Legal Analyst, Natural Resources & Development at OECD


The OECD is a global economic forum working with 34 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 Development Centre (DEV) helps policy-makers in OECD and partner countries find innovative solutions to the global challenges of development ( The OECD Policy Dialogue on Natural Resource-based Development ( ) offers an intergovernmental platform for peer learning and knowledge sharing where OECD and non-OECD producing countries, in coordination with other international organisations and in consultation with businesses, civil society, and think tanks, work together to craft collaborative and mutually advantegous long-term solutions for inclusive and broad-based resource-based development.

DEV is looking for a legal expert to support the multi-year knowledge sharing and peer-learning process on Natural Resource-based Development and to develop the related analytical work. The selected person will have significant knowledge and experience in the field of natural resources, in particular on contract negotiations and governance issues and a strong record in policy-relevant analysis. S/he will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the Head of Unit on Natural Resources and Development.

We take the opportunity to remind candidates from OECD Development Centre member countries of our commitment to diversity.

Main Responsibilities

Research, Analysis and Drafting

  • In collaboration with colleagues, external experts and consultants, draft analytical reports and carry out comparative analysis of key contractual clauses in oil, gas and mining contracts.
  • Elaborate on trade-offs and implications associated with the choice of different options and identify best practice examples, providing guidance for balanced contract negotiations leading to improved development outcomes.
  • Develop innovative and effective strategies and instruments to disseminate the findings and to convey the main messages from the reports and policy papers.
  • Assist with the drafting of proposals for funding, as needed. 

Events Organisation and Liaison

  • Support the organisation of meetings/workshops/multi-stakeholders consultations of the Policy Dialogue on Natural Resource-based development and prepare background materials.
  • Liaise with, collect input from participants in the Policy Dialogue and associated working groups.
  • Respond to queries from stakeholders in a timely manner.
  • Participate in missions, as required.
  • Carry out other related duties as assigned. 

Dissemination and Resource Mobilisation

  • Stay abreast of global challenges and national policy developments in the field of natural resources.
  • Present the analytical work at policy dialogue forums and international conferences as required. 
  • Communicate key messages relating to the Unit’s work in a variety of forums; including specialised journals, as well as in print, broadcast and online media.
  • Establish new contacts and strengthen existing collaborations with decision-makers in the public and private sectors at national and international level to create synergies and increase the impact of the Centre’s work.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Academic Background

  • An advanced university degree (PhD, LLM or equivalent) in law with a specialisation in international economic law and/or natural resources law. 

Professional Background

  • At least three, preferably five years’ experience in the field of natural resources law and policy in an international organisation, or in an international law firm or in other relevant institutions.
  • Proven record of analytical work (analytical reports and/or published papers) to identify policy implications and to formulate practical recommendations.
  • Proven experience in providing advice on complex contract negotiations.
  • In-depth knowledge of development challenges in resource-rich countries. 


  • Fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French) and good knowledge of the other, with a commitment to reach a good working level.
  • Knowledge of other languages would be an asset. 

Core Competencies

  • For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: Achievement focus, Analytical thinking, Drafting skills, Teamwork, Diplomatic sensitivity, Influencing, Negotiating, Strategic networking.
  • Please refer to the level 3 indicators of the OECD Core Competencies.

Contract Duration

  • One year temporary staff appointment, with the possibility of renewal.

Salary Information

  • Salary will depend on the experience of the selected candidate.

The OECD is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes the applications of all qualified candidates who are nationals of OECD or Development Centre 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.

Job title: Legal Analyst, Natural Resources & Development

Location: Paris

Closing date: 21 March 2016