Job Opening

Posting Title: Statistician, P4
Job Code Title: STATISTICIAN
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 13 August 2021 - 26 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Statistics-ESCAP-161428-R-Bangkok (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote sustainable and inclusive development and regional connectivity in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership with policy oriented research and analysis, normative support and technical assistance and capacity building, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.

This position is located in the Economic and Environmental Statistics Section, the Statistics Division. The incumbent reports to the Chief, Economic and Environment Statistics Section.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Chief, Economic and Environment Statistics Section, the incumbent is required to perform the following functions:

•Supports planning for and leads technical implementation of the division’s work on economic, environment and multi-domain statistics and accounting in support of national, regional and global follow-up and review of SDG implementation.
•Designs and raises funds for statistics capacity development programmes in collaboration with national and international partners.
•Plans and conducts analytical programmes of work in economic, environment and multi-domain statistics. This may include identifying projects; managing projects; co-ordinating the development of appropriate methods for obtaining relevant data; ensuring the quality of collected data for accuracy, consistency, and comparability; conducting analysis; and participating in technical advisory activities for national capacity building.
•Supervises and contributes to the development of relevant databases, web portals and other software tools for collection, management and communication of statistics.
•Undertakes methodological research on concepts, definitions and classifications to assist countries and other constituents in strengthening their statistical development. This may include: developing guidance material to support national implementation of agreed statistical standards, developing technical solutions for the use and integration of data from diverse sources to produce policy-relevant statistical information; making such solutions accessible to national statistical systems for SDG monitoring, and applying them for regional SDG progress analysis.
•Develops new or improved statistical methods and quantitative models for analyses and projections.
•Provides guidance and advice to other divisions, offices and institutions of ESCAP 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 section as assigned.
•Performs other duties as assigned.

Competencies

Core competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of statistical programmes to analyze and evaluate complex data. Ability to formulate new strategies and technical approaches with respect to statistical development. Expert knowledge of standards, concepts, definitions and classifications, and tools for the production and dissemination of economic, multi-domain and environment statistics, including the System of National Accounts and the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting. 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.

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.

Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

Managerial competencies

Managing Performance: 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.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in statistics, mathematics, economics, sociology or related field.

A relevant first-level university degree in the above fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in statistics, including collection, compilation, analysis of data from censuses, surveys, statistical registers, and administrative sources to produce and communicate official statistics is required.
Experience with concepts, definitions, classifications and tools for the production and communication of economic, environment and multi-domain statistics, including the System of National Accounts and the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting is required.
Experience in providing technical support or national capacity development in statistics through missions, expert consultations, technical meetings or training workshops is required.
Experience working on statistical issues that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and involve evaluating and using data from a variety of sources is highly desirable.
Experience with evaluating the use of big data, including earth observation data, to produce official statistics is highly desirable.
Experience in official statistical work in or with developing countries in the Asia and the Pacific region is highly desirable.
Experience working in a national statistical office or national statistical system is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.

Special Notice

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.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 April 2021, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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