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Thursday, May 1, 2008

OECD Seeks Head of Competition Outreach

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

The OECD has a great new opening.  See their ad below.

We are looking for a Head of Competition Outreach with substantial experience in competition policy analysis and the application of competition laws. The selected candidate will be responsible for developing, managing and leading the Division’s capacity building activities throughout the world.  This person will also assist the Head of Division in a variety of tasks supporting the work of the Competition Committee. S/he will also organise meetings and other events relating to competition policy in member and non-member countries. S/he will be expected to work with a large degree of initiative, reporting to the Head of the Competition Division (COMP) in the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs (DAF).

Job Duties

1. Deliver technical assistance and policy advice
• Organise programmes to increase the capacities of competition enforcement staff and competition policy analysts by creating the structure and content of training programmes and preparing background notes and other technical documents for use in such programmes.
• Provide expert advice to senior competition officials on the drafting and implementation of competition laws, guidelines, commentaries and other official documents.
• Participate in a number of the programmes as chairperson and competition expert.

2.  Management, representation and co-ordination
• Lead the design, management and efficient implementation of OECD's capacity building activities in the area of competition policy.  Prepare activity plans and budgets for all such activities.  Ensure that all such activities, including country specific and regional programmes and all meetings of the Global Forum on Competition, the Latin American Competition Forum and the Seoul and Budapest Regional Centres for Competition are of high quality and delivered on time and within budget. 
• Monitor developments in the field of competition law and policy and support the development of sound competition law and policy in OECD and non-OECD countries. Organise and participate in external meetings on competition law and policy matters for government officials, including preparation of background notes and other technical documents.
• Develop effective working relationships with senior competition officials in OECD and non-OECD delegations and capitals and seek their active support for and involvement in the capacity building programme.
• Maintain effective working relationships with other parts of the Organisation and promote consistent, sound competition policy throughout the Organisation.
• Write documents on competition law and policy in support of the work of the Competition Committee. Prepare briefs and reports for the senior staff of the Organisation.
• Supervise the work of other staff and consultants. Help recruit, train and supervise support staff and trainees.
• Assist the Head of Division in the management of the Competition Division

3.  Programme development
• Maintain close and effective relationships with existing donors and develop new relationships to expand the programme in under-served countries and regions.  Actively engage in fund-raising to support the programme.
• Expand the capacity building programme in co-operation with national competition authorities, regional development banks and donor agencies. 
• Carry out other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications: education, experience, communication and languages

1.  Education and experience
• An advanced degree in law or economics, ideally specialised in competition law or industrial organisation.   
• Eight to ten years of experience in the application of competition law and policy in a national or international administration responsible for the enforcement of competition law or responsible for competition-oriented regulation or similar experience in the competition department of a major law firm.

2.  Key competencies
• Knowledge of substantive, procedural and institutional issues that arise in all aspects of competition law enforcement, including anti-cartel enforcement, merger control and control of abuse of a dominant position. Similar knowledge in the operation of competition advocacy programs. Knowledge of the competition regimes of several OECD Member countries would be an advantage.
• Management and organisational skills, including ability to plan and implement a programme of reviews of national competition laws and policies.  Ability to work efficiently under pressure with the capacity to prioritise tasks often according to tight deadlines.
• Ability to communicate effectively and to present documents and proposals clearly, concisely and convincingly at meetings with senior competition officials.
• A strong political sense and effective diplomatic skills; ability to achieve consensus and interact effectively with multiple high-level stakeholders.
• Demonstrated capacity to think strategically and creatively and strong conceptual and analytical capabilities. 

3.  Communication and OECD official languages
• Capacity to present highly technical subjects in writing as well as orally, in a manner which makes them accessible to high-level officials, political and opinion leaders.  Ability to communicate effectively and to present issues of competition law and policy clearly, concisely and convincingly.
• Very good interpersonal skills. Ability to foster and maintain fruitful working relations with national and international officials. Ability to motivate and supervise within a multicultural team and to adapt to various working methods.
• Excellent knowledge (reading, drafting and speaking) of one of the two official languages of the OECD ( English and French), and good knowledge of the other.

N.B. The appointment may initially be 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 and responsibilities assigned to the post will be adjusted accordingly.

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