Org. Setting and Reporting
The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) forms part of the United Nations Secretariat and, like the other regional commissions, operates under the supervision of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. ESCWA comprises 20 Arab countries in Western Asia and North Africa. ESCWA provides a framework for the formulation and harmonization of sectoral policies for member countries, a platform for congress and coordination, a home for expertise and knowledge, and an information observatory. ESCWA activities are coordinated with the divisions and main offices of the Headquarters of the United Nations, specialized agencies, and international and regional organizations, including the League of Arab States and its subsidiary bodies, and the Gulf Cooperation Council.
This position is in Cluster 4 (Statistics, the information society and technology) which acts as a pioneer and multi-stakeholder regional platform for deliberation, consensus-building, peer learning, and policy solutions to strengthen the institutional framework for official statistics in the Arab region and enhance the production and use of harmonized, timely and reliable statistics for evidence-based policymaking; to enable the measurement of national and regional progress towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and advance information society in the Arab region and promote the integration of technology and innovation for inclusive and sustainable development.
The Statistician will report directly to the Cluster Lead.
Within delegated authority, under the leadership of the Statistics, Information Society and Technology Cluster, the Statistician, Head of the Statistical Policies and Coordination Unit, will be responsible for managing and implementing activities towards improving the production, dissemination of quality and comparable indicators towards monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals including production of standardized indicators to leave no vulnerable population behind (women and girls, persons with disabilities, youth and older persons etc) with the following duties:
• Initiates and co-ordinates the development of appropriate methods for obtaining relevant official statistical data from surveys (labor force surveys, health surveys, income and expenditure surveys, demographic surveys, etc. collected by national statistical offices) and from administrative records (official national institutions and ministries) through the use of statistical softwares.
• Ensures the quality of collected data for accuracy, consistency and comparability.
• Plans and conducts analytical programmes of work in relevant areas of statistics. This may include: identifying projects, conducting analysis and participating in technical advisory activities for national and regional capacity building to improve capacities of countries in the collection and dissemination of official statistics.
• Supervises and contributes to the development of relevant databases of official statistics, web publishing tools and other software for collection, storage and distribution of statistical data.
• Undertakes methodological research with regard to international standards on statistical concepts, definitions and classifications to assist countries and other constituents in strengthening their statistical development to keep them abreast of the latest updates and good practices.
• Prepares technical documents and contributes to regional, international, intergovernmental publications and for expert group meetings and workshops including development of new or improved statistical methods and quantitative models for analyses and projections.
• Provides guidance and advice to other departments, field experts, etc., in the planning, operation and evaluation of statistical programmes and projects.
• Plans and co-ordinates seminars, workshops, expert meetings, etc..
• Plans, organizes, manages and supervises the work of the unit assigned and contributes to the management of the Cluster’s work plans, projects, resources, and monitoring of its activities in relation to the unit’s work, including putting strategies to achieve the objectives of the unit.
• Guides trains and supervises general service staff.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of statistical programmes to analyze and evaluate complex data. Ability to formulate new strategies and technical approaches with respect to statistical development. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
• PLANNING & ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
• TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.
• JUDGEMENT/DECISION-MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in statistics, mathematics, economics, sociology or related field is required.
A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of statistical data or related area, is required.
A minimum of five years of experience in the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of standardized official statistical data from household surveys and public administrative records (ministries and institutions) including key statistical development indicators, and those related to gender and disability, is desirable.
A minimum of three years of experience in performing data quality checks, strategizing to increase data availability, building capacities, improving data production and data dissemination of key development indicators including experience in reconciling variations and discrepancies between nationally and internationally reported data is desirable.
A minimum of two years of experience in the use of statistical software(s) (SPSS, STATA, R, Python) is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. In addition, Arabic is a working language at ESCWA. For this position, fluency in English and Arabic is required.
Note: “Fluency” equals a rating of ‘fluent’ in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and “Knowledge of” equals a rating of ‘confident’ in two of the four areas.
Evaluation of qualified applicants will include one or more assessments which may be followed by a competency-based interview.Special Notice
• This position is available for one year from the date of appointment/assignment. Extension of the appointment/assignment is subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval, extension of the mandate, continued need for services, and satisfactory performance.
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