Transport Modellers-Analysts – ITF-OECD

The OECD is a global economic forum working with 37 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 International Transport Forum (ITF) is a global intergovernmental organisation with 60 member countries within the OECD family. The ITF works to foster a deeper understanding of the role of transport in economic growth, environmental sustainability and social inclusion and to raise the public profile of transport policy. It acts as a platform for discussion and pre-negotiation of policy issues across all transport modes. We analyse trends, share knowledge and promote exchange among transport decision-makers and civil society. The ITF’s Annual Summit is the world’s largest gathering of transport ministers and the leading global platform for dialogue on transport policy.

The ITF is looking for one or more dynamic and experienced Transport Modellers-Analysts to contribute to the development of the ITF’s quantitative policy analysis in response to a broad variety of different policy questions. Strong project management skills are required, as the selected candidates will be asked to take on a project leader role for one or more projects. The retained applicants will be part of a multicultural team of economists, policy experts, researchers, modellers and statisticians where teamwork as well as capacity to work independently are requirements, and will report to the Head of Quantitative Policy Analysis and Foresight of the ITF.

Main responsibilities

Model development

  • Take responsibility in the development of transport models and programming tasks. This may include the development of strategic transport models that follow the classic 4-step modelling approach for a specific city, region or country, with the aim of providing decision-making tools for policy makers to assess the impacts of (transport) policy measures.
  • Support the development of ITF’s transport models (global passenger and freight models, access models and transport simulation models), proposing also areas for future work to improve the relevance of the models.
  • Update the databases underpinning the models as necessary.
  • Contribute to the documentation of the models and their code in order to make them publicly available.
  • Assist with preparing model outputs to be used in ITF publications, including representing quantitative results graphically.

Policy analysis and project management

  • Lead on the preparation of reports analysing the results of ITF models on passenger and freight demand, access, urban mobility, decarbonisation or shared mobility, among others.
  • Analyse transport policy issues and prepare reports for publication, guidance documents, and policy briefs and presentations in relation to mobility and sustainable development; including on drivers of future transport demand, fuel economy, alternative fuels and carbon emissions of passenger transport and policies toward modal shift.
  • Manage the work of junior members of the team.
  • Carry out project and budget management.

Representation, liaison and outreach

  • Liaise with relevant staff in other OECD Directorates, e.g. on the use of in-house databases, the use of relevant software, or in the context of (establishing) joint projects.
  • Engage with the private sector, other intergovernmental organisations, international financial institutions, and national authorities in ITF member and non-member countries.
  • Present the ITF’s work at conferences and meetings.
  • Lead the organisation of meetings, workshops, panel sessions for the ITF, including at the Annual Summit, and in co-operation with external organisations.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Academic Background

  • An advanced university degree in transport planning or modelling, econometrics, economics, engineering, mathematics or a related discipline.

Professional Background

  • At least three, preferably five to seven, years’ experience preparing economic analysis of transport or related policy issues.
  • A minimum of three years of practical modelling experience.
  • Experience in optimisation, microsimulation or working with very large data sets.
  • Experience in managing long-term projects, including interaction with clients/partners, such as governments and international organisations, management of project budgets, timelines and reporting requirements.
  • Experience in writing policy analysis reports under tight deadlines.
  • Good communication skills, including ability to present technical issues to varied audiences, orally and in writing.


  • Proficiency in at least one programming language, such as Python or Java.
  • Knowledge of statistical software, such as SAS or R.
  • Experience in using GIS tools, including commercial packages.


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

Core Competencies

  • For these roles, the following competencies will be particularly important: achievement focus, analytical thinking, client focus, drafting skills, teamwork and team leadership, strategic thinking.
  • Please refer to the full list of OECD Core Competencies and the level 3 indicators.

Selection Process

  • For retained candidates, written tests/video-recorded interviews are foreseen for September and panel interviews are planned for October 2020.

Contract Duration

  • Two-year fixed-term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.
  • Starting date: as of fourth quarter 2020.

What the OECD offers

  • Depending on level of experience, monthly base salary starts at either 6,130 EUR or 7,563 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.

Please note that the appointment may be made at a lower grade based on the qualifications and professional experience of the selected applicant.

The OECD is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes the applications of all qualified candidates who are nationals of OECD member countries, as well as nationals from the member countries of the International Transport Forum. 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.