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Population Data Fellow, Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (Panama)

Panama City (Panama)

  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Panama City (Panama)
  • Grade: International Specialist - Internationally recruited Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Statistics
    • Population matters (trends and census)
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Refugee rights and well-being
    • Civil Society and Local governance
  • Closing Date: 2020-08-14

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Eligibility criteria

Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.

Description of task

Under the direct supervision of LACRO’s Regional Population and Development Advisor and in coordination with staff from the Population and Development Branch at UNFPA-HQ, the International UN Volunteer will:

  • Learn and apply contemporary technical methods of assessing data quality and completeness of civil registration data, adjusting civil registration data to account for coverage and content error, and producing vital statistics from civil registration data;
  • Support UNFPA staff in compiling, processing and analyzing mortality and COVID-19 data for LAC countries;
  • Contribute to the development of R code libraries to support data processing and analysis of civil registration data, using standard tools such as R, R Studio, and GitHub;
  • Contribute to routine and ad-hoc discussions and meetings within UNFPA on civil registration, vital statistics and legal identity;
  • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.
Qualifications/Requirements Required degree level: Bachelor degree or equivalent Education - Additional Comments:
  • University undergraduate degree or equivalent in the quantitative social sciences, such as demography, public health epidemiology, statistics, sociology, economics or related discipline (such as computer science) ; Masters degree preferred
Required experience: 24 Months Experience remark:
  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience (2 years) in applied statistics, public health, and demography;
  • Motivated to contribute towards peace and development and to serve others;
  • Good interpersonal, networking and communication skills;
  • Willingness to contribute and work as part of a team;
  • Flexible and open to learning and new experiences;
  • Respect for diversity and adaptability to other cultures, environments and living conditions;
  • Fluency in spoken and written in Spanish and English is required;
  • Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded;
  • Statistical analysis skills (including familiarity with writing scripted analyses in a major statistics package, such as R, Stata, or SPSS or related statistical programming language) and willingness to learn (or existing familiarity with) GitHub or version control systems;
  • Computer skills (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, social media, and others).
Language skills:
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Spanish(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Area of expertise: Statistics Driving license: No Competencies values:

Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Working in Teams

Application procedure:

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Application deadline: 7 August 2020

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