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Governance Statistics Specialist

Oslo (Norway)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Oslo (Norway)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Democratic Governance
    • International Relations
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Statistics
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2020-02-18

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The Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) and the Crisis Bureau have the responsibility for developing relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan as part of UNDP’s Global Policy Network (GPN).  BPPS’s and CB’s staff provide technical advice to Country Offices, advocate for UNDP’s corporate messages, represent UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues, South-South and Triangular cooperation initiatives and engage in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas.  Both bureaux ensure that issues of risk are fully integrated into UNDP’s development programmes. and assist UNDP and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results-based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working. BPPS and CB support UNDP and partners to be more innovative, and knowledge and data driven including in its programme support efforts.  
Background to UNDP Oslo Governance Centre (OGC):
As a global policy centre on governance and peacebuilding, the Oslo Governance Centre (OGC) is an applied research and policy hub which  advances global dialogue and knowledge on inclusive democratic governance for the prevention of and transition from crisis and violent conflict. In the current project period, the OGC supports applied research and policy development in two focus areas: i) the governance of inclusion for the prevention of and transition from crisis and violent conflict ii) SDG16 implementation and monitoring for peaceful, just and inclusive societies.  
UNDP is the custodian agency for three global SDG 16 indicators: 16.6.2: “Proportion of population satisfied with their last experience of public services”; SDG 16.7.1.b. & c.: “Proportions of positions (by age group, sex, persons with disabilities and population groups) in public institutions (national and local public service, and judiciary) compared to national distributions”; and SDG 16.7.2: “Percentage of population who believe decision-making is inclusive and responsive.” To fulfil this responsibility, the Oslo Governance Centre working with colleagues across UNDP’s Global Policy Network will be executing a workplan of activities over the next three years (and beyond) supporting the measurement of and global reporting against these indicators.  This will include support to national capacity to produce, analyze and disseminate timely and reliable governance statistics, specifically to be able to measure the SDG16 indicators for which UNDP is custodian. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Working within the OGC’s team on SDG 16 and closely with focal points in the SDG 16 task team and the SDG Integration Team within the Global Policy Network, the Governance Statistics Specialist’s duties and responsibilities will include: 
  • Preparation of data request forms and reporting protocols for NSOs and other relevant entities;
  • Establish and maintain national focal point lists for all indicators and for all countries;
  • Send data request forms to all countries and follow up on country submissions;  
  • Ensure compliance with internationally-established data flow and reporting processes for global SDG indicators.
Data compilation and quality assurance:
  • Establish a system for ongoing data compilation and quality assurance including providing technical support, as requested by national focal points.
  • Ensure the harmonization and quality of collected data for accuracy, consistency and comparability including also by verifying data with data providers.
Co-ordination and focal point for UNDP/UNODC/OHCHR SDG 16 survey module and other relevant data collection instruments:
  • Support the development and implementation of data collection instruments for survey-based measures (16.6.2 & 16.7.2), including a joint UNDP/UNODC/OHCHR SDG 16 add-on module for existing surveys.
Training and capacity development: 
  • Lead in the organization and delivery of regional training activities, technical assistance, consultations and collaboration with in-house and external partners, including governance/justice/gender and statistical experts/practitioners and other stakeholders from national and international governmental and non-governmental organizations. 
  • In selected countries and in partnership with GPN thematic advisors/specialists and country indicator focal points, provide technical support to programs strengthening the institutional arrangements and data processes for monitoring the indicators. This involves working in close collaboration with the national focal points to develop practical strategies for improving quality and completeness of the data in terms of coverage and disaggregation. 
  • Develop guidance material and technical guidelines for national production of the data across the indicators and aligned with agreed statistical standards. 
  • Devise and run webinars on how to compile the data for the indicators. 
Development and implementation of an advocacy plan: 
  • Develop and oversee execution/implementation of an advocacy/awareness strategy to increase production and periodicity of data including through webinars and presentations during events where NSOs are convened.
  • Support resource mobilisation for this area of work. 
Reporting and analysis of data: 
  • Compile, publish and update online relevant data for the indicators at the global level.
  • Oversee the transmission of data to the UN Statistics Division (UN DESA) for the UN SDG database. 
  • Provide storylines for the annual global SDG progress report.
  • Develop compelling data visualisations to “tell the story” of the data.
  • Contribute technically to inter-agency discussions related to the SDG 16 indicators. 
  • Build partnerships with regional organisations including the regional economic commissions to increase data production and reporting. 


Corporate competencies:
  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work
  • Ability to persuade others to follow
People Management:
  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
Data Management:
  • Ability to develop and execute architectures, policies, practices and procedures in order to manage the information lifecycle needs of UNDP.
Data Measurement:
  • Ability to set goals and indicators and to interpret and synthesize results into usable information to inform policy, strategy, and/or action.
Data Analysis and Visualization:
  • Ability to evaluate, transform and model data to derive relevant findings- undertake & provide analysis of data to assess Org performance and or global trends.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
  • Knowledge of methodologies, assessment tools, systems and apply practical experience in planning, monitoring, evaluating and reporting and ability to apply to practical situations.
Data and statistics for development:
  • Knowledge of data and statistics analysis for 2030 Agenda for development and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
Knowledge Management:
  • Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.
Rule of Law, Justice and Security:
  • Knowledge of Rule of law, Justice and Security concepts and principles and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
Women's Access to Justice:
  • Knowledge of Women’s Legal Rights and Access to Justice (RoL) issues and concepts and ability to apply in strategic and/or practical situations.
Inclusive Political Processes:
  • Knowledge of inclusive political processes standards and principles and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
  • Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships.
Relationship Management:
  • Ability to engage and foster strategic partnerships with other parties, Inter-Agency Coordination and forge productive working relationships.
Intergovernmental Institutions:
  • Knowledge of intergovernmental bodies (General Assembly, ECOSOC, UNDESA, etc.), including respective mandates and ways of working.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Master's degree in statistics, data science, social policy, public policy, politics, economics, development studies or a related area.
  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience at national and international levels working on governance, gender and justice statistics, and/or  in analysis of related data, both at the national and/ or international level;
  • Experience in developing, disseminating and using statistical indicators; 
  • Experience in researching, collecting, verifying, analysing, synthezising quantitative and qualitative information pertaining to sustainable development; 
  • Knowledge of international statistics systems and experience of working with international datasets;
  • Experience with national statistics systems including with national statistics offices;
  • Experience in collaborating with statistical organizations, United Nations agencies and/or relevant international organizations; 
  • Knowledge of governance measurement and governance statistics in the context of SDG 16 measurement and global reporting is highly desirable;
  • Knowledge and understanding of UN/UNDP’s work and/or other multilateral/bilateral actors’ works and roles related to governance measurement is highly desirable;
  • Experience of developing, implementing and monitoring workplans,ensuring progress against agreed deliverables. 
Language Requirements:
  • Proficiency in English. 
  • Working knowledge of other UN language desirable 


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