Health Research Officer(s)

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OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Health Research Officer(s)

  • Full-time
  • Grade: PAL3

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.

In line with the strategic objectives of the Secretary-General, the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (ELS) is the focal point for OECD work on building more cohesive and healthier societies through policy advice related to quality jobs, continuous investment in human capital, reduction in poverty and exclusion, better health-care systems and good management of migration flows.

ELS is looking for Health Research Officers to work on various projects in the Health Division such as:  monitoring and assessing health and health systems performance; health system quality and outcomes and people-centred health systems; health system resilience; public health and prevention policies; ageing, long-term care, and end of life care; health and climate change; health system digitalisation; and health innovation and pharmaceutical policies. Other areas of work include: health workforce; value for money, financial sustainability of health systems and analysis of health expenditure and financing; health inequalities; health data infrastructure and governance; and primary health care.

Successful candidates will have a strong academic background with experience in applying economic and statistical concepts to health metrics and/or analysing health policies. They will integrate within a small team and report to a senior health policy analyst/economist, working in a dynamic team of economists, health policy experts and statisticians to develop policy advice on how to improve the performance of health systems.

Job Description

Main Responsibilities

Drafting and statistical analysis

  • Support cross-country comparative policy analysis of health system performance, across a range of different priority areas as identified above.
  • Support in-depth policy analysis that focuses on specific countries, in one or more topic areas.
  • Undertake statistical analysis of data in order to explain key differences across countries.
  • Contribute to the development of surveys that analyse the health system organisation and policy choices of OECD member states and partner countries.
  • Organise and promote OECD meetings, workshops and seminars, including contacting and following up with country delegates involved in these events.
  • Carry out follow-on work with internal and external stakeholders, assuring effective communications with all stakeholders.
  • Provide support in co-ordinating report reviews, formatting, editing and publishing Health Division reports.
  • Carry out other tasks on request from the Head of the Health Division, such as the preparation of background materials and briefing notes.

Outreach and liaison:

  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with staff in other Directorates of the OECD, officials in member and non-member country administrations, in other international organisations, as well as with academics working on health policy issues.
  • Present findings of the work at conferences, seminars and other events.
  • Participate in missions to member and non-member countries as required.


Ideal Candidate Profile

Academic Background:

  • An advanced university degree, i.e., at least a masters’ degree, in economics, health policy or other relevant discipline.

Professional Background:

  • At least two years of applied research and analysis, preferably in the area of health and health systems, acquired in a national administration, international organisation, university or research centre.
  • Experience in collecting, interpreting and analysing statistics, ideally related to health and health system performance. Strong quantitative skills would be particularly desirable, and managing and analysing large datasets would be an advantage.
  • Experience in working on health issues in different countries would be an asset.


  • Ability to represent data graphically in Excel and other visualisation tools.
  • Knowledge of STATA, R and/or Python or similar advanced statistical software is desirable.

Additional Information


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 1); Enable People (Level 1); Ethics and Integrity (Level 1); Collaboration and Horizontality (Level 2); Achieve Results (Level 1); Innovate and Embrace Change (Level 2).
  • There are three possible levels for each competency. The level for each competency is determined according to the specific needs of each job role and its associated grade.
  • To learn more about the definitions for each competency for levels 1-3, please refer to OECD Core Competencies.


  • Fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French) and a knowledge of, or a willingness to learn, the other.
  • Knowledge of other languages would be an asset.

Closing Date:

  • This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should reach us no later than midnight 27 June 2024 (CEST).

Contract Duration:

  • 13-month fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.

What the OECD offers


  • Depending on level of experience, monthly salary starts at 5 044 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.
  • Click here to learn more about what we offer and why the OECD is a great place to work.
  • Click here to browse our People Management Guidebook and learn more about all aspects relating to people at the OECD, our workplace environment and many other policies supporting staff in their daily life.
  • 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

For retained candidates, written tests and video-recorded interviews are foreseen in July 2024 and panel interviews are planned for September 2024.

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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