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  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Various Locations
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Statistics
  • Closing Date: 2019-05-13

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Statistician

Various Locations (Various)

IMPORTANT NOTICE\: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on your personal device date and time settings

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

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

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
The Statistics Division (ESS) develops and advocates for the implementation of methodologies and standards for data collection, validation, processing and analysis of food and agriculture statistics. In these statistical domains, it also plays a vital role in the compilation, processing and dissemination of internationally comparable data, and provides essential capacity building support to member countries. In addition, the Division disseminates many publications, working papers and statistical yearbooks, which cover agricultural and food security relevant statistics (including prices, production, trade and agri-environmental statistical data). The Statistics Division is involved in the management of a number of large scale projects, aimed at improving statistical methodologies and establish best practices for the collection, collation, processing, dissemination and use of data relevant to food security, agriculture and rural areas.
The Office of the Chief Statistician (OCS) is mandated to strengthen the coordination of FAO statistical activities and to oversee the implementation of FAO’s responsibilities in global SDG reporting. Within these general functions, OCS\:
  1. Plans, reviews, approves and monitors the biennial statistics programme of work, including elements planned under the Strategic Programmes
  2. Steers and facilitates FAO statistical governance, both externally and internally;
  3. Develops and promotes the adoption of corporate statistical standards, classifications and methodologies.
  4. Establishes and monitors policies and guidelines for FAO statistical processes, from data collection to data dissemination;
  5. Reviews all data collection activities, including questionnaires and surveys.
  6. Oversees the methodological development and validation of statistical indicators, including the FAO-relevant SDG indicators;
  7. Carries out the Corporate Outcome Assessment of FAO’s results framework, in partnership with the Office of Strategy, Planning and Resources Management (OSP).
  8. Coordinates statistical capacity development initiatives;
  9. Liaises with member countries to assess users’ needs for SDG monitoring;
  10. Develops partnerships with other agencies and resource partners for collaborative work in the area of statistics.
Reporting Lines
Consultants and PSA subscribers in ESS will work under the immediate supervision of one or more Team Leaders of the Statistics Division, and the general oversight of the Director and the Deputy Director of the Division. They may be called upon to collaborate with other FAO Divisions and teams.
Consultants and PSA subscribers in OCS will work under the immediate supervision of one of the OCS Focal Points, and the general oversight of the Chief Statistician. They are required to work in close collaboration with other FAO Divisions and teams.
Technical Focus
Consultants and PSA subscribers will work in one or more of the following statistical domains\:
  • Sustainable Development Goals indicators;
  • Food balance sheets and Supply Utilization Accounts (agricultural production, trade, stocks, and other utilization statistics)
  • Postharvest losses, food losses and food waste statistics;
  • Food security and nutrition statistics;
  • Crops, livestock, fisheries, aquaculture and forestry statistics;
  • Prices, costs of production, investment and public expenditure statistics;
  • National Accounts Statistics and System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) on crop, livestock, fishing and forestry sub-sector including capital formation;
  • Agro-environmental statistics including Fertilizers, Pesticides and Land Use;
  • Climate change relevant statistics and indicators, including GHG emissions;
  • Poverty and rural poverty statistics, rural livelihoods statistics;
  • Agricultural surveys and censuses;
  • Agricultural and rural labour and decent work statistics, social protection statistics;
  • Territorial statistics, including rural and rural livelihoods statistics;
  • Geo-spatial statistical applications; Land cover/land use statistics;
  • Statistics on resilience, damage and losses from hazardous events;
  • Corporate statistical planning and corporate statistical policies;
  • Quality assurance of statistical processes;
  • International Definitions, Classifications and statistical standards;
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of corporate results frameworks.
Tasks and responsibilities
In one or more of the above mentioned statistical domains, Consultants and PSA subscribers will contribute to and/or take responsibility for one or more of the following tasks\:
  • methodological development (for data processing, analysis, imputation of missing data, validation and quality control)
  • sampling design
  • data collection, processing, analysis, validation and dissemination at national and sub-national level
  • analysis and validation of trade flow data (quantity & value), by reporter and partner
  • processing of micro-data and computation of indicators from household surveys and farm surveys
  • advanced use of statistical software languages, including programming, particularly of R and Stata applications
  • technologies for data collection (CAPI, Remote Sensing, Crowdsourcing, Web scrapping)
  • questionnaire design
  • analysis of data with item-response-theory
  • metadata development
  • statistical capacity development, including needs assessments
  • statistical policy advocacy, communication and implementation
  • strategic planning in agricultural and rural statistics
  • use of administrative data in agricultural and rural statistics
  • archiving, communication and dissemination of statistical products
  • design, preparation and management of statistical projects
They will perform other related duties as required.

CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
Minimum Requirements
  • For PSAs\: University degree in statistics, economics, social sciences, environmental sciences, or a related and relevant field.
  • For Consultants\: Advanced University degree in statistics, economics, social sciences, environmental sciences or a related and relevant field.
  • 1 year of relevant experience in the above mentioned statistical areas of work and / or fields of application.
  • For PSAs\: Working knowledge of one of the FAO official languages.
  • For Consultants\: Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian.
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Technical/Functional Skills
  • Extent and length of knowledge and experience in performing the above mentioned tasks and responsibilities in relevant statistical fields
  • PhD or equivalent degree in relevant disciplines – this may substitute for 1 year of experience
  • Ability to draft quickly, clearly and concisely and to communicate effectively in English
  • Ability to work independently, with minimum supervision
  • Previous working experience with FAO and its partners in the above mentioned statistical domains and tasks
  • Experience in the provision of technical assistance to countries and/or professional experience in national statistical services
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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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