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  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Statistics
  • Closing Date: 2018-03-30

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UN Women: Statistics specialist - Progress of the World’s Women

New York City (United States of America)


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

The Policy Division develops and implements the UN Women corporate programme of work on analysis, research and knowledge management that provides the evidence base for the advice and guidance UN Women provides to the intergovernmental process, the UN system, and to UN Women staff working at country and regional level on issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Division identifies emerging issues and trends, and develops and proposes new strategies for achieving the agreed goals through innovative approaches and lessons learned about what works in practice. It also designs and oversees the training and capacity development programs of UN Women, through the training facility in Santo Domingo.

The Research and Data (R&D) Section in the Policy Division is responsible for leading UN Women’s research and data agenda and for positioning UN Women as a global knowledge hub on gender equality and women’s empowerment. It produces knowledge products including UN Women flagship publications: Progress of the World’s Women, the SDGs and Gender Equality Monitoring Report and The World Survey on the Role of Women in Development; and UN Women Discussion Papers and Policy Briefs. The section also manages a growing portfolio of gender statistics programmes, including the global programme, Making Every Women and Girl Count.

Under the supervision of the Research and Data Specialist (P4) the Statistics Specialist is responsible for conducting data analysis for UN Women’s flagship reports and other publications, providing substantive inputs, research and analysis for the production of UN Women’s flagship reports, providing substantive support to the Section’s statistical work and providing substantive inputs to communication and outreach activities. The incumbent will be primarily contributing to the research, statistical analysis and production of Progress of the World’s Women, but will also input into other data and statistics work that the R&D section is responsible for.

Duties and Responsibilities

Conduct data analysis for UN Women’s flagship reports and other publications:

  • Lead on the research, collection and assessment of sources of relevant data for Progress of the World’s Women;
  • Conduct background research and analysis, including on statistical modeling and other quantitative techniques;
  • Develop partnerships with UN agencies and other data collecting organizations in order to compile up-to-date gender statistics for use in UN Women’s flagship reports and other publications and associated communications materials;
  • Provide quality research and lead in the curating of data relevant to the various publications, including the statistical annexes (including technical notes, statistical references, definitions and so on);
  • Ensure that data are presented in ways that are accessible and attractive to non-technical audiences in all publications, in close collaboration with colleagues.

Provide substantive inputs, research and analysis for the production of UN Women’s flagship reports:

  • Participate in brainstorming meetings and in-house discussions on various aspects of the reports’ production, including honing of the theme and structure of the reports, with particular reference to research and data;
  • Carry out background cross-national and country specific research, including literature reviews related to the reports’ themes;
  • Draft inputs, including those related to statistical analysis undertaken, for inclusion in chapters of the reports;
  • Identify potential authors of background papers and other research materials for the analytical parts of the reports; take the lead on commissioning and coordinating their work where requested and comment on their draft papers;
  • Participate in proof-reading, data-checking and providing comments on draft chapters and sections of the reports as required, including, if possible, proof-reading of translated text in languages other than English.

Provide substantive support to the Section’s other statistical work:

  • Keep abreast of emerging development issues to galvanize UN Women’s analytical capacity to respond, particularly in the area of gender statistics;
  • Identify strategic opportunities to strengthen the availability and quality of gender statistics, and develop and manage the partnerships needed to deliver them, including for example with the UN Statistics Division, regional commissions, OECD and others;
  • Represent UN Women in inter-agency working groups and fora on research and data as requested.

Provide substantive inputs to communication and outreach activities:

  • Input into the design and preparation of data related materials for the launch of the flagship reports and ongoing advocacy efforts, including country fact sheets and other presentation materials, especially related to data and statistics;
  • Present statistics and data analyses at flagship report launches and other events;
  • Prepare background documents and other information to be used for media interviews and briefings, Member States, UN, UN Women country offices and other external requests as requested.

Provide any other support as requested by supervisor.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Research and analysis is conducted on time, on scope and on budget;
  • Quality of substantive inputs and reports;
  • Inputs provided to strengthen the availability and quality of gender statistics;
  • Quality of the design of products and timeliness of preparation of knowledge products.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong research and analytical skills;
  • Excellent skills in statistical analysis, using large data sets;
  • Good understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment and its policy implications;
  • Creativity in performing quantitative analysis in areas where such quantitative data is limited and scarce;
  • Strong research and excellent writing skills. Ability to conduct literature reviews, compile analytical bibliographies, and write cogent summaries of reports or analytical documents;
  • Capacity to self-organize research work and to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time. Ability to set priorities; work under pressure with colleagues at all levels;
  • Familiarity with the internet and the use of web based information systems;
  • Ample knowledge and use of computer office tools (word, spreadsheets).

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in gender/women's studies, economics, social sciences, human rights, international development or a related field with a strong quantitative focus.


  • At least five years of relevant work experience, with a demonstrable ability to conduct high quality statistical research;
  • Experience working with international data and actual knowledge of quantitative analysis and related software (i.e. Excel, Stata and Python) is required. Mastery of Excel is a strong asset;
  • Experience in gathering and presenting gender data and statistics;
  • Previous experience working on gender issues and/or major institutional reports an asset.


  • Written and oral proficiency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of another UN language is desirable but not a requirement.


  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

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