Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief, Demographic and Social Statistics Branch, D1
Job Code Title: CHIEF OF SERVICE, STATISTICS
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 11 January 2018 - 24 February 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Statistics-DESA-90704-R-New York (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Demographic and Social Statistics Branch of the UN Statistics Division in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The Chief of Service reports to the Director. 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: https://unstats.un.org.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Chief of Service will be responsible for the following:

•Formulates and implements the substantive work programme of the Branch. Oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Branch, ensures that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work related to demographic and social statistics both within the Statistics Division and the department, and with other relevant organizations of the United Nations System, as appropriate.
•Leads, supervises and carries out the work programme of the Branch including activities to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In particular, lead the Statistics Division’s work programme in the area of population and housing censuses, vital statistics and civil registration, demographic and social data collection and dissemination, as well as developing and implementing a comprehensive and coordinated social statistics programme, including gender; living arrangements migration, disability; time use; violence against women among others. In this context, provides leadership for technical cooperation activities of the Branch related to the development and improvement of demographic and social statistics at the national level to assist in statistical capacity building of member states.
•Co-ordinates and oversees the preparation of manuals, handbooks and technical reports in the demographic and social statistics areas and reports for presentation to the Statistical Commission and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.
•Ensures that the outputs produced by the Branch maintain high-quality standards; oversees and manages the data collection mechanisms that lead to the publication of the Demographic Yearbook, the vital statistics report, and other reports on social and demographic statistics.; Ensures that all outputs produced by the Branch maintain high professional standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
•Assists the Director in preparing the work programme of the Branch, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
•Undertakes or oversees the programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Branch, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget and programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.
•Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.
•Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic and substantive expertise on an issue, or holds programmatic and substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.
•Represents the Division at international, regional or national meetings.
•Leads and supervises the organization of meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive issues. Manages the substantive preparation and organization of such meetings or seminars.
•Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic and substantive expertise on an issue, or holds programmatic, substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.
•Represents the Division at international, regional or national meetings.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Demonstrates expert knowledge in the technical field of demographic and social statistics; knowledge of designing and administering census and sample surveys; knowledge of population and administrative registers including national registration systems; demonstrates ability to produce high quality papers and reports on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others; demonstrates ability to review and edit the work of others of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised; 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.

•Communication: Demonstrates excellent drafting ability and communication skills both oral and written; ability to listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; ability to defend and explain difficult issues with respect to key decisions and positions to staff, senior officials and members of intergovernmental bodies; proven ability to communicate complex concepts orally; ability to prepare written reports that are clear, concise and meaningful.

•Planning & 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.

•Leadership: Proven record of building and managing teams and creating and enabling work environment, including the ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff and design training/skills enhancement initiatives to ensure effective transfer of knowledge and skills. Demonstrates flexibility in leadership by performing and overseeing change initiatives to ensure effective analysis of complex human resources, budgetary, financial or administrative management policy and programmatic issues. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work.

• Managing Performance: Ability to lead and supervise staff. Demonstrates ability to delegate the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; ensuring 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in statistics, demography, sociology or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of statistical data or related area is required. Experience in demographic, population or social statistics is required. Experience in the area of international data collection, statistical methodological work and statistical capacity building programmes is required. Managerial experience is required.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

Special Notice

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.

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 September 2017, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Viet Nam.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

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