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University of Florida
Levin College of Law

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Job Posting for an Amazing Job: OECD Head of Competition Division

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

The OECD has posted information on a job vacancy for the Head of Competition Division's position. 28 May is the closing date for applications. This job opening has also been posted on the OECD website at under Ref. number 3590.

We are looking for a new Head of the OECD’s Competition Division ( S/he will be a highly experienced competition professional with an international outlook and a dynamic personality, able to provide substantive leadership and motivate and manage a team of some 20 staff in a multicultural environment. The Competition Division is part of the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs (DAF) and its Head reports to the Director. DAF as a whole assists OECD member countries and other key economies to build open and efficient markets and market institutions, combat market abuse and promote international co-operation. We are a team of some 200 staff members whose policy fields include international investment; finance, insurance and pensions; corporate governance; competition; anti-corruption and private sector development. (Please refer to daf for more information).

Job Duties

1. Leadership
• Identify broad themes and directions of work on competition law and policy that will position the Competition Committee and the OECD as the leading source of analysis, advice and cross-country co-operation. Develop projects that will be relevant and have high policy impact. Integrate the competition perspective into high priority OECD-wide projects.
• Engage non-members and promote effective competition law and policy worldwide in line with OECD priorities.

2. Management
• Ensure the high quality of Committee outputs as well as the quality of committee and other meetings.
• Prepare the Division’s programme of work and budget to address priorities of the Secretary-General and the Competition Committee; allocate human and financial resources to ensure optimal results.
• Promote teamwork, open communication and a positive working atmosphere. Set objectives and provide regular and constructive feedback on staff performance. Recruit top-level competition policy experts and other staff from diverse backgrounds.
• Manage the Division’s financial resources in accordance with the rules of the Organisation and develop additional sources of financial support.
• Stay well informed about OECD-wide substantive priorities and management developments. Contribute actively to the management of the Directorate as a whole and to corporate management of the OECD as called upon.

3. Communication and representation
• Act as an effective spokesperson for the OECD.
• Maintain close working relationships with the competition authorities and governments of members and nonmembers, as well as with intergovernmental organisations and other stakeholders in relation to competition law and policy.
• Develop and implement an effective strategy that will increase the impact of OECD’s work on competition.
• Provide advice and briefings to the Secretaries-General, the Director and others, as needed.

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.
• At least ten to fifteen years’ experience in the application of competition law and policy, principally in a national or international administration responsible for the enforcement of competition law. Additional private sector experience, e.g., in the competition practice of a major law firm or economic consulting firm would be an advantage.
• Experience in participating in international meetings and dealing with Competition authorities would be an advantage.

2. Key competencies
• Knowledge of substantive, procedural and institutional issues that arise in competition law enforcement and competition policy. Knowledge of the competition regimes of several OECD member countries would be an advantage.
• Strong leadership and management skills and demonstrated ability to motivate and manage a high-performing, multicultural team.
• Strong analytical ability, including capacity to address competition issues in a multidisciplinary context.
• Sound political judgement and effective diplomatic and interpersonal skills; ability to achieve consensus and interact effectively with Competition Committee officers and other senior stakeholders.
• Demonstrated ability to conceive, plan and execute multi-faceted work programmes in co-operation with others. • Proven ability to manage human and financial resources.
• A demonstrated commitment to diversity and equal opportunities.

3. Communication and OECD official languages
• Effective communications skills: proven capacity to present work with skill and judgment to stakeholders, to speak and write clearly, to command attention and establish credibility in international policy processes. Ability to lead discussions and develop consensus in international meetings.
• Excellent knowledge of one of the official languages of the Organisation (English and French) and a working knowledge of, or willingness to learn, the other language.

NB. 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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