Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR STATISTICS ASSISTANT, G7
Job Code Title: SENIOR STATISTICS ASSISTANT
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Duty Station: SANTIAGO
Posting Period: 30 December 2021 - 28 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-Statistics-ECLAC-171406-R-Santiago (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Statistics Division, ECLAC. The Statistical Assistant reports to the Chief of Statistical Innovation and Dissemination Unit.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the five regional Commissions of the United Nations. It was founded in 1948 with the purpose of contributing to the region's economic and social development. Its mission includes the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and the provision of advisory services, expertise and training to Governments, as well as support for regional and international cooperation and coordination activities. Please visit our website at www.eclac.org for further information.

Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Statistical Innovation and Dissemination Unit, the Senior Statistics Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:

•Collects, evaluates, processes, and analyses statistical data from a variety of sources.
•Processes, classifies and ensures internal consistency of data; reconciles discrepancies in data series.
•Builds special data sets for specific research needs or for reports.
•Develops creative ideas to present complex concepts and data. Produces highly creative and analytical graphics and web design outputs to disseminate statistical information according to Division objectives. Produce creative graphics in electronic format, adaptable for use in the production of print and online materials.
•Applies, tests and executes programmers for specific statistical applications on the basis of specifications provided.
•Maintains specific information products in their area and assists more senior staff in providing information products to others.
•Drafts communications related to all aspects of data analysis, including information on available data sets, data catalogues and data analysis, revisions and other related issues, as well as preparing unit contributions for a variety of periodic reports.
•Prepares newsletters and other products related to data analysis activities; drafts inputs for a wide range of documents/reports, briefings/debriefings, correspondence, etc.
•Serves as a focal point for coordination, monitoring and expedition of data analysis activity, involving extensive liaison with diverse parts of the organisation to request data and to communicate data needs to other parts of the organisation. Follows-up on requests made by other team members and coordinates activities.
•Assists liaising with United Nations system organisations to obtain necessary statistical and other relevant information.
•Supervises and guides other general service staff in the function, as needed.
•Performs other duties as assigned.

Competencies

Professionalism: Uses advanced analytical skills and experience to organise, manage, and disseminate information. Assists with analysis, modelling and interpretation of data in support of decision-making. Writes queries, prepares draft reports and finds innovative ways to present findings in data products. Knowledge of web application programming to visualise statistical data and design software to produce statistical infographics is required. Knowledge of UN 2030 Agenda monitoring mechanisms is required. Knowledge of the dissemination tools and mechanisms of Statistical Division like CEPALSTAT and Statistical Yearbook is desirable. Knowledge of regional SDG indicators dissemination mechanisms is an advantage. Ability to provide independent evaluations and analyse statistical data. 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.

•Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational 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.

•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.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent is required.

NOTE: For positions in the General Service category, candidates are required to clearly indicate in their PHPs relevant information confirming completion of High School.

Job - Specific Qualification

University degree in statistics, mathematics, economy, sociology, architecture, cartography or related areas is desirable.

Work Experience

At least ten years of experience in statistics, finance, accounting, or related areas are required.

At least seven years of increasing experience in statistical information dissemination and web application programming, particularly related to MDG/SDG or other international commitments, are required.

Working experience in data visualisation is required.

Working experience in international organisations and familiarity with Latin American and the Caribbean countries, mainly with SDG statistical monitoring mechanisms at the regional/national level, is desirable.

Languages

’English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, advanced knowledge of Spanish and intermediate knowledge of English is required.

NOTE: ‘’Advanced knowledge’’ equals a rating of ‘’fluent’’ in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and ‘’intermediate knowledge’’ equals a rating of ‘’confident’’ in two of the four areas.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

- Appointment for positions in the General Service category is done on a local basis. Applicants shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of the office, irrespective of nationality and length of time the candidate may have been in the country. Applicants will be responsible for any expenses incurred in taking the relevant examinations at the duty station, and of any costs related to traveling and relocating to the duty station in the event of an employment offer.
- A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade.
- A staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments.
- Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.
- The expression "Internal candidates", shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15. Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position.
- The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
- For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.
- The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
- At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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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