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Statistician [Temporary]


Special Notice

This is a temporary position initially available until 7 November 2017 and is open to both internal and external candidates, including staff members on temporary appointments. If selected, an internal candidate will be on temporary assignment to the post; an external candidate will initially be offered a temporary appointment. Any extension of appointment is subject to satisfactory performance and continued availability of the post.

ESCAP is committed to promoting diversity and gender equality within the Secretariat. Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote regional cooperation for inclusive economic and social development in the Asia and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership, through its analytical, normative and technical cooperation, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asia and Pacific region.

This position is located in the Economic and Environment Statistics Section (EES) of the Statistics Division (SD). The incumbent reports directly to the Chief of the Section.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief, Economic and Environment Statistics Section (EES) and overall supervision of the Director of the Division, the incumbent is required to perform the following duties:

• Contributes to the implementation of the Regional Programme on Economic Statistics, including by supporting the Steering Group for the Programme and managing Task Forces operating within the Programme

• Participates in design and implementation of statistical capacity-strengthening initiatives in the region.

• Participates in the development or revision of standards on statistical concepts, definitions and classifications by performing methodological research.

• Prepares draft technical documents for international, intergovernmental and expert group meetings and assists in drafting relevant reports.

• Organizes and participates in seminars, working groups, expert meetings, training courses and country missions as a technical resource person.

• Conducts analytical and methodological studies to assist member countries in assessing progress towards internationally agreed development goals.

• Contributes to the preparation of the analytical content, including storylines and tabular and graphical presentations of data, of ESCAP and inter-agency and publications, reports and studies.

• Guides trains and supervises general service staff.

• Performs other duties as assigned.


• Professionalism: Knowledge of statistical principles and practices. Ability to conduct independent research and analysis. Knowledge of international statistical standards and the functioning of the national and international statistical system. 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.

• Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

• 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in statistics, mathematics, economics, sociology or related field is required. A first-level university degree in the above fields in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the 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 in statistics capacity development in developing countries is required.

Experience in dealing with metadata and assessing the quality of statistics is desirable.

Experience with developing and implementing statistical capacity development programmes or projects is desirable.

Experience with developing and delivering training on statistics is desirable.


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.


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

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

No Fee


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  • Organization: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
  • Location: Bangkok
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Mid level
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  • Closing Date: 2017-05-06

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