Head of Human Resource Management

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Paris, France

About the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

The OECD is a global economic forum working with 36 member countries and more than 100 emerging and developing economies to make better policies for better lives. Their 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.

Mission Statement

The mission of the OECD is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

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Head of Human Resource Management

The OECD is seeking a Head of Human Resource Management who will have the opportunity to be a part of a transformative time for OECD. The selected candidate will report to the Executive Director. The OECD’s value lies in its human capital. It employs approximately 3,100 officials, 250 temporary staff and 380 associated personnel. The Human Resources Management Service (EXD/HRM) plays a critical role in ensuring that the OECD is an employer of choice, attracting and retaining the best talent in order to deliver on the Organisation’s mission.

The EXD/HRM is one of the four services within the Executive Directorate and employs approximately 80 staff members who provide stewardship of the Organisation’s human capital on behalf of the Secretary General.

The selected candidate will work in close collaboration with the Chief of Staff on decisions to be made by the Secretary General in HR matters, and will be accountable for all aspects of corporate HR management, and for the development of HR strategies and practices in support of the Organisation’s goals. S/he will play a key leadership role in designing and delivering strategic, simplified, efficient and timely services, enhancing responsiveness, engagement and employee satisfaction.

Currently, EXD/HRM is at the forefront of a transformative project, the New Employment Package (NEP), to review and modernise the Organisation’s contractual policy and grading structure for officials.

Given the ambitious scope of the OECD’s strategy, it is expected that over the course of the next two to three years, the EXD/HRM Head will also lead the Organisation and the HR team through a significant transition. Further change management is expected as key corporate HR processes are re-engineered with a view to increasing efficiencies and effectiveness, and anticipating the OECD’s future operating environment and the needs of its workforce.

S/he will have approximately five direct reports and a budget of 7.8M€ (in 2019).

Duties and Responsibilities

The Head of Human Resource Management will have the following key responsibilities:

Leadership, strategy and transformation

  • Advise the Secretary-General and his Office, the Executive Director and leadership on corporate human resources policies,

  • Develop and administer human resources policies, strategies and processes to strengthen management and organisational effectiveness,

  • Provide strategic leadership on corporate HR matters, including ethics, conflict resolution, Co-ordination, and privileges and immunities,

  • Be accountable for HR corporate-wide priorities,

  • Lead and guide the whole HRM team to ensure that HRM delivers timely, high quality advice and support to the Organisation’s managers, and effective and efficient HR services to the staff of the OECD,

  • Champion diversity and inclusion,

  • Develop, implement and monitor the OECD staff well-being strategy and action plan,

  • Lead the development and implementation of the New Employment Package (NEP) project,

  • Re-engineer and continuously improve key corporate HR processes, and transform HR Operations and Client Services to increase efficiencies and effectiveness, and anticipate the OECD’s future operating environment and the needs of its workforce,

  • Oversee the measurement, analytics and indicators on key human capital aspects, including on the evaluation of programmes and activities in relation to impact and behaviours.

  • Manages the processes for senior recruitment in close collaboration with the Chief of Staff, with a view to attracting and retaining the best talents for the Organisation;

Management and operations

  • Oversee the delivery of centralised services including payroll, post-employment benefits, health, medical and well-being services,

  • Oversee key corporate people management processes throughout the employment continuum, from recruitment, on-boarding, retention, training and development, performance management to contractual review processes,

  • Advise and assist with the recruitment of senior staff,

  • Advise and assist on the management and resolution of sensitive human resource cases,

  • Oversee the implementation of key ongoing projects;

Revising recruitment process and procedures

  • Revising the HR organisational structure & budget model

  • Adapting the Medical and Social system (OMESYS) to current and future business needs

  • Expanding work on internal justice procedures and modernising the corporate framework related to discipline and conflict resolution;


  • Build and lead a cohesive, multicultural and multidisciplinary EXD/HRM team, promoting excellence, inclusion and diversity through effective performance management and professional development of staff,

  • Actively contribute to the development of the EXD leadership team as a whole, working with colleagues within EXD to create an attractive and productive working environment.

  • Adhere to and role model the highest standard in all internal and external matters, the values and ethical principles set out in the OECD's Code of Conduct and related policies.

Communication and collaboration

  • Foster transparency and collaboration, within OECD Staff, EXD/HRM and EXD, and beyond,

  • Provide complete, accurate, consistent and timely advice, support and briefings to the Executive Director, and to the Secretary-General and his Office,

  • Liaise with the OECD Staff Association, other staff representative bodies and with the OECD Mediators,

  • Using up-to-date communications tools, actively engage with the broader OECD Community to build strong collaborative relationships with senior managers and colleagues across the Organisation, and to ensure effective communication, responsiveness and issue resolution,

  • Maintain good relations and communication with Permanent Delegations to the OECD,

  • Represent the OECD within the international framework of Co-ordination on pay, allowances and pensions as well within the HR International Organisations network (IFIs, AHRMIO, etc.), and

  • Build strategic external relationships and partnerships on behalf of the Service, the Directorate, and the Secretary General.

Key Relationships

Internal (inside the Secretariat): Secretary General, Chief and Deputy Chief of Staff, Executive Director, Director of Legal Affairs, EXD Heads of Services, Deputy Heads of Services, OECD Directors, Ethics Advisor, Data Protection Commissioner, and

External (outside of the Secretariat): Council, Executive Committee, Budget Committee, OECD Delegations, Staff Association, Mediators.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Required Competencies

  • Strong HR policy skills,

  • People management skills,

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and gender balance and sensitivity to cross-cultural issues,

  • Excellent interpersonal, political and diplomatic skills, and an ability to influence stakeholders, build consensus and take difficult decisions, and

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Achievement focus, Managing resources and Developing talent, Teamwork and Team leadership, Client focus, Diplomatic Sensitivity, Influencing, Organisational knowledge, Organisational alignment and Strategic thinking, and Drafting skills, and

  • Please refer to level 5 of OECD Core Competencies

Qualifications and Experience

  • Advanced university degree or equivalent qualification, preferably in human resources, industrial relations or related discipline,

  • Advanced professional qualifications in human resources an asset, and

  • Master of Business Administration an asset.

  • Minimum ten years’ professional HR experience, with extensive general policy or management experience at senior levels, including in international or multinational organisations,

  • Experience in public sector or intergovernmental organisations an asset,

  • A track record of delivering results through a blend of professional competence, vision, flexibility and pragmatism.

  • Experience in developing innovative solutions and leading teams through the development and implementation of transformative projects, with proven ability to motivate, mentor and empower individuals to achieve expectations and goals, and

  • A proven track record of engagement at senior levels of administration, preferably in a multi-cultural environment.


  • Fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French). Knowledge of other languages is an asset.

Terms of Appointment

Monthly base salary from 11 725 Euros/month, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax,

The appointment may be initially made at the level immediately below if the qualifications and professional experience of the selected applicant correspond to that level; in this case, the duties, responsibilities assigned, and salary will be adjusted accordingly,

The OECD is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes the applications of all qualified candidates who are nationals of the OECD members’ countries, irrespective of their gender, racial or ethnic origins, opinions and beliefs, sexual orientation, health or disabilities.

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV in English version and Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to [email protected] or use the Application Form below on or before 5 January 2020. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.

SRI Executive is exclusively retained by OECD to undertake this assignment.

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