Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Division on Globalization and Development Strategies (DGDS), Development Statistics and Information Branch. The Senior Statistician will report to the Chief of the Branch.Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Senior Statistician will be responsible for the following duties:
• Plans and directs the branch's work programme on statistical production, analysis and methodological work, providing both technical and managerial supervision of all activities.
• Initiates, plans and directs preparation of publications, manuals and web sites in the specific area of the section.
• Coordinates all statistical activities within UNCTAD and ensures the UNCTAD Quality Assurance Framework for Statistics is implemented across the organisation.
• Plans and directs development and build of a world economic modellers database.
• Plans and coordinates technical advisory activities for national statistical capacity building through missions, consultations and training workshops.
• Supervises and undertakes the development of new or improved statistical methods and quantitative models for analyses and projects.
• Prepares progress reports and other technical documentation regarding the work programme for presentation to relevant councils, commissions, technical meetings and expert groups.
• Maintains close liaison and co-operation within the field of responsibility throughout the organization and with other relevant national and international institutions to ensure full co-ordination and to avoid duplication of efforts.
• Represents the organization at international and regional meetings and inter-agency activities.
• Advises senior management on trends and developments in the relevant field, and recommends appropriate courses of action.
• Plans, organizes and manages staff; plans and discusses individual work programmes with staff and evaluates their performance.
• Performs other related duties, as assigned
• PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to provide technical advice on a range of issues (e.g. international trade, BoP, National Accounts, Input-Output, Globalisation, gender-in-trade) in the development and implementation of programs, methodologies and policies with a view to improving statistical capabilities and standards of broad applicability. Ability to write complex reports/papers to publication standard. Understands technical and political complexities of SDG/FFD indicators and composite indices, such as, inclusive growth and productive capacity. Appreciates the challenges and trade-offs involved in implementing a quality framework for statistics. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
• TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
• ACCOUNTALIBITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
•VISION: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organisation's strategy and the work unit's goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organisational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.
• JUDGEMENT/DECISION-MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in statistics, mathematics, economics, sociology or related field. A first-level university degree in one of the above-mentioned fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.Work Experience
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience level in the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of statistical data or related area is required.
Experience of research and analyses in economic or development statistics, as evidenced by a record of relevant papers published in peer reviewed journals or other official publications desirable.
Experience in using applications such as SAS, R or STATA is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; knowledge of French is desirable.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by a competency-based interview.Special Notice
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 June 2020, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
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