ordinating the administrative arrangements.

Meetings, representation and liaison

  • Assist with the preparation and participation in events to present OECD reports and recommendations, which includes preparation of internal OECD briefings, and speeches.
  • Participate in regular meetings of the Committee and ad hoc events, dealing with senior officials in capitals.
  • Represent the OECD Secretariat at international conferences and make presentations on competition policy.
  • Maintain effective working relationships and liaise regularly with other Divisions and Directorates experts and where appropriate with external experts.
  • Seek technical advice as appropriate, keeping other OECD Directorates updated on best-practice findings.


  • Support the work of senior OECD officials through briefings, policy support and speech writing.


Ideal Candidate profile

Academic Background

  • A university degree in economics, ideally specialised in industrial organisation and/or law, ideally specialised in competition law.
  • Post-graduate degrees specialised in competition economics and/or competition law would be an advantage.
  • A degree or specialisation in statistics and data analysis would be an advantage.

Professional Background

  • A minimum of two years of relevant professional experience, acquired either in a national or international administration,  in the private sector or in a university.
  • Knowledge of substantive issues that arise in competition economics or in regulatory enforcement. Knowledge of the competition or regulatory regimes of several OECD member countries would be an advantage.
  • Experience working on competition enforcement and competition policy for government.
  • Experience with sector regulation, in particular with the functioning of network industries (e.g. gas, electricity, telecom, transpoorts, etc).
  • Proven drafting and presentation skills and professional experiences in a multi-cultural working environment are desirable.
  • Demonstration of strong analytical ability in the use of economic analysis or econometric analysis to address competition policy issues in a multidisciplinary context.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with Excel, databases and statistical packages.
  • An ideal background will include work on competition enforcement and competition policy for government
  • Other relevant background would include experience with sector regulation or in academia or the private sector.
  • Demonstration of analytical ability to address competition policy issues in a multidisciplinary context.
  • Familiarity with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is desirable.


  • 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.

Core Competencies

  • OECD staff are expected to demonstrate behaviours aligned to six core competencies which will be assessed as part of this hiring processes: Vision and Strategy (Level 2); Enable People (Level 1); Ethics and Integrity (Level 2); Collaboration and Horizontality (Level 2); Achieve Results (Level 2); Innovate and Embrace Change (Level 2).
  • To learn more about the definitions for each competency for levels 1-3, please refer to OECD Core Competencies.

Additional Information

Contract Duration

  • Two year fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.
  • Depending on level of experience, monthly salary starts at either 6665.76 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.
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  • Please note that the appointment may be made at one grade lower in the specified job family, based on the qualifications and professional experience of the selected applicant.

Selection Process

Application dead-line – 12 February 2024 (23:59 Paris local time)

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.

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