Job Opening

Posting Title: Statistician, P3
Job Code Title: STATISTICIAN
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 17 March 2017 - 30 April 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Statistics-DESA-73915-R-New York (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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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.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Statistics Division (SD), Economics Statistics Branch (ESB), Environmental-Economic Accounts Section (EEAS). The position is to support the development of methodologies, concepts and methods in environmental-economic accounts. The Statistics Division is committed to the advancement of the global statistical system. The Division compiles and disseminates global statistical information, develop standards and norms for statistical activities, and support countries' efforts to strengthen their national statistical systems. Further information is available on the following website: http://ww.unstats.un.org.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Environmental-Economic Accounts Section and within limits of delegated authority, the Statistician will be responsible for the following duties:

•Organizes, designs, plans and carries out the collection, evaluation, analysis, compilation and dissemination of statistical data by selecting methods of data collection, selecting and implementing methods for checking collected data, and selecting and implementing appropriate methods for data processing for incorporation into databases.
•Participates in the development, implementation and management of statistical database(s).
•Provides training and technical support on data collection programmes, country practices and other related information.
•Participates in the development and revision of standards on statistical concepts, definitions and classifications in environmental economic accounting by performing methodological research.
•Prepares draft technical documents for international, intergovernmental and expert group meetings and assists in drafting relevant reports in environmental-economic accounting.
•Organizes and participates in seminars, working groups and expert meetings on environmental-economic accounting as a technical resource person.
•Assists in providing secretariat services to the United Nations Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting.
•Guides, trains and supervises general service staff.
•Performs other duties as assigned.

Competencies

* Professionalism: Knowledge of statistical principles and practices. Ability to conduct independent research and analysis. Knowledge of conceptual skills in statistics including in-depth technical knowledge of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting and its subsystems on water and energy; ability to conduct independent research and analysis, identifying issues, formulating options and making conclusions and recommendations. Ability to identify issues, formulate options and make conclusions and recommendations. 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 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.

* Planning and 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in statistics, mathematics, economics, physical sciences or directly related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of statistical data or related area is required. Experience in the area of environment statistics, environmental-economic accounts or national accounts is desirable. Experience in development of methodological documents is desirable. Experience in the use of computerized databases including web design and update is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

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No Fee

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