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Director of SWAC

Millar Cameron in collaboration with SWAC is looking for a dynamic and visionary Director to provide leadership and strategic direction to the Club.

Paris, France
The Role


The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation comprised of 38 member countries, whose mission is to build better policies for better lives. We 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 to establish evidence-based international standards, and finding solutions to a broad range of social, economic and environmental challenges, from the improvement of 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 Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC)

The Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC/OECD) is an international platform for policy dialogue and analysis, devoted to building effective regional policies to improve living conditions in West Africa, whose Secretariat is hosted by the OECD. Created in 1976, it is the only international entity entirely dedicated to regional co-operation in Africa. SWAC/OECD facilitates co-ordination and conducts independent analysis, which it uses to devise guidelines and policy tools for Members and stakeholders across a range of themes, notably food security, food systems, cities, territories and environment.

About the role

The Director, a central figure in the Senior Management team, will lead the Club's strategic engagement with the African continent as part of the OECD, steering initiatives and fostering partnerships. This role requires a seasoned executive well-versed in West Africa's political and governance landscape, with an expertise in strategic thinking and innovation in a fast-paced environment. The ideal candidate will possess strong communication skills, a history of managing complex projects and diverse international teams, and the ability to influence a broad spectrum of stakeholders.

Key dimensions of the role


  • Strategic responsibility for the implementation of the Club’s Programme of Work and Budget (PWB) and the advancement of the strategic outcomes.
  • Provide leadership and strategic direction, in collaboration with the Management Group, to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of SWAC’s work programmes.
  • Guide the Secretariat towards new ways of working and innovative methodological approaches to solve complex challenges that the region faces.

Representation and Liaison

  • Represent the Directorate and the Organisation at internal and external meetings, establishing close contacts and active collaboration with a wide range of colleagues, stakeholders and partners to achieve maximum effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Establish and maintain a network of relationships with other international organisations, national authorities, civil society, academia and research institutes.
  • Actively contribute to the development, promotion and implementation of enhanced engagement with key partners and other non-member economies and “horizontal” (multidisciplinary) work within the OECD Development cluster and beyond.
  • Develop and maintain contacts with current and potential Members and financial partners, harnessing the network to ensure the long-term financial stability of the Club.

Management and Co-ordination

  • Ensure effective co-ordination, collaboration and co-operation within the Secretariat with the objective of delivering the Club’s Programme of Work and Budget for its Members.
  • Ensure coordination with the OECD including with the Office of the Secretary-General and policy directorates to support and contribute to flagship corporate initiatives and horizontal projects that are related to the Organisation’s relationship with Africa.
  • Build and lead a cohesive, multicultural and multidisciplinary team, promoting excellence, inclusion and diversity.
  • Adhere to and promote the highest professional standards and the ethical principles of the OECD's Code of Conduct in all internal and external matters. Ensure a caring environment where managers promote, respect and support staff in developing their full potential.
  • Participate in recruitment interviews and assessments of candidates for key positions.

Skills and experience

  • Advanced degree in international relations, economics, agriculture policy, security, social sciences, or related.
  • At least 20 years professional experience, with significant experience in international development or regional government roles, including experience in senior positions.
  • Skilled in leading teams with innovative analysis for policy dialogue.
  • Deep understanding of West African politics, strong network with decision-makers and civil society, and consensus-building ability.
  • Extensive knowledge of international development aid, SWAC, and OECD operations, with a grasp of global issues.
  • Track record of senior-level negotiations and established connections in international forums.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking, analytical skills, and effective people management, including team leadership and task delegation.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication in English and French, with fluency in one and good command of the other.

Closing date

This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should reach us no later than 23:59 on 4 March 2024 (Paris time).

How to apply

Please apply for this role using the links below:

Director of SWAC

Directeur du CSAO

The OECD is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates who are nationals of OECD Member Countries or SWAC regional members (ECOWAS, UEMOA, CILSS).

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of colour are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Millar Cameron, we are dedicated to supporting our clients in building and supporting diverse and inclusive workplaces and culture, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Since 2007 Millar Cameron has specialised in sourcing leadership and keyperson talent across a number of industries, including agribusiness, international development, industrial, consumer, financial and professional services, private equity, and technology, media and telecommunications. Our mission and purpose is to positively contribute to the development of Africa, and other emerging markets, through the provision of people.

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