Job Vacancies Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Job Title Statistician
Department/ Office Department Of Economic And Social Affairs
Duty Station NEW YORK
Closing Date: Monday, 13 February 2012
Job Opening number 11-STT-DEPT OF ECON & SOCIAL AFFAIRS-21907-R-NEW YORK
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Global Data Services Unit, Statistical Services Branch, Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The Statistician reports to the Chief of the Statistical Services
Within delegated authority, the statistician will be responsible for the following duties:
Initiates and co-ordinates the development of appropriate methods for aggregating and sourcing relevant data. Design and improve appropriate data dissemination strategies to improve service to users.
Ensures the quality and timeliness of available data and metadata disseminated through the UNdata portal for accuracy, consistency and comparability; enriches its content by adding new databases, both national and international;
Supervises and contributes to the development of relevant databases, web publishing tools and other software for collection, storage and distribution of statistical data.
Liaises with data providing partners; also communicates with and provides feedback to users; promotes the portal within users’ community.
Organizes and participates in meetings on data dissemination, promoting data dissemination best practices.
Undertakes methodological research with regard to standards on concepts, definitions and classifications, especially in the area of data exchange and data dissemination, to assist countries and other constituents in strengthening their statistical development.
Provides guidance and advice to other departments, field experts, etc., in the planning, operation and evaluation of statistical programmes and projects especially in relating to data dissemination.
Plans and co-ordinates seminars, workshops, expert meetings, etc..
Plans, organizes, manages and supervises the work of the unit assigned.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge of a broad range of statistical programmes to analyze and evaluate the quality of different types of data. Demonstrated ability to manage complex multi-sectoral databases. 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. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings..
Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.
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. A first-level university degree in combination with 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; in particular experience in managing complex multi-sectoral statistical data bases is required. Knowledge and experience in the broad range of data bases of the UN system and of SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange programme) is desirable. Experience in managing teams and supervising individuals is desirable.
English and French are the official languages of the Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified applicants may include a substantive assessment, which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
United Nations Considerations
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