Deputy Head of Secretariat – Clean Energy Ministerial

International Energy Agency (IEA)

The 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.

The Secretariat for the Clean Energy Ministerial is housed within the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, France. The International Energy Agency (IEA) is an intergovernmental organisation committed to advancing security of energy supply, economic growth, and environmental sustainability through energy policy co-operation. The IEA operates as an autonomous body within the framework of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

More Specifically, The CEM Serves As

The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) brings together the world’s leading countries, companies, and experts to achieve one mission – accelerate clean energy transitions. It is about “international collaboration in action”, seeking to deliver faster, cheaper, better clean energy transitions for all. The CEM is an international clean energy leadership and collaboration platform, with its 29 members** at the heart of an extensive global clean energy community. The community is working to supercharge the scale and breadth of clean energy transitions, working across all sectors and all of society.

  • A platform for its community to shape the global clean energy agenda and accelerate the deployment of clean energy solutions.
  • A forum for exchanging knowledge and insights, building networks and partnership, and facilitating coordinated actions on clean energy.
  • An implementation vehicle that helps its global community achieve their clean energy goals.

The CEM has a programme of more than twenty active workstreams that span the clean energy spectrum, as well as an annual ministerial meeting that brings its global community together to showcase action and increase ambition.

We are looking for a friendly, dynamic, and effective individual from a CEM Member country to join us as Deputy Head of the Secretariat. This is a small, friendly, hardworking, and flexible team that puts a premium on looking out for, and after, one another. The chosen candidate will become an integral member of our team (around 10 people), reporting directly to the Head of Secretariat, and working closely with all team members to design and deliver the CEM Secretariat’s strategic agenda. As Deputy Head of the Secretariat, they will take on management responsibilities, as well as responsibilities relating to the development, mentoring, and wellbeing of the team.

Main Responsibilities

Leadership and Strategy

  • Deputy leader of the CEM Secretariat team, and leadership figure within the CEM’s global community.
  • Counsel and support the Head of Secretariat in all duties and responsibilities.Participate in the strategic leadership and planning of the Secretariat’s work.
  • Oversee the Secretariat’s work supporting the development, delivery, and review of CEM workstreams (Initiatives and Campaigns).
  • Work with the CEM community (governments, international organisations, companies, think tanks, etc.) to ensure that all CEM workstreams are aligned with its mission, supported to achieve their goals, and designed/resourced to attain their full potential.


  • Support the management and delivery of the CEM’s resourcing strategy (human and financial).
  • Manage the CEM Secretariat workstream leads, applying excellent organisational skills to ensure the design and delivery of a high-impact programme of multilateral clean energy workstreams.
  • Motivate a multinational, dynamic, and results-oriented team, acting as a role model and mentor to all. Proactively foster a culture of diversity, inclusion, mutual respect, support, and professionalism.
  • Ensure that the highest principles of propriety are followed in all aspects of the CEM’s work.

Representation and Liaison

  • Represent the CEM to a high standard in a wide variety of CEM and non-CEM fora, engaging effectively with senior public and private stakeholders in international meetings, conferences, etc.
  • Be a visible and positive presence across the CEM’s international community, building a network of strong stakeholder relationships.
  • Shape and contribute to a friendly, supportive, and proactive culture across the CEM community.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Academic Background

  • Advanced university degree(s) in a relevant discipline, such as energy policy, international relations, political sciences, science, engineering, business administration, economics, or a related field.

Professional Background

  • Extensive relevant experience (i.e. 8 or more years) at a middle-senior management level in clean energy or a closely related field.
  • Experience or proven capability to advance a large, complex agenda in the multilateral government-led environment.
  • Proven ability to engage as a credible peer with international clean energy thought leaders and decision makers, shaping and delivering the future energy agenda, consistent with achieving countries net zero and other policy goals.
  • Excellent management, organisational/planning, and delivery skills, including delivering autonomously, as part of a team, and through others.
  • Evidence that shows an understanding of the multilateral energy or climate environment, as well as how national governments work.
  • Capabilities and experience in budgetary processes and fundraising from governments, foundations, and/or industry would be an asset.
  • Excellent drafting, communication, and stakeholder management skills.
  • Proven ability to lead or working effectively in a small, diverse team.


  • An excellent written and oral command of English. Good working knowledge of French or other CEM-member languages an advantage.

Core Competencies

  • Please refer to the level 4 indicators of the OECD Core Competencies.

Contract Duration

  • Two-year fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.

What The OECD Offers

  • Monthly base salary starting from 9,046.55 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.
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Please note that the appointment may be made at a lower grade based on the qualifications and professional experience of the selected applicant.

Selection Process

For retained candidates, written tests/video-recorded interviews are foreseen toward the end of March and panel interviews are planned toward the latter weeks of April. The role is based in Paris, France. The target start date for this appointment is July 2022.

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

  • CEM members are Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Application Closing Date

23-03-2022, 6:59:00 PM

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