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Statistics Specialist

Gaborone (Botswana)

 

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FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality.

Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations

depending on the evolving needs of the Organization 

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Organizational Setting
 
FAO’s Subregional Office for Southern Africa is responsible for developing, promoting overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing subregional food, agriculture and rural development priorities. It develops and maintains relations with subregion-wide institutions including Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs). It assists the FAO Representations (FAORs) in the subregion with addressing subregional food security, agriculture and rural development issues at country level. The Subregional Office is a subsidiary of FAO’s Regional Office for Africa (RAF).
 
The position is located in the FAO Subregional Office for Southern Africa but stationed at the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Headquarters in Gaborone Botswana. The SADC Secretariat has embarked on establishing a regional agricultural information management system (AIMS) to spearhead the collection, analysis, dissemination, archiving of information and integration of various information systems in the region. The position will contribute to the development of a centralised system with basic data, based on existing national systems and be linked to agricultural information systems run by other organisations.
 
 
Reporting Lines
 
Under the general supervision of the FAO Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa, the Statistics Specialist will work under direct supervision of the Regional Project coordinator and technical supervision of the FAO Statistics Officer.
 
Technical Focus
 
The incumbent will assist the focal institution and the other partner agencies in defining and compiling the indicators to be included in the AIMS.
 
Tasks and responsibilities
 
  • Provide technical support to countries in the establishment of Agriculture Information Management System (AIMS), i.e. preparation of work plans, implementation and monitoring of the AIMS system, including work of the technical working group for the collection, harmonization and uploading of data to the system, the completion and validation of the panorama reports of each country;
  • facilitate the implementation of statistical activities by liaising with the Senior Statistics and Research Officer, the national partners working in Ministries of Agriculture and National Statistics Offices;
  • Oversee the preparation and execution of Technical Working Group meetings, and assist the national statisticians in the definition and collation of key agricultural and food security indicators   ;
  • Assist in analysing and assessing the accuracy and updating of statistical data at national and sub-national levels;
  • Contribute in the preparation of the draft detailed country work plans for appropriate review and clearance;
  • Undertake backstopping missions in the countries and follow up on the implementation of AIMS on behalf of FAO
  • Monitor/support day-to-day progress of activities and implementation of the work plan;
  • Participate in the organization of relevant meetings/workshops/training sessions in support of the project activities;
  • Contribute to the completion and support of statistical activities at the national level as required;
  • Provide oversight on any country budgets concerning Technical Working Groups meetings, travel arrangements, etc.;
  • Contribute to the development and management of the AIMS database system at national and regional level.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
 
 
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
 
 
Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced university degree in statistics, economics and social sciences
  • Five years of relevant experience in monitoring statistical activities in Sub-Saharan African countries and supporting statistical data analysis, statistics compilation and data definition.
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO languages (French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Arabic).
  • Knowledge of CPC and HS classifications and principles for disseminating internationally comparable data sets.
 
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
 
Technical/Functional Skills
  • Good knowledge of data and metadata concepts, standards and definition of statistical principles, methods, techniques and procedures
  • Experience with data manipulation and statistical processing using Excel or other statistical packages
  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work
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 Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO,

Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency 

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing).
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list.
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
  • Candidates with acceptable language certificate/s should upload them when submitting their application. For details, visit http\://www.fao.org/3/I8446EN/i8446en.pdf
  • For other issues, visit the FAO employment website\: http\://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/
  • For further information on categories, contract duration and honoraria, please refer to the Conditions page.
 
HOW TO APPLY
 
To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.
 
Vacancies will be removed from the recruitment portal at 23\:59 Central European Time (CET) on the deadline for applications date. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.
 
If you need help, or have queries, please contact\: iRecruitment@fao.org
 

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  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Gaborone (Botswana)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Statistics
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-18

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