Job Opening

Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 28 October 2017 - 26 November 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Statistics-DESA-86142-R-New York (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

This JO refers to a specialized inter-regional adviser position and refers to a project position. The initial appointment is for one year. Annual renewal of appointment is subject to endorsement by an internal Departmental Panel on the continued need for the technical specialty depending on updates to DESA’s priorities in the area of capacity development, and availability of funds. This vacancy is subject to availability of post and is funded under the resources of the Regular Programme of Technical Cooperation. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The vacancy is in the Statistics Division of the Department of Economics and Social Affairs. The Division is mandated to provide strategic/policy support on the implementation of international statistical standards. The Adviser will be a member of DESA's IRA Network. The services of the IRA aim to ensure the high-level technical expertise, the transfer of knowledge from global entities to Governments on policy-related issues and development strategies and the formulation, assessment or evaluation of projects and programmes. The services of the IRA need to comply with intergovernmental guidance on the use of the Regular Programme on Technical Cooperation (RPTC), when appropriate and with strategies and guidance concerning capacity development activities endorsed by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and supported by the Capacity Development Office.


The incumbent will perform the following:

•Provides policy advice through short-term field missions to Governments and other relevant stakeholders in developing countries upon their request on aspects of statistical training and capacity building, including the new requirements for training, knowledge management and information sharing in the context of the implementation of the 2030 development agenda and data revolution;
•Undertakes a standardized approach to capacity development in developing countries to ensure that the necessary data are available to inform and monitor the implementation of the 2030 development agenda, by proposing innovative methodologies in capacity needs assessment, results-based management and monitoring and evaluation;
•Contributes to the strengthening of DESA’s own capacity in development of statistical training and capacity building, including assessing new challenges to statistical capacity building in general, and training of official statisticians in particular;
•Provides strategic advice to DESA’s innovative approaches in statistics to create synergies and complementarities with other parts of the UN development system and strengthens DESA’s ability to contribute to the strengthening of operational activities for development of the UN system and promote system-wide coherence;
•Monitors, studies and analyzes the trends and best practices in statistical training and capacity building and prepares policy advisory notes to inform governments as well as feed into the intergovernmental process;
•Contributes to the design/redesign of national policies and strategies to support countries’ efforts to build and strengthen their national statistical capacity and to contribute to the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals and other relevant international norms and standards for statistical activities;
•Provides leadership in the design of capacity development programmes, projects, including Development Account projects, and activities at national, regional and global levels and contributes to implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as reporting on these initiatives;
•Ensures implementation of gender mainstreaming guidelines by assessing the implications for men and women of any planned action, including legislation, policies or programmes, in all areas and at all levels;
•Makes substantive contributions to global/ regional/sub-regional/national workshops, seminars, colloquia, other training events, including proposals concerning agenda topics, possible participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.;
•Contributes to the Department’s resource mobilization strategies, notably as far as extra-budgetary funding is concerned;
•Assumes other tasks in his / her area of expertise and in line with capacity development guidance as requested by the supervisor.

Optional tasks (as appropriate):
•Develops and updates training materials for the areas covered in capacity development activities for the use by different stakeholders;
•Undertakes survey initiatives; guides design of data collection instruments; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions;
•Liaises with relevant professional networks and makes relevant external capacity development resources available to DESA;
•Establishes and nurtures close relationships with various stakeholders in view of creating partnerships and an active network on the matters related to the statistical training and capacity building;
•Provides inputs for the normative and advocacy functions of the Division based on the capacity development expertise.


The successful incumbent is expected to adhere to and practice the three main core values of the UN system (integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity) and in particular possess the following competencies:

•Professionalism. In general: a) Shows pride in work and achievements; b) demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter (as described above); c) is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; d) is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; e) shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; d) remains calm in stressful situations. In particular DESA is looking for staff with the following technical competence: 1) a strong commitment to high-level technical expertise in the statistical training and capacity building; 2) proven ability in preparing robust project proposals; 3) familiarity with potential donors’ policies (member states, UN funds and programmes, global funds, International Financial Institutions etc.); 4) familiarity with concepts and approaches related to capacity development and conversant with RBB/RBM approaches and M&E approaches; 5) proven ability to be a broker of knowledge (not only provider of knowledge, brokering issues close to DESA normative analytical mandates; 6) proven ability in building partnerships with national institutions and other organizations involved in the development process; 7) proven ability in mobilizing resources; 8) taking responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

•Teamwork: a) Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; b) solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; c) places team agenda before personal agenda; d) supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; e) shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

•Planning and Organizing: a) Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; b) identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; c) allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; d) foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; e) monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; f) uses time efficiently.


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

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience within the UN development system and / or related to operational activities for development of the UN system in statistical capacity building. At least five years of the professional experience should be advisory work in developing countries (including transition countries), preferably in more than one region.

Other: Experience in the organisation and management of statistical capacity building programmes at national and/or international level is required; experience in producing written reports on the issues of statistical training and capacity building is required; participation in any high level national, regional or international meetings that have discussed statistical capacity building matters is desirable. Experience in the UN development system and/or operational activity related to UN development work is desirable. Experience with development programmes related to data and indicators for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is also required.


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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